Just Classes – September!

It is that time again to let you know about our upcoming classes.  As always, let us know if there is a class you would like to have that we don’t list. We try to be accommodating.

I know you don’t want to think about it.  But if you are planning to knit for the holidays, now is the time to get started.  We tried to schedule lots of opportunities for easy gift knitting.  We also have some simple projects to choose from in the store that don’t require a class!  So stop by and let’s get you ready to succeed.  We hate to see people frantically trying to finish things at the last minute so let’s get you started now!

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Beginning Knitting Class

September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Trudy

Cost does not include materials

In this class we will learn to make a basic hat.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   You will learn the building blocks for more complicated knits and be able to learn something more challenging with ease.

New Techniques Include:
Cast on
knit flat (garter Stitch)
knit in the round (stockinette)
You will learn to decrease

Materials:
One skein Malabrigo Chunky
US Size 11, 24” circular needles

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, have yarn wound

Sonoma County Knit CLass

Knitted Cabled Hat Class

September 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline.

Cost includes pattern.

Learn to make a simple cable knit hat.  This project takes just a few hours to knit and uses only 1 skein of a chunky weight yarn.  It is a great beanie to wear on those cold Sonoma County winter morning walks.  It also makes a great gift for family and friends.

New techniques include:
Cable knitting, 2 stitch twist cable, k2tog casting off for a hat

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, identify a stitch

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles, Cast on 48 stitches, join in the round, and work 2″ or 4″ of 2×2 ribing (depending on how much you want the brim to fold.

Materials:
US 10 or 11 straight or circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers
One skein of Malabrigo Chunky

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Felted Bag Class

September 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Free pattern

Learn to make a simple felted bag for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical accessory that is bound to bring compliments.  Once you knit one, you will want to make many of these to give away.

New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, picking up stitches, felting

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern

Cast on 24 stitches with double strand of yarn on US size 11, 32″ circular needles.

Work 100 rows (sm/med bag) or 120 rows (lg bag) in garter stitch (knit every row)

Materials:
32” US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers
6-8 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Start Spinning Class

September 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects!
You do not need to bring anything with you.  You will be given roving and may borrow a drop spindle. There will be a wheel demonstration. You may bring your wheel if you have one.

New techniques include:
Drafting wool
Using a drop spindle

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Half Pi Shawl Class

September 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Tues. Sept 13, 27, & Oct. 18, 5:30-7:00pm

Instructor – Linda

Cost includes pattern

Learn to knit delicate lace on a classic shawl shape.  This is not as complicated as you think it is.  You can do it!  Wow everyone you know when you wear it.  Wears well with almost anything.

New techniques include:
Increasing, lace knitting (YO, K2TOG), applied lace edging

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles

You will need:
1200-1300 yards lace or fingering weight yarn
Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Ella Rae Lace Merino, Cascade Heritage Sock, Collinette Jitterbug

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Feather & Fan Scarf Class

September 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Learn to make a beautiful lace scarf for yourself or as a gift.  The deceptively simple pattern and lace weight mohair yarn combine to produce a spectacular accessory.

New techniques include:
Knitting with mohair yarn

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern

Materials:
24” Size US 9 Needles
230 yards lace mohair – 1 skein (Debbie Bliss Angel, Cascade Kid Seta,
Cascade Kid Seta Noir, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, or similar. Or 2 skeins of Stacy Charles Ristratto

 

Sonoma County Felting Class

Wet Felted Scarf Class

September 18 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $60

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to make this beautiful piece of artwork that you can actually wear.  It is fun to do.  You don’t need to know how to knit or crochet.  It is made entirely by hand!  A complete novice to fiber arts can create one of these.  Join us and play with fiber and color to create a one of a kind piece.

Make sure to wear something that can get wet.  You may get a bit messy!

 

Beginning Crochet Class

September 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.

Instructor – Trudy

In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.  These are the building blocks needed for more advanced projects.  Get the basics down and we can teach you how to do more complicated patterns using these basic stitches.

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Needle Felted Dog or Cat

September 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes all materials.

Learn to make an adorable dog or cat!  These little guys are cute and addictive!

No previous experience necessary.  The felting needles are very sharp, not recommended for children under 10.  All supplies provided.

You should be able to finish your miniature pet in class!  Bring a photo to work from or work from your imagination.

New Techniques include:
Beginning 3-d needle felting techniques.

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Felted Hat Class

September 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Madeline

Free pattern

Learn to make a simple felted bag for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical accessory that is bound to bring compliments.  Once you knit one, you will want to make many of these to give away.

New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, picking up stitches, felting

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern

Cast on 24 stitches with double strand of yarn on US size 11, 32″ circular needles.

Work 100 rows (sm/med bag) or 120 rows (lg bag) in garter stitch (knit every row)

Materials:
32” US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers
6-8 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)

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Just to get you ready for the October Natural Dying Workshop.  We need signups for this one as soon as possible so we can plan appropriately.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Natural Dying Workshop

October 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

– $80

Please contact us to sign up for the class ASAP so we know how much we need to get together in materials.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes Materials – Please let us know if you can help supply raw vegetable matter for dye bath.

We are happy to be able to have this class again this year.

In this class you will learn to dye yarn using natural products that can be easily found in your own yard!  Karen will tell you how to prepare the dyebath.  In the workshop you will learn how to dye the yarn using 2 different yarn bases.

But in order to prepare for this class we require a little help from you.  It takes a lot of dried materials to make up a dye bath.  So if you can help us collect that would be great!  Even if you can’t take the workshop you can still help out.  Just start collecting, sorting, and drying plant materials as you do your summer yard work.  Here are some things that will work:

Tea – tan, brown

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus leaves – rusty orange

Barks – oaks, redwood, madrone…

Flowers – marigolds, dahlias, coreopsis…  snap off dead flowers (dead heading) I used to snap off all the flower heads once a week, place in a shallow cardboard to dry them

Rosemary trimmings

Oak galls – When Karen was studying natural dyes at SRJC they gathered oak galls on campus, they’re caused by an insect and aren’t good for the tree.

Walnut hulls

Fruit leaves – plum, peach, apple…
and tree barks

Queen Anne’s Lace – we have a tremendous amount of these this year along roads probably due to the rains – Remember, it is illegal to collect along roads

Dye stuffs can only be gathered on private property with permission from the owner (California state law)

IMPORTANT: leave as much as you gather, so there will be plants to gather next year

After collecting, place dye stuffs in shallow layers in boxes to dry.  You can pick up a few extra boxes next time you’re at Costco.

Please make sure not to mix the different kinds of plant materials so we can get true colors.  Thank you in advance for your help wit this.  You can drop off fully dried plant stuffs on Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays when Karen is in the shop.

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Well that is all we have for you for now!  Please let us know if you’d like ot sign up or if there is something else you would like to learn!

Until next time, happy yarning!

~Trudy

Just Classes August!

knitting class

Well we had a blast with the hop.  We hope you did too!  We’re a little wiped out though.  Don’t mind us, we’re just going to curl up on this pile of yarn and sleep for a bit.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

We wanted to thank you for making this event a success.  We couldn’t do it without your shining smiling face.  It was so fun to see you and your friends lined up outside the shop waiting for us to open!  Thank you!  Please do make sure to check your phone messages in case we called you about winning a prize.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

We were so happy to see how generous all our suppliers were with donations.  Thank you to Amy Herzog, Berroco, Blue Sky Alpaca, Brown Sheep, Bryson, Bumblebirch, Cascade, Classic Elite, Crystal Palace, Euro Yarns, Feza, Kelbourne Woolens, Knit Collage, Knitting Fever, Kraemer, MadelineTosh, Malabrigo, Plymouth Yarn, Shibui, Swans Island, Universal Yarns, Westminster, Brooklyn Tweed, Jaggerspun, Woolfolk, RYN Yarns.  I hope I haven’t missed anyone.

We were unable to have the Caascade yarn tasting this weekend, but Chad has promised to come out and host this for us another day.  If you are interested, please let us know.  We will contact you when we get this rescheduled.
We would also like to say a big thank you to Tammy from Universal for her help with the Trunk show and for answering Ravelry questions.
Sonoma County Yarn Shop
Big Big Big thank you to Karen, your demos are always a hit!

Wow, that’s a lot of thanks!  I feel like I’m on an awards show or something! Hah!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Don’t forget the Universal and Berroco Trunk Show garments are still in the shop.  You have another week to stop by and check them out!  We have the yarn in stock or can order your perfect color for you and will get you the pattern so you can have your summer or fall garment ready just in time!

Well I had better get to the point here sometime I guess.  We wanted to give you the August class list in case you haven’t been checking our website.  The offerings are a bit fewer this time around.

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As always please let us know if there is something you would like to learn. We will be happy to oblige!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

It isn’t too late to start your Exploration Station Shawl.  Many people are still working on it and I (Lesley) have barely had time to Work on mine!  There is plenty of time to finish this one!

This a super fun pattern by Stephen West.  The color Choices are endless.  Just check out the Ravelry Projects  to see some of the options.  We have many yarns in the shop that would be perfect for this shawl.  Just stop by and see.  We will help you pick out your color scheme and get you ready to start.  We will officially start on Friday, July 1.  But a few people who will have to be out of town have already gotten started.  I admit that I started early myself.  I wanted to make sure I could answer any questions that come up though!  Here are the details!

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Exploration Station Knit-a-Long

July 1 – August 31

– FREE

Please let us know if you would like to participate so we can help you find yarn and get you the pattern.

Knit-a-long starts the week of July 1 and runs through August.  There is no cut-off for starting; you have plenty of time.  Lesley will be in the shop Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons during our social knitting gatherings to help you if you get stuck or just want company while you knit.

No charge for knit-a-long but please purchase pattern and yarn at Yarnitudes.

Knit this crazy fun Stephen West shawl.  There are so many possibilities for color with this shawl.  Go subtle or go crazy. The choice is up to you!  Check it out on Ravelry to see what others have done.  The pattern is very well written and tells you exactly what you need to do.  There are YouTube videos to help you if you get stuck when the store isn’t open.  Knit it with a group to see the different versions unfold.  Help others and get help as we knit this together.

New techniques include:  Short rows, i-cord edging, YO.

For this knit-a-long you need to know how to:
Long tail and cable cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch, read a pattern

Homework:
Purchase yarn, pattern, and needles

Materials:
40″ – 60″ US 6 circular needles (or size needed to get good fabric
4 contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn (minimum 275 yards each) You may use Tosh Sock, Malabrigo Sock, Tosh Merino Light, Cascade Heritage or Heritage Silk.  I recommend using a solid or semisolid colored yarn but the choice is yours.  There really are no rules.

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Beginning Knitting Class

August 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Trudy

Cost does not include materials

In this class we will learn to make a basic hat.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   You will learn the building blocks for more complicated knits and be able to learn something more challenging with ease.

