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Christmas Projects, Knitting Retreat & New Yarn

2017 Is Flying By–Happy Labor Day

Good Monday morning again, boy the weeks are just flying by. It will be 2018 before we know it. Hold on a minute, I’m not ready! I hope you are keeping happy and healthy. Have you been for your flu shot? I intend to get mine, just as soon as I get over this pesky cold. I want to finish out 2017 fit and healthy. To be fit, I’m afraid I would need to loose 30 to 40 lbs. I am tired of carrying at least two big loads of cat litter with me 24 hours a day. No wonder my poor knees hurt. Then when I do have to carry heavy things, well you know how it goes. May be not though if you are one of the lucky ones with good metabolism. Any ideas?

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Happy Anniversary Trevor

Sonoma County Yarn StoreI have just realized today is the anniversary of our, mine and my hubby’s recommitment. That seems so long ago and I guess it is. Almost 11 years.

And yet on the other hand it seems like yesterday. My Granddaughters were little girls then, just 9 and 6 respectively, now, wow they are young ladies.

They have really gown into beautiful young women and I am extremely proud of them. Happy ‘other’ anniversary Trevor! I would still do it all over again.






Labor Day & Holiday Knitting

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSo, August is behind us for another year and I certainly hope you are enjoying a very happy Labor Day. Now it really is time to get down to that holiday knitting. Is there anything you would like to see us have a class on? I was thinking about another Christmas Stocking class, what do you think about that? Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

We have also started some one skein project ideas for the holidays so be sure to check those out the next time you are in the store.


Knitting Retreat

Knitting Retreat Sonoma CountyHave you ever thought about doing a knitting retreat? Well the other day the organizer of the “Knitting on the Coast” retreat came in and left some flyers. They have 5 spaces left for a retreat at St Dorothy’s Rest. They will be having classes and lots of fun. Pick up a leaflet at the store or call  Thea at 415-794-4527 to get more information. Meet new friends, learn new skills and enjoy a break away from the norm. The photo above is the view from one of their retreat rooms at St. Dorothy’s Retreat:


Great Patterns-Marianne Isager

Knitting Classes Sonoma CountyThis week our book is Classic Knits Collection by Marianne Isager. This is another Interweave book. Over 20 traditional, appealing projects worked in basic knit and purl stitch patterns, each with a distinct design element such as a combination of yarns, a clever use of stitch pattern or an unusual form of construction. At 75% off this book really is a steal.

For the price of one pattern you will not only get more than 20, but you will get the how to’s , over 6 new techniques to add to your arsenal as well as some really great photos. As I look through this book I am drawn to the many classes we could develop from this book.

One really cute knit would be Elf, this is a one-piece outfit for the teeny weeny new baby’s in your life. Check it out, and let us know if there is a technique in this book that you would like us to teach you.


New Yarn In Stock-Yummy!

Yarn Store Sonoma CountyThe Yarn I would like to discuss is Cassowary, a truly colorful Australian fine wool blend. 100 grams of scrumptiousness. Each 100 gram ball has 380 yards, recommended needles US 1 – 3

With a gauge of 27 to 32 sts in stockinette, or crochet US B1 to E, 21 to 32 single crochets to 4”.

One ball could get you a pair of socks a shawl of an abundance of other fine projects. If you don’t like to knit on small needles up the size for a nice lacy effect. The blend is 70% fine wool and 30 Nylon for added strength.



I am rather sorry to say, I have run out of time. I was planning on trying to get another newsletter ready to go for mid September, as I am off on my travels again but due to being kept busy up until the last moment and trying to make sure I have everything you may need in the store, having all my T’s crossed and I’s dotted I don’t think I will make it. You never know, I may find some time on the road to send a few lines, or perhaps Tamara will help me out and send you a little update. I plan for this to be my last trip of the year. Once I get back it will be all systems go until after the holidays.


I hope you have fun with all of your projects. Linda, Karen and MaryAnne will be here to take good care of you, only the best will do for you.


Take care and I will be back with you as soon as I can–Hugs Trudy

Stocking Up with New Yarn for Cool Weather

New Cooler Weather Yarn Has Arrived

Good Monday Morning, see I’m trying to do better. It has only been two weeks this time and I have lots to share.

We are certainly stocking up for the holidays and cooler weather. Never fear though I will still have the cottons and finer yarns as we know living here, we can have summer and winter all in one day. We have had to do a little reorganizing to make room for everything, so if things aren’t where you remember, just ask.

