Hop, Hop, Hippity Hop. It’s a Yarn Hop!

Sonoma County Yarn Hop

Good Morning!

Remember how Trudy asked you to save the date on July 23 & 24?  Well you probably guessed it right.  The Sonoma County Yarn Hop is just a month away!  We’ve changed things up a bit this year though so make sure to get all the details.  The Hop will be a two day all weekend event over the four shops.  This gives you a bit more time to make it all the way around.

When:

Saturday July 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday July 24, 11 am – 4:00 pm

Where:

Yarnitudes, Knitterly, Purls of Joy, Cast Away and Folk

 

How it works:

This year you will need to purchase your punch card and goodie bag (full of great stuff) from one of the shops.  Never fear there are plenty to go around.  The price is just $5 with $1 of that going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Travel to each store, get your card punched, shop for great deals and see what each store has to offer.  Some stores will have demos, special sales, snacks, raffle prizes, and who knows what all else!

Each store will have a grand prize to give away in addition to raffle prizes, so make sure to drop your card off at one of the shops when you have received all four punches.

You know Yarnitudes always has some extra special stuff going on during the hop.

In addition to the grand prize we are offering, Yarnitudes will be raffling off special prizes on the hour.  Make sure you put your name in the pot when you are here.

We will continue our tradition of free demos with Karen of Royale Hare.  She will show you how to spin on a drop spindle, needle felt a bunny (how perfect for a Yarn Hop), and she will even be teaching a mini how to crochet class!  How fun.

Chad from Cascade yarns will be visiting us again to do a Yarn Tasting with several of our favorite yarns form Cascade.  If you’ve never tried to knit with one of their yarns this is the perfect chance to take a new yarn out for a spin!  We have Knitter’s Pride needles and crochet hooks for you to try out too!

We have Tammy from Universal yarns visiting us to show off some great summery garments from the Universal Yarns line.  We have selected garments knit and crochet from the yarns we carry so that you can see how these great yarns work up.  We will have the Universal Trunk show for 2 whole weeks starting with the Yarn Hop weekend. Make sure to check it out.  Tammy will be available for Ravelry Q & A during the hop and she has also agreed to teach a beginning and an advanced Ravelry Class for you on Monday July 25.  Stay tuned for details and make sure to email me with any special requests of questions.

We will also be hosting a Trunk show from Berroco during the Yarn Hop.  You can see garments knit up in Fiora and Folio, two great multi fiber yarn blends.  The garments are gorgeous.  What a great opportunity to get inspired!  Think it is too busy during the hop to appreciate them fully?  Come back and see us during the week, We will have them on display until the end of the month.

We plan to have special sales and markdowns especially for the hop.  You will have to stop in to see what they are though.

I think that is all I have about the hop for you today.

Here are the shops, their addresses and all the pertinent details so you can plan your route.  As always, try to carpool with some friends.  It isn’t just more fun that way, you will have an easier time parking!

Yarnitudes

707-827-3618

3598 Gravenstien Hwy. So

Sebastopol, CA 95403

 

Knitterly

707-762-9276

1 Fourth St.

Petaluma, CA 94952

 

Purls of Joy

707-433-5697

461 Healdsburg Ave.

Healdsburg, CA 95448

 

Cast Away and Folk

707-546-9276

100 Fourth St.

(enter on Wilson St.)

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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Sheep Shearing, a Knit-a-Long, and Some Classes. Oh My!

 

Hello hello!

I hope the weekend was nice for you.  I’m certainly enjoying the cooler temperatures, aren’t you?

As the temps heat up you may be noticing the sheep around and abouts have been getting haircuts lately.  I was so happy to get photos from our very own Sue the sheep lady aka spinning Sue as some may know her.  She recently had her flock shorn and sent me some before and after photos.   Aren’t they sweet all lined up waiting for their turn?

before

Here’s an action shot for you.  Doesn’t the sheep look a bit put out?  I know I would be.

so dignified

And finally here they are afterwards all tidy and ready for summer!

after

I know the process is pretty involved. I’ve never seen it in person.  Perhaps I will get to see the action this year at our annual shop sheep shearing.  That’s right.  Saturday, July 16 at 3:00pm we will shear Sergeant Speckles our shop sheep.  Most of the year he has a cushy life at Sue’s farm just down the road.  But once a year we bring him over here to get his annual haircut.

Please join us for the shearing this year.  You can ask Sue and Paul, the shearer, questions about sheep, wool, shearing and such.  We will have roving to see from the Sarg’s previous fleeces and we usually have some other specials going on in the store so feel free to make a day of it!

