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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 trudy@yarnitudes.com

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: http://beautifulcrochetstuff.com/crochet-beach-cover-up-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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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 https://westcoastknitter.wordpress.com/tag/ptsd/. 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

50gr

Cashsilk

 

 

40% Polyamide

30% Bamboo

15%Silk

15%Cashmere

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

125yds

50 gr

Il Puro 100% Silk 110 yds

50 gr

Alcanto 70% Polyester

30% Polyamide

136 yds

50gr

Portofino 60% Cotton

40% Polyamide

126 yds

1.75 oz

Lunare 58% Polyester

42% Cotton

109 yds

50gr

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

 

Some Great Patterns for Yarn Tasting Yarn

 

 

Pattern links for patterns below:

  1. http://www.lanagrossa.com/-dokumente/service/modell-des-monats/modell-des-monats-2017-05_en.pdf
  2. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#view=captioned_thumbs&page=1&sort=best&query=365%20Cashmere
  3. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/threaded-tee
  4. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-03-jacke/people
  5. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/raspberry-sorbet
  6. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/petit-allegro-lace-ponchette—poncho
  7. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-24-kimonopulli
  8. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-09-jacke-4
  9. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/silvia-pullover
  10. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/primavera-capelet
  11. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-10-kleid-mit-blattmuster-borduren
  12. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#sort=best&query=Di%20Moda
  13. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/neckwarmer-with-buttons
  14. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zaunkonigin—tunika-tunic

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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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6th Anniversary & A Fun Sale

The Sun is Shining

Well good morning again, have you had a good week?

Perhaps it has been like mine, a little up and a little down but very, very busy. I think overall more ups than downs though. The weather is certainly helping in that regard. I love this time of year with all the colorful flowers blooming, aahhhhhh!

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Happy 6th Anniversary

Unfortunately, I have got a little behind this year, oops if my brother sees that he will say my behind is anything but little. It is our Anniversary month. I can hardly believe that it is six years already. It was actually last week the 9th.  So, I am already into my 7th year. Who’d have thunk it?

6th Anniversary

There have been a lot of changes over that time. I certainly know a lot more about owning a yarn shop than I did back then. Styles come and go, yarns come and go, more and more new and fantastic yarn is available all the time. The shelves are stacked to the gills, but in the overall scheme of things we have but a small tasting. It is hard for me to choose just the right ones. I keep trying though, to give you a good overall selection. It isn’t just the yarn though, although for me that is one of the most important fun parts. Needles have come a long way and there are so many to choose from. Just when I think I have found the best they come out with another kind, so many little tools to make our life easier too.

 

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Patterns – when I first bought the stock from Sandy I ended up getting a very large file cabinet, two 4 drawer files cabinets actually. Then when I purchased Balls and Skeins I inherited even more. Now with Ravelry as big as it is, paper patterns are not needed as much so I am slowly emptying the drawers and printing patterns from online. Some of them are actually free too. At least now it is immediate, no more waiting for orders to come in and hoping I have the correct amount. Of course, there will still be those occasions when I have to actually order patterns because they are not available on line, or for the go to pattern that everybody wants. I still have those.

Books are yet another story, so, so many. With more and more people going digital our shelves are loaded.

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Celebrate with a Sale-Selected Books 60% Off

So, in order to help us celebrate this milestone and to help us make room for more of what you are really looking for these days, selected books will be at 60% off for the rest of the month. If you have been eyeing a book that you would like for your own library come on in and we both win. I am also going to have a drawing. Prize drawing that is. Each time you come in from now to the end of the month put your name and phone number in the bowl and at the end of the month I will drawer three names. The more times you come in the more times you can enter. I will also top up the bargain box with special offers. There will be random sales on other things around the store so make sure you take a good look around, you never know what might be waiting for you.

One last thing, for this month only, the 6th purchase of the day each day will receive an additional 10% discount, on everything!

 

Trendsetter Yarn Tasting

Now for another treat. The trendsetter yarn tasting is on the schedule for Saturday 27th from 12pm to 3pm. Maxine will be here to tell you all about the yarn you will be playing with. You will also get to try out different knitter’s pride needles and hooks. This is definitely not limited to knitters only. Of course, there will be snacks, what is any tasting without snacks. Space will be limited, so don’t miss out. The tickets are now on sale $5 each which can be applied to any purchase that day.

Trendsetter Yarn Tasting

Trendsetter YarnWhere: Yarnitudes                      

When:   Saturday 27th May

Time:   12 – 3pm

Cost:     $5.00                    

Ticket good for 10% discount and $5 off yarn purchase.

 

Dog Sweater Class

By request we now have on the schedule the made to fit dog sweater class. If you happen to miss it this time please call so that we can add to the list for the next time. If you want to see how it looks MaryAnn has made a sample and it is here in the store, so cute!

