One Dozen Sweaters and Counting

laundry all

Hi how are you today?  Have you been knitting?  I’ve been knitting up a storm lately.  But I had a big project that had to be done this last week.  i put the needles down for a while.  I had this big pile of finishing to take care of.  Not fun.

You see, I have a confession to make.  I don’t always finish things when they are finished if you know what I mean.  There aren’t always buttons sewn on, or there may be a spaghetti bowl of ends not wound in, and do not get me started on seaming.  I hate seaming with a passion!  So over the last few years a few things have piled up on me.  Can you believe it?  All of this had to get finished so I could share it with you this week.

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Some of these I have worked on in the shop.  But maybe you didn’t get to see it finished.  So people have been asking me to bring in all the baby sweaters I have finished so they can see them all together.  Well, I finally have them here for you to see.  They are seamed, tidied, all buttoned up and ready for your perusal!

Of course you can see them in the shop in person. But I’ve got all the details here for you in case you don’t have time to stop by!

As shown from right to left above, here they are with the pattern name and a ravelry link as well as the yarn I used and when I made them.

 

Assisted Hatching

Sublime Yarn – Luxurious Aran Tweed

October 2015 – December 2015

cracked

Snug

Juniper Moon Farms – Yearling

April 2015 – May 2015

snug

Boy Sweater

Debbie Bliss – Cashmerino Aran

September 2015 – January 2016

boise

Assisted Hatching

Lion Brand – Martha Stewart Wool Blend

February 2013

silver stars

North Shore

Cascade – 220 Superwash

January 2016 – February 2016

home

Offset Wraplan

Brown Sheep – Lamb’s Pride Superwash Sport

December 2014 – February 2015

a little off

Demne

Queensland Collection – Cotolino

January 2012

unnecessary

Binic

Brown Sheep – Lamb’s Pride Superwash Sport

January 2014  – July 2014

boatneck

Welcome to the Flock + Cloud Chart

Cascade – 220 Superwash

February 2016 – March 2016

flying

Welcome to the Flock

Malabrigo Rios

Cascade – 220 Superwash

September 2015

baa baa black sheep

Lucky (you)

Cascade – 220 Superwash

December 2015

amazing luck!

McDreamy Jumper

Brown Sheep – Lamb’s Pride Superwash Sport

April 2015 – July 2015

dreamin'

I left some space on the laundry line because of course I have several things on the needles.  As things get finished I will add to the collection here in the shop.  You’ll have to stop by to see them all.  They were so much fun to knit!

I have to insert a disclaimer here though.

Please don’t ask me how to copy these sweaters.  I don’t think i could!  Since they are mine, I have made a lot of changes to patterns, stitch choice, and sizing.  Not a one was knitted exactly to the pattern.  We’re knitters, we can do that right?  Unfortunately, many of the yarn choices are discontinued (or are not available I the shop) since they had been lingering in my stash for quite a while.  Of course we will find you a close substitute if you want to try something out.  I’d be happy to share my limited notes from knitting these, but some are so old I couldn’t possibly remember all the details.

I hope I have inspired you to try something new.  Kids clothing knits up so quickly it gives you a great chance to try something new including colorwork, cables, lace, or unusual construction.  The options are endless!

Oh!  I almost forgot.  Madeline will be leading a new knit-a-long in May.  We will be knitting fun, sleeveless summer tops from Tahki Stacy Charles Ripple yarn.  She has chosen the Basic Shell pattern and the Renaissance Two Way top pattern.  both are very cute and Madeline has come up with some fun changes to make them even more interesting.  If you want ot make one from linen or a cotton blend you are welcome to.  We just love the texture that Ripple has.  What a fun yarn!  The knit-a-long times are Wednesday evenings from 5-6 pm.  If you want to stop by for your pattern and yarn before Wednesday night you are welcome to do so.  It might be a good idea to swatch for gauge.

