Sheeo, Wool, and Wine OH MY!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Well hello again,

How are you?  As you can tell I am back from my travels again and ready for some exciting additions to the store.

Yes Lesley has been having a clean out, moving things out to make more room for all the goodies that are arriving.  She is making good progress but there are still a lot of bargains to be had if you come in and check them out.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

See!  SO much is still on sale!

Thank you to Lesley, Linda and Karen for holding the fort while I was away, as always they do a great job.

Now for the news on the Sheepies!  Well after a very long journey from over the pond they have arrived in their adopted country.  It was a very long day too, what with fight delays etc.  They needed a couple of days to get over it.  Anyway they are now resting peacefully in the store and awaiting their new forever home.  If you missed out on the last flock you might want to get in early to make sure you are not disappointed again.  Oh yes and just as a little surprise for Easter I found a few little bunnies to bring along too.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Speaking of Easter it will soon be here.  Are you ready?  As you may have noticed we are very sheep and bunny friendly this month.  Lesley has a class on the felted sheep and the bunny hat, and me with the Baa-ble Hat. Although the first session of the hat is full there are still a couple of spaces on the second session.  Sign up quickly and you too will have your hat for Easter. We have samples of all of these in the store so you can get a good look at them before committing to the classes, come and check them out.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Now for next weekend as promised in earlier newsletters, we have the Wine and Wool event on Saturday, March 5th and 12th.  Living in this wonderful county surrounded by farms, and wineries how can we go wrong?  As always even on my days off I am always thinking of how to bring yarn and all the wonderful things you can make with it as well as the tranquility and benefit you get with being around and working with it to those who have never even given it a second thought.  So what could be better than to join forces with a Winery?  Not just any winery either.  The Mauritson’s are a family of grape growers who at one time also farmed sheep.  You will see the images and references to this throughout the winery and even on their wine labels. While I was there some time last year I was talking to them about the sheep.  It is even where I found out where to get the sheep pillow that now sits proudly on the shop sofa.  My mind started to race with ideas.  I talked to Carrie at Mauritson about my idea and things started to come together.  Now what was just a thought and seemed very far off is happening next weekend.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Clay Mauritson is sixth generation and now their winemaker.   He does a great job of it too.  So much so that with the help of his wife Carrie they have made their winery voted 27th on Trip advisor out of 140 attractions in Healdsburg. Their wine has won many awards too.  All of this you will get to enjoy and appreciate on this Saturday the 5th and the 12th of March with us.  We are taking our yarn show on the road so to speak.  We will be there from 10 am to 5 pm both Saturdays.  If you can, come out and see us it is sure to be a fun day in an amazing setting.  We will be demonstrating knitting, crochet, and spinning.  We will have some wool with us of course, and a few wool products to sell.  AND you can taste wine if you are so inclined!  Bring your partners and friends too a day out for all of you, and a chance to show why you enjoy yarn so much.  Please pass the word. If you have any questions about this just give us a call.  Hope to see you there.

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Of course the shop will still be open for business, Linda or Lesley will be there to help you, with whatever you need.

For now I am off.  Stay tuned though. Next week we plan to tell you all about the great new yarns we have brought in for you to enjoy!

Just Classes – March

Half-Pi Shawl
February 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
– $60

Sononma COunty KNitting CLass

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

Knitted Mitered Square Bag Class
February 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
– $60

Sebastopol KNitting CLass

Three sessions – Thurs. Feb. 25, Mar. 10 & 24,
10:30am-12:30pm
Instructor – Linda
Learn to knit this fantastic modular bag. Mitered squares are so fun! Give this interesting technique a try. What a great way to show off a skein of hand painted yarn!
New techniques include:
Decreasing, applied i-cord, i-cord, carrying colors in stripes
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles
You will need:
2 skeins ~ 200 yards each in 2 different colors. using a variegated or color changing yarn for one with a neutral gives a great effect!
Linda used Cascade 220 and 220 paints.
Knitting Stitch-a-Month
January 23 @ 10:30 am – December 17 @ 12:00 pm
– $15
Twelve Session Series (usually the 4th Saturday of the month) 1/23, 2/27, 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/25, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 12/17
Instructor – Linda

