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Almost Summer & Memorial Day Sale

It’s Almost Summer

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Good Monday Morning again, how is it going this week? Are you getting ready for summer? Yes, I am really ready now for some sunshine to stay around for a while. Almost June, what a strange year this has been for the weather.   Well for everything really. I am ready for some calm and tranquility to surround me, enough of all the negativity and mess. I need good vibes now.

 

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Percentage of Sales Benefit Luccia Montiel Medical Fund

We are having a fun sale on some of your favorite yarns and such through all of Memorial Day weekend. Three days of sales, surprises and special goodies!

Also to promote Lyme Awareness month and help one of our little knitters, Luccia Montiel, our marketing company’s youngest grand-daughter, we are donating a percentage of our sales to her GoFundMe Medical drive. So when you shop you help a little girl heal from Lyme Disease and hopefully walk again!

Luccia hasn’t walked for 3 months, is wheelchair bound, you can see her video and read about her health journey at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/LucciaMontielMedicalFund

 

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Trendsetter Yarn Tasting

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesWell let’s start by having fun with the Trendsetter Yarn Tasting this coming Saturday, boy did that come around quickly. There are a few spaces left so grab them quick and come and join us for an enjoyable few hours playing with some fantastic new yarn, and help influence some of the yarn I purchase.

We will have a prize for the most interesting use of the yarns we will be tasting. Thirteen different yarns to be exact. There will be a nice selection of the knitter’s pride knitting needles and crochet hooks for you to test out as well. This isn’t just for knitters.

While you are here, you can check out the 60% off books, there isn’t just a few, we have a lot to choose from, also some fantastic specials and don’t forget to get your name in for the anniversary drawing which will be chosen at the end of May.

More Crocheters Are Showing Up

Due to the fact, we are getting more and more crocheters in the store I am finishing a cute summer top that is really easy, and a lot of fun to make, just chains, single and double crochets. I am working it up in Queensland Savanah, another amazingly nice yarn, blending 66% silk and 34% linen. There are 250 yards per 100g, a nice weight for both knitting and crochet. This is a yarn that was in a tasting we had last year and proved to be very popular so we decided to carry it this year.

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We Are Now Moved-So Glad!

Santa Rosa Movers

I am relieved to say we are now moved into our new home, for the coming year at least. There were a few days there that it was a challenge to say the least. The worst thing was not having the time or space to knit at home. Finding things is another ongoing challenge. It is a bit like trying to fit a gallon into a pint pot. We have donated so much to goodwill and thrown so much ‘stuff’ out but we still need storage for somethings.

Hopefully we can start the search for our forever home very soon. WITHOUT stairs and hills. I am amazed at how strong the movers were, 4 men working from 8am to 5.30pm with hardly a break, carrying large pieces of furniture up and down negotiating tight corners and they still managed to keep smiling and whistling. We will certainly be calling them again when it is time to move into the next place. It certainly was not an easy move.

Reviews Matter

Sonoma County Yarn StoreI just want to share something with you, something that can affect my business, and something that I don’t think people often think about. Reviews. Recently I received a review from someone who has never set foot in our store. It is our store, without you I wouldn’t be here. They saw my car which was not being driven by me at the time and assumed that the driver was the owner of Yarnitudes. This person writing the review had been driving erratically and extremely fast, so I was told, and didn’t like the fact she was unable to pass the driver of my car.

Without any knowledge or consideration given to the affect this may have on us, she posted a bad rating on Yelp. While it takes many good reviews to keep us in good standing it only takes one bad one to bring that down. If it is a bad review about what we did as a business that would be one thing, we are not perfect and I need to know if I am doing something that people don’t like, but for something that had absolutely nothing to do with the shop is really upsetting.   So, I ask if I do something wrong, please tell me so I can correct it, If I make you happy, please tell everyone else.   Sorry for my little rant but I needed to share.   I am over it now, thanks for listening.

 

Yarn Hop Is Coming!

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The Yarn Hop preparations are moving along nicely. Don’t forget to help us spread the word and make this the best ever. If you know somewhere to hang a poster let us know and we would love to give you one to share. The Hop is a great way to spread the word about knitting and crochet, in fact all fiber arts. Help us to keep centuries old crafts alive.

I am almost finished with the Hop cowl, we have all of the stitch patterns together now. I have done mine in 5 colors, one for each store, then I will be making one in a tonal yarn just so you can see the difference. Be sure to collect the individual stitch design from each store. Samples will be on display very soon. I will be offering a limited amount of (4) kits using the colors I chose, first come first served.