With the closure of Hen Haus I have also taken on some of her yarn. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the Hen Haus patrons to our yarn store and consider it their home away from home. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Kirstin health, happiness, and success in her new home state.


Road Trip Knitting

Knitting Classes SebastopolI recently took a quick road trip, long weekend really to Oregon. Of course, I checked out yarn stores on the way. While my hubby was driving I do what I always do too, other than fall sleep of course. I knitted.

I took with me two skeins of some new yarn. One actually isn’t that new, but I have never had a knitted sample of it in the store. Arucania – Lujoso, it is beautiful, a blend of 50% Alpaca, 35%, and 15% silk, yummy to the touch and lovely to knit with, with its thick and thin construction which adds depth to any design.  I have 6 colors in the store and more on the way so we will have a full array of colors.

The skein of this I took with me was a lovely deep purple. Here is the hat I made with it. One skein and a little over for good measure.



Sonoma County Knitting ClassesThe second skein I took was Mirasol – Ushya. This is certainly a cold weather yarn. This super bulky weight is comprised of 98% Merino wool and 2% Polyamide.

It is a chainette style yarn so as bulky as it is, it is still not a heavy weight. Again, a one skein hat and leftovers. This yarn I do not have in the store yet but it is on the way in a variety of colors.

The one I knitted up is a light grey with pink undertones. Great stitch definition and a quick knit. Great for cowls hats etc. here is the Ushya hat.




Sonoma County Yarn StoreAlthough I didn’t take this yarn with me, a sister yarn to the Ushya, is Sika, both of them are from Mirasol. This yarn is also considered a bulky weight, although to look at it you wouldn’t necessarily notice.

They recommend a size 10 to 10.5 needle I knitted a hat a couple of weeks ago on a size 7. It is super stretchy and cushy, another chainette construction so extremely light, 60% wool 40% Alpaca.

Although It might seem like I make a lot of hats, I guess I do, but it is a great way to see the yarn knitted up. Its construction and idiosyncrasies etc. and there is normally enough yarn in one skein to complete one. I do prefer to see a project rather than a square.

Nothing wrong with squares, they are great to put together to make a blanket or a shawl but for the purpose of showing new yarn this is my way to go. All of the above yarn would make great cowls, scarves ponchos, sweaters etc. etc. All on the chunkier side as far as size and loft but none of them are heavy.


Great Presentations Coming September

Before I go on to review a book this week I would like you to get your calendars out so that you can save the following two dates. We have two very special presentations at the end of September and I don’t want you to miss out.

Carnaby YarnCamille from Carnaby – Saturday 23rd September, time to be determined.

Lee Gant – Saturday 30th September from 12 noon to 5pm


First up we will be having Camille from Carnaby yarn, coming to join us to share her felted yarn/roving, and how to make really quick projects with arm knitting. No, I realize arm knitting isn’t for everyone, but there is a time and use for everything. It should be a great demonstration and we can all learn something. Her colors are awesome and she is really passionate about her craft.


 Lee Gant’s New Book

Lee GrantThen, something I have certainly been waiting for and looking forward to, LEE GANT will be here to share the release of her new Book. I have just received my copy. This is truly a project that was straight from the heart. It was a labor of love and it shows on every page.

Amazing patterns, beautiful photographs and not a bad read either. She obviously loves her family, especially her grandchildren and their smiles show their love for her. What lucky girls they are to have their grandmother design and knit for them. In turn, we get to take advantage of that love and make these wonderful designs for our loved ones.

Along with Lee sharing the book, how it all came to be, she is offering to bring a trunk show of the finished garments. Space will be somewhat limited, so mark your calendars, let me know you are coming and be ready for a very fun afternoon.



Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSo now that is on your list of things to do, back to this week’s book on offer. This is a book about something that is close to my crafting heart. Working with color. I am surrounded by color and texture every day. Colors make me happy, it makes coming to Yarnitudes and what I do every day (I can’t truthfully call that part work) so much fun. Whether it be knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting or just what color I will wear for the day, color is a part of who I am. I hear often that a certain color wont work with someone’s wardrobe, or hair eyes etc. I understand that and there are certain colors I look awful in but if you could see all of the colors in my wardrobe it is kind of like all of the colors in the store.

