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Thank You & Helpful Yarn Information

Thank You All Around

Good Monday morning, How are you today?

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First off, I would like to thank Tamara for putting together a newsletter last week.   I really appreciate it and I think you did too. Also a huge Thank you to Karen, Linda and MaryAnn for stepping in to help cover the store for me for the past two weeks. It is wonderful to have such great people there to help when needed. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Another week, another fresh start, a new beginning. Isn’t it nice that we can have a fresh start, clean slate, new chapter, whatever you would like to call it. We don’t just have to wait for a New Year, to start fresh.

Every day brings a new beginning. Each time we take a nap or a sleep, when we open our eyes we can start over.


A Forced Quiet Time

Sebastopol Yarn StoreJust recently, I have had a forced of sorts, time out from the store. This wasn’t a planned event, well not a long term plan anyway. Just something that came up. Something out of my control, and it has added a little perspective to my life. I’m just not sure yet what that is. I have been flying by the seat of my pants for so long now I need to take a step back and take a breath.

I hear from so many people about how they look forward to these newsletters every week, and I do enjoy keeping in touch but I think I might have to re think it a little as it really does take a long time to put it all together. Perhaps go to once a fortnight (two weeks) or even once a month, now. I don’t want to bore you and I don’t want to keep repeating myself, and half the time I can’t remember what I have written. Some people have been with me from day one, others have just recently signed up. So I am asking your opinion:-


What Are Your Interests?

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesWhat would you like to read about? What would you like me to feature? Etc..

Until I hear back from you, I am turning to the Yarn council for some information that I think you might find interesting. The last few emails I have written have gone over the substitution of yarn for patterns, and Tamara’s went over substitutions of stitch pattern. I will also add that she changed out the yarn type for the tunic she made so the information below comes in handy when doing such. Making your knitting your own takes a few calculations, but is so much fun! So in that vein I am going to go over one of the most asked questions.


Yarn Label Information Is Important

What information should I look for on the yarn label?

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The information on the yarn label is very helpful in selecting the type of yarn and number of skeins needed for a project. This information includes: yarn brand name, yarn fiber content (acrylic, cotton, wool etc.), color name and number, dye lot number or statement that the yarn is “no dye lot”, plies (number of strands), yarn weight classification, ounces and/or grams, yards and or meters, knitting or crochet gauge, home laundering and dry cleaning symbols.

We have the meaning of the symbols in the store or you can go to

The above set of symbols is from the American Craft Council:

Some but not all yarn, will have a number rating.

As you know in the store we have our yarn organized by the weight so the actual number rating doesn’t matter. However, here is some helpful information:


Lace Weight is superfine, lace weight, typically knitted on sizes 000 – 1, 33-40 stitches for 4 “, crochet 32-42 double crochets per 4” on a B hook


Super Fine is fine, sock, fingering, knitted on 1 – 3, 27-32 stitches for 4”, crochet 21-32 single crochets per 4” on a B – E hook.


Fine fine , sport, baby, knitted on 3 – 5, 23-26 stitches for 4”, crochet 16-20 single crochets per 4” on an E hook.


Light DK, Lt Worsted, knitted on 5 – 7, 21-24 sts for 4”, crochet 12-17 single crochets per 4”, on a 7 – 9 hook.


Medium Worsted, Afghan, Aran, knitted on 7 – 9, 16-20 sts for 4”, crochet 11-14 single crochets per 4” on an I to K hook.


BulkyChunky, craft, or rug, knitted on 9-11, 12-15 sts to 4”, crochet 8-11 single crochets per 4” on a K – M hook.


Super Bulky, Roving, knitted on 11 – 17, 7-11 sts to 4”, crochet 7-9 single crochets per 4” on a M- Q hook


Jumbo Jumbo, Roving, knitted on 17 and larger, 6 sts and fewer to 4”, crochet 6 single crochet and fewer to 4” on a Q or larger hook.


These are guidelines only, you should always go by the pattern gauge. Very often needle sizes are changed to change the way the yarn behaves. The larger the needles the more open the design will be. Try it for yourself sometime, play with different needle and crochet hook sizes to see just how much this changes the overall look of the yarn, the drape, and the look of the pattern stitch.

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Nurture, Knit & Savor Life!

Take Time to Smell the Roses & Nurture Yourself

Happy Monday to all,

Sonoma County Yarn ShopWe are well into June with graduations, Father’s Day and so much hurry in all our lives. Take the time to smell the roses and slow your life down a little. It’s very important to be able to distinguish tasks that are urgent from the important. With good planning and pacing there are less urgent tasks in our lives, just a hint.