 

Our free knitting pattern this week, is a wonderful summer top with open work. We have lots of wonderful yarn that would make this into a stunning top: https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=7895&cid=17

So much to do and so little time, so I will leave you now this week and hope to see you very soon. Take care and enjoy every moment. Happy yarning, until next time ~ Trudy

 

 

 

 

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6th Anniversary & A Fun Sale

The Sun is Shining

Well good morning again, have you had a good week?

Perhaps it has been like mine, a little up and a little down but very, very busy. I think overall more ups than downs though. The weather is certainly helping in that regard. I love this time of year with all the colorful flowers blooming, aahhhhhh!

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Happy 6th Anniversary

Unfortunately, I have got a little behind this year, oops if my brother sees that he will say my behind is anything but little. It is our Anniversary month. I can hardly believe that it is six years already. It was actually last week the 9th.  So, I am already into my 7th year. Who’d have thunk it?

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There have been a lot of changes over that time. I certainly know a lot more about owning a yarn shop than I did back then. Styles come and go, yarns come and go, more and more new and fantastic yarn is available all the time. The shelves are stacked to the gills, but in the overall scheme of things we have but a small tasting. It is hard for me to choose just the right ones. I keep trying though, to give you a good overall selection. It isn’t just the yarn though, although for me that is one of the most important fun parts. Needles have come a long way and there are so many to choose from. Just when I think I have found the best they come out with another kind, so many little tools to make our life easier too.

 

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Patterns – when I first bought the stock from Sandy I ended up getting a very large file cabinet, two 4 drawer files cabinets actually. Then when I purchased Balls and Skeins I inherited even more. Now with Ravelry as big as it is, paper patterns are not needed as much so I am slowly emptying the drawers and printing patterns from online. Some of them are actually free too. At least now it is immediate, no more waiting for orders to come in and hoping I have the correct amount. Of course, there will still be those occasions when I have to actually order patterns because they are not available on line, or for the go to pattern that everybody wants. I still have those.

Books are yet another story, so, so many. With more and more people going digital our shelves are loaded.

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Celebrate with a Sale-Selected Books 60% Off

So, in order to help us celebrate this milestone and to help us make room for more of what you are really looking for these days, selected books will be at 60% off for the rest of the month. If you have been eyeing a book that you would like for your own library come on in and we both win. I am also going to have a drawing. Prize drawing that is. Each time you come in from now to the end of the month put your name and phone number in the bowl and at the end of the month I will drawer three names. The more times you come in the more times you can enter. I will also top up the bargain box with special offers. There will be random sales on other things around the store so make sure you take a good look around, you never know what might be waiting for you.

One last thing, for this month only, the 6th purchase of the day each day will receive an additional 10% discount, on everything!

 

Trendsetter Yarn Tasting

Now for another treat. The trendsetter yarn tasting is on the schedule for Saturday 27th from 12pm to 3pm. Maxine will be here to tell you all about the yarn you will be playing with. You will also get to try out different knitter’s pride needles and hooks. This is definitely not limited to knitters only. Of course, there will be snacks, what is any tasting without snacks. Space will be limited, so don’t miss out. The tickets are now on sale $5 each which can be applied to any purchase that day.

Trendsetter Yarn Tasting

Trendsetter YarnWhere: Yarnitudes                      

When:   Saturday 27th May

Time:   12 – 3pm

Cost:     $5.00                    

Ticket good for 10% discount and $5 off yarn purchase.

 

Dog Sweater Class

By request we now have on the schedule the made to fit dog sweater class. If you happen to miss it this time please call so that we can add to the list for the next time. If you want to see how it looks MaryAnn has made a sample and it is here in the store, so cute!

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Enterlac Class

Another class that has been requested is being scheduled for next month. ‘Entrelac. Linda will be teaching you how to do this wonderful technique. It’s much easier than you think. Check the website for full details, first class will be held Saturday morning 3rd June.

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Check out our website for all classes, if you don’t find what you are looking for, please give us a call.

For our FREE pattern this week, we found a beautiful beaded A-line camisole by Black Dog Designs on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beaded-cami

We have some beautiful summer weight yarn in the shop that would be gorgeous made up into this all -season camisole, wear it in the summer and depending on the yarn it could be a wonderful evening camisole even in the winter with a wrap. We also have a nice selection of crystals to finish your project off and give it that special finishing touch!

Until next week then, take care ~Trudy

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Great Summer Knitting Projects

The Weeks Are Flying By

Hi again, boy oh boy, these weeks are just flying by. May already, second week no less.

I am following up on some questions asked after last week’s newsletter.    The Yarn hop is going to be on the 22nd and 23rd July. So, mark your calendars and save the date.