So, this book is called ‘The Alchemy of Color Knitting. ‘ Again this is a book full of wonderful photographs, and designs along with the how-to’s that show you the best way of mixing and matching, colors that make statements, subtle shades than when used together can create masterpieces. Wearable art. As the book states “the art and technique of mastering exquisite palettes. Author Gina Wilde provides just the right prescription, not only teaching the basics of color theory, but also exploring the energizing and complex relationship between color and meaning” There 25 colorful patterns in this book, each with a color lesson. While stocks last you can buy this book for less than the price of a single pattern.

Lots to take in and think about this week, I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have enjoyed putting it all together for you.

Our featured image is our free pattern from Tahki this week:

Take care, and I hope to see you very soon. All the best ~ Trudy

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New Yarn & Yarn Tips

Sorry for the Absence

Hello, again. Good Monday morning. I know I have been bad. I had meant to send an email at least every other week but, time got away from me. Can you believe it is already August??? So, now to catch up. I hope you are doing well, keeping happy and enjoying playing with some scrumptious yarn, etc.


The Yarn Hop Was Great

Yarn HopWell the HOP is over for another year. What a great turn out. Everyone did a fantastic job of getting the word out this year. People were coming from all over. I think at this point it is safe to say we will probably be doing another one next year. Can you believe this was the fifth one?

As always, our suppliers came through for us. With their help, I was able to give out 32 door prizes, the grand prize, and a runner up to the grand prize.


Collaborative Cowl Patterns

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesSonoma County Crochet ClassesWhat did you think of the collaborative cowl patterns? I raffled off two finished ones. The first was the original, a color for each pattern stitch, so five colors one for each shop. Did you get all the patterns? The second I added half as many stitches again and knitted all the stitch patterns in one yarn, one single color. This proved to be a favorite.

I knitted it up in Zooey twist, which is a linen cotton yarn from Juniper moon. The one I did was in a Pawnee Cloud. It comes in 8 colors and regular Zooey in 38 amazing color ways. Each skein has 284 yards, 60% cotton and 40% linen. Madeline has knitted several tops with this yarn too. If you missed seeing the cowl you can see a garment that she knitted with it in the store. We also had a crochet cowl pattern that we did in five colors, we didn’t want the crocheters to miss out. If you would like a copy of any of these patterns just give us a nod.


Fabulous New Yarns

Yarn Store SebastopolWe have several new yarns in the store, or arriving very soon. Two I would like to talk to you about this week are the Winter Washi and Top Rainbow both from Katia.

Katia yarns is a Spanish collection of beautiful European novelty yarns for both adults and children. These yarns inspired by the latest trends in fashion. This company is one of the most popular in Europe and you don’t have to visit Europe to get them.

The Top Rainbow comes in 200 grams, 874 yards, it is comprised of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. The recommended needle size is a US 6-8 or hook size G or H. Each skein has a free pattern sheet with both knit and crochet. We have it in 3 colorways; Green, gray, chocolate/ Teal, black, violet and red, black, grey. Although the cost is $36.50 per, for 874 yards and a free pattern it is a steal.

The second one I would like to tell you about is Winter Washi; this is a unique yarn, which comprises of 47% Polyester. 20% viscose, 13% acrylic, 10% mohair and 10% polyamide. This is a bulky yarn to be knitted on US 11-13 or Crocheted on hook L-N. It is a tape like yarn and so much fun to work with. We have it in three lovely colors, Pearl, Mauve and Grey. I can’t wait to work with it. The cost of this is $15.50 per, one or two skeins would make an amazing project/gift.

Northern Knits–Lucinda Guy

Northern KnitsThis week the book I am going to write about is Northern Knits by Lucinda Guy. This book was inspired by the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland and the Shetland Isles. So, if you like a change from the norm and have always loved the European classic styles of knitting, this is the book for you.

Northern Knits is a collection of 20 women’s garments and accessories all using traditional techniques and folk motifs. This is the perfect hands on guide for anyone interested in learning about knitting history and learning the time-tested techniques for creating Shetland lace shawls, Icelandic textured jackets, Norwegian cardigans and Swedish twined socks. Originally this book sold for $24.95 but while stocks last this can be yours for just the price of a single pattern at $6.75.


Yarn Fiber Tips

Tips this week; I am often asked about the material make up of yarn e.g. what is? so I thought this week I would investigate a little and share the results.

Mercerize -treat to strengthen and improve the luster


Polyester Fiber:

Polyester is a synthetic fiber derived from coal, air, water, and petroleum. Developed in a 20th-century laboratory, polyester fibers are formed from a chemical reaction between an acid and alcohol. In this reaction, two or more molecules combine to make a large molecule whose structure repeats throughout its length. Polyester fibers can form very iong molecules that are very stable and strong.

