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Thank You & Helpful Yarn Information

Thank You All Around

Good Monday morning, How are you today?

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First off, I would like to thank Tamara for putting together a newsletter last week.   I really appreciate it and I think you did too. Also a huge Thank you to Karen, Linda and MaryAnn for stepping in to help cover the store for me for the past two weeks. It is wonderful to have such great people there to help when needed. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Another week, another fresh start, a new beginning. Isn’t it nice that we can have a fresh start, clean slate, new chapter, whatever you would like to call it. We don’t just have to wait for a New Year, to start fresh.

Every day brings a new beginning. Each time we take a nap or a sleep, when we open our eyes we can start over.

 

A Forced Quiet Time

Sebastopol Yarn StoreJust recently, I have had a forced of sorts, time out from the store. This wasn’t a planned event, well not a long term plan anyway. Just something that came up. Something out of my control, and it has added a little perspective to my life. I’m just not sure yet what that is. I have been flying by the seat of my pants for so long now I need to take a step back and take a breath.

I hear from so many people about how they look forward to these newsletters every week, and I do enjoy keeping in touch but I think I might have to re think it a little as it really does take a long time to put it all together. Perhaps go to once a fortnight (two weeks) or even once a month, now. I don’t want to bore you and I don’t want to keep repeating myself, and half the time I can’t remember what I have written. Some people have been with me from day one, others have just recently signed up. So I am asking your opinion:-

 

What Are Your Interests?

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesWhat would you like to read about? What would you like me to feature? Etc..

Until I hear back from you, I am turning to the Yarn council for some information that I think you might find interesting. The last few emails I have written have gone over the substitution of yarn for patterns, and Tamara’s went over substitutions of stitch pattern. I will also add that she changed out the yarn type for the tunic she made so the information below comes in handy when doing such. Making your knitting your own takes a few calculations, but is so much fun! So in that vein I am going to go over one of the most asked questions.

 

Yarn Label Information Is Important

What information should I look for on the yarn label?

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The information on the yarn label is very helpful in selecting the type of yarn and number of skeins needed for a project. This information includes: yarn brand name, yarn fiber content (acrylic, cotton, wool etc.), color name and number, dye lot number or statement that the yarn is “no dye lot”, plies (number of strands), yarn weight classification, ounces and/or grams, yards and or meters, knitting or crochet gauge, home laundering and dry cleaning symbols.

We have the meaning of the symbols in the store or you can go to www.yarnstandards.com

The above set of symbols is from the American Craft Council: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/label.html

Some but not all yarn, will have a number rating.

As you know in the store we have our yarn organized by the weight so the actual number rating doesn’t matter. However, here is some helpful information:

 

Lace Weight is superfine, lace weight, typically knitted on sizes 000 – 1, 33-40 stitches for 4 “, crochet 32-42 double crochets per 4” on a B hook

 

Super Fine is fine, sock, fingering, knitted on 1 – 3, 27-32 stitches for 4”, crochet 21-32 single crochets per 4” on a B – E hook.

 

Fine fine , sport, baby, knitted on 3 – 5, 23-26 stitches for 4”, crochet 16-20 single crochets per 4” on an E hook.

 

Light DK, Lt Worsted, knitted on 5 – 7, 21-24 sts for 4”, crochet 12-17 single crochets per 4”, on a 7 – 9 hook.

 

Medium Worsted, Afghan, Aran, knitted on 7 – 9, 16-20 sts for 4”, crochet 11-14 single crochets per 4” on an I to K hook.

 

BulkyChunky, craft, or rug, knitted on 9-11, 12-15 sts to 4”, crochet 8-11 single crochets per 4” on a K – M hook.

 

Super Bulky, Roving, knitted on 11 – 17, 7-11 sts to 4”, crochet 7-9 single crochets per 4” on a M- Q hook

 

Jumbo Jumbo, Roving, knitted on 17 and larger, 6 sts and fewer to 4”, crochet 6 single crochet and fewer to 4” on a Q or larger hook.

 

These are guidelines only, you should always go by the pattern gauge. Very often needle sizes are changed to change the way the yarn behaves. The larger the needles the more open the design will be. Try it for yourself sometime, play with different needle and crochet hook sizes to see just how much this changes the overall look of the yarn, the drape, and the look of the pattern stitch.