Until next time, Happy Yarning (crochet, knit, spin, whatever 🙂 )

~Lesley

 

More Classes and then Some

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Good Morning!

How are you today?  It was such lovely weather we had this weekend!  I’m sure it made for a wonderful Apple Blossom Festival.

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Did you go?  I hear it was the 70th one.  Amazing isn’t it?  I didn’t get to go this year since I was in the shop, but I did meet so many lovely people who came to town for the event.

Just a reminder, next month we have the yarn and needle tasting going on.  Make sure to sign up as space fills up fast!

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Please make sure to mark your calendars for another free event at Yarnitudes on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm!

We will be hosting another yarn and needle tasting on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm.  The last time we did this we had so much fun.  We will have a selection of yarn from Knitting Fever along with knitting needles and crochet hooks from Knitters Pride for you to sample and try out.  This is a great opportunity to try out some great yarn without having to buy it.  See how differently you knit or crochet on the many styles of needles in the Knitters Pride collection and have some fun at the same time.  We are looking forward to it!  Please call ahead to let us know if you will be attending this fun event as space is limited.   We will have more spaces than in a regular class but you don’t want to miss out.

Speaking of classes – May is just around the corner and several classes are starting early in the month, so I will give you the rundown now instead of next week, that gives you time to decide if you want to sign up.  I would hate for you to miss out!

Yarnitudes May Classes

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Crochet Child’s Lace Cap Class

May 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

$15 – Includes pattern by Karen Emrey

Instructor – Karen Emrey

Limit 4 students

Learn how to crochet this adorable child’s cap that starts with a star.  Make it for that star child in your life.
Sizing options available

For this class you need to know how to:
work basic crochet stitches.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hook

Materials:
DK weight yarn in 2 colors, size G hook
sample cap made in Royale Hare Alexander Valley hand dyed yarns

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Spinning Multi Colored Braids

Class

May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

– $40

Cost – $45 – Includes some materials (multi color hand dyed braided fiber)

Class limited to 4 students

Instructor – Karen

Not your usual multi color braid spinning!  Unusual twists included!Includes multi color hand dyed braided fiber

Spinning can be on spindle or wheel

For this class you need to know how to:
Must be able sin on your spindle or spinning wheel

Materials:  
Spindle or spinning wheel, sandwich size zip bags and sharpie to label fiber,  string tags to label spun yarn, notebook, pen, string to tie skeins
small or sample size niddy noddy (optional)

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Knitted Baby Surprise Jacket Class

May 1 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

– $60

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three Sessions – Sun. May 1, 15, & & 19, 4:30-6:00pm

Instructor – Lesley

Cost includes pattern

Make a classic baby sweater.  This is a great knit with incredible construction.  You won’t believe how it comes together.

New techniques include:
Increasing & decreasing, picking up stitches, seaming

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 & needles, pick up pattern, and determine your gauge.

Materials:
Many yarn choices available; see Lesley to choose your yarn weight.

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Beginning Knitting Class

May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $15

Please contact us to sign up for the 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

SOnoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Vanilla Lace Camisole Class

May 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

– $40

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

There are two sessions in this class:

Wed. May. 4 & 25, 10:30am-12:30pm

Instructor – Trudy

Learn to knit this stylish and simple lace topped camisole in two short classes. This classic design would be great all summer long.

New techniques include:
Picking up stitches, lace knitting

For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles before day of class
check gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows / 4 inches

Materials:
Sport Weight Yarn – We recommend Cascade Ultra Pima, Sunseeker, Fiora, Bamboo Pop, Amaze, or Breeze.
550 – 920yds depending on size
US 4 or 5 32″ circular needle (or size needed to get gauge)

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Knitted Beaded Necklace Class

May 4 @ 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

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Crochet Granny Circle in a Square Class

May 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

– $15

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Learn to make this different twist on a 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.

 Sonoma County CustomFIt

CustomFit Workshop

May 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $25

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Thur. May 5 & 12, 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.

