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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

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Knit Alongs & Family Vacations

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Good Morning, how are you today?

I should take a leaf out of kitties’ book and do some stretches. In fact, I should do a lot of things that kitties do. I love playing with yarn though so I guess that is kitty like.

 

Group Sessions-Such Fun!

If you haven’t been to one of group sessions, Tuesday, Wednesday or Fridays, you don’t know what you are missing. So many friendships have been made over the time I have had the shop. We all have so much fun. Last week saw the beginning of a new knit along. (KAL)

Two of our regulars who are already working on the same pattern, the feather and fan shawl, just happened to begin the Pure and Simple side to side pullover for women. They had seen this pattern a while ago and both decided they wanted to make it for the summer. They had tried the Tangier yarn at the Cascade yarn tasting and really enjoyed the way it knitted up and the great color ways. So, they asked me to order some. I ordered a nice selection of 6 colorways. The yarn had just arrived and as they were talking about it and showing the pattern to the group, three other knitters said what a good idea it would be to do a knit along.

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New Projects & New Knit-Alongs

So, it began. Now we have a new Knit along. Different people all knitting the same project, learning from each other what works and what doesn’t, tips and tricks for better results. Lots of fun and camaraderie and at the end we have the same project that look so different because of the way the colors work and the way each person knits. Although the front of this patterns shows a solid design the picture on the back is done with stripes, (the yarn does all the work) and for once the stripes are vertical not horizontal far more slimming.

 

Easy Summer Project

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesThe easiest summer sweater pattern I know! A simple garter stitch rectangle, with unshaped openings for head and arms. The sleek shaping is formed by the drape of the loosely knit fabric.

This pattern uses worsted weight yarn on big needles at a gauge of 14 stitches to 4 inches. Shown in cotton, it has cap sleeves, or optional short sleeves. Side seams are sewn. Finished measurements of 30 to 50 inches. You have to know someone who would love one of these. Or may be two.

 

 

 

Family Vacations & Knitting Projects

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesAre you planning a family vacation this year? Several people are leaving on trips soon. We knitters are so funny. The first thing I plan to pack are my projects, what to take? What will be small enough to work on in cramped quarters, but interesting enough to keep my attention.

I always take way too much, but the thought of being without a project is just not conceivable. Its best to call the airlines, travel agent etc. ahead of time to make sure there are no restrictions where you are traveling.

 

Some Hints From a Fellow Knitter & Traveler

Sonoma County Yarn ShopHowever here are some hints from someone who has been there. Pack the bulk of your knitting into your checked bag. That way you at least will be sure to have everything you want when you get where you are going. Whatever you decide to take to work on throughout the journey make sure it isn’t too big. There would be nothing worse than sitting between two people and not being able to move your arms and project to see what you are doing.

Take circular needles, some instances will still not allow straight needles. Whenever possible use interchangers of the wooden kind. This way you can cap off the ends of your work during transit, no lost stitches this way. Place the tips you intend to use in an eye glass case or something similar, use the short tips to travel, not always the easiest to use until you get used to them but the best to take if a certain security guard decides to measure the length.

As I say, I have learned from experience. On the way home from an overseas trip my fixed circulars, wooden at that, were cut from the end of the cords because they were 5”. The guard did in fact take a tape measure out to show me. It really wasn’t an issue as if I had pulled all the stitches off I would still have had to throw away the needles so he did in fact do me a favor by banding the ends together so that when I was able to get another needle I could save the work. Use as much wood and plastic as you can, as far as notions go.   Tiny plastic scissors, plastic container, no large project bags, keep it all contained as much as possible. As I said the interchangers are by far the best to travel with and you can get a whole set into a small 5.25” by 6.5” by 1” case. This is complete with each length of cord. You will be surprised how much knitting you can get into a very small space. As you might know, when I travel I usually must do so with just a carry on and a personal bag yet I never run out, and have everything to complete a project or two.

Pack your knitting first then just relax, sit back and feel happy in the knowledge whatever happens will, you have your sanity in your hands. Whenever or wherever you go, take things in stride, relax and enjoy. If you stress yourself out, before you leave you will spend the best part of your time recovering. Remember this saying:

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Our fee knitting pattern this month is from In the Loop: http://intheloopknitting.com/free-lace-pullover-knitting-patterns/

Until next week then, take care and keep those fingers busy ~ Trudy

 

 

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Mother’s Day & Yarn Hop Coming

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Hi there, Monday again. How are you this week?

Sonoma County Yrn ShopTax Day is now behind us for another year, although we never stop paying do we? I really do enjoy living here, but just saying California seems to raise the price. With at least one exception Yarnitudes, doesn’t charge any more here than anywhere else in the USA.

I couldn’t believe it, yesterday I was pricing a new bed. After giving me the price, the sales man said, “Oh plus $100, just for the privilege of living in CA, + $11 disposal fee for the mattress and another $11 for the base, this is the CA recycling fee, plus tax of course” That had nothing to do with the bed itself, or the $180 delivery cost. Crazy huh?