Summer Knit Tops

Happy Easter & Moving Again

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Good Morning, I hope this finds you well and happy.

Yes, soon to be Easter, just a few more days, do you have anything planned? Will it be a busy weekend or will you be relaxing on your own or with friends and family? I have a lot going on at the moment. Not only at the shop but at home too.

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Home & Moving Again

Don’t worry, not the shop. Preparing to move to a temporary home while we get our home ready to sell, and then the job of finding our new permanent and hopefully forever home. So many moves over the years, it’s crazy when I think about it. One thing I know for sure it never gets any easier. Where we live now is the longest we have lived anywhere together. In fact, apart from moving out of my parents’ home at the age of 20, the house I was actually born in, this is the the longest I have ever lived anywhere.

Still there comes a time for really settling down. I thought we had done that 12 years ago, but we were younger then and the big house was just what we wanted, now, we realize that we want to go back to a smaller cozy place. So, as I sit here writing to you today I am surrounded by boxes. What to keep and what to let go, a hard question. People used to ask me where home is? My answer then and will always be – where my cats are.

 

Thankful for My Crafts & Gardening

Have you moved around a lot? So many things change but then so many are just the same. Thank goodness for my yarn, cross stitch, paints, books, gardening etc. etc. This will be the last Easter in our present home. Lots of memories. Our granddaughters were only little when we moved here, Olivia 6 and Victoria 8, now they are young women. Gone are the days of the Easter Egg hunts, happy memories though.

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Beautiful Summer Yarn is Here

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSo now spring is definitely here, although we haven’t quite finished with the rain. If only it would just rain at night while most of us are sleeping, I don’t want much, do I? it is time to be working on those summer tops and shawls etc. and we have an enormous array of summer weight yarn. A full color range of cotton, linen, silk and mixtures, you are sure to find just what you are looking for.

As always, we have plenty of samples and suggestions in the store, Linda Will be teaching a lovely top down shell too. Some people think the samples in the shop are very difficult but really if you can knit and purl, or chain and double crochet, they are within your reach. As always someone will be here to help you every step of the way.

One of the tops that gets a lot of attention is a basic shell done in the Ripple yarn. Just 4 balls, three different colors and a basic pattern is all you need. The yarn and a little imagination does the rest. We have at least two new knitters who are knitting top down cardigans at the moments, they are having a ball and excited by the whole experience. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

 

 

Wine TastingSatyre Wine Tasting Next Weekend

Don’t forget the wine tasting this weekend, Saturday 15th from 1 – 4pm. Of course you can bring you knitting and sit and knit for a while too.

 

Satyre

 

Washing Superwash Wool

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSonoma County Yarn ShopSomething that has just been brought to my attention Important is washing superwash wool. With the new high efficiency washing machines that use much less water, you need to take extra steps when using this yarn. The lack of water and therefore the more agitation can cause felting.

Therefore you must use the soak option, or the handwash wool option to avoid this. Best advice, put garment inside a lingerie bag or light pillow case, wash alone and keep an eye on the water level. Never wash with heavy items, i.e. towels, jeans etc. You may want to think about this too with store bought items when washing. I hope this helps, if in doubt contact the manufacturer.

 

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesOK before I finish this week I wanted to remind you of some upcoming Classes this month; we have Beginning Knitting tomorrow the 11th, Begin Crochet the 18th, Two at a Time toe up Socks Wednesday evening 19th and Saturday late morning the 29th and Needle Felting cat or dog Thursday 20th. Learn to Spin Sunday 23rd 4.30. Full details on the website.

Classes being planned for May and June include, knitted dog sweater, entrelac, crochet summer top, more socks, next step knitting and anything else that we can think of.

Keep checking the classes page for the details as we have them confirmed we will post them there.

Our featured image is from Knitting Awesome, great summer top patterns: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/girly-knits-boardwalk-beauties-collection/patterns

 

Until next time, take care and be happy ~ 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

 

 

 

Christmas Gifts & Knitting Tips

Tis the Season

Another good morning to you, I hope it’s been good for you. So much happening this time of year, my wish for you.

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Well, Thanksgiving is now behind us now for another year. The countdown to Christmas is now in full swing. How did you fair Black Friday? Did you score any good gifts?

