The OTHER Sweater Weather

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As we ease into warmer weather, wardrobes change over to spring and summer clothes, and our heavier sweaters take a few months off. While it’s generally unnecessary to wash wool garments after each wear, it *is* best practice to make sure they are clean prior to storing them for any length of time. Warmer temps and drier air help handwashed items dry faster, which is a major bonus in my book. See below for a few tips on garment care.

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Project Circle

May 31, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Knit or Crochet Wall Hanging Make-and-Take

June 8, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

In this Make-and-Take Class, you'll create a beautiful and chic wall hanging, ready to display the moment you arrive home. Whether you'd like to learn a new stitch or just take some creative time for yourself, you'll learn tips and tricks for embellishing and displaying your new wall art, and you'll be inspired to design more of them on your own!

Prerequisites: Knit: you should know how to cast on, knit and purl, and bind off. Crochet: you should know how to chain and single crochet.

World Wide Knit In Public Day

June 8, 2:00-5:00pm | no charge

World Wide Knit in Public Day is the largest knitter-run event in the world. It started in 2005 and is now celebrated in 57 different countries!

Join us at Yarn Folk for some outdoor knitting*, if weather permits, and indoor knitting if it doesn’t.

*It may be World Wide Knit in Public Day, but crochet is ALWAYS welcome!

Intro to Shawl Knitting I: Age of Brass & Steam

June 12 & 19, 5:00-7:00pm | $20 + materials | Ann Miner

This kerchief-sized shawl only requires about 100g of DK weight yarn, but introduces some basic principles of shawl-knitting: the garter tab cast on; using yarn overs, make 1 left and make 1 right to shape the shawl, and the sewn bind-off for a stretchy edge.

High Relief Cables Hat

June 15 & 22, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Whether you’re brand new to knitting cables or you’re an old hand, you’ll delight in knitting the Magic HRC hat! High Relief Cables take advantage of strategically placed purl stitch to add depth and reversibility to standard cables. We’ll start with the basics of cable knitting and then explore how High Relief Cables work and how we can apply the concepts to other cable patterns.

Prerequisites: you should know how to cast on, how to knit and purl, and how to knit in the round on a 16” circular needle.

Project Circle

June 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Trilogy Yarns Trunk Show

June 29, 10am-5:00pm

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...to anticipate

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Following the pre-launch of Marie Greene’s Foxtrot Cardigan (this year’s 4 Day KAL, July 4-18), I was eager to swatch with a newer yarn I thought might be a strong contender for this design, Malabrigo Washted. Washted is a superwash, single-ply worsted weight yarn. It’s round structure produces excellent stitch definition—even in a variegated colorway, it shows the stitch patterning beautifully. I hope you’ll be as charmed by its potential as I am, and I ordered ten additional colorways to have on hand.

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...to inspire

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Washing your woolies — a few tips, and some useful tools

  • Check the care recommendations for your yarn—handwashing is nearly always safe, but many of the washable wools can withstand gentle machine washing, and some can get popped into the dryer as well. (And in fact, some perform better when tumble dried on low.)

  • A gentle wool wash like Eucalan works well with all delicates. (New this year: your large bottles of Eucalan can be refilled at Yarn Folk, saving you a couple of bucks and keeping some plastic out of the landfill.) Alternately, a small amount of shampoo or a gentle dish soap can be dissolved in cool water—but because they usually produce more sudsing, a post-soak rinse will be required.

  • A stack of clean old towels is perfect for squeezing as much moisture out of your washed items as possible prior to laying them out to dry. Making sure that you support the heavy and wet fabric, start by gently squeezing out as much water as you can, then roll it in a clean, dry towel, and get as much remaining water out as you can.

  • Once your item is merely damp, you can spread it out to dry on more clean towels, mesh drying racks, or foam blocking mats. If it’s a previously blocked sweater, it may not need anything more than a gentle patting into place. If it needs more aggressive shaping, you can use blocking wires, blocking combs, or stainless steel T-pins . Shawls will often require some amount of pinning out to look their best, but it usually isn’t as time-consuming a process as the first time you do it.

  • That’s it! Once a washed item is completely dry, you can put it away for next season.

  • All of the above can be applied to your commercial sweaters.

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...to stitch

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Love Note

After making a gauge swatch for Love Note, I tucked it into my collar to assess the softness of the mohair. I’m happy to report that I experienced NO prickliness, so I cast on straight away. The pattern suggests a fingering weight yarn held together with a laceweight silk/mohair blend—in this case, I combined Berroco Ultra Wool, a solid, heathered purple, with Apple Fiber Studio’s Delicious. The sweater is written for a generous range of sizes, and two lengths, and features a slight high-low hemline. I haven’t decided which length I’m making—I’ll try it on once I’ve knit to the shorter option.

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Soldotna Crop

The Soldotna Crop also gives the option of modifying to a longer length, but I have enjoyed seeing it styled over dresses and high-waisted skirts, so that option is on the table.

I’m using Neighborhood Fiber Studio DK. The yarn is fantastic to knit with (seriously, a new favorite), and the colorwork is so hard to put down!

 
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