Berroco Folio and Fiora Digital Trunk Show!

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Good morning.

I hope this finds you well.  Did you enjoy seeing all the Universal Trunk Show garments a few weeks back?  They sure are fun!  It was great to review the things we had in the store and get to see the details all over again.

Just a quick aside to remind you that we will be closed:

Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.

Today I have the Berroco Trunk Show garments to share with you.  We had 6 garments to show off and we just loved all of them!  We are happy to get any of these patterns for you in the store.

We just love the Folio yarn.  Half of these Berroco garments are made from.  It is composed of 65% superfine alpaca and 35% rayon.  It feels like cashmere it is so soft.  The rayon gives it the hint of shine that just makes this yarn glow.  With 219 yards per 50 grams it knits up to a DK weight on US5 needles.  It isn’t something we currently carry in the shop; but maybe someday.  Let us know if you are interested.

Fiora is a yarn we currently carry in the store.  We have seen quite a few people making summer and fall sweaters in this yarn.  We lovingly call this yarn Kitchen Sink yarn.  It is a blend of cotton, viscose, alpaca, and wool.  It is machine washable and we just love it!  It has 246 yards per 100 grams and knits up to a DK weight on US 5 needles.

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Odora – Folio

Odora is a lovely garter and lace shawl that is knit from the top down.  The lace pattern is charted.  Folio makes this shawl feather light. It takes only 4 skeins of yarn.  If you like the pattern but don’t want to wait for a special order we can find you an alternative yarn to knit this with.  Mirasol’s Sulka Legato or Nuna would be a great alternative!

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Lucerne  – Folio

Lucerne is also made of Folio and is a gorgeously simple circular shawl.  The lace makes a lovely pinwheel pattern.  You could even use the pattern to make a lap or baby blanket in a heavier yarn.  Berroco has this to say about the Lucerne pattern.  “Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s abstract paintings of shells, Lucerne is an easy-to-knit circular shawl that spirals from the center out.”

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Lantana – Fiora

Lantana is a beautifully simple yet elegant open front cardigan made out of Fiora.  It has raglan shaping and is constructed from the bottom up.  Isn’t the sleeve detail lovely?  There is just a hint of lace to keep it interesting!  This pattern has a wide range of sizes available so it is approachable for lots of people!

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Rivea – Fiora

This cardigan works up like a knitted blazer.  Again it has just a hint of lace to make it interesting.  But it is simple enough to work up quickly.  The Fiora is just heavy enough to make it warm but light enough to make it an easy wear!

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Oleander – Folio

“Oleander is a large, square shawl worked from the center out. It is knit in reverse stockinette and lace, which forms a star design.”  The lace pattern is reminiscent of paired leaves.  Simple and elegant like the rest of this collection.

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Abatina – Folio

This tunic would be warm and light.  Perfect for our cool mornings.  The lace panel at the yoke is so fun and the garter body is simple and textured.  It is knit on lager needles so the fabric is open and drapey.  The side vents ensure you will move easily in this garment.

I hope you liked this collection.  We certainly did.  I love the simple designs. They really are wearable classics!

Until next time.

~ Lesley

Just Classes – September!

It is that time again to let you know about our upcoming classes.  As always, let us know if there is a class you would like to have that we don’t list. We try to be accommodating.

I know you don’t want to think about it.  But if you are planning to knit for the holidays, now is the time to get started.  We tried to schedule lots of opportunities for easy gift knitting.  We also have some simple projects to choose from in the store that don’t require a class!  So stop by and let’s get you ready to succeed.  We hate to see people frantically trying to finish things at the last minute so let’s get you started now!

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Beginning Knitting Class

September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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.

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 11, 24” circular needles

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, have yarn wound

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Knitted Cabled Hat Class

September 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline.

Cost includes pattern.

Learn to make a simple cable knit hat.  This project takes just a few hours to knit and uses only 1 skein of a chunky weight yarn.  It is a great beanie to wear on those cold Sonoma County winter morning walks.  It also makes a great gift for family and friends.

New techniques include:
Cable knitting, 2 stitch twist cable, k2tog casting off for a hat

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, identify a stitch

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles, Cast on 48 stitches, join in the round, and work 2″ or 4″ of 2×2 ribing (depending on how much you want the brim to fold.

