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Knit Alongs & Family Vacations

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Good Morning, how are you today?

I should take a leaf out of kitties’ book and do some stretches. In fact, I should do a lot of things that kitties do. I love playing with yarn though so I guess that is kitty like.

 

Group Sessions-Such Fun!

If you haven’t been to one of group sessions, Tuesday, Wednesday or Fridays, you don’t know what you are missing. So many friendships have been made over the time I have had the shop. We all have so much fun. Last week saw the beginning of a new knit along. (KAL)

Two of our regulars who are already working on the same pattern, the feather and fan shawl, just happened to begin the Pure and Simple side to side pullover for women. They had seen this pattern a while ago and both decided they wanted to make it for the summer. They had tried the Tangier yarn at the Cascade yarn tasting and really enjoyed the way it knitted up and the great color ways. So, they asked me to order some. I ordered a nice selection of 6 colorways. The yarn had just arrived and as they were talking about it and showing the pattern to the group, three other knitters said what a good idea it would be to do a knit along.

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New Projects & New Knit-Alongs

So, it began. Now we have a new Knit along. Different people all knitting the same project, learning from each other what works and what doesn’t, tips and tricks for better results. Lots of fun and camaraderie and at the end we have the same project that look so different because of the way the colors work and the way each person knits. Although the front of this patterns shows a solid design the picture on the back is done with stripes, (the yarn does all the work) and for once the stripes are vertical not horizontal far more slimming.

 

Easy Summer Project

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesThe easiest summer sweater pattern I know! A simple garter stitch rectangle, with unshaped openings for head and arms. The sleek shaping is formed by the drape of the loosely knit fabric.

This pattern uses worsted weight yarn on big needles at a gauge of 14 stitches to 4 inches. Shown in cotton, it has cap sleeves, or optional short sleeves. Side seams are sewn. Finished measurements of 30 to 50 inches. You have to know someone who would love one of these. Or may be two.

 

 

 

Family Vacations & Knitting Projects

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesAre you planning a family vacation this year? Several people are leaving on trips soon. We knitters are so funny. The first thing I plan to pack are my projects, what to take? What will be small enough to work on in cramped quarters, but interesting enough to keep my attention.

I always take way too much, but the thought of being without a project is just not conceivable. Its best to call the airlines, travel agent etc. ahead of time to make sure there are no restrictions where you are traveling.

 

Some Hints From a Fellow Knitter & Traveler

Sonoma County Yarn ShopHowever here are some hints from someone who has been there. Pack the bulk of your knitting into your checked bag. That way you at least will be sure to have everything you want when you get where you are going. Whatever you decide to take to work on throughout the journey make sure it isn’t too big. There would be nothing worse than sitting between two people and not being able to move your arms and project to see what you are doing.

Take circular needles, some instances will still not allow straight needles. Whenever possible use interchangers of the wooden kind. This way you can cap off the ends of your work during transit, no lost stitches this way. Place the tips you intend to use in an eye glass case or something similar, use the short tips to travel, not always the easiest to use until you get used to them but the best to take if a certain security guard decides to measure the length.

As I say, I have learned from experience. On the way home from an overseas trip my fixed circulars, wooden at that, were cut from the end of the cords because they were 5”. The guard did in fact take a tape measure out to show me. It really wasn’t an issue as if I had pulled all the stitches off I would still have had to throw away the needles so he did in fact do me a favor by banding the ends together so that when I was able to get another needle I could save the work. Use as much wood and plastic as you can, as far as notions go.   Tiny plastic scissors, plastic container, no large project bags, keep it all contained as much as possible. As I said the interchangers are by far the best to travel with and you can get a whole set into a small 5.25” by 6.5” by 1” case. This is complete with each length of cord. You will be surprised how much knitting you can get into a very small space. As you might know, when I travel I usually must do so with just a carry on and a personal bag yet I never run out, and have everything to complete a project or two.

Pack your knitting first then just relax, sit back and feel happy in the knowledge whatever happens will, you have your sanity in your hands. Whenever or wherever you go, take things in stride, relax and enjoy. If you stress yourself out, before you leave you will spend the best part of your time recovering. Remember this saying:

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Our fee knitting pattern this month is from In the Loop: http://intheloopknitting.com/free-lace-pullover-knitting-patterns/

Until next week then, take care and keep those fingers busy ~ Trudy

 

 

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Mother’s Day & Yarn Hop Coming

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Hi there, Monday again. How are you this week?

Sonoma County Yrn ShopTax Day is now behind us for another year, although we never stop paying do we? I really do enjoy living here, but just saying California seems to raise the price. With at least one exception Yarnitudes, doesn’t charge any more here than anywhere else in the USA.

I couldn’t believe it, yesterday I was pricing a new bed. After giving me the price, the sales man said, “Oh plus $100, just for the privilege of living in CA, + $11 disposal fee for the mattress and another $11 for the base, this is the CA recycling fee, plus tax of course” That had nothing to do with the bed itself, or the $180 delivery cost. Crazy huh?

