World wide knit in public day


World Wide Knit in Public Day | Saturday, June 9, 2018 | 1-4 PM

World Wide Knit in Public Day is in its 14th year, so join us this Saturday at Yarn Folk for an afternoon of knitting (and crocheting!) outdoors. (If the weather is challenging, we'll just move the party inside.) 

  • If you have an easily transported camp chair, bring it along.
  • Although there is an awning, the building faces west, so don't forget your sunscreen.
  • There will be snacks!
  • I unearthed some sample skeins floating around that will make fine door prizes. You don't need to be present to win, but you do need to be present to enter!

See you Saturday!

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[Highlighting the first class here--this is a seriously cool bag!]

Crochet Market Bag (or Hat!)

June 16, 10am-2pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Learn to crochet in the round as you make a hat or a market bag (or both!).  (AND LOOK, THE BAG HAS A BUILT-IN STUFF SACK!!) We'll learn how to do the magic ring, how to increase and how to read basic crochet patterns.

Prerequisite:  you should know how to chain and half double crochet. 

Details Coming Soon:

July 1-15: Beekeeper 4(ish) Day KAL

July 1 will be my Beekeeper Day 1--come on down to regular Social Stitching if you want to join in!

July 6, 11, 18, 25: Choose Your Own Sweater (note: 1st session only is on a Friday; remaining classes are Wednesdays) 

You'll choose your own baby, child, or adult sweater pattern, and work at your own pace in a supported environment. A portion of each class meeting will feature a demonstration and discussion of a basic technique commonly used in sweater patterns. (NOTE: this is a new session; June session is full.)

July 7, 10:00am-2:00pm Entrelac Scarf

Entrelac knitting creates a unique and intriguing woven-look fabric, and it’s rather fun and easy to do!

The art of entrelac knitting requires just a few special skills: picking up stitches, increasing, decreasing, and working short rows, all of which we’ll learn as we knit a stunning entrelac scarf. We’ll also have a chance to practice “knitting back backwards” – a skill that makes entrelac knitting easier to do and will have your friends thinking you’re a knitting genius!

Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

July 14, 10:00am-2:00pm Kumihomo Bracelet

August 4 & 25, 10:00am-12:30pm Ephemeris Hat

August 4 & 25, 1:00-3:00pm Two at a Time Toe Up Socks

August 11, 10:00am-2:00pm Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf

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Daisy is here!


Homestead Heathers

A little backorder from Plymouth turned up, and these pretty new heathered colors of Homestead were inside. I'm especially fond of the green, but the denim heather is a versatile medium blue, and the pink is the color of the prettiest hollyhocks in your garden.


Slipped Stitch Studios

New batch of Needle Nooks--narwhals! sloths! unicorns! hedgehogs! Wonder Woman! This video demonstrates how these work whether you're using double pointed or circular needles for your project.

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Beekeeper Cardi KAL Update

Yarn Folk is participating in the Olive Knits 4 Day KAL, July 1-15. The pattern is the Beekeeper Cardigan, and it is stunning. 

Some key points:

I will have *limited* quantities of the original recommended yarn (Knitted Wit Shimmer DK, an 85% Polwarth, 15% silk blend). I ordered 2-3 sweater quantities in eight of the KAL colorways. About half of those are spoken for. The yarn is $28 for a 4 oz skein with 330 yards, and the first five sizes (32"-40") take four skeins, the next two (44" & 48") take five, and the largest size (52") takes six. Kenzie is another great option for this sweater.

Marie's blog post gives an overview of the 4 Day KAL, emphasizing that the compressed timeline really is completely optional. There are lots of prizes, and you don't have to finish to be eligible. Participate and have fun!

There is also a comprehensive resource page here.

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Sundress (matching hat forthcoming)

Sundress with[out] matching hat is impossibly cute. Once it has its hat, how will we even stand it?? I made the largest size, 12-24 months, which is definitely a dress, and could be worn much longer as a tunic top. 

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Looking for a pattern for a linen top, I kept circling back to Slope. There are for sure things that are more interesting to knit (and to scratch that itch, I am seriously considering Kirsten Kapur's Through the Loops Mystery Shawl 2018). But at the end of the day, I think that Slope will be a comfortable, wearable basic, one that can be layered in cooler weather. 

(Curious about previous Through the Loops Mystery Shawls? Check out 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.)

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