Materials:
US 10 or 11 straight or circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers
One skein of Malabrigo Chunky

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Knitted Felted Bag Class

September 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Free pattern

Learn to make a simple felted bag for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical accessory 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, picking up stitches, felting

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern

Cast on 24 stitches with double strand of yarn on US size 11, 32″ circular needles.

Work 100 rows (sm/med bag) or 120 rows (lg bag) in garter stitch (knit every row)

Materials:
32” US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers
6-8 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)

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Start Spinning Class

September 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 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

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Knitted Half Pi Shawl Class

September 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Tues. Sept 13, 27, & Oct. 18, 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

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Knitted Feather & Fan Scarf Class

September 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Learn to make a beautiful lace scarf for yourself or as a gift.  The deceptively simple pattern and lace weight mohair yarn combine to produce a spectacular accessory.

New techniques include:
Knitting with mohair yarn

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

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern

Materials:
24” Size US 9 Needles
230 yards lace mohair – 1 skein (Debbie Bliss Angel, Cascade Kid Seta,
Cascade Kid Seta Noir, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, or similar. Or 2 skeins of Stacy Charles Ristratto

 

Sonoma County Felting Class

Wet Felted Scarf Class

September 18 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $60

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!

 

Beginning Crochet Class

September 20 @ 5:00 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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Needle Felted Dog or Cat

September 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes all materials.

Learn to make an adorable dog or cat!  These little guys are cute and addictive!

No previous experience necessary.  The felting needles are very sharp, not recommended for children under 10.  All supplies provided.

You should be able to finish your miniature pet in class!  Bring a photo to work from or work from your imagination.

New Techniques include:
Beginning 3-d needle felting techniques.

 

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Knitted Felted Hat Class

September 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Free pattern

Learn to make a simple felted bag for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical accessory 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, picking up stitches, felting

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern

Cast on 24 stitches with double strand of yarn on US size 11, 32″ circular needles.

Work 100 rows (sm/med bag) or 120 rows (lg bag) in garter stitch (knit every row)

Materials:
32” US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers
6-8 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)

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Just to get you ready for the October Natural Dying Workshop.  We need signups for this one as soon as possible so we can plan appropriately.

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Natural Dying Workshop

October 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

– $80

Please contact us to sign up for the class ASAP so we know how much we need to get together in materials.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes Materials – Please let us know if you can help supply raw vegetable matter for dye bath.

We are happy to be able to have this class again this year.

In this class you will learn to dye yarn using natural products that can be easily found in your own yard!  Karen will tell you how to prepare the dyebath.  In the workshop you will learn how to dye the yarn using 2 different yarn bases.

But in order to prepare for this class we require a little help from you.  It takes a lot of dried materials to make up a dye bath.  So if you can help us collect that would be great!  Even if you can’t take the workshop you can still help out.  Just start collecting, sorting, and drying plant materials as you do your summer yard work.  Here are some things that will work:

Tea – tan, brown

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus leaves – rusty orange

Barks – oaks, redwood, madrone…

Flowers – marigolds, dahlias, coreopsis…  snap off dead flowers (dead heading) I used to snap off all the flower heads once a week, place in a shallow cardboard to dry them

Rosemary trimmings

Oak galls – When Karen was studying natural dyes at SRJC they gathered oak galls on campus, they’re caused by an insect and aren’t good for the tree.

Walnut hulls

Fruit leaves – plum, peach, apple…
and tree barks

Queen Anne’s Lace – we have a tremendous amount of these this year along roads probably due to the rains – Remember, it is illegal to collect along roads

Dye stuffs can only be gathered on private property with permission from the owner (California state law)

IMPORTANT: leave as much as you gather, so there will be plants to gather next year

After collecting, place dye stuffs in shallow layers in boxes to dry.  You can pick up a few extra boxes next time you’re at Costco.

Please make sure not to mix the different kinds of plant materials so we can get true colors.  Thank you in advance for your help wit this.  You can drop off fully dried plant stuffs on Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays when Karen is in the shop.

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Well that is all we have for you for now!  Please let us know if you’d like ot sign up or if there is something else you would like to learn!

Until next time, happy yarning!

~Trudy

Minor Interruptions, Major Yarn.

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Well Hello again.

How does this lovely Monday find you?

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Did you visit the Apple fair?  Are you ready for back to school and for more time to yourself? The roads will be busier again.  We will have to avoid certain routes at certain times but hopefully we will have more time on your hands.