Polyester is used in the manufacture of many products, including clothing, home furnishings, industrial fabrics, computer and recording tapes, and electrical insulation. Polyester has several advantages over traditional fabrics such as cotton. It does not absorb moisture, but does absorb oil; this quality makes polyester the perfect fabric for the application of water-, soil-, and fire-resistant finishes. Its low absorbency also makes it naturally resistant to stains. Polyester clothing can be preshrunk in the finishing process, and thereafter the fabric resists shrinking and will not stretch out of shape. The fabric is easily dyeable, and not damaged by mildew. Textured polyester fibers are an effective, nonallergenic insulator, so the material is used for filling pillows, quilting, outerwear, and sleeping bags
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Viscose Fiber:

Viscose is a soft and lightweight fabric manufactured from a plant-based material called cellulose. Viscose is typically made from woody plants, such as trees and bamboo. Viscose fabric, also known as viscose rayon, is a textile made from regenerated cellulose fiber. The fiber is processed using a wet-spin technique, which results in a cool, smooth and highly absorbent fabric. Clothing made from viscose fabric tends to have a cotton-like appearance.


Acrylic Fiber:

Acrylic fiber is a type of fABRIC made from acrylic fibers, it is still widely manufactured throughout the world. It does use a chemically produced substance called acrylonitrile, which is also used in the production of plastics. Acrylonitrile tends to break down easily in the environment, though there is some argument on this point. High levels of acrylonitrile exposure might be considered toxic, but the quick break down often keeps acrylic fabric marketed as environmentally friendly.

Acrylic fabric is favored for a variety of other reasons. It is warm, can be quite soft, holds color well, and is both stain and wrinkle resistant. These can make acrylic fabric a popular choice, and for those who love wool but are allergic to it, acrylic can be an excellent substitute. When acrylic fabric was first made, it was often thought “cheap” and not as valuable as natural fiber garments. Some early acrylic fabrics weren’t comfortable and were quite itchy. New manufacturing processes have mainly solved these issues, and many prefer acrylic to natural fibers because it tends to be easier to care for.


Mohair Fiber:

mohair – fabric made with yarn made from the silky hair of the Angora goat

Polyamide is a type of synthetic fabric that contains sweat-wicking and water-repelling properties that make it an ideal material for outerwear and sports clothing. Polyamide fabrics are found in many types of clothing, including jackets, shirts and pants. These fabrics are comprised of several types of plastics, which have complementary chemical properties. The plastics found in polyamides are called polymers. There are two main types of polymers in polyamides that contain sweat-wicking properties. Polymers contain polarized ends that have negative and positive charges. The charged ends attract water molecules, which in turn leave the surrounding material and move away from the skin.

Our free pattern this week is fun to work up in fingering weight and it’s fun and fast:

Wow that was a lot of information. Next time my tip will be shorter I promise.

I hope you keep on having fun with your yarn and fiber, until next time, take care, warm hugs,


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Wonderful Weather & Yarn Hop

Wonderful Weather & New Yarns

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Good Morning, once again, how are you? Are you enjoying this wonderful weather? I certainly am. Some knitters long for the cold days, so that they can wear all the lovely sweaters they made. I wear mine year-round on those chilly mornings and cold nights.

I have enjoyed making some simple tops though and have some great yarn with which to do so.   Just in, some new to the store yarn from Universal, Rozetti Lumen. Perfect for the latest drop stitch top I made. Come in and check it out.


Yarn Hop Only Days Away

Yarn Hop

Well this is the week; the Yarn Hop is only days away. We will soon be stuffing the goodie bags with all sorts of must haves for the yarnies that we are. I think you will be extremely happy with the offerings. The Yarnitudes Grand Prize is put together and coming together nicely. Each store will have its own Grand Prize so make sure to take note of the one you would like to put your completed passport in to win. There is a space on the back of the passports this year for your name and phone number along with a box to check for the prize you want.

We will of course have lots of door prizes as always and some snacks too. You never know who may drop in too. Some people are organizing car pools, it is sure to be a wonderful weekend. I have also managed to snag some buy one get one free deals from of the local merchants. I will also be raffling the collaborative cowl that I knitted. And I have just a few kits to purchase, first come first serve on those. Get in early check out the cowl, see what you think. We will have some of our only at Yarnitudes things too. So much fun, all I need is a little time to finish up everything.


