NEW MONDAY HOURS!!!

Yes you heard me right!

Yarnitudes is now open Mondays from 10:00am-5:30pm

Stop by for all your yarn and fiber needs.

We are here for you!

~Lesley, Trudy, & Karen

Just Classes!

Hello How are you today?

It is the time again to give you an overview of the classes we have coming up in the next couple of months. As always, if there is something you would like to learn, let us know!  We are always adding new classes and repeating old ones on request.  We value your input.  Thank you for giving us an opportunity to teach you something new.  We love it!

Beginning Crochet

January 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 $15

Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.
Instructor – Trudy
Cost does not include materials
Beginning Crocheting in a group setting is a new concept in classes for Yarnitudes.  We are giving this a try to see how it goes.  Please tell your friends who have been on the fence about Crocheting that we will offer group beginning classes on a  regular basis going forward.
In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.

Felted Hat

January 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

 $26

Instructor – Madeline
Cost includes pattern
Learn to make a simple felted brimmed hat for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical garment that is bound to bring compliments.  Once you knit one, you will want to make many of these to give away.
New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, felting
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off
Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern
Materials:
24″ US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers for Size 11 Needles
2 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)

Baby or Child Top-Down Cardigan

January 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 $50

Two sessions – Thurs. Jan. 28 & Feb. 11
Instructor – Lesley
Learn to make this easy sweater for the little one in your life. Top down construction makes this easy to try on as you go.  If you have never knit a sweater before this is an easy place to start.  The possibilities are endless with so many color choices and the option to add texture in the form of cables or lace.
New techniques include:
Knitting flat and in the round
Knit front and back increases, cable cast on, picking up stitches
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern
Materials:
24″ Size US 7 – 9 Needles (depending on yarn choice)
400-800 yards (depending on size and yarn choice):  Malabrigo Rios, Tosh Vintage, or Tosh DK, Cascade 220 Superwash, Painted Sky, Cascade 220 Superwash Aran, Plymouth Encore, Universal Uptown Worsted.

Cable Knit Scarf/Cowl

February 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

 $26

Instructor – Madeline.
Cost includes pattern.
Learn to make a simple cable knit button scarf/cowl for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern uses only one skein (100 yards) of a bulky yarn.  The finished scarf is only 30 inches long so knits up quickly.  This quick and easy project is a great way to show off beautiful cables.
New techniques include:
Cable knitting, Slip stitch edge treatment, 2 stitch twist cable (great as a border to show off larger more complicated cables), buttonholes, k2tog cast off
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, identify a stitch
Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles, and pattern (you must buy this pattern on Ravelry)
Materials:
US 10 or 11 straight or circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers, three buttons, or shawl pin.
One skein of Cascade 128 Superwash OR 1 skein Cascade Bulky Alpaca (or any bulky yarn that gives you about 3.5 stitches per inch.)   Approximately 100 yards

