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Great New Yarns & Classes

Lots of Yarn On Clearance

Good Morning, I hope this finds you fit and well and you haven’t succumbed to the ailments that are floating around at the moment.

Sonoma County Yarn StoreI am slowly, very slowly making progress and getting caught up on things in the store. We have had a bit of a blitz and put a lot of yarn on clearance. There is nothing wrong with any of it, in fact there is a lot of great yarn in the clearance section, up to 75% discount.

I think this is yarn that I have purchased from other stores and it hasn’t been mentioned, there is so much yarn to tell you about and therefore got overlooked. Anyway, now is your chance to pick up some great bargains. And would you believe it, there are still books on the shelf, now at an 85% discount.

I am now finding the yarn with the best value and workability for you, that is what I really want to offer you. Great yarn, great colors and great value for money. Whether you are in the market for Acrylic, Wool, Alpaca, Cotton, Bamboo, Rayon, blends whatever the fiber you will always get great value. From basic to super luxury we have it here for you.

 

Many New Classes

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSonoma County Knitting ClassesI have also been very hard to bring you the classes you have requested. I have sent them off to be put on the website so please take a look and check back often and we will be updating it as we add more and more of what you want.

So far for this month, we have Beginning Knitting, Crochet and spinning, make it fit boot camp, our ever-popular felted hats and totes, monthly skill building in knitting and crochet and the much-requested Knit fix class in February.

I have also today planned out another group of classes which include knitting a sweater form the top down, the heart hat, by request for Valentine’s day, introduction to color work, pattern reading and following charts and much, much more. As always if you don’t see what you need let us know.

Tamara is also working on setting up an online sign up for classes, that will be great. Coming in the near future, Brioche from the beginning, cables and double knitting. Stay tuned.

 

Beautiful New Yarn-Revolution by Universal

Revolutions has a soft halo that adds a warm look to every project. Four colors per roll stripe up into big, beautiful finished objects. One wheel will carry you a long way!

Sonoma County Yarn StoreSkein Information:

  • Yards 612.00
  • Grams 200.00
  • Yarn Composition
  • Acrylic 57%
  • Wool 10%
  • Mohair 8%
  • Alpaca 10%
  • Nylon 15%
  • Yarn Weight Information
  • Bulky
  • Chunky, Craft, Rug
  • Stitches Per Inch
  • Knit:13 sts x 17 rows = 4″ // US Size 9 (5.5 mm)
  • Crochet:12 sts x 13 rows = 4″ // US Size J-10 (6 mm)
  • Yarn Care-hand wash, do not bleach, dry flat, do not iron, dryclean – any solvent

A free pattern is available with purchase.

Well another several hours have passed while I have been in front of my computer, now it’s time for me to have some lunch and hopefully a little knitting, before its time for me to head on back to the shop tomorrow. Wishing you a super time with your needles and hooks I will be back again before you know it.

Pattern This Month

Sonoma County Yarn StoreWe have a fun skirt with cables. You don’t see that many skirt patterns, let alone patterns that are fun and turn out so pretty. The pattern cost is $5.00.

We have many yarn selections at Yarnitudes that would look lovely knit up in this pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cables-and-curves-cable-knit-skirt

Until then stay safe and stay well, big hugs~ Trudy

Happy Fourth of July! Did someone say yarn?

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!!!

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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

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A few finishes to share!

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Hello there,

I hope this finds you well.  Things here are chugging along.  We have been ordering yarn so of course things have been arriving steadily one or two boxes a day.  I spend some time each day entering new things into inventory.  Mostly they are things we had already and are just restocking colors.  We do have some exciting new stuff planned for you so stay tuned. I think the first of it will be arriving in July.

We had quite a few people join us for our CustomFit workshops when we launched the LYS program back in January.  We are six months or so down the road now and people are still coming in to get fitted to start their first CustomFit sweater.  I love this program.  Having the ability to make a sweater that will fit perfectly without any adjustments to the pattern is truly golden!  The very exciting part of this is seeing all of the finished sweaters.  One or two people finished right away. But we have been seeing more and more of them roll through the shop.  I have three CustomFit finishes to share with you today.

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The first CustomFit finish I have for you is by our friendly local spinner Sue.  She used Cascade Venezia sport weight yarn to make her Sebasco Vest.  This is a very versatile piece.   It is warm but lightweight making it perfect for our climate here.  The silk in this yarn makes the fabric drape and the wool helps it hold its shape.  Sue said the Daisy Stitch was difficult at first to get the hang of but she is very happy with the end result.  We have a couple other people making the Sebasco Vest.   One is knitting it from MadelineTosh Pashmina and I can’t remember the yarn on the second.  My brain really has left me forever I am afraid.