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Free Pattern Offerings

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesThe sweater that was shown on the introduction to the newsletter last week was a free pattern and yes, it is pretty easy.

Lots of yarn to choose from at Yarnitudes that would be great choices that would knit up beautifully.

I am so happy that so many of you wanted to make it for yourself, someone you love, and even said it would look good on me.

 

Yarn Tasting Anyone?

Now, what’s next? Well everyone had such a great time at the Cascade Yarn tasting earlier in the year, it was this year, wasn’t it? So we have decided to do it again with another supplier. This time Maxine will be here on Saturday 27th of May with samples from Trendsetter yarns.

We will do the same kind of thing, just a bit more organized. There will be tickets, $5 per person, which will be good towards a purchase that day. You will also be able to make orders on the day if you would like to and there will also be a trunk show. Yeah, more fun for everyone.

 

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Beautiful Yarn-So Many New Choices

The yarns we have chosen this time are really different. As MaryAnn was getting the samples put together I heard a lot of oohs and ahhs. Very intriguing to see what can come from these amazing yarns. So, like before we there will be a limited number of tickets, first come first served. Oh, and if you attend you will be entitled to 10% off any orders placed. You could in fact have a say in what yarns we get to stock in the store.

 

Summer Knitting Ideas

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesKnitting at this time of the year is so much fun, not that the rest of the year isn’t however –

the colors, the textures, light and airy, fun and fashionable. We have so many cottons, bamboo’s, silks, flax etc., etc. Whether you are knitting while you travel, knitting when you arrive or planning for things to wear once you get there, we have you covered.

Like a quick and simple top great for knitting whilst you travel–http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kathy-sasser

 

How about a top for taking in the ray’s? Perhaps you might want to start this before you leave, or a nice cover up for on your way to the pool?

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How About a Swimsuit Coverup

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http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kirsten-singer

 

 

 

 

Sonoma county Yarn ShopOr even a nice lace sun hat, I might lose the ribbon and hopefully the cardigan too. This is something else you might have had to work on before the trip.

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/nazanin-s-fard

 

 

 

The Beauty of Temperate Weather

We are so very, very lucky to live in a place where the temperatures are not extreme. A lot of the things we can wear here can be worn all year round, OK perhaps not the hat. Just by adjusting the type of yarn used, or layering it with other items of clothing these or many items like them can go from beach to the board room, office to evening cocktails. Going on a cruise?

A little black dress can be transformed by the addition of a little sparkle in a cardigan. Black or white pants with a bright colorful top. With the addition of a light and airy shawl or summer scarf even the simplest of outfits can be made to look very sophisticated or very hip. Come on in and see all the different types of yarn we have for this time of the year, I am certain you will be impressed.

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We Have Lots of Great Gift Solutions

Running out of time? Only 6 days to go. We have lots of last minute gifts in the store, and if all else fails you, how about a gift certificate?

Don’t forget to check our classes to see what is coming up to help you with your next endeavor.

Our featured photo this week is also a really cute free summer top knitting pattern: http://tahkistacycharles.com/product/free-patterns/sultry-boatneck-in-marina/

Thanks for spending time with me, until next time then, take care–Trudy

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Knit Alongs & Family Vacations

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Good Morning, how are you today?

I should take a leaf out of kitties’ book and do some stretches. In fact, I should do a lot of things that kitties do. I love playing with yarn though so I guess that is kitty like.

 

Group Sessions-Such Fun!

If you haven’t been to one of group sessions, Tuesday, Wednesday or Fridays, you don’t know what you are missing. So many friendships have been made over the time I have had the shop. We all have so much fun. Last week saw the beginning of a new knit along. (KAL)

Two of our regulars who are already working on the same pattern, the feather and fan shawl, just happened to begin the Pure and Simple side to side pullover for women. They had seen this pattern a while ago and both decided they wanted to make it for the summer. They had tried the Tangier yarn at the Cascade yarn tasting and really enjoyed the way it knitted up and the great color ways. So, they asked me to order some. I ordered a nice selection of 6 colorways. The yarn had just arrived and as they were talking about it and showing the pattern to the group, three other knitters said what a good idea it would be to do a knit along.

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New Projects & New Knit-Alongs

So, it began. Now we have a new Knit along. Different people all knitting the same project, learning from each other what works and what doesn’t, tips and tricks for better results. Lots of fun and camaraderie and at the end we have the same project that look so different because of the way the colors work and the way each person knits. Although the front of this patterns shows a solid design the picture on the back is done with stripes, (the yarn does all the work) and for once the stripes are vertical not horizontal far more slimming.

