Happy Memorial Day!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Hi Happy Memorial day!

I hope you have something nice planned.  Spending time with family and friends is great but there are so many people that are away trying to keep us all safe.  I hope you will take a moment, pause, and think of them and where they are and what they are doing to keep us free.

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I want to send out a big thank you from us at Yarnitudes to all of our service men and women who are at home and far away.

 

Well our fifth Anniversary has come and gone now.  We had so many participants’ names in the bowl by Friday that it was hard to draw just three, but we did.  The winners are – Madeline, Heather, and Sue.  I will be contacting them soon to let them know that they are the lucky winners and give them their prizes.  The extra 10% off all the sale items, apart from the $2 bargain bin, will continue until the end of the month.  There are still bargains to be had so don’t lose out.  Thank you for helping us clear out old stock so we can make room for the new!

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As you may know I am getting ready for my final trip to see my mum this year.  It has been great to be able to go and see her as often as I have but this will be my last visit now until next year.  It seems she has rebounded quite well from her bad start to the year so that is quite a relief.  Hopefully she will continue to improve now.  I am, all being well, taking my eldest Granddaughter to see her this time.  I know that will make them both happy.  Then I need to get back here to plan for the rest of the year at the shop.  If you want me to bring any sheep, bunnies, hedgehogs, or teddies back with me please call and let me know.  We will add them to our shopping list.  It is never too early to plan your holiday shopping.  We won’t be able to get more after this trip until next year!

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I hope you will save the date on 23rd and 24th of July because you are in for a treat.  More to come on that soon!  Save it to say we have been extremely busy planning what is sure to be a lot of fun.

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The World Wide Knit in Public day is next month.  It is Saturday, June 18th to be exact.  I will be knitting of course, unfortunately, not in this country.  So I will be unable to knit with you.  I hope to do something with this event next year.  However if you are interested in hosting or joining a group for this visit the website:  http://www.wwkipday.com.  This is a great site to find out all you need to know.  If you can’t find something there that appeals to you, then you can always come and knit with someone at the store.  If you belong to a knitting group of your own and perhaps you don’t have a venue one day, just let us know and you can all come here and hang out for a change.  Of course if you don’t, you can always join one of ours on Wednesday evenings or Friday afternoons.  You will always be welcome to knit or crochet with us.

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We have some great new samples in the store.  If you haven’t been in for a while you might just want to pop in and see them.  They are made in some of our new yarns.  Some are knitted, and some are crochet.  It is great to see how the actual yarn works up.

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Seeing yarn on the skein is one thing but in a garment is another.  You may have noticed, or notice that we have more crochet classes coming up.  Now that we are getting more interest in the crochet side you will see more classes on this.

Sebastopol Crochet class

Coming up next month we have the Crochet Lace Rapper, the versatile poncho/shrug/wrap!  Most things that you can knit you can also crochet and often vice versa.  If you have an interest in something specific please let us know.  We have so much summer weight yarn in and some amazing ideas for what you can make from them.  You never need to stop knitting or crocheting.  You can knit a year round wardrobe and we are here to help you do it.  We have lots of linen, cotton, viscose, and silk in so many wonderful colors you just have to see them all to believe how good they are.

 

Well just one more newsletter to come from me next week, then I will be handing it all over to Lesley to take care of you while I am gone.  Until next week then enjoy your yarn and your freedom.

 

Back soon ~ Trudy

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Yarnitudes Classes!
Classes this week:
Wet Felted Scarf (Only one space available!  We will definitely schedule this again.)
Classes next week:
Knit-A-Long
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

~Yarn, Yarn, Yarn~

bamboo pop

Bamboo Pop is now restocked with lots of colors. Sweater quantities available just ask!

Hello,

I hope you had a great week, weekend and start to the new week.  It has been a little crazy around here this week but we love it!

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Yarn Tasting!

