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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 www.yarnstandards.com

The above set of symbols is from the American Craft Council: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/label.html

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 trudy@yarnitudes.com

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: http://beautifulcrochetstuff.com/crochet-beach-cover-up-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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Yarn Tasting Was Great!

Hope You Are Enjoying Memorial Day Weekend

Good Morning, I hope you are having a great Memorial Day and weekend. I would like to send out a big Thank you to all our servicemen and women past or present, at home or away. Thank You for your service and helping to keep us safe and free.

Knitting for PTSD & Depression & More

Knitting Therapy

Did you know that many people are knitting and crocheting to de-stress from PTSD. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful pastime and hobby. If you know anyone suffering from PTSD or depression or any number of other conditions, a good website to check out is https://westcoastknitter.wordpress.com/tag/ptsd/. It does make very interesting reading.

Yarn Tasting Wass Great Fun!

The yarn tasting went well and we all had fun, playing with yarn is always so enjoyable. The fact we get to do it as a group is even better. The choice of yarn we got to taste was a nice mixture of thirteen different types. Here is an outline of them, just in case you missed out. We have some packs if you are interested doing a tasting of your own.

 

Solo Lino

80% Linen Viscose

20 % Linen

131 yds

50 gr

365 Cashmere 77% Cotton

15% Cashmere

8% Nylon

191 yds

1.75 oz

365 Cotone 88% cotton

12% Polyamide

153 yds

50gr

Cashsilk

 

 

40% Polyamide

30% Bamboo

15%Silk

15%Cashmere

82 yds

50 gr

Nizza 74 % Cotton

25% polyester

1% Metalic

120 yds

50 gr

Classico 100% Cotton 125 yds

50 gr

Allegro 58% Viscose

42% Cotton

125yds

50 gr

Il Puro 100% Silk 110 yds

50 gr

Alcanto 70% Polyester

30% Polyamide

136 yds

50gr

Portofino 60% Cotton

40% Polyamide

126 yds

1.75 oz

Lunare 58% Polyester

42% Cotton

109 yds

50gr

Primavera 100% Cotton 185 yds

100 gr

Di Moda 82% Viscose

18% Polyester

110 yds

50 gr

Roma 100% Cotton 115yds

50 gr

Secondo 55 % Cotton

25% Polyamide

20% Silk

140 yds

50 gr

 

Some Great Patterns for Yarn Tasting Yarn

 

 

Pattern links for patterns below:

  1. http://www.lanagrossa.com/-dokumente/service/modell-des-monats/modell-des-monats-2017-05_en.pdf
  2. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#view=captioned_thumbs&page=1&sort=best&query=365%20Cashmere
  3. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/threaded-tee
  4. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-03-jacke/people
  5. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/raspberry-sorbet
  6. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/petit-allegro-lace-ponchette—poncho
  7. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-24-kimonopulli
  8. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-09-jacke-4
  9. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/silvia-pullover
  10. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/primavera-capelet
  11. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-10-kleid-mit-blattmuster-borduren
  12. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#sort=best&query=Di%20Moda
  13. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/neckwarmer-with-buttons
  14. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zaunkonigin—tunika-tunic

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Maybe Knit-a-Long Fun

There are a few here that I would like to make. How about a knit-along with one of them? For every yarn there are endless possibilities.

The yarn hop preparations are coming along nicely. For this year’s, Yarn hop we are doing something a little different as well as the usual. I can’t remember if I have told you about this before so forgive me if I have. Each store has come up with a design that we have put together in a cowl. When you visit each store you will be given that stores design. When put together they will make a very nice cowl. I have now received all of the designs and I have the finished cowl on display in the store. Come and take a look. I think you will like it. Only two months away now, I know a lot of you are getting ready.

Lots to look at and enjoy this week, I hope. Perhaps you will find something here that you just can’t wait to get onto your needles.

For the crocheter’s, we will soon have those garments we are working on up in the store, look for pictures next week.

