Happy Halloween!

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I hope you had a great week and are fit and healthy.

Are you all ready for the invasion of the Trick or Treaters’?  Do you celebrate and get dressed up? I know for some it is their favorite holiday.  For me, it is not so much.  I guess it is how you are raised and the customs of where you grow up.  It really wasn’t a holiday that was celebrated in England while I lived there.  Wow!  That was a long time ago.  Although when I was back there recently I did notice a marked change.  Many more costumes in the stores, so I think they have adopted the tradition.  While Laura was little I did get with the program and made her costumes every year.  I do remember that being fun.  Where we live no though we really don’t get anyone knocking on our door, the climb just isn’t worth it.  I sincerely hope that you have a great time whatever your plans entail.

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Are you lucky enough to have the kind of friend that although you don’t see them for months, and only talk to them once in a while when you see them it is as if time has stood still?  Well this week we are lucky enough to have two of our very dearest friends come to stay with us.  They will be with us until Friday we are having a great time.  It does mean however, that I may not be in the shop as much.  Never fear, Lesley will be available to help with all your yarny needs !

Lesley and I have been working on planning the next couple of month’s classes.  We think we have come up with some great ideas.  We have decided on some pretty quick and fun projects, where you will learn new skills and have a great gift to give or keep at the end of them, just in time for the holidays.  Take a look!

Here is one of our new classes.  A cable knit button up scarf/cowl.  It knits up quickly with one skein of chunky alpaca or 128 superwash.

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Lesley has been in her absolute glory this week.  Rearranging shelves, moving things around, making room for all the new arrivals.  So much yarn now and with more on the way, we have to find a home for it.  We have just restocked on Cascade and Regia.  Berrcco will be here next week.  And, wait for it…MadelineTosh will be here soon.  We met with our Berrcco Euro yarn reps.  We picked out some great yarn from them.  It should arrive in time for that special project.  Don’t be surprised if you stop by and see a couple of empty shelves. We’re just planning ahead as things move around!

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I was recently asked to finish a skirt for someone.  Most of the work was already done; it just needed the finishing touches.  Anyway I got me to thinking – yes I did that again – about what a great project it was.  So I am adding it to my list and perhaps even to the class list.  What do you think?  What have you added to your list lately that you never thought of knitting until you saw a completed project?

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I often hear people come in and look at the clearance section and say wow that’s lovely but what would I do with it?  So I have gone through it and selected the yarn and a pattern to go with it and put it together in a bag, with a total price on it.  I even made up a little set to show you an example of a finished project.  Here it is, a jacket and hat made with clearance yarn.  Try it out you will be amazed at what you can do with some great yarn at a really great price.  Bonus. if we get rid of all our old stock, we have room for some lovely new things!

Oh! I almost forgot.  The first of the Svalbard sweaters is complete!

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Mary Ann finished off her sweater this week and brought it in to show it off.  Isn’t it beautiful!  Just to prove it isn’t too late, Lesley is barley halfway done with the heart at the top and another knitter Just cast on yesterday!

I hope I have given you lots to think about and inspire you to get creative this week.  Take care and hope to see you soon

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We are getting ready to schedule some classes for January!  Can you believe it?  If there is something that interests you, let us know now.  We will get it scheduled!!!
Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
Yarnitudes CLasses Next Week:
All upcoming class details are available on our website, click here.

To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 707-827-3618 or contact us.

Please let us know if a day or time does not work for you. We will try to repeat a class at a different time.
As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you

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Charity Knitting

We will accept any finished Alice’s Embrace project at the store even if you didn’t get the yarn here. I know you all have stashes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, you can do so now by clicking here.

Thank you.

Check out our other Charity projects in the store.

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Social knitting

Knitting and Crocheting groups meet at Yarnitudes on Wednesday evenings or Friday afternoons.  Spinning group meets on Thurday afternoon. Please join us!

The Santa Rosa Sit and Stitch meetings occur every Second and Fourth Tuesday at Cafe des Croissants, 2444 Lomitas Ave. Cross streets – Chanate off of Mendocino. New knitters, crocheters always welcome.

