Hi how are you today?
Have you enjoyed the first week of this New Year or has it been a bit of a challenge? I hope it has been good to you. Have you made any new years resolutions? How many of those will you keep? I don’t make resolutions any more, it gets too depressing when I don’t accomplish them. So I just say I want to do my best and be my best and smile as often as possible. Let’s see how that goes.
Well we got off to a busy start in the store. We have had five custom fit workshops that were very well attended. Everyone is eager to get started. We had lots of fun getting to know each attendee up close and personal. There was lots of excitement all around. It meant three late nights and one early morning in a row for us though. We are feeling a little weary and both are ready for a lazy day off.
We will do the second part of the workshop this week. This means more late nights but it is worth it to see this project come alive. If you haven’t reserved your spot for next months sessions call us soon because they are filling up quickly. Of course if you have any questions about this or other classes just give us a call. We will gladly answer them.
Speaking of classes have you checked out all we have on offer? From beginning knitting and crochet on to full on projects we have quite a few choices.
For a great class for those who can knit and purl or chain and double, but want to move on and see just how much you can do with those two little stitches, check out our knit or crochet stitch of the month classes. You will see how these basic stitches transform into amazing patterns, just one stitch at a time. Don’t want to seam those squares into a blanket? Wash cloths always make great inexpensive gifts. I have heard from many people that they were given one as a gift and how much they loved them. Or you could make them into a lap, baby or college blanket for that special person in your life so that they will forever be surrounded by your love. Trust me they last for many, many years. Linda will show you how easy it is to turn these two simple stitches into a library of different patterns.
We are so very lucky to be in the position we are. To share our knowledge, joy and excitement with others and to see the smiles on faces as they are surrounded color and texture, it really is a treat.
As so many have come to realize knitting and crochet is so much more than yarn, needles and hooks. It is also the camaraderie and support we get from our fellow crafters. It is the sense of purpose and belonging that it gives that is amazing. You may have read knitting stories, ‘Knit one Crochet too’, ‘The Shop on Blossom Street’ are two of the first books I read in this line. I think they may have been my inspiration for having a yarn store of my own. If you haven’t read them I think they are well worth the read, or perhaps now I would encourage you to get them on tape so you could knit at the same time, ha ha!
I’d like to take a moment to announce a new social spinning and help group that will be meeting in the store once a month. The first meeting will be this week, Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00-7:00pm. It is hosted by our spinning instructor (and so much more) Karen Emery. The dates for the following monthly meetings have not been nailed down but we will let you know as soon as we do! Stop by to spin with her and other spinners to pick up some new techniques or just pass the time.
Don’t spin? Don’t worry. We have knitting and crochet groups that meet Wednesday evenings in the store from 3:00-7:30pm or Friday afternoons from 3:00-5:30pm. We also have a spinning group that meets Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00. Don’t forget about the stitching group that meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Café des Croissants on Lomitas Ave. in Santa Rosa. With so many choices you can knit all week long!
Where was I? Anyway, in Lee Gant’s book, Love in every stitch she explains how knitting saved her. It has stories of people she has met along the way through the craft. It is an inspiring journey and we have the great fortune to have Lee coming into our shop to share some of this with you. She will read some passages from her book and tell you more stories that have touched her. It will be an informal couple of hours, refreshments will be served, you will get to meet Lee and pick her brain. Lee will tell you how she came to designing and selling her patterns and the work she does with children and adolescents. It is sure to be a great afternoon – Sunday 24th January from 4.30 to 6.30 pm. Here in the store. Please let us know if you are planning on attending so we can prepare.
So many people have been in lately from different parts of the country. They all say how great it is to go into a real life brick and mortar, (or in our case wood and nails) store. So many stores like ours have gone out of business and they cannot find one near where they live. I have to tell you, (confession time here) the first four years were pretty tough. We have made it through though and now by word of mouth etc. more and more people are finding us. We are so happy to be here for you. However, we can always use your help. Visiting us on line on our website, posting reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp, or nominating us in contests for the best of the bay, etc. etc. all help us to stay around. A good review can go a very long way. And Please, if we do something wrong tell us, so we can make it right. All this helps you to keep us here, and thank you for that.
Well as hard as it was to come up with an idea for this week’s Newsletter I seem to have rambled on long enough, so I am closing for today. I hope I haven’t bored you silly or taken too much time away from your yarn. I will now hand this over to Lesley to work her magic and wish you all a great week, hope to see you in the store really soon.
To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 707-827-3618, or contact us. Classes with fewer than two attendees will have to be rescheduled.