Till next week-Trudy

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Almost Summer & Memorial Day Sale

It’s Almost Summer

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Good Monday Morning again, how is it going this week? Are you getting ready for summer? Yes, I am really ready now for some sunshine to stay around for a while. Almost June, what a strange year this has been for the weather.   Well for everything really. I am ready for some calm and tranquility to surround me, enough of all the negativity and mess. I need good vibes now.

 

Sonoma County Yarn StoreMemorial Day Weekend Sale

Percentage of Sales Benefit Luccia Montiel Medical Fund

We are having a fun sale on some of your favorite yarns and such through all of Memorial Day weekend. Three days of sales, surprises and special goodies!

Also to promote Lyme Awareness month and help one of our little knitters, Luccia Montiel, our marketing company’s youngest grand-daughter, we are donating a percentage of our sales to her GoFundMe Medical drive. So when you shop you help a little girl heal from Lyme Disease and hopefully walk again!

Luccia hasn’t walked for 3 months, is wheelchair bound, you can see her video and read about her health journey at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/LucciaMontielMedicalFund

 

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Trendsetter Yarn Tasting

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesWell let’s start by having fun with the Trendsetter Yarn Tasting this coming Saturday, boy did that come around quickly. There are a few spaces left so grab them quick and come and join us for an enjoyable few hours playing with some fantastic new yarn, and help influence some of the yarn I purchase.

We will have a prize for the most interesting use of the yarns we will be tasting. Thirteen different yarns to be exact. There will be a nice selection of the knitter’s pride knitting needles and crochet hooks for you to test out as well. This isn’t just for knitters.

While you are here, you can check out the 60% off books, there isn’t just a few, we have a lot to choose from, also some fantastic specials and don’t forget to get your name in for the anniversary drawing which will be chosen at the end of May.

More Crocheters Are Showing Up

Due to the fact, we are getting more and more crocheters in the store I am finishing a cute summer top that is really easy, and a lot of fun to make, just chains, single and double crochets. I am working it up in Queensland Savanah, another amazingly nice yarn, blending 66% silk and 34% linen. There are 250 yards per 100g, a nice weight for both knitting and crochet. This is a yarn that was in a tasting we had last year and proved to be very popular so we decided to carry it this year.

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We Are Now Moved-So Glad!

Santa Rosa Movers

I am relieved to say we are now moved into our new home, for the coming year at least. There were a few days there that it was a challenge to say the least. The worst thing was not having the time or space to knit at home. Finding things is another ongoing challenge. It is a bit like trying to fit a gallon into a pint pot. We have donated so much to goodwill and thrown so much ‘stuff’ out but we still need storage for somethings.

Hopefully we can start the search for our forever home very soon. WITHOUT stairs and hills. I am amazed at how strong the movers were, 4 men working from 8am to 5.30pm with hardly a break, carrying large pieces of furniture up and down negotiating tight corners and they still managed to keep smiling and whistling. We will certainly be calling them again when it is time to move into the next place. It certainly was not an easy move.

Reviews Matter

Sonoma County Yarn StoreI just want to share something with you, something that can affect my business, and something that I don’t think people often think about. Reviews. Recently I received a review from someone who has never set foot in our store. It is our store, without you I wouldn’t be here. They saw my car which was not being driven by me at the time and assumed that the driver was the owner of Yarnitudes. This person writing the review had been driving erratically and extremely fast, so I was told, and didn’t like the fact she was unable to pass the driver of my car.

Without any knowledge or consideration given to the affect this may have on us, she posted a bad rating on Yelp. While it takes many good reviews to keep us in good standing it only takes one bad one to bring that down. If it is a bad review about what we did as a business that would be one thing, we are not perfect and I need to know if I am doing something that people don’t like, but for something that had absolutely nothing to do with the shop is really upsetting.   So, I ask if I do something wrong, please tell me so I can correct it, If I make you happy, please tell everyone else.   Sorry for my little rant but I needed to share.   I am over it now, thanks for listening.

 

Yarn Hop Is Coming!

Yarn Hop

The Yarn Hop preparations are moving along nicely. Don’t forget to help us spread the word and make this the best ever. If you know somewhere to hang a poster let us know and we would love to give you one to share. The Hop is a great way to spread the word about knitting and crochet, in fact all fiber arts. Help us to keep centuries old crafts alive.