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The second sweater I have to share is a Sunset Drive Pullover made by Carolyn.  This lovely lace covered top was knit in Mirasol Nuna.  It really is gorgeous.  I love the lacey detail in the sleeves.  Nuna makes a beautiful shimmery lightweight fabric.  The bamboo and silk add drape and sheen, while the wool gives it some body.  Otherwise the fabric might have too much give for a sweater.  Isn’t it interesting?  Every fiber has a job in yarn.  I just love seeing what the mills and yarn companies come up with for blends!

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The final CustomFit Sweater I have for you today is another one knit from Venezia in sport weight.  This is truly one of our favorite yarns.  It has great stitch definition and the yardage is generous.  I wish more people wanted to knit with it because it is so great!  This sweater is from the Options Knit a Long that Amy Herzog ran.  Peggy loved the simple texture of this.  She said it was more interesting to knit than stockinette but just as fast and easy!  Isn’t the lime green color fresh and springy!

I know several more people who are almost finished with their sweaters.  I hope to get to share them with you soon!

If you are interested in knitting a CustomFit sweater for yourself make sure to sign up for the July CustomFit workshop.  In the workshop we will discuss sweater yarn and fabric.  We will also discuss design elements, types of sweaters, and how sweaters work in your wardrobe.  Next, we will fit you for your sweater and send you off with instructions for swatching.  Finally, we will generate your very own CustomFit sweater pattern and get you some pointers for knitting it.  This really is a great program.  If you have already knit your CustomFit sweater and haven’t brought it by the shop I’d love to see it.  There are so many different yarns to choose from and the same sweater looks so different in each yarn choice!  Once you have been fitted for CustomFit we can generate new patterns for you any time.  No need to take another class.  Just pick out your yarn and get to swatching.  We can make a new pattern for you in about 10 minutes!

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I also have a non CustomFit sweater to share with you today.  This design has been very popular in the store but this is the first customer I have seen come in with a finished sweater.  The pattern is called Rye and it is knit from Berroco Ultra Alpaca.  We love this yarn.  With a 50/50 blend of alpaca and wool you get the best of both worlds.  There is softness and warmth from the alpaca – but not too warm – and there is elasticity and memory in the wool.  It is a truly exceptional yarn.  I’m not just saying that.  I made my CustomFit vest from Ultra Alpaca last winter.  It truly feels like knitting with butter!  It is just so soft.

 

Anyhoo back to that sweater!  This Rye is just gorgeous.  It was knit by Marilyn in the charcoal grey color.  She came by last week for help with winding in tails.  While she was here we got to talk about the kitchener stitch.  I love this method of grafting. It is seamless and invisible!  Do you hate it?  I’m sorry stop by some time and we’ll talk.  It isn’t as terrible as most people make it out to be I promise!  As for that sweater, isn’t it great?  Good work Marilyn!

I think that is all I have for you today.  I have some great new bags in stock at the store.  I was going to share photos but I don’t want to keep you too long…  Wait what?  You want to see them?  Ok!

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We just got a new shipment in from Attenti and from Hadaki.  The colors are fabulous the fabrics are to die for!  Check it out!!!

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Make sure to stop by any time to see these in person.  The photos don’t do them justice.

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Every knitter needs a good bag to keep their work in.  I got a Hadaki tote to take on my recent trip to Portland and I love it.  The nylon just wipes right off.

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Yeay, no messes!  I am in love with several of these Attenti bags too.  They use wonderful fabrics with such lovely colors.  I may break down and get one of those as well!

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We still have bags in stock from DellaQ.  The cotton prints are just so cute.

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We also have silk needle cases from Della as well.  They are gorgeous!

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And last but certainly not least we always have the workhorse vinyl bags by Knitters Pride.

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They make matching needle cases for every type of needle.  You have to have the right stuff to keep your tools organized right?

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Anyhoo. I really will leave you for now.

Happy knitting and crocheting until I see you again.

Lesley

Oh!  Just a quick reminder.  If you are a spinner or are interested in spinning, Karen’s second Monday spinning group meets tonight from 5-7.  Be there or be square 😉

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~Yarn, Yarn, Yarn~

bamboo pop

Bamboo Pop is now restocked with lots of colors. Sweater quantities available just ask!

Hello,

I hope you had a great week, weekend and start to the new week.  It has been a little crazy around here this week but we love it!

