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Looking Forward To Spring

February Is Already Here

Good Morning, how are you this week?

February here already, time certainly marches on. We all know that February is the second month in the year, and has the shortest amount of days, but did you realize it Is the last month of Winter? You probably did, just me suddenly thinking about that. So much to look forward to, it won’t be long before spring is in the air. With all the rain, we have had the hills should be bright with greens, and the flowers should be in abundance.

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New Yarn & Wonderful Colors

Until then though we can still stave of the chills of winter with some wonderful new yarn and a fantastic array of colors. If you had fun making all the pink hats, perhaps now you could knit some green ones, for new beginnings and fresh starts, how about it. By the way we have restocked with the pink. By the end of the week we should be fully stocked for a while.

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When I saw the dog with the heart cowl, it gave me another idea. We could do some double knitting, with the hearts or leaves if you would rather, cowls or headbands, do you know anyone interested. I saw a young girl in Peet’s the other day and she had on a Double-Knit headband it was white with blue a blue design, we could start a whole new trend.   Did you know the Pantone color of the year this year is a fresh spring green?

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Have you been following the Knitterati Anniversary from Cascade? We are at two squares now. The first one was knit in the round from the center out, it’s fun, new techniques, the second, is color work, great picture of the squirrels and leaves. We did get some longer Double pointed needles in, of course you can still use magic loop but if you fancy trying something different, knitting on longer DPNs might be the way to go. It is more fun than it looks, really. It is of course fun too, to see the different colors people are putting together. If you would like to join but can’t face sewing them together at the end, come on in and I will show you how to attach them as you go.

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2017 Yarn Tasting Event

We have had quite a lot of interest in the Yarn tasting coming up on the 15th February, but we still have a few tickets left, I think they may be gone by the end of week though. If we do sell out we can put you on a waitlist, you know how things go, someone may have to drop out.

We are excited about the tasting as we will be able to try yarn that we have previously not had in the store. Tickets are only $7 and the event is February 15 from 4:30-7pm and seating is limited to 15 people.


Beautiful New Yarn

Sonoma County yarn ShopSonoma County Yarn ShopSo much new yarn. I actually just finished a scarf with one new yarn. It’s called Melilla. It comprises of 45% silk, 35% merino wool and 20% nylon. It reminds me of Noro, but a very reasonable price. Also the colors are very pretty and they don’t have the wacky weird color thrown in that a lot of people took the time to actually cut out. It also doesn’t have the plant matter thrown in. The scarf I just finished was one skein, one row pattern, great simple project but it looks so nice. I am now making a hat with a ‘sister’ yarn if you will, called Tangier. This is 50% silk, 17% rayon, 17 % Acrylic and 16% cotton. Same great texture and weight which is a medium worsted, knitted on a size 8 needle. So it works up quickly. Come and check them out. It feels nice in your hand too.


Cascade certainly does produce some really great yarn and they keep the prices very reasonable too.


Knitting Tip of the Week

When buying a new pattern, and starting a new project, it is wise to first read the stitch pattern. Not the whole pattern. Of course, you need to know if it is something you can do, so you will need to check out the abbreviations, but these days they also list the pattern stitch. While I must admit, I don’t always do a gauge swatch, it really is a good idea to try the stitch pattern out on a small number of stitches to make sure you “get it” before starting in on the whole piece. This will prevent many hours of frustration as you move along on the multitude of stitches possibly needed for the garment. You will see how each stitch takes its place and it will help you to immediately notice any error you may make. It will also show you if a lifeline may be needed and if it is where it may need to be.


Knitting Is Awesome

You still have time to make something special for your Valentine, let me know if I can help. Along those lines we would like to share some knitting patterns for those who are young at heart or have a someone that they would like some sexy knits for: http://knittingisawesome.com/category/knitting-fashion/ Knitting Is Awesome specializes in patterns that has young fashion appeal or for you if you enjoy fun fashions. These aren’t our usual free patterns, but a fun collection of knitting patterns to turn out some fun knit clothing.