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The 16th also happens to be the day for Linda’s July Stitch of the month clubs.  If you haven’t checked one out yet you should sign up.  They are a fun way to learn something new!  Speaking of something new, I have July’s list of classes for you today.  Please let us know early if you would like to sign up for a class.  You can call the shop, email me back, or stop by to sign up.  There are lots of fun things to learn.  Don’t miss out.  We do need you to pre-pay for our classes going forward.  If we have to cancel a class of course we will reimburse you.  Please give us 24 hours notice if you will be unable to attend.  If we have to cancel a class due to too few students we will give you 48 hours notice.   Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you for joining Madeline for the Ripple Tunic Knit-a-Long in May and June.  I have had a few people stop by for the patterns.  They are fun knits for sure!

I would like to let you know we had to cancel the June-July Linen Skirt Knit-a-Long with Karen due to inattendance.

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I hope you will join me (Lesley) in July and August for the Exploration Station Shawl Knit-a-Long.  This a super fun pattern by Stephen West.  The color Choices are endless.  Just check out the Ravelry Projects  to see some of the options.  We have many yarns in the shop that would be perfect for this shawl.  Just stop by and see.  We will help you pick out your color scheme and get you ready to start.  We will officially start on Friday, July 1.  But a few people who will have to be out of town have already gotten started.  I admit that I started early myself.  I wanted to make sure I could answer any questions that come up though!  Here are the details!

exploration

Exploration Station Knit-a-Long

July 1 – August 31

 FREE

Please let us know if you would like to participate so we can help you find yarn and get you the pattern.

Knit–a-long starts the week of July 1 and runs through August.  There is no cut-off for starting; you have plenty of time.  Lesley will be in the shop Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons during our social knitting gatherings to help you if you get stuck or just want company while you knit.

No charge for knit-a-long but please purchase pattern and yarn at Yarnitudes.

Knit this crazy fun Stephen West shawl.  There are so many possibilities for color with this shawl.  Go subtle or go crazy. The choice is up to you!  Check it out on Ravelry to see what others have done.  The pattern is very well written and tells you exactly what you need to do.  There are YouTube videos to help you if you get stuck when the store isn’t open.  Knit it with a group to see the different versions unfold.  Help others and get help as we knit this together.

New techniques include:  Short rows, i-cord edging, YO.

For this knit-a-long you need to know how to:
Long tail and cable cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch, read a pattern

Homework:
Purchase yarn, pattern, and needles

Materials:
40” – 60″ US 6 circular needles (or size needed to get good fabric
4 contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn (minimum 275 yards each) You may use Tosh Sock, Malabrigo Sock, Tosh Merino Light, Cascade Heritage or Heritage Silk.  I recommend using a solid or semisolid colored yarn but the choice is yours.  There really are no rules.

 

And now without further ado I have your July class list:

 

I have a quick class add in for the end of June:

Crochet Foundation Stitch Class

June 27 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm

$15

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

This class offered by special request!

Instructor – Linda

In this class we will teach you to work a foundation chain.  This is used in many patterns and people often get tripped up trying to do this.  Stop by and learn this great technique to use in many of your crochet projects!

 

 

Sebastopol Knitting Class

Knitted Tabitha Tunic Class

June 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

– $50

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Two sessions – Thursday. June 30 & July 21, 1:00-3:00pm

Instructor – Linda

Cost includes pattern

Learn to knit this versatile sleeveless top.  Wear with a button up shirt or long sleeved tee as a vest or alone as a summer top.  Simple to make, but a beautiful finished garment.  You will get a lot of use from this!

New techniques include:
Basic lace techniques, increases, grafting (or three needle bind off)

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 (26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette)

Cast on the number of stitches required for your size.

You will need:
Sport Weight Yarn (Malabrigo Arroyo, Mirasol Nuna, Universal Bamboo Pop)
Stitch markers and a 32” or longer US size 4 circular needle

 

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Knitted 2-at-a-Time Socks Class

July 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

– $60

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Cost includes 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

100g Sock weight yarn + US 0, 40″ circular needle

OR

100g Superwash Worsted + US4, 40″ circular needle

Materials:
Many yarn choices available; stop by to choose your yarn.

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Beginning Knitting Class

July 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $20

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.

 

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Knitted Welcome to the Flock Baby Sweater Class

July 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Wed. July. 6, 20 & Aug. 3

Instructor – Lesley

Cost includes pattern

Learn to make this adorable sheepy sweater for the little one in your

life. Bottom up construction makes this an interesting knit.  If you have never knit a sweater before this is an easy place to start.  The possibilities are endless with so many color choices and the option to later change the colorwork motif.