Custom Fit Workshop

February 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 $25

or

February 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

  $25


Friday. Feb. 5 & 12, 11:00am-12:30pm
or
Thurs. Feb. 18 & 25, 5:30-7:00pm
Cost – $25  ($15 credit for yarn)
Have you ever made a sweater that just didn’t fit right?  Are you tired of altering patterns so they fit you? Do you want a sweater that has all the right stuff?  Have you just never knit a sweater because you don’t want all those things to happen to you?  Well we have some exciting news for you and now we can help you get exactly what you want that fits you like a dream!  Yarnitudes is now a CustomFit Local Yarn Store.  That’s right; CustomFit sweaters from Amy Herzog Design are here!  That means we are prepared to help you design and fit your very own CustomFit Sweater.
There are two sessions in this workshop series.  You need to attend both workshops to get a pattern that is ready to knit.
We have several dates available for the workshops.  Please choose one that works for your schedule.  If you absolutely cannot make one of the workshops, we will make one on one appointments.
Day 1: In this workshop we will discuss good sweater yarn, good sweater fabric, and take your measurements.  We will discuss how to swatch and why it is important to swatch.  Here we aren’t swatching “to get gauge.”  We are swatching to get good sweater fabric that will wear well and that we like on a large scale.  By doing this we are taking our stitch pattern and edging choices out for a test drive!  After this workshop, you will go home with a skein of yarn to swatch with.  Once we have a fabric we like then the magic happens.  Custom Fit works with YOUR measurements and YOUR gauge to make a pattern that is just for YOU!
Before the second workshop you must complete a minimum of a 6″x6″ swatch in stockinette (and in pattern if applicable.)  Please take some time to view the Custom Fit Sweater patterns.  This will make your sweater pattern building session go much faster.  You can view the Custom Fit patterns at home on your computer by clicking here or in the shop where we have a design book for you to look through.  Remember, the options are all customize-able from body and sleeve length to edging choices and details.  If you don’t see what you want you can build your own sweater from scratch.  This option should only be used by experienced sweater knitters.
Day 2:  We will meet one week later to evaluate your swatch  to see if you have good fabric.  We will then measure your gauge and generate your Custom Fit sweater pattern for you in the store.  Now you are ready to knit!
We have a Custom Fit Sweater Knit-a-long starting in January.  Anyone is welcome to join.  We’d love to see your progress.

Start Spinning

February 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 $45

Instructor – Karen
Cost includes materials
Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects!
You do not need to bring anything with you.  You will be given roving and may borrow a drop spindle. There will be a wheel demonstration. You may bring your wheel if you have one.
New techniques include:
Drafting wool
Using a drop spindle

Felted Clogs

February 7 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 $50

Two sessions – Sun. Feb. 7, 4:30-7 & Feb. 14, 4:30-6
Instructor – Lesley
Cost includes pattern
Comfy, cozy feet are what you need this winter.  These house shoes make wonderful gifts.  Make it more fun by not felting them until after you gift them and look at the recipient’s face when they open a package with a huge pair of wooly shoes inside! Easy to knit, easy to felt.  You won’t be able to make just one pair!
New techniques include:
Short Rows, increasing, decreasing, working back and forth and in the round
Instructions are given for felting at home
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn
Verify gauge with a swatch (10 stitches = 4 inches stockinette when yarn is doubled)
You will need:
Worsted Weight (non-superwash) Wool:  Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride or Cascade 220
(3 skeins – 2 in body color 1 in contrast – more for men’s large sizes)
Stitch markers and a 24″ or longer size 13 circular needle

Beginning Knitting

February 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 $15

Instructor – Trudy
Cost does not include materials
In this class we will learn to make a basic hat.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   You will learn the building blocks for more complicated knits and be able to learn something more challenging with ease.
New Techniques Include:
Cast on
knit flat (garter Stitch)
knit in the round (stockinette)
You will learn to decrease
Materials:
One skein Malabrigo Chunky
US Size 10 or 11, 24″ circular needles
Homework:
Purchase up yarn and needles

Crochet Feather & Fan Scarf

February 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 $20

Instructor – Linda
Cost includes pattern
Learn to crochet this beautiful stitch with only a basic knowledge of crochet you will be able to make this neat scarf!
New techniques include:
Combine chains, doubles, and slipped stitches to make a new design.
For this class you need to know how to:
Chain & double crochet
Homework:
Purchase yarn and hook
You will need:
2 skeins sport or DK weight yarn

Beaded Necklace

February 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 $40

Instructor – Trudy
Cost includes materials
Learn to make this fantastic accessory.  The combinations are limited only by your imagination!
New techniques include:
How to string and knit with pre-strung beads
Long tail cast on with beads
Short rows
For this class you need to know:
Long tail cast on, bind off, knit, and purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Pick up necklace kit and string beads on yarn before class
Materials:
Necklace kit, 24″ or longer Size 3 circular knitting needle

CustomFit Sweater Class

February 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 $20

Cost – $10/hour
Instructor – Deirdre
Sun. Feb. 14 2:00-4:00pm.   Plus additional meetings as needed.  Schedule TBA.
Never knit a sweater before?  Need help knitting that CustomFIt sweater?  No problem.  We will help you through the process.  Formal class setting to teach you all the steps for sweater knitting.
New Techniques:
Reading a CustomFit pattern, casting on, increases, decreases, counting rows, mostly seamless or seamed construction options.
Homework:
You must have completed a CustomFit workshop or have already generated a CustomFit pattern before attending this class.

