It’s December & Last Minute Gifts

Being Thankful & Thanksgiving

Good Morning, how are you? Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? I have heard for some it was bitter sweet, but all said one thing in common that they still had so much to be thankful for.

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We were especially thankful to be able to spend a couple of days with some very good friends, in their first home together and were also joined by our daughter and two granddaughters. We don’t see them very often these days as everyone is so busy, so that was great. Then to another good friend to spend time with them, some of their family and friends of their family which happened to include 3 active military members and one who is now in the reserves. Being surrounded by such energy was great if not a little exhausting. Good times.

 

December Is Here

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesNow we are welcoming the arrival of December and all of the celebrations this month has to offer. I know some people who knit and crochet all year for this season, and some who set themselves big goals about now in the hopes of completing a bunch of projects in time.

Each year I hear the same thing, I should have started sooner. “why didn’t I?’ So join us for our last Minute Gift Classes in December, see our homepage for details!

To help you out a little if you find yourself in this situation, we have set up some workshops. Beginning this Saturday and continuing throughout the month. Some of the projects you will be able to complete in an afternoon, some may take a couple of evenings to finish but all will be quick works and make lovely gifts. Some materials will be provided, others you will need to purchase the supplies. Each session will go from 2 – 5pm and you are sure to have a lot of fun. Come in and check out some of the projects we have on offer. As you can understand the space will be somewhat limited, so please let us know if you will be attending, we really want this to be a fun and jolly time.

 

Fun Gifts & No Work Involved

I have also been searching for some fun things that you can give to your knit and crochet friends. I have some new bags, from Della Q, note pads and memo pads from Vanessa Bee designs in the UK, as well as fridge magnets and totes from her too. All have sheep and knitting or crochet themes, really cute, and great stocking stuffers. The holiday edition from Knitters pride has also arrived, lovely warm tones of wood. This set is called the Golden Light set and includes – 9 pairs of the Golden Light Interchangeable Needle tips, US size, 4,5,6,7,8,9, 10, 10.5 and 11. Metric size (mm) 3.5, 3.75, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, and 8.0.A lovely fabric pouch which contains – 4 cords, to create needle lengths 1 of 24”, Green, 2 x 32” Orange, and 1 x 40” Red. Eight end caps, 4 cord keys and 1 set of cord connectors. All of this is presented in a lovely display box along with a free Crystal Adorned Shawl Pin in a coordinated needle color.

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Gifts for Crocheters Too

sSonoma County Yarn StoreNot forgetting our crochet friends, of course we have things for you, Knitters pride crochet sets in bamboo and waves. And new for us Nirvana Ebony hooks. This set is finely crafted 7” in Ebony sizes F/3.75,mm, G/4mm, GH/4.5mm, H/5mm, I/5.5mmJ/6mm. Elegant and satin smooth will not snag your yarn, cord or floss. Also included in the set is a Della Q crochet hook case.

Also on offer are mini notion tins, of course the blue notions box that has become extremely popular in our store. Lots of little notions to go inside, mugs, special stitch markers, I could go on and on. Not to mention the yarn kits.

We have some of our very own as well as some from the Herdy UK line, and Universal Yarns color and Sheldon Sheep kits. I hope I have what you want! Come in check it all out and fill in your Santa wish list card for those who want to buy you a special gift.

 

 

Getting Back to My Knitting

Sebastopol Yarn StoreThought we would tuck in a cute free knitting pattern for the holidays here. Everyone can use an elf this time of year and here is a free pattern for an adorable elf.

OK that is enough from me this week. Don’t forget to check our upcoming classes, we’re working on more for January, but still enough time to get in for a class or two before the years end.

Now I am going to pick up my needles for a while, I have some of my own projects to finish.

Take good care, until next time then, happiness begins with yarn ~ Hugs Trudy

 

 

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Holiday Specials, Thanksgiving, and You

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi, Good Monday morning again. How are you faring beginning this lovely Fall week?

Sonoma County Yarn StoreCan you believe it will be Thanksgiving in just a few short days? So much to be thankful for this year. It has certainly been quite the year, hasn’t it? I must say I am extremely thankful for you. We have so much fun in the store and the knitting groups keep growing. They get a little boisterous and a little rowdy at times but it is all great fun. They are learning and sharing every visit too.

