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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

Minor Interruptions, Major Yarn.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Well Hello again.

How does this lovely Monday find you?

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Did you visit the Apple fair?  Are you ready for back to school and for more time to yourself? The roads will be busier again.  We will have to avoid certain routes at certain times but hopefully we will have more time on your hands.

A quick note, We wanted you to know we still have some of the goodies bags left over from the Yarn Hop available for purchase.  Please pop in to get one!  They are great project bags with very cute artwork on them.  They cost is only $5 and $1 of that goes to the Redwood Food bank.  See aren’t they cute?

 

As you may know we had a little excitement at the shop last Monday night.  Unfortunately, an unknown person decided to take a late turn onto Lone pine from 116 North, was obviously going too fast and ended up in the front left side (facing) of the store.  No one was there at the time and as far as we know no one was injured.  We don’t know about the driver because they were able to get the vehicle towed away and left no note, apology, nothing, except a big mess for others to clear up.  Can you tell I am a little ticked off about the selfishness of this act?

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It could have been much worse.  It happened late at night, as a witness spotted a tow truck taking away a green or dark colored Honda at 11.30pm reported to us.  We didn’t miss a beat though.  Lesley and I both rushed to the shop and were able to open the store at 10 am.  We were a little worse for wear at the time but open.  We managed to get things cleaned, tidied, and safe pretty quickly.  Things had to be moved to different locations but everything is still here.  The only thing damaged of ours was the electrical open sign.  Everything else was just jiggled about.  I wish the same could be said for the building.

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The left front of the store is not accessible at the moment and our Landlords are now in the process of getting that all put back together and will get it done as soon as possible.  It hasn’t interrupted business though and we are pleased to say that apart from that corner and a little rearranging – everything is business as usual.

So now on to happier things, things that help us keep sane in these situations and many others.  Yarn!  What would we do without it?

As Lesley promised last week I am going to tell you about some of our newer yarn.

Cascade 220 Superwash Effects

Cascade 220 Superwash Aran in Solids and Splatter

Bamboo Bloom from Universal with the Interrupted Cowl free pattern.

So first, Cascade. This is one of our favorite yarn companies.  They always have a good value and solid quality product.  We saw these additions to the collection and decided that we had to have some for you.

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220 Superwash Effects

Effects is in the same family as our most popular 220 Superwash® yarn.  It’s the same light worsted/DK weight as our old favorite composed of 100% Superwash Wool yarn with a subtle color changing variation that’s sure to please.  It is a natural fiber that is easy-care; meaning you can machine wash and dry it!  It’s great for all ages, and comes in a wide array of colors.  This is great for all things from accessories and kids items to blankets and quick sweaters, this is the perfect yarn!  The best part yet is that it coordinates perfectly with the 220 Superwash solids.  You have so many options when you start combining these yarns!

DETAILS

  • 100% Superwash Wool
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 220 yds / 200 m
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 6 – 7 / 4.0 – 4.5 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 20 – 22 sts = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Hook Size: G / 4.25 mm (7 / 4.50 mm, H / 5.00 mm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 16 sc = 4″ (10 cm) (14 sc = 4″ (10 cm), 13 sc = 4″ (10 cm)

* Suggested gauge only. Yarn weight is based on Craft Yarn Council guidelines.

 

size 3 size 4

 

Suggested Care:  Machine Wash. Tumble Dry Low.

Store your masterpiece carefully; it may one day be a timeless family heirloom.

Here is a link to Cascade’s free patterns for 220 Superwash Effects

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220 Superwash Aran & 220 Superwash Aran Splatter –

This aran weight yarn is thicker than our traditional 220 Superwash® but not quite as thick as 128 Superwash making it a perfect in between weight.  Try this soft, impeccably plied yarn in big fisherman sweater projects, cowls, hats, mittens or any project that needs durable yet oh so soft 100% superwash merino wool. Splatter has added flecks of color.  It’s bursting with possibilities!  This yarn knits up perfectly for patterns calling for a worsted or heavy worsted weight yarn.