Until next week then, stay happy, stay healthy and I will be back soon ~ Trudy

Knitting When Your Are Short Of Time

Colds & Rain, Oh My

Hello, good morning, me again. How are you? There have been so many people not feeling well over the past few weeks. That time of year I guess, lots of coughs, colds etc. lots of surgeries too. I hope you have managed to stay healthy. We do have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes at the counter should you need them.

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Power Outages & Technical Difficulties

First of all, I want to apologize for last week’s hiccup. With all the power outages, storms etc. things got a little mixed up and we sent out the prior week’s email by mistake. I hope you got the right one and found some interesting things in it. I don’t know about you but I am ready for some of our wonderful sunshine. I know we needed the rain but, a little time for it to soak in would be good. I feel so bad for all those underwater, without power etc. I am so lucky. I hope you are too.

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Technology Is Great When It Works

I love technology when it works but when things like power cuts etc. happen, well let’s say I am not too happy. What do we do now? How did we ever survive before computers and cell phones? Recently our internet and phones went down. We had to resort back to cash and checks, I like most people don’t carry much of either any more. Luckily we have great customers who are patient and understanding and we managed to get through. Thank you if you were one of those affected by this. How did we all become so busy, what happened to quieter times?

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Knitting for When Time Is Scarce

I read recently on a pattern site, how busy we all are, and about how by the time we have completed all our ‘have to be done ‘chores we can find ourselves with less than an hour to knit.

What can we accomplish in an hour? If you keep good notes, where exactly you are in a pattern etc., you will be surprised how much you can do. It may not seem like much at the time but that hour can be so refreshing. Over time those one or two rows you will see turn into a completed project. One stitch at a time one row at a time. Just make sure if you are too tired though, not to work on anything complicated, this will ultimately end in tinking or frogging. Many a day after I have stayed up to do just one more row, I find myself looking at my work the next day and asking myself “what were you thinking?”

For those days, nights, minutes or whatever, have something easy on hand. Something that you could do in your sleep. You will get the enjoyment of knitting without the frustration of a challenging project. Save those complicated projects for when you have time on your side. I always have some of each on the go. Some for when I am being driven somewhere, (I was going to say driving but didn’t want you to think I was actually knitting whilst I drive, not quite that crazy) Projects for the doctor’s office, etc.etc. If you would like ideas of simple on the go, or things you really don’t have to think about we can help you find just the thing.

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Additional Knitting Class Requests

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesI have had several requests for additional classes on Beginning Knitting and the Pandemonium Hat. So, I have scheduled another beginning knitting class on the 1st of February at 11 am and the Pandemonium hat on February 24th also at 11 am. If you would like to join in, please contact the shop buy your supplies and be ready to go. Both of the Heart Hats are now in the shop if you want to see them for the class scheduled on February 3rd at 11am.


Speaking of the hats with designs on them, I have had one person ask for a private lesson on how to make your own designs. I will be teaching this as a private lesson but if you think you might be interested in a class on this, let me know. If we do have this class we won’t actually be knitting. it will be one hour on the actual design process. Having some experience on knitting a hat with a design is greatly encouraged beforehand.


CASCADE YARNS® – Knitterati Afghan

Sonoma County Cascade YarnIn celebration of their 30th Anniversary, they partnered with Vogue Knitting to bring you the Knitterati Afghan Knit-along. Make sure you have downloaded the first square!



The next one will be released on Thursday, January 26th! There will be 30 squares in all – created by 30 different designers. To participate, sign up for their newsletter and visit your us to purchase 220 Superwash® for the afghan. There are 5 different colors of 220 Superwash® that will be used for the afghan (and approximate quantities):

  • 1944 – Westpoint Blue Heather (4 balls) 1
  • 910 – Summer Sky Heather (6 balls)
  • 1946 – Silver Grey (5 balls)
  • 0905 – Celery (5 balls)
  • 1949 – Lavender (3 balls)

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To finish off this week’s newsletter, some FREE Valentine’s Day knitting patterns, one of our favorites is the heart and kisses sweater: http://intheloopknitting.com/valentines-day-free-knitting-patterns/

Our featured photo credit this week is from Patty Mack Knits, Harry Potter Knits for Dogs: http://pattymacknits.com/happy-valentines-day/

Best to you this week~Trudy



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Reorganizing Store & Lots of New Yarn

Wet Rainy Days Make for Great Knitting

Good Morning,

How are you today? Another wet week behind us, I hope you made it through OK.