 

Easy Summer Project

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesThe easiest summer sweater pattern I know! A simple garter stitch rectangle, with unshaped openings for head and arms. The sleek shaping is formed by the drape of the loosely knit fabric.

This pattern uses worsted weight yarn on big needles at a gauge of 14 stitches to 4 inches. Shown in cotton, it has cap sleeves, or optional short sleeves. Side seams are sewn. Finished measurements of 30 to 50 inches. You have to know someone who would love one of these. Or may be two.

 

 

 

Family Vacations & Knitting Projects

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesAre you planning a family vacation this year? Several people are leaving on trips soon. We knitters are so funny. The first thing I plan to pack are my projects, what to take? What will be small enough to work on in cramped quarters, but interesting enough to keep my attention.

I always take way too much, but the thought of being without a project is just not conceivable. Its best to call the airlines, travel agent etc. ahead of time to make sure there are no restrictions where you are traveling.

 

Some Hints From a Fellow Knitter & Traveler

Sonoma County Yarn ShopHowever here are some hints from someone who has been there. Pack the bulk of your knitting into your checked bag. That way you at least will be sure to have everything you want when you get where you are going. Whatever you decide to take to work on throughout the journey make sure it isn’t too big. There would be nothing worse than sitting between two people and not being able to move your arms and project to see what you are doing.

Take circular needles, some instances will still not allow straight needles. Whenever possible use interchangers of the wooden kind. This way you can cap off the ends of your work during transit, no lost stitches this way. Place the tips you intend to use in an eye glass case or something similar, use the short tips to travel, not always the easiest to use until you get used to them but the best to take if a certain security guard decides to measure the length.

As I say, I have learned from experience. On the way home from an overseas trip my fixed circulars, wooden at that, were cut from the end of the cords because they were 5”. The guard did in fact take a tape measure out to show me. It really wasn’t an issue as if I had pulled all the stitches off I would still have had to throw away the needles so he did in fact do me a favor by banding the ends together so that when I was able to get another needle I could save the work. Use as much wood and plastic as you can, as far as notions go.   Tiny plastic scissors, plastic container, no large project bags, keep it all contained as much as possible. As I said the interchangers are by far the best to travel with and you can get a whole set into a small 5.25” by 6.5” by 1” case. This is complete with each length of cord. You will be surprised how much knitting you can get into a very small space. As you might know, when I travel I usually must do so with just a carry on and a personal bag yet I never run out, and have everything to complete a project or two.

Pack your knitting first then just relax, sit back and feel happy in the knowledge whatever happens will, you have your sanity in your hands. Whenever or wherever you go, take things in stride, relax and enjoy. If you stress yourself out, before you leave you will spend the best part of your time recovering. Remember this saying:

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Our fee knitting pattern this month is from In the Loop: http://intheloopknitting.com/free-lace-pullover-knitting-patterns/

Until next week then, take care and keep those fingers busy ~ Trudy

 

 

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Mother’s Day & Yarn Hop Coming

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Hi there, Monday again. How are you this week?

Sonoma County Yrn ShopTax Day is now behind us for another year, although we never stop paying do we? I really do enjoy living here, but just saying California seems to raise the price. With at least one exception Yarnitudes, doesn’t charge any more here than anywhere else in the USA.

I couldn’t believe it, yesterday I was pricing a new bed. After giving me the price, the sales man said, “Oh plus $100, just for the privilege of living in CA, + $11 disposal fee for the mattress and another $11 for the base, this is the CA recycling fee, plus tax of course” That had nothing to do with the bed itself, or the $180 delivery cost. Crazy huh?

 

 

Mother’s Day is Coming

Sonoma County Knitting ClasssesDo you realize it is only three weeks to Mother’s Day? Still time though to whip up a little something for the special Mom in your life. Did you see that I actually said Mom and not how we say it in the UK, Mum! Mother’s day in England is on a different day than here in the good old U S of A. The UK one was back in March. It has only taken 35 years for me to let go of that spelling.

Is there a special mom in your life you would like to make something for? Or perhaps there is a little something here in the store that you would like for yourself. What better time to get it? As always, we have gift certificates, or you can tell us what you would like and as we do at Christmas, tell your family and friends to give us a call or come in as we know what you would really like. We also have last minute gifts too, necklaces, bracelets, mugs, scarves etc, etc.

 

My Hubby’s Birthday

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Today is also my Hubby’s birthday, this is a big one! Happy Birthday to my best friend.

Have you got your Uluru yet? Well now we have free patterns with purchase, really pretty. Madeline will be teaching her feather and fan, scarf or shawl next month. Saturday 13th May from 11am to 1pm, check it out.