 DETAILS

  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 150 yds / 137.5 m
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 8 – 9 / 5.0 – 5.5 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 16 – 18 sts = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Hook Size:
  • Crochet Gauge:

* Suggested gauge only. Yarn weight is based on Craft Yarn Council guidelines.

size 4 

 

 

Suggested Care:  Machine Wash. Tumble Dry Low.

Store your masterpiece carefully; it may one day be a timeless family heirloom.

Again, more free patterns.

The above information was taken directly from their website.

We really think you will love this yarn as much as we do.

 

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Bamboo Bloom –

Last but not least this week is Bamboo Bloom from Universal.

Just in time for the holidays and quick projects, this yarn is pure fun. It is thick and thin, matte and shiny.  Bamboo Bloom is a versatile yarn that makes even the simplest garment pop.

Skein Information:  154 Yards per 100 Grams

Yarn Composition:  Acrylic 8%, Wool 44%, Rayon from Bamboo 48%

Yarn Weight Information:  Bulky Chunky,

Needles & Hooks

Needles: 9.0, 10.0, 10.5, 11.0

Hooks: K-10.5, L-11, M/N-13

Suggested Care:  hand wash lay flat to dry, do not bleach, do not tumble dry.

One Skein makes a lovely cowl, a sample of which is on display in the store, free pattern with purchase.

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We have lots of great colors of the above yarns on hand and ready to go.  What a way to get a jump on those holiday knitting/crochet.  As always we have chosen wonderful yarn at very affordable prices.  You know our motto, if it isn’t good value and we wouldn’t like to knit with it, then we don’t carry it!

I hope that I have given you something to think about this week.  Get your hooks and needles raring to get into action with some of these lovely ideas.  If you want to see Lesley or need help with a CustomFit sweater before the big event, don’t waste too much time, she is at the stage that she could leave at any moment.

We wish you a wonderful, safe and happy week ahead, until next time, take care

~ Trudy

 

Just for You! Universal Yarns Digital Trunk Show.

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Good morning!

How are you today?  Hopefully you had a lovely weekend.  I did.  Getting everything ready for our little one is such fun.  Family will be arriving soon to help out so just a few details to sort before then!

As promised I have a digital Universal Yarn Trunk Show for you today.  The garments were truly stunning.  We had a great time trying things on and seeing how different yarns work up.  We really enjoyed having Tammy from Universal with us during the hop to talk about the different garments.  As always stop by the store and we will be happy to get the patterns and yarn for you.  So without further ado, here it is!

Bamboo Pop

The first yarn we will discuss is Bamboo Pop.  We had 3 very different garments and it truly shows the versatility of the yarn.  Bamboo pop is a plied yarn composed of 50% Bamboo and 50% Cotton with 292 yards/100 grams.  It comes in solids and variegated colors and we have most of the colors in stock.

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Love Lace Tee – Bamboo Pop

This fun, summery top is available in a wide range of sizes and is made from the bottom up in pieces.  I’m sure it would be easy to convert to knitting in the round if you preferred.  The twisted stitches really make the lace pattern pop.  Speaking of lace, this is a simple lace repeat that you will have memorized in no time.  It takes just 4-7 balls of yarn.  You could have it finished in time to wear by late summer if you start now!

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Staggered Shawl – Bamboo Pop

The Staggered shawl is a fun and modern twist on the traditional triangle shawl. Generously sized but not enormous,  the finished measurements are 24” deep and 64” at the wingtips.  The changing stripe colors are accomplished using intarsia.  Don’t know how?  Don’t worry; this is a simple project to learn intarsia on.  Still scared?  Stop by the shop or make an appointment and we will be happy to teach you!

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Dewdrops Tank (crochet) – Bamboo Pop

The Dewdrops tank is a cute and fun lace crochet project.  The pineapple pattern is worked in intarsia for the contrast panels.  Don’t let the bold color choices turn you off though.  I think this would be really fun knit in a solid color or with a coordinating variegated color for the contrast leaves.  It would make it subtle and fun!  Like the Love Lace Tee this one is worked flat and seamed.

