Just Classes! April

Dear Trudy
Well it is that time again!  I have collected our class descriptions for the month of April so you can plan which ones you’d like to take.  As always if there is a date or time that does not work for you, let us know.  We will gladly schedule again at a time that does work.  Don’t see what you are looking for?  Let us know.  Our best classes come from your suggestions!  Please let us know by email, by phone, or in person to let us know you’d like to sign up for a class.  We keep our class size small to make sure you get plenty of attention.  This means they fill up fast.  However, we have to have at least two people to hold a class.  So don’t wait!  Call us today!

Knitted Cabled or Ribbed Fingerless Mitts Class

March 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 $30

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

Knitted Baa-ble Hat

April 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

 $30

There are two sessions in this class:
Fri. Apr. 1 & 29, 11:30-1:00pm
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
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Classes this week:
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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

Spring has Sprung!

spring lamb

Hello again!

Are you enjoying our first day of spring?  It certainly doesn’t look much like spring today does it?  I have to keep reminding myself that we really do need the rain.  Thursday was such a beautiful day.  Due to all the rain we have had everywhere I looked was a lovely shade of green instead of the brown we have had to get used to over the last several years.  Or was that because it was St. Patty’s day?  All kidding aside though I do appreciate what the rain does for us.  We will soon be reaping the benefit with all the lovely colorful flowers.  And of course it’s great for our knitting time.

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Only a week now until Easter is here.  I hope all your plans are coming together, if you have plans that is.  We would like to wish you a very happy and enjoyable holiday.  Just a little reminder the shop will be closed on Sunday, March 27.

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Speaking of spring, we have been busy planning more spring classes. Some of them are a little different.  We hope you will like them.  As always you can check them all out on the website.

The Baa-ble hat has been so popular that we have added more classes, the class in April is already full but we have two different sessions coming up in May.  So far everyone has had so much fun with it and they are planning on more.  Once you get this technique down the sky is the limit.  Changing color combinations is just part of it – if you don’t want sheep you can put all sorts of other images instead.  There is even an adaptation of the chart with a pair of Border Collies sitting between the sheep!

The granny square class may seem a bit ordinary, however the granny square isn’t just a square any more.  Start with a circle or you can change the square to a hexagon or octagon.  I saw a lovely hippo made of different shapes; it is just precious.  There are so many possibilities from such a small beginning.

Sonoma COunty Yarn SHop

We are happy to say we have a lot of new knitters and crocheters joining our world and they are going gangbusters. Felting knitted objects are also becoming very popular again too; Madeline has been knitting up a storm of new projects so keep an eye open for more from her.  She is also starting a monthly project of the month knit along.  This will be held on Wednesdays afternoons.  Keep that in mind too!  We are certainly getting quite a community here.  If you can think of anything you would like to see or do please let us know.

You might also notice that we have moved a few things around, the kits are now much more noticeable and accessible.  We have more lights to knit by and more to come soon for those dark corners.  It is all pretty exciting.  I hope you can come and join in on our excitement really soon.

Thanks as always for reading and again we wish you a very happy Easter.

Until next week then ~ Trudy

This ‘n’ That and Other Stuff

lucky

Hello, how are you today?

Are you doing Ok with all this rain?  Hopefully you haven’t floated away or gotten stuck somewhere.  Hopefully this will go a long way towards reducing the drought this year.

rainy

Have you survived the time change?  I quite like the fall back but I do not like the spring forward, especially in what will be a long work week for me.  Never mind eh, just wake me up if I nod off.

time change

We had a couple of fun Saturdays at the winery.  Mauritson was so hospitable and accommodating and seemed to enjoy it as much as we did.  The weather could have been kinder to us, at least while we were loading and unloading.  I think it was well worth the effort though.  We were able to share the joy of our craft that had never been exposed to us.  With Karen spinning and me knitting; showing raw fleece and the final finished object really opened some eyes.  That is what it is all about after all – spreading the word.  I must say the wine was a nice touch too.  Thank you to all who came out to visit.  I know they had a great time too; they told us.  If you didn’t get a chance and you enjoy great wine, go on out there sometime; preferably in nice weather to appreciate the wonderful views and sample some of the nicest wine available, you won’t be disappointed.  Tell them Yarnitudes sent you.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

It will soon be St. Patrick’s Day and in honor of this, come in wearing green this week and you can take an additional 10% off of our already low sales/clearance items.  The yarn is great but we need to make room for the NEW.  Here’s wishing you a very happy day.

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Now the next thing on the calendar will be Easter.  I know some of you have been planning for months, for others like me, it has crept up on us.  The days and weeks just fly by.  I remember my mum saying when I would wish for things to happen sooner “don’t worry when you get older the time will just fly”  now I know exactly what she meant.  If you are in need of a quick gift we still have a few sheepies, and few wonderful soft rabbits too.  However don’t wait too long as they have been very popular; the more people talk about them and feel them the more people want them.

If you are in the mood to make something you still have time.  We have found some super easy, super quick projects for you to complete in time.  Some are as easy as knitting or crocheting a square and turning it into your own little bunny.  There are quick Easter bonnets for that special little girl.  I so miss getting Laura all dressed up in her Sunday best with her little hat and purse that matched.  What happened to that, I think we should bring that back.  Forget the jeans and sweatshirts for one day, what do you say?

simple bunny

Click here for the tutorial

There are also some really cute little gifts to fill out the Easter baskets, you can have too much chocolate, although I know some will disagree with me, you can also keep these special little treats that may someday be passed on to future generations.  So many things you could make also for the chilly mornings and evenings that we get here.  We all know someone who would appreciate a wonderful hand knitted project, or you could just be good to yourself.