New Techniques Include:
Cast on
knit flat (garter Stitch)
knit in the round (stockinette)
You will learn to decrease

Materials:
One skein Malabrigo Chunky
US Size 11, 24″ circular needles

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, have yarn wound

Sonoma County Crochet Class

Crocheted Felted Sheepy Slippers

August 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

– $40

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Two sessions – Sun. Aug 7 & 21, 4:30-6:00pm

TIME HAS CHANGED!

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes pattern

Comfy, cozy feet are what you need this winter.  These house shoes make wonderful gifts.  Make it more fun by not felting them until after you gift them and look at the recipient’s face when they open a package with a huge pair of wooly shoes inside! Easy to crochet, easy to felt.  And just look at those little sheepies!  You won’t be able to make just one pair!

New techniques include:
following a pattern, adding a sheep motif
Instructions are given for felting at home

For this class you need to know how to:
Basic crochet stitches
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn & hook, pick up pattern

You will need:
Worsted Weight (non-superwash) Wool:  Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride or Cascade 220

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Easy Lace Poncho Class

August 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

– $26

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Linda

Cost includes pattern

Learn to knit this fun and lacy poncho.  Simple to make and works up fast!  Why not give it a try?

New techniques include:
Basic lace techniques

For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles before day of class.
Pick up pattern.

Cast on for your selected size before day of class

Materials:

US 5, 10, and 15 Needles

DK weight yarn (We suggest Cascade 220 Superwash or Berroco Fiora)

 Sonoma County Knitting Class

Easy Knitted Garter Stitch Baby Booties

August 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes pattern

Learn to make these adorable and easy baby booties in just one class!  The simple construction will amaze you.  This gives you the freedom to be creative with color and really enjoy the process.  These make great gifts for that new little one in your life! Two sizes available:  newborn or 6 months

New techniques include:
Following a pattern, picking up stitches, seaming

For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn & Needles, pick up pattern, make cuff.

You will need:

24″ US4 Circular needle, Locking Stitch markers, Stitch holders or waste yarn, Tapestry needle

One Skein Royale Hare Alexander Valley Superwash merino (optional contrast color) or similar weight yarn such as Cascade 220 Superwash, Malabrigo Rios, or MadelineTosh DK.

 

Beginning Crochet Class

August 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.

Instructor – Trudy

In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.  These are the building blocks needed for more advanced projects.  Get the basics down and we can teach you how to do more complicated patterns using these basic stitches.

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Crochet Stitch-a-Month

January 16 @ 10:30 am – December 17 @ 12:00 pm

– $15

Twelve Session Series (usually the 3nd Saturday of the month) 1/16, 2/20, 3/19, 4/23 (1-2:30pm), 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/10 (all other sessions 10:30am-12:00pm)

Instructor – Linda

Cost – $15 per session or $120 for the 12 month series ($60 savings)

Don’t worry if you miss a session we will be happy to help you at a later date.

You will learn to make 12 new stitch patterns in this series!  Make 12 different dishcloths or join the squares together into a lap or baby blanket.  Double or triple your squares to make a bed sized blanket.  We will try to keep it interesting so you don’t get bored.

New techniques may include:
lace, cables, colorwork, increases, decreases, reading charts, or written instructions

For this series of classes you need to know how to:
Chain, single, double, half double crochet etc.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hooks

Materials:
Blanket squares:  Cascade 220 Superwash, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra, Plymouth Encore.

Dishcoths:  Cascade Ultra Pima, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton
You will likely use one skein per block.

 

Knit Fixes Class

August 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Linda

Have you ever knitted when you should have purled?  Dropped a stitch?  Don’t know what you did wrong?  Well then this is the class for you.  We will show you how to pick up that dropped stitch and how to turn that purl into a knit.  We can teach you how to undo a bind off and take back those pesky wrong stitches.  You just have to bring in a couple of swatches to work with!  Afterwards we can try to diagnose a problem with your existing project.  You may need to make an appointment for a private lesson for help with larger problems.

Homework:  Before class you need to knit up two swatches in light colored worsted weight yarn.  Cast on 30 stitches and work for 4″.  One swatch in stockinette, one in garter stitch.  Make sure to leave one swatch on the needles (or a holder) and the other should be bound off.

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitting Stitch-a-Month

January 23 @ 10:30 am – December 17 @ 12:00 pm

– $15

Twelve Session Series (usually the 4th Saturday of the month)  1/23, 2/27, 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/18 (1:00-2:30pm), 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 12/17 (all other sessions 10:30am-12:00pm)

Instructor – Linda

Cost – $15 per session or $120 for the 12 month series ($60 savings)

Don’t worry if you miss a session we will be happy to help you at a later date.

You will learn to make 12 new stitch patterns in this series!  Make 12 different dishcloths or join the squares together into a lap or baby blanket.  Double or triple your squares to make a bed sized blanket.  We will try to keep it interesting so you don’t get bored.

New techniques may include:
lace, cables, colorwork, increases, decreases, reading charts, or written instructions

For this series of classes you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch, read a pattern

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles

Materials:
Blanket squares:  Cascade 220 Superwash, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra, Plymouth Encore.

Dishcoths:  Cascade Ultra Pima, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton
You will likely use less than one skein per block.

 

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Start Spinning Class

August 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects!
You do not need to bring anything with you.  You will be given roving and may borrow a drop spindle. There will be a wheel demonstration. You may bring your wheel if you have one.

New techniques include:
Drafting wool
Using a drop spindle

Yarnitudes Classes!
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Social Spinning
Second Monday of the month 5:00-7:00pm
Thursday afternoons 1:00-4:00pm
Social Knit/Crochet:
Wednesday evenings 4:00-7:00pm
Friday afternoons 3:00-5:00pm
Knit-A-Long
All future and previous class details are available on our website, click here.

To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 707-827-3618, or contact us.  Please sign up early! We now require pre-payment for all classes. Classes with fewer than two attendees will have to be canceled and a refund will be issued.

As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you

 

Sheep Shearing, a Knit-a-Long, and Some Classes. Oh My!

 

Hello hello!

I hope the weekend was nice for you.  I’m certainly enjoying the cooler temperatures, aren’t you?

As the temps heat up you may be noticing the sheep around and abouts have been getting haircuts lately.  I was so happy to get photos from our very own Sue the sheep lady aka spinning Sue as some may know her.  She recently had her flock shorn and sent me some before and after photos.   Aren’t they sweet all lined up waiting for their turn?

before

Here’s an action shot for you.  Doesn’t the sheep look a bit put out?  I know I would be.

so dignified

And finally here they are afterwards all tidy and ready for summer!

after

I know the process is pretty involved. I’ve never seen it in person.  Perhaps I will get to see the action this year at our annual shop sheep shearing.  That’s right.  Saturday, July 16 at 3:00pm we will shear Sergeant Speckles our shop sheep.  Most of the year he has a cushy life at Sue’s farm just down the road.  But once a year we bring him over here to get his annual haircut.

Please join us for the shearing this year.  You can ask Sue and Paul, the shearer, questions about sheep, wool, shearing and such.  We will have roving to see from the Sarg’s previous fleeces and we usually have some other specials going on in the store so feel free to make a day of it!

Sonoma County Knitting Class

The 16th also happens to be the day for Linda’s July Stitch of the month clubs.  If you haven’t checked one out yet you should sign up.  They are a fun way to learn something new!  Speaking of something new, I have July’s list of classes for you today.  Please let us know early if you would like to sign up for a class.  You can call the shop, email me back, or stop by to sign up.  There are lots of fun things to learn.  Don’t miss out.  We do need you to pre-pay for our classes going forward.  If we have to cancel a class of course we will reimburse you.  Please give us 24 hours notice if you will be unable to attend.  If we have to cancel a class due to too few students we will give you 48 hours notice.   Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you for joining Madeline for the Ripple Tunic Knit-a-Long in May and June.  I have had a few people stop by for the patterns.  They are fun knits for sure!

I would like to let you know we had to cancel the June-July Linen Skirt Knit-a-Long with Karen due to inattendance.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

I hope you will join me (Lesley) in July and August for the Exploration Station Shawl Knit-a-Long.  This a super fun pattern by Stephen West.  The color Choices are endless.  Just check out the Ravelry Projects  to see some of the options.  We have many yarns in the shop that would be perfect for this shawl.  Just stop by and see.  We will help you pick out your color scheme and get you ready to start.  We will officially start on Friday, July 1.  But a few people who will have to be out of town have already gotten started.  I admit that I started early myself.  I wanted to make sure I could answer any questions that come up though!  Here are the details!

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Exploration Station Knit-a-Long

July 1 – August 31

 FREE

Please let us know if you would like to participate so we can help you find yarn and get you the pattern.

Knit–a-long starts the week of July 1 and runs through August.  There is no cut-off for starting; you have plenty of time.  Lesley will be in the shop Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons during our social knitting gatherings to help you if you get stuck or just want company while you knit.

No charge for knit-a-long but please purchase pattern and yarn at Yarnitudes.

Knit this crazy fun Stephen West shawl.  There are so many possibilities for color with this shawl.  Go subtle or go crazy. The choice is up to you!  Check it out on Ravelry to see what others have done.  The pattern is very well written and tells you exactly what you need to do.  There are YouTube videos to help you if you get stuck when the store isn’t open.  Knit it with a group to see the different versions unfold.  Help others and get help as we knit this together.

New techniques include:  Short rows, i-cord edging, YO.

For this knit-a-long you need to know how to:
Long tail and cable cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch, read a pattern

Homework:
Purchase yarn, pattern, and needles

Materials:
40” – 60″ US 6 circular needles (or size needed to get good fabric
4 contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn (minimum 275 yards each) You may use Tosh Sock, Malabrigo Sock, Tosh Merino Light, Cascade Heritage or Heritage Silk.  I recommend using a solid or semisolid colored yarn but the choice is yours.  There really are no rules.

 

And now without further ado I have your July class list:

 

I have a quick class add in for the end of June:

Crochet Foundation Stitch Class

June 27 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm

$15

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

This class offered by special request!

Instructor – Linda

In this class we will teach you to work a foundation chain.  This is used in many patterns and people often get tripped up trying to do this.  Stop by and learn this great technique to use in many of your crochet projects!

 

 

Sebastopol Knitting Class

Knitted Tabitha Tunic Class

June 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

– $50

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Two sessions – Thursday. June 30 & July 21, 1:00-3:00pm

Instructor – Linda

Cost includes pattern

Learn to knit this versatile sleeveless top.  Wear with a button up shirt or long sleeved tee as a vest or alone as a summer top.  Simple to make, but a beautiful finished garment.  You will get a lot of use from this!

