Landed at Yarn Folk: Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks & Imperial Yarn Denali

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Hey, fella, welcome to the yarn shop.

[Hank is sporting Helm from Amy Herzog’s Custom Knit collection in Jaggerspun Mousam Falls, the Oak Park scarf in HiKoo Kenzie, and the Siksak hat, also in HiKoo Kenzie.]

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Winter Sweater KAL (join in any time)

January 4, 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm | KAL format | materials only

We’ll be devoting Fridays during January and February to sweater knitting—possibilities include the January Gansey, something from the Strange Brew collection, or if you’re looking for a first sweater project, Flax or Harvest. Knitalong format—assistance available, but no formal instruction.

Project Circle

February 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects. (Concurrent with Winter Sweater KAL for January & February.)

Two Color Brioche: Rainbrioche [1 place remaining—starts WEDNESDAY]

February 20, 27, & March 6, 5:00pm-7:00pm | $30 + materials

Using the Rainbrioche pattern, learn to knit two color brioche in the round, including brioche decreases for the crown shaping, and a fun section that uses slipped stitches to add interest to the design.

Prerequisites: While you do not need previous experience with brioche, this class requires you to be comfortable with basic knit stitches, and understand how stitches are typically mounted on the needle.

Nalya/Planina CAL/KAL

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm | materials only

This -along has a crochet and a knit option, and lots of potential design choices! Use two contrasting colors, combine a main color with minis (Knitted Wit Smarties are perfect here!), or combine any of the above with leftovers from your stash! See to inspire for additional details.

Berroco Spring Yarn Tasting

March 13, 5:00pm-7:00pm | $10 (limit 14)

Sample five of the yarns Berroco is introducing for Spring, peruse the pattern books for inspiration, and weigh in on what you love best! You’ll get a 20g sample of each yarn to test-knit, refreshments, and a chance to win a project kit from Berroco. Bring your needles, and let’s have a yarn party!

Project Circle

March 29, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Cable Channel Pillow MKAL

April 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:00pm-7:00pm | materials only

Here’s what Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter has to say about her April knitalong:

“Join me this April for Cable Channel, a stylish pillow featuring an original cable pattern. Knit in HiKoo Kenzie, the design creates a rich fabric to add beauty and texture to any decor. Pillows provide the perfect platform to explore new techniques and hone the finishing skills. They also make great gifts!

Cable Channel is knit in one piece with simple seaming and features a button closure to allow for easy washing and assembly. The front and back are knit in different stitch patterns to keep the project interesting and texturally charming. Both written and charted instructions, along with video support, are provided to guarantee success.”

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...to anticipate

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Newly arrived from Imperial Yarn are Denali, a sport weight 50 wool/50 alpaca blend, and Paisley, a lace weight 80 alpaca/20 cotton blend.

Denali has such potential for colorwork, and the 50/50 blend means that it has the drape of alpaca balanced with the fiber memory of wool. Imperial Yarn is based in Oregon, so if you have a project in mind that calls for more yardage, we can get it here quickly. I also ordered several brand-new colors; those will be arriving mid-March.

Paisley is a unique fiber combination, and it’s hard to stop touching it. Samples I saw knit in lace patterns were beautiful, and I can also imagine it held double and knit as a fingering to great effect. It has an appealing rustic appearance, while being incredibly soft to the touch.

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Marie Greene’s new book, Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 weeks, will be available at Yarn Folk on release day (today!) I ordered fifteen; four are spoken for. You can preview the designs on Ravelry. Having knit a number of Marie’s sweaters, I can vouch for the fit—especially good through the shoulders—and they tend to feature thoughtful details that elevate them a notch above standard raglan construction. With the book priced at $21.99, each of the twenty patterns is just over $1, and if you’re like me, you’ll find several favorites between the covers!

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...to inspire

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The Nalya/Planina CAL/KAL is Yarn Folk’s first attempt at a dual craft-along. The idea sprang to mind while watching Episode 72 of Caleisha’s Quirky Monday Craftcast. She shows progress on her Nalya Wrap, then mentions that Planina is the knit version of the same design. Both have the potential for multiple interpretations and color combinations, and I am excited to find a project with the potential to bring knitters and crocheters together. I’m leaning toward using a main color and punctuating it with vibrant colors from the basket of Knitted Wit Smarties.

I’ll be starting with Nalya, as part of my “crochet more in 2019” efforts, and I’m also trying to branch out in my podcast consumption by trying out some video podcasts. This will be a bit of a challenge, as my commute is prime podcast-listening time, and I do try to keep my eyes on the road! (And I share a tiny data plan with a 19 year old!) But I’m making an effort—let me know if you have favorites! (So far I have sampled episodes of the Quirky Monday Craftcast, Books and Cables, and Skeindeer Knits.)

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...to stitch

 
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January Gansey

I am writing this on Saturday afternoon. I am boldly going to proclaim that one sleeve of the January Gansey is complete (it’s not), in order to ensure that by the time I need to insert a photograph here, it is.

One more! Can’t wait to wear this cozy thing.

(I made it through sleeve #1–this is #2!)

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Boho Style Mosaic Shawl

The Boho Style Mosaic Shawl is complete, and is as close as you can reasonably get to wrapping yourself in a blanket and calling it a fashion choice!

Choosing projects to use yardage wisely is something I give a fair amount of consideration to, and my best estimates indicated that this shawl would use one 150g hank of the main color, one 50g skein each of contrast colors 2 & 3, and two 50g skeins of contrast color 4. The two small modifications I needed to make were to omit one garter ridge of the main color following the last colorwork section, and to alter the bind off from a three-stitch i-cord bind off to a two-stitch i-cord bind off. As it was, I was about 12” short, but had that much left over from a 21 Color Slouch Kit. However, upon further investigation, I realized that the first skein was one I had used in a colorwork hat, and I had accurately recorded how much I used (about 25yards). So, to make a long story short, two full skeins of CC4 should be enough for a two-stitch i-cord bind off, and probably even the specified three-stitch version. Whew!

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