New techniques include:
Basic stranded and intarsia colorwork
Knitting flat and in the round
Decreases, picking up stitches

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast Off
This is an intermediate class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern, check gauge ( 22 sts & 32 rows = 4 inches)

Materials:
24” Size US 6  & 4 Needles (depending on yarn choice)
250-500 yards (depending on size and yarn choice): Malabrigo Rios, Tosh DK, Cascade 220 Superwash, Painted Sky,  Universal Uptown Worsted.  These yarn choices will yield a slightly larger sweater than described in the pattern.

 

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Knitted Muti Dress Class

July 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Fri. July. 8, 23 & Aug. 5

Instructor – Lesley

Cost includes pattern

Learn to make this stunning baby dress.  The details make it interesting.  the size makes it go fast.  This will be an heirloom piece.  Why not make it for the special baby in your life?

New techniques include:
Lace knitting in the round and flat.
increases, following a chart (written instructions also given)

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast Off
This is an intermediate class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern, check gauge ( 24 sts = 4 inches)

Materials:
24” Size US 4 Needles (depending on yarn choice)

360-700 yards (depending on size and yarn choice): Malabrigo Sock, Tosh Sock, Cascade Heritage, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Crystal Palace Panda Silk.

 

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Start Spinning Class

July 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the 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

 

Sonoma County Felting Classes

Felted Soap Class

July 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

– $35

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Lesley

Class cost includes wool roving – please bring two bars of soap 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

 

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Crochet Stitch-a-Month

July 16 @ 10:30 am – 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.

 

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Knitting Stitch-a-Month

July 16 @ 12:00 – 2:30 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), 7/16 (1:00-2:30pm), 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.

 

Sonoma County CustomFIt

CustomFit Workshop

July 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

– $25

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Sun. July 17 & 31, 4:30-6:00pm

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!

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!

 

Sonoma County Felting Class

Wet Felted Scarf Class

July 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to make this beautiful piece of artwork that you can actually wear.  It is fun to do.  You don’t need to know how to knit or crochet.  It is made entirely by hand!  A complete novice to fiber arts can create one of these.  Join us and play with fiber and color to create a one of a kind piece.

Make sure to wear something that can get wet.  You may get a bit messy!

 

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Knitted Half Pi Shawl Class

July 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $50

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Tues. July 19, & Aug. 2 & 16, 5:30-7:00pm

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

 

Beginning Crochet Class

July 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.

Instructor – Trudy

In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.  These are the building blocks needed for more advanced projects.  Get the basics down and we can teach you how to do more complicated patterns using these basic stitches.

 

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Knitted Meringue Sideways Pullover Sweater Class

July 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

– $50

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions

Wed. July. 27 11:00am-1:00pm,

Aug. 10 & 24 11:00am-12:30pm

Instructor – Trudy

Learn to make this fun and unusually constructed sweater for yourself or for a loved one.  The stitch pattern is simple and easy to memorize.  Just jump right in!

New techniques include:
Knitting flat and in the round
Decreases, picking up stitches

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast Off
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern, check gauge ( 17 sts & 28 rows = 4 inches)

Materials:
24″ or 32″ Size US 8  & 10 Needles (depending on yarn choice)
1,000-1500 yards (depending on size and yarn choice):

Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Queensland Brisbane, Universal Uptown Worsted, Ella Rae Seasons, Madeline Tosh Vintage

Using a smaller yarn will require doing a bit of math.  Please call to make an appointment for a private lesson to calculate gauge and sweater details if you plan on using a yarn that gives a different gauge.

 Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Knitted Entrelac Scarf Class

July 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for this class

Instructor – Trudy

Cost includes pattern

This great accessory works up beautifully in color changing yarn such as Painted Sky.

New techniques include:
Picking up stitches, Entrelac techniques
This is an advanced beginner class.

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch

Materials:
You will need worsted weight yarn and needles to suit your yarn

 

OK, Well that is all I have for you for now!

Make sure to call to sign up if something catches your eye.  Until next time!

~Lesley

A few finishes to share!

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Hello there,

I hope this finds you well.  Things here are chugging along.  We have been ordering yarn so of course things have been arriving steadily one or two boxes a day.  I spend some time each day entering new things into inventory.  Mostly they are things we had already and are just restocking colors.  We do have some exciting new stuff planned for you so stay tuned. I think the first of it will be arriving in July.