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Enterlac Class

Another class that has been requested is being scheduled for next month. ‘Entrelac. Linda will be teaching you how to do this wonderful technique. It’s much easier than you think. Check the website for full details, first class will be held Saturday morning 3rd June.

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Check out our website for all classes, if you don’t find what you are looking for, please give us a call.

For our FREE pattern this week, we found a beautiful beaded A-line camisole by Black Dog Designs on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beaded-cami

We have some beautiful summer weight yarn in the shop that would be gorgeous made up into this all -season camisole, wear it in the summer and depending on the yarn it could be a wonderful evening camisole even in the winter with a wrap. We also have a nice selection of crystals to finish your project off and give it that special finishing touch!

Until next week then, take care ~Trudy

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Great Summer Knitting Projects

The Weeks Are Flying By

Hi again, boy oh boy, these weeks are just flying by. May already, second week no less.

I am following up on some questions asked after last week’s newsletter.    The Yarn hop is going to be on the 22nd and 23rd July. So, mark your calendars and save the date.

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Free Pattern Offerings

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesThe sweater that was shown on the introduction to the newsletter last week was a free pattern and yes, it is pretty easy.

Lots of yarn to choose from at Yarnitudes that would be great choices that would knit up beautifully.

I am so happy that so many of you wanted to make it for yourself, someone you love, and even said it would look good on me.

 

Yarn Tasting Anyone?

Now, what’s next? Well everyone had such a great time at the Cascade Yarn tasting earlier in the year, it was this year, wasn’t it? So we have decided to do it again with another supplier. This time Maxine will be here on Saturday 27th of May with samples from Trendsetter yarns.

We will do the same kind of thing, just a bit more organized. There will be tickets, $5 per person, which will be good towards a purchase that day. You will also be able to make orders on the day if you would like to and there will also be a trunk show. Yeah, more fun for everyone.

 

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Beautiful Yarn-So Many New Choices

The yarns we have chosen this time are really different. As MaryAnn was getting the samples put together I heard a lot of oohs and ahhs. Very intriguing to see what can come from these amazing yarns. So, like before we there will be a limited number of tickets, first come first served. Oh, and if you attend you will be entitled to 10% off any orders placed. You could in fact have a say in what yarns we get to stock in the store.

 

Summer Knitting Ideas

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesKnitting at this time of the year is so much fun, not that the rest of the year isn’t however –

the colors, the textures, light and airy, fun and fashionable. We have so many cottons, bamboo’s, silks, flax etc., etc. Whether you are knitting while you travel, knitting when you arrive or planning for things to wear once you get there, we have you covered.

Like a quick and simple top great for knitting whilst you travel–http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kathy-sasser

 

How about a top for taking in the ray’s? Perhaps you might want to start this before you leave, or a nice cover up for on your way to the pool?

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How About a Swimsuit Coverup

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http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kirsten-singer

 

 

 

 

Sonoma county Yarn ShopOr even a nice lace sun hat, I might lose the ribbon and hopefully the cardigan too. This is something else you might have had to work on before the trip.

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/nazanin-s-fard

 

 

 

The Beauty of Temperate Weather

We are so very, very lucky to live in a place where the temperatures are not extreme. A lot of the things we can wear here can be worn all year round, OK perhaps not the hat. Just by adjusting the type of yarn used, or layering it with other items of clothing these or many items like them can go from beach to the board room, office to evening cocktails. Going on a cruise?

A little black dress can be transformed by the addition of a little sparkle in a cardigan. Black or white pants with a bright colorful top. With the addition of a light and airy shawl or summer scarf even the simplest of outfits can be made to look very sophisticated or very hip. Come on in and see all the different types of yarn we have for this time of the year, I am certain you will be impressed.

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We Have Lots of Great Gift Solutions

Running out of time? Only 6 days to go. We have lots of last minute gifts in the store, and if all else fails you, how about a gift certificate?

Don’t forget to check our classes to see what is coming up to help you with your next endeavor.

Our featured photo this week is also a really cute free summer top knitting pattern: http://tahkistacycharles.com/product/free-patterns/sultry-boatneck-in-marina/

Thanks for spending time with me, until next time then, take care–Trudy

Africa & Visiting Mum

No Newsletter Last Week

Sebastopol Yarn ShopWell hi there, did you miss me?

Sorry there wasn’t an email last week. I was given the opportunity to go on a business trip with my husband and then afterwards to see my mum.

A chance I couldn’t miss. I think you will agree though that I left you in very capable hands, apart from the newsletter you probably didn’t ever realize I wasn’t around.

I was lucky enough to visit a country I had never had the opportunity to visit before, South Africa. I only got to see a very small part of it though, Johannesburg. That was where most of the business was handled.

 

 

South Africa

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I guess it wasn’t quite what I had expected. I had of course heard about South Africa, a lot of it not good over the years. The part I experienced was almost the same as any other big city. Way too many cars. It took Trevor and one of the people he had gone to see, almost two hours to drive back to the hotel after meetings one evening. They only had to travel 7 miles. It almost made the traffic here look insignificant.

