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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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Almost Summer & Memorial Day Sale

It’s Almost Summer

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Good Monday Morning again, how is it going this week? Are you getting ready for summer? Yes, I am really ready now for some sunshine to stay around for a while. Almost June, what a strange year this has been for the weather.   Well for everything really. I am ready for some calm and tranquility to surround me, enough of all the negativity and mess. I need good vibes now.

 

Sonoma County Yarn StoreMemorial Day Weekend Sale

Percentage of Sales Benefit Luccia Montiel Medical Fund

We are having a fun sale on some of your favorite yarns and such through all of Memorial Day weekend. Three days of sales, surprises and special goodies!

Also to promote Lyme Awareness month and help one of our little knitters, Luccia Montiel, our marketing company’s youngest grand-daughter, we are donating a percentage of our sales to her GoFundMe Medical drive. So when you shop you help a little girl heal from Lyme Disease and hopefully walk again!

Luccia hasn’t walked for 3 months, is wheelchair bound, you can see her video and read about her health journey at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/LucciaMontielMedicalFund

 

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Trendsetter Yarn Tasting

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesWell let’s start by having fun with the Trendsetter Yarn Tasting this coming Saturday, boy did that come around quickly. There are a few spaces left so grab them quick and come and join us for an enjoyable few hours playing with some fantastic new yarn, and help influence some of the yarn I purchase.

We will have a prize for the most interesting use of the yarns we will be tasting. Thirteen different yarns to be exact. There will be a nice selection of the knitter’s pride knitting needles and crochet hooks for you to test out as well. This isn’t just for knitters.

While you are here, you can check out the 60% off books, there isn’t just a few, we have a lot to choose from, also some fantastic specials and don’t forget to get your name in for the anniversary drawing which will be chosen at the end of May.

More Crocheters Are Showing Up

Due to the fact, we are getting more and more crocheters in the store I am finishing a cute summer top that is really easy, and a lot of fun to make, just chains, single and double crochets. I am working it up in Queensland Savanah, another amazingly nice yarn, blending 66% silk and 34% linen. There are 250 yards per 100g, a nice weight for both knitting and crochet. This is a yarn that was in a tasting we had last year and proved to be very popular so we decided to carry it this year.

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We Are Now Moved-So Glad!

Santa Rosa Movers

I am relieved to say we are now moved into our new home, for the coming year at least. There were a few days there that it was a challenge to say the least. The worst thing was not having the time or space to knit at home. Finding things is another ongoing challenge. It is a bit like trying to fit a gallon into a pint pot. We have donated so much to goodwill and thrown so much ‘stuff’ out but we still need storage for somethings.

Hopefully we can start the search for our forever home very soon. WITHOUT stairs and hills. I am amazed at how strong the movers were, 4 men working from 8am to 5.30pm with hardly a break, carrying large pieces of furniture up and down negotiating tight corners and they still managed to keep smiling and whistling. We will certainly be calling them again when it is time to move into the next place. It certainly was not an easy move.

Reviews Matter

Sonoma County Yarn StoreI just want to share something with you, something that can affect my business, and something that I don’t think people often think about. Reviews. Recently I received a review from someone who has never set foot in our store. It is our store, without you I wouldn’t be here. They saw my car which was not being driven by me at the time and assumed that the driver was the owner of Yarnitudes. This person writing the review had been driving erratically and extremely fast, so I was told, and didn’t like the fact she was unable to pass the driver of my car.

Without any knowledge or consideration given to the affect this may have on us, she posted a bad rating on Yelp. While it takes many good reviews to keep us in good standing it only takes one bad one to bring that down. If it is a bad review about what we did as a business that would be one thing, we are not perfect and I need to know if I am doing something that people don’t like, but for something that had absolutely nothing to do with the shop is really upsetting.   So, I ask if I do something wrong, please tell me so I can correct it, If I make you happy, please tell everyone else.   Sorry for my little rant but I needed to share.   I am over it now, thanks for listening.

 

Yarn Hop Is Coming!

Yarn Hop

The Yarn Hop preparations are moving along nicely. Don’t forget to help us spread the word and make this the best ever. If you know somewhere to hang a poster let us know and we would love to give you one to share. The Hop is a great way to spread the word about knitting and crochet, in fact all fiber arts. Help us to keep centuries old crafts alive.

I am almost finished with the Hop cowl, we have all of the stitch patterns together now. I have done mine in 5 colors, one for each store, then I will be making one in a tonal yarn just so you can see the difference. Be sure to collect the individual stitch design from each store. Samples will be on display very soon. I will be offering a limited amount of (4) kits using the colors I chose, first come first served.

 

Our free knitting pattern this week, is a wonderful summer top with open work. We have lots of wonderful yarn that would make this into a stunning top: https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=7895&cid=17

So much to do and so little time, so I will leave you now this week and hope to see you very soon. Take care and enjoy every moment. Happy yarning, until next time ~ 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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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

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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: http://www.knitpicks.com/books/Toasty_Toes_Socks_for_All_Seasons__D32944.html?intmedid=Main3–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

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