Books on Sale 75% OFF

Sonoma County Yarn StoreI have been going through the books, you do know that we still have some at 75% off? One that I really like that we have a few of is, A gathering of Lace. This is put together by Meg Swansen. This is comprised of 34 lace knitters’ secrets and their favorite projects. The pictures are amazing, even if you are not a lace knitter this book will make you want to start.

The projects go from knitting with a fine lace weight to a more robust yarn. Never be afraid of lace or the weight of the yarn so many options are available. In this book, you will see patterns from small accessories to full blown garments.

Many of which will or at least could become family heirlooms. There are also some great projects for, special occasion gifts. Weddings, or absolutely gorgeous hostess gifts. You give one of these to a host and you will be invited back often.


Gorgeous Lace Weight Yarn

Sonoma County Yarn StoreYou may have noticed that we have a wonderful selection of lace weight yarn in the store too. Whether you decide to use it as one strand or put multiple strands together the colors and styles are a joy to behold.

You remember I was away from the shop for a couple of weeks, a couple of weeks ago? Well I have the projects I was working on then, finished and out on display. Quite a few one skein projects, both knit and crochet, it is amazing how much fun you can have with a skein or two of yarn. I don’t think any of them took more, than four or five skeins at the most.


Relax & Breathe When You Knit

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesMy tip for this week is – Try to remember when you are relaxing with your project, yes, I said relaxing; to take a breath now and again. I often have to remind people to breathe, and take a break. Especially when it is all new to you. Your stitches will be more even, you won’t have so many aches and pains, and you will also enjoy the result as well as the progress much more.

Stretch those arms, fingers, back, neck often. Your body will thank you for it. Don’t watch scary movies when you are working on something tricky. You will notice how what you are watching while you are working on your project will show in your work.

For a wonderful summer knit tunic that can do well in your fall wardrobe also, we found this beautiful Chevron Knit Tunic, a free pattern download:

OK well now to get back to my preparations for the hop. I have another pattern to write up. The story of the Cotati Cockerel and a whole host of other things waiting for me to finish. See you soon, have a great week, Hugs ~ Trudy

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Happy 4th of July & New Yarn & Classes

Half Way Through the Year

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesHello again, how are you?

Happy 4th July. Yes, we are into July already, second half of 2017. Countdown is now on for the holidays.

Not fun to think about really as we have only just begun, or at least it seems we have just started to enjoy summer. However, if you are thinking about knitting or crocheting some gifts, this really is a good time to begin, as small projects are easily portable. We are considering doing a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly gift workshop. These will be inexpensive probably $15 or $20 per. So, stay tuned.



Yarn Hop July 22 & 23

Yarn HopThis month we have what everyone has been waiting for, the “Annual Sonoma County Yarn Hop”. I hope you have marked your calendars and saved the date. Lots of prizes, specials, snacks you never know what surprises may be in store for you. While I am thinking about prizes, the winner of our anniversary drawing was – Gabby Fogle. She was very happy to receive the winning call.



Fun New Classes & Yarn

Sebastopol felting classesAs well as the regular monthly classes, we have added a couple of new ones for July. A knitted and felted Gecko, so cute, which is already on the website. By request we are adding a cabled pillow. This will be a wonderful introduction to cables. Learn how to choose which one, ones to use. Learn how to combine cables to make the actual design that YOU want. Overcome your fear of cables and open up a whole new world of knitting possibilities.

Just in, new delivery, never had before in the store. Panda, point protectors, sheep needle gauges, mini animal snips, Iridescent scissors – beautiful, needle grips to help you tighten your interchangeable needles. Supplies are limited so grab yours quick.

If Organic is the way you like to go check out or Feza Harvest, 100 percent extra fine super wash merino. Organically hand dyed using roots, fruits and nuts, 225 yards per skein, size 6-8 needles 5 sts per 1”. Delicious to work with. Come and check out the amazingly unique colors. Some really cute free patterns too. My favorites, Rubia, Pistachio and Blueberry. Tasty, Yes?

I have been looking through the books here, that would be great to use with the Harvest yarn and what do you know, we have two on sale, 75% off too. The knitting experience by Sally Melville, Books 1 and 2. He knit stitch and the purl stitch. At that discount, these are hard to beat. Each book has 12+ patterns to choose from too. Amazing books for the beginning knitter and many tips and tricks for those seasoned knitters also.