 

Check Out Our New Classes

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Speaking of classes, don’t forget the classes coming up this week – Felted bag, the first shell class, Socks, and next month the requested dog sweater classes.

 

Yarn Hop is Coming

Yarn Hop

The Yarn Hop plans are starting to come together. This year, as well as the things we did last year, we are making a cowl. This is a progressive pattern. Each store has come up with a stitch design and this will be available when you visit each store. Visit all 5 stores, yes, this year there are 5 participating, and each store will give you their own portion, by the end of the hop you will have the whole design. Each store will have a finished cowl on display, just to whet your appetite. This will give you an idea of how each design pairs with the next. As the designs can be knitted in any order, any color or colors. Fun eh?

Well as you can see we are planning lots of fun here for the future, so I had better get back to it.

Our featured free pattern this week can be found at this link: http://www.berroco.com/patterns/route-1  and the website that featured the pattern made up in sock yarn instead of DK, is this site: http://thedrizzleofhoney.blogspot.com/2016/08/route-1-summer-sweater.html#more

Until next week then, take care and keep those fingers busy ~ Trudy

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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

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Happy Easter & Moving Again

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Good Morning, I hope this finds you well and happy.

Yes, soon to be Easter, just a few more days, do you have anything planned? Will it be a busy weekend or will you be relaxing on your own or with friends and family? I have a lot going on at the moment. Not only at the shop but at home too.

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Picture courtesy of:http://4broadsdish.com/and-the-earth-moved-well-not-the-earth-just-me/

 

Home & Moving Again

Don’t worry, not the shop. Preparing to move to a temporary home while we get our home ready to sell, and then the job of finding our new permanent and hopefully forever home. So many moves over the years, it’s crazy when I think about it. One thing I know for sure it never gets any easier. Where we live now is the longest we have lived anywhere together. In fact, apart from moving out of my parents’ home at the age of 20, the house I was actually born in, this is the the longest I have ever lived anywhere.

Still there comes a time for really settling down. I thought we had done that 12 years ago, but we were younger then and the big house was just what we wanted, now, we realize that we want to go back to a smaller cozy place. So, as I sit here writing to you today I am surrounded by boxes. What to keep and what to let go, a hard question. People used to ask me where home is? My answer then and will always be – where my cats are.

 

Thankful for My Crafts & Gardening

Have you moved around a lot? So many things change but then so many are just the same. Thank goodness for my yarn, cross stitch, paints, books, gardening etc. etc. This will be the last Easter in our present home. Lots of memories. Our granddaughters were only little when we moved here, Olivia 6 and Victoria 8, now they are young women. Gone are the days of the Easter Egg hunts, happy memories though.

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Beautiful Summer Yarn is Here

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSo now spring is definitely here, although we haven’t quite finished with the rain. If only it would just rain at night while most of us are sleeping, I don’t want much, do I? it is time to be working on those summer tops and shawls etc. and we have an enormous array of summer weight yarn. A full color range of cotton, linen, silk and mixtures, you are sure to find just what you are looking for.

As always, we have plenty of samples and suggestions in the store, Linda Will be teaching a lovely top down shell too. Some people think the samples in the shop are very difficult but really if you can knit and purl, or chain and double crochet, they are within your reach. As always someone will be here to help you every step of the way.

One of the tops that gets a lot of attention is a basic shell done in the Ripple yarn. Just 4 balls, three different colors and a basic pattern is all you need. The yarn and a little imagination does the rest. We have at least two new knitters who are knitting top down cardigans at the moments, they are having a ball and excited by the whole experience. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

 

 

Wine TastingSatyre Wine Tasting Next Weekend

Don’t forget the wine tasting this weekend, Saturday 15th from 1 – 4pm. Of course you can bring you knitting and sit and knit for a while too.

 

Satyre

 

Washing Superwash Wool

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSonoma County Yarn ShopSomething that has just been brought to my attention Important is washing superwash wool. With the new high efficiency washing machines that use much less water, you need to take extra steps when using this yarn. The lack of water and therefore the more agitation can cause felting.

Therefore you must use the soak option, or the handwash wool option to avoid this. Best advice, put garment inside a lingerie bag or light pillow case, wash alone and keep an eye on the water level. Never wash with heavy items, i.e. towels, jeans etc. You may want to think about this too with store bought items when washing. I hope this helps, if in doubt contact the manufacturer.

 

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesOK before I finish this week I wanted to remind you of some upcoming Classes this month; we have Beginning Knitting tomorrow the 11th, Begin Crochet the 18th, Two at a Time toe up Socks Wednesday evening 19th and Saturday late morning the 29th and Needle Felting cat or dog Thursday 20th. Learn to Spin Sunday 23rd 4.30. Full details on the website.

