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Hello 2017 & New Beginnings

New Year & New Beginnings

Good morning, how are you faring this first week of 2017?

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Fresh Starts & A Clean Page

New Year, new beginnings.   It is always nice to be able to make a fresh start, isn’t it? It is like starting a fresh page. The page is clean, no blotches, erasures, smudges or ink blots. Such a pleasure. Crisp and new. What will we write on the page this year? Will we be able to keep it crisp and clean? I am sure there will be a few clean pages, but as in life, there will inevitably be the odd page we would like to throw away and reach for a new one. But let’s hope this year we have more crisp clean pages filled with love laughter and success stories.


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The Tide is Turning

It sure had its challenges, didn’t it? Are you glad it’s over or do you have some wonderful memories that you were able to make, or be a part of? I am a glass half full kind of person; in case you didn’t know that. Maybe 2016 wasn’t the best year for you, but for many it was the best year of their life.

There are always two sides to every story and not every story has a happy ending but usually in the end good normally outshines the bad. If everyone did their best to be positive, gave love without demanding it back, looked for the good when all they saw or heard was bad, and just did their best in all that they did, 2017 could be a great year.

OK I’m off my soapbox now. Suffice it to say I wish you the very best this very fresh new year.

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Thank you so much for being part of my 2016. Yarnitudes has grown busier, we are making more and more friends and it is all thanks to you. Thank you so much for your patronage and helping us to be a positive influence in so many lives.

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Plans & Goals 2017

So, do you have any plans or goals for 2017? We can’t help you with all of them I know but hopefully we can help you with the knitting, crochet, felting and other yarn related ones.

Speaking of helping, do you or someone you know have some free time to spare. We know an organization that needs people to teach/share their love of these arts to young people. They range in age from 14 to 18 both boys and girls, it is just for an hour and a half once a week. If you can help or have any interest in this, please let me know and I will put you in touch with them.


How Can We Help You in 2017?

Now to what we can do to help you in 2017. We have the first month of classes now up on the website. We have changed a couple of things up this year, just a little.

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New Ideas for Classes

The stitch of the month that we had last year while popular was a little intimidating to some. So, this year we have decided to change it up. We have decided to make this beginner friendly. Once you are able to knit and purl, you will easily be able to make this Twelve Seasons Throw. You can choose your own colors and yarn, or we can help you put some colors together. You will be able to knit the squares together as you go or do it at the end, your preference.

Linda has come up with some easy solutions to help spread the cost, or save you money. The class will remain small so you will get a lot of attention. This does mean however that you should sign up quickly to avoid missing out, and stay committed as we may have to turn people away. This is ideal for those wanting to learn more, but not ready to take on a fitted project. So much can be done with just two stitches, knit and purl. Take your knitting to the next level and don’t miss out.

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We Love Helping You Learn to Knit

Of course, if you can’t knit yet but would really like to, perhaps someone has tried to teach you in the past but it just didn’t click. Don’t give up, give me a chance to show you how with just the one knit stitch you can make yourself or a friend a great hat. A hat you may say, that’s too hard. Believe me when I say it really isn’t. I am here to help you after the class, as long as you want to do it and have a little time to invest, you will learn. All you will need is a few hours, one skein of Malabrigo Chunky, a set of 24” size 11 needles (all available here) and you will be all set. The first class is full, so make sure you get set for February. As always private lessons are available as are groups or parties. Just call for details.


Baby Top Down Class-Beginner Class

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesBaby top down, another class for the beginner. So you can knit and purl, you would really like to make something other than hats or scarves, what’s next? Here is where the baby top down sweater comes in. You can make a sweater for a little one, the same way you would make one for yourself. Its good practice you will learn so much.

When you have completed this little one you will be ready to take on your own, no kidding. One or perhaps two skeins of yarn, a set of needles, the pattern and a little investment of your time and you will be amazed how you will do.

If you don’t have a baby to give the finished article to there are always people out there less fortunate that could put it to good use. What more could you ask for?



Introduction to Continental Knitting

This class was requested from someone who has learned to knit but has seen a different way to knit. It might look faster, easier whatever reason you want to try just a little something different. Linda will show you how. This really inexpensive class will add to your repertoire you might decide it is the best thing ever or you may decide the way you have been knitting is after all the best thing for you. Perhaps you have an injury that won’t allow you to knit like you used to but you just don’t want to give up, perhaps this is just the thing for you. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

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Knit Fix Class

We are also offering a knit fix class. I hear so many times, “I can knit, I just can’t tell when I have made a mistake” or “I can tell when I have made a mistake I just don’t know what to do about it.” Again, Linda will be here to help you through some of those challenges. It might require a couple of classes in the future, the more you knit the more ‘Mistakes’ (“There are no mistakes only lessons”) that can be made. We are here to help.