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Of course, we still have some great ideas for gifts, last minute gifts for your friends and family or, after all the hard work you have been putting in, there is always something special here for you too. Our gift list has been growing, I need to go through them and make sure we have enough of what is wanted so as not to disappoint anyone. I can’t tell you how many people have been telling me how much their families love the fact that they can just come in and get everything that’s requested in the one place. It’s also fun because I get to see the people I have heard so much about over the years.

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Exclusive Yarnitude Knitting Kits

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I am now finally able to offer the four Cashmere and Diamond Kits I think I mentioned a while ago. Yes, there are only four, so if you are interested you had better hurry in. The kit consists of a skein of beautiful Mountain Colors cashmere and silk, the pattern for the lovely neck warmer, along with beads if you want to add those. The Kit goes for $59.00 but for someone special it will be a gift they will treasure forever.

 

Sonoma County Knitting GiftsGifts for Yarn Lovers

We also have the Sheep earrings and bracelets; well some have sheep and others have a skein of yarn, prices start at $10. Very pretty, one young man just bought a set for his sister. We will also give you a nice little pouch to give them in. Talking of jewelry, we also have a few more pieces, earrings and necklaces, unrelated to the craft but very pretty all the same all very reasonable.

Mugs for knitters and crocheters, also a coaster to put it on, all yarn and friend related. Bags, needle and crochet sets, cases and organizers. There are so many things it’s hard to remember all of them, great stocking stuffers too. If you need any ideas we will be here to help with some suggestions too.

OK let’s forget about the gift giving for a minute, well sort of. This might help you when you are making things for others as well as for yourself.

 

Lifelines & Other Knitting Tips

Life lines. Have you heard of them? I must admit, when I first started knitting, I hadn’t heard of half of the things that are there to help you with your projects. Stitch markers were new to me too. When doing a lace project, you can use both of these.

The design will have a certain number of rows and a certain number of stitches. For example a simple basket stitch pattern may be knit four purl four, (I did say simple,) then after four rows you will change the knits to purls and purls to knit. So, to help you count placing a marker after every four stitches will help you track this. As for the rows, there are row counters. OK so that was a very simplistic example but let’s say you have a stitch with a twelve stitch repeat over 8 rows. Now it gets more difficult. Now those stitch and row markers really are a blessing. Having the markers will tell you immediately if you are doing it right or wrong.

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The life line. If you drop a stitch on a piece of garter stitch or stocking stitch it is quite easy to pick it up and work it up. However, in a complex pattern, not so much. This is where the life line lives up to its name. By placing a lifeline every few rows, when you know you have everything correct can save your sanity if not your life. How? Well, now you either TINK (knit spelled backwards, one stitch at a time) of you can FROG it ( rippit, rippit, just like the sound of frogs). Your life line will be there for you to catch all the correct stitches. When you use a life line, you should remember a couple of things;

1. If you have solid markers, not the open type, make sure you don’t run the line through those

2. Make sure you note exactly which row you were on when you put the life line in.

 

Sonom county Knitting SuppliesStitch Markers Help in Many Ways

Increases & Decreases: Another use for stitch markers, when it is time to increase or decrease, placing a marker where each will occur is fantastic, no need to keep counting. If you were to make a mistake and forget one, by counting the number of stitches between will show you where you missed.

Count Rows: The locking stitch markers can also be used to count rows, if you need to decrease ten times, say every sixth row placing a marker on that row will show you when you have completed that action. Have you ever had to cast on 200 stitches? When you are counting and you get interrupted or you lose your train of thought, putting a stitch marker after a certain amount of stitches will help you to keep track and you won’t have to count 200 hundred 400 hundred times.

Why not use safety pins Instead of the markers? Well you can but normal safety pins have those little twists and turns, getting these snagged in your work is not fun. There are so many little gadgets that can help you knit with ease, I don’t know how I used to manage without them.

 

More Knitting Tips Coming

OK now to finishing. Have you ever finished knitting a project and didn’t know what to do next?

Was one side shorter than the other? Sleeves too short? Neck to tight? Yes I now we have all done something of the like. Well don’t despair, there are fixes for those, and it doesn’t mean ripping the whole thing out, although you could do that too.   In newsletters to come I will try to explain how exactly that can be done. I say try, because, like writing patterns, its much easier to do and show than how to explain each step. I guess what I am saying is, there is always a way to fix things, so don’t give up. Hang in there and learn with us.