This week I would like to talk to you about Yarn!  You know we can’t live without it.  We had a very successful yarn tasting this weekend.   You got to sample some of our favorite yarn that we have carried for a while, some that is new to us, and some we are thinking of carrying in the future.  We also got to try out the full line of Knitter’s Pride needles and hooks.  We don’t have every type of needle in stock but we are willing and able to special order any of the needles for you.  Just ask!

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It was great fun to see how one particular needle may be great with one yarn and yet another type even better with another yarn.  We still have some of the yarn left so next time you are in ask to try some out.   Of course we won’t be able to recreate the fun that we had together, sorry, maybe you can make it next time.

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Sorry if you have to miss the yarn tasting.  Now I would like to tell you about some more yarn that has worked it way into our hearts and into the store.  Some are brand new and some are just getting restocked!  What fun!

feza kits

First up we have the Hand Dyed Feza Yarns Baby Kits.  These consist of four skeins of cotton/viscose yarn in gradient shades.  For example: the navy one has one skein of pure navy, the second skein is a white base with a lot of navy in it, the third is a white base with slightly less navy and the fourth is plain white.   When they are knitted in order it makes for a lovely gradient blanket that is ooh so soft and cool to the touch too.

blanket sample

This yarn does come as a kit only.  However, many of our customers have bought the kits to make other things for themselves:  shawls, tees, shells, or baby clothes.   The price is right at only $41/kit.   When it is finished you have a great zippered bag to store or present it in.  They have been selling so fast I think we have re-ordered them 3 times and some are on backorder.  I spoke to the owner the other day and he said he is having trouble keeping up with the demand, but ‘we got clout’.  Come in and get yours soon.

 

Now on to one of our favored suppliers, these are all brought to us from Knitting Fever just in time for summer.

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Juniper Moon Farms Neve is a 100% cotton worsted weight yarn.  Normally worsted weight cotton can be a little heavy but, with the chainette construction this makes it light and airy.  It is great for the warmer days ahead.  We have 8 colors in the store already and they are truly amazing.  It knits on a US 6-7 needle with 4.5 to 5.5 stitches per inch and 222 yards per 100gr.  It will finish up a project in no time.

zooey

Again from Juniper Moon Farm Zooey with a lovely 60% cotton  40% linen combination.  This is a joy to knit with.  It calls for a US size 3–5 needle will give you 5 to 6 stitches per inch.   Zooey comes in 100gr balls with 284 yards each.  There are 30 colors, we have 6 in the store right now with more to come that are on back order.  We decided to start with neutral colors for that classic linen look, but the vibrant colors are great too and we will add them as we go.

luxury silk

Now last but not least (for today anyway) KFI Luxury Silk Sport.   It is composed of 100%  Mulbery silk with an amazing sheen and deep rich colors.  The tonal coloring in this yarn gives it a wonderfully interesting, vibrant, and alive finish.   Talk about luxurious, you will feel very pampered and regal in this yarn.  Each skein is 289 yards and 100 gr of tonal perfection, knits on size 4-5 needles at 6 stitches per inch.  The generous yardage will go a long way towards helping you create your own slice of heaven.

The Wednesday night knitting group was checking this yarn out soon after it landed on the shelves.  There were lots of oooh’s and aaaahs , to be heard.  They are all now planning their next projects using one if not all of these wonderful new colors.

 

Now if only I had time to knit!!

 

Oh yes silly me I nearly forgot, in order to celebrate our anniversary, 5 years  now WOW, and to thank you for helping to get us there, we will be having cake, cookies and beverages during our Wednesday night and Friday afternoon get togethers this week.  If you get the chance, stop in and join the celebration.  Don’t forget to be stopping by to enter our drawing.  Prizes go out next week!

Please make sure to Save the Date: Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th, details to come in the next few weeks.  He! he! I’ve got you guessing now!

bampoo pop sweater sample

Last minute addition!!!  We just got in a whole bunch of Bamboo Pop plus a sweater sample all knit up and ready to pet. Stop by and see all the colors and get inspired by the sample!

Have a great week enjoy every minute

 

Chat again soon ~ Trudy

 

Knit It!

