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Why Do We Knit or Crochet?

Monday Morning Blessings

Good morning, are you doing well?

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First things first, don’t forget the wine tasting event we have coming up here for Satyre wines. You will love the wine and you will have so much fun with Nicole, she is great. Mark your calendars and remember to stop by on the 15th April 1 – 4pm. Get all your chores done early so you don’t miss out. What a way to celebrate Tax Day. At least it is over for another year.

 

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Why Do We Knit or Crochet?

Why do we knit? Why do we crochet? Well apart from the reason that it feels good, have you thought about why you started? I started when I was young because I was taught at school, it was a desirable craft to know. To take forward and share with the new generations to come. It was also a way to decorate our homes and clothe us in times of hardship. Repurposing garments and such. Fishermen mending their nets etc. Today though with the overabundance of everything those reasons have taken a back seat, for many.

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Everything We Create Is Unique

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesIt is still great though, that we don’t just have to go with the same thing everyone else has. One of a kind, something you have created for yourself, a friend, a loved one. Something you have invested time energy and love into. One of my very first custom pieces was for a woman looking for just the right color cardigan to go with an outfit she had.

She was renewing her wedding vows and had found just the right dress to wear but it was a little too revealing, she thought, for the church. So together she told me what she wanted and we went over color charts to find the exact color she wanted.

Then came the buttons, something sparkly, a little lace here, a texture there, etc. She ended up with just what she wanted. Had she been able to knit herself she could have saved some money and been entertained all at the same time.

 

 

Color and Unique Fashion Statements

I love having clothes that match and complement each other and so often you just can’t find it. Color trends change but my color choices don’t always equal the trends. I love color and sometimes I want yellow, sometimes I feel more like teal, orange or pink. It is great to know that I can have whatever color I want and I don’t have to have fashion dictate my choices.

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Then of course are the feel-good reasons.

 

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The Beauty of Lace Weight Yarn

Does Lace weight yarn scare you? Don’t let it. I wrote about this a long time ago but it doesn’t hurt to refresh it. We have some fantastic lace weight yarn in the store. The yardage is amazing and most really good value for the money. If you would like to have something super fine and light use one strand. If you would like something warm and snuggly but not heavy, you can use two, three, four or more strands held together.

The loft is then truly amazing. A whole different look than using a chunky or bulky yarn. And using different color strands can also add interest. Mixing a solid with a hand paint or variegated can also have an entirely different effect. Mixing two variegated together though can cause a muddy effect so, be careful with this one.

 

Choosing Project Colors

Sebastopol Yarn ShopSonoma County Knitting ClassesTalking about colors leads me to my next topic. Choosing the right color for a project. Are you someone who sees something, a pattern or design and just must have it look exactly the same? Have you ever thought that the color on the pattern may not be the color that would be good for you, or are you the type that only looks for patterns in the colors that you like? That can be extremely limiting. Perhaps it would be better to see patterns in shades of grey. Then you can let your imagination put a color to it.

Sometimes patterns that are worked up in black do not do justice to the item. You can’t always see the detail in black, cables don’t stand out the same way and they are very difficult to photograph. Solid colors do however make the designs pop.

 

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesLikewise, on hand paints and variegated yarn too much detail is just wasted as it gets lost in the mix. Sometimes that kind of yarn is just best in very simple stitches, the yarn will do everything else. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

One of our regulars came in the other day with a dress she was making for a little girl. It was being knitted in three different colors. Lesley was there and she said, “that looks great, I would never of thought of putting those colors together, but it works really well”. Try playing with some left overs. Its fun.

Well I think that is enough for another week, so I will love you and leave you until next time. Don’t forget to keep checking out the classes. We have added some and are working on the rest, hopefully we will get it on the website soon, if not call us and tell us what you are looking for.

 

Take care, and be happy

Trudy

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Goodbye Lesley & Fond Memories

Hello Spring

Good morning again, how is spring treating you so far? Are you managing to avoid the dreaded allergies or have they caught you?