A friend posted to Facebook this morning that she wan’t going to tackle what had to get done today, but she was taking her daughter who has Lyme to the beach for a few hours. Becky was packing snacks, a couple of magazines and books, drinks, blankets and sunscreen and saying goodbye to her to-do-list for the day. Sometimes you just have to take a vacation from it all. She encouraged each of us in our Facebook group to slow down today and catch a moment and post it to the group, so here is mine to the left.

So much beauty all around us, but it takes slowing down a little to really appreciate all the wonderful small things in our life.

Vitamin D & Knitting

Vitamin D is so important in all our lives for staying healthy in so many ways. But very few people realize that without time out in the sun, at least 15 minutes a day, that Vitamin D is not activated in our bodies. It’s interesting as our lives have become more indoor and less outdoors over the decades that depression, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and dementia are becoming more prevalent in our lives. So take your knitting outside for 15-20 minutes a day, relax, soak up some vitamin D and do what you love to nurture not only your body but your spirit!

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Yarn Hop is Coming

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Lots of wonderful specials and fun activities are planned for Yarn Hop weekend: Saturday July 22nd and Sunday July 23rd-a not to be missed event! So mark your calendars now and get your girlfriends together and make a day of it!


The Fun of Knitting Pattern Adaptions

Sebastopol Yarn ShopSonoma County Knitting ClassesOne of my favorite activities is taking what I like from one pattern and adding that style into another pattern. An example for you is to the left and to the right. and I think we could have a terrific class teaching these techniques, just let us know if you are interested. I will confess that I rarely knit a pattern the way it is written or in the fiber that it is suggested. Do I want to make life hard, no, I just enjoy being creative! So with a little luck and ingenuity you can take a sleeve from one pattern, a neckline from another, a border treatment from another pattern and create a truly unique pattern that is just yours!

OK, I made a mess of my closet finding the finished top, but you can see the radical difference going from what is a not great looking tunic to a tunic that is really adorable and gets lots of compliments. I switched up the yarn, sleeve treatment, and also the pattern so the finished tunic is something that is truly unique. These are techniques that anyone with intermediate knitting skills can take on and have fun with. We would enjoy seeing your unique creations, just send them to

For Our Crocheters

As Trudy has said, we are getting more and more crocheters coming to the store, so this week I found a really pretty crochet pattern for a beach cover up. There are just some things you can do in crochet that are tougher to do with knitting. If you are looking for airy intricate patterns, crochet is the easier way to go. Here is the link to the free pattern:

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The pattern is our featured top image this week. So many yarn choices in the store that would work up beautifully in this pattern.

A happy summer to you and keep those needles busy-Tamara


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Summer & Yarn Substitutions

Life Is Moving So Fast

Good Monday Morning,

Hello June, hello summer. Wow already we are into the 6th month of the year! Stop the world, I want to get off. I really don’t want it to stop, just to slow down a bit. I am sure I am not alone. So much going on all the time, it’s hard to catch a breath. want to get off. I really don’t want it to stop, just to slow down a bit. I am sure I am not alone. So much going on all the time, it’s hard to catch a breath.

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Summer Is a Great Time for Christmas Gift Knitting

Sebastopol Yarn StoreHopefully the weather will soon settle down and we can start bringing out our summer clothes. I keep trying to put the winter clothes away but then, darn it I need a sweater. It is supposed to be nice for a while though.

Not the best time to be thinking of Christmas but if you are planning on making your gifts now is the best time to get started with it. As always, we are here to help you. Let us know if you want any classes on the subject.

Summer Plans-Vacation & Yarn Hop

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesDo you have any plans to get away, any time soon? I am planning a trip to see my mum but not until September, which in the grand scheme of things won’t be that long at all. Before that though still lots to do. The Yarn Hop in July, don’t want you to forget that.

The progressive cowl is now done and on display in our store so you can get a sneak peek. The project bags are finished and just waiting to be stuffed with goodies, it is all coming together.

You may have seen the cards and posters, if you have friends in other parts of the Bay Area remember to spread the word.

Yarn Substitutions

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesBecause we have so many different types of yarn in the store it is important that we know how to substitute the yarns to the patterns. I am not the type of person that will seek out the exact yarn that the pattern is written for. That is so much part of the fun.

Find a pattern you like and play with it. Just be sure to make a gauge swatch and do the math. The color a pattern is written for is one thing, the color can make such a big difference.

One color will show a design where another may hide it. One type of yarn will make a garment rigid and another will make it drape. One will stand up to wear and one wont. It is so important to get the right yarn for each project, to make sure you get the right affect or the affect that is right for you.

Link to free pattern featured at left:

Relax, Take in the Moments & Have Faith

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Well as I sit here looking around the store and trying to write this, trying to remember what I have told you before and trying not to bore you, I find myself really wanting to pick up the

needles and knit. So, in the interests of my sanity and yours, I am going to keep this short this week and stop now and pick up my needles instead. Wont you join me?

See you next week ~ Trudy