I am almost finished with the Hop cowl, we have all of the stitch patterns together now. I have done mine in 5 colors, one for each store, then I will be making one in a tonal yarn just so you can see the difference. Be sure to collect the individual stitch design from each store. Samples will be on display very soon. I will be offering a limited amount of (4) kits using the colors I chose, first come first served.

 

Our free knitting pattern this week, is a wonderful summer top with open work. We have lots of wonderful yarn that would make this into a stunning top: https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=7895&cid=17

So much to do and so little time, so I will leave you now this week and hope to see you very soon. Take care and enjoy every moment. Happy yarning, until next time ~ Trudy

 

 

 

 

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6th Anniversary & A Fun Sale

The Sun is Shining

Well good morning again, have you had a good week?

Perhaps it has been like mine, a little up and a little down but very, very busy. I think overall more ups than downs though. The weather is certainly helping in that regard. I love this time of year with all the colorful flowers blooming, aahhhhhh!

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Happy 6th Anniversary

Unfortunately, I have got a little behind this year, oops if my brother sees that he will say my behind is anything but little. It is our Anniversary month. I can hardly believe that it is six years already. It was actually last week the 9th.  So, I am already into my 7th year. Who’d have thunk it?

6th Anniversary

There have been a lot of changes over that time. I certainly know a lot more about owning a yarn shop than I did back then. Styles come and go, yarns come and go, more and more new and fantastic yarn is available all the time. The shelves are stacked to the gills, but in the overall scheme of things we have but a small tasting. It is hard for me to choose just the right ones. I keep trying though, to give you a good overall selection. It isn’t just the yarn though, although for me that is one of the most important fun parts. Needles have come a long way and there are so many to choose from. Just when I think I have found the best they come out with another kind, so many little tools to make our life easier too.

 

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Patterns – when I first bought the stock from Sandy I ended up getting a very large file cabinet, two 4 drawer files cabinets actually. Then when I purchased Balls and Skeins I inherited even more. Now with Ravelry as big as it is, paper patterns are not needed as much so I am slowly emptying the drawers and printing patterns from online. Some of them are actually free too. At least now it is immediate, no more waiting for orders to come in and hoping I have the correct amount. Of course, there will still be those occasions when I have to actually order patterns because they are not available on line, or for the go to pattern that everybody wants. I still have those.

Books are yet another story, so, so many. With more and more people going digital our shelves are loaded.

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Celebrate with a Sale-Selected Books 60% Off

So, in order to help us celebrate this milestone and to help us make room for more of what you are really looking for these days, selected books will be at 60% off for the rest of the month. If you have been eyeing a book that you would like for your own library come on in and we both win. I am also going to have a drawing. Prize drawing that is. Each time you come in from now to the end of the month put your name and phone number in the bowl and at the end of the month I will drawer three names. The more times you come in the more times you can enter. I will also top up the bargain box with special offers. There will be random sales on other things around the store so make sure you take a good look around, you never know what might be waiting for you.

One last thing, for this month only, the 6th purchase of the day each day will receive an additional 10% discount, on everything!

 

Trendsetter Yarn Tasting

Now for another treat. The trendsetter yarn tasting is on the schedule for Saturday 27th from 12pm to 3pm. Maxine will be here to tell you all about the yarn you will be playing with. You will also get to try out different knitter’s pride needles and hooks. This is definitely not limited to knitters only. Of course, there will be snacks, what is any tasting without snacks. Space will be limited, so don’t miss out. The tickets are now on sale $5 each which can be applied to any purchase that day.

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Trendsetter YarnWhere: Yarnitudes                      

When:   Saturday 27th May

Time:   12 – 3pm

Cost:     $5.00                    

Ticket good for 10% discount and $5 off yarn purchase.

 

Dog Sweater Class

By request we now have on the schedule the made to fit dog sweater class. If you happen to miss it this time please call so that we can add to the list for the next time. If you want to see how it looks MaryAnn has made a sample and it is here in the store, so cute!