New techniques include:
Basic lace techniques, increases, grafting (or three needle bind off)

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn
Verify gauge with a swatch (26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette)

Cast on the number of stitches required for your size.

You will need:
Sport Weight Yarn (Malabrigo Arroyo, Mirasol Nuna, Universal Bamboo Pop)
Stitch markers and a 32” or longer US size 4 circular needle

 

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Knitted 2-at-a-Time Socks Class

July 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

– $60

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Cost includes initial class plus as many more sessions as it takes to finish your socks!

Instructor – Deirdre

Cost includes pattern

You may make your socks toe-up or top-down.  You may use any weight of yarn from sock to worsted; Worsted weight yarn makes great house socks.  A basic pattern will be provided for you or you may use a specific pattern that you have had your eye on.  The second and all future classes are scheduled by appointment; they are held one-on-one at your own pace.

New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increases, deceases, how to get a good fit, short rows, magic loop

For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles

100g Sock weight yarn + US 0, 40″ circular needle

OR

100g Superwash Worsted + US4, 40″ circular needle

Materials:
Many yarn choices available; stop by to choose your yarn.

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Beginning Knitting Class

July 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Trudy

Cost does not include materials

In this class we will learn to make a basic hat.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   You will learn the building blocks for more complicated knits and be able to learn something more challenging with ease.

 

Sonoma County Yarn Shop 

Knitted Welcome to the Flock Baby Sweater Class

July 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Wed. July. 6, 20 & Aug. 3

Instructor – Lesley

Cost includes pattern

Learn to make this adorable sheepy sweater for the little one in your

life. Bottom up construction makes this an interesting knit.  If you have never knit a sweater before this is an easy place to start.  The possibilities are endless with so many color choices and the option to later change the colorwork motif.

New techniques include:
Basic stranded and intarsia colorwork
Knitting flat and in the round
Decreases, picking up stitches

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast Off
This is an intermediate class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern, check gauge ( 22 sts & 32 rows = 4 inches)

Materials:
24” Size US 6  & 4 Needles (depending on yarn choice)
250-500 yards (depending on size and yarn choice): Malabrigo Rios, Tosh DK, Cascade 220 Superwash, Painted Sky,  Universal Uptown Worsted.  These yarn choices will yield a slightly larger sweater than described in the pattern.

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Muti Dress Class

July 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Fri. July. 8, 23 & Aug. 5

Instructor – Lesley

Cost includes pattern

Learn to make this stunning baby dress.  The details make it interesting.  the size makes it go fast.  This will be an heirloom piece.  Why not make it for the special baby in your life?

New techniques include:
Lace knitting in the round and flat.
increases, following a chart (written instructions also given)

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast Off
This is an intermediate class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern, check gauge ( 24 sts = 4 inches)

Materials:
24” Size US 4 Needles (depending on yarn choice)

360-700 yards (depending on size and yarn choice): Malabrigo Sock, Tosh Sock, Cascade Heritage, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Crystal Palace Panda Silk.

 

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Start Spinning Class

July 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects!
You do not need to bring anything with you.  You will be given roving and may borrow a drop spindle. There will be a wheel demonstration. You may bring your wheel if you have one.

New techniques include:
Drafting wool
Using a drop spindle

 

Sonoma County Felting Classes

Felted Soap Class

July 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

– $35

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Lesley

Class cost includes wool roving – please bring two bars of soap to class

In this class you will learn to make boutique quality felted soaps.  Wrapped soap lasts longer and looks nicer than a bare bar of soap.  Learn to wrap loose roving around a bar of soap and felt it closed.  Add artistic swirls and let your imagination run wild.  Make sure to wear clothing that can get wet or bring an apron.  You will felt two bars of soap in this class.

New Techniques include:
Wet felting with roving

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Crochet Stitch-a-Month

July 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

– $15

Twelve Session Series (usually the 3nd Saturday of the month) 1/16, 2/20, 3/19, 4/23 (1-2:30pm), 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/10 (all other sessions 10:30am-12:00pm)

Instructor – Linda

Cost – $15 per session or $120 for the 12 month series ($60 savings)

Don’t worry if you miss a session we will be happy to help you at a later date.

You will learn to make 12 new stitch patterns in this series!  Make 12 different dishcloths or join the squares together into a lap or baby blanket.  Double or triple your squares to make a bed sized blanket.  We will try to keep it interesting so you don’t get bored.

New techniques may include:
lace, cables, colorwork, increases, decreases, reading charts, or written instructions

For this series of classes you need to know how to:
Chain, single, double, half double crochet etc.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hooks

Materials:
Blanket squares:  Cascade 220 Superwash, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra, Plymouth Encore.

Dishcoths:  Cascade Ultra Pima, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton
You will likely use one skein per block.

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class 

Knitting Stitch-a-Month

July 16 @ 12:00 – 2:30 pm

– $15

Twelve Session Series (usually the 4th Saturday of the month) 1/23, 2/27, 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/18 (1:00-2:30pm), 7/16 (1:00-2:30pm), 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 12/17 (all other sessions 10:30am-12:00pm)

Instructor – Linda

Cost – $15 per session or $120 for the 12 month series ($60 savings)

Don’t worry if you miss a session we will be happy to help you at a later date.

You will learn to make 12 new stitch patterns in this series!  Make 12 different dishcloths or join the squares together into a lap or baby blanket.  Double or triple your squares to make a bed sized blanket.  We will try to keep it interesting so you don’t get bored.

New techniques may include:
lace, cables, colorwork, increases, decreases, reading charts, or written instructions

For this series of classes you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch, read a pattern

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles

Materials:
Blanket squares:  Cascade 220 Superwash, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra, Plymouth Encore.

Dishcoths:  Cascade Ultra Pima, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton
You will likely use less than one skein per block.

 

Sonoma County CustomFIt

CustomFit Workshop

July 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

– $25

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Sun. July 17 & 31, 4:30-6:00pm

Before the second workshop you must complete a minimum of a 6″x6″ swatch in stockinette (and in pattern if applicable.)  Please take some time to view the Custom Fit Sweater patterns.  This will make your sweater pattern building session go much faster.  You can view the Custom Fit patterns at home on your computer by clicking here or in the shop where we have a design book for you to look through.  Remember, the options are all customize-able from body and sleeve length to edging choices and details.  If you don’t see what you want you can build your own sweater from scratch.  This option should only be used by experienced sweater knitters.

Day 2:  We will meet one week later to evaluate your swatch  to see if you have good fabric.  We will then measure your gauge and generate your Custom Fit sweater pattern for you in the store.  Now you are ready to knit!

Cost – $25  ($15 credit for yarn)

Have you ever made a sweater that just didn’t fit right?  Are you tired of altering patterns so they fit you? Do you want a sweater that has all the right stuff?  Have you just never knit a sweater because you don’t want all those things to happen to you?  Well we have some exciting news for you and now we can help you get exactly what you want that fits you like a dream!  Yarnitudes is now a CustomFit Local Yarn Store.  That’s right; CustomFit sweaters from Amy Herzog Design are here!  That means we are prepared to help you design and fit your very own CustomFit Sweater.

There are two sessions in this workshop series.  You need to attend both workshops to get a pattern that is ready to knit.

We have several dates available for the workshops.  Please choose one that works for your schedule.  If you absolutely cannot make one of the workshops, we will make one on one appointments.

Day 1: In this workshop we will discuss good sweater yarn, good sweater fabric, and take your measurements.  We will discuss how to swatch and why it is important to swatch.  Here we aren’t swatching “to get gauge.”  We are swatching to get good sweater fabric that will wear well and that we like on a large scale.  By doing this we are taking our stitch pattern and edging choices out for a test drive!  After this workshop, you will go home with a skein of yarn to swatch with.  Once we have a fabric we like then the magic happens.  Custom Fit works with YOUR measurements and YOUR gauge to make a pattern that is just for YOU!

 

Sonoma County Felting Class

Wet Felted Scarf Class

July 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

– $55

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to make this beautiful piece of artwork that you can actually wear.  It is fun to do.  You don’t need to know how to knit or crochet.  It is made entirely by hand!  A complete novice to fiber arts can create one of these.  Join us and play with fiber and color to create a one of a kind piece.

Make sure to wear something that can get wet.  You may get a bit messy!

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Half Pi Shawl Class

July 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $50

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions – Tues. July 19, & Aug. 2 & 16, 5:30-7:00pm

Instructor – Linda

Cost includes pattern

Learn to knit delicate lace on a classic shawl shape.  This is not as complicated as you think it is.  You can do it!  Wow everyone you know when you wear it.  Wears well with almost anything.

New techniques include:
Increasing, lace knitting (YO, K2TOG), applied lace edging

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles

You will need:
1200-1300 yards lace or fingering weight yarn
Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Ella Rae Lace Merino, Cascade Heritage Sock, Collinette Jitterbug

 

Beginning Crochet Class

July 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.

Instructor – Trudy

In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.  These are the building blocks needed for more advanced projects.  Get the basics down and we can teach you how to do more complicated patterns using these basic stitches.

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Meringue Sideways Pullover Sweater Class

July 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

– $50

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three sessions

Wed. July. 27 11:00am-1:00pm,

Aug. 10 & 24 11:00am-12:30pm

Instructor – Trudy

Learn to make this fun and unusually constructed sweater for yourself or for a loved one.  The stitch pattern is simple and easy to memorize.  Just jump right in!

New techniques include:
Knitting flat and in the round
Decreases, picking up stitches

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast Off
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern, check gauge ( 17 sts & 28 rows = 4 inches)

Materials:
24″ or 32″ Size US 8  & 10 Needles (depending on yarn choice)
1,000-1500 yards (depending on size and yarn choice):

Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Queensland Brisbane, Universal Uptown Worsted, Ella Rae Seasons, Madeline Tosh Vintage

Using a smaller yarn will require doing a bit of math.  Please call to make an appointment for a private lesson to calculate gauge and sweater details if you plan on using a yarn that gives a different gauge.

 Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Knitted Entrelac Scarf Class

July 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for this class

Instructor – Trudy

Cost includes pattern

This great accessory works up beautifully in color changing yarn such as Painted Sky.

New techniques include:
Picking up stitches, Entrelac techniques
This is an advanced beginner class.

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch

Materials:
You will need worsted weight yarn and needles to suit your yarn

 

OK, Well that is all I have for you for now!

Make sure to call to sign up if something catches your eye.  Until next time!

~Lesley

More Classes and then Some

Sonoma county yarn shop

Good Morning!

How are you today?  It was such lovely weather we had this weekend!  I’m sure it made for a wonderful Apple Blossom Festival.

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Did you go?  I hear it was the 70th one.  Amazing isn’t it?  I didn’t get to go this year since I was in the shop, but I did meet so many lovely people who came to town for the event.

