Winter Is Coming-Knit Faster

Time Flies-Winter Is Coming


Wow, can you believe we are already ¾ through the year. October already. Looking back over past newsletters it seems I am always surprised when October comes around. Although I love the Autumn/Fall the colors and the slightly cooler days and night; It seems that the rest of the year just goes past in a blur. I wonder if it has anything to do with the line of work I do?

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Sebastopol Yarn ShopA lot has happened this year, so I really shouldn’t be surprised. Three trips to Europe took up what seemed to be half of the year, although not gone all that time, planning for while I was away and back ate up a lot of it. Lesley preparing for and joyfully having her baby. Wow, wow, wow.



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Anyway as we settle in to the shorter days, longer nights, the cooler mornings and cold nights, it is a great time for us yarn lovers. Now we also have a purpose, just in case we didn’t need one, ha, ha! All those Christmas gifts.

Make sure you give them to those deserving of your time, efforts and love that goes into every stitch. We have some cute little charms that you can attach to the finished projects that will explain just how much love went into the gift.




Charities Can Always Use Your Knitting Talents

Sonoma County Yarn ShopIf you are done with giving your gift of knitting to people who do not appreciate it, but still love to knit. I have a lot of those people come in the shop, or you just don’t have anyone to knit for anymore. They live in a hot place, don’t wear knits, have enough scarves or hats etc. but you still enjoy the process.

There are so many charities out there that would really, really appreciate what you have to give. Let me know if you are interested in this and I can get you on your way to fulfilling someone’s need and making them so happy with your hand knit work.



Helping Alzheimer’s Patients

We do partner with Alice’s Embrace, making lap blankets and prayer shawls for Alzheimer’s patients, we get lovely photos of the finished items being handed to the recipients, Check them out at If you don’t want to do a piece as big as a blanket or shawl, you could always make baby things, kids clothes etc for those in fostercare.

Charity KnittingA scarf, hat, cowl, mitts for the homeless or in need. How about our military overseas in the cold climates, something warm from home to brighten those off hours. A stuffed animal or ‘blankie’ for the police to hand out to children affected by accidents or loss of a parent. Lots of ideas, we could all really make a difference to someone’s life.  If you would like your work to go to someone here in your own county we could partner with KZST and their Secret Santa Drive, or the Crozat Family Foundation

Giving to others is a great gift to ourselves.



Do Tell Us What You Would Like as Newsletter Topics

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesA couple of weeks ago I received an email from Jane. Jane first asked me to keep the newsletters coming, always good to know I am doing the right thing. Then she went on to suggest a topic – She asked me for “‘a cheat sheet’ that discusses the types of yarn and how one substitutes, ie DK vs worsted etc., would be a topic I’d like to understand instead of just following along!” So I am going to work on that for next week.

Do you have any questions of suggestions? Please let me know. Would you like a work shop or too on knitting/crocheting gifts? A class or workshop on making Christmas stockings? Just some thoughts.


I am sure I have given you a few things to think about this week, I hope so and I hope together we can continue to make Yarnitudes not only a great yarn store, but a great place to be, and be associated with.


Until next week then take great care of yourself



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Welcome to Fall & Great Knitting Ideas

Changing Weather-More Options for Knitting


What a changeable week we had last week, weather wise that is. Cool, cold, colder, warmer and then Hot, wow. Talk about wait 15 minutes and everything changes. Have you managed to keep up with it? Aren’t you glad for all your afghans, sweaters and shawls? We have a special treat for going into the fall season, a free pumpkin knitting pattern off of Ravelry.

Easy on easy off, just what we need here. Sometimes I find myself in a sleeveless top, watching TV, one minute I am comfy, the next reaching for something just to cover my arms, then on goes the blanket, and my snuggly knitted slippers. I am so happy I have my craft.


Are You Hungering for a New Project?

Have the evenings drawing in made you hunger for a nice new project to keep your hands busy, or are you like me, it doesn’t matter about the weather because I always have more projects than I can keep up with.

Now is the time we get the fall and winter knitters in. They love the outdoors but once it starts to get darker earlier they just love that cozy project to keep them busy. If they haven’t been in the store for a while they are so excited to see all the new things we have on offer.

