Our Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

updated 03-20-20 at 5pm

Through Friday, March 27th, we will be open for remote shopping, as described below, but closed to foot traffic. Between March 28th and April 10th, we will be complying with Minnesota’s Stay at Home Order and not coming into the shop. That means that we won’t be able to prepare packages for curbside pickup, home delivery, or shipping. But all is not lost! For one thing, as of now you still have two days to order supplies to keep you occupied, soothed, and productive during this crisis. Also, the order is in place for a finite amount of time — two weeks — and during that time we will continue to keep our online community connected. Stay tuned to our website and social media for news about opportunities for online classes, virtual Open Stitch, and more.

Accessing the Shop Remotely — ends at 5:50pm Mar. 27th

Although our doors are closed to in-person traffic, our phone line will remain open (507-645-1330) and we’ll continue checking our email (info@northfieldyarn.com) through closing on Friday, March 27th. We can sell items over the phone as long as you have a credit or gift card to use. We also have a number of items for sale on our website, and plan to add more to the webstore over the coming weeks.

To make it easier for you to shop from home, we are temporarily changing our shipping terms, and will charge only $1 for shipping orders under $50 within Minnesota. (As usual, orders of $50 or more ship for free.) Alternatively, we have set up a “curbside pickup” location in front of the building, and you can arrange to pick your purchase up there when you call.

Classes and Gatherings

In light of the MDH guidance, we have cancelled all classes and gatherings for the time being. Our classes are small, but we are not able to accommodate the social distancing recommendation, which is six feet per person, and many of our customers are among the group most vulnerable to this virus. This cancellation applies to our weekly Punchcard Clinics, as well. We are currently exploring options for online classes and help sessions, so stay tuned.

If you have paid for a class that has been cancelled, we would love to transfer your registration to a future class (and we do intend to reschedule cancelled classes to a later date, although at this point we are looking at mid-May at the earliest). Alternatively, we can issue you a refund.

Growing our Online Community

We are focused on finding ways to keep our community connected in the absence of our brick and mortar home. For instance, there is now an online forum for everyone playing March Madness Bingo.  It’s a great diversion during these challenging times, and it’s not too late to get involved. (Find all the details here.)  Stay tuned to our social media; more ideas to come.

Thank you for your support as we negotiate our way through these uncertain times. Keep Calm and Cast On!

Dos Tierras KAL

This April, Northfield Yarn is partnering with one of our favorite yarn companies, Malabrigo, on their first-ever knit-along!

Malabrigo has introduced three beautiful new colors of Dos Tierras, their drapey DK-weight blend of 50% Merino wool and 50% baby alpaca just for this KAL! The Alice, Neverland and Fairy Tale colorways are specially designed for Joji Locatelli’s Odyssey shawl pattern. We have these new colors, along with our suggestions for alternate color combinations, in the shop now, and we will be providing knit-along support during our weekly Open Stitch sessions on three Saturdays (April 4, 11 and 18) from 10 am – noon. 

The KAL starts on April 1. You can purchase Odyssey Shawl kits from Northfield Yarn in store or online here!

Learn more and register to participate on Malabrigo’s blog.

Download the free Odyssey shawl pattern on Ravelry

Please note that Malabrigo has suggested some modifications to the pattern if you are using the Dos Tierras yarn for the KAL. Complete information can be found on the Malabrigo Web site.

There is no charge for taking part in our KAL, but if you sign up to participate on the Malabrigo Web site, you’ll be added to their Ravelry and Instagram groups and be eligible for weekly prize drawings!

It’s March Madness time again!

Sports tournaments and crafting go together like peanut butter and chocolate. It’s time for our 3rd annual March Madness Bingo, where you can win prizes by completing projects that satisfy squares on our Bingo card! Projects can be started any time, but must be completed during the NCAA Men’s College Basketball tournament, March 15 – April 6.

Offical Rules can be found on the back of the Bingo card. Most importantly, the projects must be made from yarn purchased at Northfield Yarn, and you must bring in (to the shop) photo proof or actual finished projects, to have your bingos verified for prize entries.

How do you win? A completed bingo (fives squares marked off in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row) will get you a Bingo Prize plus an entry into a drawing for the Grand Prize, which will be worth at least $75. You can earn additional entries by completing more bingos. Feeling up for a challenge? A completely full card is worth 12 entries! Details of the Grand Prize will be released soon.

You can pick up a Bingo card at the shop, or download it here. We’ve also created an optional form to help you keep track of your projects, which you can download here.

Have fun playing!

VIOLET PROTEST

The Violet Protest is the brain-child of artist Ann Morton. She envisions it as a nation-wide, non-partisan effort to send 50 hand-made textile squares to each member of the 2021 Congress in support of the following core American values:

  • Civility & Respect
  • Citizenship
  • Compromise
  • Country over Party & Corporate Influence
  • Courage
  • Candor
  • Compassion
  • Creativity

That’s a total of 26,750 squares!

The Violet Protest squares are to be 8″ x 8″ in size, made using equal amounts of red and blue fiber, so that the overall impression is a violet color. In this way, the colors red and blue, which have long been associated with political division in our country, will come together to produce a visual metaphor for Unity.

Northfield Yarn has signed up to create at least 25 squares, and YOU are invited to help us reach that goal (or exceed it). This is a FREE event, but we’d love to have a general idea of how many of you would like to participate, we’ve created a event listing so you can easily sign up to join our effort!

We’ll be working on our squares during Thursday and Saturday Open Stitch sessions between March 12-28. Specifications for the squares and pattern suggestions for knit or crocheted squares will be available in the shop. Bring red and blue yarn from your stash and join us during any Open Stitch! You can also sew, quilt, or weave the squares.

Before heading off to Washington D.C., finished squares will be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum. It is Ann Morton’s hope that all 50 states will be represented by the makers. You can see an artist’s rendering of how the squares will be displayed, as well as more information about the project and the project progress on The Violet Protest Web site.

Any questions? Get in touch with Jody — Admin@NorthfieldYarn.com

If you’d like to help spread the word about the Violet Protest, you can download an informational flyer to post about the project. Individuals can also sign up to submit a certain number of squares, but please help us meet our organizational goal, too!

#LovePeopleBeKind Project

Northfield Yarn is excited to join Lisa Daehlin, New York knitting designer and opera singer with connections to Northfield, in her Love People, Be Kind movement.

For the last several years, Lisa has been crocheting small hearts with the message LOVE PEOPLE, BE KIND and leaving them in places around New York and everywhere she travels.  She gives them to people or places them where passersby will see them. We love the message, so we are encouraging all Northfield knitters and crocheters to join us as we expand Lisa’s movement.  How??

  • Click on one of the links below to find the pattern for either a knitted or crocheted heart pattern.  These can be done in any size and color.
  • Attach a tag inviting people to post a picture of the heart and include #lovepeoplebekind and #NorthfieldYarn.  You can make them yourself, pick them up at the shop, or print them from this pdf.
  • Keep a stash of hearts and carry some with you (Lisa always seems to be running out).  Whether you are in town or traveling, find places to put your hearts where they will be seen and hand them out to people you meet. 

Questions?  Email the shop at info@northfieldyarn.com