Just a reminder, next month we have the yarn and needle tasting going on.  Make sure to sign up as space fills up fast!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Please make sure to mark your calendars for another free event at Yarnitudes on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm!

We will be hosting another yarn and needle tasting on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm.  The last time we did this we had so much fun.  We will have a selection of yarn from Knitting Fever along with knitting needles and crochet hooks from Knitters Pride for you to sample and try out.  This is a great opportunity to try out some great yarn without having to buy it.  See how differently you knit or crochet on the many styles of needles in the Knitters Pride collection and have some fun at the same time.  We are looking forward to it!  Please call ahead to let us know if you will be attending this fun event as space is limited.   We will have more spaces than in a regular class but you don’t want to miss out.

Speaking of classes – May is just around the corner and several classes are starting early in the month, so I will give you the rundown now instead of next week, that gives you time to decide if you want to sign up.  I would hate for you to miss out!

Yarnitudes May Classes

Sonoma county yarn shop

Crochet Child’s Lace Cap Class

May 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

– $20

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

$15 – Includes pattern by Karen Emrey

Instructor – Karen Emrey

Limit 4 students

Learn how to crochet this adorable child’s cap that starts with a star.  Make it for that star child in your life.
Sizing options available

For this class you need to know how to:
work basic crochet stitches.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hook

Materials:
DK weight yarn in 2 colors, size G hook
sample cap made in Royale Hare Alexander Valley hand dyed yarns

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Spinning Multi Colored Braids

Class

May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

– $40

Cost – $45 – Includes some materials (multi color hand dyed braided fiber)

Class limited to 4 students

Instructor – Karen

Not your usual multi color braid spinning!  Unusual twists included!Includes multi color hand dyed braided fiber

Spinning can be on spindle or wheel

For this class you need to know how to:
Must be able sin on your spindle or spinning wheel

Materials:  
Spindle or spinning wheel, sandwich size zip bags and sharpie to label fiber,  string tags to label spun yarn, notebook, pen, string to tie skeins
small or sample size niddy noddy (optional)

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Knitted Baby Surprise Jacket Class

May 1 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

– $60

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Three Sessions – Sun. May 1, 15, & & 19, 4:30-6:00pm

Instructor – Lesley

Cost includes pattern

Make a classic baby sweater.  This is a great knit with incredible construction.  You won’t believe how it comes together.

New techniques include:
Increasing & decreasing, picking up stitches, seaming

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles, pick up pattern, and determine your gauge.

Materials:
Many yarn choices available; see Lesley to choose your yarn weight.

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Beginning Knitting Class

May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $15

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Trudy

Cost does not include materials

In this class we will learn to make a basic hat.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   You will learn the building blocks for more complicated knits and be able to learn something more challenging with ease.

New Techniques Include:
Cast on
knit flat (garter Stitch)
knit in the round (stockinette)
You will learn to decrease

Materials:
One skein Malabrigo Chunky
US Size 10 or 11, 24″ circular needles

Homework:
Purchase up yarn and needles

SOnoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Vanilla Lace Camisole Class

May 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

– $40

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

There are two sessions in this class:

Wed. May. 4 & 25, 10:30am-12:30pm

Instructor – Trudy

Learn to knit this stylish and simple lace topped camisole in two short classes. This classic design would be great all summer long.

New techniques include:
Picking up stitches, lace knitting

For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles before day of class
check gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows / 4 inches

Materials:
Sport Weight Yarn – We recommend Cascade Ultra Pima, Sunseeker, Fiora, Bamboo Pop, Amaze, or Breeze.
550 – 920yds depending on size
US 4 or 5 32″ circular needle (or size needed to get gauge)

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Beaded Necklace Class

May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

– $40

Instructor – Trudy

Cost includes materials

Learn to make this fantastic accessory.  The combinations are limited only by your imagination!

New techniques include:
How to string and knit with pre-strung beads
Long tail cast on with beads
Short rows

For this class you need to know:
Long tail cast on, bind off, knit, and purl
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Pick up necklace kit and string beads on yarn before class

Materials:
Necklace kit, 24” or longer Size 3 circular knitting needle

Sonoma COunty Crochet CLass

Crochet Granny Circle in a Square Class

May 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

– $15

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Learn to make this different twist on a classic Crochet stitch.  So versatile it can be used for:  pillow covers, afghans, medallions in a sweater, slippers, the options are endless!

Instructor – Linda

New techniques include:

Combine chains and  doubles to make a new design.

For this class you need to know how to:
Chain & double crochet

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hook

You will need:
Several colors (or only one) of worsted weight yarn.

 Sonoma County CustomFIt

CustomFit Workshop

May 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $25

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Thur. May 5 & 12, 5:30-7:00pm

Cost – $25  ($15 credit for yarn)

Have you ever made a sweater that just didn’t fit right?  Are you tired of altering patterns so they fit you? Do you want a sweater that has all the right stuff?  Have you just never knit a sweater because you don’t want all those things to happen to you?  Well we have some exciting news for you and now we can help you get exactly what you want that fits you like a dream!  Yarnitudes is now a CustomFit Local Yarn Store.  That’s right; CustomFit sweaters from Amy Herzog Design are here!  That means we are prepared to help you design and fit your very own CustomFit Sweater.

There are two sessions in this workshop series.  You need to attend both workshops to get a pattern that is ready to knit.

We have several dates available for the workshops.  Please choose one that works for your schedule.  If you absolutely cannot make one of the workshops, we will make one on one appointments.

Day 1: In this workshop we will discuss good sweater yarn, good sweater fabric, and take your measurements.  We will discuss how to swatch and why it is important to swatch.  Here we aren’t swatching “to get gauge.”  We are swatching to get good sweater fabric that will wear well and that we like on a large scale.  By doing this we are taking our stitch pattern and edging choices out for a test drive!  After this workshop, you will go home with a skein of yarn to swatch with.  Once we have a fabric we like then the magic happens.  Custom Fit works with YOUR measurements and YOUR gauge to make a pattern that is just for YOU!

Before the second workshop you must complete a minimum of a 6″x6″ swatch in stockinette (and in pattern if applicable.)  Please take some time to view the Custom Fit Sweater patterns.  This will make your sweater pattern building session go much faster.  You can view the Custom Fit patterns at home on your computer by clicking here or in the shop where we have a design book for you to look through.  Remember, the options are all customize-able from body and sleeve length to edging choices and details.  If you don’t see what you want you can build your own sweater from scratch.  This option should only be used by experienced sweater knitters.

Day 2:  We will meet one week later to evaluate your swatch  to see if you have good fabric.  We will then measure your gauge and generate your Custom Fit sweater pattern for you in the store.  Now you are ready to knit!

We have a Custom Fit Sweater Knit-a-long starting in January.  Anyone is welcome to join.  We’d love to see your progress.

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Leftovers Hat Class

May 6 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 pm

– $25

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Trudy

Cost does not include materials

In this class we will learn to make a basic hat but with a twist.  Use up scrap yarn or use some special handspun or odds and ends.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   This is a great way to learn to knit in the round.

New Techniques Include:
Knitted in ends, knitted in fringe

Materials:
Odds and ends of yarn in several colors. at least 100 grams and 200 yards total needed for worsted weight.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Girl’s Plaid Dress Class

May 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

– $40

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

There are two sessions in this class:

Wed. May 11 & Jun. 1, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Instructor – Trudy

Learn to knit this adorable colorwork children’s dress. Simple and fun. Why not give it a try?

New techniques include:
Stranded colorwork, bobbles, seaming, knitting ends in as you go.

For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles before day of class.
Pick up pattern.
check gauge: 24 sts x 32 rows / 4 inches
Cast on and work 4 rows in Garter stitch using contrast color B before day of class

Materials:
Sport Weight Yarn – We recommend Cascade 220 Superwash Sport
5-6 skeins of main color, 1-2 skeins of contrast colors
US 4 and 5, 24″ circular needle (or size needed to get gauge)
4 x 1/2″ butons
stitch holders

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Two – at – a – Time Socks (Toe Up or Top Down)

May 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– $60

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Initial class plus as many more sessions as it takes to finish your socks!

Instructor – Deirdre

Cost includes pattern

You may make your socks toe-up or top-down.  You may use any weight of yarn from sock to worsted; Worsted weight yarn makes great house socks.  A basic pattern will be provided for you or you may use a specific pattern that you have had your eye on.  The second and all future classes are scheduled by appointment; they are held one-on-one at your own pace.

New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increases, deceases, how to get a good fit, short rows, magic loop

For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.

Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles

Materials:
Many yarn choices available; see Lesley or Trudy to choose your yarn.

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Baa-ble hat Class

May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

There are two different dates and two sessions in this class:

Fri. May. 13 & 27, 1:00-2:30pm

OR

Sat. May. 21 & 28, 12:30-2:00pm

Instructor – Trudy

Make this adorable sheepie hat and learn stranded color work all in one project! Adult or child sizes available.

New techniques include:
Stranded colorwork, decreases, working in the round

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch

Homework:
Pick up pattern, yarn, and needles

You must cast on and work 20 rows in 2×2 ribbing before first class.

Materials:
4 colors Cascade 220  or 220 Superwash or other worsted weight yarn

24″ US size 7 circular needle

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitting Stitch-a-Month

January 23 @ 10:30 am – December 17 @ 12:00 pm

– $15

Twelve Session Series (usually the 4th Saturday of the month)  1/23, 2/27, 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/18 (1:00-2:30pm), 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 12/17 (all other sessions 10:30am-12:00pm)

Instructor – Linda

Cost – $15 per session or $120 for the 12 month series ($60 savings)

Don’t worry if you miss a session we will be happy to help you at a later date.

You will learn to make 12 new stitch patterns in this series!  Make 12 different dishcloths or join the squares together into a lap or baby blanket.  Double or triple your squares to make a bed sized blanket.  We will try to keep it interesting so you don’t get bored.

New techniques may include:
lace, cables, colorwork, increases, decreases, reading charts, or written instructions

For this series of classes you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch, read a pattern

Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles

Materials:
Blanket squares:  Cascade 220 Superwash, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra, Plymouth Encore.

Dishcoths:  Cascade Ultra Pima, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton
You will likely use less than one skein per block.

 

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Knitted Felted Hat

May 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

– $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Madeline

Cost includes pattern

Learn to make a simple felted brimmed hat for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical garment that is bound to bring compliments.  Once you knit one, you will want to make many of these to give away.

New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, felting

For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off

Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern before class

Materials:
24” US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers for Size 11 Needles
2 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)
2.5 skeins Lamb’s Pride Worsted

yarn tasting

Yarn and Needle Tasting!

 

May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

– Free!

We will be hosting another yarn and needle tasting on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm.  The last time we did this we had so much fun.  We will have a selection of yarn from Knitting Fever along with knitting needles and crochet hooks from Knitters Pride for you to sample and try out.  This is a great opportunity to try out some great yarn without having to buy it.