The same shops, some of the same restaurants and coffee shops. Once out of the city though traffic moved easily, lots of new motorways and toll roads. Generally, like anywhere else I have been. Like I said this was just a small portion of the country, romantically I guess I was expecting to see the wild life closer to the towns and villages and I am told that there are certain parts where that is true. Upon looking at this map you can see we were only in a pin-prick of an area.

Kruger Wild life Park

South Africa

Graciously they took us to Kruger Wild Life Park at the weekend, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg. I got to see some animals living in their natural habitat. Luckily for them they have had weather like ours. After years of drought they have had an abundance of rain. So, it was good for them, lots to eat and lots of places to hide, a bit harder to spot some of them though.

Africa wildlife

I loved these guys, I kept thinking of what an amazing shawl I could be knit with their colors. I guess that is one for the future.

 

London & Mum

United KingdomWe left South Africa after 5 days and headed to London. We had to change planes there on the way out and on the way back.

Long journeys. This is the main purpose of my trip, to visit my mum.

She had been in the hospital in February and I wanted to see how she was doing. Luckily, she was able to go back to the home the Saturday before we arrived. I managed to spend three visits with her.

 

MumShe was doing much better the chest infection she had been fighting was gone but she was still extremely tired.

I was happy to share photos with her, give her all the love that I had been told to give her from her friends here in the states. It made her smile remembering all the faces and the good times she had here with us all over the years.

 

 

Back Home Again

So now I am back, we flew in Sunday afternoon 12th and I am back to work again. Looking forward to seeing you in the shop again soon. Of course, I was thinking of you all the time I was away. Looking for inspiration for the shop, and patterns to make. Trying to find something new that I couldn’t find over here. I was amazed that I couldn’t find one yarn store in either places we visited. People didn’t really understand what I was looking for either, even when they saw me knitting. I was knitting too.

I was told and I did find some places on the web, in Cape Town but that is for another trip. Miles away from where I was. I did get some ideas but whether I will remember them when I have time to work on them is another matter.   Oh, one last thing I must share about the trip is, when I went into a small gift shop in the park I noticed quite a nice scarf I liked, thinking it was a local product I picked it up only to find it was Apt 9, from Kohl’s – oops.

 

 

Knitting On the Road

The yarn and needles with me on the trip – I have been wanting to make myself a nice warm sweater but hadn’t had the opportunity so I thought this a good one. It is from the Ann Norling pattern top down Raglan #60. This is the pattern I used to make myself the cardigan you can often see me wearing in the store when it is chilly. It is so easy, very basic but there is so much that you can do to make it your very own. I would be very happy to show you how to do this. Here is the sweater so far.

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You can see I have added cables under the arms at both sides, I will also add cables on the forearm of the sleeves too. The other thing about this pattern is that you can use four different weights of yarn. So, Spring, summer, fall or winter, so much fun. I get so excited at the possibilities of a pattern like this. It is certainly one of my go to patterns. I hope to be able to knit on it some more really soon. Oh I also took another skein of a very colorful yarn with me to play with, just for those times when the sweater needed more attention or took up too much room. I did play with it too, first a scarf, didn’t like the way that looked, so now a hat, a large slouchy one. Someone will want it.

 

No Just an Easter Basket-March 26@4:30-6:30pm

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OK enough of my things. Don’t forget the upcoming classes, here is a photo of the ‘Not Just for Easter Basket’, this is before the handle goes on, you can see it really isn’t just for Easter. Karen took this photo of it at the shop. Call us to sign up before time runs out.

The Beginning crochet class is full for this month. There are still two place available for beginning knitting though, on the 21st March 10.30 – 12.30. If you want to begin this month this is your chance.

We are working on classes for April so if there is something you are itching to learn give us a call and we may be able to add it to the schedule.

The featured image this week is from a wonderful blog done by a Mom with an autistic son, she knits and designs patterns, take a look at her website and her incredible bunnies: http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/my_weblog/2010/02/

I think that is more than enough for this week, so I will love and leave you for now, I hope I haven’t bored you silly. Have a great week and see you again soon ~ Trudy

 

 

 

Knitting When Your Are Short Of Time

Colds & Rain, Oh My

Hello, good morning, me again. How are you? There have been so many people not feeling well over the past few weeks. That time of year I guess, lots of coughs, colds etc. lots of surgeries too. I hope you have managed to stay healthy. We do have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes at the counter should you need them.

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Power Outages & Technical Difficulties

First of all, I want to apologize for last week’s hiccup. With all the power outages, storms etc. things got a little mixed up and we sent out the prior week’s email by mistake. I hope you got the right one and found some interesting things in it. I don’t know about you but I am ready for some of our wonderful sunshine. I know we needed the rain but, a little time for it to soak in would be good. I feel so bad for all those underwater, without power etc. I am so lucky. I hope you are too.