Kits Still On Sale 40% OFF

Sonoma County Yarn StoreWe still have some kits on sale at a 40% off, down to our last 10 though, so don’t miss out. Each would make a great gift when worked up, or just as they are for your favorite knitter. Also, we have a few grab sacks left. Some are full skeins, some are partial, prices ranging from 50c to $3.00.

I have been asked for tips and tricks. So, for this week, my tip is to have more than one project on the go at all times. One easy for social knitting, one that needs a little more thought but not so hard that you can’t watch TV whilst working on it, and one that takes total concentration. This way you should always have something to keep you going. Also, never be afraid of mistakes. This is how we learn. Tinking is just knitting backwards, frogging, taking the yarn off the needles. You are getting the most out of your yarn, great value for money.

Well I am going to leave you for now, don’t forget to check out our classes and website for up to the minute information. Have a great July, I will be back with anything that happens during the month that I think you need to know immediately.

Our Free Pattern this month is one that Tamara has knit up, fun and a great transitional look between seasons:

Happy hands – Trudy

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Thank You & Helpful Yarn Information

Thank You All Around

Good Monday morning, How are you today?

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First off, I would like to thank Tamara for putting together a newsletter last week.   I really appreciate it and I think you did too. Also a huge Thank you to Karen, Linda and MaryAnn for stepping in to help cover the store for me for the past two weeks. It is wonderful to have such great people there to help when needed. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Another week, another fresh start, a new beginning. Isn’t it nice that we can have a fresh start, clean slate, new chapter, whatever you would like to call it. We don’t just have to wait for a New Year, to start fresh.

Every day brings a new beginning. Each time we take a nap or a sleep, when we open our eyes we can start over.


A Forced Quiet Time

Sebastopol Yarn StoreJust recently, I have had a forced of sorts, time out from the store. This wasn’t a planned event, well not a long term plan anyway. Just something that came up. Something out of my control, and it has added a little perspective to my life. I’m just not sure yet what that is. I have been flying by the seat of my pants for so long now I need to take a step back and take a breath.

I hear from so many people about how they look forward to these newsletters every week, and I do enjoy keeping in touch but I think I might have to re think it a little as it really does take a long time to put it all together. Perhaps go to once a fortnight (two weeks) or even once a month, now. I don’t want to bore you and I don’t want to keep repeating myself, and half the time I can’t remember what I have written. Some people have been with me from day one, others have just recently signed up. So I am asking your opinion:-


What Are Your Interests?

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesWhat would you like to read about? What would you like me to feature? Etc..

Until I hear back from you, I am turning to the Yarn council for some information that I think you might find interesting. The last few emails I have written have gone over the substitution of yarn for patterns, and Tamara’s went over substitutions of stitch pattern. I will also add that she changed out the yarn type for the tunic she made so the information below comes in handy when doing such. Making your knitting your own takes a few calculations, but is so much fun! So in that vein I am going to go over one of the most asked questions.


Yarn Label Information Is Important

What information should I look for on the yarn label?

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The information on the yarn label is very helpful in selecting the type of yarn and number of skeins needed for a project. This information includes: yarn brand name, yarn fiber content (acrylic, cotton, wool etc.), color name and number, dye lot number or statement that the yarn is “no dye lot”, plies (number of strands), yarn weight classification, ounces and/or grams, yards and or meters, knitting or crochet gauge, home laundering and dry cleaning symbols.

We have the meaning of the symbols in the store or you can go to

The above set of symbols is from the American Craft Council:

Some but not all yarn, will have a number rating.

As you know in the store we have our yarn organized by the weight so the actual number rating doesn’t matter. However, here is some helpful information:


Lace Weight is superfine, lace weight, typically knitted on sizes 000 – 1, 33-40 stitches for 4 “, crochet 32-42 double crochets per 4” on a B hook


Super Fine is fine, sock, fingering, knitted on 1 – 3, 27-32 stitches for 4”, crochet 21-32 single crochets per 4” on a B – E hook.


Fine fine , sport, baby, knitted on 3 – 5, 23-26 stitches for 4”, crochet 16-20 single crochets per 4” on an E hook.


Light DK, Lt Worsted, knitted on 5 – 7, 21-24 sts for 4”, crochet 12-17 single crochets per 4”, on a 7 – 9 hook.


Medium Worsted, Afghan, Aran, knitted on 7 – 9, 16-20 sts for 4”, crochet 11-14 single crochets per 4” on an I to K hook.


BulkyChunky, craft, or rug, knitted on 9-11, 12-15 sts to 4”, crochet 8-11 single crochets per 4” on a K – M hook.


