Yarn Folk
2 April 2014

Hello Knitters & Crocheters (& friends),

 

With a fickle spring upon us, I think back to this time last year, when preparations to open Yarn Folk were feverish. There was one day--after Mr. Yarn Folk & I had assembled the last of the shelving units--when I thought I'd unpack one of the many boxes of yarn stored in the back room, just to see what it looked like on the shelves. Before I knew it, I'd unpacked almost everything.  Seeing so much color and texture made my heart sing, and I still feel that way every day when I turn the key in the lock and walk into the shop.  What an adventure!

 

It's Our Birthday!

 

This is where I thank YOU for being a part of Yarn Folk's first year!  And I think that  a party is in order. Girls Night Out in Ellensburg was the event that started it all, and I will participate again on Thursday, April 10th, from 5-9 pm.  I am still working on details, but I think there will be birthday cake, a special gift with purchase, and photos--bring a favorite project you've made from yarn purchased at Yarn Folk or model one of the shop samples.

 

There will also be door prizes (I'll collect entries throughout the weekend), and I just may have another thing or two up my sleeve.  Please plan on joining me to celebrate this milestone! 

 

Classes & Events

 

Class information for April, May, and June can be found here, or by going to yarnfolk.com and clicking on the Classes link at the top of the page.  I have also added an events calendar, which compiles information about classes, weekly open knitting circles, and miscellaneous special events! To enroll in classes, please call, email, or stop in, and your fee payment secures your place in the class.

 

Speaking of upcoming events, I am putting out a "feeler" as to whether there would be enough interest in attending Stitch 'n Pitch Night on July 24th at Safeco Field to warrant chartering a bus.  I have made some tentative inquiries, and the cost to charter a 23-passenger coach would be approximately $75 per person, which would include round-trip transportation and your game ticket. Load time here in Ellensburg would be 3:45pm for a 4:00pm departure, and the driver would return us following the game.  Since this is a fairly big--but also potentially really fun--undertaking, I need to determine in advance whether or not this is viable.  Let me know what you think!  
 
Featured Sample

 

 

Outside of plain jane socks, there aren't a lot of patterns I knit multiple times.  (A hazard of constantly looking at patterns!) Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket is an exception, and an exceptionally fun pattern. This one is made from Mountain Meadow Wool's sport weight Cody--I started with the variegated light green, then remembered I had some turquoise leftover from the Wurm hat, and started striping with it.  (Side note: three skeins of Cody yielded a fun, slightly slouchy hat and a cute baby sweater--not bad!) I have the pattern booklets, which contain EZ's original directions, row-by-row instructions, possibilities for modifications, a guide to how using different yarn weights will affect size, and versions sized for bigger kids and adults.  It's knit in garter stitch, all in one piece, and the surprise is in the assembly--a little bit of folding, a couple of short seams, and you're done!

 

  
This Just In

 

Frolicking Feet from Done Roving Yarns is providing an amazing pop of color in the already vibrant sock department.  The colors are fun, the yardage is great (480 yards), and the wool is domestically sourced.  Love this.  

 



Tiara is a blend from HiKoo with built-in bling (sequins and beads).  It makes me wish I was going to prom or going to be in a summer wedding.  (There's a one-skein shawl pattern on the label.)

 

And there are other small treasures tucked away here and there--new buttons, a refreshed stock of needlefelting kits (lots of springtime critters), new colors of Malabrigo Worsted and Malabrigo lace, the newly-introduced 16" length in the Addi Turbo Rockets....

 
Coming Soon 

 

I've placed an order for Yarn Hollow's Tor DK, a super-saturated line from an indie dyer in Michigan. Rita's palette is really rich, and I'll have 22 colors to choose from--I'm pretty sure you'll find something to love.  We are also working on a striping sock yarn in some custom colorways--I'm test knitting a prototype skein now. I'll post when I have a better idea about dates, but the Tor DK will arrive first.  

 

Riveting Sport is another yarn I'll be bringing in fairly soon--it's cotton made from 80% post-consumer recycled blue jeans.  When it's knitted up, it feels like a pair of well-loved Levis.  I imagine it as a short-sleeved sweater, or a tank, or a light shawl. Stay tuned!

As always, for current updates, like the shop's Facebook page,  join the Yarn Folk group on Ravelry, and feel free to add YarnFolkAnn to your Ravelry friends.
 
Until next time, happy stitching, and hope to see you soon!

 
Ann at Yarn Folk
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