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Yarn Tasting!

This week I would like to talk to you about Yarn!  You know we can’t live without it.  We had a very successful yarn tasting this weekend.   You got to sample some of our favorite yarn that we have carried for a while, some that is new to us, and some we are thinking of carrying in the future.  We also got to try out the full line of Knitter’s Pride needles and hooks.  We don’t have every type of needle in stock but we are willing and able to special order any of the needles for you.  Just ask!

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It was great fun to see how one particular needle may be great with one yarn and yet another type even better with another yarn.  We still have some of the yarn left so next time you are in ask to try some out.   Of course we won’t be able to recreate the fun that we had together, sorry, maybe you can make it next time.

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Sorry if you have to miss the yarn tasting.  Now I would like to tell you about some more yarn that has worked it way into our hearts and into the store.  Some are brand new and some are just getting restocked!  What fun!

feza kits

First up we have the Hand Dyed Feza Yarns Baby Kits.  These consist of four skeins of cotton/viscose yarn in gradient shades.  For example: the navy one has one skein of pure navy, the second skein is a white base with a lot of navy in it, the third is a white base with slightly less navy and the fourth is plain white.   When they are knitted in order it makes for a lovely gradient blanket that is ooh so soft and cool to the touch too.

blanket sample

This yarn does come as a kit only.  However, many of our customers have bought the kits to make other things for themselves:  shawls, tees, shells, or baby clothes.   The price is right at only $41/kit.   When it is finished you have a great zippered bag to store or present it in.  They have been selling so fast I think we have re-ordered them 3 times and some are on backorder.  I spoke to the owner the other day and he said he is having trouble keeping up with the demand, but ‘we got clout’.  Come in and get yours soon.

 

Now on to one of our favored suppliers, these are all brought to us from Knitting Fever just in time for summer.

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Juniper Moon Farms Neve is a 100% cotton worsted weight yarn.  Normally worsted weight cotton can be a little heavy but, with the chainette construction this makes it light and airy.  It is great for the warmer days ahead.  We have 8 colors in the store already and they are truly amazing.  It knits on a US 6-7 needle with 4.5 to 5.5 stitches per inch and 222 yards per 100gr.  It will finish up a project in no time.

zooey

Again from Juniper Moon Farm Zooey with a lovely 60% cotton  40% linen combination.  This is a joy to knit with.  It calls for a US size 3–5 needle will give you 5 to 6 stitches per inch.   Zooey comes in 100gr balls with 284 yards each.  There are 30 colors, we have 6 in the store right now with more to come that are on back order.  We decided to start with neutral colors for that classic linen look, but the vibrant colors are great too and we will add them as we go.

luxury silk

Now last but not least (for today anyway) KFI Luxury Silk Sport.   It is composed of 100%  Mulbery silk with an amazing sheen and deep rich colors.  The tonal coloring in this yarn gives it a wonderfully interesting, vibrant, and alive finish.   Talk about luxurious, you will feel very pampered and regal in this yarn.  Each skein is 289 yards and 100 gr of tonal perfection, knits on size 4-5 needles at 6 stitches per inch.  The generous yardage will go a long way towards helping you create your own slice of heaven.

The Wednesday night knitting group was checking this yarn out soon after it landed on the shelves.  There were lots of oooh’s and aaaahs , to be heard.  They are all now planning their next projects using one if not all of these wonderful new colors.

 

Now if only I had time to knit!!

 

Oh yes silly me I nearly forgot, in order to celebrate our anniversary, 5 years  now WOW, and to thank you for helping to get us there, we will be having cake, cookies and beverages during our Wednesday night and Friday afternoon get togethers this week.  If you get the chance, stop in and join the celebration.  Don’t forget to be stopping by to enter our drawing.  Prizes go out next week!

Please make sure to Save the Date: Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th, details to come in the next few weeks.  He! he! I’ve got you guessing now!

bampoo pop sweater sample

Last minute addition!!!  We just got in a whole bunch of Bamboo Pop plus a sweater sample all knit up and ready to pet. Stop by and see all the colors and get inspired by the sample!

Have a great week enjoy every minute

 

Chat again soon ~ Trudy

 

Something New!

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Good morning and hello!  How are you?