For more info on this group contact:

Andi Cassin Bowen – andi_cassin@yahoo.com or Nancy Jensen – garjen@sonic.net

Two weeks to Halloween!

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Good morning, I hope you are well.  My how the time is flying by.  Although we have still been having some very warm days don’t let that catch you out.  We are almost at that time.  It is the time that all the Goblins and Ghosties are about.

You still have time though to whip up a quick fall or Halloween project.  You can make something for the home or that special little tyke in your life.  Or for that matter; make something for you just to get you into the spirit – pun intended.

Here are a few great ideas!  Just click the project name for the pattern link.

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Pumpkin hat

What a perfect hat for the little ones in your life!  It is great for those crisp autumn days.  It is an adorable gift for a baby born in the fall, or to keep a little one’s head warm on a chilly fall day of play.  This hat uses a slip stitch technique that gives the appearance of tiny cables.  I like this because it gives it a different look than many other pumpkin hats.  It is, however, still very easy and quick to make!

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Felted Pumpkin

You don’t have to just make ghosts and ghoulies though.  This life-size pumpkin measures about 10 inches wide by 9 inches high after felting. Have fun turning the dining room table into your family’s very own pumpkin patch!  Knitting and felting has become extremely popular in recent classes here in the store. Felting like this can become quite addictive.

 

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Halloween Ghost

This cute knitted ghost makes a playful addition to your Halloween décor.  A wire skeleton is inside the legs and arms gives him more personality.  The options are endless when you embroider on or trim felt for the features.  The finished ghost is approximately 6 inches (15cm) tall.  How much fun would it be to make and hang these around your home?  You can even use them to decorate a small tree.

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Witch, Cat, & Pumpkin

You get three for the price of one with this pattern!   You could make a nice little display all of your own with these three, or give them as a treat for your little goblin.  The finished cat is approximately 5.5 inches (14cm) tall.  The finished doll is approximately 8 inches (20cm) tall.  The orange pumpkin is approximately 9,5 inches (11cm)

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Woodland Wreath

How about one of these wreaths to hang on your door?  This is not necessarily for Halloween but for all throughout the fall and Thanksgiving?  The components are made separately.  What wonderful details you could mix and match and come up with your own creation!

If nothing here appeals to you a quick search on Ravelry for fall or Halloween will show you all kinds of great projects. Is it too late for fall?  You have plenty of time to start something for winter.  The options are endless.  If you don’t know about Ravelry please ask us about it when you come in next.  We would be happy to give you a tour!  It is a wonderful resource for knitters and crocheters.

Until next time – Happy knitting!

~Trudy

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We are getting ready to schedule some classes for December and January!  Can you believe it?  If there is something that interests you, let us know now.  We will get it scheduled!!!

Yarnitudes Classes This Week:

Two- at a Time Socks

Feather and Fan Lace Scarf

Yarnitudes Classes Next Week:

Hexagonal Market Bag

Felted Clogs

All upcoming class details are available on our website, click here.

To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 707-827-3618 or contact us.

Please let us know if a day or time does not work for you. We will try to repeat a class at a different time.

As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you

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Charity Knitting

We will accept any finished Alice’s Embrace project at the store even if you didn’t get the yarn here. I know you all have stashes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, you can do so now by clicking here.

Thank you.

Check out our other Charity projects in the store.

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Social knitting

Knitting and Crocheting groups meet at Yarnitudes on Wednesday evenings or Friday afternoons.  Spinning group meets on Thurday afternoon. Please join us!

The Santa Rosa Sit and Stitch meetings occur every Second and Fourth Tuesday at Cafe des Croissants, 2444 Lomitas Ave. Cross streets – Chanate off of Mendocino. New knitters, crocheters always welcome.

For more info on this group contact:

Andi Cassin Bowen – andi_cassin@yahoo.com or Nancy Jensen – garjen@sonic.net

 

The Sky is the Limit!

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“There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above the quantities of wit” – Alexander Pope

It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only two stitches: knit and purl. Certainly, you can throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity.  The most interesting lace shawl, the trickiest aran sweater, and a humble sock; each is just made with knit and purl stitches.

