Something New!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Good morning and hello!  How are you?

Today I have six new and new to us yarns to share with you.  We absolutely love getting in new things for the store.  Sometimes we are restocking an old favorite and sometimes we have something brand new to share!

market bag

Before I get started on the yarn I want to tell you about a new monthly knit-a-long that Madeline will be hosting.  The first project is for a Knitted String Market Bag.  Make one of these just in time for all that fresh spring farmer’s market produce!  Stop by Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm in April to work on the market bag project with other knitters.  Madeline will be here to answer questions if you have them and you know that will be fun!  This knit-a-long is free but please purchase your project yarn at Yarnitudes.

Ok, ok, I’ll get to the good stuff.  Yes, the yarn!

Cascade Yarns – Anchor Bay

anchor bay

Cascade makes so many of our favorite yarns.  They have a new yarn called Anchor Bay and we are very happy to share it with you.  It is oh so soft, machine wash and dryable, and makes a truly delectable fabric.  A workhorse yarn for garments it knits up to 20-22 stitches/4 inches on a US 6-7 needle or G crochet hook.  We have several people who have already snatched some up to make spring and summer CustomFit sweaters. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!  It is a 50/50 blend of superwash merino wool and cotton with a generous 262yards in a 100g ball.  WOW!  There have a lovely palette of colors for spring and summer that works for adult or children’s garments.  You could even make a lovely soft blanket with this yarn that would be both warm and lightweight.  Not only does Cascade make many of our favorite yarns, they also have so many great free patterns written especially for their yarns.  Check out them out!

Queensland Collection – Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, & Cairns

brisbane

Queensland has so many wonderful yarns and we just love our new arrivals.  Brisbane is worsted weight superwash wool that knits up to 16 stitches/4 inches on a US 10 needle.  There are 144yards per 100g ball.  The slow color changes in this yarn lend themselves to lovely sweaters and accessories.  It is machine washable but you must dry flat.  That’s no trouble though.  Especially not for this lovely yarn!

sunshine coast

Sunshine Coast is a wonderfully soft single ply yarn composed of 70% wool, 30% bamboo fibers.  This is another yarn that changes colors as you knit.  It would make up beautifully in one of those sideways shawls we all love to make.  Trudy is working on one now using the Wingspan pattern.  I just can’t wait to see it completed!  It would also be neat to see in a chevron or feather and fan pattern.  The options are endless.  Each skein is 290yards per 100g.  This one also needs to lay flat to dry but is machine washable.

cairns

Cairns, is another lovely multi color yarn from Queensland.  This yarn has a twist or though or rather doesn’t have a twist!  It has an unusual chain construction but it almost looks like it has been stitched down the middle afterwards.  It behaves like a narrow ribbon yarn.  How neat!  This variegated yarn knits up beautifully at 18 stitches/4 inches on US 8 needles.  It is a blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic with 190yards per 100g skein.  Trudy made this great camisole top from Carins just this week.

ballet top

The smallest pattern size used only 3 skeins of yarn!  WOW!  Stop by the store to see these new favorites from Queensland or to see the samples we have knit up!

Ellesbeth Lavold – Silky Wool

silky wool

Silky wool may be one of my favorite semi luxury yarns.  I say semi luxury because it feels luxurious but won’t break the bank!  I made a Goodale sweater for myself out of it several years ago and I just love it!  It is light and airy and just a little bit warm when you need it!  Silky wool comes in what seems like a million different colors.  We don’t have them all yet but will gladly get in your favorite if we don’t have what you need.  It is composed of 45% wool, 35% silk, with 20% nylon for strength.  It knits up at 22stitches/4 inches on a US 6 needles and has an amazing 192yards per 50g skein.  It is perfect for garments and accessories.  Stop by to see the lovely colors and to pet this yarn.  You will see why we love it so much!  Don’t know what to make?  We have several copies of the designer’s choice Viking Collection book which has so many wonderful patterns written just for Silky Wool.

Juniper Moon Farms – Findley

findley

Findley is an old favorite that you may remember.  It is a luscious 50/50 blend of merino wool and silk.  These skeins have so much yardage on them it is incredible!!!  It has 798yards per 100g that knits to 7.5 stitches/inch.  Don’t let the lace weight scare you though.  We have a shop sample of the Krista Tee knit from 2 strands of this yarn that makes a lovely lacey top from what comes out to be a fingering weight gauge.

krista

We’re even planning to have a class for this Please let us know if you are interested in this.  We don’t have a date picked out so let us know what would work for you.  This yarn is also lovely for a shawl.  I made a Citron out of it a few years back and I love it!

Whew, I think that is all the yarn news I have for you today.  While I have you thinking about yarn, I have something exciting to tell you.  We’re having another yarn and needle tasting event!

Please make sure to mark your calendars for another free event at Yarnitudes on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm!

We will be hosting another yarn and needle tasting on Saturday, May 14th from 2-4pm.  The last time we did this we had so much fun.  We will have a selection of yarn from Knitting Fever along with knitting needles and crochet hooks from Knitters Pride for you to sample and try out.  This is a great opportunity to try out some great yarn without having to buy it.  See how differently you knit or crochet on the many styles of needles in the Knitters Pride collection and have some fun at the same time.  We are looking forward to it!  Please call ahead to let us know if you will be attending this fun event as space is limited.   We will have more spaces than in a regular class but you don’t want to miss out.

Here are the folks that joined us for our last yarn tasting.  What fun!

yarn tasting

I think I will close for now.  Until next time, Happy Knitting!

~Lesley