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Ready For Sun & New Cotton Yarn

I Need Sunshine!

Good Morning, did you think it would ever stop raining? Do You think the sun really will come out tomorrow? I am certainly over it now; you can have too much of a good thing.

I think I am growing webbed feet. I need sunshine!!!

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Yarn Hop Dates

That’s better I can feel the warmth coming through.

So, what’s new? Save the dates, Yarn hop this year July 22nd and 23rd, mark your calendars.   It looks like we probably won’t be sheering Sergeant Speckles at the shop this year as there hasn’t been much interest to date, of course that may change if I get an abundance of requests, but probably all those interested have already seen it.


Yarn Tasting Was Fun

Sonoma County Yarn StoreThe Yarn Tasting was a lot of fun. Crazy busy and Chad was in fine form as always. Lots of prizes and fun had by all.

We tasted 15 different yarns, some new, some old favorites. We may now have a few new favorites. For those who were unfortunate and missed the fun and games I am putting together some tasting packs and if there is something you would like to try in the meantime just let us know.

We also got to try out a nice range of Knitters Pride needles. Again if you have been thinking about new needles but are not sure what they are like, now is your chance.

People are just loving the Manos yarn, Allegria. If you haven’t already seen and touched it, you may want to do so soon before it is all gone.

As I hinted last week I have been stocking up on yarn for the summer ahead, we will have a summer. I have decided to get quite a selection of Ella Rae yarn this, year people are loving it. So many colors and textures.



Summer Yarns Are Arriving

As I hinted last week I have been stocking up on yarn for the summer ahead, we will have a summer. I have decided to get quite a selection of Ella Rae yarn this, year people are loving it. So many colors and textures.

We have 100% Egyptian cotton Phoenix solids and 100% cotton Phoenix DK in prints, great for summer wear for yourself or those young ones. Needle size for the prints is US 5 hook size F 5.5 sts to the inch. The solids call for 5- 6 needle, 5 to 5.5 sts to the inch hook size F-G. You can mix the solids and prints for that special one kind of effect. Great for warm weather clothing for the little ones and yourself.

Also, because I just couldn’t resist we have a full range of 100% cotton in Sun Kissed. These are beautiful colors, all tonal, just spectacular.

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A small sample, stunning, aren’t they? For the Sun kissed, needle size 5-7, 5.25 – 6 sts to the inch Hook Size F. Available in twelve colors.


More Cotton, Linens, Silks Are Here

Of course, we also have a lot more cottons, linen, silks, sugar, wool, you name it.

What is your favorite thing to knit or crochet? Is it socks, sweaters, shawls, baby clothes, or do you not have a preference it is just as the mood takes you? Did you know that there are almost as many stitches in a pair of socks as there are in some sweaters, it is just the size of the yarn and needles that differ?


Do I Prefer Knitting or Crochet?

I am often asked if I prefer to knit or crochet? my answer is it depends on what I am making. Likewise, I am asked what is easier? I recently found this comparison on Diffen.com.

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I am not sure I am in total agreement with all the answers. I feel that you can make the same items with both knitting and crochet. In my experience, there are only four stitches to learn in knitting, casting on, binding off, knit and purl. It is what you do with these that creates all the different stitch patterns. Well over 700 of them.

Likewise, with crochet, there is chain, slip stitch, single, half double, double, treble, and even quad, again it is what you do with these and how you combine them that make all the intricate designs. If you are interested in learning to do either let me know I will be scheduling classes in March. One thing that is common, crochet does take more yarn per project.

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Good Skills To Learn Both Crochet & Knitting

If you are in a position to learn both it really is a good idea as you can use both in the same project from time to time. In my opinion there is no wrong way to do either, as long as the result is how you want it to be, the way you get there is yours and yours alone. There is no (or at least there shouldn’t be) knitting or crochet police. If someone tells you that you are doing it wrong ignore them. My mum had a saying, didn’t like the content much but it does apply- “ there is more than one way to skin a rabbit”. Relax and enjoy whatever makes you happy.

Well, that’s all from me for another week, stay happy, stay healthy and keep those fingers busy.

Photo credit: Our featured image this week is from the Knit Picks blog.

Until next week then ~ Trudy

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New Yarn & Hugs All Around

A New Week

Good morning. I hope you are well keeping safe dry and away from difficulties.

