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Hello 2017 & New Beginnings

New Year & New Beginnings

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

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Fresh Starts & A Clean Page

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


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The Tide is Turning

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

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

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

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

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Plans & Goals 2017

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

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


How Can We Help You in 2017?

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

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New Ideas for Classes

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

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

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We Love Helping You Learn to Knit

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


Baby Top Down Class-Beginner Class

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

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

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



Introduction to Continental Knitting

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

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Knit Fix Class

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

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Finish Knitting Techniques

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

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Looking Forward to Seeing You in 2017

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

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

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


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

Trick or Treat

November is Around the Corner

Good Morning and Happy Halloween!

Sebastopol Knitting ClassesHow are you feeling today, well I hope? Do you have a treat for the Tricker’s? Can you believe that Tomorrow is the first day of November?


Great One-Skein Christmas Projects

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesI have been getting a lot of people in lately getting their projects for the holidays. There is still lots of time for you too. I have a lot yarn for easy one skein projects that can be completed in a few hours.

If you need help with ideas and instruction for projects for the holidays, let us know. We have some classes scheduled this month for some of those. We are always open to suggestions though? What would you like to learn?




We Have Wonderful Classes with Individual Attention

A sample of our classes this month –

Slippers, you can knit and felt these or just knit a pair, crochet both ways too.

Hats knitted or crochet, lots of styles to choose from. We have a class on a cabled one.

Socks, while daily in your shoes socks can take a while house socks are an idea.

Feather and fan scarf. An easy lace pattern, can be knit or crocheted. You don’t have to do this with fine lace weight, it can also be done with a worsted or chunky yarn. We have some great novelty yarn with sparkles and such, something very simple can be made into something fantastic just by changing the yarn.

Felted bag, although the class for this one is a knitted tote type there are many others that are also really cute. Crocheters can do this too, it’s not all for knitters only.

Felted hat although this class for this one is for a certain style the possibilities are endless once you get the process down.


In-Person Classes Help You Master Techniques Faster

Sonoma County Knitting ClassWhile I am on the subject of classes, have you used You Tube or videos to learn things? While I think these are great tools, I use them too from time to time, they are not for everyone. We all learn differently. So many people come in after working with videos asking for help with things they didn’t understand.

You know what it’s like when you have someone teaching you face to face sometimes, you think you are doing exactly as they are but you come to find out you are not. It just doesn’t work out. Well with videos you don’t have someone to point out when you have it right or you have to do something just a little bit differently to get the right result. That is where we come in.

We can show you that by slightly altering the way you are holding something, or where you are placing something can be the difference in success or not. I don’t like to use the word failure, you don’t fail, you just do not always do it successfully. There are no silly questions only the ones you don’t ask. There are no mistakes only lessons. I and all of my teachers love what we do and love passing that information, craft on to others. We are extremely patient and welcome all levels. We don’t know everything but what we do know we will gladly share with you.


Original Kits Coming to Yarnitudes

As you know I like to design patterns, and that when I do, I don’t like to write up the patterns. Well I have been trying to be better about this. So I have recently written two new ones.

One, the Badlands shawl which is now ready. Yarn for this one is now in, more on its way.

Two, the cashmere and diamonds neck warmer, which I am putting together as a kit. The idea for this design came from some exquisite yarn I have, that is quite luxurious, 65% cashmere and 35% silk. I only have four of these kits available so I am sure they won’t last long. A sample of the design is on display in the shop. I hope to be doing more of these limited kits in the future.

Whether these are something you would like to knit up for that very special person in your life, or something that special knitter in your life would like as a gift. We are planning for You.


Gift ListStart Your Wish List at Yarnitudes

Lastly this week, don’t forget your personal list for Santa. We already have some started. Come in, pick out all the things you would like someone to buy for you and write them on a list. Then you can tell anyone that wants to know what to get you for Christmas that we have your list in the store. They can then come in, or contact us and we can guide them to what you would like. That way, you get what you want and we know what to make sure we have in stock for you. OK I am going to leave you for this week, and get on with my planning.


Take good care of yourself and I will be back next week.

All the best ~Trudy