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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!

Local Yarn Store Day is Saturday, April 27!

At Northfield Yarn, we are celebrating Local Yarn Store (LYS) Day with special events, yarns and kits! Since April 27 is also the day that the City of Northfield is observing Earth Day, we are especially proud to feature two local fiber farmers and their animals at our shop that day. Supporting local businesses, supporting local farmers, and learning more about where the yarns we love so much come from are all an important part of creating a vibrant community.

Here are some of our LYS Day events and specials:

  • Pop-up shop featuring the yarns and fibers of Alejandra Sanchez of A Woolen Forest from 10 am – 5:30 pm. Alejandra will have Jasper, one of her angora rabbits, with her, and will be available to talk about raising angora rabbits, spinning fiber, and growing plants for natural dyeing. Alejandra will have angora and wool yarn and roving for sale, along with natural dye plant seeds.
  • Pop-up shop featuring the yarns of Jody and Jessica Grund of The Grazing Goat Ranch from 1 – 5 pm. Jody and Jessica will have Rosemary and Dill, two bottle baby angora goats, with them, and will be available to talk about raising angora goats. Jody and Jessica will have mohair yarn for sale.
  • LYS Day colorways from Knitted Wit and Koigu, plus a free pattern with any purchase of Knitted Wit yarn.
  • LYS Day shawl kits from SweetGeorgia and Kelbourne Woolens.
  • A brand-new cowl kit from Rewya Fibers.
  • A free pattern booklet with any purchase of Berroco yarns.
  • A download code for a free digital copy of any Pom Pom magazine back issue with the purchase of any Pom Pom book or magazine.
  • Free Rowan patterns with purchase of Rowan Felted Tweed or Rowan Alpaca Classic yarns!
  • Free Casapinka Magical Thinking LYS Day 2019 shawl pattern with purchase of any three skeins of fingering weight yarn!
  • Free Cascade Mosaic Cowl pattern just for stopping in the shop!
  • DOUBLE POINTS on your Frequent Fiber Card.
  • A raffle for a special gift basket worth $50; everyone spending $30 or more at the shop on Saturday will get one entry into the raffle!
Fiber Friends Storytime with Content and Northfield Yarn!

Saturday, April 27 at 11 am

April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day and Local Yarn Store Day. Celebrate both with a special joint storytime event! Stop by Northfield Yarn at 11 am to meet the adorable angora rabbits of A Woolen Forest. Then, head to Content’s brand-new children’s section for a selection of picturebook favorites featuring bunnies, goats, and other woolly creatures.

Other special events in downtown Northfield on Saturday, April 27

Saturday, April 27 is a busy day in our town! It’s Earth Day in Northfield, with special events planned in Bridge Square and Armory Square. Our neighbors at Content Bookstore are celebrating Independent Bookstore Day and will have many new goodies in store! A little further up the street, Games N’ Geek is hosting a weekend tournament at their store and the Archer House Inn. We encourage you to take part in other local events, to consider carpooling and allow extra time for parking, and to be aware that downtown Northfield will be very lively on April 27!

About Local Yarn Store Day

Local Yarn Store Day is a brick and mortar shop appreciation day created by the TNNA Yarn Group. Launched in 2018, the second annual Local Yarn Store Day will take place on April 27 and is designed to show support for small businesses while bringing together a unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness and celebrate the craft. Vendors and retailers alike are coming together to showcase the benefits of locally owned yarn stores through an array of special products, classes and more!