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Happy Birthday Lesley & George

Happy Birthday George Washington, and happy birthday to Lesley, although not so many birthdays have passed for her. I know you will join me in wishing her the best of birthdays this year.

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Fresh Starts & New Beginnings

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesMonday, the beginning of another workweek. A fresh start, I like fresh starts, new beginnings. I like new beginnings too. It is like opening a new book, magazine, new item of clothing, new packet of cookies. Of course, it is great to start a new project too.

You know I was going to get to that, didn’t you? I really think I am driving myself mad though. I keep getting all this different wonderful yarn in and I want to knit with it all. I want to order it all. A couple of weeks ago, I told you we had to have a little move around to get it all in, guess what? I think I am going to have to move more. Was there something in the air back in October? I seem to have gone a little bonkers.

I think too that there wouldn’t be all the rain we have been having, must have been thinking sunshine and flowers or something because a lot of the yarn arriving now is cotton and linen. Great for our normal spring weather. There is no hurry though, spring will soon arrive followed by a lovely warm summer and fall and we will all be prepared. I am working on a green fresh start hat now.


Beautiful New Yarn

In the meantime, though there is still an abundance of lovely wool and alpaca to keep our fingers cozy. I just got in some truly amazing sock yarn. Merino wool with just enough of the man-made fiber to give your socks strength and your shawls drape. This yarn is from Manos

Del Uruguay, I just love saying that. It just rolls off the tongue. I also love the company and its philosophy. Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit social organization which, since 1968, has provided jobs for craftswomen living in Uruguay rural areas. They defend and promote Uruguayan identity, being part of the weave that constitutes the essence of their country, where culture and tradition are mixed in an exchange that is reflected in each one of their products.


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Eradicating Poverty Through Crafts



Manos Del UruguayManos Del UruguayThey are after a long evaluation process, as of 2009 a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and are 100% committed to Fair Trade. With this commitment, they continue their mission of eradicating poverty through sustainable economic growth, enabling craftspeople to improve the quality of their craft and life.

All this has happened due to a few women getting together, understanding the benefits of crafting and realizing that there were people in the rest of the world that would love to have the products they were making. “Women Power”, we can all do something great if we put our minds to it. Like little Thomas the tank engine, “I think I can, I know I can.” The craftswomen, are the owners of the company.

Each skein of yarn has a label that states where the yarn is from and which woman made it for you. You can check out more about them on line www.manos.com.uy We have a little bio of three of the women on the wall by the yarn. The yarn I chose to start with is called Alegria. This is another word I like to say it just has a nice ring to it, just for you I looked up the meaning or one of them, this is the one I will go with and that is “Mexican Spanish alegría, from Spanish, happiness, gaiety, from alegre happy” That’s how it makes me feel anyway.

There are 34 semi solid colors and 35 space dyed. I have one (at least I did) of every color. It is soooooo so soft too. How about beginning a new project in one of them.

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2017 Yarn Hop Is Coming

We are meeting today to discuss this years’ Yarn Hop, yes there will be another and it will be July. We have so much fun every year when we do this. A lot of work goes into it but it’s worth it, we try to improve it each year too, so stay tuned for the exact dates to put on your calendar.

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Sheep Shearing-Yes or No?

I have a question, Do you think we should have the sheep shearing this year?

While I am asking questions, would you like to see a class on Double Knitting? and or Brioche? How about making a skirt? These are a few of the classes I have been thinking about, or perhaps there is a class you would really like to take but you haven’t seen one offered, please let us know, remember Yarnitudes is your yarn store, and we need to know what you want to see.


OK I think I am done for another week, so I will love and leave you for now and I will be back next time, Happy fingers ~ Trudy

Happy Valentine’s Day To You

Love Is In the Air

Good Morning, are you fighting fit and raring to go? I must admit even though I was trying to be so careful, I did succumb to a nasty cold. What a nuisance that was. Luckily the worst was over in a couple of days though. Now back to normal again.

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Well it’s that time of the year again, love is in the air. That would be a nice change to all the bad feelings that have been going around lately. Again, I feel very lucky that here in the shop most of the time it is love and happiness. Leave your worries at the door and just come in and have fun. I hope you are surrounded by love this week.