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Finish Knitting Techniques

There is also another class that will take you to another level. You finish knitting but when it comes to putting it together, what happens? Lesley will go through the steps needed to make the finish look as good as your knitting.

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Looking Forward to Seeing You in 2017

This week’s newsletter is getting rather long, So I will leave you to ponder the classes on line and I will give more details on them next week. I think you will find there is something for everyone. If you see something you would really love to do but the date or time just doesn’t work, talk to us.

We will see what we can do to arrange something that can fit in with your schedule. It is a bit of a challenge to get the date time and subject exactly right for everyone, we understand you only have certain dates and times you can spare. We will do our best to work with you on this.

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I hope you have found this newsletter interesting and helpful. Please feel free to comment on whatever floats your boat, or ruffles your petticoats. This is your newsletter as Yarnitudes is your Yarn store, your participation is what keeps it going.


Here’s hoping 2017 will be a great year, see you soon, all the very best ~ Trudy

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Happy New Year & New Classes

Happy Boxing Day

Good Morning,

How are you faring after all the frivolities? Have you made it through and you are still sane?

I hope you had a wonderful, healthy and happy time.

Today is Boxing day in the UK, so they are still celebrating. Probably not in the way that they used to in by gone days though. Perhaps some of the Royals and gentry still may, not being one of them I wouldn’t know.

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Goodbye 2016

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Such a Full & Busy Year

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesIt has been an extremely busy year for us. The first 6 months were spent traveling and getting back into the groove from the travels, that was quite a challenge. I am happy to report though that my mum is still doing pretty well. All recovered from her falls and such. I don’t want to tempt fate here.

Lesley getting pregnant and giving birth to lovely little Lilly. Yarn Hop, sheering, all sorts of things have kept me on my toes. The increase in business, thank you so much for that, ensures we will be sticking around. So many new knitters and crocheters, joining us and reaping the benefits of the art. It is great to see so many new enthusiasts.

It is also great to see so many new and older, not old, faces. Some I only get to see once or twice a year while they are on vacation or passing through town. After almost 6 years now it is so lovely to see everyone, now friends and family of Yarnitudes. Thank you so much for being one of them. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you!


Happy New Year & New Classes

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So, what do we have in store for next year? We are still in the planning stages; however, we do have some classes lined up, the list is below. The dates, times and requirements will be on the website as soon as we can get it organized, if you are interested in any or all, you can call for details and we will let you know as soon as they are finalized.   Be one of the first to secure your spot and make sure the class does in fact go ahead. If we don’t have enough people unfortunately we cannot do the class. Unless noted differently there is a 2-person minimum and a 4-person maximum per class.


2017 Classes

  • Knitted mukluk slippers
  • Introduction to continental knitting
  • Knit fixes
  • Four seasons blanket/afghan
  • Crochet stitch of the month
  • Top down baby sweater
  • Beginning Knitting
  • Beginners own sweater
  • Beginning Crochet
  • Intro to color work – Sheep or Panda Hat
  • Crochet, felted sheep bootees
  • Finishing Techniques
  • Half Pi Shawl
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Introduction to Cables


Our Free Pattern Share

Sebastopol Knitting StoreWe have tried to share our favorite free patterns with you on  a weekly basis. For this week since it has turned so cold we could think of nothing better than a cornucopia of free sock patterns.

You may buy the book, but it you go to each individual pattern you may download the sock pattern for FREE:–ToastyToes


Happy Knitting & Seasons Greetings

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Although we don’t have custom fit listed as a class, Lesley will be happy to set up a time to meet with you and get you started on your very own Custom Fit. We have so many inspired knitters from the workshops we offered this year. Many proud new owners of garments that fit the way they wanted them to. Some have completed more than one or two.

As always please let us know if there is a topic, you would like covered, or a class that you would like to see us offer. Yarnitudes is your LYS make the most of all we have to offer you.

I guess that is all I have to say for this year. Here’s to the Next Year. May it bring Health, Love Peace and Prosperity to all.

Thank you so much for your Patronage in 2016

Until next year then ~ Trudy

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Happy Holidays & Free Patterns

Holiday & Christmas Wishes

Good Morning,

How are you today?

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Christmas Only 6 Days Away

Well this is it. Christmas is in 6 days. Is it time to sit back and start enjoying the holiday yet?

Are you ready? Are all your gifts wrapped, mailed, delivered? If not, you only have a little time left. I know, putting the pressure on, aren’t I?

Someone came in the shop last week, they had decided to put a great deal of pressure on themselves. Three scarves to knit and wrap in two weeks! Why do we do this to ourselves? Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, we are supposed to enjoy every stitch. I guess this isn’t the case for all. Perhaps it is just another way of taking one’s mind off everything else. It really is fun though to be able to craft something special for someone.


