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Events & Road Trip

Come Meet Lee Gant

Lee GrantPlease don’t forget to come and meet Lee Gant this coming Saturday 30, from 1pm yo 4pm. Lee is so full of fun and energy. Her patterns are amazing and youthful. And her new book is beautiful. Come and check out some of the items featured in her book and the book itself. She may even share some tidbits from her new book that she has in the works. It is great having a local celebrity and one who so graciously agreed to come and share her ideas and her new book with you. Please come out and show your support.

11,000 Miles Flown, 2,200 Miles Driven & Loch Ness

Hi there, Good morning again.

Well what do you know? I made it back and in one piece, I am happy to report. I have flown over 11,000 miles, driven over 2200 miles and even been on a boat on Loch Ness. Apart from a little British weather, this being unpredictable, sun, rain, clouds and cold, everything went really well. I apologize for the delay in receiving the newsletter this week but getting caught up on everything has proven challenging.

London Traffic

 

Mum’s 98th Birthday

Sebastopol Yarn StoreI consider myself extremely lucky to do the things I do and go to the places I go. It is a shame that there is so much trouble, hatred, anxiety and fear in the world. I cannot change any of that so as I always have, I do the best I can, I take every opportunity that is presented to me and make the most of it. Yes, I am extremely lucky.

The first thing we did when we arrived in the UK was go and visit my mum. It was approaching he 98th birthday. Wow, has she seen a lot of changes in her life. She was as usual, taking a nap.   I am sure if I am still around at that age, I will be napping a lot too. It wasn’t long though before she had her eyes open and smiling her lovely smile. We spent a couple of days with her, and helped her to celebrate her big day.

My brother arranged a small barbecue for her so we went and fetched her for the afternoon. It made a nice change to get her outside. After a couple of hours though she was tired and content to go back. It was lovely to spend time with her though. We would return to spend more time with her before we left to come home.

 

Northern Wales Next Stop

Road TripThen came the start of a very long road trip. Next day up early and off to our first stop, Northern Wales. Trevor is half Welsh and it is a beautiful country and we like to visit as often as possible. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t hear that wonderful welsh accent as much as I had hoped though. The part we visited this time was very close to Liverpool so we heard a lot of the Scouse accent. Not a bad accent just not Welsh. Below is a link to the scouse accent.

https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-6353,00.html

 

As always, our eyes were peeled for yarn stores and anything yarn related. The first morning we went in search of a store in a little town not too far from where we were staying. I found out about it on Ravelry. They have a program now where you put in where you are and where you are going and it will point out stores along the way.

 

Woolen Mills and Yarn Shops

WooleryAs it was the weekend not every shop was open. We did find a woolen mill, it is still a working mill and we saw the biggest drum carders and weaving looms I have ever seen.

We found a tiny little shop in Keswick called Needles and Pins, it was as the ratings said, packed floor to ceiling with yarn. There wasn’t anything there that I couldn’t get at home but I wanted to support the little store so I bought some yarn I don’t stock.

While desperately seeking, a comfort stop, we found a little store that was a treasure trove of fiber and fiber arts. It was set in what used to be a train station, the station was retired and sold privately and is now the home and work place of a local family. It was called Dalmally Victorian Station, www.dalmallystation.org.uk The shop part was Heartfelt by Liz, http://www.heartfeltbyliz.com. I did buy one skein of hand dyed local wool. It is a little on the rough side for me, I love to knit with soft yarn, but I will find a project for it.

Heartfelt

 

Edinburgh & Scottish Yarn

 

In Scotland, I found another store in Edinburgh, it was quite a walk. Trevor was exploring the castle and it was a little time on my own. The store was called Ginger Twist. Now this really was a small store. I think if it was 10’ x 10’ I would have been surprised. The amount packed into this little space though was amazing. It was here that I found yarn I cannot get here. I bought a sweater’s worth. Not sure when I will be able to knit it up though. Ginger does hand dye yarn, a little like our Karen only solid colors not multis. I have a skein of her favorite color way, a shawl to be, perhaps.

Ginger Twist Studios

Family & More Travels

Back in England and on to visit Trevor’s brother for two nights. No yarn store there. My sister in Law used to run a little yarn and needlework shop but she sold that a few years ago and since then it has closed and is now a Café’. Another LYS has gone, it’s a shame but without support it happens.