 

 

Mother’s Day is Coming

Sonoma County Knitting ClasssesDo you realize it is only three weeks to Mother’s Day? Still time though to whip up a little something for the special Mom in your life. Did you see that I actually said Mom and not how we say it in the UK, Mum! Mother’s day in England is on a different day than here in the good old U S of A. The UK one was back in March. It has only taken 35 years for me to let go of that spelling.

Is there a special mom in your life you would like to make something for? Or perhaps there is a little something here in the store that you would like for yourself. What better time to get it? As always, we have gift certificates, or you can tell us what you would like and as we do at Christmas, tell your family and friends to give us a call or come in as we know what you would really like. We also have last minute gifts too, necklaces, bracelets, mugs, scarves etc, etc.

 

My Hubby’s Birthday

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Today is also my Hubby’s birthday, this is a big one! Happy Birthday to my best friend.

Have you got your Uluru yet? Well now we have free patterns with purchase, really pretty. Madeline will be teaching her feather and fan, scarf or shawl next month. Saturday 13th May from 11am to 1pm, check it out.

 

Check Out Our New Classes

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Speaking of classes, don’t forget the classes coming up this week – Felted bag, the first shell class, Socks, and next month the requested dog sweater classes.

 

Yarn Hop is Coming

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The Yarn Hop plans are starting to come together. This year, as well as the things we did last year, we are making a cowl. This is a progressive pattern. Each store has come up with a stitch design and this will be available when you visit each store. Visit all 5 stores, yes, this year there are 5 participating, and each store will give you their own portion, by the end of the hop you will have the whole design. Each store will have a finished cowl on display, just to whet your appetite. This will give you an idea of how each design pairs with the next. As the designs can be knitted in any order, any color or colors. Fun eh?

Well as you can see we are planning lots of fun here for the future, so I had better get back to it.

Our featured free pattern this week can be found at this link: http://www.berroco.com/patterns/route-1  and the website that featured the pattern made up in sock yarn instead of DK, is this site: http://thedrizzleofhoney.blogspot.com/2016/08/route-1-summer-sweater.html#more

Until next week then, take care and keep those fingers busy ~ Trudy

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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Picture courtesy of:http://4broadsdish.com/and-the-earth-moved-well-not-the-earth-just-me/

 

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!!!

 

 

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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.

 

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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

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Why Do We Knit or Crochet?

Monday Morning Blessings

Good morning, are you doing well?

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First things first, don’t forget the wine tasting event we have coming up here for Satyre wines. You will love the wine and you will have so much fun with Nicole, she is great. Mark your calendars and remember to stop by on the 15th April 1 – 4pm. Get all your chores done early so you don’t miss out. What a way to celebrate Tax Day. At least it is over for another year.

 

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Why Do We Knit or Crochet?

Why do we knit? Why do we crochet? Well apart from the reason that it feels good, have you thought about why you started? I started when I was young because I was taught at school, it was a desirable craft to know. To take forward and share with the new generations to come. It was also a way to decorate our homes and clothe us in times of hardship. Repurposing garments and such. Fishermen mending their nets etc. Today though with the overabundance of everything those reasons have taken a back seat, for many.

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Everything We Create Is Unique

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesIt is still great though, that we don’t just have to go with the same thing everyone else has. One of a kind, something you have created for yourself, a friend, a loved one. Something you have invested time energy and love into. One of my very first custom pieces was for a woman looking for just the right color cardigan to go with an outfit she had.

She was renewing her wedding vows and had found just the right dress to wear but it was a little too revealing, she thought, for the church. So together she told me what she wanted and we went over color charts to find the exact color she wanted.

Then came the buttons, something sparkly, a little lace here, a texture there, etc. She ended up with just what she wanted. Had she been able to knit herself she could have saved some money and been entertained all at the same time.

 

 

Color and Unique Fashion Statements

I love having clothes that match and complement each other and so often you just can’t find it. Color trends change but my color choices don’t always equal the trends. I love color and sometimes I want yellow, sometimes I feel more like teal, orange or pink. It is great to know that I can have whatever color I want and I don’t have to have fashion dictate my choices.

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Then of course are the feel-good reasons.

 

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The Beauty of Lace Weight Yarn

Does Lace weight yarn scare you? Don’t let it. I wrote about this a long time ago but it doesn’t hurt to refresh it. We have some fantastic lace weight yarn in the store. The yardage is amazing and most really good value for the money. If you would like to have something super fine and light use one strand. If you would like something warm and snuggly but not heavy, you can use two, three, four or more strands held together.

The loft is then truly amazing. A whole different look than using a chunky or bulky yarn. And using different color strands can also add interest. Mixing a solid with a hand paint or variegated can also have an entirely different effect. Mixing two variegated together though can cause a muddy effect so, be careful with this one.

 

Choosing Project Colors

Sebastopol Yarn ShopSonoma County Knitting ClassesTalking about colors leads me to my next topic. Choosing the right color for a project. Are you someone who sees something, a pattern or design and just must have it look exactly the same? Have you ever thought that the color on the pattern may not be the color that would be good for you, or are you the type that only looks for patterns in the colors that you like? That can be extremely limiting. Perhaps it would be better to see patterns in shades of grey. Then you can let your imagination put a color to it.