Until next time then I am going to go do something that comes easier to me than writing about it, I am going to go and do it. Look out yarn here I come, I need to relax.

 

See you next time, all the best Trudy

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Gauge Swatches & Other Tips

Remember to Breathe & Take Time to Slow Down

Good Morning, How are things?

Happy Thanksgiving

Can you believe its Thanksgiving? I hope you will have a wonderful holiday. Only a month and it will be Christmas!!!! So much to look forward to at this time of the year. Unfortunately, though sometimes we just get so busy with our daily lives that we don’t take the time to enjoy it. My wish for you this week is, that you can slow down just enough to savor the moment. Take time to breathe. Even if you can only spend 30 minutes or so, reach for something that gives you a sense of calm and be in that moment.

 

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Thinking of rushing, do you get so excited to start a new project that you just can’t wait to get stuck in and have time to knit?

Picking up those needles or hooks grabbing for the yarn and pattern and you are off.

Well that brings me to a topic suggested this week. Gauge swatches and why they are so important. The ‘Gauge Swatch’ isn’t just to measure gauge.  This is probably one of the most important aspects of knitting that can save you hours of heartache and projects that just don’t turn out right to projects that turn out just like the photos and put a smile on your face.

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Why Do Gauge Swatches?

Why do we need to do a gauge swatch? I know I have been guilty of not doing one. I have learned many a lesson from this fact too. Half way through a pattern I may suddenly decide that I don’t like the way it is draping or perhaps the fabric is just becoming very stiff, or lifeless. All those things could have been avoided if only I had taken the time to swatch.

So it really isn’t a waste of time to do it, rather a waste of time not to. In the picture on the pattern it is sometimes difficult to see the exact detail. Sometimes there is a new stitch pattern that you haven’t tried before. Before you start with the whole thing, take a little time to try it on the swatch. It is after all still knitting. So apart from the fact that the pattern says make sure to check your gauge, it really is a benefit all around.

It’s also important to check the gauge of the pattern with the finished schematic measurements to make sure their math is correct also before you invest your time into knitting up a project. It only takes a few minutes do a math check to make sure that the pattern is correct, then knit up a gauge swatch to compare your knitting to the pattern gauge so that you know all will turn out correctly.

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Gauge Swatches Save Time & Frustration

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Wouldn’t you rather find out after knitting your swatch that the stitch you think is beautiful is one that will drive you crazy? Wouldn’t you rather find out that the swatch looks nothing like the fabric in the picture? Not to mention “how in the heck is this supposed to fit me” “this could fit a horse” So, take a little extra time to knit a swatch. Feel the way the yarn works up. Although you love the yarn, will it really work for this project.

It isn’t time wasted but a time to learn if it would be better used for something else.  It may be as simple as adjusting the needle size, but unless you take the time to learn about how it will work out, it could just end up as a project you never finish, or a garment never worn.

But isn’t a gauge swatch a waste of yarn?

 

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesThink about it? Sometimes we run out of yarn before we complete a project.   Doing a swatch will enable you to see how far a certain amount of yarn will go. You can measure and weigh it.

You may need another skein, isn’t it better to know then rather when you can no longer get any more? “but if I do a swatch wont I will need more yarn?” You can always undo the swatch and use it in the project if it is that close.

You can wash a swatch, or clean it the way it is suggested. How does it hold up? Will it still look good? Does it stay true to size? Block it, see how that makes an amazing difference in how the finished project will look.

If you are going to spend hours making something, isn’t it best to know after a few minutes if it is going to work out the way you want it to?

 

 

Creative Swatch Ideas

Some great ideas for what to do with your swatches, if you don’t end up using the yarn in the project. You could keep a catalogue of them. Label them so that you can see what you used, needle size, content etc. the project you ended up using it for. Perhaps what this would be good for in the future. You could see how the yarn holds up over time. Create a history of yarn and projects. Depending on the size of your swatch you could piece your swatches together for a one of a kind piece of art, a dolls blanket, all sorts of things. You learn so much from making your swatch and measuring gauge. After all it is all knitting………………..