 

Cotton Supreme

The next yarn we have for you today is Cotton Supreme in both Solids and Batik.  Both the Solids and the Batik have 180 yards/ 100 grams and they knit up to a worsted Weight.  This yarn is oh so soft and comes in a million colors!   We had two Trunk Show garments made from this yarn.  We also have two Shop Samples on display.  Stop by if you would like to check them out.

 unchained circles

Unchained Circles Vest (crochet) – Cotton Supreme Batik

This medallion style vest is crocheted in a fun lacey pattern and it is FREE!  It has several sizes available and would look great as pictured in the self striping batik colors or in the solids.  It is done on an H hook and would go very quickly!  There are so many fun projects to check out on Ravelry.  Go ahead and look, I’ll wait.

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Market Handbag – Cotton Supreme Batik

The Market Handbag is also knitted in Cotton Supreme Batik.  The simple sideways construction really shows off the changing colors of this yarn.  We don’t have this style of purse handles in stock right now, but we will happily order them for you if there is interest.  I think this bag would be so versatile.  It would be very simple to line it with a cotton fabric to reinforce it a bit!  Hmm, maybe we should get Madeline to teach a class!!!

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Jump for Joy Hoodie – Cotton Supreme Batik – Shop Sample

I just love this little Hoodie pattern.  It has a great size range from newborn all the way up to 8 years old!  The newborn size uses just 2 skeins of yarn.  What a great gift for the new little one in your life!  I may just have to make one myself.  This sample is available to see in the shop and the pattern is FREE!

Twisting Tee 

Twisting Tee – Cotton Supreme Solids – Shop Sample

The Twisting Tee is also a shop sample that we got from Universal.  It has an A-Line shape and with its generous length I think it would make a really cute tunic.  It calls to be knit flat and seamed but I’m sure we could figure it out for knitting in the round!  I love How Universal patterns have sizing from small through 3X.  It makes it so anyone has an opportunity to make their patterns.

 

Flax

The next yarn we have for you today is Flax by Fibra NaturaFlax is made of 100% linen with 137 yards/50 grams and knits up at a sport weight.  We just love the colors and how this yarn knits up.  The yarn can be stiff to knit with but after a couple of washes the fabric is just divine!

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Gradiate Shawl – Flax

We talked last week about this great shawl.  It uses just 4 colors of this great yarn.  It could be done with any color family and would look stunning.  If only I had the time!!!

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Summer Poncho – Flax

The summer poncho uses a similar color palate to the gradiate shawl.  Knit on bigger needles it makes a nice open fabric that would be cool and breezy to wear.

 

Good Earth

We really love this yarn.  Good Earth by Fibra Natura is a blend of Cotton 53% and Linen 47%.  It knits up at a worsted weight gauge and has 170 yards/ 100g. It comes in solids, vairagated colors (multi), and spray dyed (Adorn).  The Adorn had a gradation to the color – how neat!

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Serpentine Tank – Good Earth

This fun and fast summer tank sports a cute turtle neck and would be useful as a sleeveless top or could be worn as a vest in cooler months.  It uses just 4-8 skeins of yarn and is worked on a size 8 needle.  Like Flax this yarn softens as it is washed; just like your favorite pair of jeans!  The simple cables in the FREE pattern would be a great way to learn a very addictive knitting technique.

 

Little Bird

The last yarn I have to share with you today is Little Bird.  It is composed of 100% acrylic but it doesn’tfeel like your grandma’s acrylic.  It almost feels like a smooth viscose or cotton in the skein and is soo soft to knit with.  There are 344 yards/ 100 grams on both the solids and the variegated colors of this yarn and it isn’t just for baby garments and blankets.  I know of more than one person making sweaters for themselves from this yarn.  It has great stitch definition and drapes nicely.  What a great combination.

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Picket Cardigan – Little Bird

This little sweater has great cables and sweet raglan lines.  It is available in 3month through 24 months sizes.  Perfect for a sweet little one and is suitable for either a girl or a boy.  This would also be a good first cables project.  If you need help learning a new technique, make sure to stop by or make an appointment.  We would be happy to show you how!

 

Well that is all we have for you from Universal.  There are lots of fun projects to inspire you.  If you have questions about any of the patterns or yarns just let us know.  We would be happy to show them to you!