See how differently you knit or crochet on the many styles of needles in the Knitters Pride collection and have some fun at the same time.  We are looking forward to it!  Please call ahead to let us know if you will be attending this fun event as space is limited.   We will have more spaces than in a regular class but you don’t want to miss out.

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Spindle to Spinning Wheel Class

May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

– $40

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Instructor – Karen

Limit 4 students

Do you only spin on a spindle? Have you bought or borrowed a spinning wheel? We’ll cover setting up your wheel, how the spindle turned into a spinning wheel, how the spinning wheel works, treadling (not as easy as it looks), and lots more!

Don’t have a spinning wheel? Yarnitudes sells American made Schacht spinning wheels from Boulder, CO. Top quality!

We recommend 3 styles of wheels: the Matchless, the Lady Bug, and the folding portable the Sidekick!  Let us order one for you!

Must be able to spin on a spindle.
You supply the wheel.

Beginning Crochet Class

May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

– $15

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.

Instructor – Trudy

Cost does not include materials

Beginning Crocheting in a group setting is a new concept in classes for Yarnitudes.  We are giving this a try to see how it goes.  Please tell your friends who have been on the fence about Crocheting that we will offer group beginning classes on a  regular basis going forward.

In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.

Sonoma county yarn shop

Crochet Garden Hat Class

May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 $30

Please contact us to sign up for the class.

There are two sessions in this class:

Thur. May 19 & June 2, 1:00-2:30pm

Learn to make this classic crochet sun hat.  So versatile it can be used for spring summer and fall.

Instructor – Linda

New techniques include:

Combine chains and  doubles to make a new design.

For this class you need to know how to:
Chain , single, and double crochet

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hook.  You must purchase the pattern online at home before class.  We are unable to sell it through the store.  Click here for link to pattern: Crochet Garden hat by Linda Permann.

You will need:

Size G crochet hook.  One or two colors (or only one) of worsted weight yarn.  We suggest Good Earth – cotton linen blend or Queensland – Cairns

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Crochet Stitch-a-Month

January 16 @ 10:30 am – December 17 @ 12:00 pm

– $15

Twelve Session Series (usually the 3nd Saturday of the month) 1/16, 2/20, 3/19, 4/23 (1-2:30pm), 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/10 (all other sessions 10:30am-12:00pm)

Instructor – Linda

Cost – $15 per session or $120 for the 12 month series ($60 savings)

Don’t worry if you miss a session we will be happy to help you at a later date.

You will learn to make 12 new stitch patterns in this series!  Make 12 different dishcloths or join the squares together into a lap or baby blanket.  Double or triple your squares to make a bed sized blanket.  We will try to keep it interesting so you don’t get bored.

New techniques may include:
lace, cables, colorwork, increases, decreases, reading charts, or written instructions

For this series of classes you need to know how to:
Chain, single, double, half double crochet etc.

Homework:
Purchase yarn and hooks

Materials:
Blanket squares:  Cascade 220 Superwash, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra, Plymouth Encore.

Dishcoths:  Cascade Ultra Pima, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton
You will likely use one skein per block.

Sonoma County Spinning Class 

Start Spinning Class

May 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

– $30

Instructor – Karen

Cost includes materials

Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects!
You do not need to bring anything with you.  You will be given roving and may borrow a drop spindle. There will be a wheel demonstration. You may bring your wheel if you have one.

New techniques include:
Drafting wool
Using a drop spindle

 

Just Classes! April

Dear Trudy
Well it is that time again!  I have collected our class descriptions for the month of April so you can plan which ones you’d like to take.  As always if there is a date or time that does not work for you, let us know.  We will gladly schedule again at a time that does work.  Don’t see what you are looking for?  Let us know.  Our best classes come from your suggestions!  Please let us know by email, by phone, or in person to let us know you’d like to sign up for a class.  We keep our class size small to make sure you get plenty of attention.  This means they fill up fast.  However, we have to have at least two people to hold a class.  So don’t wait!  Call us today!

Knitted Cabled or Ribbed Fingerless Mitts Class

March 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 $30

Two sessions – Tues. Mar. 29 & Apr. 12, 2:00-3:30pm
Instructor – Deirdre
Cost includes pattern
Make these great mitts with cables or go for a simple ribbed version!  Beautiful to knit in subtle hand painted or solid yarns.  great gifts that knit up quickly since we will be teaching you to do these two at a time with the magic loop method!
New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increases, cables, magic loop
For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, knitting in the round, cast on, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles
Materials:
One skein of worsted or light worsted wight yarn ~200 yards will make one pair

Knitted Baa-ble Hat

April 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

 $30

There are two sessions in this class:
Fri. Apr. 1 & 29, 11:30-1:00pm
Instructor – Trudy
Make this adorable sheepie hat and learn stranded colorwork all in one project!
New techniques include:
Stranded colorwork, decreases, working in the round
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch
Homework:
Pick up pattern, yarn, and needles
Materials:
4 colors Cascade 220 Superwash
24″ US size 7 circular needle
Yarnitudes Classes!
Classes this week:
Classes next week:
All class details are available on our website, click here.
To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 707-827-3618, or contact us.  Classes with fewer than two attendees will have to be rescheduled.

As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you

Just Classes – March

Half-Pi Shawl
February 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
– $60

Sononma COunty KNitting CLass

Three sessions – Tues. Feb. 23, Mar. 8 & 22, 6:00-8:00pm
Instructor – Linda
Cost includes pattern
Learn to knit delicate lace on a classic shawl shape. This is not as complicated as you think it is. You can do it! Wow everyone you know when you wear it. Wears well with almost anything.
New techniques include:
Increasing, lace knitting (YO, K2TOG), applied lace edging
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles
You will need:
1200-1300 yards lace or fingering weight yarn
Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Ella Rae Lace Merino, Cascade Heritage Sock, Collinette Jitterbug

Knitted Mitered Square Bag Class
February 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
– $60

Sebastopol KNitting CLass

Three sessions – Thurs. Feb. 25, Mar. 10 & 24,
10:30am-12:30pm
Instructor – Linda
Learn to knit this fantastic modular bag. Mitered squares are so fun! Give this interesting technique a try. What a great way to show off a skein of hand painted yarn!
New techniques include:
Decreasing, applied i-cord, i-cord, carrying colors in stripes
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles
You will need:
2 skeins ~ 200 yards each in 2 different colors. using a variegated or color changing yarn for one with a neutral gives a great effect!
Linda used Cascade 220 and 220 paints.
Knitting Stitch-a-Month
January 23 @ 10:30 am – December 17 @ 12:00 pm
– $15
Twelve Session Series (usually the 4th Saturday of the month) 1/23, 2/27, 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/25, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 12/17
Instructor – Linda

Sonoma County Knitting Class
Cost – $15 per session or $120 for the 12 month series ($60 savings)
Don’t worry if you miss a session we will be happy to help you during one of our Drop in Help sessions.
You will learn to make 12 new stitch patterns in this series! Make 12 different dishcloths or join the squares together into a lap or baby blanket. Double or triple your squares to make a bed sized blanket. We will try to keep it interesting so you don’t get bored.
New techniques may include:
lace, cables, colorwork, increases, decreases, reading charts, or written instructions
For this series of classes you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch, read a pattern
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles
Materials:
Blanket squares: Cascade 220 Superwash, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra, Plymouth Encore.
Dishcoths: Cascade Ultra Pima, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton
You will likely use less than one skein per block.
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Painted Shawl
February 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
-$20

Sebastopol Knitting Class

Instructor – Deirdre
Learn to make this classic triangular shawl shape in light and airy fingering weight yarn or warm and cozy light worsted weight yarn. The wonderful color changes in this yarn make this shawl a delight to knit. Want to make it more interesting? Deirdre will help you make a three or four panel shawl to cover you more completely. What fun!
New techniques include:
Basic lace (YO, k2tog), triangular shawl construction.
For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles
Materials:
One skein of Painted Desert (fingering) with 32″ US 4 needle or two skeins of Painted sky (light worsted) with 32″ US 7 needle, stitch markers
Felted Sheep
February 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
– $40

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Two sessions – Sun. Feb. 28 & Mar 13, 4:30-6:00pm
Instructor – Lesley
Cost includes pattern
Wooly, Cuddly, and Completely Loveable, Sheep!
Easy to knit, easy to felt. You won’t be able to make just one! The yarn and needle used will determine finished size of sheep.
New techniques include:
Short Rows, increasing, decreasing, working back and forth, seaming.
Instructions are given for felting at home
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn
Verify gauge with a swatch 12 stitches = 4 inches stockinette when yarn is doubled
You will need:
Worsted Weight (non-superwash) Wool: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride or Cascade 220
1 skein body, partial skein in contrast for face
Stitch markers and a 24″ or longer size US 10 1/2 or 11 circular needle

Beginning Crochet
March 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
– $15
Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.
Instructor – Trudy
Cost does not include materials
Beginning Crocheting in a group setting is a new concept in classes for Yarnitudes. We are giving this a try to see how it goes. Please tell your friends who have been on the fence about Crocheting that we will offer group beginning classes on a regular basis going forward.
In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.

Custom Fit Workshop
March 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
– $25

Sonoma County CustomFIt

Cost – $25 ($15 credit for yarn)
Have you ever made a sweater that just didn’t fit right? Are you tired of altering patterns so they fit you? Do you want a sweater that has all the right stuff? Have you just never knit a sweater because you don’t want all those things to happen to you? Well we have some exciting news for you and now we can help you get exactly what you want that fits you like a dream! Yarnitudes is now a CustomFit Local Yarn Store. That’s right; CustomFit sweaters from Amy Herzog Design are here! That means we are prepared to help you design and fit your very own CustomFit Sweater.
There are two sessions in this workshop series. You need to attend both workshops to get a pattern that is ready to knit.
We have several dates available for the workshops. Please choose one that works for your schedule. If you absolutely cannot make one of the workshops, we will make one on one appointments.
Day 1: In this workshop we will discuss good sweater yarn, good sweater fabric, and take your measurements. We will discuss how to swatch and why it is important to swatch. Here we aren’t swatching “to get gauge.” We are swatching to get good sweater fabric that will wear well and that we like on a large scale. By doing this we are taking our stitch pattern and edging choices out for a test drive! After this workshop, you will go home with a skein of yarn to swatch with. Once we have a fabric we like then the magic happens. Custom Fit works with YOUR measurements and YOUR gauge to make a pattern that is just for YOU!
Before the second workshop you must complete a minimum of a 6″x6″ swatch in stockinette (and in pattern if applicable.) Please take some time to view the Custom Fit Sweater patterns. This will make your sweater pattern building session go much faster. You can view the Custom Fit patterns at home on your computer by clicking here or in the shop where we have a design book for you to look through. Remember, the options are all customize-able from body and sleeve length to edging choices and details. If you don’t see what you want you can build your own sweater from scratch. This option should only be used by experienced sweater knitters.
Day 2: We will meet one week later to evaluate your swatch to see if you have good fabric. We will then measure your gauge and generate your Custom Fit sweater pattern for you in the store. Now you are ready to knit!
We have a Custom Fit Sweater Knit-a-long starting in January. Anyone is welcome to join. We’d love to see your progress.