I hope this helps you to start knitting your swatches, I think you will definitely be happy that you did.

Some of the above photos in the newsletter this week show some Louisa Harding patterns.   The patterns are free with yarn purchase and we have a lot of new yarn which has just arrived that would be beautiful for these projects.

 

Happy Thanksgiving-Trudy

 

Do You Love Yarn, Fiber & Color?

Yarn Addiction-Who Me?

How have you been, a good week? Settling into fall OK?

Do you have your costume ready for Halloween? I just thought of a great idea. Get a big clear plastic bag, or cling film. Make holes for your arms and legs.   Have your head out, I think that may help. Fill the bag with all of your stash, OK some of your stash. Place a half finished hat or scarf on, still on the needles, or hooks, this is good for either or, and then you could go as knitting or crochet. OK, may be not such a great idea. Only fellow yarnies would understand and I guess we don’t want to give away how much stash we really have.

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Love Our Sheepies?

I will soon be placing another order for Sheepies. If you are interested in any one in particular, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can make sure to have them here for the holidays. If you are not familiar with Sheepies, they are wonderfully soft, baby, child and even our age safe, things to snuggle up with. Some may say a toy, I on the other hand think of them as companions. Trevor will be visiting the UK in late November and I’l have my Sheepie.

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Gifts at Yarnitudes-Locally Made Earrings & Bracelets

Speaking of sheep, you know I love all things sheep related, after all what would we do without them. OK, alpacas, llamas, buffalo, the odd vegetation would work too. We now have some locally made earrings and bracelets for sale in the shop. Be sure to check them out for the sheep lover on your gift list. Were you able to knit up any pumpkins? At least with these you can have them out on display all Autumn and Fall, not like the jack o lanterns that are only really good for Halloween.

Here is a photo of some lovely miniatures sent to me by one of our knitters. She likes to call our knitting group her group therapy. We do have fun. Aren’t they adorable?

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Marcie’s Question–Sequence Knitting

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesOK so on to a question from Marcia. Sequence knitting how do you use it?

The concept of Sequence Knitting is simple: take a sequence of stitches and repeat them again and again. Depending on how you repeat them, different fabrics can be created. While a few of these fabrics are familiar, many are new to the knitting world.

I found a wonderful book on the subject interestingly enough called ‘Sequence Knitting’. Beginning with 1 row patterns, it is possible to knit complex designs. This can be done back and forth, in the round and in shapes. The book is a great resource for the whole procedure with stitch dictionaries of over 190 fabrics many new and reversible. The author of this book is a local, kind of, she lives in Silicon Valley.

A basic form of sequence knitting is ribbing, and seed stitch This is a one row pattern. A 1 x 1 rib is just knitting 1 and purling 1 again and again across the row. If the amount of stitches you have on the needle is an even number and you are just doing the 1×1 you will just keep doing k1,p1, each and every row.   This would apply both to flat and circular knitting.

If you introduce an additional stitch this then becomes an odd number and doing the 1×1 rib now becomes a seed stitch, again this works the same flat or circular. The same thing applies if you add a little extra stitch or two to the rib, knitting the same thing k2,p2, or k1,p2, k3,p1. By knitting the same sequence over and over you don’t have a lengthy pattern stitch to remember and it can almost become quite brainless. Just by adding a stitch or two to the cast on amount will completely change the fabric made. This type of knitting is great for all types of garments that have pretty simple lines, although can be adapted. A great example would be scarves, or cowls. Perhaps a boxy cardigan or kimono.

 

Ravelry a Great Resource

RavelryThis is a very simplistic and basic account of the procedure. If this interests you and you want to know more might I suggest you invest in the book, I can order some for the shop. I will also have one here for reference. It is an extremely informative, well illustrated book. Trying to explain all there is to it in this newsletter format is nigh on impossible. I would also be happy to explain more to you one on one in the shop.

There are many examples of sequence knitting on Ravelry. If you do not have a Ravelry account or do not know what Ravelry is, we will be pleased to show and explain this to you at a later date.

 

As we are moving away from paper patterns, we now have a shop IPad that is available for you to browse at your leisure.

Well another newsletter comes to a close. Was it interesting? Any ideas or questions. I am always ready to answer as many topics as I can.

Please enjoy your week, take care and I will see you next time.