Classes being planned for May and June include, knitted dog sweater, entrelac, crochet summer top, more socks, next step knitting and anything else that we can think of.

Keep checking the classes page for the details as we have them confirmed we will post them there.

Our featured image is from Knitting Awesome, great summer top patterns: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/girly-knits-boardwalk-beauties-collection/patterns

 

Until next time, take care and be happy ~ Trudy

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Why Do We Knit or Crochet?

Monday Morning Blessings

Good morning, are you doing well?

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First things first, don’t forget the wine tasting event we have coming up here for Satyre wines. You will love the wine and you will have so much fun with Nicole, she is great. Mark your calendars and remember to stop by on the 15th April 1 – 4pm. Get all your chores done early so you don’t miss out. What a way to celebrate Tax Day. At least it is over for another year.

 

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Why Do We Knit or Crochet?

Why do we knit? Why do we crochet? Well apart from the reason that it feels good, have you thought about why you started? I started when I was young because I was taught at school, it was a desirable craft to know. To take forward and share with the new generations to come. It was also a way to decorate our homes and clothe us in times of hardship. Repurposing garments and such. Fishermen mending their nets etc. Today though with the overabundance of everything those reasons have taken a back seat, for many.

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Everything We Create Is Unique

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesIt is still great though, that we don’t just have to go with the same thing everyone else has. One of a kind, something you have created for yourself, a friend, a loved one. Something you have invested time energy and love into. One of my very first custom pieces was for a woman looking for just the right color cardigan to go with an outfit she had.

She was renewing her wedding vows and had found just the right dress to wear but it was a little too revealing, she thought, for the church. So together she told me what she wanted and we went over color charts to find the exact color she wanted.

Then came the buttons, something sparkly, a little lace here, a texture there, etc. She ended up with just what she wanted. Had she been able to knit herself she could have saved some money and been entertained all at the same time.

 

 

Color and Unique Fashion Statements

I love having clothes that match and complement each other and so often you just can’t find it. Color trends change but my color choices don’t always equal the trends. I love color and sometimes I want yellow, sometimes I feel more like teal, orange or pink. It is great to know that I can have whatever color I want and I don’t have to have fashion dictate my choices.

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Then of course are the feel-good reasons.

 

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The Beauty of Lace Weight Yarn

Does Lace weight yarn scare you? Don’t let it. I wrote about this a long time ago but it doesn’t hurt to refresh it. We have some fantastic lace weight yarn in the store. The yardage is amazing and most really good value for the money. If you would like to have something super fine and light use one strand. If you would like something warm and snuggly but not heavy, you can use two, three, four or more strands held together.

The loft is then truly amazing. A whole different look than using a chunky or bulky yarn. And using different color strands can also add interest. Mixing a solid with a hand paint or variegated can also have an entirely different effect. Mixing two variegated together though can cause a muddy effect so, be careful with this one.

 

Choosing Project Colors

Sebastopol Yarn ShopSonoma County Knitting ClassesTalking about colors leads me to my next topic. Choosing the right color for a project. Are you someone who sees something, a pattern or design and just must have it look exactly the same? Have you ever thought that the color on the pattern may not be the color that would be good for you, or are you the type that only looks for patterns in the colors that you like? That can be extremely limiting. Perhaps it would be better to see patterns in shades of grey. Then you can let your imagination put a color to it.

Sometimes patterns that are worked up in black do not do justice to the item. You can’t always see the detail in black, cables don’t stand out the same way and they are very difficult to photograph. Solid colors do however make the designs pop.

 

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesLikewise, on hand paints and variegated yarn too much detail is just wasted as it gets lost in the mix. Sometimes that kind of yarn is just best in very simple stitches, the yarn will do everything else. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

One of our regulars came in the other day with a dress she was making for a little girl. It was being knitted in three different colors. Lesley was there and she said, “that looks great, I would never of thought of putting those colors together, but it works really well”. Try playing with some left overs. Its fun.

Well I think that is enough for another week, so I will love you and leave you until next time. Don’t forget to keep checking out the classes. We have added some and are working on the rest, hopefully we will get it on the website soon, if not call us and tell us what you are looking for.

 

Take care, and be happy

Trudy

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Goodbye Lesley & Fond Memories

Hello Spring

Good morning again, how is spring treating you so far? Are you managing to avoid the dreaded allergies or have they caught you?

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Sad News to Share

This week I have to share some sad news and this letter from Lesley.

Good Morning Friend.

