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Happy New Year & New Classes

Happy Boxing Day

Good Morning,

How are you faring after all the frivolities? Have you made it through and you are still sane?

I hope you had a wonderful, healthy and happy time.

Today is Boxing day in the UK, so they are still celebrating. Probably not in the way that they used to in by gone days though. Perhaps some of the Royals and gentry still may, not being one of them I wouldn’t know.

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Goodbye 2016

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Such a Full & Busy Year

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesIt has been an extremely busy year for us. The first 6 months were spent traveling and getting back into the groove from the travels, that was quite a challenge. I am happy to report though that my mum is still doing pretty well. All recovered from her falls and such. I don’t want to tempt fate here.

Lesley getting pregnant and giving birth to lovely little Lilly. Yarn Hop, sheering, all sorts of things have kept me on my toes. The increase in business, thank you so much for that, ensures we will be sticking around. So many new knitters and crocheters, joining us and reaping the benefits of the art. It is great to see so many new enthusiasts.

It is also great to see so many new and older, not old, faces. Some I only get to see once or twice a year while they are on vacation or passing through town. After almost 6 years now it is so lovely to see everyone, now friends and family of Yarnitudes. Thank you so much for being one of them. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you!


Happy New Year & New Classes

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So, what do we have in store for next year? We are still in the planning stages; however, we do have some classes lined up, the list is below. The dates, times and requirements will be on the website as soon as we can get it organized, if you are interested in any or all, you can call for details and we will let you know as soon as they are finalized.   Be one of the first to secure your spot and make sure the class does in fact go ahead. If we don’t have enough people unfortunately we cannot do the class. Unless noted differently there is a 2-person minimum and a 4-person maximum per class.


2017 Classes

  • Knitted mukluk slippers
  • Introduction to continental knitting
  • Knit fixes
  • Four seasons blanket/afghan
  • Crochet stitch of the month
  • Top down baby sweater
  • Beginning Knitting
  • Beginners own sweater
  • Beginning Crochet
  • Intro to color work – Sheep or Panda Hat
  • Crochet, felted sheep bootees
  • Finishing Techniques
  • Half Pi Shawl
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Introduction to Cables


Our Free Pattern Share

Sebastopol Knitting StoreWe have tried to share our favorite free patterns with you on  a weekly basis. For this week since it has turned so cold we could think of nothing better than a cornucopia of free sock patterns.

You may buy the book, but it you go to each individual pattern you may download the sock pattern for FREE:–ToastyToes


Happy Knitting & Seasons Greetings

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Although we don’t have custom fit listed as a class, Lesley will be happy to set up a time to meet with you and get you started on your very own Custom Fit. We have so many inspired knitters from the workshops we offered this year. Many proud new owners of garments that fit the way they wanted them to. Some have completed more than one or two.

As always please let us know if there is a topic, you would like covered, or a class that you would like to see us offer. Yarnitudes is your LYS make the most of all we have to offer you.

I guess that is all I have to say for this year. Here’s to the Next Year. May it bring Health, Love Peace and Prosperity to all.

Thank you so much for your Patronage in 2016

Until next year then ~ Trudy

Christmas Gnomes

Happy Holidays & Free Patterns

Holiday & Christmas Wishes

Good Morning,

How are you today?

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Christmas Only 6 Days Away

Well this is it. Christmas is in 6 days. Is it time to sit back and start enjoying the holiday yet?

Are you ready? Are all your gifts wrapped, mailed, delivered? If not, you only have a little time left. I know, putting the pressure on, aren’t I?

Someone came in the shop last week, they had decided to put a great deal of pressure on themselves. Three scarves to knit and wrap in two weeks! Why do we do this to ourselves? Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, we are supposed to enjoy every stitch. I guess this isn’t the case for all. Perhaps it is just another way of taking one’s mind off everything else. It really is fun though to be able to craft something special for someone.


Christmas Planning for Next Year

An idea for next year though, spread the gift knitting out. Do a little something in between your other projects. I know a lot of people who do this. Even folk who don’t knit buy gifts throughout the year and have a place they keep the gifts tucked away until Christmas time. Not only does this spread the work load it spreads the cost too.

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A Head Start On Next Year

Perhaps while you are in the holiday mode get started on next year and have a head start. I know this doesn’t work for everything but the staples that never go out of style. Start a little earlier, do a little planning. I especially need to start working on that one. ‘Planning, what’s that????