Sonoma County Knitting Class
Cost – $15 per session or $120 for the 12 month series ($60 savings)
Don’t worry if you miss a session we will be happy to help you during one of our Drop in Help sessions.
You will learn to make 12 new stitch patterns in this series! Make 12 different dishcloths or join the squares together into a lap or baby blanket. Double or triple your squares to make a bed sized blanket. We will try to keep it interesting so you don’t get bored.
New techniques may include:
lace, cables, colorwork, increases, decreases, reading charts, or written instructions
For this series of classes you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch, read a pattern
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles
Materials:
Blanket squares: Cascade 220 Superwash, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra, Plymouth Encore.
Dishcoths: Cascade Ultra Pima, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton
You will likely use less than one skein per block.
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Painted Shawl
February 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
-$20

Sebastopol Knitting Class

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

Sonoma County Knitting Class

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

Beginning Crochet
March 1 @ 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.

Custom Fit Workshop
March 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
– $25

Sonoma County CustomFIt

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.

Knitted Cabled Hat Class
March 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
– $20

Sonoma County Knit CLass

Instructor – Madeline.
Cost includes pattern.
Learn to make a simple cable knit hat. This project takes just a few hours to knit and uses only 1 skein of a chunky weight yarn. It is a great beanie to wear on those cold Sonoma County winter morning walks. It also makes a great gift for family and friends.
New techniques include:
Cable knitting, 2 stitch twist cable, k2tog casting off for a hat
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, identify a stitch
Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles
Materials:
US 10 or 11 straight or circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers
One skein of Malabrigo Chunky

Knitted Bunny Hat Class
March 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
– $20

Sonoma County Knitting Class
Instructor – Lesley
Make this adorable hat just in time for spring. Pattern is written for an infant but I can help you scale it up to adult size if desired!
New techniques include:
Increases, decreases, working in the round
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch
Homework:
Pick up pattern, yarn, and needles
Materials:
1 skein Cascade 128 Superwash plus contrast for ears
24″ US size 9 circular needle

Two – at – a – Time Socks (Toe Up or Top Down)
March 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
OR
March 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
– $60

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Initial class plus as many more sessions as it takes to finish your socks!
Instructor – Deirdre
Cost includes pattern
You may make your socks toe-up or top-down. You may use any weight of yarn from sock to worsted; Worsted weight yarn makes great house socks. A basic pattern will be provided for you or you may use a specific pattern that you have had your eye on. The second and all future classes are scheduled by appointment; they are held one-on-one at your own pace.
New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increases, deceases, how to get a good fit, short rows, magic loop
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:
Many yarn choices available; see Lesley or Trudy to choose your yarn.

Felted Soap Class
March 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
– $30

Sonoma County Felting Classes
Instructor – Lesley
Cost includes materials except soap – please bring two bars to class
In this class you will learn to make boutique quality felted soaps. Wrapped soap lasts longer and looks nicer than a bare bar of soap. Learn to wrap loose roving around a bar of soap and felt it closed. Add artistic swirls and let your imagination run wild. Make sure to wear clothing that can get wet or bring an apron. You will felt two bars of soap in this class.
New Techniques include:
Wet felting with roving

Knitted Baa-ble Hat Class
March 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
– $30

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There are two sessions in this class:
Fri. Mar. 11 & 25, 1:00-2:30pm
Instructor – Trudy
Make this adorable sheepie hat and learn stranded colorwork all in one project!
New techniques include:
Stranded colorwork, decreases, working in the round
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch
Homework:
Pick up pattern, yarn, and needles
Materials:
4 colors Cascade 220 Superwash
24″ US size 7 circular needle