A quick note, We wanted you to know we still have some of the goodies bags left over from the Yarn Hop available for purchase.  Please pop in to get one!  They are great project bags with very cute artwork on them.  They cost is only $5 and $1 of that goes to the Redwood Food bank.  See aren’t they cute?

 

As you may know we had a little excitement at the shop last Monday night.  Unfortunately, an unknown person decided to take a late turn onto Lone pine from 116 North, was obviously going too fast and ended up in the front left side (facing) of the store.  No one was there at the time and as far as we know no one was injured.  We don’t know about the driver because they were able to get the vehicle towed away and left no note, apology, nothing, except a big mess for others to clear up.  Can you tell I am a little ticked off about the selfishness of this act?

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It could have been much worse.  It happened late at night, as a witness spotted a tow truck taking away a green or dark colored Honda at 11.30pm reported to us.  We didn’t miss a beat though.  Lesley and I both rushed to the shop and were able to open the store at 10 am.  We were a little worse for wear at the time but open.  We managed to get things cleaned, tidied, and safe pretty quickly.  Things had to be moved to different locations but everything is still here.  The only thing damaged of ours was the electrical open sign.  Everything else was just jiggled about.  I wish the same could be said for the building.

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The left front of the store is not accessible at the moment and our Landlords are now in the process of getting that all put back together and will get it done as soon as possible.  It hasn’t interrupted business though and we are pleased to say that apart from that corner and a little rearranging – everything is business as usual.

So now on to happier things, things that help us keep sane in these situations and many others.  Yarn!  What would we do without it?

As Lesley promised last week I am going to tell you about some of our newer yarn.

Cascade 220 Superwash Effects

Cascade 220 Superwash Aran in Solids and Splatter

Bamboo Bloom from Universal with the Interrupted Cowl free pattern.

So first, Cascade. This is one of our favorite yarn companies.  They always have a good value and solid quality product.  We saw these additions to the collection and decided that we had to have some for you.

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220 Superwash Effects

Effects is in the same family as our most popular 220 Superwash® yarn.  It’s the same light worsted/DK weight as our old favorite composed of 100% Superwash Wool yarn with a subtle color changing variation that’s sure to please.  It is a natural fiber that is easy-care; meaning you can machine wash and dry it!  It’s great for all ages, and comes in a wide array of colors.  This is great for all things from accessories and kids items to blankets and quick sweaters, this is the perfect yarn!  The best part yet is that it coordinates perfectly with the 220 Superwash solids.  You have so many options when you start combining these yarns!

DETAILS

  • 100% Superwash Wool
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 220 yds / 200 m
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 6 – 7 / 4.0 – 4.5 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 20 – 22 sts = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Hook Size: G / 4.25 mm (7 / 4.50 mm, H / 5.00 mm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 16 sc = 4″ (10 cm) (14 sc = 4″ (10 cm), 13 sc = 4″ (10 cm)

* Suggested gauge only. Yarn weight is based on Craft Yarn Council guidelines.

 

size 3 size 4

 

Suggested Care:  Machine Wash. Tumble Dry Low.

Store your masterpiece carefully; it may one day be a timeless family heirloom.

Here is a link to Cascade’s free patterns for 220 Superwash Effects

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220 Superwash Aran & 220 Superwash Aran Splatter –

This aran weight yarn is thicker than our traditional 220 Superwash® but not quite as thick as 128 Superwash making it a perfect in between weight.  Try this soft, impeccably plied yarn in big fisherman sweater projects, cowls, hats, mittens or any project that needs durable yet oh so soft 100% superwash merino wool. Splatter has added flecks of color.  It’s bursting with possibilities!  This yarn knits up perfectly for patterns calling for a worsted or heavy worsted weight yarn.

 DETAILS

  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 150 yds / 137.5 m
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 8 – 9 / 5.0 – 5.5 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 16 – 18 sts = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Hook Size:
  • Crochet Gauge:

* Suggested gauge only. Yarn weight is based on Craft Yarn Council guidelines.

size 4 

 

 

Suggested Care:  Machine Wash. Tumble Dry Low.

Store your masterpiece carefully; it may one day be a timeless family heirloom.

Again, more free patterns.

The above information was taken directly from their website.

We really think you will love this yarn as much as we do.

 

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Bamboo Bloom –

Last but not least this week is Bamboo Bloom from Universal.