Every day we get more and more new people discovering us and our little home away from home. We see new friendships form and old ones shared. So many people find they have so much more in common that their love of yarn. It truly is amazing to see the camaraderie we have here.

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We Aren’t Stuffy or Cliquish

If you have never joined in on one of our social knitting afternoons, you might want to give it a try if you find yourself free on one of these occasions. Apart from making new friendships, it is amazing how many tips, tricks and ideas you pick up from other ‘yarnies’. One of our lovely regular attendees would like to get a group together to do the scoreboard knit along. In case you have never heard of this, here is the info.

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Football fans especially, but it could be adapted to any sport really that has points to be scored. You pick two colors of yarn, typically your teams colors. The first one was last year but it was so popular they decided to do it again this year.

Here are the details:

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The Scoreboard Cowl is worked in the two (or three) colors of your favorite football team!

The main color (MC) will always represent your favorite team and their points, while the secondary color (CC) will always represent your favorite team’s opponents and their points.  There is also an option to add a third color, to provide a visual break line between games.  In the BLUE, GREEN and SILVER example above, representing Seattle’s 2014-2015 season, the BLUE represents Seattle, the GREEN represents Seattle’s opponents, and the SILVER is the purl round that separates the games!

The idea behind the design of the cowl is fairly simple.  When your team scores, you will knit a round in the MC for each point attained.  Did they kick a field goal?  That would be 3 rounds.  Did they score a touchdown?  That would be 6 rounds.  Was the point after good?  Add another round!  Should the opposing team score on the subsequent drive, their points will be knit in the CC (following the same rules noted above).  You will follow this structure for the entire game, switching back and forth between the MC and CC depending on which team scores.  All rounds will be worked in knit stitch, except the optional, game-dividing, purl rounds.

When the season is over, you will be left with an AMAZING, wearable knitted record of your team’s 2016-2017 season in the Scoreboard Cowl!

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Point-for-Point Cowl:

You can use the same great pattern as last year, where each point scored equals one round knitted.


Play-by-Play Cowl:

If you are looking for a shorter cowl or a quicker knit, you can download the new 2.0 cowl pattern available in store this is a great way to follow the games while knitting a shorter, but equally stunning alternative that uses about half the amount of yarn as the original.

If you don’t follow sports, I am sure we could find a way of adapting this to you. Perhaps a family tree, or a group you belong to. I have the ideas if you have the interest. This is a great way to knit with different colors and not have a large sum tied up in yarn.


Last Minute Class Additions

Last minute addition, Linda has made a lovely crochet shawl, she says it is too easy for a class but how about a crochet along. Stop in and check it out. As always there is no charge for a knit along, just your supplies.

If you have an idea for A KNIT A LONG that you would like to start or have started just let us know we would be happy to oblige. This is your yarn store and your ideas matter to us.

So as to keep out of trouble I need to remind you of the next two weeks upcoming classes.

Wednesday 28th Knitted Felted Hat. Last class this month.

Then October, can you believe it –

Tuesday 4th Begin Knitting

Wednesday 5th Knitted Cable Hat

Saturday 8th Knitted Felted Bag.

Sunday 9th Spinning


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Do You Love Knitting?

Do Colors & Textures Inspire You?

Good Morning, wow these Mondays come around faster and faster don’t they?, How are you today? Have you had a good week? Have you been inspired to pick up those hooks and needles?

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I find inspiration every day, someone just needs to invent more time though. It is so easy to be inspired when you are surrounded by colors and textures every day.

What inspires you?

Another question I get a lot of is what do you most like to teach?

It is always really great teaching people to knit and crochet for the first time. I just love seeing the light bulb go on and the excitement when they finish their very own project. As many know I keep my classes really small, this makes for a more intimate and less intimidating class. Everyone gets the same attention and encouragement.

I ask that too of my other instructors, I want everyone who leaves the shop after a class to feel that they really learned something. I think it is paying off. I see more and more knitters enjoying their new found hobby, stress reliever, and they love to knit every day.

In this first class I always start with the hat pattern, the same yarn, the same needles etc. unless someone has an allergy. In this class they learn about the yarn, the needles, gauge, how to read the labels casting on, I always teach the cable cast on to start, the knit stitch, how to join in the round, a little math, the use of markers and how to decrease. Once the hat it completed usually in a couple of weeks, I told you it was a fast and easy project, they are usually excited to make another and then another.