We have been getting a lot of new knitters and crocheters also. I love that part of the work I do here, teaching and helping people. When they first pick up the needles or hooks, most are excited but nervous, the first row can seem rather scary but after a couple of rows, their faces light up and they are off. Feeling accomplished and already anxious to move on to their next class.

 

 

 

 

So Many New & Wonderful Classes

Knitting Classes Sonoma CountyHave you checked out all of the classes we are offering? We have put a lot of thought and planning into them so I hope you are able to find just the one you want. If you found one you want to take but the date or time doesn’t work, let us know and we will see if the next time around we can make it work for YOU. Classes coming up include, Brioche beginning and advanced. More Fair isle and Intarsia.

Although it has been pointed out that one can only say real authentic fair isle if it contains specific designs, so how about we call it color work. The people who have recently learned are really enjoying it and moving on to Double knitting.

Madeline’s quick felted and one skein projects are a great hit. I love seeing her work, she is so exuberant, she clearly loves every moment. You can’t help but to get excited too. They really are very quick projects too. Don’t forget also to come and check out the December workshops that Linda and Karen will be doing, choose your projects and be ready to create.

 

Starting Tuesday November 21st-So Many Surprises All Week Long-Spend $100 & Get 10% OFF

Sonoma County Yarn StoreWe are starting our Thanksgiving specials early, join us from Tuesday on for some wonderful specials.

Well as most of you will be occupied with your family and friends we will of course be closed on Thursday as well as Friday, but will be back at it on Saturday for the Small Business Saturday celebration on the 25th.

We still have a lot of books 75% off and some clearance yarn at 50% off too. We may find some more specials as the day progresses and we will be giving out door prizes, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. You don’t have to be present to win but you must put your name and number in the hat, so that we can contact you if you win. We are also offering everyone that spends $100 that you receive 10% OFF your purchase. 

Now more than ever we need to keep our dollars local. Come and join us and many other small stores like us, help us to keep Sonoma County Strong.

 

Secret Santa Wish List

Sonoma County Yarn StoreDon’t forget to pick up and complete your wish list for Santa. We already have some gifts set aside in the back for some husbands to come and pick for their wives. It is so much fun shopping for your own gift. You can then go home and forget all about it until you open them on Christmas morning and feel excited all over again because you got just what you wanted.

 

Remember that Yarnitudes is your haven away from the crowds and all the hurrying that can come with the holidays. So just stop by, put up your feet, knit some, laugh some, learn, and breathe and enjoy the company of friends at Yarnitudes this season.

 

Wishing you a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to both you and yours~Trudy

November, Donations & Thank You

November Is Here-So Many Donations

Sonoma County Yarn ShopGood Monday Morning. How are things with you today?

Can you believe we are already in November? It has been a very busy, hectic few weeks hasn’t it, and it will be a long time before it isn’t that way for some. We have received so many donations of yarn etc. for the fire victims, I think we need to hold off for a while now to allow time for people to settle down and realize what is going on in their life.

I have had some people in for the people in their knit club that lost their homes. We need to get the word out though that we do have lots to offer. It would be really nice too, if you have time to come in and pick up some free yarn to make some items to keep people warm, no doubt many will not be in their own homes this winter and all of them will need warmth and love. What could be better for them than a nice hand knitted piece to keep them warm.

 

Sonoma County Yarn StoreThanksgiving Around the Corner

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it will a bit of a different Thanksgiving for some, I’m sure. It will also be a very special one.

So, what do we have in store for you, get the pun? Well, we have a lot of classes up on the calendar, I think November is pretty much completed, we still have a few more to go up for December and January. We are adding things all the time, per your requests so keep on checking our website. If you find a class but the time and date doesn’t work for you, let us know and in future months perhaps we can find a better time or day to accommodate.

 

Lots of Great Classes & Beautiful Yarn

Sonoma County Yarn ShopHere are some of this month’s offerings   –

Fair isle; Top down Seater; One skein wonders; Knitted felted hats and totes; Demystifying patterns; Fingerless gloves – both plain and fancy; Learn to Knit and crochet; and Double knitting. That’s just November. Keep checking the website because we get them on there as soon as we possibly can. As always smaller classes so you get the best attention, so don’t delay give us a call.

To go with all of our classes, of course we have lots of yarn, some new and some of the regular staples you love, all restocked, or on their way. Fun things for Christmas, and Hanukah, or any gift even one for yourselves.