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Knitted Leftovers Hat Class

May 6 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 pm

– $25

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Trudy

Cost does not include materials

In this class we will learn to make a basic hat but with a twist.  Use up scrap yarn or use some special handspun or odds and ends.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   This is a great way to learn to knit in the round.

New Techniques Include:
Knitted in ends, knitted in fringe

Materials:
Odds and ends of yarn in several colors. at least 100 grams and 200 yards total needed for worsted weight.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles

 

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Knitted Girl’s Plaid Dress Class

May 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

– $40

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

There are two sessions in this class:

Wed. May 11 & Jun. 1, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Instructor – Trudy

Learn to knit this adorable colorwork children’s dress. Simple and fun. Why not give it a try?

New techniques include:
Stranded colorwork, bobbles, seaming, knitting ends in as you go.

For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles before day of class.
Pick up pattern.
check gauge: 24 sts x 32 rows / 4 inches
Cast on and work 4 rows in Garter stitch using contrast color B before day of class

Materials:
Sport Weight Yarn – We recommend Cascade 220 Superwash Sport
5-6 skeins of main color, 1-2 skeins of contrast colors
US 4 and 5, 24″ circular needle (or size needed to get gauge)
4 x 1/2″ butons
stitch holders

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Two – at – a – Time Socks (Toe Up or Top Down)

May 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $60

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

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.

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Knitted Baa-ble hat Class

May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

There are two different dates and two sessions in this class:

Fri. May. 13 & 27, 1:00-2:30pm

OR

Sat. May. 21 & 28, 12:30-2:00pm

Instructor – Trudy

Make this adorable sheepie hat and learn stranded color work all in one project! Adult or child sizes available.

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

You must cast on and work 20 rows in 2×2 ribbing before first class.

Materials:
4 colors Cascade 220  or 220 Superwash or other worsted weight yarn

24″ US size 7 circular needle

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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, 6/18 (1:00-2:30pm), 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 12/17 (all other sessions 10:30am-12:00pm)

Instructor – Linda

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 at a later date.

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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Knitted Felted Hat

May 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the 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 before class

Materials:
24” US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers for Size 11 Needles
2 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)
2.5 skeins Lamb’s Pride Worsted

yarn tasting

Yarn and Needle Tasting!

 

May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

– Free!

We will be hosting another yarn and needle tasting on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm.  The last time we did this we had so much fun.  We will have a selection of yarn from Knitting Fever along with knitting needles and crochet hooks from Knitters Pride for you to sample and try out.  This is a great opportunity to try out some great yarn without having to buy it.

See how differently you knit or crochet on the many styles of needles in the Knitters Pride collection and have some fun at the same time.  We are looking forward to it!  Please call ahead to let us know if you will be attending this fun event as space is limited.   We will have more spaces than in a regular class but you don’t want to miss out.

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Spindle to Spinning Wheel Class

May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

– $40

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Limit 4 students

Do you only spin on a spindle? Have you bought or borrowed a spinning wheel? We’ll cover setting up your wheel, how the spindle turned into a spinning wheel, how the spinning wheel works, treadling (not as easy as it looks), and lots more!

Don’t have a spinning wheel? Yarnitudes sells American made Schacht spinning wheels from Boulder, CO. Top quality!

We recommend 3 styles of wheels: the Matchless, the Lady Bug, and the folding portable the Sidekick!  Let us order one for you!

Must be able to spin on a spindle.
You supply the wheel.

Beginning Crochet Class

May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $15

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

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.

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Crochet Garden Hat Class

May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

There are two sessions in this class:

Thur. May 19 & June 2, 1:00-2:30pm

Learn to make this classic crochet sun hat.  So versatile it can be used for spring summer and fall.

Instructor – Linda

New techniques include:

Combine chains and  doubles to make a new design.