We had quite a few people join us for our CustomFit workshops when we launched the LYS program back in January.  We are six months or so down the road now and people are still coming in to get fitted to start their first CustomFit sweater.  I love this program.  Having the ability to make a sweater that will fit perfectly without any adjustments to the pattern is truly golden!  The very exciting part of this is seeing all of the finished sweaters.  One or two people finished right away. But we have been seeing more and more of them roll through the shop.  I have three CustomFit finishes to share with you today.

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The first CustomFit finish I have for you is by our friendly local spinner Sue.  She used Cascade Venezia sport weight yarn to make her Sebasco Vest.  This is a very versatile piece.   It is warm but lightweight making it perfect for our climate here.  The silk in this yarn makes the fabric drape and the wool helps it hold its shape.  Sue said the Daisy Stitch was difficult at first to get the hang of but she is very happy with the end result.  We have a couple other people making the Sebasco Vest.   One is knitting it from MadelineTosh Pashmina and I can’t remember the yarn on the second.  My brain really has left me forever I am afraid.

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The second sweater I have to share is a Sunset Drive Pullover made by Carolyn.  This lovely lace covered top was knit in Mirasol Nuna.  It really is gorgeous.  I love the lacey detail in the sleeves.  Nuna makes a beautiful shimmery lightweight fabric.  The bamboo and silk add drape and sheen, while the wool gives it some body.  Otherwise the fabric might have too much give for a sweater.  Isn’t it interesting?  Every fiber has a job in yarn.  I just love seeing what the mills and yarn companies come up with for blends!

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The final CustomFit Sweater I have for you today is another one knit from Venezia in sport weight.  This is truly one of our favorite yarns.  It has great stitch definition and the yardage is generous.  I wish more people wanted to knit with it because it is so great!  This sweater is from the Options Knit a Long that Amy Herzog ran.  Peggy loved the simple texture of this.  She said it was more interesting to knit than stockinette but just as fast and easy!  Isn’t the lime green color fresh and springy!

I know several more people who are almost finished with their sweaters.  I hope to get to share them with you soon!

If you are interested in knitting a CustomFit sweater for yourself make sure to sign up for the July CustomFit workshop.  In the workshop we will discuss sweater yarn and fabric.  We will also discuss design elements, types of sweaters, and how sweaters work in your wardrobe.  Next, we will fit you for your sweater and send you off with instructions for swatching.  Finally, we will generate your very own CustomFit sweater pattern and get you some pointers for knitting it.  This really is a great program.  If you have already knit your CustomFit sweater and haven’t brought it by the shop I’d love to see it.  There are so many different yarns to choose from and the same sweater looks so different in each yarn choice!  Once you have been fitted for CustomFit we can generate new patterns for you any time.  No need to take another class.  Just pick out your yarn and get to swatching.  We can make a new pattern for you in about 10 minutes!

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I also have a non CustomFit sweater to share with you today.  This design has been very popular in the store but this is the first customer I have seen come in with a finished sweater.  The pattern is called Rye and it is knit from Berroco Ultra Alpaca.  We love this yarn.  With a 50/50 blend of alpaca and wool you get the best of both worlds.  There is softness and warmth from the alpaca – but not too warm – and there is elasticity and memory in the wool.  It is a truly exceptional yarn.  I’m not just saying that.  I made my CustomFit vest from Ultra Alpaca last winter.  It truly feels like knitting with butter!  It is just so soft.

 

Anyhoo back to that sweater!  This Rye is just gorgeous.  It was knit by Marilyn in the charcoal grey color.  She came by last week for help with winding in tails.  While she was here we got to talk about the kitchener stitch.  I love this method of grafting. It is seamless and invisible!  Do you hate it?  I’m sorry stop by some time and we’ll talk.  It isn’t as terrible as most people make it out to be I promise!  As for that sweater, isn’t it great?  Good work Marilyn!

I think that is all I have for you today.  I have some great new bags in stock at the store.  I was going to share photos but I don’t want to keep you too long…  Wait what?  You want to see them?  Ok!

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We just got a new shipment in from Attenti and from Hadaki.  The colors are fabulous the fabrics are to die for!  Check it out!!!

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Make sure to stop by any time to see these in person.  The photos don’t do them justice.

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Every knitter needs a good bag to keep their work in.  I got a Hadaki tote to take on my recent trip to Portland and I love it.  The nylon just wipes right off.

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Yeay, no messes!  I am in love with several of these Attenti bags too.  They use wonderful fabrics with such lovely colors.  I may break down and get one of those as well!

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Sonoma County Yarn Shop

We still have bags in stock from DellaQ.  The cotton prints are just so cute.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

We also have silk needle cases from Della as well.  They are gorgeous!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

And last but certainly not least we always have the workhorse vinyl bags by Knitters Pride.