 

Until next time.

~Lesley

Moving along after the hop.

sleepy bunnies

Hello, Good Morning,

Well, how are things today?  We are still getting our breath back.  Yes, the yarn hop is over for another year.  Were you able to attend?  We certainly had a great turn out.  It was so nice to see lots of familiar faces; some we hadn’t seen for a while and it was great to catch up.  We met so many new folks; some were from as far away as Colorado, Palo Alto, Sacramento and beyond to San Jose, San Francisco,  and the East Bay.  Word has certainly spread.

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We here at Yarnitudes gave away a total of 30 small prizes, the Grand Prize went to Lois and runner up prize to Tamar.  Tamar is a lovely young girl; she came in with her dad as mom wasn’t feeling very well that day.  Dad was a real trooper, so was her little brother.  They had visited all four stores and ours was her last stop on her way home.  You could see what a great time she had been having from the very large smile on her face.  Dad still seemed pretty happy too and her little brother was very content with his new friend the hand puppet.  Tamar is an avid knitter and has knitted herself an incredible collection of different animals, among other things.  I know her prize will be put to good use.

When I called Lois to tell her about her grand Prize, she was soooo happy. She told me that she had just been talking to a friend who had also won a door prize.  She said “I just told her I never win anything!  I can’t believe it”.  I could go on and on there are so many stories about the hop but I won’t.  Suffice it to say it was an amazing amount of fun.  Now to start planning for next year.

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I hope you had a chance to see all the lovely garments from Berroco and Universal Yarn.  We had to send the Trunk Shows off to their next stops, but we still have the patterns available to purchase and the yarn with which to knit them with available to you.  In case you missed out we will do a virtual trunk show for you in the next few weeks so stay tuned.  If you see something you would like to knit then stop by and we will get you all sorted!  Don’t worry, we will order yarn if we don’t have enough for your project and can pull up images of all the garments we had in the store.

GradiateShawl

Of the garments we had in we truly loved Universal’s Gradiate shawl.  This was a very popular garment.  It is lightweight and versatile, just perfect for our spring, summer, and fall weather.  It would be great knitted in a glitter yarn or Blue Heron for the holidays too, or in wool for the winter, yummy.  Check in next week for the rest of the Universal Trunk Show garments!

We were happy to move out quite a bit of our sale stuff.  But fear not, we still have some great deals on the clearance and sale yarn, although we made a lot of people happy with some real bargains, and are now down to one bookcase.  Thank you for helping us clear us some much-needed space!  There are still more great deals to be had.

The Ravelry classes were a big hit!  Both were full and people said how much knowledge they had gained.  If you are interested in finding out more about Ravelry just let us know, the amount of information stored on just one website is phenomenal.

Vintage Mary Jane Baby Booties Crochet Pattern 5

As you may know, if you have been reading these emails, it won’t be long now before we hear the patter of tiny feet here at the shop.  There are only four and a half weeks to go for Lesley’s little one.  Shhh, don’t tell Lesley, she’s still in denial.  So we are planning, for the time the new mum, sorry mom will be away from the shop.  Some things may take a little longer to get done, some days when you are used to seeing the two of us here there will only be me.  We just ask for your patience during this period and thank you for your understanding.  Karen and Linda will be taking over Thursdays and Sundays, so we will be just fine.  I guess it is only fair; I have had my time off this year.  Before we know it, Lesley will be back plus a little one.  This little bundle will have sooooo many grandma’s and aunties.

 

We are planning classes for the fall.  One exciting return class is going to be Karen’s Natural Dying Workshop for October.  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 yardwork.  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.

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.

Please let us know what you are collecting.  We will be able to plan better for the class if we know what is coming in.

Well for now, we are getting the store back to organized.   There are so many new and exciting things for you to learn.  We are restocking our favorites and making ready for some exciting new yarn.  We have new stuff headed our way for fall.  Stay tuned we will be telling you all about it in the coming weeks!

Until next time.

~Trudy

Yarnitudes Classes!
Classes this week
Classes next week
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Classes August!