~Trudy

Sebastopol Yarn Shop

We’ve Stocked Up for Christmas

The Yarn Choices Are Incredible

Well hello again, did you miss me?

As I say to a rep who keeps calling me, when she says have you missed me, “what, you never give me time to miss you”. I hope you have had a great week.

Well what is new and exciting in the Yarnitudes world?

 

We’ve Stocked Up for Christmas

Sonoma County Yarn StoreAt Yarnitudes, we have been stocking up for Christmas. It is getting harder every day to find the space to put things. The yarn choices are just incredible these days. Can you believe with all we have in the store there is still more out there?

As always we are looking for the best value we can find for you. How did we get by for so many years with so little choice? Now it can almost seem overwhelming. This is such a small sample of our offerings below.

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Future Plans-Samples Made From New Yarn

Sonoma County Yarn ShopI have decided in the future when adding a new line, I will first make something from the yarn. I will put it out on display and see the kind of response I get. If the response is great enough I will then make it an addition to the family of yarn, we already carry. I did this recently with a new yarn to us, called Millefiori from Italy, it is by Berocco, 100g and, 186 yds per ball, 4.5 sts=1”, needle size 8, hook size H. The fiber is comprised of 50% wool 50% acrylic. It comes in eight glorious color blends that knit up into random patterns. This yarn feels fantastic, soft with just a hint of shimmer. I chose to experiment with the colorway Snapdragon, 7887. I knitted up a lovely shawl, and I wrote up the pattern, are you shocked?

I know I do keep getting myself into trouble when I don’t write the pattern too. It is now being test knitted by Peggy, bless her soul. I called it Sunset over the Badlands. It would seem that it is a hit and therefore we will be carrying it very soon. I just love all of the colors, I think after Snapdragon my favorite has to be Viola. What do you think?

http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-millefiori. Great colors, yes? Once the pattern has been tested it will be free with the yarn purchase.

 

You Can Find the Time to Knit

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesSometimes I hear the phrase,” I just don’t have time to knit any more”. There is always time to knit. One stitch at a time, that’s all it takes. I myself have said that of late. I don’t mean I have no time to knit, just that I might not be knitting on my own projects, or ones that I really want to knit.

However I always find some time during a day to at least pick up my needles for at least one row. I do have numerous projects on the go at one time I admit, some have shorter rows than others and this does help.

Depending on how much time I find myself with will determine which project I pick up.   Also everyone who knows me knows I always have at least one project with me no matter where I go. Dentist, Doctor, hair salon, oil change, etc. etc. It makes the wait always so much shorter.

 

Tips for Making Projects Portable

Tips for a portable project:

  • Keep it small, make sure you have everything you may need with you.
  • Make sure it isn’t too complicated, you don’t want to get called mid pattern repeat.
  • Make sure you have your markers, just in case you drop a stitch and a small hook to rescue if you can.
  • Most of our group knitters now have a little blue box, this has the space for everything you might want, all in one place nice and secure. It is very inexpensive too. You will be surprised just how much you can get into such a small neat and compact space.
  • If you know time is short, try just making washcloths, apart from being a nice gift, they are a gift to you. You can learn so much on one little cloth. If you don’t want to give them as gifts, save them up and make a nice afghan or bed cover. So much can be done with a bunch of squares. Cardigans, sweaters, wraps, dresses, just takes a little imagination.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

 

Questions From a Reader

I am going to share something I just received from a reader, If you have the time, you might want to think about this –

“Hi Trudy, I was just doing a quick read through your September newsletter and saw the article regarding giving your knit items to charity. I wanted to encourage knitters and those who crochet to give their “time” to charity. There are many places who would probably appreciate someone volunteering to give a lesson on knit or crochet.

I have been giving knitting lessons at a residential chemical recovery center for women. I’ve been doing this for three years and the women seem to love it and they and the staff are always very thankful and appreciative towards me. And by the way, we depend completely upon donations of yarn, needles, and hooks. So donating supplies is also very appreciated. Clean out those stashes and give that and your time to charity!”

Well, I think that’s about all for this week. Next week I will answer another question, this time on Sequence Knitting.

I hope you have a fantastic week. Come and join us if you can for one of our knitting gatherings. Enjoy every minute.

Take care ~ Trudy