Today I have six new and new to us yarns to share with you.  We absolutely love getting in new things for the store.  Sometimes we are restocking an old favorite and sometimes we have something brand new to share!

market bag

Before I get started on the yarn I want to tell you about a new monthly knit-a-long that Madeline will be hosting.  The first project is for a Knitted String Market Bag.  Make one of these just in time for all that fresh spring farmer’s market produce!  Stop by Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm in April to work on the market bag project with other knitters.  Madeline will be here to answer questions if you have them and you know that will be fun!  This knit-a-long is free but please purchase your project yarn at Yarnitudes.

Ok, ok, I’ll get to the good stuff.  Yes, the yarn!

Cascade Yarns – Anchor Bay

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Cascade makes so many of our favorite yarns.  They have a new yarn called Anchor Bay and we are very happy to share it with you.  It is oh so soft, machine wash and dryable, and makes a truly delectable fabric.  A workhorse yarn for garments it knits up to 20-22 stitches/4 inches on a US 6-7 needle or G crochet hook.  We have several people who have already snatched some up to make spring and summer CustomFit sweaters. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!  It is a 50/50 blend of superwash merino wool and cotton with a generous 262yards in a 100g ball.  WOW!  There have a lovely palette of colors for spring and summer that works for adult or children’s garments.  You could even make a lovely soft blanket with this yarn that would be both warm and lightweight.  Not only does Cascade make many of our favorite yarns, they also have so many great free patterns written especially for their yarns.  Check out them out!

Queensland Collection – Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, & Cairns

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Queensland has so many wonderful yarns and we just love our new arrivals.  Brisbane is worsted weight superwash wool that knits up to 16 stitches/4 inches on a US 10 needle.  There are 144yards per 100g ball.  The slow color changes in this yarn lend themselves to lovely sweaters and accessories.  It is machine washable but you must dry flat.  That’s no trouble though.  Especially not for this lovely yarn!

sunshine coast

Sunshine Coast is a wonderfully soft single ply yarn composed of 70% wool, 30% bamboo fibers.  This is another yarn that changes colors as you knit.  It would make up beautifully in one of those sideways shawls we all love to make.  Trudy is working on one now using the Wingspan pattern.  I just can’t wait to see it completed!  It would also be neat to see in a chevron or feather and fan pattern.  The options are endless.  Each skein is 290yards per 100g.  This one also needs to lay flat to dry but is machine washable.

cairns

Cairns, is another lovely multi color yarn from Queensland.  This yarn has a twist or though or rather doesn’t have a twist!  It has an unusual chain construction but it almost looks like it has been stitched down the middle afterwards.  It behaves like a narrow ribbon yarn.  How neat!  This variegated yarn knits up beautifully at 18 stitches/4 inches on US 8 needles.  It is a blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic with 190yards per 100g skein.  Trudy made this great camisole top from Carins just this week.

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The smallest pattern size used only 3 skeins of yarn!  WOW!  Stop by the store to see these new favorites from Queensland or to see the samples we have knit up!

Ellesbeth Lavold – Silky Wool

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Silky wool may be one of my favorite semi luxury yarns.  I say semi luxury because it feels luxurious but won’t break the bank!  I made a Goodale sweater for myself out of it several years ago and I just love it!  It is light and airy and just a little bit warm when you need it!  Silky wool comes in what seems like a million different colors.  We don’t have them all yet but will gladly get in your favorite if we don’t have what you need.  It is composed of 45% wool, 35% silk, with 20% nylon for strength.  It knits up at 22stitches/4 inches on a US 6 needles and has an amazing 192yards per 50g skein.  It is perfect for garments and accessories.  Stop by to see the lovely colors and to pet this yarn.  You will see why we love it so much!  Don’t know what to make?  We have several copies of the designer’s choice Viking Collection book which has so many wonderful patterns written just for Silky Wool.

Juniper Moon Farms – Findley

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Findley is an old favorite that you may remember.  It is a luscious 50/50 blend of merino wool and silk.  These skeins have so much yardage on them it is incredible!!!  It has 798yards per 100g that knits to 7.5 stitches/inch.  Don’t let the lace weight scare you though.  We have a shop sample of the Krista Tee knit from 2 strands of this yarn that makes a lovely lacey top from what comes out to be a fingering weight gauge.

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We’re even planning to have a class for this Please let us know if you are interested in this.  We don’t have a date picked out so let us know what would work for you.  This yarn is also lovely for a shawl.  I made a Citron out of it a few years back and I love it!

Whew, I think that is all the yarn news I have for you today.  While I have you thinking about yarn, I have something exciting to tell you.  We’re having another yarn and needle tasting event!

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.

Here are the folks that joined us for our last yarn tasting.  What fun!

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I think I will close for now.  Until next time, Happy Knitting!