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Hello, Hello, Hello,

 

I was just remembering that saying from an old TV show from the UK when I was growing up.  The character always said that.  Anyway, I hope you are doing well and that life is being good to you and you happy and healthy.

I hope you have been able to take advantage of our Anniversary specials, an extra 10% off of the already reduced prices on all our sale and clearance stock.  Of course make sure to enter the drawing for our give away.  Each time you visit the store until May 20th put your name and phone number in the pot for a chance to win.  We will be drawing a winner on May 20th.

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I was thinking about what to write about this week.  Having just taught another beginning knitting class it took me back to the knit stitch.  Yep the good old K.  You can’t knit much without it.  As some of you may know my first class is done purely in the knit stitch.  This enables the student to absorb the muscle memory of knitting.  This way it really sticks before students move on to the purl which opens the door to a whole new world of knitting.

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There is a book titled The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville, which is all about the good old knit stitch.  There are so many things that can be accomplished with the knit stitch that there is no hurry to move on until it is firmly ingrained in your mind and muscles.

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Once this is achieved then it’s easier to move on to The Purl Stitch – another book by Sally Melville.  We have both in the store. Check them out.  Sometimes it is nice to go back and see where it all began.

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It is just over a week now until our Yarn and Knitters Pride needle tasting on May 14th.  Don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity to try out an amazing array of yarn and many different types of needles. You will be amazed at the differences.  We cannot guarantee there will be space for you unless you let us know you will be attending. We do not want anyone to be disappointed, so RSVP ASAP OK?  How’s that for alphabet soup?

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Just as an FYI we have sold out of toy hedgehogs and only 4 bunnies left, so if you want a bunny, hurry in.  Let us know if you want a hedgie and I will bring more home on my next trip to England.

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Quick reminder it is second Monday Spinning night with Karen tonight from 5:00-7:00pm.  Stop by for social spinning or to get a few pointers!

Also, it is not too late to join the Wednesday night (6:00-7:00pm) knit a long with Madeline.  There are 2 great tops to knit!

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sebastopol knitting class

OK, sending this over to Lesley now to get this out on the World Wide Web.  I hope I have given you a little to think about this week and something to whet your appetite.

Until next week then – happy times with your yarn,

Take care

~ Trudy

Yarnitudes Classes!
Classes this week:
Beginning Knitting Two – 5/10, 5:00-7:00pm
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

Honey, I’m Home! – The world traveler returns

travel

Well Hi there,

I hope this finds you full of the joys of spring.

As you may know I have been travelling again.  My mum who is 96 soon to be 97 and still lives in the UK had a bit of a rough start this year with a bad chest infection.  Then, just as she was recovering from that, she had a fall and broke her wrist.  We were lucky enough to come across some bargain fares and we just couldn’t resist.  For the first half of this year we will be seeing her as often as possible.  Just one more trip to go!  I love traveling but it is hard to be away as well.  While I was away Lesley, Linda Karen and Susan did a great job of holding down the fort, thank you ladies. It was great to come home and know the shop was well taken care of.

pisa

While we were over in the UK we decided to take a side trip to Italy.  One of our Wednesday night knitters told me of a couple of stores that she had visited.  I managed to find one of them while I was there.  I am always looking for interesting products for the shop.  Try as I might I couldn’t find anything that I couldn’t get here in the US.  Of course I had to buy something that we don’t stock at the moment –  just what I need more yarn – but I wanted to support the local store.  While I was talking to her she showed me some of the items she had created and designed.  She used wonderful colors and all so very different.  There were jackets and sweaters for sale at around $300+.  I am glad she is able to get the money deserved for her work.

canals

I did quite a lot of people watching and window browsing while I waited for Trevor to do his exploring.  It was interesting to see the clothing worn over there.  Europeans are so fashion forward.  It gave me some great ideas of things I would love to make.  I made a few sketches in a notebook.  Perhaps you will be seeing some new Yarnitudes designs in the future.  Lesley and I had some fun reverse engineering a retail sweater for a customer who wanted to copy it.  What fun and what a headache!  Maybe you will see us working on it sometime soon.  Now all I need is the time to make all the things I have dreamt up.  Ha-ha!