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Technology Is Great When It Works

I love technology when it works but when things like power cuts etc. happen, well let’s say I am not too happy. What do we do now? How did we ever survive before computers and cell phones? Recently our internet and phones went down. We had to resort back to cash and checks, I like most people don’t carry much of either any more. Luckily we have great customers who are patient and understanding and we managed to get through. Thank you if you were one of those affected by this. How did we all become so busy, what happened to quieter times?

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Knitting for When Time Is Scarce

I read recently on a pattern site, how busy we all are, and about how by the time we have completed all our ‘have to be done ‘chores we can find ourselves with less than an hour to knit.

What can we accomplish in an hour? If you keep good notes, where exactly you are in a pattern etc., you will be surprised how much you can do. It may not seem like much at the time but that hour can be so refreshing. Over time those one or two rows you will see turn into a completed project. One stitch at a time one row at a time. Just make sure if you are too tired though, not to work on anything complicated, this will ultimately end in tinking or frogging. Many a day after I have stayed up to do just one more row, I find myself looking at my work the next day and asking myself “what were you thinking?”

For those days, nights, minutes or whatever, have something easy on hand. Something that you could do in your sleep. You will get the enjoyment of knitting without the frustration of a challenging project. Save those complicated projects for when you have time on your side. I always have some of each on the go. Some for when I am being driven somewhere, (I was going to say driving but didn’t want you to think I was actually knitting whilst I drive, not quite that crazy) Projects for the doctor’s office, etc.etc. If you would like ideas of simple on the go, or things you really don’t have to think about we can help you find just the thing.

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Additional Knitting Class Requests

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesI have had several requests for additional classes on Beginning Knitting and the Pandemonium Hat. So, I have scheduled another beginning knitting class on the 1st of February at 11 am and the Pandemonium hat on February 24th also at 11 am. If you would like to join in, please contact the shop buy your supplies and be ready to go. Both of the Heart Hats are now in the shop if you want to see them for the class scheduled on February 3rd at 11am.

 

Speaking of the hats with designs on them, I have had one person ask for a private lesson on how to make your own designs. I will be teaching this as a private lesson but if you think you might be interested in a class on this, let me know. If we do have this class we won’t actually be knitting. it will be one hour on the actual design process. Having some experience on knitting a hat with a design is greatly encouraged beforehand.

 

CASCADE YARNS® – Knitterati Afghan

Sonoma County Cascade YarnIn celebration of their 30th Anniversary, they partnered with Vogue Knitting to bring you the Knitterati Afghan Knit-along. Make sure you have downloaded the first square!

 

 

The next one will be released on Thursday, January 26th! There will be 30 squares in all – created by 30 different designers. To participate, sign up for their newsletter and visit your us to purchase 220 Superwash® for the afghan. There are 5 different colors of 220 Superwash® that will be used for the afghan (and approximate quantities):

  • 1944 – Westpoint Blue Heather (4 balls) 1
  • 910 – Summer Sky Heather (6 balls)
  • 1946 – Silver Grey (5 balls)
  • 0905 – Celery (5 balls)
  • 1949 – Lavender (3 balls)

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To finish off this week’s newsletter, some FREE Valentine’s Day knitting patterns, one of our favorites is the heart and kisses sweater: http://intheloopknitting.com/valentines-day-free-knitting-patterns/

Our featured photo credit this week is from Patty Mack Knits, Harry Potter Knits for Dogs: http://pattymacknits.com/happy-valentines-day/

Best to you this week~Trudy

 

 

Sierras 2017

Stormy January & New Classes

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Good Morning, is it Monday again? Wow. I hope you survived the storms of last week, with no damage and no injury. What a wet start to 2017. Do you think we are out of the drought yet?

We have been extremely fortunate, so far, touch wood, fingers crossed and all of that. No flooding and lots of yarn to keep us busy and hand knits to keep us warm.

 

New Yarn You’ll Love

Sebastopol Yarn ShopSo, what have I been up to since I last wrote? Well a funny thing happened.

Towards the end of last year, I had visits from sales people showing me new yarns for this year. I really didn’t want to think that far out as things change so quickly, but! Yes, you guessed it. I put in an order and although it was at the back of my mind, guess what? It all turned up yesterday. Wow! So, where to put it all? With a little rearranging, it will fit nicely.

You should see it all. The colors and textures are amazing. Five boxes, things I know you are going to love. I just want to dive right in and make things with it all. That takes time though. We also have another shipment arriving next Tuesday, this one I do remember and I have already knit up a sample with this. Childs short sleeve cardigan bolero. So cute, come and check it out, only one skein too. Now I need to put my thinking cap on and start at least planning what I can make with it all when I get a chance. Do you ever have so many ideas it is hard to keep up with them? My brain is on overload at the moment with ideas etc. I would like to hit the pause button so I can catch up.