~Lesley

So we have this yarn…

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Hello again

Back to Winter, cold, wet and windy.  I hope you are warm, dry and cozy.  Great weather for yarn though.

Well last week we promised to share some of our new yarn with you, so here goes!

Malabrigo!   I’m starting with Malabrigo mostly because they are a particular favorite of mine.  I also now know the correct pronunciation.  Maul ah bree go.  However you pronounce it the yarn is wonderful.

I love the company too they have great history, if only a short one so far.  They were established in 2005 in a small kitchen in Uruguay.  I would be happy to tell you more but I don’t want this email to be a book.  Ask me sometime.  As you know we have carried quite a few of their yarns before but have just added a couple more.  First of all we have:

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Mecha –A rare single-ply 100% super wash Merino wool.  This yarn takes the color in the most vivid, rich way with multi-layered hues.  As always with Malabrigo, it is extremely soft with a slight thick and thin texture.  It has fantastic loft and is perfect for quick but not too heavy projects.  This is great yarn for; accessories, garments, baby and kids items, cables and textured stitches.  This yarn is on the bulky side with 130 yards to the 100gram skein.  The gauge is 11 – 13 sts to 4” and the recommended needle size is 10 – 11.  Hook size K – M.  Please make sure to buy enough for your project as each bag is a different dye lot.  With some colors even the individual skeins can be different.  This is what makes the colors so incredible.  If you want to ensure the random color distribution in your project you should work from two balls at once, alternating a few rows from each ball.

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Mora – Pure Mulberry silk.  The ultimate in luxury!  This is a four-ply fingering weight yarn, as strong as it is soft.  The pure silk takes the dyes with an unparalleled richness, the colors will blow your socks off.  This yarn is great for; Shawls, scarves, fine garments, and little luxuries.  As always with Malabrigo yarn be sure to get enough of the same dye lot and follow the two ball rule.  The yardage of these skeins is 225 yards to 50 grams, 28 -30 sts to 4”. Recommended needle size is a 1 – 2.  Hook size B – D.  It should be hand washed cold, and dry flat.

Feza Yarn.

This company dates back to 1950 when the current president of the company’s grandfather started it.  It quickly became and has remained the most recognized yarn brand in Turkey.  In 2004 their yarns were introduced to the USA when our knitters and crocheters began to enjoy the quality and distinctive yarn they offer.  They have a unique collection, and great yardage.  The price is right too.  Glitz Glamour, and Luxury.  This is also a company that gives back.  Feel free to ask me more about them some time!

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Alp Natural – This yarn is actually not new to us as we have had it in the store before but only a few skeins on a trial basis.  Now we have bigger selection with great colors and more ideas for it.  This yarn is a blend of 40% cotton, 40% viscose, 10% linen and 10% silk.  It is characterized as a DK weight with 4 sts to the inch on a size 9. Because of its make up, this yarn is good for a variety of spring, summer and special occasion projects. It also has a good selection of free patterns.

Madeline Tosh

Well a somewhat new addition to yarn companies. Madeline’s thoughts began in 2005, she started her first on line shop on Etsy in 2006 and now supplies yarn to stockists around the globe, from Iceland to Japan, and Australia to Alaska.  Now you know why we have to wait so long for it.

All of Madeline’s yarn is locally dyed in Texas (she lives in Fort Worth).  They are made of All Natural Fibers, hand crafted using traditional methods in small dye batches.  The wool is ethically sourced from Peru and South Africa, has low impact organic compound dyes.

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We have just re stocked the Pashmina, Merino Light, and Sock.  You should see the sock section now!  If you would like more specifics on any of these lines please let us know.

Universal Yarns

They have been in business for more than 10 years. This company’s members are all needle crafters who understand what we are looking for in our yarn. They offer high quality yarns with a broad array of colors with incredible softness and fashionable design.

Our new lines from them are, Bamboo Pop, and Fibra Natura Good Earth.

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Bamboo Pop is a blend of 50% cotton and 50% bamboo.  It contains 292 yards of DK to  light worsted weight yarn knit on size 5, 6, or 7 needles or crochet on hook size G, H, or I.  Machine wash warm and dry flat

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Fibra Natura Good Earth comes in both solids and multi colored options.  This is a blend of 53% cotton and 47% linen a medium weight, worsted or aran.  It calls for needle size 7,8, or 9 or hook size I, J, or K.

With both of these yarns, the blends of cotton and bamboo or cotton linen are really nice to work with.  They are easy on the hands and make a great finished project.  Both are great for warm weather garments for kids and adults alike.