Lesley here. I just wanted to say good morning and hello to you one last time. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I will be leaving the store at the end of the month. My last days at the shop will be this Wednesday and Friday. It has been a wonderful couple of years.   Although this is hard, I know it is what we need to do. I can’t be in the store as much as I would like, and it is too hard for Lilly to be at the store all day.  

Over the last couple of years you have become not only my friend, but you are my extended family. I have loved helping you find just the right pattern and yarn for your project. I too learned as we worked out the kinks and the rough parts. I have loved teaching classes and sharing new skills with you. But it has not been just about yarn. We have talked about life and about the world. Yarnitudes is so much more than a store. It is home.  

I know Trudy will take wonderful care of you as she always has. Your trusty instructors will still be here to answer questions and help you along the way. I know Trudy has some exciting new things planned for you; new yarn, new classes, and new events. So stay tuned.

Please know that I will miss you – my friend, my family. I know Lilly will miss all her “Aunties and Uncles” too. I will be back to visit but I will be away for a while to try and let my heart heal. I hope you understand.

Goodbye, and as always – happy yarning.

As I said sad news, Lesley will be greatly missed. She has worked hard here to help us all. This is however an amazing opportunity to spend the most wonderful years watching Lilly grow and being the best wife and mother to her family. I can see it now, sharing everything she knows with her daughter. I am sure I join you in wishing her the very best.

 

Have We Got Buttons

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Have you ever spent a lot of time making something only to find the buttons just didn’t measure up to your idea of a finished project. It’s true buttons can make or break a garment.

Put a generic button on something and it can look OK, but find the right button and it will really pop. Turning it from ordinary to extraordinary.

Recently we were visited by a rep from a button company, I am now calling him the ‘button man’ he had two very large suitcases full of cards and cards of buttons. As you can imagine it was really hard to stop from going absolutely crazy, we wanted to buy so many.

Anyway, we did, we think, get a good selection. We already had quite a selection but now that selection has grown and I think we have a little something of everything for everyone.

 

 

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesThere are buttons for kids, both modern and traditional. There is one I particularly fell in love with. I don’t know if you have seen or heard of Holly Hobby, It may be an English thing.

It was a selection of prints, possibly dolls, and patterns of little girls wearing the long dresses with an apron, (pinafore) and a really cute hat with a very wide brim and a puffed up back. Great description I know.

I will try to find a picture. Anyway, it reminds me of an outfit I made for Laura to attend a cousins wedding, Laura was about 2 at the time. Soooo, cute!

 

Creative Ideas with Buttons

Lesley gave me the idea for this week’s newsletter, so here it is–

Another thing is decorating with buttons, I saw a post on Facebook the other day, about making a bowl out of buttons. It looked really fun and when I can find time to play I might actually make one for myself. I have spent ages going back through Facebook to find it but no luck.

Anyway, you start with common old balloon. Blow it up so that it is sturdy but has a little give, you don’t want it to burst on you but you do want it to hold in place. Find the center of a roll of masking tape or something similar, you can actually just use a roll of tape, as it is only as a holder. Place the balloon tied side down on the roll. Paint the top of the balloon or where you would think you would like the shape of the bowl to be with just ordinary white glue. Let it dry completely.

Then with a layer of Mod Podge place the buttons, starting at the top, this will be the bottom of the finished bowl. You do need a somewhat flattish button, any shanks should be removed. Place the right side of the button against the balloon. Make sure all buttons touch.

When you think, you have the shape and size you want cover with another layer of Mod Podge and let dry. When completely dry apply one more coat, let this dry also. Then comes the magic. Gently let the air out of the balloon and peel away the rubber from the buttons. Voila! You have a very pretty and useful bowl. A project to do with the kids perhaps, or just have fun on your own. It could also make a nice gift, never too early to think about stock piling a few of those for the holidays.

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Although I couldn’t find the post itself by requesting button bowls on google this came up, same thing. In a few years, this is something I can see Lesley doing with Lilly.

Well I think I am going to leave it at that for this week. A lot to think about and lots of planning to do. I will however be back next week to talk about Lace weight yarn and colors.

Our featured pattern and image this week is from claire Garland: http://claire-garland.blogspot.com/2012/01/free-pattern-felted-bunny.html

Until then in Lesley’s words, Happy Yarning-Trudy

Africa & Visiting Mum

No Newsletter Last Week

Sebastopol Yarn ShopWell hi there, did you miss me?

Sorry there wasn’t an email last week. I was given the opportunity to go on a business trip with my husband and then afterwards to see my mum.

A chance I couldn’t miss. I think you will agree though that I left you in very capable hands, apart from the newsletter you probably didn’t ever realize I wasn’t around.

