Send pics for WIP Wednesday!

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It’s always fun to see WIP Wednesday pop up online, so I have a proposition for you. Send me pix of your Yarn Folk projects in progress, and I will share them on the Yarn Folk Instagram and Facebook feeds on Wednesdays.

And if you need help with photography, pop in and I’ll assist with snapping a few shots. Let’s see what you’ve been working on!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Two Color Brioche: Rainbrioche [in progress]

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 [join in any time]

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! Preview the Nalya Wrap here or Planina here.

Berroco Spring Yarn Tasting [5 places remaining]

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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From box to yarn tetris: the unglamorous world of restocking basics. Did you know there are 160 colors of Plymouth Encore, and Yarn Folk generally has 90 or so choices at any given time?

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In addition to some shawl pins and shawl sticks from Jul, we also have three styles of metal clasps, including a honeybee that I can’t wait to add to my Beekeeper Cardigan. One of the styles, the Minimalist Toggle, is designed with removability in mind—use ribbon or yarn to attach it to a cardigan or shawl temporarily, then remove to use it with a different piece.

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While Ultra Wool Fine is one of the new yarns included in the Berroco Spring Yarn Tasting, it is available now at Yarn Folk. It’s a very affordable fingering weight option, great for textured or cabled socks, along with lightweight sweaters. It pairs nicely with hand-dyed fingering weight yarns, as well.

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...to inspire

 

Whether you are knitting from the top down or bottom up, the reduced number of finishing steps for seamless sweaters is appealing. However, it’s often a challenge to eliminate gaps at the underarm, and most methods for closing them rely on picking up extra stitches and/or using the yarn tails to close up any holes. In this video, Suzanne Bryan demonstrates a method that treats those stitches at the very edge of the underarm a bit differently, and I think you’ll like the results. I’ve definitely bookmarked this!

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...to stitch

 
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Ravenhill

Ravenhill is a shawl design from Tamy Gore, with DK or aran weight options. I’ve chosen the DK version, and am combining Knitted Wit Polwarth Shimmer in Tupelo Honey with Apple Fiber Studios Appletini in Tanzanite. You may not be able to tell from this photo, but the Appletini contains stellina for just a touch of sparkle!

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Nalya Wrap

I started the Nalya Wrap, combining Earl Grey Fiber Arts in the I Love Breakfast Cereal colorway with a rainbow of Smarties from Knitted Wit. The pattern calls for border rows between the main color and the contrasting minis, so I pulled a bit of Wollmeise and some Jaggerspun Mousam Sock from my leftovers bin to serve in that capacity. It took several rows to establish the pattern, but as I move into my fifth color, I am feeling confident without counting every section. (Undoubtedly, this will come back to haunt me.)

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