Wow, I could ramble on about yarn forever.  I can talk about how yarn is made, the companies that make it, the animals and plants yarn come from…  If only I had more hours in the day.

I will leave you for now. I hope you have a fantastic week; looking forward to seeing you soon.

Welcome November!

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Cascade Yarns Bentley now in stock!

Good Morning,

Can you believe it is November already?  Our friends have left and now it is time to get back to business again.  It was fun while it lasted though. We all had a great time; all being well they will be moving back here next year for good.

At the shop we have so many plans in the works.  So much is happening in the upcoming months; it is all very exciting.

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First of all, save the date – Saturday November 28th is Small Business Saturday.  This is an event sponsored by American express.   We will have more details to follow in the coming weeks but suffice it to say that it will be great.  Savings for all, rebates from Amex for those using their cards, it is like free shopping.  You can’t lose!

Our next event is very exciting.

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We recently met with Lea Redmond, a local author, who has just finished writing a wonderful book – Knit the Sky.  She is a delightful lady and she has agreed to come and do a workshop for us.  Yay!!  Lea has been holding these workshops in the East Bay and having a great time I might add.  We are lucky enough to be the first shop in the North Bay to host this workshop. This is to be held in the store at 4.30pm on Sunday December 6th.  Space is very limited so get your reservation in as soon as possible.  The cost of the workshop is $40 without the book and $55 if you buy the book too!  This reflects a discount of $5 off the book.  As a special treat we will give you 10% discount off any yarn you decide to buy at the workshop for your newly discovered creative projects.  The books are on order and we will have them in the shop for your perusal beforehand.  What a great treat for you to take some time out during the craziness of the holidays and have some fun time with the author.

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Here is a message from Lea about the workshop:

 

“Join Lea Redmond, author of Knit the Sky, for an introduction to her adventurous world of knitting, one that is playful, conceptual, and wonderfully personal. Document the weather with stripes. Track your moods in a rainbow of color. And more! She’ll tell stories, show example projects, and guide you through an activity to develop your very own special project in the spirit of “knitting the sky”. You’ll leave the class with at least one bright idea that you can’t wait to knit up! If you’re an accomplished knitter, mix this conceptual approach with your favorite patterns and techniques; if you’re a beginner, design something technically simple that’s full of rich meanings. All you need to bring is paper and pen, life stories, and an open mind!”

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We hope you will join us at Yarnitudes for this wonderful opportunity!

 

We have had so much new yarn arriving this past week it has certainly kept us on our toes.  We have introduced some new lines that we know you will adore.  We have stocked up on your favorites from Cascade and Berroco.  Look at all that Ultra Alpaca!

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Right there with the Ultra Alpaca is a brand new yarn by Cascade called 220 Superwash  Aran.  100% Superwash wool it is super soft and it knits up at a worsted weight gauge. It has such a fun splashy color to it!  This yarn is also available in solids as a special order.

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You probably noticed the lovely yarn in the photo at the top. It is Bentley by Cascade Yarns.  It is a great blend acrylic and superwash wool that knits up beautifully and machine washes like a dream.  It is very reasonably priced.  We can’t wait to work with it!  Stop by to see all the wonderful colors in person.

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Not only have we gotten in great stuff already.  We have made room for the arrival of our next shipment of Tosh which will be here soon.  See the empty shelves?  We are planning ahead this time!

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We also have in the brand new Knitters Pride Holiday collection needles.  They are ooooh so wonderful that we already have requests for many more.  We are keeping a set on hand to show you.  What a great gift!

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Speaking of gifts, we have started our annual “Santa’s Wish List.”  I know it seems early, but we like to be prepared!  Just come in and fill out a card with your wish list for the holidays.  If you have ideas for gifts from your friends and loved ones make a note with us and send them by to the shop.  We will make sure we have what you want in the store for them to simply come in and chose for you.  This has always been very successful.  No more wondering if you will get the gift you want, no more dropping hints, and no more guess work.  So far on people’s lists we have needle sets, books, bags, yarn, notions, project kits, and yarn.  We make it very easy for you.

We have given you a lot to think about this week!  I know my head is spinning!  If you have any questions just drop us a line or stop by.  We have many quick project classes scheduled and plenty of last minute gifts for you to knit.  Let us know how we can help you get your gift list checked off!

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

Until I see you next!

~Trudy

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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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Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
Yarnitudes Classes Next Week:
Two-at-a-Time-Socks (Toe-up or Top-down) – two dates available – Tuesday or Sunday
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