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Well I didn’t have to think too hard about this week’s newsletter. So much to tell you about this week. Apart from all the full shelves, lack of pink yarn, and a newly published pattern on Ravelry that is.

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We Are Short On Pink Yarn

The lack of Pink yarn, as you may or may not know, there have been marches all over the country this past weekend. So many pink hats made we ran out of pink in many yarn lines. We also had to do a little reorganizing in certain parts of the store to accommodate some of our newer lines. I think you will enjoy the full shelves and the amazing colors and textures we have for you.


Beautiful Heart Hats

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSebastopol Knitting ClassesTo start off, we have something exciting coming next month, apart from Valentine’s day that is. Perhaps I should just start with Valentine’s day. I have finished and knitted up two Heart hats, one is the same as last years, which got sold at Christmas, and one with small hearts.

I will be teaching a class on this at the beginning of the month so you can have yours finished in time for the 14th. They are simple hats that use just two colors, one for the main color and one for the hearts. A great hat to knit for an introduction to color work. It is great to play with color. Last year I made it in white with red hearts, this year I have it in white with pink hearts, although the color choices are endless, and it doesn’t just have to be for Valentines, any time you want to show your love for someone special will do.


Yarn Tasting is Coming Again

Then February we have an exciting “Yarn Tasting – February 15 from 4pm-7pm”.  This will be brought to us by Chad from Cascade yarns. Maybe you have met Chad in the past, he is a nice guy. He will be bringing with him a variety of their yarn, new and old favorites. So, If you have ever wondered how the yarn knits up, how it feels in your hand, how easy it is to work with etc. etc. This is your chance. This time will be a little different.

We have a limited amount of space-only 15 people can attend, so to make it fair, we have decided to sell tickets, that way we won’t have to disappoint some people who would love to attend only to find on the day, people just didn’t show up. The tickets are only $7, not expensive and the cost can be applied to any cascade purchase. What a deal! There will also be door prizes and a few snacks I am sure. Time to have fun with yarn. You will also be able to buy full bags of yarn that we don’t normally carry and perhaps encourage us to carry a few new lines.

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New Pattern on Ravelry

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesI have just published another pattern on Ravelry, this is my 5th that is available on there. I am noticing a theme in the color combinations, I think I should change that next time.

I have some other patterns in the works, I just need to get them printed edited and on line. If you have been in the shop recently you will have seen the original Badlands shawl and three of the other designs, I no longer have the Fish tail scarf on display in the shop though, however I do have the test knit of the Badlands in a lovely silver rayon that was knitted by Peggy to test the pattern out.

Just to make sure everyone can understand what I have written and that there were no errors. As always just by changing the yarn type will change the total overall look.


Class Updates

Also, we have been working on more classes and have some great ones coming up. I have been a bit stretched for time though so getting all the info together and on the website, is taking longer than I had hoped. However, this is what we have in store for you. As always details available in the store and will soon be online too. Thanks for your patience.


State of Classes at Present:

  • The Crochet stitch of the month is still on. Still room to join as some people can’t make it every month there is usually space, however please call ahead to let us know you are coming.
  • Although it was a requested that I teach the Baa Ble hat again, it is cancelled, I guess everyone who wanted to do the sheep hat has.
  • Crochet Sheep Booties Class full.
  • Pandamonium hat class Full
  • Finishing techniques is postponed due to lack of interest as of now
  • Knit fixes, although this is a much-requested class, as yet there are no sign ups
  • The Half Pi starts next month
  • Felted Clogs
  • Felted Soaps
  • Four Seasons Throw is questionable as no one has signed up, if no one does for February we will cancel this

Also coming soon, wet felted scarf with silk hankies, felted geode, Spinning A-Z, knitted and felted ballet slippers, and an adorable felted basket, just in time for Easter, although depending on the colors you choose would be a great addition any time of year.