For this class you need to know how to:
Chain , single, and double crochet

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hook.  You must purchase the pattern online at home before class.  We are unable to sell it through the store.  Click here for link to pattern: Crochet Garden hat by Linda Permann.

You will need:

Size G crochet hook.  One or two colors (or only one) of worsted weight yarn.  We suggest Good Earth – cotton linen blend or Queensland – Cairns

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Crochet Stitch-a-Month

January 16 @ 10:30 am – December 17 @ 12:00 pm

– $15

Twelve Session Series (usually the 3nd Saturday of the month) 1/16, 2/20, 3/19, 4/23 (1-2:30pm), 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/10 (all other sessions 10:30am-12:00pm)

Instructor – Linda

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 at a later date.

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:
Chain, single, double, half double crochet etc.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hooks

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 one skein per block.

Sonoma County Spinning Class 

Start Spinning Class

May 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

– $30

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

 

Have you heard about Royale Hare?

royale hare yarn

Good Morning!

I hope this finds you well.  After a wet weekend the shop flowers out front are absolutely bursting with flowers.  I love to see all color this time of year don’t you?  I have to admit to going overboard a couple weekends ago and doing too much in the yard at home, but the payoff is spectacular.  Don’t you just love flowers?

Anyway, I digress.  I wanted to take some time today to help you get to know Karen Emrey – locally know as Royal Hare for her hand dyed yarn and fiber.  She has been teaching fiber classes and offering workshops here at the shop for years.  I’m afraid so many of you don’t know her yet though.  She has graciously been helping out at the store on Mondays since February; and has given up her Tuesdays to help out in Trudy’s absence.  Karen does more than take up space though. She has a wealth of knowledge and she would love to share it with you.  I was wondering how Karen got her start in fiber arts the other day so I started peppering her with questions.  She has kindly agreed to let me share them with you!

Lesley:  Karen, I’ve wondered for a while how you came to have such a broad knowledge in the fiber arts.  You knit, Crochet, Spin, Felt, and Dye both yarn and fiber!  Where did you learn it all?

Karen:  I learned to knit & crochet at young age of course.  I got really back into it in high school when we had a needlework class.  I knew more than the teacher.  But we had a blast and I made my first sweater.  I also learned a lot about knitting from my boyfriend’s mother.  She was a wonderful woman; too bad her son wasn’t!  I knitted & crocheted through college.  Five or more years after college I was lucky to take Spinning and Natural Dyeing at Santa Rosa JC from a wonderful and famous woman, Lydia van Gelder.  She has taught dyeing to hundreds in Sonoma County as well as nationally and internationally.  That started both my interest in spinning and dyeing, using both natural and acid dyes fixed with white vinegar.  I’ve been spinning for over 30 years and I haven’t stopped learning.  I’ve studied under experts every year since.

Lesley:  How do you come up with your colors for your Hand-dyed yarn and fiber?

 

Karen:  I’ve lived in Santa Rosa since 1968.  I love this area, from San Francisco through Mendocino County.  I use everything around me to inspire my colors.  I was also lucky to study color under Deb Menz a popular national and international teacher.  I take inspiration from the colors of the simple San Francisco Fog to complicated colors like Goat Rock.  I even take pictures of and study some of my inspiration points to get the colors just right.  Later, I name my yarn colors after their inspiration.

yarnitudes colorway

Karen came up with a special colorway in her Superwash DK yarn just for Yarnitudes.  It is red and grey and green for our building and we just love it!  Stop by the store to see this and all of Karen’s other vibrant colors.  The photo at the top of this email highlight the colorways that follow from left to right:  Rockpile in Occidental Orchid and Myacamas Midnight as well as Alexander Valley in Sweetwater Springs, Callistoga Callypso, and Blue Lake Lily.

Lesley:  How did you come up with your yarn variety names?  They seem unusual.