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Sad News to Share

This week I have to share some sad news and this letter from Lesley.

Good Morning Friend.

Lesley here. I just wanted to say good morning and hello to you one last time. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I will be leaving the store at the end of the month. My last days at the shop will be this Wednesday and Friday. It has been a wonderful couple of years.   Although this is hard, I know it is what we need to do. I can’t be in the store as much as I would like, and it is too hard for Lilly to be at the store all day.  

Over the last couple of years you have become not only my friend, but you are my extended family. I have loved helping you find just the right pattern and yarn for your project. I too learned as we worked out the kinks and the rough parts. I have loved teaching classes and sharing new skills with you. But it has not been just about yarn. We have talked about life and about the world. Yarnitudes is so much more than a store. It is home.  

I know Trudy will take wonderful care of you as she always has. Your trusty instructors will still be here to answer questions and help you along the way. I know Trudy has some exciting new things planned for you; new yarn, new classes, and new events. So stay tuned.

Please know that I will miss you – my friend, my family. I know Lilly will miss all her “Aunties and Uncles” too. I will be back to visit but I will be away for a while to try and let my heart heal. I hope you understand.

Goodbye, and as always – happy yarning.

As I said sad news, Lesley will be greatly missed. She has worked hard here to help us all. This is however an amazing opportunity to spend the most wonderful years watching Lilly grow and being the best wife and mother to her family. I can see it now, sharing everything she knows with her daughter. I am sure I join you in wishing her the very best.

 

Have We Got Buttons

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Have you ever spent a lot of time making something only to find the buttons just didn’t measure up to your idea of a finished project. It’s true buttons can make or break a garment.

Put a generic button on something and it can look OK, but find the right button and it will really pop. Turning it from ordinary to extraordinary.

Recently we were visited by a rep from a button company, I am now calling him the ‘button man’ he had two very large suitcases full of cards and cards of buttons. As you can imagine it was really hard to stop from going absolutely crazy, we wanted to buy so many.

Anyway, we did, we think, get a good selection. We already had quite a selection but now that selection has grown and I think we have a little something of everything for everyone.

 

 

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesThere are buttons for kids, both modern and traditional. There is one I particularly fell in love with. I don’t know if you have seen or heard of Holly Hobby, It may be an English thing.

It was a selection of prints, possibly dolls, and patterns of little girls wearing the long dresses with an apron, (pinafore) and a really cute hat with a very wide brim and a puffed up back. Great description I know.

I will try to find a picture. Anyway, it reminds me of an outfit I made for Laura to attend a cousins wedding, Laura was about 2 at the time. Soooo, cute!

 

Creative Ideas with Buttons

Lesley gave me the idea for this week’s newsletter, so here it is–

Another thing is decorating with buttons, I saw a post on Facebook the other day, about making a bowl out of buttons. It looked really fun and when I can find time to play I might actually make one for myself. I have spent ages going back through Facebook to find it but no luck.

Anyway, you start with common old balloon. Blow it up so that it is sturdy but has a little give, you don’t want it to burst on you but you do want it to hold in place. Find the center of a roll of masking tape or something similar, you can actually just use a roll of tape, as it is only as a holder. Place the balloon tied side down on the roll. Paint the top of the balloon or where you would think you would like the shape of the bowl to be with just ordinary white glue. Let it dry completely.

Then with a layer of Mod Podge place the buttons, starting at the top, this will be the bottom of the finished bowl. You do need a somewhat flattish button, any shanks should be removed. Place the right side of the button against the balloon. Make sure all buttons touch.

When you think, you have the shape and size you want cover with another layer of Mod Podge and let dry. When completely dry apply one more coat, let this dry also. Then comes the magic. Gently let the air out of the balloon and peel away the rubber from the buttons. Voila! You have a very pretty and useful bowl. A project to do with the kids perhaps, or just have fun on your own. It could also make a nice gift, never too early to think about stock piling a few of those for the holidays.

