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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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Goodbye Lesley & Fond Memories

Hello Spring

Good morning again, how is spring treating you so far? Are you managing to avoid the dreaded allergies or have they caught you?

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Sad News to Share

This week I have to share some sad news and this letter from Lesley.

Good Morning Friend.

Lesley here. I just wanted to say good morning and hello to you one last time. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I will be leaving the store at the end of the month. My last days at the shop will be this Wednesday and Friday. It has been a wonderful couple of years.   Although this is hard, I know it is what we need to do. I can’t be in the store as much as I would like, and it is too hard for Lilly to be at the store all day.  

Over the last couple of years you have become not only my friend, but you are my extended family. I have loved helping you find just the right pattern and yarn for your project. I too learned as we worked out the kinks and the rough parts. I have loved teaching classes and sharing new skills with you. But it has not been just about yarn. We have talked about life and about the world. Yarnitudes is so much more than a store. It is home.  

I know Trudy will take wonderful care of you as she always has. Your trusty instructors will still be here to answer questions and help you along the way. I know Trudy has some exciting new things planned for you; new yarn, new classes, and new events. So stay tuned.

Please know that I will miss you – my friend, my family. I know Lilly will miss all her “Aunties and Uncles” too. I will be back to visit but I will be away for a while to try and let my heart heal. I hope you understand.

Goodbye, and as always – happy yarning.

As I said sad news, Lesley will be greatly missed. She has worked hard here to help us all. This is however an amazing opportunity to spend the most wonderful years watching Lilly grow and being the best wife and mother to her family. I can see it now, sharing everything she knows with her daughter. I am sure I join you in wishing her the very best.


Have We Got Buttons

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Have you ever spent a lot of time making something only to find the buttons just didn’t measure up to your idea of a finished project. It’s true buttons can make or break a garment.

Put a generic button on something and it can look OK, but find the right button and it will really pop. Turning it from ordinary to extraordinary.

Recently we were visited by a rep from a button company, I am now calling him the ‘button man’ he had two very large suitcases full of cards and cards of buttons. As you can imagine it was really hard to stop from going absolutely crazy, we wanted to buy so many.

Anyway, we did, we think, get a good selection. We already had quite a selection but now that selection has grown and I think we have a little something of everything for everyone.



Sebastopol Knitting ClassesThere are buttons for kids, both modern and traditional. There is one I particularly fell in love with. I don’t know if you have seen or heard of Holly Hobby, It may be an English thing.

It was a selection of prints, possibly dolls, and patterns of little girls wearing the long dresses with an apron, (pinafore) and a really cute hat with a very wide brim and a puffed up back. Great description I know.

I will try to find a picture. Anyway, it reminds me of an outfit I made for Laura to attend a cousins wedding, Laura was about 2 at the time. Soooo, cute!


Creative Ideas with Buttons

Lesley gave me the idea for this week’s newsletter, so here it is–

Another thing is decorating with buttons, I saw a post on Facebook the other day, about making a bowl out of buttons. It looked really fun and when I can find time to play I might actually make one for myself. I have spent ages going back through Facebook to find it but no luck.

Anyway, you start with common old balloon. Blow it up so that it is sturdy but has a little give, you don’t want it to burst on you but you do want it to hold in place. Find the center of a roll of masking tape or something similar, you can actually just use a roll of tape, as it is only as a holder. Place the balloon tied side down on the roll. Paint the top of the balloon or where you would think you would like the shape of the bowl to be with just ordinary white glue. Let it dry completely.

Then with a layer of Mod Podge place the buttons, starting at the top, this will be the bottom of the finished bowl. You do need a somewhat flattish button, any shanks should be removed. Place the right side of the button against the balloon. Make sure all buttons touch.

When you think, you have the shape and size you want cover with another layer of Mod Podge and let dry. When completely dry apply one more coat, let this dry also. Then comes the magic. Gently let the air out of the balloon and peel away the rubber from the buttons. Voila! You have a very pretty and useful bowl. A project to do with the kids perhaps, or just have fun on your own. It could also make a nice gift, never too early to think about stock piling a few of those for the holidays.

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Although I couldn’t find the post itself by requesting button bowls on google this came up, same thing. In a few years, this is something I can see Lesley doing with Lilly.

Well I think I am going to leave it at that for this week. A lot to think about and lots of planning to do. I will however be back next week to talk about Lace weight yarn and colors.

Our featured pattern and image this week is from claire Garland:

Until then in Lesley’s words, Happy Yarning-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