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!
Classes this week
Classes Next week
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

 

Ready, Set, Go!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop
Just a quick note to tell you the specials we have in store for you for the Hop this weekend!
*10% off All Addi Needles
*10% off Books
*20% off all Knitter’s Pride Nova needles (not Platina)
*25% off Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, Cascade Venezia Worsted, James Brett Aztec, Plymouth Encore, Xie Bamboo cones, Rowan Felted Tweed, Berroco Tweed, Island Organic Merino, Soft Donegal, all Fiesta yarns
*40% off Select Knitting Kits
*Extra 10% off all Clearance Yarn – Currently 35% off or 45% if you take all of a color.  Now 45% or 55% if you take it all!
* make sure to check out the bargain bin for $2.00 skeins.  We will be restocking the bin all weekend!
And here is the Yarnitudes schedule in case you need it!
Saturday  – Shop Opens at 10am
The Berroco and Universal Yarns Trunk Shows will be on display both days and if you don’t get chance to look then, don’t worry.  We will have them for the whole week.
Chad will be here around 11 with the Cascade Yarn tasting.
Then we have our Free demos with Karen:
11-12 Needle felted bunny Demo
1-2 Crochet Flower Demo
3-4 Spinning Demo
Shop Closes at 5pm
Sunday – Shop Opens at 11am
More demos with Karen:
11-12 needle felted Hedgehog Demo
12.30 – 1.30 Crochet flower
2- 3 – Spinning
Tamara from Universal will be here from 12-3 to show off the Universal Trunk Show Garments and Yarn,  and to give a brief overview of Ravelry.  Pop in to ask her any questions.
Shop closes at 4pm
All  of the demos are free on a first come first served basis and as always space is limited.  Also, these demos will be hands on and materials will be provided.  Of course as always space is limited to 6 participants for each session so plan ahead.
Thanks!  See you tomorrow!
~Lesley

Hopping along.

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Well hello there,

How are you doing? Are you keeping up with the weather?  We have cold mornings, hot days, and cooler nights.  It’s a good job we have layers.  Did you know there are other parts of the country that have two wardrobes, or maybe more?  Mine is year round, is yours?  I tried it once, putting away my cold weather clothes or my warm weather clothes but I soon found I had to get them out again.

It is the same in the store.  In parts of the country they have their spring/summer and autumn/winter selections out.  At Yarnitudes we have it all out all the time.  Apart from here in Sonoma County so many people travel all over and you never know what you might want.  Of course we do have more selection of each at different times and we always try to keep up with the new things.

We have just stocked up on some really great cottons and cotton mixes.  They are really pretty, soft and some are unusual.  There are lots of wonderful colors too. They have to be seen to be believed and just you wait until you see how they all work together.

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To emphasize what I have just said, we have just got a large order in from Malabrigo, this time it is all wool.  Last time, not sure if you remember we had some of their wonderful silk too.  Talk about an all season fabric nothing works as well as silk to keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cool, not sure how it does that.

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Also just arrived MadelineTosh in Prairie, DK, Vintage, and Pashimina, can we ask for more?

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Well it’s almost hop time, are you ready?  We almost are, we definitely will be by Friday night, he he!

Sonoma County Yarn Hop 2016

I have picked up the project bags, they are so CUTE and I will be stuffing away very soon.  I think you will be extremely happy with them.  Here is our list of activities for the weekend here at Yarnitudes.

Expect a quick note from us on Friday evening to let you know about the special deals we have in store for you during the Hop!

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Saturday  – Shop Opens at 10am

The Berroco and Universal Yarns Trunk Shows will be on display both days and if you don’t get chance to look then, don’t worry.  We will have them for the whole week.

Chad will be here around 11 with the Cascade Yarn tasting.

Then we have our Free demos with Karen:

11-12 Needle felted bunny Demo

1-2 Crochet Flower Demo

3-4 Spinning Demo

Shop Closes at 5pm

 

Sunday – Shop Opens at 11am

More demos with Karen:

11-12 needle felted Hedgehog Demo

12.30 – 1.30 Crochet flower

2- 3 – Spinning

Tamara from Universal will be here from 12–3 to show off the Universal Trunk Show Garments and Yarn,  and to give a brief overview of Ravelry.  Pop in to ask her any questions.