Knitted Cabled Hat Class
March 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
– $20

Sonoma County Knit CLass

Instructor – Madeline.
Cost includes pattern.
Learn to make a simple cable knit hat. This project takes just a few hours to knit and uses only 1 skein of a chunky weight yarn. It is a great beanie to wear on those cold Sonoma County winter morning walks. It also makes a great gift for family and friends.
New techniques include:
Cable knitting, 2 stitch twist cable, k2tog casting off for a hat
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, identify a stitch
Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles
Materials:
US 10 or 11 straight or circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers
One skein of Malabrigo Chunky

Knitted Bunny Hat Class
March 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
– $20

Sonoma County Knitting Class
Instructor – Lesley
Make this adorable hat just in time for spring. Pattern is written for an infant but I can help you scale it up to adult size if desired!
New techniques include:
Increases, decreases, working in the round
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch
Homework:
Pick up pattern, yarn, and needles
Materials:
1 skein Cascade 128 Superwash plus contrast for ears
24″ US size 9 circular needle

Two – at – a – Time Socks (Toe Up or Top Down)
March 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
OR
March 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
– $60

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Initial class plus as many more sessions as it takes to finish your socks!
Instructor – Deirdre
Cost includes pattern
You may make your socks toe-up or top-down. You may use any weight of yarn from sock to worsted; Worsted weight yarn makes great house socks. A basic pattern will be provided for you or you may use a specific pattern that you have had your eye on. The second and all future classes are scheduled by appointment; they are held one-on-one at your own pace.
New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increases, deceases, how to get a good fit, short rows, magic loop
For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles
Materials:
Many yarn choices available; see Lesley or Trudy to choose your yarn.

Felted Soap Class
March 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
– $30

Sonoma County Felting Classes
Instructor – Lesley
Cost includes materials except soap – please bring two bars to class
In this class you will learn to make boutique quality felted soaps. Wrapped soap lasts longer and looks nicer than a bare bar of soap. Learn to wrap loose roving around a bar of soap and felt it closed. Add artistic swirls and let your imagination run wild. Make sure to wear clothing that can get wet or bring an apron. You will felt two bars of soap in this class.
New Techniques include:
Wet felting with roving

Knitted Baa-ble Hat Class
March 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
– $30

baable
There are two sessions in this class:
Fri. Mar. 11 & 25, 1:00-2:30pm
Instructor – Trudy
Make this adorable sheepie hat and learn stranded colorwork all in one project!
New techniques include:
Stranded colorwork, decreases, working in the round
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, recognize a stitch
Homework:
Pick up pattern, yarn, and needles
Materials:
4 colors Cascade 220 Superwash
24″ US size 7 circular needle

Knitted Feather and Fan Scarf Class
March 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
– $20

Sonoma County Knitting Class

Instructor – Madeline

Learn to make a beautiful lace scarf for yourself or as a gift. The deceptively simple pattern and lace weight mohair yarn combine to produce a spectacular accessory.
New techniques include:
Knitting with mohair yarn
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern
Materials:
24” Size US 9 Needles
230 yards lace mohair – 1 skein (Debbie Bliss Angel, Cascade Kid Seta,
Cascade Kid Seta Noir, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, or similar. Or 2 skeins of Stacy Charles Ristratto

Start Spinning
March 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
– $45

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Instructor – Karen
Cost includes materials
Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects!
You do not need to bring anything with you. You will be given roving and may borrow a drop spindle. There will be a wheel demonstration. You may bring your wheel if you have one.
New techniques include:
Drafting wool
Using a drop spindle

Beginning Knitting
March 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
– $15

Sonoma County Knitting Class
Instructor – Trudy
Cost does not include materials
In this class we will learn to make a basic hat. This is the perfect project for a new knitter. It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it. You will learn the building blocks for more complicated knits and be able to learn something more challenging with ease.
New Techniques Include:
Cast on
knit flat (garter Stitch)
knit in the round (stockinette)
You will learn to decrease
Materials:
One skein Malabrigo Chunky
US Size 10 or 11, 24″ circular needles
Homework:
Purchase up yarn and needles

Pattern Reading and Yarn Substitution
March 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
– $15
Instructor – Trudy
Learn to read a basic pattern from the sizing of a garment and understanding a schematic to the abbreviations and general instructions. Finally figure out how to swap one yarn for another safely!
New techniques include:
How to read a basic pattern
How to find a suitable yarn substitution

Crochet Granny Squares Class
March 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
– $15

sonoma county crochet class
Learn to make this classic Crochet stitch. So versatile it can be used for: pillow covers, afghans, medallions in a sweater, slippers, the options are endless!
Instructor – Linda
New techniques include:
Combine chains and doubles to make a new design.
For this class you need to know how to:
Chain & double crochet
Homework:
Purchase yarn and hook
You will need:
Several colors (or only one) of worsted weight yarn.

Knitted Cabled or Ribbed Fingerless Mitts Class
March 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
– $30

Sebastopol Knitting CLass

Sebastopol KNitting Class
Two sessions – Tues. Mar. 29 & Apr. 12, 2:00-3:30pm
Instructor – Deirdre
Cost includes pattern
Make these great mitts with cables or go for a simple ribbed version! Beautiful to knit in subtle hand painted or solid yarns. great gifts that knit up quickly since we will be teaching you to do these two at a time with the magic loop method!
New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increases, cables, magic loop
For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, knitting in the round, cast on, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles
Materials:
One skein of worsted or light worsted wight yarn ~200 yards will make one pair

Felted Hat
April 2 @ 12:30 – 2:30 pm
– $26

Sonoma County Knitting Class

 

Instructor – Madeline
Cost includes pattern
Learn to make a simple felted brimmed hat for yourself or as a gift. This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical garment that is bound to bring compliments. Once you knit one, you will want to make many of these to give away.
New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, felting
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off
Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern
Materials:
24″ US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers for Size 11 Needles
2 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)
Beginning Wheel Spinning Class
April 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
– $30

Sonoma County Spinning Class

Instructor – Karen
Cost includes materials
Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects Using a Spinning Wheel.
You should know how to spin on a drop spindle before attending this class. You must provide your own spinning wheel. None are available to borrow.
You should know how to:
Draft and spin on a spindle
New techniques include:
Spinning on a wheel
That is all we have on the books so far for March! Looks like fun yes?
Until next time!
~Trudy, Lesley, Karen, Linda, Deirdre, and Madeline

Just Classes!

Hello How are you today?

It is the time again to give you an overview of the classes we have coming up in the next couple of months. As always, if there is something you would like to learn, let us know!  We are always adding new classes and repeating old ones on request.  We value your input.  Thank you for giving us an opportunity to teach you something new.  We love it!

Beginning Crochet

January 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 $15

Additional sessions will be scheduled one on one at your own pace.
Instructor – Trudy
Cost does not include materials
Beginning Crocheting in a group setting is a new concept in classes for Yarnitudes.  We are giving this a try to see how it goes.  Please tell your friends who have been on the fence about Crocheting that we will offer group beginning classes on a  regular basis going forward.
In this class we will teach you to chain, work a double and single crochet in order to make a simple washcloth.

Felted Hat

January 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

 $26

Instructor – Madeline
Cost includes pattern
Learn to make a simple felted brimmed hat for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern knits up quickly and, once felted, produces an amazingly cute practical garment that is bound to bring compliments.  Once you knit one, you will want to make many of these to give away.
New techniques include:
Knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, felting
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off
Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles and pattern
Materials:
24″ US 11 Needles, Stitch Markers for Size 11 Needles
2 skeins of Cascade 220 (NOT SUPERWASH)

Baby or Child Top-Down Cardigan

January 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 $50

Two sessions – Thurs. Jan. 28 & Feb. 11
Instructor – Lesley
Learn to make this easy sweater for the little one in your life. Top down construction makes this easy to try on as you go.  If you have never knit a sweater before this is an easy place to start.  The possibilities are endless with so many color choices and the option to add texture in the form of cables or lace.
New techniques include:
Knitting flat and in the round
Knit front and back increases, cable cast on, picking up stitches
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl and cast Off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles, pick up pattern
Materials:
24″ Size US 7 – 9 Needles (depending on yarn choice)
400-800 yards (depending on size and yarn choice):  Malabrigo Rios, Tosh Vintage, or Tosh DK, Cascade 220 Superwash, Painted Sky, Cascade 220 Superwash Aran, Plymouth Encore, Universal Uptown Worsted.

Cable Knit Scarf/Cowl

February 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

 $26

Instructor – Madeline.
Cost includes pattern.
Learn to make a simple cable knit button scarf/cowl for yourself or as a gift.  This simple pattern uses only one skein (100 yards) of a bulky yarn.  The finished scarf is only 30 inches long so knits up quickly.  This quick and easy project is a great way to show off beautiful cables.
New techniques include:
Cable knitting, Slip stitch edge treatment, 2 stitch twist cable (great as a border to show off larger more complicated cables), buttonholes, k2tog cast off
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, identify a stitch
Homework:
Purchase yarn, needles, and pattern (you must buy this pattern on Ravelry)
Materials:
US 10 or 11 straight or circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers, three buttons, or shawl pin.
One skein of Cascade 128 Superwash OR 1 skein Cascade Bulky Alpaca (or any bulky yarn that gives you about 3.5 stitches per inch.)   Approximately 100 yards

Custom Fit Workshop

February 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 $25

or

February 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

  $25


Friday. Feb. 5 & 12, 11:00am-12:30pm
or
Thurs. Feb. 18 & 25, 5:30-7:00pm
Cost – $25  ($15 credit for yarn)
Have you ever made a sweater that just didn’t fit right?  Are you tired of altering patterns so they fit you? Do you want a sweater that has all the right stuff?  Have you just never knit a sweater because you don’t want all those things to happen to you?  Well we have some exciting news for you and now we can help you get exactly what you want that fits you like a dream!  Yarnitudes is now a CustomFit Local Yarn Store.  That’s right; CustomFit sweaters from Amy Herzog Design are here!  That means we are prepared to help you design and fit your very own CustomFit Sweater.
There are two sessions in this workshop series.  You need to attend both workshops to get a pattern that is ready to knit.
We have several dates available for the workshops.  Please choose one that works for your schedule.  If you absolutely cannot make one of the workshops, we will make one on one appointments.
Day 1: In this workshop we will discuss good sweater yarn, good sweater fabric, and take your measurements.  We will discuss how to swatch and why it is important to swatch.  Here we aren’t swatching “to get gauge.”  We are swatching to get good sweater fabric that will wear well and that we like on a large scale.  By doing this we are taking our stitch pattern and edging choices out for a test drive!  After this workshop, you will go home with a skein of yarn to swatch with.  Once we have a fabric we like then the magic happens.  Custom Fit works with YOUR measurements and YOUR gauge to make a pattern that is just for YOU!
Before the second workshop you must complete a minimum of a 6″x6″ swatch in stockinette (and in pattern if applicable.)  Please take some time to view the Custom Fit Sweater patterns.  This will make your sweater pattern building session go much faster.  You can view the Custom Fit patterns at home on your computer by clicking here or in the shop where we have a design book for you to look through.  Remember, the options are all customize-able from body and sleeve length to edging choices and details.  If you don’t see what you want you can build your own sweater from scratch.  This option should only be used by experienced sweater knitters.
Day 2:  We will meet one week later to evaluate your swatch  to see if you have good fabric.  We will then measure your gauge and generate your Custom Fit sweater pattern for you in the store.  Now you are ready to knit!
We have a Custom Fit Sweater Knit-a-long starting in January.  Anyone is welcome to join.  We’d love to see your progress.