Super Bulky, Roving, knitted on 11 – 17, 7-11 sts to 4”, crochet 7-9 single crochets per 4” on a M- Q hook


Jumbo Jumbo, Roving, knitted on 17 and larger, 6 sts and fewer to 4”, crochet 6 single crochet and fewer to 4” on a Q or larger hook.


These are guidelines only, you should always go by the pattern gauge. Very often needle sizes are changed to change the way the yarn behaves. The larger the needles the more open the design will be. Try it for yourself sometime, play with different needle and crochet hook sizes to see just how much this changes the overall look of the yarn, the drape, and the look of the pattern stitch.

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Nurture, Knit & Savor Life!

Take Time to Smell the Roses & Nurture Yourself

Happy Monday to all,

Sonoma County Yarn ShopWe are well into June with graduations, Father’s Day and so much hurry in all our lives. Take the time to smell the roses and slow your life down a little. It’s very important to be able to distinguish tasks that are urgent from the important. With good planning and pacing there are less urgent tasks in our lives, just a hint.

A friend posted to Facebook this morning that she wan’t going to tackle what had to get done today, but she was taking her daughter who has Lyme to the beach for a few hours. Becky was packing snacks, a couple of magazines and books, drinks, blankets and sunscreen and saying goodbye to her to-do-list for the day. Sometimes you just have to take a vacation from it all. She encouraged each of us in our Facebook group to slow down today and catch a moment and post it to the group, so here is mine to the left.

So much beauty all around us, but it takes slowing down a little to really appreciate all the wonderful small things in our life.

Vitamin D & Knitting

Vitamin D is so important in all our lives for staying healthy in so many ways. But very few people realize that without time out in the sun, at least 15 minutes a day, that Vitamin D is not activated in our bodies. It’s interesting as our lives have become more indoor and less outdoors over the decades that depression, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and dementia are becoming more prevalent in our lives. So take your knitting outside for 15-20 minutes a day, relax, soak up some vitamin D and do what you love to nurture not only your body but your spirit!

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Yarn Hop is Coming

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Lots of wonderful specials and fun activities are planned for Yarn Hop weekend: Saturday July 22nd and Sunday July 23rd-a not to be missed event! So mark your calendars now and get your girlfriends together and make a day of it!


The Fun of Knitting Pattern Adaptions

Sebastopol Yarn ShopSonoma County Knitting ClassesOne of my favorite activities is taking what I like from one pattern and adding that style into another pattern. An example for you is to the left and to the right. and I think we could have a terrific class teaching these techniques, just let us know if you are interested. I will confess that I rarely knit a pattern the way it is written or in the fiber that it is suggested. Do I want to make life hard, no, I just enjoy being creative! So with a little luck and ingenuity you can take a sleeve from one pattern, a neckline from another, a border treatment from another pattern and create a truly unique pattern that is just yours!

OK, I made a mess of my closet finding the finished top, but you can see the radical difference going from what is a not great looking tunic to a tunic that is really adorable and gets lots of compliments. I switched up the yarn, sleeve treatment, and also the pattern so the finished tunic is something that is truly unique. These are techniques that anyone with intermediate knitting skills can take on and have fun with. We would enjoy seeing your unique creations, just send them to

For Our Crocheters

As Trudy has said, we are getting more and more crocheters coming to the store, so this week I found a really pretty crochet pattern for a beach cover up. There are just some things you can do in crochet that are tougher to do with knitting. If you are looking for airy intricate patterns, crochet is the easier way to go. Here is the link to the free pattern:

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The pattern is our featured top image this week. So many yarn choices in the store that would work up beautifully in this pattern.

A happy summer to you and keep those needles busy-Tamara


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Summer & Yarn Substitutions

Life Is Moving So Fast

Good Monday Morning,

Hello June, hello summer. Wow already we are into the 6th month of the year! Stop the world, I want to get off. I really don’t want it to stop, just to slow down a bit. I am sure I am not alone. So much going on all the time, it’s hard to catch a breath. want to get off. I really don’t want it to stop, just to slow down a bit. I am sure I am not alone. So much going on all the time, it’s hard to catch a breath.

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Summer Is a Great Time for Christmas Gift Knitting

Sebastopol Yarn StoreHopefully the weather will soon settle down and we can start bringing out our summer clothes. I keep trying to put the winter clothes away but then, darn it I need a sweater. It is supposed to be nice for a while though.