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Great Knitting Questions & Solutions

Sonoma County Yarn ShopWhen I was thinking what to write about this week, I was asked a question? How do you bind off in the middle and end of the row? Well, the beginning is easy. You do this the same way you would do it at the beginning. Just make sure you get to the place the first stitch knit as many as you need to before starting the bind off. Say the row says, bind off 10sts, knit 20 sts bind off 20 sts, knit 20sts bind off 10 stitches.

The row will be 80 stitches across. You would bind off the first 10 sts having actually knitted 11 as you will need to have one stitch left on the needle, so now you will knit 19 to make the 20. Thirty stitches worked at this point.  Are you with me so far?

Now you are ready to bind off the center 20. I suggest you put a marker after the 21st stitch. Then knit 2 pass first stitch over until you are at the marker. You should now have 29 sts left. Knit 19sts. Now comes the interesting part. Yes, you could knit to the end and turn binding off 10 sts at the beginning of the next row, and it would work out reasonably well. But if you are doing stripes this might not look quite so good. Or you could bind off and rejoin the yarn to the live stitches. However, if you don’t want to do this, it is possible to bind off the last 10 stitches and have the working yarn at the beginning of the next row of live stitches.

 

Binding Off at Ends on Same Row

This is quite hard to write out, but I hope you are understanding my explanation. By holding some slack from the working yarn and knitting to the end of the row somewhat loosely and catching the slack yarn into place this can be accomplished. If you would like me to show you I would be happy to, you know where and when. Otherwise here is a link to a video that will show you how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SJGtsbI5wQ   I hope I haven’t thoroughly confused you. It is always much easier for me to show you, than to explain it in writing. This is why I am a knitter rather than an author.

If you have a question you would like answered let me know. If you have the question you can bet someone, at least one other person does too. Now on to classes……

 

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Felted Clogs Class

I really hadn’t thought much about knitting and felting slippers until I bought a yarn store and opened as Yarnitudes almost 6 years ago now. It was actually my mum that made me realize what I was missing out on. I bought Village knitters lock stock and barrel as they say back in the UK. This meant some old samples too. My mum was visiting and sitting in the shop her feet were cold. So, I found a pair of knitted clogs and she put them on. She told me how warm and soft they were.

Then when Lesley joined me and was talking about making them I really got interested. She made a pair for my mum and then a pair for me for the shop, for when my feet get cold. I was immediately taken by the softness of the sole and how I could felt them to fit. The only small parts of my body are my wrists ankles and feet. Not always easy to get slippers to fit. Since then Lesley has taught many clog classes and it is always very popular. If you can knit, purl and recognize your stitches this is a class that you will have a lot of fun with.

 

Pandamonium

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Have you always wanted to do color work but not into sheep, although I find it hard to believe any yarnie who doesn’t appreciate their contribution. How about Pandas? Four colors of yarn, you get to choose the colors of course, find someone who likes the same colors and share yarn or get some smaller skeins and make a couple. Learn how to draw pictures with your yarn, and how to personalize your own project. Be sure to pick up your supplies and do your homework before class so that you get the most our of your class time.

 

Half Pi Shawl

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In this class Linda will teach you how to make your very own Half Pi. You will get compliments every time you wear it. It is easier than you think. You will learn how to make the classic shawl shape, several lace designs and applied lace edging. This class will open a whole new world to you. See how so few stitches can be turned into beautiful patterns. Although this can be made with lace weight yarn, I would recommend fingering or sock to the first-time lace knitter. The pattern is included and we have the needles and lots of yarn to choose from. Another technique you can add to your collection.

Many new classes to come. If you can’t yet knit or crochet, or if it’s just not for you? We have classes where you will have to know neither, just a love for color and fiber is all these classes will take.

For those of you that read our newsletter all the way through, your link to some wonderful winter knitting patterns, from mittens to sweaters, from throws to cowls, have fun knitting. We have lots of yarn that would look wonderful knit up in many of these patterns: http://www.stitchandunwind.com/winter-preview-61-free-knitting-patterns-for-the-season/

See you next week. Take care and enjoy every moment-Trudy

 

 

 

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New Classes & Gorgeous New Yarn

How Is the New Year for You?

Good Morning,

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Sonoma County Yarn ShopHow are you faring today? Are you off to a good start? Well the beginning of our year got off to a reasonable start. Although I really was not inclined to leave my bed on New Year’s Day, things had to be done. It was time for the dreaded inventory.

Yes, the one day of the year, or in the past, couple of years, the days when we have to go through and count everything. Argghh, Anyway, Lesley recruited a whole bunch of friends, dragged her poor hubby in and we went to town. Lilly was there directing traffic. So, we picked up our clipboards, got into teams and begun. Throughout the day some left, some arrived, some bearing coffee, Dave went on a lunch run. A short break for lunch. I was lucky I got to count the yarn not all those fiddly little things, thank you!