Whatever you decide to do, we will be here to help you along the way.

OK well I had better get on now, still lots to do and I have an hours sleep to catch up on.

Until next week then, stay dry, stay safe and enjoy life.

Trudy

So we have this yarn…

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Hello again

Back to Winter, cold, wet and windy.  I hope you are warm, dry and cozy.  Great weather for yarn though.

Well last week we promised to share some of our new yarn with you, so here goes!

Malabrigo!   I’m starting with Malabrigo mostly because they are a particular favorite of mine.  I also now know the correct pronunciation.  Maul ah bree go.  However you pronounce it the yarn is wonderful.

I love the company too they have great history, if only a short one so far.  They were established in 2005 in a small kitchen in Uruguay.  I would be happy to tell you more but I don’t want this email to be a book.  Ask me sometime.  As you know we have carried quite a few of their yarns before but have just added a couple more.  First of all we have:

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Mecha –A rare single-ply 100% super wash Merino wool.  This yarn takes the color in the most vivid, rich way with multi-layered hues.  As always with Malabrigo, it is extremely soft with a slight thick and thin texture.  It has fantastic loft and is perfect for quick but not too heavy projects.  This is great yarn for; accessories, garments, baby and kids items, cables and textured stitches.  This yarn is on the bulky side with 130 yards to the 100gram skein.  The gauge is 11 – 13 sts to 4” and the recommended needle size is 10 – 11.  Hook size K – M.  Please make sure to buy enough for your project as each bag is a different dye lot.  With some colors even the individual skeins can be different.  This is what makes the colors so incredible.  If you want to ensure the random color distribution in your project you should work from two balls at once, alternating a few rows from each ball.

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Mora – Pure Mulberry silk.  The ultimate in luxury!  This is a four-ply fingering weight yarn, as strong as it is soft.  The pure silk takes the dyes with an unparalleled richness, the colors will blow your socks off.  This yarn is great for; Shawls, scarves, fine garments, and little luxuries.  As always with Malabrigo yarn be sure to get enough of the same dye lot and follow the two ball rule.  The yardage of these skeins is 225 yards to 50 grams, 28 -30 sts to 4”. Recommended needle size is a 1 – 2.  Hook size B – D.  It should be hand washed cold, and dry flat.

Feza Yarn.

This company dates back to 1950 when the current president of the company’s grandfather started it.  It quickly became and has remained the most recognized yarn brand in Turkey.  In 2004 their yarns were introduced to the USA when our knitters and crocheters began to enjoy the quality and distinctive yarn they offer.  They have a unique collection, and great yardage.  The price is right too.  Glitz Glamour, and Luxury.  This is also a company that gives back.  Feel free to ask me more about them some time!

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Alp Natural – This yarn is actually not new to us as we have had it in the store before but only a few skeins on a trial basis.  Now we have bigger selection with great colors and more ideas for it.  This yarn is a blend of 40% cotton, 40% viscose, 10% linen and 10% silk.  It is characterized as a DK weight with 4 sts to the inch on a size 9. Because of its make up, this yarn is good for a variety of spring, summer and special occasion projects. It also has a good selection of free patterns.

Madeline Tosh

Well a somewhat new addition to yarn companies. Madeline’s thoughts began in 2005, she started her first on line shop on Etsy in 2006 and now supplies yarn to stockists around the globe, from Iceland to Japan, and Australia to Alaska.  Now you know why we have to wait so long for it.

All of Madeline’s yarn is locally dyed in Texas (she lives in Fort Worth).  They are made of All Natural Fibers, hand crafted using traditional methods in small dye batches.  The wool is ethically sourced from Peru and South Africa, has low impact organic compound dyes.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

We have just re stocked the Pashmina, Merino Light, and Sock.  You should see the sock section now!  If you would like more specifics on any of these lines please let us know.

Universal Yarns

They have been in business for more than 10 years. This company’s members are all needle crafters who understand what we are looking for in our yarn. They offer high quality yarns with a broad array of colors with incredible softness and fashionable design.

Our new lines from them are, Bamboo Pop, and Fibra Natura Good Earth.

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Bamboo Pop is a blend of 50% cotton and 50% bamboo.  It contains 292 yards of DK to  light worsted weight yarn knit on size 5, 6, or 7 needles or crochet on hook size G, H, or I.  Machine wash warm and dry flat

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Fibra Natura Good Earth comes in both solids and multi colored options.  This is a blend of 53% cotton and 47% linen a medium weight, worsted or aran.  It calls for needle size 7,8, or 9 or hook size I, J, or K.

With both of these yarns, the blends of cotton and bamboo or cotton linen are really nice to work with.  They are easy on the hands and make a great finished project.  Both are great for warm weather garments for kids and adults alike.

Wow, I could ramble on about yarn forever.  I can talk about how yarn is made, the companies that make it, the animals and plants yarn come from…  If only I had more hours in the day.

I will leave you for now. I hope you have a fantastic week; looking forward to seeing you soon.