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Enterlac Class

Another class that has been requested is being scheduled for next month. ‘Entrelac. Linda will be teaching you how to do this wonderful technique. It’s much easier than you think. Check the website for full details, first class will be held Saturday morning 3rd June.

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Check out our website for all classes, if you don’t find what you are looking for, please give us a call.

For our FREE pattern this week, we found a beautiful beaded A-line camisole by Black Dog Designs on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beaded-cami

We have some beautiful summer weight yarn in the shop that would be gorgeous made up into this all -season camisole, wear it in the summer and depending on the yarn it could be a wonderful evening camisole even in the winter with a wrap. We also have a nice selection of crystals to finish your project off and give it that special finishing touch!

Until next week then, take care ~Trudy

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Great Summer Knitting Projects

The Weeks Are Flying By

Hi again, boy oh boy, these weeks are just flying by. May already, second week no less.

I am following up on some questions asked after last week’s newsletter.    The Yarn hop is going to be on the 22nd and 23rd July. So, mark your calendars and save the date.

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Free Pattern Offerings

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesThe sweater that was shown on the introduction to the newsletter last week was a free pattern and yes, it is pretty easy.

Lots of yarn to choose from at Yarnitudes that would be great choices that would knit up beautifully.

I am so happy that so many of you wanted to make it for yourself, someone you love, and even said it would look good on me.

 

Yarn Tasting Anyone?

Now, what’s next? Well everyone had such a great time at the Cascade Yarn tasting earlier in the year, it was this year, wasn’t it? So we have decided to do it again with another supplier. This time Maxine will be here on Saturday 27th of May with samples from Trendsetter yarns.

We will do the same kind of thing, just a bit more organized. There will be tickets, $5 per person, which will be good towards a purchase that day. You will also be able to make orders on the day if you would like to and there will also be a trunk show. Yeah, more fun for everyone.

 

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Beautiful Yarn-So Many New Choices

The yarns we have chosen this time are really different. As MaryAnn was getting the samples put together I heard a lot of oohs and ahhs. Very intriguing to see what can come from these amazing yarns. So, like before we there will be a limited number of tickets, first come first served. Oh, and if you attend you will be entitled to 10% off any orders placed. You could in fact have a say in what yarns we get to stock in the store.

 

Summer Knitting Ideas

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesKnitting at this time of the year is so much fun, not that the rest of the year isn’t however –

the colors, the textures, light and airy, fun and fashionable. We have so many cottons, bamboo’s, silks, flax etc., etc. Whether you are knitting while you travel, knitting when you arrive or planning for things to wear once you get there, we have you covered.

Like a quick and simple top great for knitting whilst you travel–http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kathy-sasser

 

How about a top for taking in the ray’s? Perhaps you might want to start this before you leave, or a nice cover up for on your way to the pool?

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How About a Swimsuit Coverup

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http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kirsten-singer

 

 

 

 

Sonoma county Yarn ShopOr even a nice lace sun hat, I might lose the ribbon and hopefully the cardigan too. This is something else you might have had to work on before the trip.

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/nazanin-s-fard

 

 

 

The Beauty of Temperate Weather

We are so very, very lucky to live in a place where the temperatures are not extreme. A lot of the things we can wear here can be worn all year round, OK perhaps not the hat. Just by adjusting the type of yarn used, or layering it with other items of clothing these or many items like them can go from beach to the board room, office to evening cocktails. Going on a cruise?

A little black dress can be transformed by the addition of a little sparkle in a cardigan. Black or white pants with a bright colorful top. With the addition of a light and airy shawl or summer scarf even the simplest of outfits can be made to look very sophisticated or very hip. Come on in and see all the different types of yarn we have for this time of the year, I am certain you will be impressed.

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We Have Lots of Great Gift Solutions

Running out of time? Only 6 days to go. We have lots of last minute gifts in the store, and if all else fails you, how about a gift certificate?

Don’t forget to check our classes to see what is coming up to help you with your next endeavor.

Our featured photo this week is also a really cute free summer top knitting pattern: http://tahkistacycharles.com/product/free-patterns/sultry-boatneck-in-marina/

Thanks for spending time with me, until next time then, take care–Trudy

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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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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

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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