Shop closes at 4pm

All  of the demos are free on a first come first served basis and as always space is limited.

All of these demos will be hands on and materials will be provided.  Of course as always space is limited to 6 participants for each session so plan ahead.

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Don’t forget that on Monday we have the Ravelry Classes

Tamara will be back to give two classes on Ravelry.

11-12.30 Ravelry Basics  (SPACE AVAILABLE)

1-2.30 Advanced Ravelry (FULL)

These classes are free.  We already have people signed up for both so if you want to join in please call ASAP as space is limited and we only have a few spaces left.  The Advanced Ravelry Class is FULL.  If there is enough interest we can schedule this again the next time she is in town.  There is still space available in the Basics class.

If you are attending either of these sessions please remember your iPad, tablet or laptop and make sure you have your Ravelry account set up ahead of time.  If you need help with this we will be happy to help you before Friday.

Well have we got you excited? I hope so.  We have been working very hard to make this an exceptional Hop and a spectacular July.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Until next time, take care and Happy Yarning!!

~ Trudy

 

 

What a busy Month!

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Hi, I’m home!!!

Well I have been back a week now.  Oh how time flies.  I think I am getting back to normal, well my normal anyway. Yes, I knew what you were thinking.

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It was a busy three weeks and I will get around to telling you more about that at a later date.  We have so much coming up that I need to fill you in on now that it will have to wait.

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What a busy month July will be.  I know Lesley has been keeping you up to date, thank you Lesley, Again.  We have really been working on making this year’s Yarn Hop the best yet.  Along with yarn, lots and lots of great yarn, we will have our usual demonstrations with Karen of Royale Hare.  Spinning and felting and crochet oh my.  Because we are holding the hop over two days this year you will be able to take advantage of these since there is more time.

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On Saturday, Chad from Cascade will be back with samples of their yarn for you to taste.  We hope he will show you what’s new for the fall and winter seasons.  We have a couple of new yarns coming from Cascade. This is your chance to try them out.  We had fun with him last year and know you did too.  What a nice guy.  I wish I had his energy.

We will also have some nibbles and Prizes, of course there will be Prizes.  Along with the grand prize – each shop will have their own grand prize this year – we will be having hourly drawings. Don’t forget to put your name in before you check out.

There will be specials and deals to be found.  Each store will do their own thing so make sure you check them all out.  When you have your passport completed make sure to drop it at the last store or store of your choice for a chance to win their grand prize.

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Something new that Yarnitudes is doing this year is – Ravelry!  Many of you have heard all about it, some haven’t.  But do you know all the things you can do on it.  Well Tammy from Universal will be here in the shop to tell you and show you how to make it work for you.  Have yarn at home you don’t know what to do with?  See how Ravelry can find you just the right project. Tammy will be in the store on Sunday to show you some of the basics and for those who have a bit of an idea but would like to know more, she will come back on Monday to show you further tips and tricks.  This is taking Ravelry to the next level.  For the Ravelry sessions, PLEASE call or email us and sign up.  You must let us know if you are interested as space will definitely be limited.  Oh and bring your IPad or tablet with you. You will wonder what you did without it.  Follow the links below for details and homework.

There is no fee for these classes.

What a deal!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

 

OK leading up to and after the Yarn Hop we will have trunk shows from both Berocco and Universal Yarns.  From Berocco we will have items made from Fiora and Folio.  From Universal we will have garments in several summer weight yarns.  These garments are made in Flax, Good Earth, Cotton Supreme and Bamboo Pop. Come in and get inspired.  It’s not too late to whip up a quick warm weather favorite!

Next Monday the 11th  from 5-7pm Karen will host her Monday evening Spin, knit, crochet, yarn evening.  Please come and join her, she is a wealth of information.

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And don’t forget our annual Sheep Shearing on Saturday, July 16th.  Come by to see exactly where the wool comes from and how it goes from Sheep to Shawl – sweater, gloves, hats etc.  Sergeant Speckles will be making his once a year appearance.  He is such a good boy.  I bet he will be happy to get rid of his coat if the temperatures rise again.  We always have a fun time with this and Paul our shearer will answer questions on the shearing process.