 

Sonoma County Yarn StoreSecret Santa Cards

We also have the secret Santa cards again for you to fill out. This is the easiest thing in the world, and pretty much ensures that your gifts on Christmas morning are exactly what you want. Just come in, fill out a card, your name and what you would like are all that’s needed.

Then tell your loved ones, to come by or they can call either way. We will then let them know what you want and take care of the rest. This year we are making it even easier we will send it for them if they can’t get here. Even gift wrap. This will do two things, make the gift giving season a success for both of you and make sure I know what it is you want so I can make sure to have it on hand. Win, win! We have some husbands now who have come to love it.

 

Sonoma County Yarn StoreExciting New Books Arriving

We are still working on un-cluttering the book section so that we can get some new and exciting books on our shelves, we are going to try to keep the books to a minimum in the future but never fear we will always do our best to bring you the best.

As a reminder, we are always more than happy to let you browse Ravlery whist you are in the store and can sell the patterns from there, print them for you and you will also have an email copy that you will be able to print at any time and of course it will be in your library. It is so easy to use but if you need help we will gladly show you how.

 

Remember To Shop Small Business–November 25th

Sonoma County Yarn StoreThis month also is the day we all remember to shop small and keep your money local. Shop Small Saturday November 25th. Special offers and door prizes, and who knows what other treats we will have in store.

I think that is all for now, I am sure I have forgotten something, but I will be back in your inbox in a couple of weeks and you can always check our website, or if you have any questions, comments or ideas please call or email me.

Don’t forget if you have any extra time, or no one to knit for, the yarn is here for you to knit for the victims. No charge for the yarn. Pass it on.

Take care then, until next time, may you find peace and happiness in your daily lives.

 

See you soon ~ Trudy

Sonoma County Fires & How We Can Help

We Are Sonoma County Strong

Good Morning, I hope this finds you healthy, happy and safe. Well what a couple of weeks we have all had. Hopefully you are able to get back to some kind of normality. Unfortunately, there are so many that have been displaced I can’t even imagine. I am having a hard time getting my head on straight and I am still in my own home.

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Thank you #SonomaCountyStrong for this photo

Knitting for Those Who Lost their Homes

As you may know we have been collecting yarn for people to either knit up something warm, or to give to those who have lost their stash for those who lost everything. If they knit or crochet the physical act of doing it can be so soothing. If they don’t the fact that someone took the time to create something warm for them with not only keep them comfortable but fill them with the love of the person who took time to make it for them. Can you imagine how that would feel at a time like this. Anyway, the donations have been coming in so if you know anyone that would like to help, or anyone who needs some help just come on in and choose a project or two.

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Stocking Up for Knitting Season

Sonoma County Yarn StoreOther than the fire we have been having fun in the store, stocking up for the knitting season ahead. I know there are a lot of people out there that do knit year-round but there are also those who like to wait for the cold days and nights to get the hooks and needles out. We are ready!!!!!!

All of the teachers and myself got together and made out a list of classes we will be holding very soon. The input from the survey was very helpful. We are working on dates and times and as soon as we have everything planned out they will start appearing on the website. We also have implemented a class interest sheet. If you are in the store and you think of something you would like to learn write it on the sheet along with your name, phone number and the times you are available for classes and we will see what we can do. We will be having some evening classes so that’s something to look forward to.

We’ve Been Working On Classes

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesHere is a list of classes that are in the works with their teacher –

MaryAnne – Brioche. Fairisle. Pattern Reading. Double Kniting

Karen – Fingerless Gloves. Socks. Finishing. Hand Dying. Natural Fibers. Needle Felting. Gift Workshops and quick knits.

Linda – Fingerless Gloves. Socks. Crochet Projects. Mutlucks. Mosaic. Skill Building, knit and crochet. Fix It. Gift Workshops and Quick Crochet

Madeline – Felted Bags and Hats. Feather and Fan Scarf, intro to Lacework. Quick Cowls, One Skein Shawl. Designing Sweaters

Me – Learn to Knit. Learn to Crochet. Fairisle. Hats. Easy Top Down Sweater, Child or Adult.

As you can see we have a lot in the works, I think we have you covered.

 

Our Love Is Strong–We’ll Rebuild Sonoma County Strong

#SonomaCountyStrongWe have so much yarn, both the regular standby’s and some great brand-new yarns to share with you. I am not sure you remember a while back I was telling you about the Ushya, but we now have it in stock, in 10 amazingly snuggly colors.