Then back on to see mum. As it is a long way we split the journey and spent a night in the Cotswolds’ where we got to have dinner with my other brother. There were actually three yarn shops within a short distance from the village we were staying in. Two were typical English stores, sewing come knitting they had the basics, then another small store that had a lot of yarn, again most of which I could get here. The world certainly seems smaller these days with the internet. It was great seeing how all of them had a different vibe though. It was the last one though that I felt most at home, as I opened the door I was immediately greeted with “Hello”, I couldn’t see anyone but I was greeted immediately.

Breworks

Some More Time with Mum

Sebastopol Yarn StoreSo, off to see mum, unfortunately she wasn’t doing very well this time, she had a chest infection which had really made her extremely confused. Of course, we didn’t know this was her problem at the time, but thankfully we were able to get the doctor out. He prescribed antibiotics for her and after a good dose and a good night’s sleep she was back to normal the next day.

Luckily, I could spend the next two days with her before leaving to come home. I left her in good spirits.

 

 

 

Back to Business

Sonoma County Knitting ClasssesSo now I’m back and back to business with a capital B. Lots of things are in progress. We are re-formatting our classes and class schedules. We have already moved a few things around in the store. We want it to be even more user friendly than it already was. We are all stocked up for the holiday and knitting season. Lots and lots of ideas. There is so much room to explore within knitting and crochet, there is no reason to ever get bored.

One more thing before I go for this time. I did get a fair amount of knitting done while I was on the road. I started a cardigan and a sweater for myself. I just have the bind off the hem to do and the front bands of the cardigan, so hopefully I will have the finished item to show you very soon. I am about halfway through the sweater, if I can catch a moment of two you may see me working on that in the store too.

OK enough for now, or you won’t be reading this week. Take care, enjoy your yarn and I hope to see you very soon.

Hugs Trudy

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Christmas Projects, Knitting Retreat & New Yarn

2017 Is Flying By–Happy Labor Day

Good Monday morning again, boy the weeks are just flying by. It will be 2018 before we know it. Hold on a minute, I’m not ready! I hope you are keeping happy and healthy. Have you been for your flu shot? I intend to get mine, just as soon as I get over this pesky cold. I want to finish out 2017 fit and healthy. To be fit, I’m afraid I would need to loose 30 to 40 lbs. I am tired of carrying at least two big loads of cat litter with me 24 hours a day. No wonder my poor knees hurt. Then when I do have to carry heavy things, well you know how it goes. May be not though if you are one of the lucky ones with good metabolism. Any ideas?

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Happy Anniversary Trevor

Sonoma County Yarn StoreI have just realized today is the anniversary of our, mine and my hubby’s recommitment. That seems so long ago and I guess it is. Almost 11 years.

And yet on the other hand it seems like yesterday. My Granddaughters were little girls then, just 9 and 6 respectively, now, wow they are young ladies.

They have really gown into beautiful young women and I am extremely proud of them. Happy ‘other’ anniversary Trevor! I would still do it all over again.

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Day & Holiday Knitting

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSo, August is behind us for another year and I certainly hope you are enjoying a very happy Labor Day. Now it really is time to get down to that holiday knitting. Is there anything you would like to see us have a class on? I was thinking about another Christmas Stocking class, what do you think about that? Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

We have also started some one skein project ideas for the holidays so be sure to check those out the next time you are in the store.

 

Knitting Retreat

Knitting Retreat Sonoma CountyHave you ever thought about doing a knitting retreat? Well the other day the organizer of the “Knitting on the Coast” retreat came in and left some flyers. They have 5 spaces left for a retreat at St Dorothy’s Rest. They will be having classes and lots of fun. Pick up a leaflet at the store or call  Thea at 415-794-4527 to get more information. Meet new friends, learn new skills and enjoy a break away from the norm. The photo above is the view from one of their retreat rooms at St. Dorothy’s Retreat: http://stdorothysrest.org/

 

Great Patterns-Marianne Isager

Knitting Classes Sonoma CountyThis week our book is Classic Knits Collection by Marianne Isager. This is another Interweave book. Over 20 traditional, appealing projects worked in basic knit and purl stitch patterns, each with a distinct design element such as a combination of yarns, a clever use of stitch pattern or an unusual form of construction. At 75% off this book really is a steal.

