Introducing Chroma!

Prism  has taken the guesswork out of creating color combinations for gradient or fade projects. This collection of twelve harmonious colors is designed to work together in any trio, as seen in  Laura Bryant's  design "Curve", which is shown here, featured in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2020.

Curve uses one skein each of three different colors of Petite Madison, a hand-dyed merino/cashmere/silk blend yarn. Choose three colors next to each other in the color wheel, or venture across the wheel for higher contrasts.

OtterCove Shawlette
by Kris Gregson  

Many people have made Kris's Otter Cove Shawlette, named after a cove in Cambria, in Kris's favorite colors. She thought you might enjoy some different color options for the kit, so we've created some other combinations of Serena by Manos del Uruguay that work well together in this piece,

Noro Ito

Ito, from our friends at Noro, is a 100% wool, self striping yarn that features those beautiful, saturated colors they are known for.

As you probably know, the reason Noro looks so different than any other yarn is the way they dye. At Noro, they dye the fibers before it's spun into yarn, so the color is saturated throughout the skein. Mr. Noro also wants his yarns to be as close to the original fiber as possible, so they tend to be a bit more 'rustic' than other yarns due to the minimal processing the fibers are subject to.

Ito is a worsted/aran weight yarn with approximately 440 yards per 200 gram ball!

While supplies last, order three skeins of Ito and get this Poncho pattern free!
The muted rainbow stripes of Ito are worked horizontally across the lower front border panel in a k4, p2 rib, with the body panel worked vertically from stitches picked up along the front border.

Laura Zukaite employed a horseshoe cable pattern to the shoulders, which is continued down to the lower edge of the back before ending with a k1, p1 ribbed border.

Finished Measurements  
Width across back, including trims: 31” / 78.5 cm 
Length 24 1/2” / 62 cm
This is an ON-LINE class held using Zoom technology . You'll be able to join from anywhere using whatever technology you have, a PC, a Mac, an Apple iPhone of iPad, or an android device. Log in information will be shared with class attendees prior to the class.
A Virtual Class!

Join us Saturday June 20 from 9AM to Noon to learn about Yarn Substitutions!

Subtitled "Everything you wanted to know about yarn, but were afraid to ask, this popular class will help you see what we do to choose a substitute yarn from your pattern.

You love the pattern, but aren’t sure about the yarn. You love the yarn, but will it work for this pattern? These are issues we face every day in the shop. In this class will unravel the seemingly complex world of yarn substituting. We will explore the numerous types of yarns, yarn weights, composition, yardage requirements, and more! We will look at real world substitutions using projects we’ve made in the shop. In addition, we’ll look at substitution questions brought by you and your fellow attendees! As we’re not actually knitting or crocheting, you won’t need to bring any supplies.
Auntie Woolie Says...

We're so grateful for all your support during these trying times. The retail store still isn't open, but starting on June 1 someone will be available in the shop by phone or email from 11 - 3. We can schedule phone or Zoom consults and, of course, store pick-ups.

We know you want to come see us, and we want you here, but we're moving slowly in order to keep all of us as safe as possible. Thank you so much for your understanding!

As things are changing constantly, please keep checking our web site at for the latest information.

Until next time, please stay well and...

Happy Stitching!
The store front may be closed, but you can still:

Join us Thursday June 4th from 1 - 2PM (Pacific time) for a Zoom get together with the Ball & Skein!

This is a chance to get together, do some "Show and Tell" and catch up on what's new in Cambria!

It's simple and easy and free to join in! Just follow the directions at the link below. You can use a computer, Mac or PC, an Apple or Android phone or tablet. You can have video on or off. It's up to you!

The link below has all the info for how to join.

For more information about how to join a Zoom meeting, click here for a video tutorial
This weekend is designed to be low stress, relaxing, educational, and most of all, fun! Kris will be around to talk about the new design you'll receive as part of the weekend, or you can work with her on any project of your choice. There's no formal instruction, but we're sure you'll learn a lot, have some fun, and gain some new friends from all over!
Stitching with Kris!

Join us September 25 - 27 for a relaxing weekend in Cambria

We don't know what the fall will bring to us, but we've decided to go ahead with a weekend event we've been planning.

Imagine spending three days in Cambria with an industry professional and life-long knitter and crocheter. Now imagine this in a beautiful Inn surrounded by people, like you, that also love to knit and crochet. That's the idea behind "Stitching with Kris." Think of it as a weekend knitting group.

We've set this for the fall and made our cancellation policies clear so that we keep everyone's safety and comfort in mind.

House Colors Cowl

Gather 5 of your favorite colors of  Alegria Grande Bocados  from Manos del Uruguay . Bocados (Which means snack or a small bite) are 25 gram, worsted weight, mini-skeins. 6 skeins (in five colors) makes this modular cowl full of stripes and shapes!

Designer  - Quinn Reverendo
Finished Size  - 42” circumference x 7½” depth
Yarn - Shown in Alegria Grande Bocados . Shown in 1 sk each AGB2419 Oceano (A), AGB2394 Teal (C), AGB2058 Turmeric (D), and AGB2199 Carmine (E); plus 2 skeins of AGB2540 Kohl (B).

Needle Size  - US 8 / 5mm straight or circular, or size to obtain gauge.

We did mention sale yarn, didn't we? It's easy to find what's discounted at the web site, just click on "On Sale" and see everything we have discounted! These are final sale items and we're unable to special order them, as a rule.

Yarn Bombing Group
Our tree outside the shop needs a new sweater, and we need your help!

Our beloved, and much photographed 'yarn bombed' tree outside the shop needs to be refreshed. The lovely squares all around the tree are getting to the point where we really need to replace it.

We need squares! Make us a 12" square. If it's a little longer, that's ok! Any yarn, though the best would be something like Berroco Ultra Wool, as it's durable, washable, and holds it shape well over time. We'll take any fiber, any design, any technique! So knit it, crochet it, weave it, whatever makes you happy!

Here's a knit and a crochet pattern for 4" granny squares. If you multiply everything by 3, you should get a 12" square!

Then drop your square(s) off at the shop, or mail them to us at the address below:
Ball & Skein
4210 Bridge St STE 6
Cambria, CA 93428

Be sure to include your name so we can thank you for them!

We'll let you know when we're ready to decorate the tree.
It won't be soon.
It's always a fun day and we love the help!

Check out our Calendar for our Events and Classes!

Ongoing Events - Cancelled till further notice

Stitching In Your Slippers - FREE OPEN KNITTING and CROCHET
Every Friday and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
4210 Bridge St
Cambria, California 93428

Introduction To Knit or Crochet for FREE 
No class, no schedule, just drop in and we'll get you started with the basics for FREE! Why do we do this for free? We want to share this craft with everyone we can. Of course we'd love it if you become regular guests in the shop, but it gives us so much pleasure to teach as many people as possible how to start their journey with our favorite craft.

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 42 years!

Kris, Oz, and the whole Ball & Skein family