There is a lot more Malabrigo too, we have topped up on the Arroyo, Rios, Chunky and Mecha , we also added Mechita, and Caracol. Don’t you just love Malabrigo?

This week has flown by and I have run out of time, so I am going to finish this for this week so that it can get to you. I will try to do better next time. So, for now I will leave you with my best wishes, together we will make it through, stay safe and keep smiling. I am forever grateful and truly blessed.

Our featured image is also from #SonomaCountyStrong

Thank you – Trudy

 

 

 

London Traffic

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

Stocking Up with New Yarn for Cool Weather

New Cooler Weather Yarn Has Arrived

Good Monday Morning, see I’m trying to do better. It has only been two weeks this time and I have lots to share.

We are certainly stocking up for the holidays and cooler weather. Never fear though I will still have the cottons and finer yarns as we know living here, we can have summer and winter all in one day. We have had to do a little reorganizing to make room for everything, so if things aren’t where you remember, just ask.

With the closure of Hen Haus I have also taken on some of her yarn. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the Hen Haus patrons to our yarn store and consider it their home away from home. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Kirstin health, happiness, and success in her new home state.

 

Road Trip Knitting

Knitting Classes SebastopolI recently took a quick road trip, long weekend really to Oregon. Of course, I checked out yarn stores on the way. While my hubby was driving I do what I always do too, other than fall sleep of course. I knitted.

I took with me two skeins of some new yarn. One actually isn’t that new, but I have never had a knitted sample of it in the store. Arucania – Lujoso, it is beautiful, a blend of 50% Alpaca, 35%, and 15% silk, yummy to the touch and lovely to knit with, with its thick and thin construction which adds depth to any design.  I have 6 colors in the store and more on the way so we will have a full array of colors.

The skein of this I took with me was a lovely deep purple. Here is the hat I made with it. One skein and a little over for good measure.

 

 

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesThe second skein I took was Mirasol – Ushya. This is certainly a cold weather yarn. This super bulky weight is comprised of 98% Merino wool and 2% Polyamide.

It is a chainette style yarn so as bulky as it is, it is still not a heavy weight. Again, a one skein hat and leftovers. This yarn I do not have in the store yet but it is on the way in a variety of colors.

The one I knitted up is a light grey with pink undertones. Great stitch definition and a quick knit. Great for cowls hats etc. here is the Ushya hat.

 

 

 

Sonoma County Yarn StoreAlthough I didn’t take this yarn with me, a sister yarn to the Ushya, is Sika, both of them are from Mirasol. This yarn is also considered a bulky weight, although to look at it you wouldn’t necessarily notice.

They recommend a size 10 to 10.5 needle I knitted a hat a couple of weeks ago on a size 7. It is super stretchy and cushy, another chainette construction so extremely light, 60% wool 40% Alpaca.

Although It might seem like I make a lot of hats, I guess I do, but it is a great way to see the yarn knitted up. Its construction and idiosyncrasies etc. and there is normally enough yarn in one skein to complete one. I do prefer to see a project rather than a square.

Nothing wrong with squares, they are great to put together to make a blanket or a shawl but for the purpose of showing new yarn this is my way to go. All of the above yarn would make great cowls, scarves ponchos, sweaters etc. etc. All on the chunkier side as far as size and loft but none of them are heavy.

 

Great Presentations Coming September

Before I go on to review a book this week I would like you to get your calendars out so that you can save the following two dates. We have two very special presentations at the end of September and I don’t want you to miss out.

Carnaby YarnCamille from Carnaby – Saturday 23rd September, time to be determined.

Lee Gant – Saturday 30th September from 12 noon to 5pm

 

First up we will be having Camille from Carnaby yarn, coming to join us to share her felted yarn/roving, and how to make really quick projects with arm knitting. No, I realize arm knitting isn’t for everyone, but there is a time and use for everything. It should be a great demonstration and we can all learn something. Her colors are awesome and she is really passionate about her craft.

 

 Lee Gant’s New Book

Lee GrantThen, something I have certainly been waiting for and looking forward to, LEE GANT will be here to share the release of her new Book. I have just received my copy. This is truly a project that was straight from the heart. It was a labor of love and it shows on every page.

Amazing patterns, beautiful photographs and not a bad read either. She obviously loves her family, especially her grandchildren and their smiles show their love for her. What lucky girls they are to have their grandmother design and knit for them. In turn, we get to take advantage of that love and make these wonderful designs for our loved ones.