Well with so much going on, I need to stop now and get working on it all. So, for now stay dry, warm and healthy and I will be back next week with more.

If you love the crow knitting, these are original postcards done in multimedia and available here: http://www.kaspareks.biz/postcards.htm

Happy Yarning ~ Trudy

Sierras 2017

Stormy January & New Classes

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Good Morning, is it Monday again? Wow. I hope you survived the storms of last week, with no damage and no injury. What a wet start to 2017. Do you think we are out of the drought yet?

We have been extremely fortunate, so far, touch wood, fingers crossed and all of that. No flooding and lots of yarn to keep us busy and hand knits to keep us warm.


New Yarn You’ll Love

Sebastopol Yarn ShopSo, what have I been up to since I last wrote? Well a funny thing happened.

Towards the end of last year, I had visits from sales people showing me new yarns for this year. I really didn’t want to think that far out as things change so quickly, but! Yes, you guessed it. I put in an order and although it was at the back of my mind, guess what? It all turned up yesterday. Wow! So, where to put it all? With a little rearranging, it will fit nicely.

You should see it all. The colors and textures are amazing. Five boxes, things I know you are going to love. I just want to dive right in and make things with it all. That takes time though. We also have another shipment arriving next Tuesday, this one I do remember and I have already knit up a sample with this. Childs short sleeve cardigan bolero. So cute, come and check it out, only one skein too. Now I need to put my thinking cap on and start at least planning what I can make with it all when I get a chance. Do you ever have so many ideas it is hard to keep up with them? My brain is on overload at the moment with ideas etc. I would like to hit the pause button so I can catch up.

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Great Knitting Questions & Solutions

Sonoma County Yarn ShopWhen I was thinking what to write about this week, I was asked a question? How do you bind off in the middle and end of the row? Well, the beginning is easy. You do this the same way you would do it at the beginning. Just make sure you get to the place the first stitch knit as many as you need to before starting the bind off. Say the row says, bind off 10sts, knit 20 sts bind off 20 sts, knit 20sts bind off 10 stitches.

The row will be 80 stitches across. You would bind off the first 10 sts having actually knitted 11 as you will need to have one stitch left on the needle, so now you will knit 19 to make the 20. Thirty stitches worked at this point.  Are you with me so far?

Now you are ready to bind off the center 20. I suggest you put a marker after the 21st stitch. Then knit 2 pass first stitch over until you are at the marker. You should now have 29 sts left. Knit 19sts. Now comes the interesting part. Yes, you could knit to the end and turn binding off 10 sts at the beginning of the next row, and it would work out reasonably well. But if you are doing stripes this might not look quite so good. Or you could bind off and rejoin the yarn to the live stitches. However, if you don’t want to do this, it is possible to bind off the last 10 stitches and have the working yarn at the beginning of the next row of live stitches.


Binding Off at Ends on Same Row

This is quite hard to write out, but I hope you are understanding my explanation. By holding some slack from the working yarn and knitting to the end of the row somewhat loosely and catching the slack yarn into place this can be accomplished. If you would like me to show you I would be happy to, you know where and when. Otherwise here is a link to a video that will show you how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SJGtsbI5wQ   I hope I haven’t thoroughly confused you. It is always much easier for me to show you, than to explain it in writing. This is why I am a knitter rather than an author.