After our clipboard was completed, it was time to start entering it all into the computer. This is a slow and tedious task. Lesley took over when her clip board was done. It was a very cold day although with the heater going full blast it did actually get to a reasonable temperature. But as I was sitting at the computer I started to feel a little chilly. Others were starting to say they were feeling the cold too. We thought someone had turned the heating down but no such luck the heater had stopped working.

 

Yarnies are Hardy

It was now about 6pm everything had been counted but a lot of work still to be done on that darned computer. Lesley said she and Dave would stay to finish it, so we all left them to it. Unfortunately, it became way too cold so they took it all home and finished it there. I think she said it was about 11.30 when she was finally done. Thank you! Thank you!

OK so back to the heater, or lack of it.

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The Heater Saga

After multiple attempts by Dave to restart it Sunday night with no success, we needed to get it fixed. I made phone calls but no luck. Come Tuesday morning it was back to the shop. I was not very excited about the prospect of freezing so I bundled up warm, multiple layers, warm slippers and such. My hubby came with me to see if over the couple of days, the heater might suddenly cooperate but again no luck. After more phone calls, I finally said someone could come out on the 5th.

I decided it was a good time to keep busy by tidying up and putting away decorations etc., I got the vacuum out and started. I didn’t get too far when people started arriving. I was kept busy then, I kept apologizing for the cold, but surrounded by yarn they didn’t seem to mind, too much. A couple of people came in to knit, as they do, and even brought heaters and blankets. They stayed and knitted for a couple of hours. We are hardy folk us yarnies.

Ok so finally Wednesday morning, with the help of Spencer next door, we were able to get the heater fixed. Yay!!!! So I would say we are off to a good beginning. Inventory done, heater is fixed, vacuuming done, decorations away, and lots of more great yarn to go on the shelves.

I hope your year so far is free of hiccups, but if hiccups occur I hope they are small and overcome quickly.

 

Great New Classes-Knitted Slippers or Mukluks

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesLast week I started introducing our new classes. So here are a few more for you.

Knitted slippers/Mukluks – Can anyone have too many slippers? OK I guess not everyone is like me. I have slippers all over the house. They never seem to be where I am though. The first thing I do when I get home is find a pair to put on. These slippers re really cute. Available in children’s and adult sizes. Join Linda as she walks you through the stages of construction. Two Monday evenings from 5.30 – 7.30 and you will learn to make these wonderful cozy warmers for your feet, add a leather sole and you can take them outside too.

Can be knitted in a solid or variegated yarn. As long as you can cast on, knit, purl and bind off you can do this. You will learn how to increase, knit both back and forth and in the round and picking up stitches. Sign up quickly as classes are beginning soon. Also remember don’t wait until the last minute as if we have no confirmed students the class will be cancelled.

 

Baa-ble Hat Class

Back again by popular demand. Love making hats but you want to add a little something different?. How about this hat, great for the sheep lover in your world? This is a great way to introduce color work to your arsenal of talents. You will learn to use color to make designs in your work, how to follow the written instructions and how to work with charts. As long as you are comfortable with your knits and purls, casting on, binding off, recognizing your stitches and knitting in the round you can do this.

This hat is quite addicting once you have made one you will want to make more and more. The color possibilities are endless. I saw so many different combinations the last few times I taught this class. This will open up an amazing world of how to individualize your projects.

 

Felted Slipper Booties

OK, “not so many classes for crocheters “ is something I often hear; so here we have a great project for you. Have you ever felted before? If you can crochet and know your basic stitches this is for you. You will learn how to follow a pattern and add your sheep motif. Continuing the theme here, slippers and sheep, that is. Join Karen to crochet a pair of child’s or adult booties and felt them to fit. Again the sky is the limit with the color so come and pick yours. There are only two spaces left in this class so sign up quickly.

 

Felted Soaps

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesLesley will show you just how easy it is to felt soap. All you need for this class is two bars of soap. No prior knowledge of felting necessary. By the time you have taken this class you will be able to make any soap you like, into one of a kind boutique gift soap. Make some for yourself, have a bunch on hand for a last-minute gift idea. You can personalize the color and make up your own design. This is a party atmosphere class but you need to be ready to get a little damp, you might want to bring an apron or something to protect your clothing.

Although this class isn’t until February, sign up now to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Sonoma County has been hit with an Arctic cold blast in the last few weeks and it looks as though it is continuing through January; great knitting weather. So who would know better about keeping warm in the winter, but our friends up North in Canada. We found some great FREE knitting patterns to warn you up this season: http://www.canadianliving.com/home-and-garden/subsection/knitting-and-crochet  Any of these patterns would look scrumptious in our new yarns.

Shelves Filling with New Yarn

If you are in need of more inspiration, come on in and check out all the love colors and textures of yarn we have been receiving almost daily. The shelves were getting a little thin after the holidays but we are refilling them fast.

So until next week then happy yarning, keep warm and dry and I look forward to seeing you very soon-Trudy

Featured photo credit: James Newman Gray

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Hello 2017 & New Beginnings

New Year & New Beginnings

Good morning, how are you faring this first week of 2017?