Half-Pi Shawl

February 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 $60

Three sessions – Tues. Feb. 23, Mar. 8 & 22, 6:00-8:00pm
Instructor – Linda
Cost includes pattern
Learn to knit delicate lace on a classic shawl shape.  This is not as complicated as you think it is.  You can do it!  Wow everyone you know when you wear it.  Wears well with almost anything.
New techniques include:
Increasing, lace knitting (YO, K2TOG), applied lace edging
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles
You will need:
1200-1300 yards lace or fingering weight yarn
Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Ella Rae Lace Merino, Cascade Heritage Sock, Collinette Jitterbug

Painted Shawl

February 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

or
February 28 @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm
$20
Instructor – Deirdre
Learn to make this classic triangular shawl shape in light and airy fingering weight yarn or warm and cozy light worsted weight yarn.  The wonderful color changes in this yarn make this shawl a delight to knit.  Want to make it more interesting? Deirdre will help you make a three or four panel shawl to cover you more completely.  What fun!
New techniques include:
Basic lace (YO, k2tog), triangular shawl construction.
For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles
Materials:
One skein of Painted Desert (fingering) with 32″ US 4 needle or two skeins of Painted sky (light worsted) with 32″ US 7 needle, stitch markers

Felted Sheep

February 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

 $40

Two sessions – Sun. Feb. 28 & Mar 13, 4:30-6:00pm
Instructor – Lesley
Cost includes pattern
Wooly, Cuddly, and Completely Loveable, Sheep!
Easy to knit, easy to felt.  You won’t be able to make just one!  The yarn and needle used will determine finished size of sheep.
New techniques include:
Short Rows, increasing, decreasing, working back and forth, seaming.
Instructions are given for felting at home
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn
Verify gauge with a swatch 12 stitches = 4 inches stockinette when yarn is doubled
You will need:
Worsted Weight (non-superwash) Wool:  Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride or Cascade 220
1 skein body, partial skein in contrast for face
Stitch markers and a 24″ or longer size US 10 1/2 or 11 circular needle
That is all we have on the books so far for February!  Looks like fun yes?
Until next time!
~Trudy & Lesley

Rainy Days!

rain

Well hello there,

Oh what a lovely grey day!  It’s a good job we need the rain and we know how lovely it will be in a few weeks otherwise this weather would really be getting me down. It’s like being back in England.  Great knitting weather though.  Have you ever wondered how the UK and Scandinavian knitters got so good? Perhaps this kind of weather is the answer.

knit rain

Well let’s make the most of it.  Find a great book or pattern, pick out some lovely yarn (back in the day they didn’t have access to the great yarn we have now) and cozy up and create something beautiful.

Talking of lovely yarn; do I ever stop? We have just received three boxes of wonder from Malabrigo full of Sock, Arroyo, Rios, Mecha, and Chunky.  The shelves are full, or almost, as it goes out almost as soon as it arrives.  Such wonderful colors and textures and so luscious and easy to knit and crochet with.  The Malabrigo Chunky is my favorite go to yarn for beginners.  We have also replenished some Cascade, Universal and Berocco Ultra Alpaca will be arriving on Thursday. We are keeping the store nice and toasty for you so come on in and stay a while.

crochet rain

Saturday saw the first of the ‘Crochet Stitch of the Month’ class.  It was very well attended and some even signed up for the whole year.  We have been getting, I am very happy to report, more and more crocheters in the store lately.  It is always nice to see the different forms of yarn craft take shape. I have also been teaching more people to crochet lately.  It is so much fun to see people’s faces when after struggling for a short while things start falling into place.  Lets face it learning something new is never immediately easy.  With just a little commitment and perseverance though, and of course practice in the beginning it, is amazing what can be achieved.