Well I am sure I have forgotten something, my mind is like Swiss cheese as Lesley puts it, full of holes.  But check our Facebook page for last minute updates.  Like I said this is going to be a busy month.

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Looking forward to seeing you soon

Happy Yarning ~ Trudy

Yarnitudes Classes!
Classes this week:
Classes next week
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

Happy Fourth of July! Did someone say yarn?

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Hi Hi!

Happy Fourth!  I hope this finds you well.  Did you have a nice holiday weekend?  Was your pet cowering in the corner like mine was with all the rattles and booms?  Poor guy.  You wouldn’t think a big dog would be such a baby!  Oh well.

I have some fun new things to share with you today!  We keep getting in new things. Have you noticed?  I guess the yarn reps are doing their jobs well convincing us to try out new things!  Now it is my turn to convince you.  Here look, shiny new yarn! Let me twist your arm.  Ha ha!

First up I have something completely different for Yarnitudes.  We are going to be carrying some stitching themed coffee mugs that just became available.  We got a few in to the store so you can see what they look like.  But if you want a specific design and have missed out never fear.  We are taking preorders for these.  Then I will do a big order and have them all shipped out together!  Check out the cute designs!

There are a couple for crochet ($10.50.)

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There are the same designs available but for knitting.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

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And finally, there is one for stitching.  If you know a quilter we can even order quilting mugs just let us know.

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I find these last ones especially neat.  Look the sheep is a ball of yarn that then is knit into socks, mittens, a sweater and more!  There are four color choices available here.  They are $12.50 apiece, but if you want the whole set I will give you a discounted price of $46 for four mugs.

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Just stop by the shop and let us know which ones you want.  Don’t forget that special someone on your list with the holidays coming in a few months.  Don’t laugh, I have to plan ahead these days!  We will place a couple of orders for these so don’t worry if you miss the first shipment.  We will continue to take orders in the fall.

Enough about cups.  Let’s talk yarn!!!

I have gotten in a couple of great new baby yarns recently that I’d like to share with you.

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Remember Uptown anti pilling acrylic in DK, Worsted, and Chunky?  Well we now carry it in Baby Sport weight as well.  It is so soft, lovely to knit with, and it doesn’t squeak at all.  If you’ve ever knit with some other acrylics you know what I’m talking about.  This stuff is great! It is perfect for a wash and wear project for the little one in your life.  This weight has a whopping 361 yards per 100g and is perfect for little sweaters, booties and blankets.  They recommend 24 stitches and 30 rows per four inches on a size 4 needle or 24 stitches and 28 rows in single crochet over four inches on a size F hook.  We love Universal Yarns.  They have their own mills so their products are sooo reasonably priced!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

 

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Two other Universal yarns that are due in any day now are Cotton Supreme and Cotton Supreme Batik.  We briefly had a little of this on the shelf and have decided to jump in with both feet.  We are expecting forty five bags of yarn in this cotton.  Nope, that’s not a typo.  It was so much fun picking out coordinating colors for this!  I tried to pick solids that matched the batiks so that you could have even more fun with your projects.  This worsted/aran weight yarn has 180 yards per 100g in solids and batiks both.  It knits up to 16-20 stitches per four inches on a US 6-8 needle and calls for an H-J hook.  We will have sample garments knit up in both the solids and the batiks so you can see just how great this yarn works up.  Stop in and see!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Next up we have Euro Baby Maypole DK.  This polyester yarn machine washes but dries flat. It is super squishy and has long color repeats.  This makes your projects interesting to work on because you get to see the different colors flow by!  You get 262 yards per 100g with 18-24 stitches per four inches with a US 6 to 8 needle or 11-14 stitches per four inches in single crochet with an I or K hook.  I just love the bright colors in this yarn.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Another Euro Yarn we got in is called Cana Ruca by Arucania.  This one is 100% viscose made from sugar cane. Can you believe it?  The hand dyed colors are just gorgeous.  This yarn has 319 yards per 100g and knits up at 24stitches per four inches on a US 4 or 5 needle.  You get 16-20 stitches per four inches in single crochet on an E or size 7 hook.  Viscose is a great yarn for drapey summer tops.  Stop by to check this out in person.  The photos do not do the colors justice!!!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