I was lucky enough to visit a country I had never had the opportunity to visit before, South Africa. I only got to see a very small part of it though, Johannesburg. That was where most of the business was handled.

 

 

South Africa

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I guess it wasn’t quite what I had expected. I had of course heard about South Africa, a lot of it not good over the years. The part I experienced was almost the same as any other big city. Way too many cars. It took Trevor and one of the people he had gone to see, almost two hours to drive back to the hotel after meetings one evening. They only had to travel 7 miles. It almost made the traffic here look insignificant.

The same shops, some of the same restaurants and coffee shops. Once out of the city though traffic moved easily, lots of new motorways and toll roads. Generally, like anywhere else I have been. Like I said this was just a small portion of the country, romantically I guess I was expecting to see the wild life closer to the towns and villages and I am told that there are certain parts where that is true. Upon looking at this map you can see we were only in a pin-prick of an area.

Kruger Wild life Park

South Africa

Graciously they took us to Kruger Wild Life Park at the weekend, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg. I got to see some animals living in their natural habitat. Luckily for them they have had weather like ours. After years of drought they have had an abundance of rain. So, it was good for them, lots to eat and lots of places to hide, a bit harder to spot some of them though.

Africa wildlife

I loved these guys, I kept thinking of what an amazing shawl I could be knit with their colors. I guess that is one for the future.

 

London & Mum

United KingdomWe left South Africa after 5 days and headed to London. We had to change planes there on the way out and on the way back.

Long journeys. This is the main purpose of my trip, to visit my mum.

She had been in the hospital in February and I wanted to see how she was doing. Luckily, she was able to go back to the home the Saturday before we arrived. I managed to spend three visits with her.

 

MumShe was doing much better the chest infection she had been fighting was gone but she was still extremely tired.

I was happy to share photos with her, give her all the love that I had been told to give her from her friends here in the states. It made her smile remembering all the faces and the good times she had here with us all over the years.

 

 

Back Home Again

So now I am back, we flew in Sunday afternoon 12th and I am back to work again. Looking forward to seeing you in the shop again soon. Of course, I was thinking of you all the time I was away. Looking for inspiration for the shop, and patterns to make. Trying to find something new that I couldn’t find over here. I was amazed that I couldn’t find one yarn store in either places we visited. People didn’t really understand what I was looking for either, even when they saw me knitting. I was knitting too.

I was told and I did find some places on the web, in Cape Town but that is for another trip. Miles away from where I was. I did get some ideas but whether I will remember them when I have time to work on them is another matter.   Oh, one last thing I must share about the trip is, when I went into a small gift shop in the park I noticed quite a nice scarf I liked, thinking it was a local product I picked it up only to find it was Apt 9, from Kohl’s – oops.

 

 

Knitting On the Road

The yarn and needles with me on the trip – I have been wanting to make myself a nice warm sweater but hadn’t had the opportunity so I thought this a good one. It is from the Ann Norling pattern top down Raglan #60. This is the pattern I used to make myself the cardigan you can often see me wearing in the store when it is chilly. It is so easy, very basic but there is so much that you can do to make it your very own. I would be very happy to show you how to do this. Here is the sweater so far.

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You can see I have added cables under the arms at both sides, I will also add cables on the forearm of the sleeves too. The other thing about this pattern is that you can use four different weights of yarn. So, Spring, summer, fall or winter, so much fun. I get so excited at the possibilities of a pattern like this. It is certainly one of my go to patterns. I hope to be able to knit on it some more really soon. Oh I also took another skein of a very colorful yarn with me to play with, just for those times when the sweater needed more attention or took up too much room. I did play with it too, first a scarf, didn’t like the way that looked, so now a hat, a large slouchy one. Someone will want it.

 

No Just an Easter Basket-March 26@4:30-6:30pm

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OK enough of my things. Don’t forget the upcoming classes, here is a photo of the ‘Not Just for Easter Basket’, this is before the handle goes on, you can see it really isn’t just for Easter. Karen took this photo of it at the shop. Call us to sign up before time runs out.

The Beginning crochet class is full for this month. There are still two place available for beginning knitting though, on the 21st March 10.30 – 12.30. If you want to begin this month this is your chance.

We are working on classes for April so if there is something you are itching to learn give us a call and we may be able to add it to the schedule.

The featured image this week is from a wonderful blog done by a Mom with an autistic son, she knits and designs patterns, take a look at her website and her incredible bunnies: http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/my_weblog/2010/02/

I think that is more than enough for this week, so I will love and leave you for now, I hope I haven’t bored you silly. Have a great week and see you again soon ~ Trudy