Sometimes patterns that are worked up in black do not do justice to the item. You can’t always see the detail in black, cables don’t stand out the same way and they are very difficult to photograph. Solid colors do however make the designs pop.

 

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesLikewise, on hand paints and variegated yarn too much detail is just wasted as it gets lost in the mix. Sometimes that kind of yarn is just best in very simple stitches, the yarn will do everything else. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

One of our regulars came in the other day with a dress she was making for a little girl. It was being knitted in three different colors. Lesley was there and she said, “that looks great, I would never of thought of putting those colors together, but it works really well”. Try playing with some left overs. Its fun.

Well I think that is enough for another week, so I will love you and leave you until next time. Don’t forget to keep checking out the classes. We have added some and are working on the rest, hopefully we will get it on the website soon, if not call us and tell us what you are looking for.

 

Take care, and be happy

Trudy

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Looking Forward To Spring

February Is Already Here

Good Morning, how are you this week?

February here already, time certainly marches on. We all know that February is the second month in the year, and has the shortest amount of days, but did you realize it Is the last month of Winter? You probably did, just me suddenly thinking about that. So much to look forward to, it won’t be long before spring is in the air. With all the rain, we have had the hills should be bright with greens, and the flowers should be in abundance.

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New Yarn & Wonderful Colors

Until then though we can still stave of the chills of winter with some wonderful new yarn and a fantastic array of colors. If you had fun making all the pink hats, perhaps now you could knit some green ones, for new beginnings and fresh starts, how about it. By the way we have restocked with the pink. By the end of the week we should be fully stocked for a while.

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When I saw the dog with the heart cowl, it gave me another idea. We could do some double knitting, with the hearts or leaves if you would rather, cowls or headbands, do you know anyone interested. I saw a young girl in Peet’s the other day and she had on a Double-Knit headband it was white with blue a blue design, we could start a whole new trend.   Did you know the Pantone color of the year this year is a fresh spring green?

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Knitterati

Have you been following the Knitterati Anniversary from Cascade? We are at two squares now. The first one was knit in the round from the center out, it’s fun, new techniques, the second, is color work, great picture of the squirrels and leaves. We did get some longer Double pointed needles in, of course you can still use magic loop but if you fancy trying something different, knitting on longer DPNs might be the way to go. It is more fun than it looks, really. It is of course fun too, to see the different colors people are putting together. If you would like to join but can’t face sewing them together at the end, come on in and I will show you how to attach them as you go.

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2017 Yarn Tasting Event

We have had quite a lot of interest in the Yarn tasting coming up on the 15th February, but we still have a few tickets left, I think they may be gone by the end of week though. If we do sell out we can put you on a waitlist, you know how things go, someone may have to drop out.

We are excited about the tasting as we will be able to try yarn that we have previously not had in the store. Tickets are only $7 and the event is February 15 from 4:30-7pm and seating is limited to 15 people.

 

Beautiful New Yarn

Sonoma County yarn ShopSonoma County Yarn ShopSo much new yarn. I actually just finished a scarf with one new yarn. It’s called Melilla. It comprises of 45% silk, 35% merino wool and 20% nylon. It reminds me of Noro, but a very reasonable price. Also the colors are very pretty and they don’t have the wacky weird color thrown in that a lot of people took the time to actually cut out. It also doesn’t have the plant matter thrown in. The scarf I just finished was one skein, one row pattern, great simple project but it looks so nice. I am now making a hat with a ‘sister’ yarn if you will, called Tangier. This is 50% silk, 17% rayon, 17 % Acrylic and 16% cotton. Same great texture and weight which is a medium worsted, knitted on a size 8 needle. So it works up quickly. Come and check them out. It feels nice in your hand too.

 

Cascade certainly does produce some really great yarn and they keep the prices very reasonable too.

 

Knitting Tip of the Week

When buying a new pattern, and starting a new project, it is wise to first read the stitch pattern. Not the whole pattern. Of course, you need to know if it is something you can do, so you will need to check out the abbreviations, but these days they also list the pattern stitch. While I must admit, I don’t always do a gauge swatch, it really is a good idea to try the stitch pattern out on a small number of stitches to make sure you “get it” before starting in on the whole piece. This will prevent many hours of frustration as you move along on the multitude of stitches possibly needed for the garment. You will see how each stitch takes its place and it will help you to immediately notice any error you may make. It will also show you if a lifeline may be needed and if it is where it may need to be.

 

Knitting Is Awesome

You still have time to make something special for your Valentine, let me know if I can help. Along those lines we would like to share some knitting patterns for those who are young at heart or have a someone that they would like some sexy knits for: http://knittingisawesome.com/category/knitting-fashion/ Knitting Is Awesome specializes in patterns that has young fashion appeal or for you if you enjoy fun fashions. These aren’t our usual free patterns, but a fun collection of knitting patterns to turn out some fun knit clothing.

Until next week then, stay happy, stay healthy and I will be back soon ~ 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