Start Spinning

February 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 $45

Instructor – Karen
Cost includes materials
Learn to spin your own yarn for use in one of-a-kind projects!
You do not need to bring anything with you.  You will be given roving and may borrow a drop spindle. There will be a wheel demonstration. You may bring your wheel if you have one.
New techniques include:
Drafting wool
Using a drop spindle

Felted Clogs

February 7 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 $50

Two sessions – Sun. Feb. 7, 4:30-7 & Feb. 14, 4:30-6
Instructor – Lesley
Cost includes pattern
Comfy, cozy feet are what you need this winter.  These house shoes make wonderful gifts.  Make it more fun by not felting them until after you gift them and look at the recipient’s face when they open a package with a huge pair of wooly shoes inside! Easy to knit, easy to felt.  You won’t be able to make just one pair!
New techniques include:
Short Rows, increasing, decreasing, working back and forth and in the round
Instructions are given for felting at home
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn
Verify gauge with a swatch (10 stitches = 4 inches stockinette when yarn is doubled)
You will need:
Worsted Weight (non-superwash) Wool:  Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride or Cascade 220
(3 skeins – 2 in body color 1 in contrast – more for men’s large sizes)
Stitch markers and a 24″ or longer size 13 circular needle

Beginning Knitting

February 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 $15

Instructor – Trudy
Cost does not include materials
In this class we will learn to make a basic hat.  This is the perfect project for a new knitter.  It works up quickly; you’ll be finished before you know it.   You will learn the building blocks for more complicated knits and be able to learn something more challenging with ease.
New Techniques Include:
Cast on
knit flat (garter Stitch)
knit in the round (stockinette)
You will learn to decrease
Materials:
One skein Malabrigo Chunky
US Size 10 or 11, 24″ circular needles
Homework:
Purchase up yarn and needles

Crochet Feather & Fan Scarf

February 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 $20

Instructor – Linda
Cost includes pattern
Learn to crochet this beautiful stitch with only a basic knowledge of crochet you will be able to make this neat scarf!
New techniques include:
Combine chains, doubles, and slipped stitches to make a new design.
For this class you need to know how to:
Chain & double crochet
Homework:
Purchase yarn and hook
You will need:
2 skeins sport or DK weight yarn

Beaded Necklace

February 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 $40

Instructor – Trudy
Cost includes materials
Learn to make this fantastic accessory.  The combinations are limited only by your imagination!
New techniques include:
How to string and knit with pre-strung beads
Long tail cast on with beads
Short rows
For this class you need to know:
Long tail cast on, bind off, knit, and purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Pick up necklace kit and string beads on yarn before class
Materials:
Necklace kit, 24″ or longer Size 3 circular knitting needle

CustomFit Sweater Class

February 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 $20

Cost – $10/hour
Instructor – Deirdre
Sun. Feb. 14 2:00-4:00pm.   Plus additional meetings as needed.  Schedule TBA.
Never knit a sweater before?  Need help knitting that CustomFIt sweater?  No problem.  We will help you through the process.  Formal class setting to teach you all the steps for sweater knitting.
New Techniques:
Reading a CustomFit pattern, casting on, increases, decreases, counting rows, mostly seamless or seamed construction options.
Homework:
You must have completed a CustomFit workshop or have already generated a CustomFit pattern before attending this class.

Half-Pi Shawl

February 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 $60

Three sessions – Tues. Feb. 23, Mar. 8 & 22, 6:00-8:00pm
Instructor – Linda
Cost includes pattern
Learn to knit delicate lace on a classic shawl shape.  This is not as complicated as you think it is.  You can do it!  Wow everyone you know when you wear it.  Wears well with almost anything.
New techniques include:
Increasing, lace knitting (YO, K2TOG), applied lace edging
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn and needles
You will need:
1200-1300 yards lace or fingering weight yarn
Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Ella Rae Lace Merino, Cascade Heritage Sock, Collinette Jitterbug

Painted Shawl

February 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

or
February 28 @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm
$20
Instructor – Deirdre
Learn to make this classic triangular shawl shape in light and airy fingering weight yarn or warm and cozy light worsted weight yarn.  The wonderful color changes in this yarn make this shawl a delight to knit.  Want to make it more interesting? Deirdre will help you make a three or four panel shawl to cover you more completely.  What fun!
New techniques include:
Basic lace (YO, k2tog), triangular shawl construction.
For this class you need to know how to:
Knit, purl, be able to tell the difference, bind off
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn & needles
Materials:
One skein of Painted Desert (fingering) with 32″ US 4 needle or two skeins of Painted sky (light worsted) with 32″ US 7 needle, stitch markers

Felted Sheep

February 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

 $40

Two sessions – Sun. Feb. 28 & Mar 13, 4:30-6:00pm
Instructor – Lesley
Cost includes pattern
Wooly, Cuddly, and Completely Loveable, Sheep!
Easy to knit, easy to felt.  You won’t be able to make just one!  The yarn and needle used will determine finished size of sheep.
New techniques include:
Short Rows, increasing, decreasing, working back and forth, seaming.
Instructions are given for felting at home
For this class you need to know how to:
Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
This is an advanced beginner class.
Homework:
Purchase yarn
Verify gauge with a swatch 12 stitches = 4 inches stockinette when yarn is doubled
You will need:
Worsted Weight (non-superwash) Wool:  Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride or Cascade 220
1 skein body, partial skein in contrast for face
Stitch markers and a 24″ or longer size US 10 1/2 or 11 circular needle
That is all we have on the books so far for February!  Looks like fun yes?
Until next time!
~Trudy & Lesley

CustomFit is Here!

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Good morning,

Today I have a few questions for you.  Have you ever made a sweater that just didn’t fit right?  Are you tired of altering patterns so they fit you? Do you want a sweater that has all the right stuff?  Have you just never knit a sweater because you don’t want all those things to happen to you?  Well we have some exciting news for you and now we can help you get exactly what you want that fits you like a dream!  Yarnitudes is now a CustomFit Local Yarn Store.  That’s right; CustomFit sweaters from Amy Herzog Design are here!  That means we are prepared to help you design and fit your very own CustomFit Sweater.

Sweater knitting has never been so easy.  CustomFit lets you use any yarn you want, for any of our [CustomFit] designs, and creates a pattern to your choices.”

But why make a sweater using CustomFit when there are so many other pattern choices out there?  Well let me tell you.  Sometimes sweaters just don’t fit right when you make them as designed. You know I have knit a sweater or two.  And yes even I make bad choices or I don’t get it exactly right. I’ve even ripped out a whole sweater that was just not working and have re-knit things because they were never going to fit.  I have three sweaters in my closet right now that I never wear because they just don’t fit.  I can’t bear to rip them out or give them away.  So they just sit there!  But no more!

Check out this great vest I made using CustomFit.  I just love it!

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Trudy is making a more advanced CustomFit sweater recipe that overlays a cable stitches on a CustomFit pattern!  Wow! Gorgeous!

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Here is Deirdre modeling one of her CustomFit creations.  Doesn’t she look happy with the outcome?

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Please let us help you.  We want to give you the tools to not only knit a sweater that fits, but to teach to the skills you need to know to complete it.  Sweater knitting is not that hard.  After all, we all knit one stitch at a time.  It is really gratifying to make something that you can wear.  I get compliments on mine all the time!  So join us!

Yarnitudes will be hosting CustomFit sweater knit-a-long starting in January.  To better serve you, we will be having workshops before the knit-a-long starts.  There are two sessions in this workshop series and you will need to attend both workshops to get a pattern that is ready to knit.

We have several dates available for the workshops.  Please choose one that works for your schedule.  If you absolutely cannot make one of the workshops, we can make one on one appointments.

Please choose one 2-class session to attend:

Tues. Jan. 5 & 12, 5:30-7:00pm &
OR
Thurs. Jan. 7 & 14, 5:30-7:00pm
OR
Fri. Jan. 8 & 15, 9:00-10:30am
OR
Fri. Jan. 8 &15, 11:00am-12:30pm
OR
Sun. Jan. 10 & 17, 4:30-6:00pm

There is a onetime fee of $25 for measuring and pattern generation.  We will give you a voucher for $15 off your sweater yarn purchase at the time of the workshop.  CustomFit patterns cost between $10 and $12.50.

Once you have completed the workshop series you are ready to start your sweater.  We will be happy to sit and knit with you while you make your sweater.  We have two weekly sit and knit sessions.  Yarnitudes Sit and Knit happens on Wednesday nights and Friday afternoons.  As always, if you have a quick question we are happy to help as time allows during the day.  If you need more help on your sweater we will hold CustomFit drop-in help sessions twice a week for $10/hour.  We have not yet scheduled a formal sweater knitting class.  If there is enough interest, we will try to schedule formal classes.  Please let us know if you want a sit down lesson for sweater knitting and we will try to schedule something that works for everyone.

Here is what Amy has to say about local stores and what we can bring you in the sweater knitting process:

“The Local Yarn Stores are our torch bearers. They’re the place where you can learn what separates a good sweater fabric from a bad sweater fabric. And why mattress stitch is the way to go, for seams. How to swatch properly. How to pick up stitches and set in a zipper and make sure your folded hem doesn’t flip up when you wear it. They’re the ones who can teach you about craft.

CustomFit can give you a pattern. But your Local Yarn Store can teach you how to knit a sweater. And so it seemed only natural to combine the two. CustomFit is now available in an ever-growing list of stores. Their classes & collective expertise can help you on your crafting journey, and help your sweaters change your life.”