Christmas Planning for Next Year

An idea for next year though, spread the gift knitting out. Do a little something in between your other projects. I know a lot of people who do this. Even folk who don’t knit buy gifts throughout the year and have a place they keep the gifts tucked away until Christmas time. Not only does this spread the work load it spreads the cost too.

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A Head Start On Next Year

Perhaps while you are in the holiday mode get started on next year and have a head start. I know this doesn’t work for everything but the staples that never go out of style. Start a little earlier, do a little planning. I especially need to start working on that one. ‘Planning, what’s that????

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The Holidays Aren’t Always Jolly

I have heard of so many people that are having or who have had hospital stays about now. Going through health issues of one kind or another. Or Christmas time is not a happy time for them, this year Christmas may not be a “normal” one for them. They just want to get on with everything and are longing for things to get back to normal. If that is happening to you or one of your loved ones, you are probably tired and this time of year is an ordeal for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Many Thanks to Doctors & Nurses During the Holidays


A Big thank you to all the doctors nurses and carers who work at this time of year. Thank you all for being there for us.



I am not going to ramble on this week. I know that’s a relief, right? I would just like to wish you the very, very best of Holidays. Whichever way you celebrate, whoever you celebrate with, have a happy, healthy and peaceful time.

For those of you that read this far, a free collection of Christmas Knitting Patterns we found to share with you:


Stay tuned for news for New Year. We are busy planning.

Hugs to you and yours-Trudy

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Celebrating Christmas & Knitting Tips

A Special Time of Year

Good Morning, how are you?

Wow only two weeks to go now before Christmas, in fact two weeks today and we will be opening our presents and preparing another holiday feast. I am not over the last one yet.

Trevor will be home on Wednesday and we can start getting down to decorating the house and getting those last-minute things taken care of. I don’t know about you but I love putting up the decorations and absolutely hate putting them all away. Each year I try not to put so many out, but you know how it is.  Just one more here and one more there. A little at a time and before I know it over time I have as many as always. Then it all must go away, but this time it needs to be done in one go. Has that happened to you?

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Sonoma County Yarn ShopChristmas Traditions

Do you have Christmas traditions? We like to go to a carol service on Christmas Eve if possible. I hear from a lot of people that they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and that is when they have their big dinner.

We have always exchanged ours and had our meal on Christmas day itself. It would be good to hear from you if you have a special custom.


Your Gift Wishlist

Sebastopol Knitting GiftsSonoma County Knitting GiftsI have been telling you about all the things you can make as gifts, now I have been busy selecting things that you might like to have as a gift for yourself. Or to give to a knitter friend.

From needle and crochet sets, bags, we have new Atenti bags, they are gorgeous, I want one myself but can’t decide which one I like best. Cases for your needles and hooks, boxes for your notions. Perfect for the Yarnie on the go. Everything you could want in its own unique travel pack. Books, of course books. And now kits to knit and crochet in popular shades and projects. It has been fun putting together things I know you will love.
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Recently I was asked if I could make some sheep decorations for Mauritson Winery. Well I did and they have been delivered. Don’t they look great on the Vine tree?

Lesley thought you might like one or two for your own tree so she and Olivia have been working on some for us to sell in the store, check them out on your next visit.







We have been working on classes for next year. There have been lots of special requests and we are working to fulfill as many of them as possible.

Last week I mentioned in the tips and tricks section about finishing. So, we are putting together a class on finishing. It may be just one class or it could be a two-part class. Let us know your preferences. There is quite a bit to cover. Blocking, seaming, inserting sleeves, depending on the project that is. Do you have a project or two that are done but not put  together?

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Unfinished Projects-We Have the Answers

Don’t let it sit in a bag or basket any longer, all that work you have already completed don’t let it go unfinished. It isn’t as bad as you may think. Are you afraid it won’t look right, we can show you the steps that can make the finished garment very professional. Even if the sleeves are too long, too short etc. there are ways to fix them, really.

Just recently someone came in with a completely finished sweater that she absolutely adored apart from the sleeves. She felt they were too short, too tight and not the shape she wanted.

As the sleeves had been knitted from the wrist up she thought that she would have to tear the whole thing apart. Imagine her joy when I showed her how to take the bottom from the sleeves leaving the top in place. Now she can undo them from just below the elbow and re knit them the way she wants to. A sweater saved without having to rip it all out and start again. As you know our classes are kept really small so that you get the attention you need to learn. So if there is something you are interested in doing let us know. There are probably at least a few other people out there that want to learn the same thing, or have the same questions. Be sure to always sign up early though.

Free pattern this week is shown at the top of the page, a beautiful Christmas skirt to knit: We have The Second Treasury of Knitting at the store for the pattern and then you follow the rest of the pattern at the link above.


Be sure to check out our website next week for the new classes for 2017.

Until then take care and happy yarning!