Just in time for the holidays and quick projects, this yarn is pure fun. It is thick and thin, matte and shiny.  Bamboo Bloom is a versatile yarn that makes even the simplest garment pop.

Skein Information:  154 Yards per 100 Grams

Yarn Composition:  Acrylic 8%, Wool 44%, Rayon from Bamboo 48%

Yarn Weight Information:  Bulky Chunky,

Needles & Hooks

Needles: 9.0, 10.0, 10.5, 11.0

Hooks: K-10.5, L-11, M/N-13

Suggested Care:  hand wash lay flat to dry, do not bleach, do not tumble dry.

One Skein makes a lovely cowl, a sample of which is on display in the store, free pattern with purchase.

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We have lots of great colors of the above yarns on hand and ready to go.  What a way to get a jump on those holiday knitting/crochet.  As always we have chosen wonderful yarn at very affordable prices.  You know our motto, if it isn’t good value and we wouldn’t like to knit with it, then we don’t carry it!

I hope that I have given you something to think about this week.  Get your hooks and needles raring to get into action with some of these lovely ideas.  If you want to see Lesley or need help with a CustomFit sweater before the big event, don’t waste too much time, she is at the stage that she could leave at any moment.

We wish you a wonderful, safe and happy week ahead, until next time, take care

~ Trudy

 

Just for You! Universal Yarns Digital Trunk Show.

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Good morning!

How are you today?  Hopefully you had a lovely weekend.  I did.  Getting everything ready for our little one is such fun.  Family will be arriving soon to help out so just a few details to sort before then!

As promised I have a digital Universal Yarn Trunk Show for you today.  The garments were truly stunning.  We had a great time trying things on and seeing how different yarns work up.  We really enjoyed having Tammy from Universal with us during the hop to talk about the different garments.  As always stop by the store and we will be happy to get the patterns and yarn for you.  So without further ado, here it is!

Bamboo Pop

The first yarn we will discuss is Bamboo Pop.  We had 3 very different garments and it truly shows the versatility of the yarn.  Bamboo pop is a plied yarn composed of 50% Bamboo and 50% Cotton with 292 yards/100 grams.  It comes in solids and variegated colors and we have most of the colors in stock.

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Love Lace Tee – Bamboo Pop

This fun, summery top is available in a wide range of sizes and is made from the bottom up in pieces.  I’m sure it would be easy to convert to knitting in the round if you preferred.  The twisted stitches really make the lace pattern pop.  Speaking of lace, this is a simple lace repeat that you will have memorized in no time.  It takes just 4-7 balls of yarn.  You could have it finished in time to wear by late summer if you start now!

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Staggered Shawl – Bamboo Pop

The Staggered shawl is a fun and modern twist on the traditional triangle shawl. Generously sized but not enormous,  the finished measurements are 24” deep and 64” at the wingtips.  The changing stripe colors are accomplished using intarsia.  Don’t know how?  Don’t worry; this is a simple project to learn intarsia on.  Still scared?  Stop by the shop or make an appointment and we will be happy to teach you!

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Dewdrops Tank (crochet) – Bamboo Pop

The Dewdrops tank is a cute and fun lace crochet project.  The pineapple pattern is worked in intarsia for the contrast panels.  Don’t let the bold color choices turn you off though.  I think this would be really fun knit in a solid color or with a coordinating variegated color for the contrast leaves.  It would make it subtle and fun!  Like the Love Lace Tee this one is worked flat and seamed.

 

Cotton Supreme

The next yarn we have for you today is Cotton Supreme in both Solids and Batik.  Both the Solids and the Batik have 180 yards/ 100 grams and they knit up to a worsted Weight.  This yarn is oh so soft and comes in a million colors!   We had two Trunk Show garments made from this yarn.  We also have two Shop Samples on display.  Stop by if you would like to check them out.

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Unchained Circles Vest (crochet) – Cotton Supreme Batik

This medallion style vest is crocheted in a fun lacey pattern and it is FREE!  It has several sizes available and would look great as pictured in the self striping batik colors or in the solids.  It is done on an H hook and would go very quickly!  There are so many fun projects to check out on Ravelry.  Go ahead and look, I’ll wait.

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Market Handbag – Cotton Supreme Batik

The Market Handbag is also knitted in Cotton Supreme Batik.  The simple sideways construction really shows off the changing colors of this yarn.  We don’t have this style of purse handles in stock right now, but we will happily order them for you if there is interest.  I think this bag would be so versatile.  It would be very simple to line it with a cotton fabric to reinforce it a bit!  Hmm, maybe we should get Madeline to teach a class!!!