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The Holidays Aren’t Always Jolly

I have heard of so many people that are having or who have had hospital stays about now. Going through health issues of one kind or another. Or Christmas time is not a happy time for them, this year Christmas may not be a “normal” one for them. They just want to get on with everything and are longing for things to get back to normal. If that is happening to you or one of your loved ones, you are probably tired and this time of year is an ordeal for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Many Thanks to Doctors & Nurses During the Holidays


A Big thank you to all the doctors nurses and carers who work at this time of year. Thank you all for being there for us.



I am not going to ramble on this week. I know that’s a relief, right? I would just like to wish you the very, very best of Holidays. Whichever way you celebrate, whoever you celebrate with, have a happy, healthy and peaceful time.

For those of you that read this far, a free collection of Christmas Knitting Patterns we found to share with you:


Stay tuned for news for New Year. We are busy planning.

Hugs to you and yours-Trudy

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Celebrating Christmas & Knitting Tips

A Special Time of Year

Good Morning, how are you?

Wow only two weeks to go now before Christmas, in fact two weeks today and we will be opening our presents and preparing another holiday feast. I am not over the last one yet.

Trevor will be home on Wednesday and we can start getting down to decorating the house and getting those last-minute things taken care of. I don’t know about you but I love putting up the decorations and absolutely hate putting them all away. Each year I try not to put so many out, but you know how it is.  Just one more here and one more there. A little at a time and before I know it over time I have as many as always. Then it all must go away, but this time it needs to be done in one go. Has that happened to you?

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Sonoma County Yarn ShopChristmas Traditions

Do you have Christmas traditions? We like to go to a carol service on Christmas Eve if possible. I hear from a lot of people that they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and that is when they have their big dinner.

We have always exchanged ours and had our meal on Christmas day itself. It would be good to hear from you if you have a special custom.


Your Gift Wishlist

Sebastopol Knitting GiftsSonoma County Knitting GiftsI have been telling you about all the things you can make as gifts, now I have been busy selecting things that you might like to have as a gift for yourself. Or to give to a knitter friend.

From needle and crochet sets, bags, we have new Atenti bags, they are gorgeous, I want one myself but can’t decide which one I like best. Cases for your needles and hooks, boxes for your notions. Perfect for the Yarnie on the go. Everything you could want in its own unique travel pack. Books, of course books. And now kits to knit and crochet in popular shades and projects. It has been fun putting together things I know you will love.
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Recently I was asked if I could make some sheep decorations for Mauritson Winery. Well I did and they have been delivered. Don’t they look great on the Vine tree?

Lesley thought you might like one or two for your own tree so she and Olivia have been working on some for us to sell in the store, check them out on your next visit.







We have been working on classes for next year. There have been lots of special requests and we are working to fulfill as many of them as possible.

Last week I mentioned in the tips and tricks section about finishing. So, we are putting together a class on finishing. It may be just one class or it could be a two-part class. Let us know your preferences. There is quite a bit to cover. Blocking, seaming, inserting sleeves, depending on the project that is. Do you have a project or two that are done but not put  together?

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Unfinished Projects-We Have the Answers

Don’t let it sit in a bag or basket any longer, all that work you have already completed don’t let it go unfinished. It isn’t as bad as you may think. Are you afraid it won’t look right, we can show you the steps that can make the finished garment very professional. Even if the sleeves are too long, too short etc. there are ways to fix them, really.

Just recently someone came in with a completely finished sweater that she absolutely adored apart from the sleeves. She felt they were too short, too tight and not the shape she wanted.

As the sleeves had been knitted from the wrist up she thought that she would have to tear the whole thing apart. Imagine her joy when I showed her how to take the bottom from the sleeves leaving the top in place. Now she can undo them from just below the elbow and re knit them the way she wants to. A sweater saved without having to rip it all out and start again. As you know our classes are kept really small so that you get the attention you need to learn. So if there is something you are interested in doing let us know. There are probably at least a few other people out there that want to learn the same thing, or have the same questions. Be sure to always sign up early though.

Free pattern this week is shown at the top of the page, a beautiful Christmas skirt to knit: We have The Second Treasury of Knitting at the store for the pattern and then you follow the rest of the pattern at the link above.


Be sure to check out our website next week for the new classes for 2017.

Until then take care and happy yarning!