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New Baby Blanket Patterns!

Bitty Bulky Blankets

We love fun and fast baby blanket patterns, so we were very excited when these adorable patterns showed up! 5 different patterns, all using garter stitch, all using Franca from Manos del Uruguay.

Franca is a Super Bulky (#6) yarn that is so soft and squishy it will soon be one of your favorites, assuming it's not already!

We put together some color kits, but you can always choose your own combinations.

Click for more information on these adorable blankets!

Trendsetter Celebrate

Trendsetter Celebrate 4160

It is a celebration when you get to craft with this new yarn from our friends at Trendsetter. Celebrate is 100% cotton with long stable fiber that is stranded to stay strong and soft. They dye the finished yarn with a main color and then stripes and streaks of accent colors that create a fun and unique fabric with every skein.

celebrate Swatch

You get a lot of yardage on a ball of this DK weight (#3) yarn making it a great value.

Click to see Trendsetter Celebrate!

Trendsetter Pavlova

Trendsetter Pavlova

Pavlova, from our friends at Trendsetter, is a cotton/viscose blend with some beautiful color changes throughout the skein. (As you likely know,Viscose is fiber derived from plants!)

Pavlova Swatch

It works up as a DK weight (#3) and it delightfully soft with lots of drape.

Click to see Trendsetter Pavlova!

How to get a free shawlette pattern!

Otter Cove Impress

(Otter Cove Shawlette knit in Impress)

Click to see Trendsetter Impress!

The Otter Cove Shawlette, an easy to knit piece designed by our own Kris Gregson, can be made from one ball of Pavlova, Celebrate, or Impress. (Impress shown in the picture).

Originally designed for three skeins of Serena from Manos del Uruguay (Kits available), the design really lends itself to these yarns with long color striping.

Buy a minimum of $40 of Pavlova, Celebrate, Impress, Serena, or an Otter Cove Shawlette Kit and you can get the Otter Cove Shawlette pattern for free!

HOW TO GET THE FREE PATTERN: After adding at least $40 of any combination of Celebrate, Pavlova, Impress, Serena, or an Otter Cove Shawlette Kit to your cart, add a copy of the Otter Cove Shawlette pattern to your cart and you'll be able to download the pattern for free!

fine print:

1 free pattern per order

Offer expires at 11:59PM PST on February 28, 2023

Click for the Otter Cove Shawlette
Click for Manos Serena!

Free Knit Pattern!

Weekend Cowl Franca

This easy-to-knit cowl is knit with Franca from Manos del Uruguay on big needles, so it goes fast!

Knit on 24" US 15 needles. Click here to see the 24" US 15 needles in stock!

See all the colors of Franca!
Click for the free pattern

Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Infinity Cowl

This simple crochet cowl pattern can be made with almost any gauge yarn. We love it in DK, but change your hook size and the chain length and adapt it for any gauge yarn!

This pattern is great with most of the yarns in this email! If you want to make this, you'll want two skeins of Serena, or one of Trendsetter Impress, Pavlova, or Celebrate.

Click to download the free pattern!
Click to see all our crochet hooks!

3-D In-Person Stitching in your Slippers!

Weekend Away 2018

Welcome Back into the shop on Sunday's from 1PM to 3PM for In-Person Stitching in your Slippers!

We're delighted to welcome you back into the shop every Sunday from 1 - 3 to share projects, meet fellow knitters and crocheters, and just enjoy some time in the shop.

It's not a class, but a friendly place to come and enjoy a craft we love.

Virtual Stitching in your Slippers

Join us on-line every Thursday at 4:30 PM Pacific time for Stitching in your Slippers

Boa Knit

(Ball & Skein Boa - knit in Alegria Grande 9089 Huarache)

This is free open time where we chat, share ideas and projects. Join us and meet knitters and crocheters from all across the country, or maybe down the street!

It's the stitching group you didn't know you wanted to join and of course it's free. All skills and interests welcome from all over!

Click here for Stitching in your Slippers Details

It's the stitching group you didn't know you'd love!

Oz Performs Live at the Squibb House!

Oz and his Guitar

Our own Oz will be performing two short sets of music at the Squibb House here in Cambria on Friday, March 24!

He'll do two sets of a variety of music, one at 6:30 and one at 7:30 so it's an early night for us all!

Come spend a weekend in Cambria and stay at this beautiful Inn, a short walk from the shop.

Click for details about the March 24 event!

Updated Store Hours

Wednesday Through Monday 11 - 4

Tuesday Closed

All staff in the shop are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Always check our web site or give us a call before you make a special trip to see us!

Auntie Woolie Says...
Auntie Wooly


Sometimes we want a fast project, and Franca is just the yarn to do it!

We also like projects with color interest, so we choose multi color yarns to add excitement.

Until next time, please stay well and...

Happy Stitching!

If you're in the area, check our web site at for the latest information on store hours.

Not Traveling? Don't live in the area? You're not alone!

Don't forget, you can:

Join us on our Thursday evening Zoom meet-ups for community, help, and ideas!

If you're planning on visiting, please know our schedule can change based on guidelines and resources, so keep up with the latest schedule on our website at

All of us in the shop are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Classes? Lessons?

Contact us if you need any assistance. We offer classes and private lessons in person or on Zoom so you can be anywhere!

Products at a Discount!


Who doesn't love a deal?

This is were we put items that, as wonderful as they are, we're moving out of the shop. Some discounts won't show until you put them in your cart.

Click to see what's on sale!

Yarn Shop for Sale!

Kris and Oz Tree

Still? Yes Still.

We assume this will take a bit, but we are talking with some wonderful folks that are looking to take this exciting step! Could that be you?

The time has come for the next chapter in our lives. We’re looking for the next owner of the Ball & Skein. Yes, the shop is for sale.

Don't expect huge changes right away. And yes, new yarn is still coming in. We're still here and committed to providing the same quality of service as always.

In 2009 we took a big chance and moved from our beloved neighborhood just outside Boston to run a yarn shop in a small town on the coast of California. It’s been an amazing experience, full of memories we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

We’re grateful for each and every one of you that have supported the shop for all these years and we hope the legacy of the Ball & Skein continues for many years to come. It’s been a great pleasure to be a part of one of the oldest, and we feel, most loved shops in the country.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being a larger part of this history, please contact us at

Thank you one and all.

Kris and Oz

Click for some more details about the opportunity
Click here to view our Calendar!
Ongoing Events - Check our Website!

Stay tuned to our Website, our Facebook Page (Feel free to 'Like' us!), our Ravelry Page, or this newsletter for all the latest news and upcoming special events!

Thank you!

We owe it to you that there has been the little yarn shop in Cambria since 1978. We're hoping the shop is here serving you and your friends and family for another 45 years!

Kris, Oz, and the whole Ball & Skein family