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Jump for Joy Hoodie – Cotton Supreme Batik – Shop Sample

I just love this little Hoodie pattern.  It has a great size range from newborn all the way up to 8 years old!  The newborn size uses just 2 skeins of yarn.  What a great gift for the new little one in your life!  I may just have to make one myself.  This sample is available to see in the shop and the pattern is FREE!

Twisting Tee 

Twisting Tee – Cotton Supreme Solids – Shop Sample

The Twisting Tee is also a shop sample that we got from Universal.  It has an A-Line shape and with its generous length I think it would make a really cute tunic.  It calls to be knit flat and seamed but I’m sure we could figure it out for knitting in the round!  I love How Universal patterns have sizing from small through 3X.  It makes it so anyone has an opportunity to make their patterns.

 

Flax

The next yarn we have for you today is Flax by Fibra NaturaFlax is made of 100% linen with 137 yards/50 grams and knits up at a sport weight.  We just love the colors and how this yarn knits up.  The yarn can be stiff to knit with but after a couple of washes the fabric is just divine!

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Gradiate Shawl – Flax

We talked last week about this great shawl.  It uses just 4 colors of this great yarn.  It could be done with any color family and would look stunning.  If only I had the time!!!

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Summer Poncho – Flax

The summer poncho uses a similar color palate to the gradiate shawl.  Knit on bigger needles it makes a nice open fabric that would be cool and breezy to wear.

 

Good Earth

We really love this yarn.  Good Earth by Fibra Natura is a blend of Cotton 53% and Linen 47%.  It knits up at a worsted weight gauge and has 170 yards/ 100g. It comes in solids, vairagated colors (multi), and spray dyed (Adorn).  The Adorn had a gradation to the color – how neat!

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Serpentine Tank – Good Earth

This fun and fast summer tank sports a cute turtle neck and would be useful as a sleeveless top or could be worn as a vest in cooler months.  It uses just 4-8 skeins of yarn and is worked on a size 8 needle.  Like Flax this yarn softens as it is washed; just like your favorite pair of jeans!  The simple cables in the FREE pattern would be a great way to learn a very addictive knitting technique.

 

Little Bird

The last yarn I have to share with you today is Little Bird.  It is composed of 100% acrylic but it doesn’tfeel like your grandma’s acrylic.  It almost feels like a smooth viscose or cotton in the skein and is soo soft to knit with.  There are 344 yards/ 100 grams on both the solids and the variegated colors of this yarn and it isn’t just for baby garments and blankets.  I know of more than one person making sweaters for themselves from this yarn.  It has great stitch definition and drapes nicely.  What a great combination.

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Picket Cardigan – Little Bird

This little sweater has great cables and sweet raglan lines.  It is available in 3month through 24 months sizes.  Perfect for a sweet little one and is suitable for either a girl or a boy.  This would also be a good first cables project.  If you need help learning a new technique, make sure to stop by or make an appointment.  We would be happy to show you how!

 

Well that is all we have for you from Universal.  There are lots of fun projects to inspire you.  If you have questions about any of the patterns or yarns just let us know.  We would be happy to show them to you!

 

Until next time.

~Lesley

Moving along after the hop.

sleepy bunnies

Hello, Good Morning,

Well, how are things today?  We are still getting our breath back.  Yes, the yarn hop is over for another year.  Were you able to attend?  We certainly had a great turn out.  It was so nice to see lots of familiar faces; some we hadn’t seen for a while and it was great to catch up.  We met so many new folks; some were from as far away as Colorado, Palo Alto, Sacramento and beyond to San Jose, San Francisco,  and the East Bay.  Word has certainly spread.

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We here at Yarnitudes gave away a total of 30 small prizes, the Grand Prize went to Lois and runner up prize to Tamar.  Tamar is a lovely young girl; she came in with her dad as mom wasn’t feeling very well that day.  Dad was a real trooper, so was her little brother.  They had visited all four stores and ours was her last stop on her way home.  You could see what a great time she had been having from the very large smile on her face.  Dad still seemed pretty happy too and her little brother was very content with his new friend the hand puppet.  Tamar is an avid knitter and has knitted herself an incredible collection of different animals, among other things.  I know her prize will be put to good use.