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When I was thinking of what to write about this week, I came across the above in a book that was recently left at the store for everyone to enjoy.  Stop by and take a peek!  The name of the book is At Knits End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

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Anyway it got me to thinking – I do sometimes – as I sat and looked around at all the colors and items in the store.  Once you know these two stitches you can knit anything. Of course it takes practice, like everything, but isn’t it amazing when you think about it.  And we are here to help you every stitch along the way.

 

Now think of all the things you can do, and all the yarn you could do it with.  So many choices.  It has been pretty exciting to see all the sweaters, socks, hats etc. being created and all the people who didn’t think they could, just do it.  As long as you remember, it is just one stitch at a time, whether it be knit or purl.  There is no hurry, unless you put a limit on yourself, just enjoy the process and you will be amazed at the end result.

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I think every closet should have a classic cardigan/sweater. Do you have one? A Cardigan is something you can throw on at the last moment.   They will go with almost anything from jeans to formal-wear.  They can be made with so many different weights of yarn too.  There is a cardigan pattern that I just love.  It is extremely simple and a very quick knit.  There are so many options when you have a basic pattern.  You could choose the most amazing variegated or just one simple single color.  You can use a mixture of solids and variegated yarns, or several different colors.  You can put in stripes, blocks of color, or Fair Isle.  You can also vary stitch patterns.  There are so many choices all from one pattern.  The sky is the limit!

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I am considering a class that enables you to learn how to take one simple pattern and make it your own.  Interested???????????

 

We ran out of room in the newsletter last week but we have several Customer projects to share with you this week!  It is so exciting to see these finished projects come in.

First up, we have a wonderfully soft diagonal garter stitch blankie in Universal Yarns Uptown Chunky.

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Next, here is an adorable Sunflower Baby Set in Ecobutterfly organic cotton yarn. Knit up by Judi.

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We also saw a lovely lacy crocheted item by Pam.  It is Marie Wallin’s Kentridge vest in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.

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Just look at the detail!

 

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Last but certainly not least we have a great knitted tee by Carol in Tahki Stacy Charles Ripple.

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I wanted to share with  you the wonderful generosity of knitters and crocheters.  We have already begun to see donations for those crafters affected by the Valley Fire.  We have received yarn, needles, and several handmade items already.  If you have something you would like to donate. just bring it by the shop. It will get where it is needed most!

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Until next time!

~Trudy

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IN case you were wondering, there are Men STILL at work!

Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
Yarnitudes Classes Next Week:
All upcoming class details are available on our website, click here.

To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 708-827-3618 or contact us.

Please let us know if a day or time does not work for you. We will try to repeat a class at a different time.
As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you

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Charity Knitting

We will accept any finished Alice’s Embrace project at the store even if you didn’t get the yarn here. I know you all have stashes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, you can do so now by clicking here.

alice's embrace

Thank you.

Check out our other Charity projects in the store.

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Social knitting

Knitting and Crocheting groups meet at Yarnitudes on Wednesday evenings or Friday afternoons.  Spinning group meets on Thurday afternoon. Please join us!

The Santa Rosa Sit and Stitch meetings occur every Second and Fourth Tuesday at Cafe des Croissants, 2444 Lomitas Ave.  Cross streets – Chanate off of Mendocino. New knitters, crocheters always welcome.

For more info on this group contact:

Andi Cassin Bowen – andi_cassin@yahoo.com or Nancy Jensen – garjen@sonic.net

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Hello October!

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Hello!

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant start to the month.  It has been interesting here in the shop; all the Fall and Winter knitters have been coming in.  So many are starting their holiday knitting.  How are you doing with yours?

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I am not sure if you remember that a while ago I mentioned that our landlord was going to give the building a face lift. I bet you thought I was making it up didn’t you?  If you have been in or passed here lately you may have noticed a lot of activity.

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They have replaced the siding on the Lone Pine side, and we have new steps too!  It has been a little noisy at times and somewhat frustrating losing phone and internet service on occasion.  BUT, it will be worth it! Right?  I have asked that the main color of the building stay red – the shade may change – but they have agreed to keep with the theme.  There will be some new accents and it should be really nice once it is completed.  Woo Hoo!