Karen:  Deriving inspiration from the wine growing areas of Sonoma County, I also name each type of yarn after a wine appellation.  For example, my high twist sock yarn is named Rockpile.   My most popular yarn 100% Superwash Merino DK is called Alexander Valley.  I do other types of yarn also but these are the most popular.

shop display

Here are several of Karen’s yarn colors that we have here in the shop.  Aren’t the colors great?  She recently dyed up a custom color for a customer who was visiting all the way from New York.

Lesley:  What kinds of crafts do you teach?  It seems as if you can start straight from the sheep with the wool and move right into other crafts!

Karen:  Yes you can work straight from sheep all the way into workable fiber and yarn.   I demonstrate carding and other ways to prepare fiber for spinning.  I dye many different kinds of spinning fiber and teach how to use them.  I teach beginning spinning on a drop spindle as well as moving from drop spindle to wheel spinning and advanced wheel spinning techniques.  I also teach many ways to ply yarn for different effects and uses.  I have held workshops dying yarn using natural dyeing techniques and local and homegrown vegetation.  Sometimes I also teach acid dyeing which utilizes commercial dyes and vinegar to fix the color.  I have classes on wet felting and needle felting techniques where you work from roving and wool instead of yarn.  I’ve taught hundreds to take “silk hankie” fiber and turn it into un-spun yarn.  For my knitting and crochet classes I teach students how to make my original patterns.  Also I raise silkworms and prepare the fiber for use!

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hand dyed roving

hand dyed locks

Here are some of Karen’s hand-dyed braids, roving, and wool locks.  These are great for spinners, felters, and crafters alike.  I have even had people come in that plan to use them for art weaving and basket making.  How neat!

 

Wow!  You could say Karen really has done it all!  You will find her here in the shop at least once a week.  She isn’t the new girl; she’s just new to the daily routine of the shop.  She will gladly help you with picking out the perfect yarn for a project, or can help you with your latest project boo-boo.

If you haven’t checked out our class list do so now. Karen has a bunch of great classes on spinning, crochet, and felting coming up soon!  I wish I had time to take the wet felted scarf class.  It looks like so much fun!!!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Please let us know if you would like to take a class so we can reserve your spot.  Also double check if there is homework for your class.  YOu wouldn’t want to start out behind!

Until next time – happy knitting, crochet, spinning, felting, weaving, dyeing, etc!  With so much to do how do we find the time!?

~Lesley

 

Something New!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Good morning and hello!  How are you?

Today I have six new and new to us yarns to share with you.  We absolutely love getting in new things for the store.  Sometimes we are restocking an old favorite and sometimes we have something brand new to share!

market bag

Before I get started on the yarn I want to tell you about a new monthly knit-a-long that Madeline will be hosting.  The first project is for a Knitted String Market Bag.  Make one of these just in time for all that fresh spring farmer’s market produce!  Stop by Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm in April to work on the market bag project with other knitters.  Madeline will be here to answer questions if you have them and you know that will be fun!  This knit-a-long is free but please purchase your project yarn at Yarnitudes.

Ok, ok, I’ll get to the good stuff.  Yes, the yarn!

Cascade Yarns – Anchor Bay

anchor bay

Cascade makes so many of our favorite yarns.  They have a new yarn called Anchor Bay and we are very happy to share it with you.  It is oh so soft, machine wash and dryable, and makes a truly delectable fabric.  A workhorse yarn for garments it knits up to 20-22 stitches/4 inches on a US 6-7 needle or G crochet hook.  We have several people who have already snatched some up to make spring and summer CustomFit sweaters. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!  It is a 50/50 blend of superwash merino wool and cotton with a generous 262yards in a 100g ball.  WOW!  There have a lovely palette of colors for spring and summer that works for adult or children’s garments.  You could even make a lovely soft blanket with this yarn that would be both warm and lightweight.  Not only does Cascade make many of our favorite yarns, they also have so many great free patterns written especially for their yarns.  Check out them out!