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Fresh Starts & A Clean Page

New Year, new beginnings.   It is always nice to be able to make a fresh start, isn’t it? It is like starting a fresh page. The page is clean, no blotches, erasures, smudges or ink blots. Such a pleasure. Crisp and new. What will we write on the page this year? Will we be able to keep it crisp and clean? I am sure there will be a few clean pages, but as in life, there will inevitably be the odd page we would like to throw away and reach for a new one. But let’s hope this year we have more crisp clean pages filled with love laughter and success stories.

 

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The Tide is Turning

It sure had its challenges, didn’t it? Are you glad it’s over or do you have some wonderful memories that you were able to make, or be a part of? I am a glass half full kind of person; in case you didn’t know that. Maybe 2016 wasn’t the best year for you, but for many it was the best year of their life.

There are always two sides to every story and not every story has a happy ending but usually in the end good normally outshines the bad. If everyone did their best to be positive, gave love without demanding it back, looked for the good when all they saw or heard was bad, and just did their best in all that they did, 2017 could be a great year.

OK I’m off my soapbox now. Suffice it to say I wish you the very best this very fresh new year.

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Thank you so much for being part of my 2016. Yarnitudes has grown busier, we are making more and more friends and it is all thanks to you. Thank you so much for your patronage and helping us to be a positive influence in so many lives.

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Plans & Goals 2017

So, do you have any plans or goals for 2017? We can’t help you with all of them I know but hopefully we can help you with the knitting, crochet, felting and other yarn related ones.

Speaking of helping, do you or someone you know have some free time to spare. We know an organization that needs people to teach/share their love of these arts to young people. They range in age from 14 to 18 both boys and girls, it is just for an hour and a half once a week. If you can help or have any interest in this, please let me know and I will put you in touch with them.

 

How Can We Help You in 2017?

Now to what we can do to help you in 2017. We have the first month of classes now up on the website. We have changed a couple of things up this year, just a little.

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New Ideas for Classes

The stitch of the month that we had last year while popular was a little intimidating to some. So, this year we have decided to change it up. We have decided to make this beginner friendly. Once you are able to knit and purl, you will easily be able to make this Twelve Seasons Throw. You can choose your own colors and yarn, or we can help you put some colors together. You will be able to knit the squares together as you go or do it at the end, your preference.

Linda has come up with some easy solutions to help spread the cost, or save you money. The class will remain small so you will get a lot of attention. This does mean however that you should sign up quickly to avoid missing out, and stay committed as we may have to turn people away. This is ideal for those wanting to learn more, but not ready to take on a fitted project. So much can be done with just two stitches, knit and purl. Take your knitting to the next level and don’t miss out.

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We Love Helping You Learn to Knit

Of course, if you can’t knit yet but would really like to, perhaps someone has tried to teach you in the past but it just didn’t click. Don’t give up, give me a chance to show you how with just the one knit stitch you can make yourself or a friend a great hat. A hat you may say, that’s too hard. Believe me when I say it really isn’t. I am here to help you after the class, as long as you want to do it and have a little time to invest, you will learn. All you will need is a few hours, one skein of Malabrigo Chunky, a set of 24” size 11 needles (all available here) and you will be all set. The first class is full, so make sure you get set for February. As always private lessons are available as are groups or parties. Just call for details.

 

Baby Top Down Class-Beginner Class

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesBaby top down, another class for the beginner. So you can knit and purl, you would really like to make something other than hats or scarves, what’s next? Here is where the baby top down sweater comes in. You can make a sweater for a little one, the same way you would make one for yourself. Its good practice you will learn so much.

When you have completed this little one you will be ready to take on your own, no kidding. One or perhaps two skeins of yarn, a set of needles, the pattern and a little investment of your time and you will be amazed how you will do.

If you don’t have a baby to give the finished article to there are always people out there less fortunate that could put it to good use. What more could you ask for?

 

 

Introduction to Continental Knitting

This class was requested from someone who has learned to knit but has seen a different way to knit. It might look faster, easier whatever reason you want to try just a little something different. Linda will show you how. This really inexpensive class will add to your repertoire you might decide it is the best thing ever or you may decide the way you have been knitting is after all the best thing for you. Perhaps you have an injury that won’t allow you to knit like you used to but you just don’t want to give up, perhaps this is just the thing for you. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

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Knit Fix Class

We are also offering a knit fix class. I hear so many times, “I can knit, I just can’t tell when I have made a mistake” or “I can tell when I have made a mistake I just don’t know what to do about it.” Again, Linda will be here to help you through some of those challenges. It might require a couple of classes in the future, the more you knit the more ‘Mistakes’ (“There are no mistakes only lessons”) that can be made. We are here to help.

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Finish Knitting Techniques

There is also another class that will take you to another level. You finish knitting but when it comes to putting it together, what happens? Lesley will go through the steps needed to make the finish look as good as your knitting.