I have managed to finish my green cardigan, it is OK but I really should take my own advice.  The gauge isn’t quite what I wanted,so the fabric isn’t right.  But I wanted to knit it and didn’t want to take the time.  Live and learn.  Now I need to find something to wear it with.

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I am half way through a custom Christmas stocking.  Last year I was asked to replicate one for a family who’s Grandma had made them all matching ones.  As happens the family had grown and the latest member didn’t have one and that Grandma was no longer with them.  So I did that and when their other Grandmother came in to pick it up she told me there was a new family member on the way, so could I, once it arrived do another.

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Well Max arrived and now his stocking will be present along with the rest of the family in time for this year.  It is a fun idea to have a tradition like theirs.  Do you have a family tradition that involves knitting or crochet?

Lesley has a thanksgiving tradition involving knitted hats that started years ago.  A group of her friends get together each year to celebrate the holiday.  One year she was sitting with one of the women there who was knitting.  For whatever reason Lesley didn’t have her knitting with her. I know,  unheard of!  She borrowed some yarn and needles and by the time the turkey was ready, the host had a new hat.  Since then each year that host gets a new hat.  This year Lesley and her husband are hosting the feast.  Her contribution this year is that all the guests will get a hat!  Stop by the store to see the collection as it grows.  Only three are complete so far.  She better get a move on!  Here is the hat from 2014.  She knit it on the plane ride to Colorado!

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The yarn is Cascade 128 Superwash and the pattern is the Spiral Rib Hat by Song Palmese.  My daughter Laura has made many of these and we have the pattern in the shop.  It is great because it works with many yarn weights and gauges.

We have some new arrivals in the store.  We have an amazing selection of sock yarn that just keeps growing.

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You don’t have to make socks to use this yarn!  It makes wonderful shawls, lightweight scarves and sweaters, baby sweaters, and all sorts of other things.

For those who like the look of knitted socks though but don’t like making them – we know it’s not for everyone – we have some ready made socks in the shop.  They are a great deal too at only $14 per pair.  They are  wool and nylon for warmth and strength and have a touch of bamboo added for extra softness.  How decadent!

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The knit along is going really well we are happy to say, the count is now 11 or 12 it is so hard to keep track when we never see them all together!  If you decide you would like to join in let us know.  It is so much fun to see all the different colors of Svalbard’s growing. We have so many wonderful colors of yarn in sweater quantities available.  I wonder what a variegated one would look like?  So far no one has chosen anything but plain, not that the design needs anything else. But I’m sure it would be interesting.  There is still time to start so don’t be shy stop by and see us!

On an more somber note, I’d like to mention the Valley Fire.

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After being displaced by the Valley fire, our neighbors in Lake County will be rebuilding their lives and homes during the coming winter.  A group of Sonoma County Knitters have started knitting for their neighbors.  Our neighbors to the north will need warm hats, fingerless gloves, cowls, scarves, and socks.   It gets really cold up there.  Since they will be living in unusual circumstances, laundry will probably be done at a Laundromat so the yarn should be machine washable and dryable to keep these clothes wearable all winter.  Not all machine washable yarn is machine dryable so check the ball bands and please leave a note on the garment.

Yarnitudes is proud to be a Sonoma county drop off point.  We anticipate delivering these items as the cold weather approaches: third week of October, before Thanksgiving, and if we have enough sometime mid December.

Also as you know, knitting and crochet can be so very therapeutic.  Can you imagine losing all of your stash, needles hooks etc?  Well to give fellow crafters up there something to think about other than their loss and the daunting future some of our wonderful customers have offered to donate yarn from their stash, along with extra needles etc.  We have some to go from here too.  So if you would like to contribute to their mental health as well as helping to keep them warm. Please bring anything you would like to donate and we will make sure it gets to the actual people who would really appreciate these items.  We do have customers from Lake County and we know many people up there who would be able to do this for us.  It will not get dumped in with all of the other donations that are being put into storage at the moment, but put into immediate use.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and being a part of our Yarnitudes family