When I called Lois to tell her about her grand Prize, she was soooo happy. She told me that she had just been talking to a friend who had also won a door prize.  She said “I just told her I never win anything!  I can’t believe it”.  I could go on and on there are so many stories about the hop but I won’t.  Suffice it to say it was an amazing amount of fun.  Now to start planning for next year.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

I hope you had a chance to see all the lovely garments from Berroco and Universal Yarn.  We had to send the Trunk Shows off to their next stops, but we still have the patterns available to purchase and the yarn with which to knit them with available to you.  In case you missed out we will do a virtual trunk show for you in the next few weeks so stay tuned.  If you see something you would like to knit then stop by and we will get you all sorted!  Don’t worry, we will order yarn if we don’t have enough for your project and can pull up images of all the garments we had in the store.

GradiateShawl

Of the garments we had in we truly loved Universal’s Gradiate shawl.  This was a very popular garment.  It is lightweight and versatile, just perfect for our spring, summer, and fall weather.  It would be great knitted in a glitter yarn or Blue Heron for the holidays too, or in wool for the winter, yummy.  Check in next week for the rest of the Universal Trunk Show garments!

We were happy to move out quite a bit of our sale stuff.  But fear not, we still have some great deals on the clearance and sale yarn, although we made a lot of people happy with some real bargains, and are now down to one bookcase.  Thank you for helping us clear us some much-needed space!  There are still more great deals to be had.

The Ravelry classes were a big hit!  Both were full and people said how much knowledge they had gained.  If you are interested in finding out more about Ravelry just let us know, the amount of information stored on just one website is phenomenal.

Vintage Mary Jane Baby Booties Crochet Pattern 5

As you may know, if you have been reading these emails, it won’t be long now before we hear the patter of tiny feet here at the shop.  There are only four and a half weeks to go for Lesley’s little one.  Shhh, don’t tell Lesley, she’s still in denial.  So we are planning, for the time the new mum, sorry mom will be away from the shop.  Some things may take a little longer to get done, some days when you are used to seeing the two of us here there will only be me.  We just ask for your patience during this period and thank you for your understanding.  Karen and Linda will be taking over Thursdays and Sundays, so we will be just fine.  I guess it is only fair; I have had my time off this year.  Before we know it, Lesley will be back plus a little one.  This little bundle will have sooooo many grandma’s and aunties.

 

We are planning classes for the fall.  One exciting return class is going to be Karen’s Natural Dying Workshop for October.  To prepare for this class we require a little help from you.  It takes a lot of dried materials to make up a dye bath.  So if you can help us collect that would be great!  Even if you can’t take the workshop you can still help out.  Just start collecting, sorting. and drying plant materials as you do your summer yardwork.  here are some things that will work:
Tea – tan, brown

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus leaves – rusty orange

Barks – oaks, redwood, madrone…

Flowers – marigolds, dahlias, coreopsis…  snap off dead flowers (dead heading) I used to snap off all the flower heads once a week, place in a shallow cardboard to dry them

Rosemary trimmings

Oak galls – When Karen was studying natural dyes at SRJC they gathered oak galls on campus, they’re caused by an insect and aren’t good for the tree.

Walnut hulls

Fruit leaves – plum, peach, apple…
and tree barks

Queen Anne’s Lace – we have a tremendous amount of these this year along roads probably due to the rains – Remember, it is illegal to collect along roads

Dye stuffs can only be gathered on private property with permission from the owner (California state law)

IMPORTANT: leave as much as you gather, so there will be plants to gather next year

After collecting, place dye stuffs in shallow layers in boxes to dry.  You can pick up a few extra boxes next time you’re at Costco.

Make sure not to mix the different kinds of plant materials so we can get true colors.  Thank you in advance for your help wit this.  You can drop off fully dried plant stuffs on Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays when Karen is in the shop.

Please let us know what you are collecting.  We will be able to plan better for the class if we know what is coming in.

Well for now, we are getting the store back to organized.   There are so many new and exciting things for you to learn.  We are restocking our favorites and making ready for some exciting new yarn.  We have new stuff headed our way for fall.  Stay tuned we will be telling you all about it in the coming weeks!

Until next time.

~Trudy

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To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 707-827-3618, or contact us.  Please sign up early! We now require pre-payment for all classes. Classes with fewer than two attendees will have to be canceled and a refund will be issued.

As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you