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Bingo Update: New Procedures for Submitting Your Card

How is your March Madness Bingo card looking? I hope you’re making progress, because halftime is over, and we’ve got about a week and a half left in the game!

Under the original rules, you were supposed to bring your card to the shop by 5:30pm on Saturday, April 11th, along with evidence of the projects you completed. Because of the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve decided to change this process and make it entirely internet-based (see details below). Also, since you no longer need time to get to to the shop, we’re letting you use that extra time to finish your projects. The submission date will stay the same — 5:30pm, Saturday April 11th — but you can now count any project completed right up to the deadline.

We will need a little extra time to review your cards this way, so we will plan to announce the winner by 5:00pm Sunday, April 12th.

There are two different ways to submit your Bingo Card online, depending on whether or not you have (or choose to make) a Ravelry account.

Ravelry Method: This is the method we highly recommend, because there is already a discussion thread dedicated to March Madness Bingo, and because Ravelry will make it easy for you to show us the details of the projects to confirm your game card. Plus, if you aren’t using Ravelry already, you are missing out on a wonderful way to stay connected to your craft and to each other during this time of social distancing (and beyond!). To submit your completed card through Ravelry, do the following by 5:30pm, Saturday April 11th:

  • Add your bingo projects to your library, including the details that show how they satisfy a square (e.g., if a project satisfies the “no animal fiber content” square, make sure you fill in what yarn you used).
  • Join our Ravelry Group and open the March Madness discussion thread on the group page.
  • Send a “reply to thread” that includes:
    • a list of the projects with the squares they satisfy and links to the projects in your library; and
    • a photo of your filled out bingo card. (Make sure that your name is clearly visible on your card, since we don’t know you all by your Ravelry name!)

Email Method: Follow these instructions by 5:30pm, Saturday April 11th if you prefer to submit your bingo card without using Ravelry:

  • Take a picture of each completed project
  • Take a picture of your completed bingo card (with your name clearly visible on it)
  • Send an email to info@northfieldyarn.com, attaching the pictures and listing, in the text of the message, the names of the projects and the squares that they satisfy.
  • The subject line of the email must say “My Bingo Card” (this is important so that your submission doesn’t get overlooked in our very full in-box).

Remember, one bingo (a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line of 5 squares) gets you a reward, and every bingo gets you an entry in the drawing for the fabulous grand prize:

Seven Sisters Top Knitalong with Northfield Yarn and Blue Sky Fibers

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Minnesota yarn company Blue Sky Fibers on their 2020 Spring/Summer Sweater KAL, which runs from April 1 – June 30. The featured pattern is the brand-new Seven Sisters Top, using Printed Organic Cotton (Worsted). In this KAL, which is great for adventurous beginners, participants will knit a sweater in the round and then finish the back and front separately, joining their work at the shoulders. The result is a top perfect for the coming warmer months.

Interested in joining the KAL? 

Register on the Northfield Yarn events page, and we will send you a FREE download code for the Seven Sisters Top pattern that can be used starting April 1. You will need 4 – 6 hanks of Printed Organic Cotton.

NOTEIf you wish to order any of the supplies for the KAL, please order your yarn or call the shop (507-645-1330) before 4:00 pm on Friday, March 27th. Due to the MN Stay-at-Home order that is in effect during the COVID-19 crisis, there will be no staff in the shop to process orders between March 28th – April 11th. You can still register for the KAL at any time, and we hope to be able to ship again after April 11th.

Stay Connected

Shortly, we will start hosting our weekly Thursday and Saturday Open Stitch sessions on Zoom. We are exploring the possibility of hosting a separate weekly Zoom gathering for Seven Sisters KAL participants, too! Northfield Yarn staff member Brianna will be knitting the sweater along with you and joining you online. If you register for the KAL on the Northfield Yarn events page, we will send you links to join our virtual knitalongs each week.

Grand Prize from Blue Sky Fibers!

The Friends of Blue Sky Fibers Ravelry page will be the nationwide home base for the KAL. Feel free to post comments, questions and progress pictures there. If you post an image of your final piece on Ravelry or any of Blue Sky Fibers social sites (tag them so they see it!), you will be entered to win the grand prize: yarn in the color of your choice and pattern for BSF’s summer KAL, a sweater in Organic Cotton (Skinny).

How much yarn do I need? What size should I make?

Blue Sky Fibers Printed Cotton, 150 yards/100 grams per hank

Hanks needed for Seven Sisters sweater pattern

XS/S: 4 hanks

M/L/XL: 5 hanks

XXL: 6 hanks

Size information from pattern:

XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) to fit bust size 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42–44, 46-48, 50-52)

Finished measurements of sweater from pattern for size XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL)

Chest Circumference: 40¾ (44¼, 47½, 50¾, 54, 57½)”

Length: 22 (23, 24, 24, 25, 25)”

Sweater is designed to be loose-fitting with approximately 5″ to 10″ inches of positive ease (finished measurements of sweater will be about 5″ to 10″ larger than your actual bust measurement).

Need needles or notions?

You will also need the following tools and notions to make your top. If you would like to add any of these to your order, please call the shop at (507) 645-1330, and we will be happy to process your purchase and add it to your yarn order. Remember that orders over $50 ship free and all orders within Minnesota ship for just $1 at this time!

NEEDLES:

Size 8 (5mm) 32″ circular needle (for body ribbing)

Size 8 (5mm) 24″ circular needle (for neck ribbing)

Size 8 (5mm) 16″ circular needle (for sleeve ribbing)

Size 10 (6mm) 32″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge for body of sweater

OTHER TOOLS:

Spare needle for Three-Needle Bindoff

Stitch holders or waste yarn

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle

StayHomeMN Starts Friday at 11:59pm

Northfield Yarn will be staffed through closing on Friday, March 27th. After that, we will be complying with Minnesota’s Stay at Home order. That means that these next two days are your last opportunity to place orders for supplies! A new project might be just the ticket during this challenging time.

To order, call or email the shop* during business hours or use our webstore any time. But be sure to do it by 4pm Friday, or we may not have time to get your order on its way to you. Webstore orders will be mailed according to our new, temporary shipping terms. Other orders can be picked up curbside or delivered to your home within Northfield, Dundas, and Faribault. But only through Friday!

*507-645-1330 / info@northfieldyarn.com / www.northfieldyarn.com

Now Available: Emission-Free Home Delivery

We are excited to announce that we have added another option for receiving your orders during this strange time while the shop doors are locked. Free, same-day, emission-free delivery is now available for addresses within Northfield, Dundas, and Faribault. Orders placed and packaged by 4pm will be delivered that same day. We aren’t sure how long this service will last, but we are going to try it out and see how it goes!

So when you call or email with an order, please let us know how you would like to receive your package:

  • US Mail — free for orders of $50 or more, otherwise $1 within MN, $8 outside of MN.
  • Curbside Delivery — you call us when you park and we put your package outside our door for contact-less pick-up
  • Home Delivery — same day if prepared by 4pm, no charge, delivery area includes Northfield, Dundas, and Faribault.