 

 

Mother’s Day is Coming

Sonoma County Knitting ClasssesDo you realize it is only three weeks to Mother’s Day? Still time though to whip up a little something for the special Mom in your life. Did you see that I actually said Mom and not how we say it in the UK, Mum! Mother’s day in England is on a different day than here in the good old U S of A. The UK one was back in March. It has only taken 35 years for me to let go of that spelling.

Is there a special mom in your life you would like to make something for? Or perhaps there is a little something here in the store that you would like for yourself. What better time to get it? As always, we have gift certificates, or you can tell us what you would like and as we do at Christmas, tell your family and friends to give us a call or come in as we know what you would really like. We also have last minute gifts too, necklaces, bracelets, mugs, scarves etc, etc.

 

My Hubby’s Birthday

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Today is also my Hubby’s birthday, this is a big one! Happy Birthday to my best friend.

Have you got your Uluru yet? Well now we have free patterns with purchase, really pretty. Madeline will be teaching her feather and fan, scarf or shawl next month. Saturday 13th May from 11am to 1pm, check it out.

 

Check Out Our New Classes

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Speaking of classes, don’t forget the classes coming up this week – Felted bag, the first shell class, Socks, and next month the requested dog sweater classes.

 

Yarn Hop is Coming

Yarn Hop

The Yarn Hop plans are starting to come together. This year, as well as the things we did last year, we are making a cowl. This is a progressive pattern. Each store has come up with a stitch design and this will be available when you visit each store. Visit all 5 stores, yes, this year there are 5 participating, and each store will give you their own portion, by the end of the hop you will have the whole design. Each store will have a finished cowl on display, just to whet your appetite. This will give you an idea of how each design pairs with the next. As the designs can be knitted in any order, any color or colors. Fun eh?

Well as you can see we are planning lots of fun here for the future, so I had better get back to it.

Our featured free pattern this week can be found at this link: http://www.berroco.com/patterns/route-1  and the website that featured the pattern made up in sock yarn instead of DK, is this site: http://thedrizzleofhoney.blogspot.com/2016/08/route-1-summer-sweater.html#more

Until next week then, take care and keep those fingers busy ~ Trudy

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New Yarns & Knitting Tips

Sebastopol Yarn StoreI hope you find yourself as happy and content as this little kitty.

So, did you make the wine tasting, what did you think? I think we all had a lot of fun and I just love their wines. Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your wine and your time with us. We wish you all the very best with your future endeavors.

 

 

New Yarns

I recently added a new line of yarn to the store, yes, another one. What am I going to do with me? It is always a bit of a risk when I try something new, but from the oohs and aahs I got when I was unpacking the box, I think I made a good decision. Some of it didn’t even make it to the shelf. The yarn itself is called Uluru, by Queensland.

Look at these amazing colors – I have attached a link so that you can have access to view some amazing patterns using this yarn. https://knittingfever.com/design/13352

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Uluru Rainbow

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SKEIN WEIGHT

100g

YARDAGE

382 yards

GAUGE

6.75-8 sts. = 1″ / 4-Ply weight

COMPOSITION

49% Cotton, 43% Acrylic, 8% Polyamide

 

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RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZE
US MM UK HOOK
1-3 2.25-3.25 13-10 B-D

The colors are amazing and it is lightweight with just a little halo, but not as fine as mohair. Madeline already has a feather and fan scarf started. Ideal for a summer weight cardigan or wrap. You just must try it for yourself.

 

 

Knitting & Crochet Questions

A while back I asked people to send questions, regarding knitting and crochet. Then life happened and we all got busy. But recently I have had many people ask me (in the shop) the best way to join in a new ball/skein of yarn. So, I thought I would take a minute to tell you my preferences.

 

My Preferences

 

Sonoma County Yarn ShopThe first way I will join is to let go of the old yarn and start knitting with the new yarn, you can weave the tail in as you go. Sometimes I will alternate the old and new yarn, i.e. knitting one stitch with one yarn and the next with the new.

This way is pretty easy and as long as you watch the tension and don’t pull too tight it is practically invisible.

 

 

Another is the magic knot, this one depends on exactly where I am joining and the type of yarn I am using.

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A favorite is the Russian join, threading a tapestry needle with one end of the yarn and threading it back on itself creating a loop. Then threading the new yarn into the tapestry needle, pass this through the loop and again back on itself. This keeps it nice and neat. Knit a few stitches and you can then cut off the long ends.

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If you are using an animal fiber, one that will felt, you can do the spit splice, no you don’t need to actually use spit, yucky. Fray out the ends, add some water and rub together so they felt into each other As always if you have any questions on any of these please come on in and I will be happy to show you.

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One thing I detest, I don’t mind sewing pieces together, but sewing all of those ends in is another matter. Much easier to do it as you go.