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Although I couldn’t find the post itself by requesting button bowls on google this came up, same thing. In a few years, this is something I can see Lesley doing with Lilly.

Well I think I am going to leave it at that for this week. A lot to think about and lots of planning to do. I will however be back next week to talk about Lace weight yarn and colors.

Our featured pattern and image this week is from claire Garland: http://claire-garland.blogspot.com/2012/01/free-pattern-felted-bunny.html

Until then in Lesley’s words, Happy Yarning-Trudy

Africa & Visiting Mum

No Newsletter Last Week

Sebastopol Yarn ShopWell hi there, did you miss me?

Sorry there wasn’t an email last week. I was given the opportunity to go on a business trip with my husband and then afterwards to see my mum.

A chance I couldn’t miss. I think you will agree though that I left you in very capable hands, apart from the newsletter you probably didn’t ever realize I wasn’t around.

I was lucky enough to visit a country I had never had the opportunity to visit before, South Africa. I only got to see a very small part of it though, Johannesburg. That was where most of the business was handled.

 

 

South Africa

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I guess it wasn’t quite what I had expected. I had of course heard about South Africa, a lot of it not good over the years. The part I experienced was almost the same as any other big city. Way too many cars. It took Trevor and one of the people he had gone to see, almost two hours to drive back to the hotel after meetings one evening. They only had to travel 7 miles. It almost made the traffic here look insignificant.

The same shops, some of the same restaurants and coffee shops. Once out of the city though traffic moved easily, lots of new motorways and toll roads. Generally, like anywhere else I have been. Like I said this was just a small portion of the country, romantically I guess I was expecting to see the wild life closer to the towns and villages and I am told that there are certain parts where that is true. Upon looking at this map you can see we were only in a pin-prick of an area.

Kruger Wild life Park

South Africa

Graciously they took us to Kruger Wild Life Park at the weekend, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg. I got to see some animals living in their natural habitat. Luckily for them they have had weather like ours. After years of drought they have had an abundance of rain. So, it was good for them, lots to eat and lots of places to hide, a bit harder to spot some of them though.

Africa wildlife

I loved these guys, I kept thinking of what an amazing shawl I could be knit with their colors. I guess that is one for the future.

 

London & Mum

United KingdomWe left South Africa after 5 days and headed to London. We had to change planes there on the way out and on the way back.

Long journeys. This is the main purpose of my trip, to visit my mum.

She had been in the hospital in February and I wanted to see how she was doing. Luckily, she was able to go back to the home the Saturday before we arrived. I managed to spend three visits with her.

 

MumShe was doing much better the chest infection she had been fighting was gone but she was still extremely tired.

I was happy to share photos with her, give her all the love that I had been told to give her from her friends here in the states. It made her smile remembering all the faces and the good times she had here with us all over the years.

 

 

Back Home Again

So now I am back, we flew in Sunday afternoon 12th and I am back to work again. Looking forward to seeing you in the shop again soon. Of course, I was thinking of you all the time I was away. Looking for inspiration for the shop, and patterns to make. Trying to find something new that I couldn’t find over here. I was amazed that I couldn’t find one yarn store in either places we visited. People didn’t really understand what I was looking for either, even when they saw me knitting. I was knitting too.

I was told and I did find some places on the web, in Cape Town but that is for another trip. Miles away from where I was. I did get some ideas but whether I will remember them when I have time to work on them is another matter.   Oh, one last thing I must share about the trip is, when I went into a small gift shop in the park I noticed quite a nice scarf I liked, thinking it was a local product I picked it up only to find it was Apt 9, from Kohl’s – oops.

 

 

Knitting On the Road

The yarn and needles with me on the trip – I have been wanting to make myself a nice warm sweater but hadn’t had the opportunity so I thought this a good one. It is from the Ann Norling pattern top down Raglan #60. This is the pattern I used to make myself the cardigan you can often see me wearing in the store when it is chilly. It is so easy, very basic but there is so much that you can do to make it your very own. I would be very happy to show you how to do this. Here is the sweater so far.