Along with Lee sharing the book, how it all came to be, she is offering to bring a trunk show of the finished garments. Space will be somewhat limited, so mark your calendars, let me know you are coming and be ready for a very fun afternoon.

 

 

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSo now that is on your list of things to do, back to this week’s book on offer. This is a book about something that is close to my crafting heart. Working with color. I am surrounded by color and texture every day. Colors make me happy, it makes coming to Yarnitudes and what I do every day (I can’t truthfully call that part work) so much fun. Whether it be knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting or just what color I will wear for the day, color is a part of who I am. I hear often that a certain color wont work with someone’s wardrobe, or hair eyes etc. I understand that and there are certain colors I look awful in but if you could see all of the colors in my wardrobe it is kind of like all of the colors in the store.

So, this book is called ‘The Alchemy of Color Knitting. ‘ Again this is a book full of wonderful photographs, and designs along with the how-to’s that show you the best way of mixing and matching, colors that make statements, subtle shades than when used together can create masterpieces. Wearable art. As the book states “the art and technique of mastering exquisite palettes. Author Gina Wilde provides just the right prescription, not only teaching the basics of color theory, but also exploring the energizing and complex relationship between color and meaning” There 25 colorful patterns in this book, each with a color lesson. While stocks last you can buy this book for less than the price of a single pattern.

Lots to take in and think about this week, I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have enjoyed putting it all together for you.

Our featured image is our free pattern from Tahki this week: http://tahkistacycharles.com/free-pattern-download/?freepatterns/donegal_tweed_cabled_cape_ssfinal_pdf

Take care, and I hope to see you very soon. All the best ~ Trudy

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

New Yarn & Yarn Tips

Sorry for the Absence

Hello, again. Good Monday morning. I know I have been bad. I had meant to send an email at least every other week but, time got away from me. Can you believe it is already August??? So, now to catch up. I hope you are doing well, keeping happy and enjoying playing with some scrumptious yarn, etc.

 

The Yarn Hop Was Great

Yarn HopWell the HOP is over for another year. What a great turn out. Everyone did a fantastic job of getting the word out this year. People were coming from all over. I think at this point it is safe to say we will probably be doing another one next year. Can you believe this was the fifth one?

As always, our suppliers came through for us. With their help, I was able to give out 32 door prizes, the grand prize, and a runner up to the grand prize.

 

Collaborative Cowl Patterns

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesSonoma County Crochet ClassesWhat did you think of the collaborative cowl patterns? I raffled off two finished ones. The first was the original, a color for each pattern stitch, so five colors one for each shop. Did you get all the patterns? The second I added half as many stitches again and knitted all the stitch patterns in one yarn, one single color. This proved to be a favorite.

I knitted it up in Zooey twist, which is a linen cotton yarn from Juniper moon. The one I did was in a Pawnee Cloud. It comes in 8 colors and regular Zooey in 38 amazing color ways. Each skein has 284 yards, 60% cotton and 40% linen. Madeline has knitted several tops with this yarn too. If you missed seeing the cowl you can see a garment that she knitted with it in the store. We also had a crochet cowl pattern that we did in five colors, we didn’t want the crocheters to miss out. If you would like a copy of any of these patterns just give us a nod.

 

Fabulous New Yarns

Yarn Store SebastopolWe have several new yarns in the store, or arriving very soon. Two I would like to talk to you about this week are the Winter Washi and Top Rainbow both from Katia.

Katia yarns is a Spanish collection of beautiful European novelty yarns for both adults and children. These yarns inspired by the latest trends in fashion. This company is one of the most popular in Europe and you don’t have to visit Europe to get them.

The Top Rainbow comes in 200 grams, 874 yards, it is comprised of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. The recommended needle size is a US 6-8 or hook size G or H. Each skein has a free pattern sheet with both knit and crochet. We have it in 3 colorways; Green, gray, chocolate/ Teal, black, violet and red, black, grey. Although the cost is $36.50 per, for 874 yards and a free pattern it is a steal.

The second one I would like to tell you about is Winter Washi; this is a unique yarn, which comprises of 47% Polyester. 20% viscose, 13% acrylic, 10% mohair and 10% polyamide. This is a bulky yarn to be knitted on US 11-13 or Crocheted on hook L-N. It is a tape like yarn and so much fun to work with. We have it in three lovely colors, Pearl, Mauve and Grey. I can’t wait to work with it. The cost of this is $15.50 per, one or two skeins would make an amazing project/gift.