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Susan’s Fun Gifts

Here is a fun picture from Susan. She came in the store recently bringing with her some gifts she has made for family members, what do you think? Cute, aren’t they?

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What kind of cute things do you like to make? We just got a great book in called “Huggable Amigurumi” All you need to do to make these cute little characters is a little yarn and know how to do a chain, single crochet and some time. I am sure you know someone who would love to receive one of these. Don’t fret though if you can’t crochet, we do have books for knitted Huggables too.

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I hope I have given you a few things to think about this week. So many fun things to keep you inspired and those needles and hooks moving. So I am going to close for now and be back next week.

Our featured photos this week s from a wonderful site that sells art and postcards that are knitting inspired: http://saraolmos.com/?p=298

Until then, take care, stay healthy and happy, ~ Trudy

Summer Knit Tops

Happy Easter & Moving Again

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Good Morning, I hope this finds you well and happy.

Yes, soon to be Easter, just a few more days, do you have anything planned? Will it be a busy weekend or will you be relaxing on your own or with friends and family? I have a lot going on at the moment. Not only at the shop but at home too.

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Picture courtesy of:http://4broadsdish.com/and-the-earth-moved-well-not-the-earth-just-me/

 

Home & Moving Again

Don’t worry, not the shop. Preparing to move to a temporary home while we get our home ready to sell, and then the job of finding our new permanent and hopefully forever home. So many moves over the years, it’s crazy when I think about it. One thing I know for sure it never gets any easier. Where we live now is the longest we have lived anywhere together. In fact, apart from moving out of my parents’ home at the age of 20, the house I was actually born in, this is the the longest I have ever lived anywhere.

Still there comes a time for really settling down. I thought we had done that 12 years ago, but we were younger then and the big house was just what we wanted, now, we realize that we want to go back to a smaller cozy place. So, as I sit here writing to you today I am surrounded by boxes. What to keep and what to let go, a hard question. People used to ask me where home is? My answer then and will always be – where my cats are.

 

Thankful for My Crafts & Gardening

Have you moved around a lot? So many things change but then so many are just the same. Thank goodness for my yarn, cross stitch, paints, books, gardening etc. etc. This will be the last Easter in our present home. Lots of memories. Our granddaughters were only little when we moved here, Olivia 6 and Victoria 8, now they are young women. Gone are the days of the Easter Egg hunts, happy memories though.

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Beautiful Summer Yarn is Here

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSo now spring is definitely here, although we haven’t quite finished with the rain. If only it would just rain at night while most of us are sleeping, I don’t want much, do I? it is time to be working on those summer tops and shawls etc. and we have an enormous array of summer weight yarn. A full color range of cotton, linen, silk and mixtures, you are sure to find just what you are looking for.

As always, we have plenty of samples and suggestions in the store, Linda Will be teaching a lovely top down shell too. Some people think the samples in the shop are very difficult but really if you can knit and purl, or chain and double crochet, they are within your reach. As always someone will be here to help you every step of the way.

One of the tops that gets a lot of attention is a basic shell done in the Ripple yarn. Just 4 balls, three different colors and a basic pattern is all you need. The yarn and a little imagination does the rest. We have at least two new knitters who are knitting top down cardigans at the moments, they are having a ball and excited by the whole experience. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

 

 

Wine TastingSatyre Wine Tasting Next Weekend

Don’t forget the wine tasting this weekend, Saturday 15th from 1 – 4pm. Of course you can bring you knitting and sit and knit for a while too.

 

Satyre

 

Washing Superwash Wool

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSonoma County Yarn ShopSomething that has just been brought to my attention Important is washing superwash wool. With the new high efficiency washing machines that use much less water, you need to take extra steps when using this yarn. The lack of water and therefore the more agitation can cause felting.

Therefore you must use the soak option, or the handwash wool option to avoid this. Best advice, put garment inside a lingerie bag or light pillow case, wash alone and keep an eye on the water level. Never wash with heavy items, i.e. towels, jeans etc. You may want to think about this too with store bought items when washing. I hope this helps, if in doubt contact the manufacturer.

 

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesOK before I finish this week I wanted to remind you of some upcoming Classes this month; we have Beginning Knitting tomorrow the 11th, Begin Crochet the 18th, Two at a Time toe up Socks Wednesday evening 19th and Saturday late morning the 29th and Needle Felting cat or dog Thursday 20th. Learn to Spin Sunday 23rd 4.30. Full details on the website.

Classes being planned for May and June include, knitted dog sweater, entrelac, crochet summer top, more socks, next step knitting and anything else that we can think of.

Keep checking the classes page for the details as we have them confirmed we will post them there.

Our featured image is from Knitting Awesome, great summer top patterns: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/girly-knits-boardwalk-beauties-collection/patterns

 

Until next time, take care and be happy ~ Trudy