Queensland Collection – Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, & Cairns

brisbane

Queensland has so many wonderful yarns and we just love our new arrivals.  Brisbane is worsted weight superwash wool that knits up to 16 stitches/4 inches on a US 10 needle.  There are 144yards per 100g ball.  The slow color changes in this yarn lend themselves to lovely sweaters and accessories.  It is machine washable but you must dry flat.  That’s no trouble though.  Especially not for this lovely yarn!

sunshine coast

Sunshine Coast is a wonderfully soft single ply yarn composed of 70% wool, 30% bamboo fibers.  This is another yarn that changes colors as you knit.  It would make up beautifully in one of those sideways shawls we all love to make.  Trudy is working on one now using the Wingspan pattern.  I just can’t wait to see it completed!  It would also be neat to see in a chevron or feather and fan pattern.  The options are endless.  Each skein is 290yards per 100g.  This one also needs to lay flat to dry but is machine washable.

cairns

Cairns, is another lovely multi color yarn from Queensland.  This yarn has a twist or though or rather doesn’t have a twist!  It has an unusual chain construction but it almost looks like it has been stitched down the middle afterwards.  It behaves like a narrow ribbon yarn.  How neat!  This variegated yarn knits up beautifully at 18 stitches/4 inches on US 8 needles.  It is a blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic with 190yards per 100g skein.  Trudy made this great camisole top from Carins just this week.

ballet top

The smallest pattern size used only 3 skeins of yarn!  WOW!  Stop by the store to see these new favorites from Queensland or to see the samples we have knit up!

Ellesbeth Lavold – Silky Wool

silky wool

Silky wool may be one of my favorite semi luxury yarns.  I say semi luxury because it feels luxurious but won’t break the bank!  I made a Goodale sweater for myself out of it several years ago and I just love it!  It is light and airy and just a little bit warm when you need it!  Silky wool comes in what seems like a million different colors.  We don’t have them all yet but will gladly get in your favorite if we don’t have what you need.  It is composed of 45% wool, 35% silk, with 20% nylon for strength.  It knits up at 22stitches/4 inches on a US 6 needles and has an amazing 192yards per 50g skein.  It is perfect for garments and accessories.  Stop by to see the lovely colors and to pet this yarn.  You will see why we love it so much!  Don’t know what to make?  We have several copies of the designer’s choice Viking Collection book which has so many wonderful patterns written just for Silky Wool.

Juniper Moon Farms – Findley

findley

Findley is an old favorite that you may remember.  It is a luscious 50/50 blend of merino wool and silk.  These skeins have so much yardage on them it is incredible!!!  It has 798yards per 100g that knits to 7.5 stitches/inch.  Don’t let the lace weight scare you though.  We have a shop sample of the Krista Tee knit from 2 strands of this yarn that makes a lovely lacey top from what comes out to be a fingering weight gauge.

krista

We’re even planning to have a class for this Please let us know if you are interested in this.  We don’t have a date picked out so let us know what would work for you.  This yarn is also lovely for a shawl.  I made a Citron out of it a few years back and I love it!

Whew, I think that is all the yarn news I have for you today.  While I have you thinking about yarn, I have something exciting to tell you.  We’re having another yarn and needle tasting event!

Please make sure to mark your calendars for another free event at Yarnitudes on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm!

We will be hosting another yarn and needle tasting on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm.  The last time we did this we had so much fun.  We will have a selection of yarn from Knitting Fever along with knitting needles and crochet hooks from Knitters Pride for you to sample and try out.  This is a great opportunity to try out some great yarn without having to buy it.  See how differently you knit or crochet on the many styles of needles in the Knitters Pride collection and have some fun at the same time.  We are looking forward to it!  Please call ahead to let us know if you will be attending this fun event as space is limited.   We will have more spaces than in a regular class but you don’t want to miss out.

Here are the folks that joined us for our last yarn tasting.  What fun!

yarn tasting

I think I will close for now.  Until next time, Happy Knitting!

~Lesley