What’s Next in Learning to Knit?

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesSome people are ready to move on immediately, eager to learn the next step. The next class I teach is a cowl or simple fingerless gloves. With me scarves come later, when it is time to introduce different stitch patterns.

With the cowls and the fingerless gloves they are taught the purl stitch, much easier now since the knit stitch is fully mastered. Once you can knit and purl the rest is just combining them. It is my ambition to one day have knitted every stitch in the book possibly add a few more.



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Did you know how many there are?

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesOne of my beginning knitting student’s third project was a top down pullover. And Linda has graciously agreed to teach this very soon, it’s our new Top Down Cowl Class.

Check out all our classes and the new ones that have been added.


We have decided to reduce the amount of paper patterns we stock in the store, however we are keeping the pure and simple line because they are just that, pure and simple. Once you have these patterns down with the addition of one of those 1000 stitch patterns you can quickly change them up.

As always we have new yarn in the store and many, many suggestions of what to knit with them. Now is the time to at least plan your holiday knitting. Starting it too would be wise.

What is on your list of holiday knitting this year? Make a list and let us know how we can help you attain your goals.

Please send me any question you would like me to answer in future newsletters and I will do my best to answer them all.

Until next week then, take care, enjoy your yarn and I will be back before you know it



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When I Learned to Knit & Other Fun Tidbits

Good Morning, How are you today?

Did you enjoy your holiday last week? Did you do anything fun? I actually got some knitting done, regained a little of my sanity. Yes, I used to have a little once upon a time.

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I thought this week I would answer a couple of questions that I get asked almost every time someone new comes in the shop.

When did you learn to knit? Who taught you?

Well I sort of remember, it was a little while ago, that’s for sure.   I was probably 7 or 8. I have finished the ‘Infants school’ That’s what they used to call Kindergarten in England back then. I was in my first year at ‘Junior School’ remember I am English and it was a long time ago. In one of our classes, not sure what the class subject was, we were all taught to knit. We were given a pair of size 10, English, size 3 US or 3.25mm. OK are you with me so far. The yarn was red, I remember that. We had to cast on 10 sts, is that all I hear you ask? Remember skinny yarn, even skinnier needles and a 7-year-old. I think it was a sock weight. I had to knit – K1P1 for 12”. Have you ever taught a 7-year-old to knit?

Sonoma County Yarn ShopI don’t think I was one of the smiling children.

It took forever and ever and ever. I made it though, and I had, a drum roll please! A scarf for my doll. Needless to say I didn’t knit any more until I was about 13.

Thankfully the 12 long inches of rib didn’t put me off forever. Back then, B4TV, our entertainment was visiting with our families.

We would either go to one of my Aunts houses, or they would come to us and the women would all bring out their knitting. I would watch intently as they made beautiful garments, sometimes one of them would be for me, if I was good, which of course I always was. Little snicker here.

Sonoma County Yarn ShopSo when I was finished playing with dolls, old enough to sit still, enjoy the latest songs etc. but not old enough to go out at night. I found myself picking up a pair of my Mum’s needles and starting to knit again. First came a baby cardigan.

It only took about 2 ounces if that, and I still have the pattern. Then over the years, when I was lonely, bored, or just didn’t know what to do with myself I would knit.


Sonoma County Crochet ClassesOne of my aunties taught me how to crochet while I was staying with her when I was about 12. I remember the first thing I mad was a yellow doily. I returned home and taught my Mum.

Over the years I would knit or crochet on and off. When I got pregnant with Laura I made her a bunch of outfits, but by that time I had gone on to sewing more. I think I stopped knitting then and didn’t pick it up again until my first grandchild was on the way. Unfortunately they lived in Arizona, the hot part and so really had no need for them.


I think I put my needles away again for several years until Laura started a job in Michael’s. She came home one night with a new yarn that had just arrived, it was like nothing I had ever seen before, it was eyelash. That was the beginning of my real knitting life.

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Perhaps one day I will write a book but until then ~

So what is new at the shop?

