Great Weather for Hand Knits

A Mug of Tea, A Warm Fire & Knitting

Sebastopol Kntting ClassesHi again, how are you doing?

Halloween is over for another year, now it’s time to turn to planning for Thanksgiving. I love this time of year here in Sonoma County. All the wonderful colors, the drop in temperature, snuggling up in our winter woolies.

OK, it’s not winter yet but a great time to wear our hand knits though and to snuggle up, or hunker down with a great new project. What could be better, a cozy chair, a warm fire, a cup of hot chocolate or tea and your hand in great, cushy fiber, bringing it to its new fruition? What projects are you looking forward to creating this season?


Inspired to Knit & Create

I am inspired every day. I am soooo lucky. Perhaps that is why I love the colors of Fall. I am so happy to be surrounded by color every day. I don’t think I would be happy living in Boston or somewhere that it tends to be grey all the time. Not that I have anything against Boston but I do hear that the winters are pretty awful.

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Besides I can’t stand the cold. While looking for a picture, I found myself grabbing a sweater, my shoulders were tense and I was shivering………………….


Entertainment & Fantastic Patterns

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesSpeaking of inspiration, I have been checking out some on line videos by Stephen West. What a crazy unique fellow he is. He is living his dream. I have come to the conclusion we are of the same mind when it comes to knitting. Although as Susan said to me last night when I showed her the video ‘You’re a Knitter’ on You Tube, “please don’t get like that”.

He is just a little bit flamboyant, eccentric, over the top, but what a character. His designs are amazing. He believes in using his yarn in so many ways, creating new things from the left overs, that is like me. Having the yarn tell you what it wants to be. Fun, fun, fun.

He knits almost all the time, when he isn’t making videos, or sleeping. He has written a lot of books now but I think he dictates them all and has someone else put them together as he is knitting. Anyway, if you want a laugh or to get inspired check him out.


Amazing Selection of Yarn for the Holidays

Sonoma County Yarn ShopWe have received an enormous selection of yarn for the holidays. One skein, quick last minute gifts.

Gifts for your knitter friend or for yourself.

Yarn for sweaters and larger projects too.

Lots of bulky type wool for arm knitting, sparkles, silks, all sorts. Amazing!!!!! Excited, who me?



Exclusive Pattern in Fall Colors

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesI have finished the pattern for the “Sunset Over the Badlands Shawl” so that is now available.

I have also designed a pattern for a kit I will be offering. ‘Cashmere and Diamonds’ I will only have four of the original kits on sale.

They contain the pattern and a skein of Hand Painted, Mountain Colors 65% cashmere 35% silk yarn which is 158 yards of sport weight.

I am also working on putting together some other small kits that you can give as gifts or make for that special someone, yourself.



Gift Workshops-Saving You Time & Money with a Sprinkle of Inspiration

As I noted at the bottom of the last newsletter we will be offering some workshops every Saturday afternoon from now until Christmas. From 1 – 3pm, or longer if needed. Linda will be here to help you make a variety of gifts and ornaments, knitted and crocheted.

Sebastopol Knitting Workshop

Karen will also be offering some needle felted ornaments and center pieces. So we have got you covered.


Free Boot Cuff Patterns

Free Knitting PatternsCheck out these quick, easy and beautiful boot cuff patterns on Craftsy:

We came upon these when looking for a great fall image for the top of this week’s newsletter. Be sure to measure the circumference of the calf of the person you are knitting these for so they are neither too loose or too tight. But most of these knit up in less than a skein and in only a few hours, such a fun and good looking gift.


Project Finishing Classes

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesWe will also be offering a project finishing class. You know how you have that project that you put away, either finished but not put together, or almost finished and just requiring the final elements, collar, neck edge, or the like.

Well we will offer a time for you to bring in that project and work out how to put it all together so that you can finally enjoy the fruit of your labor.



Check out the classes link on our website for all of these and other fun activities.

Last but not least this time. Remember if you have an American Express card, that shop small is happening again. Make sure you register your card and stay tuned for specials.

Until next time then, take good care and enjoy your craft.

Have fun ~ Trudy