gondola

Of course I took my knitting with me everywhere as we traveled.  Don’t you?  I managed to finish a Wingspan shawl.  I made this from two balls of the Queensland Collection, Sunshine Coast.  This yarn is pretty new to the store and comes in wonderful colors.  It is composed of 70%wool and 30% bamboo.  It is really soft and luscious and so much fun to work with as you enjoy the changing colors.  I started with color #106 Fort Queenscliff  and then changed when that ball ended to #103 Wallace Battery.  I have no idea where they came up with the names but is obviously means something to someone.  Wouldn’t that be a job, yarn colorway namer!  Sunshine Coast comes in 10 color ways and we have six of those in the store.  Although I used two different multi colors it worked out really well.

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You can see it in person on display in the store.  It is always nice to see how the colors work knitted up isn’t it.

plaid dress

I also finished the back of the Girls Plaid Dress in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport.  I am ready for the class on the 11th of May.  Will you join me?  I am now working on the front.  What fun to see the colors change as the colorwork appears.  There are so many interesting techniques in this dress including bobbles and colorwork.  I did shorten the length of mine by two inches as I personally like to see little girls in slightly shorter dresses.  I have another couple of little dresses on the needles and I am anxious to get to them too.

tunic

Lesley even has a couple she is working on.  This baby tunic made up of leftover yarn just finished up last week.  It must be spring with all this dress knitting going on!

sheep

I brought back another flock of sheep for the shop along with a couple of hedgehogs and a few bunnies.  If you have been waiting for them they are now available in the store.  Oh yes, of course there are more lamb baby slippers.  They are just too darned cute!

We are headed for a busy month ahead.  There are lots of classes and some special get togethers.  The yarn and needle tasting is coming up soon, don’t forget to sign up so you don’t miss out.  This is entirely complimentary; you don’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity to try before you buy.  Several of the yarns you will get to try are new to the store or will be coming in this fall.

Also I am happy to say that this May will see the 5th, can you believe it 5th anniversary of Yarnitudes.  That’s right!  It was five years ago that I came up with our crazy name and opened the doors to a wonderful community of fiber – or as we Brits say fibre – enthusiasts. It has also been a year since I took on Balls and Skeins and gained my business partner Lesley.  My how time flies when you are having fun!

It has been a wonderful experience meeting all the folk from Balls and Skeins and welcoming you into our family.   We have also met so many wonderful new folks that have just happened by our little fiber haven.  Welcome, welcome everyone.  We have a lot in store for you, so stay tuned for news of anniversary specials, raffle drawings, and how about a little party?

Well I think I have rambled on enough for this week.  My eyes are getting tired, I must be getting old.  I haven’t got over the jet lag yet; it never used to bother me.

So I will leave you for now, hopefully I have whetted your appetite about some of the things to come.  Of course there is always more and we will tell you about them another day.  Make sure to check out the class list.  If there is something you’d like to learn, let us know we will get it scheduled!

Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you very soon

Thanks ~ Trudy

keep calm

Dates to remember:

Ripple Camisole Knitalong with Madeline – Wednesdays May – June 6:00-7:00pm
(two patterns to choose from – join Madeline for a simple summer top to knit)

Stop by to enter for our Anniversary prize drawing – May 1 – 18
(no need to be present to win, enter every day as long as you stop by)

Monday night spinning group – May 9, 5:00-7:00pm
(every second Monday social spinning with help if you need it)

Yarn and Needle Tasting – Saturday, May 14, 2:00-4:00pm
please let us know if you would like to attend

Anniversary prizes drawn and handed out – May 18

Yarnitudes Closed – May 30
(Memorial Day)

Yarnitudes Classes!
Classes this week:
Felted Bag – Sat. 4/7 2:30-4:30
Classes next week: