Almost Turkey Time!

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Felted Turkey Pattern

Good Morning, I hope you are well and have had a great week.  Can you believe next week will be Thanksgiving?  Wow!  We have so much to be thankful for.  We live in one of the best places on earth; have great families and friends, and the greatest customers ever.  My list goes on and on but that is for another time.

I know I have really freaked Lesley out about how soon the holiday is coming on.  She is still busy on her Thanksgiving hats.  A few things have managed to take her attention away from them lately, oops.  She will do it though, we all know she will.  Stay tuned for next week she has a special addition to email planned for you so that she can show you all the hats!  I’m pretty sure this isn’t what she is making,  but wouldn’t it be funny?

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Cooked turkey hat pattern

Now that we have you thinking about silly hats.  We now have the Top This Hat kits in the store.   They are going fast too!  Have you seen them?

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They are soooo cute.  There are all kinds of animals  I am making one for Lesley, so don’t be surprised if you come in and see her with a monkey on her head.  They even have some new ones for Christmas and the holidays; you will have to let us know if you want those though as they are not available until next month so we have to get our order in quick with them.

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They are a great quick knit and a very reasonable price, only $9.50.  You don’t have to just make a hat though.  We have instructions at the shop to make a pair of slippers with 2 kits or a cute scarf.

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Speaking of quick projects, I have finally, yay, finished putting all the clearance items together into bags with ideas of what you can make from them.  I have mixed and matched colors too, so now you can just pick one up and away you go.  We have quite a selections of kits put together from hats, scarves, washcloths – which make great hostess gifts, to Fair Isle cardigans, and vests.  Prices range from 25% to 60% off.  Also, if you look around the store you will see other discounts on selected yarn, and needles.  Be sure to check the signs on each shelf to see our specials.

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Our gift list/registration, Secret Santa, whatever you would like to call it is now going strong.  Some of you have already gotten your list ready.  Needle sets and yarn are most popular, but bags and books are a great idea too.  We will soon have more Della Q and Atenti bags in the store.  We have extra needles sets in stock and will special order for you if we need to to make your gift just perfect!  It is all way too exciting.  The knitters Pride Royale collection is here, minus one set, I just had to have one for myself.  Have you seen them? They really are beautiful.

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Speaking of books, was I?   We now have the Knit the Sky books in stock.  Come by and get a taste of what is to come in the workshop that we are having soon.  We have a correction to the workshop cost.  It should have read $20 for the workshop or $35 with the book.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet a local author and learn from her in person!  I had a lady in yesterday who had already been inspired by it and had knit one of the projects from the book.  Come and join Lea, Lesley, and I for a couple of hours of fun.  A reminder the date for this is Sunday, December 6th, 4:30-6:30pm.  Sign up now!

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We are getting ready, planning for next year, classes, visits from local celebrities etc.  We are really trying to keep things hopping, and get you inspired.   Please continue to check the website for current information on classes and workshops.  We have some exciting things in store for you!

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Speaking of what we have in store for you, we have made a great change.  We have scheduled drop in help sessions twice a week so that hopefully you can get help on your projects in progress.  Our schedule is Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00pm and Fridays from 10:00-11:00am.  Madeline has agreed to come in and help us during these times so you will have plenty of opportunity to get help.  The cost is just $10 per hour.  We hope you will take advantage of this time to get your projects back on track.  As always if you have a quick question, there is not charge but anything that takes more than about 5-10 minutes would be better answered during a drop in help session or a private lesson.  Thank you for your understanding.

While I have you let me show you the second finished Svalbard knit-a-long sweater.  Would you believe Lesley still hasn’t finished hers?  This one was completed last week by Sue G.  Isn’t it a great heathery green?  SO many more are cooking along.  We’ll have more to show you next week I bet.

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One more finished project.  Madeline has finished her gradient vest in Mirasol Nuna.  She double stranded the yarn and the fabric is truly decadent.  Can you just imagine how SOFT this must be???

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What are you working on?  Bring it by the shop.  We’d love to see!

So for now I will leave you – until next time – happy knitting!

~Trudy

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There is plenty of time to sign up for classes this week!
Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
Yarnitudes Classes Next week:
All other 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
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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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Cables and Crochet

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Good Morning,

Did you know that November is Cable month?

I don’t know who comes up with these things, however someone did and here we are.  Cabling in November.  If you know me, you know I love cables. In fact I have just started a Custom Fit cable cardigan for ME!!!  The pattern is Acorn Trail.  And it is turning out rather nice if I do say so myself!  Anyway, if you haven’t tried knitting or crocheting cables yet, now is the perfect time.

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My mum who has knitted for most of her life once said “I don’t know how to do those” when presented with a cable project.  I told her it is in fact very easy.  I showed her how, and at the age of 80 she said “why did I wait so long?”  So having said that, how about trying some cables?   Madeline was teaching the little cable neck warmer yesterday.  It is a quick, one skein project.  You have plenty of time to try this and have it done just in time for the holidays. I just saw this cute little pattern for Knitted Boot Cuffs, why don’t you give it a try?  Or try the Crocheted Boot Cuffs featured at the top.  If you have questions don’t worry.  As always we are here to help.

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Did you also know that you are able to crochet cables?  We are hearing from more and more crocheter’s now.  With so many questions and requests for classes you are keeping me on my toes.  As you know we have a great selection of knitting books but because the need wasn’t there, the crochet selection was rather small.  Never fear, we have started adding to it and now and I think we have a pretty good selection.  So why not come and check them out.

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I am always asked which is easier to do:  knit or crochet.  But that is hard to answer because they are just so different.  Depending on the project, crochet can be quicker.  If you drop a stitch you only have that one to worry about.  You have one hook instead of two needles.  The fabric works up very fast.  For some one hook is enough, for others it doesn’t feel right unless you can balance two.  All I know is they are both fun and there are times I want to knit and times I want to crochet.  As always with any craft, do what feels right for you.  If you haven’t tried on or the other it is always nice to give it a try, and often you can use both skills on the same project.  We are an equal opportunity store.

That is why we have added repeating monthly classes for Beginning Knitting and Crocheting.  We have offered these one on one in the past but we are getting so busy in the store that we thought it might help to offer group classes once a month.  We will still offer one on one sessions if needed but group classes should free up some of our time.  Check out our class listings on our website to get more details on these and our other classes.

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If you aren’t following us on Twitter or Facebook you may not have heard.  The Madeline Tosh has arrived!  We have a great selection of colors and yarn weights.  It really is truly scrumptious. I had to stop Lesley from crawling into the box.  Did you know she does that when I’m not around?  Can you believe it?

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Don’t forget about Small Business Saturday for all those of you who use American express, check out their requirements, it is worth the effort, free money! Don’t forget we will be having a special sale that day so stop on by!

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We are very excited to announce that The Knit the Sky Books are in. Remember that space will be limited for this workshop so sign up soon.  Come by and check out the book, it looks like so much fun.  If you can’t make it to the workshop, consider getting the book.  The illustrations are beautiful.  It would make a wonderful gift for any knitter

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We are working on getting more authors to come to work with us in the future, did you know we are very lucky to have some really great ones who live pretty close by.  How exciting!

Now before I leave you for the week, we have some more completed customer projects.

Here is Mary Ann’s Snood/cowl in Nuna, it is really beautiful.

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This is Carol’s shawl in Sebago, What great stitch definition and the yarn washes so well.

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Last but not least Marsha with her pretty pink socks knitted in Pediboo.

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It is so great to see these finished projects.  Soon it will be time to have a special newsletter where you will be able to vote for your favorites.

I will leave you now with thoughts of cables and Tosh to distract you through your Monday.

~Trudy

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

And yes, they are STILL at it!!!

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

Happy Halloween!

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I hope you had a great week and are fit and healthy.

Are you all ready for the invasion of the Trick or Treaters’?  Do you celebrate and get dressed up? I know for some it is their favorite holiday.  For me, it is not so much.  I guess it is how you are raised and the customs of where you grow up.  It really wasn’t a holiday that was celebrated in England while I lived there.  Wow!  That was a long time ago.  Although when I was back there recently I did notice a marked change.  Many more costumes in the stores, so I think they have adopted the tradition.  While Laura was little I did get with the program and made her costumes every year.  I do remember that being fun.  Where we live no though we really don’t get anyone knocking on our door, the climb just isn’t worth it.  I sincerely hope that you have a great time whatever your plans entail.

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Are you lucky enough to have the kind of friend that although you don’t see them for months, and only talk to them once in a while when you see them it is as if time has stood still?  Well this week we are lucky enough to have two of our very dearest friends come to stay with us.  They will be with us until Friday we are having a great time.  It does mean however, that I may not be in the shop as much.  Never fear, Lesley will be available to help with all your yarny needs !

Lesley and I have been working on planning the next couple of month’s classes.  We think we have come up with some great ideas.  We have decided on some pretty quick and fun projects, where you will learn new skills and have a great gift to give or keep at the end of them, just in time for the holidays.  Take a look!

Here is one of our new classes.  A cable knit button up scarf/cowl.  It knits up quickly with one skein of chunky alpaca or 128 superwash.

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Lesley has been in her absolute glory this week.  Rearranging shelves, moving things around, making room for all the new arrivals.  So much yarn now and with more on the way, we have to find a home for it.  We have just restocked on Cascade and Regia.  Berrcco will be here next week.  And, wait for it…MadelineTosh will be here soon.  We met with our Berrcco Euro yarn reps.  We picked out some great yarn from them.  It should arrive in time for that special project.  Don’t be surprised if you stop by and see a couple of empty shelves. We’re just planning ahead as things move around!

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I was recently asked to finish a skirt for someone.  Most of the work was already done; it just needed the finishing touches.  Anyway I got me to thinking – yes I did that again – about what a great project it was.  So I am adding it to my list and perhaps even to the class list.  What do you think?  What have you added to your list lately that you never thought of knitting until you saw a completed project?

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I often hear people come in and look at the clearance section and say wow that’s lovely but what would I do with it?  So I have gone through it and selected the yarn and a pattern to go with it and put it together in a bag, with a total price on it.  I even made up a little set to show you an example of a finished project.  Here it is, a jacket and hat made with clearance yarn.  Try it out you will be amazed at what you can do with some great yarn at a really great price.  Bonus. if we get rid of all our old stock, we have room for some lovely new things!

Oh! I almost forgot.  The first of the Svalbard sweaters is complete!

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Mary Ann finished off her sweater this week and brought it in to show it off.  Isn’t it beautiful!  Just to prove it isn’t too late, Lesley is barley halfway done with the heart at the top and another knitter Just cast on yesterday!

I hope I have given you lots to think about and inspire you to get creative this week.  Take care and hope to see you soon

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We are getting ready to schedule some classes for January!  Can you believe it?  If there is something that interests you, let us know now.  We will get it scheduled!!!
Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
Yarnitudes CLasses Next Week:
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 different time.
As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you

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Charity Knitting

We will accept any finished Alice’s Embrace project at the store even if you didn’t get the yarn here. I know you all have stashes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, you can do so now by clicking here.

Thank you.

Check out our other Charity projects in the store.

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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

Two weeks to Halloween!

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Good morning, I hope you are well.  My how the time is flying by.  Although we have still been having some very warm days don’t let that catch you out.  We are almost at that time.  It is the time that all the Goblins and Ghosties are about.

You still have time though to whip up a quick fall or Halloween project.  You can make something for the home or that special little tyke in your life.  Or for that matter; make something for you just to get you into the spirit – pun intended.

Here are a few great ideas!  Just click the project name for the pattern link.

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Pumpkin hat

What a perfect hat for the little ones in your life!  It is great for those crisp autumn days.  It is an adorable gift for a baby born in the fall, or to keep a little one’s head warm on a chilly fall day of play.  This hat uses a slip stitch technique that gives the appearance of tiny cables.  I like this because it gives it a different look than many other pumpkin hats.  It is, however, still very easy and quick to make!

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Felted Pumpkin

You don’t have to just make ghosts and ghoulies though.  This life-size pumpkin measures about 10 inches wide by 9 inches high after felting. Have fun turning the dining room table into your family’s very own pumpkin patch!  Knitting and felting has become extremely popular in recent classes here in the store. Felting like this can become quite addictive.

 

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Halloween Ghost

This cute knitted ghost makes a playful addition to your Halloween décor.  A wire skeleton is inside the legs and arms gives him more personality.  The options are endless when you embroider on or trim felt for the features.  The finished ghost is approximately 6 inches (15cm) tall.  How much fun would it be to make and hang these around your home?  You can even use them to decorate a small tree.

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Witch, Cat, & Pumpkin

You get three for the price of one with this pattern!   You could make a nice little display all of your own with these three, or give them as a treat for your little goblin.  The finished cat is approximately 5.5 inches (14cm) tall.  The finished doll is approximately 8 inches (20cm) tall.  The orange pumpkin is approximately 9,5 inches (11cm)

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Woodland Wreath

How about one of these wreaths to hang on your door?  This is not necessarily for Halloween but for all throughout the fall and Thanksgiving?  The components are made separately.  What wonderful details you could mix and match and come up with your own creation!

If nothing here appeals to you a quick search on Ravelry for fall or Halloween will show you all kinds of great projects. Is it too late for fall?  You have plenty of time to start something for winter.  The options are endless.  If you don’t know about Ravelry please ask us about it when you come in next.  We would be happy to give you a tour!  It is a wonderful resource for knitters and crocheters.

Until next time – Happy knitting!

~Trudy

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We are getting ready to schedule some classes for December and January!  Can you believe it?  If there is something that interests you, let us know now.  We will get it scheduled!!!

Yarnitudes Classes This Week:

Two- at a Time Socks

Feather and Fan Lace Scarf

Yarnitudes Classes Next Week:

Hexagonal Market Bag

Felted Clogs

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 different time.

As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you

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Charity Knitting

We will accept any finished Alice’s Embrace project at the store even if you didn’t get the yarn here. I know you all have stashes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, you can do so now by clicking here.

Thank you.

Check out our other Charity projects in the store.

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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

 

The Sky is the Limit!

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“There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above the quantities of wit” – Alexander Pope

It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only two stitches: knit and purl. Certainly, you can throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity.  The most interesting lace shawl, the trickiest aran sweater, and a humble sock; each is just made with knit and purl stitches.

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When I was thinking of what to write about this week, I came across the above in a book that was recently left at the store for everyone to enjoy.  Stop by and take a peek!  The name of the book is At Knits End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

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Anyway it got me to thinking – I do sometimes – as I sat and looked around at all the colors and items in the store.  Once you know these two stitches you can knit anything. Of course it takes practice, like everything, but isn’t it amazing when you think about it.  And we are here to help you every stitch along the way.

 

Now think of all the things you can do, and all the yarn you could do it with.  So many choices.  It has been pretty exciting to see all the sweaters, socks, hats etc. being created and all the people who didn’t think they could, just do it.  As long as you remember, it is just one stitch at a time, whether it be knit or purl.  There is no hurry, unless you put a limit on yourself, just enjoy the process and you will be amazed at the end result.

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I think every closet should have a classic cardigan/sweater. Do you have one? A Cardigan is something you can throw on at the last moment.   They will go with almost anything from jeans to formal-wear.  They can be made with so many different weights of yarn too.  There is a cardigan pattern that I just love.  It is extremely simple and a very quick knit.  There are so many options when you have a basic pattern.  You could choose the most amazing variegated or just one simple single color.  You can use a mixture of solids and variegated yarns, or several different colors.  You can put in stripes, blocks of color, or Fair Isle.  You can also vary stitch patterns.  There are so many choices all from one pattern.  The sky is the limit!

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I am considering a class that enables you to learn how to take one simple pattern and make it your own.  Interested???????????

 

We ran out of room in the newsletter last week but we have several Customer projects to share with you this week!  It is so exciting to see these finished projects come in.

First up, we have a wonderfully soft diagonal garter stitch blankie in Universal Yarns Uptown Chunky.

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Next, here is an adorable Sunflower Baby Set in Ecobutterfly organic cotton yarn. Knit up by Judi.

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We also saw a lovely lacy crocheted item by Pam.  It is Marie Wallin’s Kentridge vest in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.

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Just look at the detail!

 

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Last but certainly not least we have a great knitted tee by Carol in Tahki Stacy Charles Ripple.

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I wanted to share with  you the wonderful generosity of knitters and crocheters.  We have already begun to see donations for those crafters affected by the Valley Fire.  We have received yarn, needles, and several handmade items already.  If you have something you would like to donate. just bring it by the shop. It will get where it is needed most!

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Until next time!

~Trudy

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Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
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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 708-827-3618 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 different time.
As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you

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Charity Knitting

We will accept any finished Alice’s Embrace project at the store even if you didn’t get the yarn here. I know you all have stashes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, you can do so now by clicking here.

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Thank you.

Check out our other Charity projects in the store.

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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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Hello October!

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Hello!

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant start to the month.  It has been interesting here in the shop; all the Fall and Winter knitters have been coming in.  So many are starting their holiday knitting.  How are you doing with yours?

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I am not sure if you remember that a while ago I mentioned that our landlord was going to give the building a face lift. I bet you thought I was making it up didn’t you?  If you have been in or passed here lately you may have noticed a lot of activity.

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They have replaced the siding on the Lone Pine side, and we have new steps too!  It has been a little noisy at times and somewhat frustrating losing phone and internet service on occasion.  BUT, it will be worth it! Right?  I have asked that the main color of the building stay red – the shade may change – but they have agreed to keep with the theme.  There will be some new accents and it should be really nice once it is completed.  Woo Hoo!

I have managed to finish my green cardigan, it is OK but I really should take my own advice.  The gauge isn’t quite what I wanted,so the fabric isn’t right.  But I wanted to knit it and didn’t want to take the time.  Live and learn.  Now I need to find something to wear it with.

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I am half way through a custom Christmas stocking.  Last year I was asked to replicate one for a family who’s Grandma had made them all matching ones.  As happens the family had grown and the latest member didn’t have one and that Grandma was no longer with them.  So I did that and when their other Grandmother came in to pick it up she told me there was a new family member on the way, so could I, once it arrived do another.

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Well Max arrived and now his stocking will be present along with the rest of the family in time for this year.  It is a fun idea to have a tradition like theirs.  Do you have a family tradition that involves knitting or crochet?

Lesley has a thanksgiving tradition involving knitted hats that started years ago.  A group of her friends get together each year to celebrate the holiday.  One year she was sitting with one of the women there who was knitting.  For whatever reason Lesley didn’t have her knitting with her. I know,  unheard of!  She borrowed some yarn and needles and by the time the turkey was ready, the host had a new hat.  Since then each year that host gets a new hat.  This year Lesley and her husband are hosting the feast.  Her contribution this year is that all the guests will get a hat!  Stop by the store to see the collection as it grows.  Only three are complete so far.  She better get a move on!  Here is the hat from 2014.  She knit it on the plane ride to Colorado!

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The yarn is Cascade 128 Superwash and the pattern is the Spiral Rib Hat by Song Palmese.  My daughter Laura has made many of these and we have the pattern in the shop.  It is great because it works with many yarn weights and gauges.

We have some new arrivals in the store.  We have an amazing selection of sock yarn that just keeps growing.

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You don’t have to make socks to use this yarn!  It makes wonderful shawls, lightweight scarves and sweaters, baby sweaters, and all sorts of other things.

For those who like the look of knitted socks though but don’t like making them – we know it’s not for everyone – we have some ready made socks in the shop.  They are a great deal too at only $14 per pair.  They are  wool and nylon for warmth and strength and have a touch of bamboo added for extra softness.  How decadent!

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The knit along is going really well we are happy to say, the count is now 11 or 12 it is so hard to keep track when we never see them all together!  If you decide you would like to join in let us know.  It is so much fun to see all the different colors of Svalbard’s growing. We have so many wonderful colors of yarn in sweater quantities available.  I wonder what a variegated one would look like?  So far no one has chosen anything but plain, not that the design needs anything else. But I’m sure it would be interesting.  There is still time to start so don’t be shy stop by and see us!

On an more somber note, I’d like to mention the Valley Fire.

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After being displaced by the Valley fire, our neighbors in Lake County will be rebuilding their lives and homes during the coming winter.  A group of Sonoma County Knitters have started knitting for their neighbors.  Our neighbors to the north will need warm hats, fingerless gloves, cowls, scarves, and socks.   It gets really cold up there.  Since they will be living in unusual circumstances, laundry will probably be done at a Laundromat so the yarn should be machine washable and dryable to keep these clothes wearable all winter.  Not all machine washable yarn is machine dryable so check the ball bands and please leave a note on the garment.

Yarnitudes is proud to be a Sonoma county drop off point.  We anticipate delivering these items as the cold weather approaches: third week of October, before Thanksgiving, and if we have enough sometime mid December.

Also as you know, knitting and crochet can be so very therapeutic.  Can you imagine losing all of your stash, needles hooks etc?  Well to give fellow crafters up there something to think about other than their loss and the daunting future some of our wonderful customers have offered to donate yarn from their stash, along with extra needles etc.  We have some to go from here too.  So if you would like to contribute to their mental health as well as helping to keep them warm. Please bring anything you would like to donate and we will make sure it gets to the actual people who would really appreciate these items.  We do have customers from Lake County and we know many people up there who would be able to do this for us.  It will not get dumped in with all of the other donations that are being put into storage at the moment, but put into immediate use.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and being a part of our Yarnitudes family

Autumn is Here!

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Hello There,

Autumn has arrived.  What a lovely time of year.  The temperatures are cooling off (some days that is,) the colors are changing from the cool greens to shades copper and gold – all of which are visible in this photo which comes to us from Lesley’s mum in Colorado.  It is a time of change certainly.  The evenings are drawing in, sometimes we still make it home before dark. A time to break out the sweaters and comfy blankets, a time to snuggle on the couch.

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Now is the time to finish those projects that have been waiting for you all summer and to start some new ones. The holidays will be here before you know it. As always we have lots of ideas for you, and new yarn arriving daily.  If you are interested in making a Christmas Stocking,

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I am planning on an after hours or Sunday class between October 6th and 16th or November 13th to 20th.  Please, let me know as soon as possible so that I can firm up some dates.  You can learn so many techniques in this class.  You will be amazed!

We have been seeing more and more of your finished projects lately.  I guess the show and tell is really inspiring you.

Here is Gillian with her modified Tiong Bahru shawl:

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This is Deirdre with her most recent shawl and a pair of socks.

 

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Here is LeeAnne with her Miette cardigan!

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Stay tuned next week for more customer projects we have a bunch more for you to see!

We have posted past customer projects in the photo gallery.

It is not too late to start a Svalbard Sweater for the knit-a-long. Here are a few to whet your appetite.  All of these came by the store on Friday!

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MaryAnn’s

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Sue G’s

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Peggy’s (top), Shirley’s (left), and Gillian’s (right)

We did a head count and I think there are 11 of these at least in progress already!  Come on, you know you want to knit one too!

Until next week, stay cool, or warm, or both as the weather allows and keep on knitting!

~Trudy & Lesley

All New!

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Hello!   How are you today?  We have had a busy week at the shop!  There is so much going with new classes starting and the knit-a-long.  We’ve had deliveries of yarn and we are so happy to still see new faces arriving every day.

We’ve been collecting photos of customer projects and we’ll have more of those to share with you next week.  So if you have something you’ve finished recently, come on in and share with us.  As I always say. I want to see what the yarn grows up to be!
But the best news of all, we have something new for you.  It is so exciting to have our new website up and running at last!  I’ve also refreshed this newsletter format.  Yeay!  Shiny and new!  Take some time to check it out.

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We have a class’s page with all the details.  There are lots of pretty pictures too.   Our newsletter will be posted there every week.  If you click the link below it will take you to the rest of this week’s newsletter.  I’m going to tell you all about my 12 sweaters!  Spoiler, they are finished!

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Yes you read that right! I finished all 12 sweaters!  I have a few more on the needles still so I’m not sure what the final count will be for the year.  You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.

In case you missed my message earlier this year, I joined the 12 sweaters in 2015 challenge put on by Tin Can Knits.

I had finished five sweaters by the end of April.

The Lady Marple by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne that I started back in October of last year but finished this January counts towards the challenge.  I love this one and may just decide to make it again with a different lace accent.

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The next sweater I finished  was an Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.  It seems like a lot of stockinette, but it went very quickly!  We have a class for this one coming up very soon!

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My third sweater is a Little Coffee Bean in Notre Dame Colors for a friend who had her baby shortly after my March sweater message.

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The fourth sweater off the needles was an Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris.  This one went into my hope chest.

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Finally, the last one I had finished so far was a Tin Can Knits design called the Antler Cardigan.  This one ended up having to undergo surgery. It came out about six inches too long in the body so I had to remove some of the fabric and re-knit the ribbing from the top down.  It was work but now I can wear the sweater so I am happier.

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So, want to know what the final seven sweaters for my 12 were?  Here we go!

I finished a Tea Leaves Cardigan in April, just after I sent out the message.  It is still hard to photograph.  Gotta love black.

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Next, I knocked out a cute kid’s sweater called Snug.

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The next two I made for shop samples Children’s Neck Down Cardigan, and Jolyon Cardigan.

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After that I made a McDreamy Jumper that turned out really cute.

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After that I made a Baby Surprise Jacket in preparation for the classes we are running now.  I enjoyed that so much I am making another one.

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Finally, I finished the Svalbard Cardigan that we are making for the knit-a-long.  I am making one for my mom as part of the knit-a-long.  I really love how this sweater works up!

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Whew! That is a lot of knitting.  I’m also noticing a theme here, greeny/ blue, red, and black/grey.  Hmmm.  Anyhoo, stay tuned. I have at least five more sweaters on the needles right now.  I might be able to make it to 20 for the year!

Thanks for listening to me ramble.  Now that you are here, play a little on our new website.  Until next time!

~Lesley

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Class details available on the classes tab.

To sign up for a class please call us at 708-827-3618 or contact us via email.

Please let us know if a day or time does not work for you. We will try to repeat a class at a different time.

As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase the materials here in the store. Thank you

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Charity Knitting

We will accept any finished Alice’s Embrace project at the store even if you didn’t get the yarn here. I know you all have stashes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, you can do so now by clicking here.

alice's embrace

Thank you.

Check out our other Charity projects in the store.

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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:

Nancy Jensen – garjen@sonic.net  or Andi Cassin Bowen – andi_cassin@yahoo.com

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