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They make matching needle cases for every type of needle.  You have to have the right stuff to keep your tools organized right?

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Anyhoo. I really will leave you for now.

Happy knitting and crocheting until I see you again.

Lesley

Oh!  Just a quick reminder.  If you are a spinner or are interested in spinning, Karen’s second Monday spinning group meets tonight from 5-7.  Be there or be square 😉

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All About Lace!

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Hi, it’s me again,

This will be my last message for a few weeks.  You can have a break from me for a while.  I hope you are doing well and managing to stay cool and warm as the case may be.  With the temperatures up and down that can be a bit of a challenge can’t it?

Well before I go I thought I would leave you with a few thoughts.  I know some people find the summer a difficult time to knit but it doesn’t have to be.

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The longer days are a blessing.  Now is the time to experiment with the lighter and cooler yarns.  They are lighter on your needles and not like sitting with a wool blanket or sweater.  They don’t make you swelter under their weight.  The best thing to do is to have a lighter and a heavier project in the works.  That way you are all set for whatever is thrown at you.  We certainly have a variety of temperatures here. It is also a good time to try out some lace work, airy and light.  There is no rush; just making pretty shapes and designs in your projects.

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What could be better than enjoying a nice breeze in the sunshine and feeling the delicate lace come to life in your hands?  It is so therapeutic.  The aim with lace is not to be in a hurry.  Take it slowly; remember to use your lifelines and enjoy.  Lace is not a project to be contemplating in front of the TV, especially if there is something dramatic going on.  But lace knitting or crochet is a time to relax in a nice cool place.  Perhaps, listening to a book on tape would be ideal.  Remember to have your pattern in an easy position so that you can see it easily and clearly.  We have pattern holders in the store that will stand for you, magnets to hold it in place and some colored tape to show you where you are.  Have plenty of stitch markers in your work.  You can never have enough of those.  I remember when I was younger having to do it all without all of these aids.  That really took concentration.  It still takes some concentration but as you come to the end of your first repeat you will start to see the pattern come into its own and it will become easier.

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Lace is a little like color work or intarsia.  Only instead of changing color you change stitches.  Lace can become a treasured heirloom.  As you are working on the piece you will find your thoughts manifest themselves into the piece.  Think nice thoughts and work them in there and this will pass them onto the recipient of the piece.  If the recipient happens to be yourself then when you wear it you will be taken back to those hours you spent enjoying the sun and the breeze and the scenery around you.  It is making me excited just writing about it!

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Lace doesn’t have to be scary.   If you have never attempted it, start small.  Find a yarn that you absolutely adore, the plainer the texture and color the better for lace.  Hand paints and variegated yarn will hide the lace whereas lighter solid colors will make it stand out or just pop.

I know a lot of us have a hard time finding quiet, peaceful uninterrupted time to ourselves but IF you do manage to set some aside there is nothing better.

Also, lace is a great project to take on a lazy vacation.

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As for me I have been thinking what I should take on my trip with me this time.  My trips seem to be a little hectic.  My husband can’t sit still.  It is always go, go, go.  So my travel project has to be something simple enough to do whilst traveling but it also has to feel good in my hands, be a great color, and a project I will love once finished.  Oh yes, it has to be small enough and light enough to fit in my bag.  I have chosen to make Gyrid by Elsebeth Lavold made out of Silky Wool.  This is a sleeveless top.  It has quite a lot of stocking stitch (mindless car knitting) and just enough detail on the front to keep it interesting.  I am excited to start.  I have a few things to finish up in the next few days though so wish me luck.  Perhaps I will be wearing this top when I come home!  I hope so.

We have a few surprises in store for you when I get back.  Lesley will be telling you all about them in the next few weeks.  We have exciting times planned for you ahead.

Well I don’t think there is anything else from me this time, only to say, take care of yourself, enjoy your yarn and I will see you when I get back.  Thank you Lesley, Linda, and Karen for once again stepping up to take care of the shop.

See you soon ~ Trudy

Hi, Hi,

Lesley popping in here quickly to make a couple of announcements!

Sebastopol Knitting Class

Linda would like you to know we have decided to offer the Tabitha top class again.  June 30 & July 21, 1:00-3:00pm

Karen would like you to know that the Second Monday Night spinning group will meet at the shop on Monday June 13, 5:00-7:00pm.

Also, the Wet felted Scarf class on June 5th is full.  We will offer this again in July, stay tuned!

That’s all for now

See you next week ~ Lesley