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The Tree has a sweater again!


After a long, pandemic imposed delay in getting the tree re-wrapped, we're delighted to let you know it's back in it's colorful glory, welcoming and spreading Love to all!

We're so grateful for all of you that sent us squares, helped seam them, and helped us get them on the tree.

Thank you so much. It wouldn't have happened without you!

Bell in the Tree

Another new organic cotton

Fair Cotton Mariner

Fair Cotton Mariner is a 100% organic cotton yarn from our friends at Katia. It's a fingering weight yarn that yields approximately 678 yards in a large 200 gram ball!

It gives you random stripes throughout your work making anything you make fun and colorful

Click for all the Fair Cotton Mariner colors!

Ask for this free crochet pattern when you buy a ball (or more) of this yarn! One ball makes the triangle shawl.

Fair Cotton Mariner Shawl Pattern

Otter Cove Shawlette in Impress

Organic cotton and soy and a free pattern*

Otter Cove Shawlette

(Otter Cove Shawlette in Serena)

Many of you are familiar with the Otter Cove Shawlette, designed by our own Kris Gregson and named after a cove in Cambria where otters are known to congregate. It's a fun to knit crescent shawl with three different pattern sections.

She originally designed it in Serena from Manos del Uruguay, a Baby Alpaca/Pima Cotton blend. We created some kits using Serena which you can find at the link below.

Otter Cove Shawlette Impress

(Otter Cove Shawlette in Impress)

We think it also looks great in Impress, a new yarn from Trendsetter.

Impress is 50% Organic cotton and 50% soy, making it a very eco-friendly choice and perfect for warmer weather. It yields a wonderful long striping effect that is very effective with this pattern.

Just one skein of Impress makes the piece!

*From now until Friday May 13, Buy one skein of Impress OR one Otter Cove Shawlette Kit (which is knit with Serena) and get the pattern for free! (The kit includes the price of the pattern) Use code OTTER7 at checkout. Be sure to add the pattern to your cart even if you're buying the kit so the discount code works!

(Order two skeins of Impress or one kit and get free shipping!)

Click for all the colors of Impress
Click for Otter Cove Shawlette Pattern and Kits
May Classes!
Classes are all on-line and recorded. All those that register will get a link to the recording after the fact.

Knit Bucket Hat Class - Last Chance!

Tweedy Buck Hat Kris
Join us On-Line on Saturday, May 14 from 9AM to Noon. The class will be recorded so you can review it after the fact. It's also handy if you can't make it that day.

In this workshop we will be working on the knitted Tweedy Bucket Hat designed by Lisa Myers of Fairmount Fibers. 
The workshop will include:
  • working with a provisional cast on technique
  • working the linen stitch in the round
  • joining a brim to create the classic bucket look

The workshop project uses 1 skein of the Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn which comes with the class!
Click for details on the Bucket Hat Class!

Crochet Bucket Hat Class

Join us On-Line Saturday May 21 from 9AM to Noon! The class will be recorded so you can can review it later, or if you are unable to attend on the 21st, you'll still be able to see the class!

Bucket hats are here and they're all the rage! In this workshop we will be working on the crochet Maxhill Hat by Audrey Drysdale, featured in the Noro Knitting Magazine #20, Spring/Summer

The workshop project uses 2 skeins of the Noro Sonata yarn which is included with the class. Choose one color or two colors for even more fun!

Click for details on the Crochet Class!
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. Join 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. All skills and interests welcome from all over!

Click here for Stitching in your Slippers Details
Help us fight Alzheimer's
Alzheimers Longest Day
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 would like the squares by Wednesday, June 1. We'll meet at the shop on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 to assemble the blankets! If you'd like to help, please let us know!
Click to find information about our project!
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


As a shop that has been concerned with environmental and human rights issues for many years, we're pleased to see more organic yarns coming out. Thank you for helping us support companies that are looking beyond the price on the label.

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!
Click here to see all the Ball & Skein Videos
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!
Contact Us Today!
Cat on a Mac

Free Knit Pattern!

Knit with two skeins of Macro from Berroco, this very quick-to-knit hat is great to gift or keep for yourself!

Choose any two colors you like from one of our favorite Super Bulky yarns!

Click to see all the colors of Macro!
Carver in Macro
Download the free pattern!
Upcoming Events and Classes
Click here to view our Calendar!
The discounts keep coming, some as high as 50% off!
Click to see some items at a discount!
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