Christmas Gifts & Knitting Tips

Tis the Season

Another good morning to you, I hope it’s been good for you. So much happening this time of year, my wish for you.

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Well, Thanksgiving is now behind us now for another year. The countdown to Christmas is now in full swing. How did you fair Black Friday? Did you score any good gifts?

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Of course, we still have some great ideas for gifts, last minute gifts for your friends and family or, after all the hard work you have been putting in, there is always something special here for you too. Our gift list has been growing, I need to go through them and make sure we have enough of what is wanted so as not to disappoint anyone. I can’t tell you how many people have been telling me how much their families love the fact that they can just come in and get everything that’s requested in the one place. It’s also fun because I get to see the people I have heard so much about over the years.

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Exclusive Yarnitude Knitting Kits

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I am now finally able to offer the four Cashmere and Diamond Kits I think I mentioned a while ago. Yes, there are only four, so if you are interested you had better hurry in. The kit consists of a skein of beautiful Mountain Colors cashmere and silk, the pattern for the lovely neck warmer, along with beads if you want to add those. The Kit goes for $59.00 but for someone special it will be a gift they will treasure forever.


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We also have the Sheep earrings and bracelets; well some have sheep and others have a skein of yarn, prices start at $10. Very pretty, one young man just bought a set for his sister. We will also give you a nice little pouch to give them in. Talking of jewelry, we also have a few more pieces, earrings and necklaces, unrelated to the craft but very pretty all the same all very reasonable.

Mugs for knitters and crocheters, also a coaster to put it on, all yarn and friend related. Bags, needle and crochet sets, cases and organizers. There are so many things it’s hard to remember all of them, great stocking stuffers too. If you need any ideas we will be here to help with some suggestions too.

OK let’s forget about the gift giving for a minute, well sort of. This might help you when you are making things for others as well as for yourself.


Lifelines & Other Knitting Tips

Life lines. Have you heard of them? I must admit, when I first started knitting, I hadn’t heard of half of the things that are there to help you with your projects. Stitch markers were new to me too. When doing a lace project, you can use both of these.

The design will have a certain number of rows and a certain number of stitches. For example a simple basket stitch pattern may be knit four purl four, (I did say simple,) then after four rows you will change the knits to purls and purls to knit. So, to help you count placing a marker after every four stitches will help you track this. As for the rows, there are row counters. OK so that was a very simplistic example but let’s say you have a stitch with a twelve stitch repeat over 8 rows. Now it gets more difficult. Now those stitch and row markers really are a blessing. Having the markers will tell you immediately if you are doing it right or wrong.

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The life line. If you drop a stitch on a piece of garter stitch or stocking stitch it is quite easy to pick it up and work it up. However, in a complex pattern, not so much. This is where the life line lives up to its name. By placing a lifeline every few rows, when you know you have everything correct can save your sanity if not your life. How? Well, now you either TINK (knit spelled backwards, one stitch at a time) of you can FROG it ( rippit, rippit, just like the sound of frogs). Your life line will be there for you to catch all the correct stitches. When you use a life line, you should remember a couple of things;

1. If you have solid markers, not the open type, make sure you don’t run the line through those

2. Make sure you note exactly which row you were on when you put the life line in.


Sonom county Knitting SuppliesStitch Markers Help in Many Ways

Increases & Decreases: Another use for stitch markers, when it is time to increase or decrease, placing a marker where each will occur is fantastic, no need to keep counting. If you were to make a mistake and forget one, by counting the number of stitches between will show you where you missed.

Count Rows: The locking stitch markers can also be used to count rows, if you need to decrease ten times, say every sixth row placing a marker on that row will show you when you have completed that action. Have you ever had to cast on 200 stitches? When you are counting and you get interrupted or you lose your train of thought, putting a stitch marker after a certain amount of stitches will help you to keep track and you won’t have to count 200 hundred 400 hundred times.

Why not use safety pins Instead of the markers? Well you can but normal safety pins have those little twists and turns, getting these snagged in your work is not fun. There are so many little gadgets that can help you knit with ease, I don’t know how I used to manage without them.


More Knitting Tips Coming

OK now to finishing. Have you ever finished knitting a project and didn’t know what to do next?

Was one side shorter than the other? Sleeves too short? Neck to tight? Yes I now we have all done something of the like. Well don’t despair, there are fixes for those, and it doesn’t mean ripping the whole thing out, although you could do that too.   In newsletters to come I will try to explain how exactly that can be done. I say try, because, like writing patterns, its much easier to do and show than how to explain each step. I guess what I am saying is, there is always a way to fix things, so don’t give up. Hang in there and learn with us.

Until next time then I am going to go do something that comes easier to me than writing about it, I am going to go and do it. Look out yarn here I come, I need to relax.


See you next time, all the best Trudy