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I have a couple of things to tell you about this week. The Yarn tasting on Wednesday is sold out, you could call to get on a waitlist if you want to, just in case someone should drop out. If it continues to be popular, we can schedule one at another date.  Because of the tasting however there will be NO Wednesday social knitting. This is just for the Tasting; all will be back to normal next week. I will be sure to tell you how it all went too.

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Knitterati Updates

Have you joined in the Cascade Knitterati knit along yet? Apparently, it became so popular so quickly it took Cascade a bit by surprise. They ran out of some of the original colors. When they started, their shelves were stocked with the original five colors but suddenly they were empty.

They did come up with several different color choices all of them are really nice. I do have it on good authority though that the missing colors should be back in stock by the end of the month, as soon as they get theirs we will get ours. I have heard very positive comments on the squares so far, people say they are having lots of fun and learning new techniques too. It is never too late to join and if you need help we will be here for you.


I’m Still Planning the Year Ahead

Sonoma County Knitting ClasseesYou may or you may not know Lee Gant, she has been to the store before talking about her first book. Well she has now finished a wonderful pattern book for girls and young juniors. This book has been a labor of love for Lee and is due to be released in September. Something to look forward to. Here is a photo of the book along with a message from Lee. She has kindly agreed to do a trunk show as soon as the book is released.



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Knitting is Finding a New Generation

From Lee Gant, “Knitting is finding a new generation of enthusiasts. More and more kids of all ages are interested in knitting and creating their own special clothing and accessories.

Finally! A collection of knits for girls and teenagers that suits their relaxed, comfortable, style! From high-textured cabled ponchos and sweaters to stockinette tops and dresses to warm, comfy coats, these pieces all share a carefree style your girls will love.

Sized from 6 to young juniors 12, the patterns reach an often-missed generation of girls between toddler and adult. Yes, this age group can be tricky to please, so get them involved! Let them choose the pattern, the yarn, the fit (body-skimming or looser), and especially the color(s). Encourage them to personalize their design with the choices they make. Once exposed to the joy of creating a unique piece of hand-made clothing, they may even want to learn to knit for themselves!”

Keep your eyes peeled for information, as soon as I have a date, you will be the first to know.

St. Patrick’s Day is Coming

Sebastopol Yarn ShopWell next month brings St. Patrick’s Day, do you have something green to wear, if not we have plenty of green in the store to make yourself a little, or not so little project. Then following close behind, Easter, the time of year when we can all wear our pretty Easter colors, isn’t it funny how we associate different colors with different occasions. I am sure there is a story about that somewhere I need to be checking.


Still Time To Sign Up For Classes

Treat yourself to a class at Yarnitudes this winter, it’s fun and it gets you not thinking about all the rain and dreary weather.

Linda’s – Four seasons

Deirdre’s – Two at a time socks

Karen’s – Wool Felted Geode, I had some terrific ideas for this one.

My – Begin knitting class, you could make a St. Paddy’s day hat.

Lesley’s – Finishing classes

Karen’s – Felted Ballet slippers

Another Pandemonium hat from me

And just in time a not just for Easter basket from Karen


This Weeks’ Knitting Tip

Knitting HintsNow a knitting tip from Tamara. If you have ever had a large sequence cast on with circular needles, a cast on over 150 stitches and/or with a DK or lighter yarn, you know it can be a challenge when joining not to create a mobios. Our tip for you this week is how not to have that happen and to eliminate one stressor to fine knitting in the round. Dig out your clothes pins, yes clothes pins( pegs, Tamara, pegs), once you join the round make sure that all stitches are hanging uniformly down in the round and attach a clothes pin every few inches to keep your knitting in the round from becoming the dreaded mobios. I usually keep my clothes pins on for at least 5-6 rows to ensure that the weight of the piece is now keeping the knitting in it’s proper place. A funny solution, but if it keeps you from ripping out after knitting 2-3 rows on a cast on of over 250 stitches, you will love the hint of using clothes pins for the time it saves.


One More Free Valentine’s Pattern

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesWinter and rain gets you thinking of warm mugs of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. e are sharing a pattern this week for a cute mug warmer with a Valentine’s day twist: http://yarns-and-tales.blogspot.com/2013/01/country-cables-mug-cozy-pattern.html


Well I have given you plenty to think about again, so I will finish for this week, and wish you again a very Happy Valentine’s Day. See you next week ~ Trudy