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Looking Forward to Seeing You in 2017

This week’s newsletter is getting rather long, So I will leave you to ponder the classes on line and I will give more details on them next week. I think you will find there is something for everyone. If you see something you would really love to do but the date or time just doesn’t work, talk to us.

We will see what we can do to arrange something that can fit in with your schedule. It is a bit of a challenge to get the date time and subject exactly right for everyone, we understand you only have certain dates and times you can spare. We will do our best to work with you on this.

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I hope you have found this newsletter interesting and helpful. Please feel free to comment on whatever floats your boat, or ruffles your petticoats. This is your newsletter as Yarnitudes is your Yarn store, your participation is what keeps it going.

 

Here’s hoping 2017 will be a great year, see you soon, all the very best ~ Trudy

Great Weather for Hand Knits

A Mug of Tea, A Warm Fire & Knitting

Sebastopol Kntting ClassesHi again, how are you doing?

Halloween is over for another year, now it’s time to turn to planning for Thanksgiving. I love this time of year here in Sonoma County. All the wonderful colors, the drop in temperature, snuggling up in our winter woolies.

OK, it’s not winter yet but a great time to wear our hand knits though and to snuggle up, or hunker down with a great new project. What could be better, a cozy chair, a warm fire, a cup of hot chocolate or tea and your hand in great, cushy fiber, bringing it to its new fruition? What projects are you looking forward to creating this season?

 

Inspired to Knit & Create

I am inspired every day. I am soooo lucky. Perhaps that is why I love the colors of Fall. I am so happy to be surrounded by color every day. I don’t think I would be happy living in Boston or somewhere that it tends to be grey all the time. Not that I have anything against Boston but I do hear that the winters are pretty awful.

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Besides I can’t stand the cold. While looking for a picture, I found myself grabbing a sweater, my shoulders were tense and I was shivering………………….

 

Entertainment & Fantastic Patterns

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesSpeaking of inspiration, I have been checking out some on line videos by Stephen West. What a crazy unique fellow he is. He is living his dream. I have come to the conclusion we are of the same mind when it comes to knitting. Although as Susan said to me last night when I showed her the video ‘You’re a Knitter’ on You Tube, “please don’t get like that”.

He is just a little bit flamboyant, eccentric, over the top, but what a character. His designs are amazing. He believes in using his yarn in so many ways, creating new things from the left overs, that is like me. Having the yarn tell you what it wants to be. Fun, fun, fun.

He knits almost all the time, when he isn’t making videos, or sleeping. He has written a lot of books now but I think he dictates them all and has someone else put them together as he is knitting. Anyway, if you want a laugh or to get inspired check him out.

 

Amazing Selection of Yarn for the Holidays

Sonoma County Yarn ShopWe have received an enormous selection of yarn for the holidays. One skein, quick last minute gifts.

Gifts for your knitter friend or for yourself.

Yarn for sweaters and larger projects too.

Lots of bulky type wool for arm knitting, sparkles, silks, all sorts. Amazing!!!!! Excited, who me?

 

 

Exclusive Pattern in Fall Colors

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesI have finished the pattern for the “Sunset Over the Badlands Shawl” so that is now available.

I have also designed a pattern for a kit I will be offering. ‘Cashmere and Diamonds’ I will only have four of the original kits on sale.

They contain the pattern and a skein of Hand Painted, Mountain Colors 65% cashmere 35% silk yarn which is 158 yards of sport weight.

I am also working on putting together some other small kits that you can give as gifts or make for that special someone, yourself.

 

 

Gift Workshops-Saving You Time & Money with a Sprinkle of Inspiration

As I noted at the bottom of the last newsletter we will be offering some workshops every Saturday afternoon from now until Christmas. From 1 – 3pm, or longer if needed. Linda will be here to help you make a variety of gifts and ornaments, knitted and crocheted.

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Karen will also be offering some needle felted ornaments and center pieces. So we have got you covered.

 

Free Boot Cuff Patterns

Free Knitting PatternsCheck out these quick, easy and beautiful boot cuff patterns on Craftsy: https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/10/free-knitted-boot-cuffs/

We came upon these when looking for a great fall image for the top of this week’s newsletter. Be sure to measure the circumference of the calf of the person you are knitting these for so they are neither too loose or too tight. But most of these knit up in less than a skein and in only a few hours, such a fun and good looking gift.

 

Project Finishing Classes

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesWe will also be offering a project finishing class. You know how you have that project that you put away, either finished but not put together, or almost finished and just requiring the final elements, collar, neck edge, or the like.

Well we will offer a time for you to bring in that project and work out how to put it all together so that you can finally enjoy the fruit of your labor.

 

 

Check out the classes link on our website for all of these and other fun activities.

Last but not least this time. Remember if you have an American Express card, that shop small is happening again. Make sure you register your card and stay tuned for specials.

Until next time then, take good care and enjoy your craft.

Have fun ~ Trudy