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You can see I have added cables under the arms at both sides, I will also add cables on the forearm of the sleeves too. The other thing about this pattern is that you can use four different weights of yarn. So, Spring, summer, fall or winter, so much fun. I get so excited at the possibilities of a pattern like this. It is certainly one of my go to patterns. I hope to be able to knit on it some more really soon. Oh I also took another skein of a very colorful yarn with me to play with, just for those times when the sweater needed more attention or took up too much room. I did play with it too, first a scarf, didn’t like the way that looked, so now a hat, a large slouchy one. Someone will want it.

 

No Just an Easter Basket-March 26@4:30-6:30pm

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OK enough of my things. Don’t forget the upcoming classes, here is a photo of the ‘Not Just for Easter Basket’, this is before the handle goes on, you can see it really isn’t just for Easter. Karen took this photo of it at the shop. Call us to sign up before time runs out.

The Beginning crochet class is full for this month. There are still two place available for beginning knitting though, on the 21st March 10.30 – 12.30. If you want to begin this month this is your chance.

We are working on classes for April so if there is something you are itching to learn give us a call and we may be able to add it to the schedule.

The featured image this week is from a wonderful blog done by a Mom with an autistic son, she knits and designs patterns, take a look at her website and her incredible bunnies: http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/my_weblog/2010/02/

I think that is more than enough for this week, so I will love and leave you for now, I hope I haven’t bored you silly. Have a great week and see you again soon ~ Trudy

 

 

 

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Hello March & Wine Tasting

March Is Here

Good Monday morning again. Hope this finds you well and happy.

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Welcome to March, I hope no winds, we have had enough of the March winds and April Showers already this year, I am ready for the May flowers.

 

So Thankful for 35 Years with My Best Friend & Hubby

Yesterday I celebrated 35 years with my best friend and hubby. Thirty-five years, where on earth does the time go? It seems like just yesterday when we met, actually that was just over thirty-five and a half years ago. Although we disagree on the actual first time we met. That is another story. We have certainly seen a lot of changes and travelled many, many miles during the time we have been together. I am happy to report, we are still best friends. I know how lucky can some people get?

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Time Is Like a River

Talking about years, and all that happens over time, it never ceases to amaze me how much can change in the blink of an eye or even in a day. Recently my mum was in the hospital with a nasty chest infection. I had only been skyping with her a couple of days beforehand. Then I was getting reports of how sick she was, and even messages from my brothers saying how concerned they were. Then overnight the story changed, she was over the worst and would soon be going home. Not the first time my mother had us scared.

Last week I was on Facebook and it came up with the “this time last year “pictures and there was my mum, cast on her wrist and singing ‘Que Sera Sera’ on video to my daughter. I believe that sense of whatever will be will be has rubbed off on me. Live the best way you can, make the most of every opportunity and just go for it. I think my daughter has inherited that philosophy too. Enjoy every day!

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The Luck of the Irish

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSonoma County Yarn ShopTalking of luck, how about the luck of the Irish? Not sure why they say that, something else I will have to check out sometime.

It will soon be St Patrick’s day again, we have some great Irish themed hat patterns available, and lots of green yarn to knit them in.

 

 

Wine Tasting Anyone?

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Check out their Story on   http://www.satyrewines.com/. If you like good wine you will enjoy this treat. Nicole is from down under, the land of Koalas and Kangaroos. She is a lovely lady and I am sure you will enjoy her and her wines. A good excuse to bring your significant to the store, pick up your favorite yarn and a great taste of wine at the same time. Save the date and stay tuned for more information. We may have a door prize of two.

Don’t forget to check out the classes for this month and check back often for updates.

 

Until next time then, take care and see you soon

~ Trudy