Knitted Feather and Fan Scarf Class
March 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
– $20

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Instructor – Madeline

Learn to make a beautiful lace scarf for yourself or as a gift. The deceptively simple pattern and lace weight mohair yarn combine to produce a spectacular accessory.
New techniques include:
Knitting with mohair yarn
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 9 Needles
230 yards lace mohair – 1 skein (Debbie Bliss Angel, Cascade Kid Seta,
Cascade Kid Seta Noir, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, or similar. Or 2 skeins of Stacy Charles Ristratto

Start Spinning
March 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
– $45

Sonoma County Spinning Class

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

Beginning Knitting
March 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
– $15

Sonoma County Knitting Class
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

Pattern Reading and Yarn Substitution
March 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
– $15
Instructor – Trudy
Learn to read a basic pattern from the sizing of a garment and understanding a schematic to the abbreviations and general instructions. Finally figure out how to swap one yarn for another safely!
New techniques include:
How to read a basic pattern
How to find a suitable yarn substitution

Crochet Granny Squares Class
March 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
– $15

sonoma county crochet class
Learn to make this classic Crochet stitch. So versatile it can be used for: pillow covers, afghans, medallions in a sweater, slippers, the options are endless!
Instructor – Linda
New techniques include:
Combine chains and doubles 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:
Several colors (or only one) of worsted weight yarn.

Knitted Cabled or Ribbed Fingerless Mitts Class
March 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
– $30

Sebastopol Knitting CLass

Sebastopol KNitting Class
Two sessions – Tues. Mar. 29 & Apr. 12, 2:00-3:30pm
Instructor – Deirdre
Cost includes pattern
Make these great mitts with cables or go for a simple ribbed version! Beautiful to knit in subtle hand painted or solid yarns. great gifts that knit up quickly since we will be teaching you to do these two at a time with the magic loop method!
New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increases, cables, magic loop
For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, knitting in the round, cast on, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles
Materials:
One skein of worsted or light worsted wight yarn ~200 yards will make one pair

Felted Hat
April 2 @ 12:30 – 2:30 pm
– $26

Sonoma County Knitting Class

 

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)
Beginning Wheel Spinning Class
April 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
– $30

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Instructor – Karen
Cost includes materials
Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects Using a Spinning Wheel.
You should know how to spin on a drop spindle before attending this class. You must provide your own spinning wheel. None are available to borrow.
You should know how to:
Draft and spin on a spindle
New techniques include:
Spinning on a wheel
That is all we have on the books so far for March! Looks like fun yes?
Until next time!
~Trudy, Lesley, Karen, Linda, Deirdre, and Madeline

The Cat is Away!

cat away

Hello there,

Did you have a good week, the weather was great wasn’t it, a taste of things to come and a little break from the rain.  Now we need to hunker down again for more rain, yes?

Beginning today I won’t be in the shop for a couple of weeks.  I will be out herding some more sheep, and hopefully knitting up a storm.  I will also be getting ready for the wine and wool extravaganza.  In case you don’t remember, we are pairing with the Mauritson Winery to bring wine and wool together at their gorgeous facility in Healdsburg.  Always thinking of new ways for us all to have a good time doing what we love to do. I think it will be lots of fun and hope you can come out and join us.  There is also talk of there being jambalaya too.  How lucky are we to live in this wonderful county that we have the good fortune to call home.

wine and wool

Well while I am away from the shop I need you to keep an eye on Lesley for me.  I never know what she might get up to while I am away.  She will of course be taking great care of you all, with some help from Karen and Linda, but I have a feeling she has something up her sleeve?

surprised cat

I am now handing you over to her, you will be in good hands and I will cross my fingers as I knit. I bet you would like to see that eh?  Have a great couple of weeks and I will see you back in the shop on the 27th, Have fun I will miss you.