Not the best time to be thinking of Christmas but if you are planning on making your gifts now is the best time to get started with it. As always, we are here to help you. Let us know if you want any classes on the subject.

Summer Plans-Vacation & Yarn Hop

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesDo you have any plans to get away, any time soon? I am planning a trip to see my mum but not until September, which in the grand scheme of things won’t be that long at all. Before that though still lots to do. The Yarn Hop in July, don’t want you to forget that.

The progressive cowl is now done and on display in our store so you can get a sneak peek. The project bags are finished and just waiting to be stuffed with goodies, it is all coming together.

You may have seen the cards and posters, if you have friends in other parts of the Bay Area remember to spread the word.

Yarn Substitutions

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesBecause we have so many different types of yarn in the store it is important that we know how to substitute the yarns to the patterns. I am not the type of person that will seek out the exact yarn that the pattern is written for. That is so much part of the fun.

Find a pattern you like and play with it. Just be sure to make a gauge swatch and do the math. The color a pattern is written for is one thing, the color can make such a big difference.

One color will show a design where another may hide it. One type of yarn will make a garment rigid and another will make it drape. One will stand up to wear and one wont. It is so important to get the right yarn for each project, to make sure you get the right affect or the affect that is right for you.

Link to free pattern featured at left:

Relax, Take in the Moments & Have Faith

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Well as I sit here looking around the store and trying to write this, trying to remember what I have told you before and trying not to bore you, I find myself really wanting to pick up the

needles and knit. So, in the interests of my sanity and yours, I am going to keep this short this week and stop now and pick up my needles instead. Wont you join me?

See you next week ~ Trudy

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Yarn Tasting Was Great!

Hope You Are Enjoying Memorial Day Weekend

Good Morning, I hope you are having a great Memorial Day and weekend. I would like to send out a big Thank you to all our servicemen and women past or present, at home or away. Thank You for your service and helping to keep us safe and free.

Knitting for PTSD & Depression & More

Knitting Therapy

Did you know that many people are knitting and crocheting to de-stress from PTSD. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful pastime and hobby. If you know anyone suffering from PTSD or depression or any number of other conditions, a good website to check out is It does make very interesting reading.

Yarn Tasting Wass Great Fun!

The yarn tasting went well and we all had fun, playing with yarn is always so enjoyable. The fact we get to do it as a group is even better. The choice of yarn we got to taste was a nice mixture of thirteen different types. Here is an outline of them, just in case you missed out. We have some packs if you are interested doing a tasting of your own.


Solo Lino

80% Linen Viscose

20 % Linen

131 yds

50 gr

365 Cashmere 77% Cotton

15% Cashmere

8% Nylon

191 yds

1.75 oz

365 Cotone 88% cotton

12% Polyamide

153 yds





40% Polyamide

30% Bamboo



82 yds

50 gr

Nizza 74 % Cotton

25% polyester

1% Metalic

120 yds

50 gr

Classico 100% Cotton 125 yds

50 gr

Allegro 58% Viscose

42% Cotton


50 gr

Il Puro 100% Silk 110 yds

50 gr

Alcanto 70% Polyester

30% Polyamide

136 yds


Portofino 60% Cotton

40% Polyamide

126 yds

1.75 oz

Lunare 58% Polyester

42% Cotton

109 yds


Primavera 100% Cotton 185 yds

100 gr

Di Moda 82% Viscose

18% Polyester

110 yds

50 gr

Roma 100% Cotton 115yds

50 gr

Secondo 55 % Cotton

25% Polyamide

20% Silk

140 yds

50 gr


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Maybe Knit-a-Long Fun

There are a few here that I would like to make. How about a knit-along with one of them? For every yarn there are endless possibilities.

The yarn hop preparations are coming along nicely. For this year’s, Yarn hop we are doing something a little different as well as the usual. I can’t remember if I have told you about this before so forgive me if I have. Each store has come up with a design that we have put together in a cowl. When you visit each store you will be given that stores design. When put together they will make a very nice cowl. I have now received all of the designs and I have the finished cowl on display in the store. Come and take a look. I think you will like it. Only two months away now, I know a lot of you are getting ready.

Lots to look at and enjoy this week, I hope. Perhaps you will find something here that you just can’t wait to get onto your needles.

For the crocheter’s, we will soon have those garments we are working on up in the store, look for pictures next week.

Till next week-Trudy

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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.


Sonoma County Yarn StoreMemorial Day Weekend Sale

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:


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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!

Yarn Hop

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:

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