Remember to check out this weeks classes, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday morning and afternoon and of course Sunday afternoon with Lee Gant.  Don’t miss out, give us a shout.  Sorry couldn’t resist that.

We hope you have a lovely if rainy week ahead, and as always thank you for reading this.

Yarnitudes Classes!
Classes this week:
Classes next week:
All 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.  Classes with fewer than two attendees will have to be rescheduled.

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

Resolutions?

resolution3

Hi how are you today?

Have you enjoyed the first week of this New Year or has it been a bit of a challenge?  I hope it has been good to you.  Have you made any new years resolutions? How many of those will you keep? I don’t make resolutions any more, it gets too depressing when I don’t accomplish them.  So I just say I want to do my best and be my best and smile as often as possible.  Let’s see how that goes.

resolution

Well we got off to a busy start in the store.  We have had five custom fit workshops that were very well attended.  Everyone is eager to get started.  We had lots of fun getting to know each attendee up close and personal. There was lots of excitement all around.  It meant three late nights and one early morning in a row for us though.  We are feeling a little weary and both are ready for a lazy day off.

swatch

We will do the second part of the workshop this week.  This means more late nights but it is worth it to see this project come alive.  If you haven’t reserved your spot for next months sessions call us soon because they are filling up quickly. Of course if you have any questions about this or other classes just give us a call.  We will gladly answer them.

class

Speaking of classes have you checked out all we have on offer?  From beginning knitting and crochet on to full on projects we have quite a few choices.

For a great class for those who can knit and purl or chain and double, but want to move on and see just how much you can do with those two little stitches, check out our knit or crochet stitch of the month classes.  You will see how these basic stitches transform into amazing patterns, just one stitch at a time.  Don’t want to seam those squares into a blanket?  Wash cloths always make great inexpensive gifts. I have heard from many people that they were given one as a gift and how much they loved them.  Or you could make them into a lap, baby or college blanket for that special person in your life so that they will forever be surrounded by your love. Trust me they last for many, many years.  Linda will show you how easy it is to turn these two simple stitches into a library of different patterns.

We are so very lucky to be in the position we are.  To share our knowledge, joy and excitement with others and to see the smiles on faces as they are surrounded color and texture, it really is a treat.

sebastopol knitting group

As so many have come to realize knitting and crochet is so much more than yarn, needles and hooks.  It is also the camaraderie and support we get from our fellow crafters.  It is the sense of purpose and belonging that it gives that is amazing.  You may have read knitting stories, ‘Knit one Crochet too’, ‘The Shop on Blossom Street’ are two of the first books I read in this line.  I think they may have been my inspiration for having a yarn store of my own.  If you haven’t read them I think they are well worth the read, or perhaps now I would encourage you to get them on tape so you could knit at the same time, ha ha!

sonoma county yarn shop

I’d like to take a moment to announce a new social spinning and help group that will be meeting in the store once a month.  The first meeting will be this week, Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00-7:00pm.  It is hosted by our spinning instructor (and so much more) Karen Emery.  The dates for the following monthly meetings have not been nailed down but we will let you know as soon as we do!  Stop by to spin with her and other spinners to pick up some new techniques or just pass the time.

sonoma county knitting class

 

Don’t spin?  Don’t worry. We have knitting and crochet groups that meet Wednesday evenings in the store from 3:00-7:30pm or Friday afternoons from 3:00-5:30pm.  We also have a spinning group that meets Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00.  Don’t forget about the stitching group that meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Café des Croissants on Lomitas Ave. in Santa Rosa.  With so many choices you can knit all week long!