For the price of one pattern you will not only get more than 20, but you will get the how to’s , over 6 new techniques to add to your arsenal as well as some really great photos. As I look through this book I am drawn to the many classes we could develop from this book.

One really cute knit would be Elf, this is a one-piece outfit for the teeny weeny new baby’s in your life. Check it out, and let us know if there is a technique in this book that you would like us to teach you.

 

New Yarn In Stock-Yummy!

Yarn Store Sonoma CountyThe Yarn I would like to discuss is Cassowary, a truly colorful Australian fine wool blend. 100 grams of scrumptiousness. Each 100 gram ball has 380 yards, recommended needles US 1 – 3

With a gauge of 27 to 32 sts in stockinette, or crochet US B1 to E, 21 to 32 single crochets to 4”.

One ball could get you a pair of socks a shawl of an abundance of other fine projects. If you don’t like to knit on small needles up the size for a nice lacy effect. The blend is 70% fine wool and 30 Nylon for added strength.

 

 

I am rather sorry to say, I have run out of time. I was planning on trying to get another newsletter ready to go for mid September, as I am off on my travels again but due to being kept busy up until the last moment and trying to make sure I have everything you may need in the store, having all my T’s crossed and I’s dotted I don’t think I will make it. You never know, I may find some time on the road to send a few lines, or perhaps Tamara will help me out and send you a little update. I plan for this to be my last trip of the year. Once I get back it will be all systems go until after the holidays.

 

I hope you have fun with all of your projects. Linda, Karen and MaryAnne will be here to take good care of you, only the best will do for you.

 

Take care and I will be back with you as soon as I can–Hugs Trudy

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Wonderful Weather & Yarn Hop

Wonderful Weather & New Yarns

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Good Morning, once again, how are you? Are you enjoying this wonderful weather? I certainly am. Some knitters long for the cold days, so that they can wear all the lovely sweaters they made. I wear mine year-round on those chilly mornings and cold nights.

I have enjoyed making some simple tops though and have some great yarn with which to do so.   Just in, some new to the store yarn from Universal, Rozetti Lumen. Perfect for the latest drop stitch top I made. Come in and check it out.

 

Yarn Hop Only Days Away

Yarn Hop

Well this is the week; the Yarn Hop is only days away. We will soon be stuffing the goodie bags with all sorts of must haves for the yarnies that we are. I think you will be extremely happy with the offerings. The Yarnitudes Grand Prize is put together and coming together nicely. Each store will have its own Grand Prize so make sure to take note of the one you would like to put your completed passport in to win. There is a space on the back of the passports this year for your name and phone number along with a box to check for the prize you want.

We will of course have lots of door prizes as always and some snacks too. You never know who may drop in too. Some people are organizing car pools, it is sure to be a wonderful weekend. I have also managed to snag some buy one get one free deals from of the local merchants. I will also be raffling the collaborative cowl that I knitted. And I have just a few kits to purchase, first come first serve on those. Get in early check out the cowl, see what you think. We will have some of our only at Yarnitudes things too. So much fun, all I need is a little time to finish up everything.

 

Books on Sale 75% OFF

Sonoma County Yarn StoreI have been going through the books, you do know that we still have some at 75% off? One that I really like that we have a few of is, A gathering of Lace. This is put together by Meg Swansen. This is comprised of 34 lace knitters’ secrets and their favorite projects. The pictures are amazing, even if you are not a lace knitter this book will make you want to start.

The projects go from knitting with a fine lace weight to a more robust yarn. Never be afraid of lace or the weight of the yarn so many options are available. In this book, you will see patterns from small accessories to full blown garments.

Many of which will or at least could become family heirlooms. There are also some great projects for, special occasion gifts. Weddings, or absolutely gorgeous hostess gifts. You give one of these to a host and you will be invited back often.

 

Gorgeous Lace Weight Yarn

Sonoma County Yarn StoreYou may have noticed that we have a wonderful selection of lace weight yarn in the store too. Whether you decide to use it as one strand or put multiple strands together the colors and styles are a joy to behold.

You remember I was away from the shop for a couple of weeks, a couple of weeks ago? Well I have the projects I was working on then, finished and out on display. Quite a few one skein projects, both knit and crochet, it is amazing how much fun you can have with a skein or two of yarn. I don’t think any of them took more, than four or five skeins at the most.

