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New Yarns & Knitting Tips

Sebastopol Yarn StoreI hope you find yourself as happy and content as this little kitty.

So, did you make the wine tasting, what did you think? I think we all had a lot of fun and I just love their wines. Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your wine and your time with us. We wish you all the very best with your future endeavors.

 

 

New Yarns

I recently added a new line of yarn to the store, yes, another one. What am I going to do with me? It is always a bit of a risk when I try something new, but from the oohs and aahs I got when I was unpacking the box, I think I made a good decision. Some of it didn’t even make it to the shelf. The yarn itself is called Uluru, by Queensland.

Look at these amazing colors – I have attached a link so that you can have access to view some amazing patterns using this yarn. https://knittingfever.com/design/13352

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Uluru Rainbow

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SKEIN WEIGHT

100g

YARDAGE

382 yards

GAUGE

6.75-8 sts. = 1″ / 4-Ply weight

COMPOSITION

49% Cotton, 43% Acrylic, 8% Polyamide

 

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RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZE
US MM UK HOOK
1-3 2.25-3.25 13-10 B-D

The colors are amazing and it is lightweight with just a little halo, but not as fine as mohair. Madeline already has a feather and fan scarf started. Ideal for a summer weight cardigan or wrap. You just must try it for yourself.

 

 

Knitting & Crochet Questions

A while back I asked people to send questions, regarding knitting and crochet. Then life happened and we all got busy. But recently I have had many people ask me (in the shop) the best way to join in a new ball/skein of yarn. So, I thought I would take a minute to tell you my preferences.

 

My Preferences

 

Sonoma County Yarn ShopThe first way I will join is to let go of the old yarn and start knitting with the new yarn, you can weave the tail in as you go. Sometimes I will alternate the old and new yarn, i.e. knitting one stitch with one yarn and the next with the new.

This way is pretty easy and as long as you watch the tension and don’t pull too tight it is practically invisible.

 

 

Another is the magic knot, this one depends on exactly where I am joining and the type of yarn I am using.

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A favorite is the Russian join, threading a tapestry needle with one end of the yarn and threading it back on itself creating a loop. Then threading the new yarn into the tapestry needle, pass this through the loop and again back on itself. This keeps it nice and neat. Knit a few stitches and you can then cut off the long ends.

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If you are using an animal fiber, one that will felt, you can do the spit splice, no you don’t need to actually use spit, yucky. Fray out the ends, add some water and rub together so they felt into each other As always if you have any questions on any of these please come on in and I will be happy to show you.

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One thing I detest, I don’t mind sewing pieces together, but sewing all of those ends in is another matter. Much easier to do it as you go.

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Susan’s Fun Gifts

Here is a fun picture from Susan. She came in the store recently bringing with her some gifts she has made for family members, what do you think? Cute, aren’t they?

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What kind of cute things do you like to make? We just got a great book in called “Huggable Amigurumi” All you need to do to make these cute little characters is a little yarn and know how to do a chain, single crochet and some time. I am sure you know someone who would love to receive one of these. Don’t fret though if you can’t crochet, we do have books for knitted Huggables too.

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I hope I have given you a few things to think about this week. So many fun things to keep you inspired and those needles and hooks moving. So I am going to close for now and be back next week.

Our featured photos this week s from a wonderful site that sells art and postcards that are knitting inspired: http://saraolmos.com/?p=298

Until then, take care, stay healthy and happy, ~ Trudy