Please join Yarnitudes in our CustomFit journey!

Workshop Day 1: In this workshop we will discuss good sweater yarn, good sweater fabric, and take your measurements.  We will discuss how to swatch and why it is important to swatch. Here we are not swatching “to get gauge,” but rather to get good sweater fabric that will wear well and that we like on a large scale.  By doing this we are taking our stitch pattern and edging choices out for a test drive!  After this workshop, you will go home with a skein of yarn to swatch with.  Once we have a fabric we like then the magic happens.  CustomFit works with YOUR measurements and YOUR gauge to make a pattern that is just for YOU!

Before the second workshop you must complete a 6×6 swatch in stockinette stitch (and in pattern if applicable.)  Please take some time to view the Custom Fit Sweater patterns.  This will make your sweater pattern building session go much faster.  You can view the Custom Fit patterns at home on your computer by clicking here or in the shop where we have a design book for you to look through.  Remember, the options are all customize-able from body and sleeve length to edging choices and style.  If you don’t see what you want you can build your own sweater from scratch.  This option should only be used by experienced sweater knitters.

Day 2:  We will meet one week later to evaluate your swatch to see if you have good fabric.  We will then measure your gauge and generate your CustomFit sweater pattern for you in the store.  The great thing about the pattern design process is it will tell you how much yarn you need to knit your sweater.  Yeay! No more guesswork.

If you have any questions please stop by the store. we would be happy to help.

~Lesley

Almost Turkey Time!

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Felted Turkey Pattern

Good Morning, I hope you are well and have had a great week.  Can you believe next week will be Thanksgiving?  Wow!  We have so much to be thankful for.  We live in one of the best places on earth; have great families and friends, and the greatest customers ever.  My list goes on and on but that is for another time.

I know I have really freaked Lesley out about how soon the holiday is coming on.  She is still busy on her Thanksgiving hats.  A few things have managed to take her attention away from them lately, oops.  She will do it though, we all know she will.  Stay tuned for next week she has a special addition to email planned for you so that she can show you all the hats!  I’m pretty sure this isn’t what she is making,  but wouldn’t it be funny?

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Cooked turkey hat pattern

Now that we have you thinking about silly hats.  We now have the Top This Hat kits in the store.   They are going fast too!  Have you seen them?

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They are soooo cute.  There are all kinds of animals  I am making one for Lesley, so don’t be surprised if you come in and see her with a monkey on her head.  They even have some new ones for Christmas and the holidays; you will have to let us know if you want those though as they are not available until next month so we have to get our order in quick with them.

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They are a great quick knit and a very reasonable price, only $9.50.  You don’t have to just make a hat though.  We have instructions at the shop to make a pair of slippers with 2 kits or a cute scarf.

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Speaking of quick projects, I have finally, yay, finished putting all the clearance items together into bags with ideas of what you can make from them.  I have mixed and matched colors too, so now you can just pick one up and away you go.  We have quite a selections of kits put together from hats, scarves, washcloths – which make great hostess gifts, to Fair Isle cardigans, and vests.  Prices range from 25% to 60% off.  Also, if you look around the store you will see other discounts on selected yarn, and needles.  Be sure to check the signs on each shelf to see our specials.

gift

Our gift list/registration, Secret Santa, whatever you would like to call it is now going strong.  Some of you have already gotten your list ready.  Needle sets and yarn are most popular, but bags and books are a great idea too.  We will soon have more Della Q and Atenti bags in the store.  We have extra needles sets in stock and will special order for you if we need to to make your gift just perfect!  It is all way too exciting.  The knitters Pride Royale collection is here, minus one set, I just had to have one for myself.  Have you seen them? They really are beautiful.

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Speaking of books, was I?   We now have the Knit the Sky books in stock.  Come by and get a taste of what is to come in the workshop that we are having soon.  We have a correction to the workshop cost.  It should have read $20 for the workshop or $35 with the book.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet a local author and learn from her in person!  I had a lady in yesterday who had already been inspired by it and had knit one of the projects from the book.  Come and join Lea, Lesley, and I for a couple of hours of fun.  A reminder the date for this is Sunday, December 6th, 4:30-6:30pm.  Sign up now!

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We are getting ready, planning for next year, classes, visits from local celebrities etc.  We are really trying to keep things hopping, and get you inspired.   Please continue to check the website for current information on classes and workshops.  We have some exciting things in store for you!

help

Speaking of what we have in store for you, we have made a great change.  We have scheduled drop in help sessions twice a week so that hopefully you can get help on your projects in progress.  Our schedule is Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00pm and Fridays from 10:00-11:00am.  Madeline has agreed to come in and help us during these times so you will have plenty of opportunity to get help.  The cost is just $10 per hour.  We hope you will take advantage of this time to get your projects back on track.  As always if you have a quick question, there is not charge but anything that takes more than about 5-10 minutes would be better answered during a drop in help session or a private lesson.  Thank you for your understanding.

While I have you let me show you the second finished Svalbard knit-a-long sweater.  Would you believe Lesley still hasn’t finished hers?  This one was completed last week by Sue G.  Isn’t it a great heathery green?  SO many more are cooking along.  We’ll have more to show you next week I bet.

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One more finished project.  Madeline has finished her gradient vest in Mirasol Nuna.  She double stranded the yarn and the fabric is truly decadent.  Can you just imagine how SOFT this must be???

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What are you working on?  Bring it by the shop.  We’d love to see!

So for now I will leave you – until next time – happy knitting!

~Trudy

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There is plenty of time to sign up for classes this week!
Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
Yarnitudes Classes Next week:
All other class details are available on our website, click here.

To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 707-827-3618, or contact us.

Please let us know if a day or time does not work for you. We will try to repeat a class at a another time.
As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you
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Social knitting

Knitting and Crocheting groups meet at Yarnitudes on Wednesday evenings or Friday afternoons.  Spinning group meets on Thurday afternoon. Please join us!

The Santa Rosa Sit and Stitch meetings occur every Second and Fourth Tuesday at Cafe des Croissants, 2444 Lomitas Ave. Cross streets – Chanate off of Mendocino. New knitters, crocheters always welcome.

For more info on this group contact:

Andi Cassin Bowen – andi_cassin@yahoo.com or Nancy Jensen – garjen@sonic.net

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Cables and Crochet

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Good Morning,

Did you know that November is Cable month?

I don’t know who comes up with these things, however someone did and here we are.  Cabling in November.  If you know me, you know I love cables. In fact I have just started a Custom Fit cable cardigan for ME!!!  The pattern is Acorn Trail.  And it is turning out rather nice if I do say so myself!  Anyway, if you haven’t tried knitting or crocheting cables yet, now is the perfect time.

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My mum who has knitted for most of her life once said “I don’t know how to do those” when presented with a cable project.  I told her it is in fact very easy.  I showed her how, and at the age of 80 she said “why did I wait so long?”  So having said that, how about trying some cables?   Madeline was teaching the little cable neck warmer yesterday.  It is a quick, one skein project.  You have plenty of time to try this and have it done just in time for the holidays. I just saw this cute little pattern for Knitted Boot Cuffs, why don’t you give it a try?  Or try the Crocheted Boot Cuffs featured at the top.  If you have questions don’t worry.  As always we are here to help.

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Did you also know that you are able to crochet cables?  We are hearing from more and more crocheter’s now.  With so many questions and requests for classes you are keeping me on my toes.  As you know we have a great selection of knitting books but because the need wasn’t there, the crochet selection was rather small.  Never fear, we have started adding to it and now and I think we have a pretty good selection.  So why not come and check them out.

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I am always asked which is easier to do:  knit or crochet.  But that is hard to answer because they are just so different.  Depending on the project, crochet can be quicker.  If you drop a stitch you only have that one to worry about.  You have one hook instead of two needles.  The fabric works up very fast.  For some one hook is enough, for others it doesn’t feel right unless you can balance two.  All I know is they are both fun and there are times I want to knit and times I want to crochet.  As always with any craft, do what feels right for you.  If you haven’t tried on or the other it is always nice to give it a try, and often you can use both skills on the same project.  We are an equal opportunity store.

That is why we have added repeating monthly classes for Beginning Knitting and Crocheting.  We have offered these one on one in the past but we are getting so busy in the store that we thought it might help to offer group classes once a month.  We will still offer one on one sessions if needed but group classes should free up some of our time.  Check out our class listings on our website to get more details on these and our other classes.

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If you aren’t following us on Twitter or Facebook you may not have heard.  The Madeline Tosh has arrived!  We have a great selection of colors and yarn weights.  It really is truly scrumptious. I had to stop Lesley from crawling into the box.  Did you know she does that when I’m not around?  Can you believe it?

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Don’t forget about Small Business Saturday for all those of you who use American express, check out their requirements, it is worth the effort, free money! Don’t forget we will be having a special sale that day so stop on by!

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We are very excited to announce that The Knit the Sky Books are in. Remember that space will be limited for this workshop so sign up soon.  Come by and check out the book, it looks like so much fun.  If you can’t make it to the workshop, consider getting the book.  The illustrations are beautiful.  It would make a wonderful gift for any knitter

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We are working on getting more authors to come to work with us in the future, did you know we are very lucky to have some really great ones who live pretty close by.  How exciting!

Now before I leave you for the week, we have some more completed customer projects.

Here is Mary Ann’s Snood/cowl in Nuna, it is really beautiful.

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This is Carol’s shawl in Sebago, What great stitch definition and the yarn washes so well.

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Last but not least Marsha with her pretty pink socks knitted in Pediboo.

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It is so great to see these finished projects.  Soon it will be time to have a special newsletter where you will be able to vote for your favorites.

I will leave you now with thoughts of cables and Tosh to distract you through your Monday.

~Trudy

Please note – we will be closing several days over the holidays.
First off, we will close at 2pm on Wednesday November 25thand be closed on Thursday and Friday the 26th and 27thNovember.  For a full list of all the holiday closures, please go to the contact page of our website.

And yes, they are STILL at it!!!

Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
Two-at-a-Time-Socks (Toe-up or Top-down) – two dates available – Tuesday or Sunday
Yarnitudes Classes Next Week:
All upcoming class details are available on our website, click here.

To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 707-827-3618 or contact us.

Please let us know if a day or time does not work for you. We will try to repeat a class at a another time.
As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you.
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Social knitting

Knitting and Crocheting groups meet at Yarnitudes on Wednesday evenings or Friday afternoons.  Spinning group meets on Thurday afternoon. Please join us!

The Santa Rosa Sit and Stitch meetings occur every Second and Fourth Tuesday at Cafe des Croissants, 2444 Lomitas Ave. Cross streets – Chanate off of Mendocino. New knitters, crocheters always welcome.

For more info on this group contact:

Andi Cassin Bowen – andi_cassin@yahoo.com or Nancy Jensen – garjen@sonic.net

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