 

Relax & Breathe When You Knit

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesMy tip for this week is – Try to remember when you are relaxing with your project, yes, I said relaxing; to take a breath now and again. I often have to remind people to breathe, and take a break. Especially when it is all new to you. Your stitches will be more even, you won’t have so many aches and pains, and you will also enjoy the result as well as the progress much more.

Stretch those arms, fingers, back, neck often. Your body will thank you for it. Don’t watch scary movies when you are working on something tricky. You will notice how what you are watching while you are working on your project will show in your work.

For a wonderful summer knit tunic that can do well in your fall wardrobe also, we found this beautiful Chevron Knit Tunic, a free pattern download: http://intheloopknitting.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Chevron-lace-top.pdf

OK well now to get back to my preparations for the hop. I have another pattern to write up. The story of the Cotati Cockerel and a whole host of other things waiting for me to finish. See you soon, have a great week, Hugs ~ Trudy

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Happy 4th of July & New Yarn & Classes

Half Way Through the Year

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesHello again, how are you?

Happy 4th July. Yes, we are into July already, second half of 2017. Countdown is now on for the holidays.

Not fun to think about really as we have only just begun, or at least it seems we have just started to enjoy summer. However, if you are thinking about knitting or crocheting some gifts, this really is a good time to begin, as small projects are easily portable. We are considering doing a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly gift workshop. These will be inexpensive probably $15 or $20 per. So, stay tuned.

 

 

Yarn Hop July 22 & 23

Yarn HopThis month we have what everyone has been waiting for, the “Annual Sonoma County Yarn Hop”. I hope you have marked your calendars and saved the date. Lots of prizes, specials, snacks you never know what surprises may be in store for you. While I am thinking about prizes, the winner of our anniversary drawing was – Gabby Fogle. She was very happy to receive the winning call.

 

 

Fun New Classes & Yarn

Sebastopol felting classesAs well as the regular monthly classes, we have added a couple of new ones for July. A knitted and felted Gecko, so cute, which is already on the website. By request we are adding a cabled pillow. This will be a wonderful introduction to cables. Learn how to choose which one, ones to use. Learn how to combine cables to make the actual design that YOU want. Overcome your fear of cables and open up a whole new world of knitting possibilities.

Just in, new delivery, never had before in the store. Panda, point protectors, sheep needle gauges, mini animal snips, Iridescent scissors – beautiful, needle grips to help you tighten your interchangeable needles. Supplies are limited so grab yours quick.

If Organic is the way you like to go check out or Feza Harvest, 100 percent extra fine super wash merino. Organically hand dyed using roots, fruits and nuts, 225 yards per skein, size 6-8 needles 5 sts per 1”. Delicious to work with. Come and check out the amazingly unique colors. Some really cute free patterns too. My favorites, Rubia, Pistachio and Blueberry. Tasty, Yes?

I have been looking through the books here, that would be great to use with the Harvest yarn and what do you know, we have two on sale, 75% off too. The knitting experience by Sally Melville, Books 1 and 2. He knit stitch and the purl stitch. At that discount, these are hard to beat. Each book has 12+ patterns to choose from too. Amazing books for the beginning knitter and many tips and tricks for those seasoned knitters also.

 

Kits Still On Sale 40% OFF

Sonoma County Yarn StoreWe still have some kits on sale at a 40% off, down to our last 10 though, so don’t miss out. Each would make a great gift when worked up, or just as they are for your favorite knitter. Also, we have a few grab sacks left. Some are full skeins, some are partial, prices ranging from 50c to $3.00.

I have been asked for tips and tricks. So, for this week, my tip is to have more than one project on the go at all times. One easy for social knitting, one that needs a little more thought but not so hard that you can’t watch TV whilst working on it, and one that takes total concentration. This way you should always have something to keep you going. Also, never be afraid of mistakes. This is how we learn. Tinking is just knitting backwards, frogging, taking the yarn off the needles. You are getting the most out of your yarn, great value for money.

Well I am going to leave you for now, don’t forget to check out our classes and website for up to the minute information. Have a great July, I will be back with anything that happens during the month that I think you need to know immediately.

Our Free Pattern this month is one that Tamara has knit up, fun and a great transitional look between seasons: http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/4-row-feather-and-fan-top.html?id=195094

Happy hands – Trudy

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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

Yarn Hop

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.

 

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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!

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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?

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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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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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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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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.

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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