Join Liz for Project Circle on Friday!

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Welcome Liz back to the shop Friday afternoon and Saturday—I’ll be off on a small adventure with Mr. Yarn Folk, as he participates in the White River 50 race near Mt. Rainier. He’ll do the hard part, I’ll provide clean socks and fresh water, and lots and lots of snacks a few times throughout the day—and otherwise hang out and knit and read on a mountain. If I have a cell connection, I’ll post a few #placesyoucanknit photos!



Project Circle

July 26, 5:00-7:00pm | no charge.

Join us to work on your longer term projects!

Cast On/Bind Off [two spaces left]

July 27, 10:00am-2:00pm | Instructor: Sandy Buzzelli | $40 + materials

The look and fit of our knitted items is greatly influenced by the cast on and bind off methods we choose. If we need stretch for the cuff of a sock, we might choose one of several variations of the long tail cast on for cuff-down socks or the suspended bind off for toe-up socks. For a beautiful finish on a ribbed collar, we might choose the tubular cast on/bind off. If we are binding off after knitting garter stitch, we might use the sewn bind off.

We’ll explore these and many more ways to get stitches on and off our needles (crochet cast on and bind off, Emily Ocker’s cast on, 3-needle bind off, I-cord bind off), and we’ll come away with a general understanding of when and how to use each method.

As an added bonus, we’ll also discuss how to deal with two pesky issues that crop up when binding off: that loose last stitch when doing the traditional bind off and the jog that happens when binding off in circular knitting.

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


August 3, 10:00am-1:00pm | Instructor: Sandy Buzzelli | $30 + materials

You’ll never run out of uses for this adorable little felted basket! It’s perfect for holding jewelry, keys, business cards or your favorite candy. Tucked near your knitting spot, it’s an especially pretty way to keep your knitting notions handy.

The basket knits up very quickly and easily, and felting it by hand gives it a classic, finished look.

You’ll be knitting your basket on your own before class meets so that we’ll be ready to jump right in to exploring in-depth how to felt by hand (vs. felting in a washing machine).

Please note: felting by hand is a mildly physical activity. It involves standing, bending over a sink, and lifting a large bowl of water. In addition, we’ll be swishing our knitted baskets in hot water for up to 30 minutes (with the opportunity to take short rests if needed). Please be sure you’re physically ready to felt by hand.

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

Kumihimo Bracelet [DATE CORRECTION]

August 10, 10:00am-2:30pm | Instructor: Sandy Buzzelli | $40 + materials

As knitters and crocheters, we all have leftover bits of yarn in our stashes. Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braiding, can be a perfect way to use up some of those leftovers. In this class, you'll have the choice of making an 8-strand spiral bracelet or a 20-strand flower bracelet.

A kumihimo bracelet kit is available for purchase at Yarn Folk -- it contains all the supplies needed to make the kumihimo bracelet class project.

Berroco Fall Yarn Tasting

August 14, 5:00-7:00pm | $12

Berroco Fall Yarn Tasting

August 23, 5:00-7:00pm | $12

Enjoy light refreshments, knittable samples of six Berroco yarns, and preview pattern collections for Fall 2019! Bonus, if you are participating in the Slow Yarn Crawl, collect an extra stamp for attending a yarn tasting!

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The First Winter Blanket is a free pattern from Malabrigo that uses three skeins of Rios colorblocked in seed stitch and garter stitch to make a cozy little envelope blanket for a sweet babe. Combine any three colors—your imagination is the limit!

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Having finished the Foxtrot Cardigan in Malabrigo Washted in Camaleon, a highly variegated colorway, I thought I’d offer a few thoughts on managing hand-dyed yarns in a larger project. All five skeins came from the same bag of yarn, though Malabrigo is moving toward marking tags “no dye lot” to encourage knitters and crocheters to think about blending—especially for the colorways that show lots of variation, even when the dye formula remains the same. If you can imagine swirling food color into a batch of cake frosting (rather than blending it thoroughly for a uniform, consistent color) you’ll get an idea of why no two skeins are going to be precisely the same, even if they were in the same dye pot.

Foxtrot was knit from the top down, increasing until there were enough stitches for the body and both sleeves, then separating the sleeve stitches from the body. After the body and sleeves are complete, the neckline trim is added, and the front bands are knit on in the final step.

My first ball of yarn was nearly enough to complete the knitting through the sleeve divide. BUT, I knew that I’d want to blend into the second skein (split between the sleeves) and the fourth (used for the body. At those points, I alternated skeins for several rows. The sleeves are knit in the round (and I typically work them before knitting the body), so I knit one round with skein one and one round with skein two for several rounds. As I worked the first sleeve, I weighed the yarn periodically, and as I got close to having used half, I began alternating rounds with the next full skein. I repeated the process for the other sleeve. Returning to the body, I alternated every two rows between the first and fourth skeins (since the body is knit back and forth, this kept the skein changes on one side of the work), and then alternated between the fourth and third skeins.

I had reserved the skein that was most different from the others for the neck trim and front bands. As you can see below, the red and pink tones are much more pronounced, but this worked well as an accent.

Working with variegated yarns (and at times, even semi-solid tonals) can require a bit of planning in order to create a cohesive finished item, but the actual techniques involved aren’t difficult. Just think ahead a bit, and be willing to alternate skeins at the transitions!

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Foxtrot — completed in approximately six days this year. Notes about blending variegated skeins are above, and project details and more photos are on my Ravelry project page here.



Knitting with fingering weight yarn and US4 needles is quite a contrast from the super bulky cotton tape yarn I was working with last week! I’m making Breezeway in BFL Sock from Trilogy Yarns, plus a couple of mini skeins for contrast. I picked up these skeins when Nancy was here for a trunk show a few weeks ago, and she’ll be back at the end of October.

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