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Where was I? Anyway, in Lee Gant’s book, Love in every stitch she explains how knitting saved her.  It has stories of people she has met along the way through the craft.  It is an inspiring journey and we have the great fortune to have Lee coming into our shop to share some of this with you.  She will read some passages from her book and tell you more stories that have touched her.  It will be an informal couple of hours, refreshments will be served, you will get to meet Lee and pick her brain.  Lee will tell you how she came to designing and selling her patterns and the work she does with children and adolescents.  It is sure to be a great afternoon – Sunday 24th January from 4.30 to 6.30 pm.  Here in the store.  Please let us know if you are planning on attending so we can prepare.

sonoma county yarn shop

So many people have been in lately from different parts of the country.  They all say how great it is to go into a real life brick and mortar, (or in our case wood and nails) store.  So many stores like ours have gone out of business and they cannot find one near where they live.  I have to tell you, (confession time here) the first four years were pretty tough.  We have made it through though and now by word of mouth etc. more and more people are finding us.  We are so happy to be here for you.  However, we can always use your help.  Visiting us on line on our website, posting reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp, or nominating us in contests for the best of the bay, etc. etc. all help us to stay around.  A good review can go a very long way.  And Please, if we do something wrong tell us, so we can make it right. All this helps you to keep us here, and thank you for that.

thank you

Well as hard as it was to come up with an idea for this week’s Newsletter I seem to have rambled on long enough, so I am closing for today.  I hope I haven’t bored you silly or taken too much time away from your yarn.  I will now hand this over to Lesley to work her magic and wish you all a great week, hope to see you in the store really soon.

Thanks, Trudy

Yarnitudes Classes!
Classes this week:
Classes next week:
All 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.  Classes with fewer than two attendees will have to be rescheduled.

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

Happy New Year!

new year

Happy New Year
Well Hello there,

We would like to wish you a very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and successful 2016.

Now that the holidays are once more behind us and we have taken a breath, it is time to move on, plan, and get ready.

We had to think long and hard about closing the shop for inventory last week. The store hasn’t been closed for that long since its inception in April 2011. We tried to let everyone know about the closure but as always best laid plans and all that. There were a few folk who didn’t find out until they came to visit. Our apologies for that, hopefully it will be worth it when we reopen tomorrow. We are certainly happy to have everything counted, organized and tidied up!

counting-big

We spent the first three and a half days this year, taking the inventory. Now we have a much better idea of where we are. We will continue to try and move things out and make way for lots of new and yummy goodness. We have lots and lots of great ideas, all we need is the time to bring them to fruition.

This week is the beginning of a great new chapter for us with the CustomFit program. The workshops are already filling up for this month. If you have signed up and for some reason cannot make it please let us know as we have people waiting for certain sessions. This is going to be fun and we are very excited. We are certain to have just what you need to complete your very first made to measure sweater. Whether it be for now, warm coziness or for the spring and summer to ward of those early morning and late night chills we are sure you will make a sweater you will love! Unfortunately due to the fact I have been busy taking care of business I haven’t finished my first one of this program, so I will be working right along side of you.

Everyone who attended the Knit the Sky workshop had a great time.  We hope to bring Lea Redmond back for a second class this summer.

 

Later this month we will be welcoming Lee Gant in for a casual get together where she will talk about her book, Love in every stitch. She will also be giving you a little taste of her upcoming book. There will be some light refreshments and it should be a fun time. Please RSVP ASAP, so that you don’t miss out on the fun. These workshops tend to fill up fast and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Can you believe this weather? Yes we need the rain desperately but are you prepared? Do you have enough projects to keep you warm, cozy and content? Need suggestions? As always we are here for you no matter your skill level we can find just the right something to keep you happy. The heater is on, the store has been cleaned, and all it needs now is you! Come on in and join us.

Yarnitudes Classes!

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-12:00pm
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Fridays 10:00-11:00am
Classes this week:
Tues. Jan. 5 & 12, 5:30-7:00
OR
Thurs. Jan. 7 & 14, 5:30-7:00pm
OR
Fri. Jan. 8 & 15, 9:00-10:30am
OR
Fri. Jan. 8 & 15, 11:00am-12:30pm
OR
Sun. Jan. 10 & 17, 4:30-6:00pm
Classes next week:
All 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.  Classes with fewer than two attendees will have to be rescheduled.

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