All is back to normal, there has been some rearranging, nothing drastic. You will still be able to find what you are looking for. Yes we have more yarn. We just received some new 100% natural, wool, no dyeing involved, just the color the sheep were born with. There are quite a few colors though. Great for those gifts, or for a project that needs really great stitch definition. Come in and check it out soon.

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We have been going through our two large file cabinets of patterns and having a clear out. We have baskets of some we will no longer be carrying for 25Cents each. Come and get yours soon.

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Well as much fun as it has been strolling down memory lane, I really want to get back to my knitting. So I am going to do just that, let you get back to yours and I will be with you again next week.

Please take good care of yourself ~ happy yarning



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Happy Labor Day

Well hello there,

I hope this finds you fit and well.

We are already into September, I hope you have a great Labor Day, a slightly different kind of labor than Lesley. Enjoy your family and friends, and your cottons and wools, oops, did I just say that. I am suffering from withdrawal. I haven’t had the chance to get on with any of my own knitting lately, and I NEED my Knit fix.

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Sebastopol GiftsSebastopol Gifts Once Labor Day is over it will be no time at all before we are getting ready for the holidays. I haven’t got over last year yet. Lots of ideas here at the shop we are continually looking for extra things for gift giving. Little gifts for your favorite knitting buddy. We have also started to carry a few earrings and possibly some bracelets, mugs etc. Please let me know what you think of this idea. We still have greeting cards too.



Sebastopol Yarn ShopI have had a couple of weeks off from writing the news letters, Lesley was taking care of them as she was winding down here at the shop. As you may know she is now on Maternity leave, Her new baby girl arrived on Tuesday 30th August at 6.37pm. Mum, Baby and Dad are all doing well and extremely happy.





Sonoma County yarn ShopThe shop has undergone the repairs needed after the unfortunate incident with the Honda. Still no word on who was driving the car but I do believe in Karma. I think you will find the shop looks even better than it did before. I have been working out in the back office too so when I have finished I hope I can find things easier too. Yeah that’s right if you know me you know that will never happen. But I will try.




Sonoma County Knitting ClassesYou may have noticed I am not teaching many classes at the moment and the ones I do are mostly after hours. What this means is that if you want to sign up for my classes please make sure you let me know ahead of time if you can’t make it. I know I have asked this before but it is even more important now as I either have to stay behind after hours or get someone in to cover the store while I am teaching during business hours.

The same really goes for all classes now as the teachers will be coming in especially for the classes, and there will definitely be a minimum of two needed per class. You know how much we love to show you knew things so please help us to help you. One quick note here, for Linda’s crochet stitch of the month class in September the date has been changed to Saturday 10th. Please call if you plan on coming.


Trudy MossYou may remember I said a couple of months ago that while I was traveling I was always looking for the latest fashions and ideas of what is going on in other parts of the world. Well here are some of the things I noticed:

  • White and cream everywhere,
  • Navy Blue is the new Black,
  • Stripes, blocks and splashes of bright color,
  • Bold colors, orange, fuchsia and gold.
  • Lots of lace, layered over Tees, leggings long and short.
  • Salmon was a very popular color and loose fitting garments were also a hit.


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With This Information the Sky Is the Limit!

Sonoma County Yarn ShopYou might not think so but just think of all the knitting possibilities here. The amount of colors and textures we have in the store are amazing. Find yourself a basic pattern and off you go. Swapping out stitches, doing a little color work. Voila you have all you could possibly need. You could design your own wardrobe. I will be here to help just ask. If you are not bothered by fashion but just want something that is comfy and will become your go to garment that will last a lifetime, you have the means for that too.


Sebastopol Knitting ClassesI get so excited by color and texture and the endless possibilities that come along with them. Sometimes it is hard for me to keep my enthusiasm in check. Knitting and crochet is such a great gift. It is available to many and many don’t take advantage of it.

You can, grab it by the hooks and needles and start experimenting. All those odds and ends that you have from past projects, so much fun can be had with them.


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These days with so much bad or unsettling news, take a stand, or seat as the case may be and show the world you can make yourself calm, confident, brave and relaxed by creating something of your very own.

Well it is time for me to leave you for this week, perhaps I still have time for a little knitting!!!


Have fun, take care and I wish you health and happiness always,

Until next time ~ Trudy