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Sawtooth Scarf
Designed by Quinn Reverendo, the Sawtooth Scarf is knit on US 9s with two skeins of Maxima from Manos del Uruguay. This is a great way to dip your toes into intarsia.
Maxima is 100% merino, comes in a huge variety of colors, and is incredibly soft. As if that wasn't enough, it's from Manos del Uruguay, meaning the women that make the yarns also own the company and we know they are paid and treated well. Since 1968, Manos has helped women stay in their towns and villages and take care of their families.

If you haven't tried Maxima before, this is a great way to introduce yourself to this wonderful yarn.
Fino Mini Skeins
Fino, from Manos del Uruguay, is a soft, delightful fingering weight blend of Merino and Silk. It's also a yarn that comes in 100 gram hanks that yield about 490 yards per skein, as well as Mini Skein kits which are 5 - 20 gram skeins in 5 different colors. (One mini skein kit is the same yardage as one full skein of Fino)

Fairmount Fibers, the US distributor of Manos del Uruguay, just released some new patterns featuring these fun kits. Almost all of the patterns use 1 full skein of Fino and 1 mini skein kit. You can choose the colors in the pattern or put together your own look!
Noro Magazine 20 is here!
Featuring some 30 knit and crochet patterns, you'll love the always beautiful, always creative offerings from Noro!

In addition to all the great knitting patterns, we love the focus on crochet in this issue. We think you'll love it!
As always, if there are yarns in the magazine that we don't have on line, contact us and we can either order it or suggest a substitute!
Let's Wrap the Tree!
Yarn Bombing Group
Some of the wonderful folks that helped us wrap the tree last time.
Many of you may remember the tree in front of the shop had a sweater! We promised the landlord we'd pull it down when it got dirty and we did. We were all ready to re-wrap it, got squares donated from many of you, then Covid hit. As you might imagine, we've been distracted for the last two years.

It's time to get the tree wrapped!

From Wednesday April 20 to Monday April 25, stop in the shop and help us seam squares together!

On Wednesday April 27 at 11AM, come join us to help wrap the tree!
Upcoming Classes
Last Chance to Learn Short Rows!
Short rows are a great way to add shaping without the use of increases or decreases. There are many short row methods and we'll explore many of them while focusing on the technique used in the class project, the Fealdan Shawl, knit with Manos del Uruguay Fino!

The yarn is INCLUDED with the price of the class at a significant discount, so just let us know which kit you'd prefer when you register.

Join us ON-LINE, Saturday April 16 from 9AM to Noon for this fun, informative class! As always, the class will be recorded so if you miss it, you can view it after the fact.
As a reminder, all our classes are taught on-line, so you don't have to be anywhere near Cambria!
Conarroe Crochet Lace Class
Join us ON-LINE, Saturday April 23 from 9AM to Noon for this fun, informative crochet class! As always, the class will be recorded so if you miss it, you can view it after the fact.

In this class you'll learn:

  • working a crochet lace pattern; 
  • using a pattern repeat; 
  • modifying size of pattern; 
  • seaming methods

The yarn comes with the class in your choice of colors at a wonderful discount.
Last Chance for the Learn to Crochet Class
Join Us for A Free On-Line Learn to Crochet Class on Saturday, April 16. In one class you'll learn the basics of Crochet! - It's free, but Registration is required. 
Purchase of materials recommended but not required.

In this entry level class we will learn:
• Slip knot
• Crochet chain stitch
• Single crochet stitch
Virtual Stitching in your Slippers
Join us on-line every Thursday at 4:30 PM Pacific time for Stitching in your Slippers. This is free open time where we chat, share ideas and projects. (Kris usually shows us the newest thing she's working on as well!)

It's the stitching group you didn't know you wanted to join. All skills and interests welcome from all over!
The Easy Breezy Pullover, knit in Remix
The Easy Breezy Pullover is designed by Kris Gregson and knit with 4 skeins (2 of each color) of Berroco Remix. A simple piece to knit, it's one size fits most. It's also easy to resize.
Help us fight Alzheimer's
We're joining the fight against Alzheimer's. We do have a fundraising team set up, but our main goal is to create blankets for use in memory care units and other facilities where they'll be used and loved.

If you'd like to lend a hand, we need folks to knit or crochet 12" x 12" squares which will then be turned into blankets. Use any machine washable yarn in the color purple and send them to us at:
Ball & Skein
attn: Blankets
4210 Bridge St STE 6
Cambria, CA 93428
We're Hiring!
Yes, we're hiring again!

Looking for part time work surrounded by the finest yarns available in a fun, safe, professional environment? Want to work in one of the premier shops in the US? Be part of the story of the shop that's been in Cambria since 1978. Let's chat!
Current Store Hours

Sunday and Monday 11 - 4.

Tuesday Closed.

Wednesday and Thursday 11 - 4

Friday and Saturday 11 - 5.

All staff in the shop is 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 2021

It's officially Spring and baseball is in the air! (Go Red Sox, says Kris and Oz)

We're seeing more and more folks in the shop as many mask mandates are being rolled back. Many of us are still wearing masks for a number of reasons. Perhaps they're around immune-comprimised individuals, perhaps they have small children, perhaps they're happy to avoid colds and the flu. For these and many other reasons there are many of us that continue to mask in many settings.

We know our community are accepting and caring and we appreciate the kindness shown to everyone in these difficult time.

Until next time, please stay well, get vaccinated and boosted, and...

Happy Stitching!
If you're in the area, check our web site at for the latest information on store hours.
Not Traveling? You're in good company!

Don't forget, you can still:
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.
Ball & Skein Videos!
Every month our collection of public videos grows! It's a great way to see designs and products from some of our favorite vendors.

You'll see trunk shows from vendors as well as presentations of the yarns from Manos del Uruguay and some pattern options.

If you haven't experienced our videos, please check them out. You'll get ideas for projects and colors to help you get started with a wide variety of projects.

Click the button below to see all our current video offerings!
Private Lessons

If you need some help, we'd love to assist you using Zoom! It's easy and can actually be fun. Yes, that means you can be anywhere and we can help you! Contact us to schedule an appointment and we can help you with your project or help you learn new skills!
Free Crochet Pattern!

A simple crochet cowl perfect a wide variety of stitch gauges. Grab a ball of sock yarn, a D or E hook, and make a cowl perfect for yourself or that special friend in your life.
Upcoming Events and Classes
The discounts keep coming, some as high as 50% off!
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 looking forward to serving you and your friends and family for another 44 years!

Kris, Oz, and the whole Ball & Skein family