~Trudy

 

Whew!  I thought she would never leave.  🙂 Remember how Trudy told you a couple weeks ago that we’ve been ordering lots of yarn?  Well it is due to arrive any day now and there is absolutely no room!  So while the cat is away the mouse is going to play!  I’m spending today finding goodies to add to the clearance section and hanging sale signs around the store.  That’s right, I’m having a sale.  I have a list below but you know me I’m always finding new things to add to the pile so you’ll just have to stop by and check it out!  I’d love to make lots of room because then we can get in even more great new stuff!

sale yarn

All previously marked down yarn is now at least 30% off.  As always, if you take the rest of a color you get an additional 10% off.

New sale yarns the next 2 weeks only 25% OFF:

All kits – blankets, baby things, feed your creativity, etc.

(Does not include Trudy’s originals)

Plymouth Yarn

Kudo

Encore (worsted and chunky)

Cascade

Luna

Cotton Rich

Tivoli

Cloud

Sierra

ALL Noro

All Fiesta Yarn

Malabrigo Aquarella

Rowan

Fine Art (aran and fingering)

Felted Tweed

Berocco

Blackstone Tweed

Vintage DK

Brown Sheep

Superwash Sport

Cotton Fleece

Collinette

Zanziba

Point 5 Chunky

Meunch Touch me

All Cotton and linen blends on the back side of the shelf

(You know where I’m talking about 😉 )

That’s all I can come up with for now but stop by there will be signs all over the store!

Oh and I’m sending this out early so you can get your sale knitting started!!!

~Lesley

 

Yarnitudes Classes!

CustomFit Drop in Help:

Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Fridays 10:00-11:00am
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 Valentine’s Day!

valentines

Hello again,

How are you?  Well the Super Bowl is now over, (phew).  I am sorry but I for one am really glad; although I did find this Super bowl hat that was kinda cute.  Hopefully it was as good for San Francisco and San Jose as they hoped it would be.  No we can get into the city again, and talk about something else.  Yay!  If you like football I guess you will be a little sad for a few months, but really there is more to life, no?

Superbowl hat

Well it will soon be Valentine’s Day.  Upon doing a little research this week I found that most Scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of the Roman emperor Claudius II around 270.  Did you realize it went back so far? At this stage the factual ends and mythic begins.  According to one legend Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers.  Valentine however continued to secretly perform marriages but was eventually caught and put to death by the Romans.  Another legend is that Valentine while imprisoned by Claudius fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed he allegedly sent her a letter signed “ from your Valentine”.  But perhaps the most plausible story surrounding St Valentines is one not focused on Eros, passionate love but Agape, Christian love, he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

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Well no matter what story you believe, even if you believe as my father did, that it was just a holiday generated by the greeting card companies, it is still a much celebrated day in many parts of the world.  The way the world is today though and the position many people have taken I think you should just love the people around you; if you don’t have anyone around you, just love yourself. There are so many people that are on their own these days.  Being alone can actually make one feel pretty bad.  Do something nice for yourself for a change.  However if you do have someone special enough in your life that you call them a valentine, why not make them a special something that comes straight from your heart.

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In honor of this day I have designed a quick hat pattern that is easily completed in a couple of days.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

If you would like a copy of the pattern just stop in and we will give you one.  This is not just for Valentine’s Day but also to help promote Heart health, and heart disease survivors.  This can be made with one skein of main color yarn, and one of the heart color of your choice.  I used a light worsted weight yarn; Cascade 220 or 220 super wash would work just fine, or something along those lines.  I knit this on a US size 6, 24” circular needle.

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You can even use the chart for a nice headband or even a border on a vest or sweater.  Look out for more color work classes if you are interested in learning this technique.  It is just like painting a picture on your garments

It was fun to design and even more fun to knit.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.  Make one for yourself and as you are knitting it imagine my warm thoughts in every stitch.