I will leave you with one parting thought.  With all the new things coming in, the old stuff has to go out.  I have restocked the clearance shelves.  The $2/ball bin gets refreshed regularly.  Please help us out and take home some of this yarn!  Nothing is wrong with it.  We are just trying new things and the store gets overfull when we get overzealous with ordering.  The clearance shelves are also fully stocked!   Stop in and check it out.  Plenty of yarn for big projects and small!

~Lesley

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Hop, Hop, Hippity Hop. It’s a Yarn Hop!

Sonoma County Yarn Hop

Good Morning!

Remember how Trudy asked you to save the date on July 23 & 24?  Well you probably guessed it right.  The Sonoma County Yarn Hop is just a month away!  We’ve changed things up a bit this year though so make sure to get all the details.  The Hop will be a two day all weekend event over the four shops.  This gives you a bit more time to make it all the way around.

When:

Saturday July 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday July 24, 11 am – 4:00 pm

Where:

Yarnitudes, Knitterly, Purls of Joy, Cast Away and Folk

 

How it works:

This year you will need to purchase your punch card and goodie bag (full of great stuff) from one of the shops.  Never fear there are plenty to go around.  The price is just $5 with $1 of that going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Travel to each store, get your card punched, shop for great deals and see what each store has to offer.  Some stores will have demos, special sales, snacks, raffle prizes, and who knows what all else!

Each store will have a grand prize to give away in addition to raffle prizes, so make sure to drop your card off at one of the shops when you have received all four punches.

You know Yarnitudes always has some extra special stuff going on during the hop.

In addition to the grand prize we are offering, Yarnitudes will be raffling off special prizes on the hour.  Make sure you put your name in the pot when you are here.

We will continue our tradition of free demos with Karen of Royale Hare.  She will show you how to spin on a drop spindle, needle felt a bunny (how perfect for a Yarn Hop), and she will even be teaching a mini how to crochet class!  How fun.

Chad from Cascade yarns will be visiting us again to do a Yarn Tasting with several of our favorite yarns form Cascade.  If you’ve never tried to knit with one of their yarns this is the perfect chance to take a new yarn out for a spin!  We have Knitter’s Pride needles and crochet hooks for you to try out too!

We have Tammy from Universal yarns visiting us to show off some great summery garments from the Universal Yarns line.  We have selected garments knit and crochet from the yarns we carry so that you can see how these great yarns work up.  We will have the Universal Trunk show for 2 whole weeks starting with the Yarn Hop weekend. Make sure to check it out.  Tammy will be available for Ravelry Q & A during the hop and she has also agreed to teach a beginning and an advanced Ravelry Class for you on Monday July 25.  Stay tuned for details and make sure to email me with any special requests of questions.

We will also be hosting a Trunk show from Berroco during the Yarn Hop.  You can see garments knit up in Fiora and Folio, two great multi fiber yarn blends.  The garments are gorgeous.  What a great opportunity to get inspired!  Think it is too busy during the hop to appreciate them fully?  Come back and see us during the week, We will have them on display until the end of the month.

We plan to have special sales and markdowns especially for the hop.  You will have to stop in to see what they are though.

I think that is all I have about the hop for you today.

Here are the shops, their addresses and all the pertinent details so you can plan your route.  As always, try to carpool with some friends.  It isn’t just more fun that way, you will have an easier time parking!

Yarnitudes

707-827-3618

3598 Gravenstien Hwy. So

Sebastopol, CA 95403

 

Knitterly

707-762-9276

1 Fourth St.

Petaluma, CA 94952

 

Purls of Joy

707-433-5697

461 Healdsburg Ave.

Healdsburg, CA 95448

 

Cast Away and Folk

707-546-9276

100 Fourth St.

(enter on Wilson St.)

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Sonoma County Yarn Hop