If you have a question you would like answered let me know. If you have the question you can bet someone, at least one other person does too. Now on to classes……


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Felted Clogs Class

I really hadn’t thought much about knitting and felting slippers until I bought a yarn store and opened as Yarnitudes almost 6 years ago now. It was actually my mum that made me realize what I was missing out on. I bought Village knitters lock stock and barrel as they say back in the UK. This meant some old samples too. My mum was visiting and sitting in the shop her feet were cold. So, I found a pair of knitted clogs and she put them on. She told me how warm and soft they were.

Then when Lesley joined me and was talking about making them I really got interested. She made a pair for my mum and then a pair for me for the shop, for when my feet get cold. I was immediately taken by the softness of the sole and how I could felt them to fit. The only small parts of my body are my wrists ankles and feet. Not always easy to get slippers to fit. Since then Lesley has taught many clog classes and it is always very popular. If you can knit, purl and recognize your stitches this is a class that you will have a lot of fun with.



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Have you always wanted to do color work but not into sheep, although I find it hard to believe any yarnie who doesn’t appreciate their contribution. How about Pandas? Four colors of yarn, you get to choose the colors of course, find someone who likes the same colors and share yarn or get some smaller skeins and make a couple. Learn how to draw pictures with your yarn, and how to personalize your own project. Be sure to pick up your supplies and do your homework before class so that you get the most our of your class time.


Half Pi Shawl

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In this class Linda will teach you how to make your very own Half Pi. You will get compliments every time you wear it. It is easier than you think. You will learn how to make the classic shawl shape, several lace designs and applied lace edging. This class will open a whole new world to you. See how so few stitches can be turned into beautiful patterns. Although this can be made with lace weight yarn, I would recommend fingering or sock to the first-time lace knitter. The pattern is included and we have the needles and lots of yarn to choose from. Another technique you can add to your collection.

Many new classes to come. If you can’t yet knit or crochet, or if it’s just not for you? We have classes where you will have to know neither, just a love for color and fiber is all these classes will take.

For those of you that read our newsletter all the way through, your link to some wonderful winter knitting patterns, from mittens to sweaters, from throws to cowls, have fun knitting. We have lots of yarn that would look wonderful knit up in many of these patterns: http://www.stitchandunwind.com/winter-preview-61-free-knitting-patterns-for-the-season/

See you next week. Take care and enjoy every moment-Trudy




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New Classes & Gorgeous New Yarn

How Is the New Year for You?

Good Morning,

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Sonoma County Yarn ShopHow are you faring today? Are you off to a good start? Well the beginning of our year got off to a reasonable start. Although I really was not inclined to leave my bed on New Year’s Day, things had to be done. It was time for the dreaded inventory.

Yes, the one day of the year, or in the past, couple of years, the days when we have to go through and count everything. Argghh, Anyway, Lesley recruited a whole bunch of friends, dragged her poor hubby in and we went to town. Lilly was there directing traffic. So, we picked up our clipboards, got into teams and begun. Throughout the day some left, some arrived, some bearing coffee, Dave went on a lunch run. A short break for lunch. I was lucky I got to count the yarn not all those fiddly little things, thank you!

After our clipboard was completed, it was time to start entering it all into the computer. This is a slow and tedious task. Lesley took over when her clip board was done. It was a very cold day although with the heater going full blast it did actually get to a reasonable temperature. But as I was sitting at the computer I started to feel a little chilly. Others were starting to say they were feeling the cold too. We thought someone had turned the heating down but no such luck the heater had stopped working.


Yarnies are Hardy

It was now about 6pm everything had been counted but a lot of work still to be done on that darned computer. Lesley said she and Dave would stay to finish it, so we all left them to it. Unfortunately, it became way too cold so they took it all home and finished it there. I think she said it was about 11.30 when she was finally done. Thank you! Thank you!

OK so back to the heater, or lack of it.

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The Heater Saga

After multiple attempts by Dave to restart it Sunday night with no success, we needed to get it fixed. I made phone calls but no luck. Come Tuesday morning it was back to the shop. I was not very excited about the prospect of freezing so I bundled up warm, multiple layers, warm slippers and such. My hubby came with me to see if over the couple of days, the heater might suddenly cooperate but again no luck. After more phone calls, I finally said someone could come out on the 5th.

