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Iniko Shawl
As many of you may know, there are Condors that live in the area. Up on Big Sur Condor 1031 hatched on April 25, 2020. We watched it on the live web cam as it grew. Then came the Dolan fire, a large, powerful fire that destroyed much of the environment around the nesting area. The great news is that the chick was found and sent to San Diego for rehabilitation. The chick was named Iniko, a Nigerian word meaning "Born during troubled times."

Kris designed this shawl using two skeins of our custom colors of Mrs Crosby Hat Box, Cambria Cool and Cambria Warm. When we saw the finished piece, it reminded us of the wings of a large bird, so we named it in honor of little Iniko.

We think you'll love making it as much as she loved designing it.
These custom colors are available in Mrs Crosby Train Case (fingering weight sock yarn), Hat Box (DK/Sport), and Steamer Trunk (Worsted Weight).
Summer Sesame
One of the most popular yarns last year was Berroco Sesame, a beautiful multi-color, worsted weight yarn that is perfect for so many uses from hats and scarves to garments.

For Spring/Summer of 2021, Berroco brings us Summer Sesame! Summer Sesame is everything we love about Sesame, the easy care, the beautiful colors, and the great value, but designed for the warmer seasons as it contains no wool! Substitute Summer Sesame in any Sesame pattern, or any number of patterns for a new look!
Virtual Stitching in your Slippers Every Thursday
Join us On-Line every Thursday at 4:30 PM Pacific time for our stitching group, which we call "Stitching in your Slippers"! It's free to join and meet fiber friends from all over. We share projects we're working on and see the latest news from the shop!

The Quoin Cowl was featured earlier this month and is knit with 4 skeins of Maxima from Manos del Uruguay.
Current Store Hours

Friday through Monday 11 - 4 as usual.
Wednesday and Thursday open 11 - 4 by appointment. (Just give us a call in advance or when you arrive)
We're closed on Tuesday.
Always check our web site or give us a call before you make a special trip to see us!
Auntie Woolie Says...

We're so glad that so many folks from around the country have been joining us for our on-line classes and events. We keep hearing how delighted people are that they can join us conveniently and safely.

We keep learning and finding ways to improve the experience and we're sure on-line learning will be part of the Ball & Skein experience for years to come!

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? 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
The Incredible Rope Machine - 20% off!
The Incredible Rope Machine from Schacht is the fiber artist’s handy tool for making customized edge trims—think accents for pillows, coats, and sweaters; purse handles, jewelry, belts, and more. This simple-to-use tool allows the craftsperson to fashion the just-right accent.

Any size, color, or texture of yarn can be used.  Blend colors, textures, and fibers to make everything from very fine ropes to very thick ones. The Incredible Rope Machine gets even more incredible with a rounded design that makes for smoother action and easier rope-making. The new hook design refines the aesthetic appeal of this perennial favorite.

Complete easy-to-follow instructions show you how to be infinitely creative with the Incredible Rope machine.

Ball & Skein Videos!
As we've been doing more on-line, we're starting to expand our video offerings! The selection of videos will continue to grow each month, so keep an eye out!

We have a dedicated page that will link you to all the videos we've made public, including a beautiful video from our friends at Manos del Uruguay!
Current and Upcoming Class Offerings
Join us on-line on Saturday, February 13, 2021 to learn how to knit!

Learn the basics of knitting techniques in this class while knitting a coaster. We will learn the basic cast on and cast off, knit stitch, purl stitch, and the basics of choosing needles and yarn. Once you have knit the coaster you will be able to make a lovely scarf!
This is an on-line virtual class, so you can be anywhere to access it using Zoom technology.

Skills Required
No previous knitting experience. Fun for all ages. Recommended age for class is 10 years or older.
Laura Bryant
Join us on-line on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10AM Pacific for a FREE Trunk Show featuring Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns!

Laura is one of the original, independent hand-dyers and designers in the industry. Her yarns and designs are known and loved around the world.

Don't miss this fun and colorful event as Laura takes us through her latest work.

Details to come. Put it on your calendar today. Don't miss this one!
Woman Weaving
Weaving Classes On-Line!

We're scheduling two rigid-heddle weaving classes this year! These will be on-line and taught by Deborah Jarchow, who has led our previous weaving weekends.

Each class will be in two sessions. One, a perfect class for the novice or the weaver that is looking to making more functional pieces, is creating a tote bag! This class will run on Saturday, May 8 and Saturday, May 29 starting at 9AM.

The second class will explore a unique finishing technique and will run on Saturday, July 17 and Saturday, July 31 at 9AM.

Mark your calendars now. Details are coming!
We're always looking for a new members of our Fiber Team!


The Marais Pullover is knit with two skeins of Manos Clasica held double for a beautiful marled effect. It's a simple piece to knit and goes fast!
Private Lessons

If you need some help, we'd love to assist you using our new on-line technology! 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!
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.

Upcoming Events and Classes
Oz hosts a musical Open Mic night, currently on Zoom, every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Moonstone Cellars! It's a fundraiser, but free to attend! Click here for details!
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 42 years!

Kris, Oz, and the whole Ball & Skein family