Last Monday, our first Monday of opening was a huge success.  Karen had a blast and said everyone was very nice to her and patient as she learns.  No matter how many times one goes over things, there is always something not covered in the training so please continue to be patient with her and we look forward to many more Mondays of serving you.

As you know Lesley and I have been meeting with our yarn reps.   We are pleased to say we have found and ordered some great new things to increase you knitting and crocheting enjoyment.  Of course now we are anxious for them to arrive.  Stay tuned for updates on their arrival.  We just can’t wait!

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Just a quick reminder, Karen will be holding the first of what we hope will be many spinning groups Monday 8th of February from 5:00-7:00pm.  This will be held regularly on the second Monday of every month.  We are pleased to host a place where spinners can get together regularly to enjoy the company of others interested in their craft, pick up tips and tricks, and gain inspiration.

knit heart

Well enough from me for this week.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

~ Trudy

Yarnitudes Classes!

CustomFit Drop in Help:
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Fridays 10:00-11:00am
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

 

 

Monday, Monday, Monday!

 

 

monday sheep

Hello again,

Well do you believe it, January is already behind us.  With the new month comes a new day that Yarnitudes will be open.  We had so many people tell us in December how great it was that we were open on Mondays that we did some work and came up with a plan. Beginning today February 1st we will be open 7 days a week.  This should help all those who have a day off on Monday.  I hope you like and take advantage of this.  Our spinning instructor Karen has agreed to work Mondays for us.  She will also be able to fill in the odd day we can’t make it.  She is a wealth of information, not only spinning but knitting, crochet, felting, etc.  I hope you will stop in and see her and make her feel at home.

We had a great turn out for Lee Gant last Sunday and everyone had a good time listening to her stories, seeing how she comes up with the designs she does.  She teased us about her new book that will hopefully be out soon.  Thank you Lee.  We are looking forward to that new book, please remember to let us know when we can get one.  And by the way, good luck and keep up the good work.

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I have it on good authority that my next flock of sheepies are now in quarantine and will be ready for transportation to the store in time for Easter.  They found a couple of new friends to bring with them,  a few bunnies.  Stay tuned for news on their progress.

yarn

Now is the time of year that we are meeting with our sales reps and seeing all the new summer lines.  Is there a yarn that you would really like to see us carry? We can’t promise we will be able get it but its good to know what you like. It is a little tough to think about summer just yet though with the cold and rain we have been having lately, we need it though right? As I am writing this and looking out the window today looks lovely, the sun is shining, a light breeze, still a little fog but it is still pretty chilly.

sheep sketch

Have you ever knitted something once and then loved it so much that you did it again and again and again, you just couldn’t wait to finish it so that you could make another one?  Well, thanks to Ravelry and daily messages from other sites I saw the Baa-ble hat.

baable

I am not sure if I have told you this or not, if so I apologize.  I immediately started on one, I picked out just the right shade of green for the grass, blue for the sky, white for the sheep, with a little black accent.  Looked for something that would make the sheep fluffy.  I finished the first one and my hubby immediately put it on and said he would like one.  He has already worn it a lot and he doesn’t usually wear hats. Next, I decided to make one for a knitting friend who keeps sheep.  That’s two… Then I decided to teach a class on it, so had to make one more for the shop.  I was getting a little carried away at this point and forgot to change the colors at the right time and it wasn’t until I finished it that I realized that I actually had flying sheep, oops.  So now I had to make another one that was correct.  Are you counting?  That’s four already.

Clip art illustration of a cartoon sheep jumping over a fence.

Then I decided to do one slightly differently, a name on the back and only two sheep on the front.  It’s now done and I am not totally happy with the sheep but I will work on it.  Then last night I finished my sixth one.  This time it is burgundy and grey with all the sheep and a name too!  Of course I don’t think I am done yet, I have more ideas and more color combinations I would like to try.  Now guess what?  Today I saw one done with cats on it, where will this end?  I have other things I need to get on with, help!!!!!!

monday sheep2

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