I decided it was a good time to keep busy by tidying up and putting away decorations etc., I got the vacuum out and started. I didn’t get too far when people started arriving. I was kept busy then, I kept apologizing for the cold, but surrounded by yarn they didn’t seem to mind, too much. A couple of people came in to knit, as they do, and even brought heaters and blankets. They stayed and knitted for a couple of hours. We are hardy folk us yarnies.

Ok so finally Wednesday morning, with the help of Spencer next door, we were able to get the heater fixed. Yay!!!! So I would say we are off to a good beginning. Inventory done, heater is fixed, vacuuming done, decorations away, and lots of more great yarn to go on the shelves.

I hope your year so far is free of hiccups, but if hiccups occur I hope they are small and overcome quickly.


Great New Classes-Knitted Slippers or Mukluks

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesLast week I started introducing our new classes. So here are a few more for you.

Knitted slippers/Mukluks – Can anyone have too many slippers? OK I guess not everyone is like me. I have slippers all over the house. They never seem to be where I am though. The first thing I do when I get home is find a pair to put on. These slippers re really cute. Available in children’s and adult sizes. Join Linda as she walks you through the stages of construction. Two Monday evenings from 5.30 – 7.30 and you will learn to make these wonderful cozy warmers for your feet, add a leather sole and you can take them outside too.

Can be knitted in a solid or variegated yarn. As long as you can cast on, knit, purl and bind off you can do this. You will learn how to increase, knit both back and forth and in the round and picking up stitches. Sign up quickly as classes are beginning soon. Also remember don’t wait until the last minute as if we have no confirmed students the class will be cancelled.


Baa-ble Hat Class

Back again by popular demand. Love making hats but you want to add a little something different?. How about this hat, great for the sheep lover in your world? This is a great way to introduce color work to your arsenal of talents. You will learn to use color to make designs in your work, how to follow the written instructions and how to work with charts. As long as you are comfortable with your knits and purls, casting on, binding off, recognizing your stitches and knitting in the round you can do this.

This hat is quite addicting once you have made one you will want to make more and more. The color possibilities are endless. I saw so many different combinations the last few times I taught this class. This will open up an amazing world of how to individualize your projects.


Felted Slipper Booties

OK, “not so many classes for crocheters “ is something I often hear; so here we have a great project for you. Have you ever felted before? If you can crochet and know your basic stitches this is for you. You will learn how to follow a pattern and add your sheep motif. Continuing the theme here, slippers and sheep, that is. Join Karen to crochet a pair of child’s or adult booties and felt them to fit. Again the sky is the limit with the color so come and pick yours. There are only two spaces left in this class so sign up quickly.


Felted Soaps

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesLesley will show you just how easy it is to felt soap. All you need for this class is two bars of soap. No prior knowledge of felting necessary. By the time you have taken this class you will be able to make any soap you like, into one of a kind boutique gift soap. Make some for yourself, have a bunch on hand for a last-minute gift idea. You can personalize the color and make up your own design. This is a party atmosphere class but you need to be ready to get a little damp, you might want to bring an apron or something to protect your clothing.

Although this class isn’t until February, sign up now to avoid disappointment.



Baby It’s Cold Outside

Sonoma County has been hit with an Arctic cold blast in the last few weeks and it looks as though it is continuing through January; great knitting weather. So who would know better about keeping warm in the winter, but our friends up North in Canada. We found some great FREE knitting patterns to warn you up this season: http://www.canadianliving.com/home-and-garden/subsection/knitting-and-crochet  Any of these patterns would look scrumptious in our new yarns.

Shelves Filling with New Yarn

If you are in need of more inspiration, come on in and check out all the love colors and textures of yarn we have been receiving almost daily. The shelves were getting a little thin after the holidays but we are refilling them fast.

So until next week then happy yarning, keep warm and dry and I look forward to seeing you very soon-Trudy

Featured photo credit: James Newman Gray