Northern Knits–Lucinda Guy

Northern KnitsThis week the book I am going to write about is Northern Knits by Lucinda Guy. This book was inspired by the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland and the Shetland Isles. So, if you like a change from the norm and have always loved the European classic styles of knitting, this is the book for you.

Northern Knits is a collection of 20 women’s garments and accessories all using traditional techniques and folk motifs. This is the perfect hands on guide for anyone interested in learning about knitting history and learning the time-tested techniques for creating Shetland lace shawls, Icelandic textured jackets, Norwegian cardigans and Swedish twined socks. Originally this book sold for $24.95 but while stocks last this can be yours for just the price of a single pattern at $6.75.

 

Yarn Fiber Tips

Tips this week; I am often asked about the material make up of yarn e.g. what is? so I thought this week I would investigate a little and share the results.

Mercerize -treat to strengthen and improve the luster

 

Polyester Fiber:

Polyester is a synthetic fiber derived from coal, air, water, and petroleum. Developed in a 20th-century laboratory, polyester fibers are formed from a chemical reaction between an acid and alcohol. In this reaction, two or more molecules combine to make a large molecule whose structure repeats throughout its length. Polyester fibers can form very iong molecules that are very stable and strong.

Polyester is used in the manufacture of many products, including clothing, home furnishings, industrial fabrics, computer and recording tapes, and electrical insulation. Polyester has several advantages over traditional fabrics such as cotton. It does not absorb moisture, but does absorb oil; this quality makes polyester the perfect fabric for the application of water-, soil-, and fire-resistant finishes. Its low absorbency also makes it naturally resistant to stains. Polyester clothing can be preshrunk in the finishing process, and thereafter the fabric resists shrinking and will not stretch out of shape. The fabric is easily dyeable, and not damaged by mildew. Textured polyester fibers are an effective, nonallergenic insulator, so the material is used for filling pillows, quilting, outerwear, and sleeping bags
Read more: http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Polyester.html#ixzz4oRXiMaUi

 

Viscose Fiber:

Viscose is a soft and lightweight fabric manufactured from a plant-based material called cellulose. Viscose is typically made from woody plants, such as trees and bamboo. Viscose fabric, also known as viscose rayon, is a textile made from regenerated cellulose fiber. The fiber is processed using a wet-spin technique, which results in a cool, smooth and highly absorbent fabric. Clothing made from viscose fabric tends to have a cotton-like appearance.

 

Acrylic Fiber:

Acrylic fiber is a type of fABRIC made from acrylic fibers, it is still widely manufactured throughout the world. It does use a chemically produced substance called acrylonitrile, which is also used in the production of plastics. Acrylonitrile tends to break down easily in the environment, though there is some argument on this point. High levels of acrylonitrile exposure might be considered toxic, but the quick break down often keeps acrylic fabric marketed as environmentally friendly.

Acrylic fabric is favored for a variety of other reasons. It is warm, can be quite soft, holds color well, and is both stain and wrinkle resistant. These can make acrylic fabric a popular choice, and for those who love wool but are allergic to it, acrylic can be an excellent substitute. When acrylic fabric was first made, it was often thought “cheap” and not as valuable as natural fiber garments. Some early acrylic fabrics weren’t comfortable and were quite itchy. New manufacturing processes have mainly solved these issues, and many prefer acrylic to natural fibers because it tends to be easier to care for.

 

Mohair Fiber:

mohair – fabric made with yarn made from the silky hair of the Angora goat

Polyamide is a type of synthetic fabric that contains sweat-wicking and water-repelling properties that make it an ideal material for outerwear and sports clothing. Polyamide fabrics are found in many types of clothing, including jackets, shirts and pants. These fabrics are comprised of several types of plastics, which have complementary chemical properties. The plastics found in polyamides are called polymers. There are two main types of polymers in polyamides that contain sweat-wicking properties. Polymers contain polarized ends that have negative and positive charges. The charged ends attract water molecules, which in turn leave the surrounding material and move away from the skin.

Our free pattern this week is fun to work up in fingering weight and it’s fun and fast: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-dijon-top

Wow that was a lot of information. Next time my tip will be shorter I promise.

I hope you keep on having fun with your yarn and fiber, until next time, take care, warm hugs,

Trudy

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Wonderful Weather & Yarn Hop

Wonderful Weather & New Yarns

Sebastopol Yarn Store

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

Sonoma County Yarn Store

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