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Africa & Visiting Mum

No Newsletter Last Week

Sebastopol Yarn ShopWell hi there, did you miss me?

Sorry there wasn’t an email last week. I was given the opportunity to go on a business trip with my husband and then afterwards to see my mum.

A chance I couldn’t miss. I think you will agree though that I left you in very capable hands, apart from the newsletter you probably didn’t ever realize I wasn’t around.

I was lucky enough to visit a country I had never had the opportunity to visit before, South Africa. I only got to see a very small part of it though, Johannesburg. That was where most of the business was handled.

 

 

South Africa

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I guess it wasn’t quite what I had expected. I had of course heard about South Africa, a lot of it not good over the years. The part I experienced was almost the same as any other big city. Way too many cars. It took Trevor and one of the people he had gone to see, almost two hours to drive back to the hotel after meetings one evening. They only had to travel 7 miles. It almost made the traffic here look insignificant.

The same shops, some of the same restaurants and coffee shops. Once out of the city though traffic moved easily, lots of new motorways and toll roads. Generally, like anywhere else I have been. Like I said this was just a small portion of the country, romantically I guess I was expecting to see the wild life closer to the towns and villages and I am told that there are certain parts where that is true. Upon looking at this map you can see we were only in a pin-prick of an area.

Kruger Wild life Park

South Africa

Graciously they took us to Kruger Wild Life Park at the weekend, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg. I got to see some animals living in their natural habitat. Luckily for them they have had weather like ours. After years of drought they have had an abundance of rain. So, it was good for them, lots to eat and lots of places to hide, a bit harder to spot some of them though.

Africa wildlife

I loved these guys, I kept thinking of what an amazing shawl I could be knit with their colors. I guess that is one for the future.

 

London & Mum

United KingdomWe left South Africa after 5 days and headed to London. We had to change planes there on the way out and on the way back.

Long journeys. This is the main purpose of my trip, to visit my mum.

She had been in the hospital in February and I wanted to see how she was doing. Luckily, she was able to go back to the home the Saturday before we arrived. I managed to spend three visits with her.

 

MumShe was doing much better the chest infection she had been fighting was gone but she was still extremely tired.

I was happy to share photos with her, give her all the love that I had been told to give her from her friends here in the states. It made her smile remembering all the faces and the good times she had here with us all over the years.

 

 

Back Home Again

So now I am back, we flew in Sunday afternoon 12th and I am back to work again. Looking forward to seeing you in the shop again soon. Of course, I was thinking of you all the time I was away. Looking for inspiration for the shop, and patterns to make. Trying to find something new that I couldn’t find over here. I was amazed that I couldn’t find one yarn store in either places we visited. People didn’t really understand what I was looking for either, even when they saw me knitting. I was knitting too.

I was told and I did find some places on the web, in Cape Town but that is for another trip. Miles away from where I was. I did get some ideas but whether I will remember them when I have time to work on them is another matter.   Oh, one last thing I must share about the trip is, when I went into a small gift shop in the park I noticed quite a nice scarf I liked, thinking it was a local product I picked it up only to find it was Apt 9, from Kohl’s – oops.

 

 

Knitting On the Road

The yarn and needles with me on the trip – I have been wanting to make myself a nice warm sweater but hadn’t had the opportunity so I thought this a good one. It is from the Ann Norling pattern top down Raglan #60. This is the pattern I used to make myself the cardigan you can often see me wearing in the store when it is chilly. It is so easy, very basic but there is so much that you can do to make it your very own. I would be very happy to show you how to do this. Here is the sweater so far.

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You can see I have added cables under the arms at both sides, I will also add cables on the forearm of the sleeves too. The other thing about this pattern is that you can use four different weights of yarn. So, Spring, summer, fall or winter, so much fun. I get so excited at the possibilities of a pattern like this. It is certainly one of my go to patterns. I hope to be able to knit on it some more really soon. Oh I also took another skein of a very colorful yarn with me to play with, just for those times when the sweater needed more attention or took up too much room. I did play with it too, first a scarf, didn’t like the way that looked, so now a hat, a large slouchy one. Someone will want it.

 

No Just an Easter Basket-March 26@4:30-6:30pm

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OK enough of my things. Don’t forget the upcoming classes, here is a photo of the ‘Not Just for Easter Basket’, this is before the handle goes on, you can see it really isn’t just for Easter. Karen took this photo of it at the shop. Call us to sign up before time runs out.

The Beginning crochet class is full for this month. There are still two place available for beginning knitting though, on the 21st March 10.30 – 12.30. If you want to begin this month this is your chance.

We are working on classes for April so if there is something you are itching to learn give us a call and we may be able to add it to the schedule.

The featured image this week is from a wonderful blog done by a Mom with an autistic son, she knits and designs patterns, take a look at her website and her incredible bunnies: http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/my_weblog/2010/02/

I think that is more than enough for this week, so I will love and leave you for now, I hope I haven’t bored you silly. Have a great week and see you again soon ~ Trudy

 

 

 

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Hello 2017 & New Beginnings

New Year & New Beginnings

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

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Fresh Starts & A Clean Page

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

 

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The Tide is Turning

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

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

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

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

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Plans & Goals 2017

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

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

 

How Can We Help You in 2017?

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

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New Ideas for Classes

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

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

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We Love Helping You Learn to Knit

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

 

Baby Top Down Class-Beginner Class

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

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

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

 

 

Introduction to Continental Knitting

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

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Knit Fix Class

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

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Finish Knitting Techniques

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

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Looking Forward to Seeing You in 2017

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

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

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

 

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

All New!

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Hello!   How are you today?  We have had a busy week at the shop!  There is so much going with new classes starting and the knit-a-long.  We’ve had deliveries of yarn and we are so happy to still see new faces arriving every day.

We’ve been collecting photos of customer projects and we’ll have more of those to share with you next week.  So if you have something you’ve finished recently, come on in and share with us.  As I always say. I want to see what the yarn grows up to be!
But the best news of all, we have something new for you.  It is so exciting to have our new website up and running at last!  I’ve also refreshed this newsletter format.  Yeay!  Shiny and new!  Take some time to check it out.

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We have a class’s page with all the details.  There are lots of pretty pictures too.   Our newsletter will be posted there every week.  If you click the link below it will take you to the rest of this week’s newsletter.  I’m going to tell you all about my 12 sweaters!  Spoiler, they are finished!

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Yes you read that right! I finished all 12 sweaters!  I have a few more on the needles still so I’m not sure what the final count will be for the year.  You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.

In case you missed my message earlier this year, I joined the 12 sweaters in 2015 challenge put on by Tin Can Knits.

I had finished five sweaters by the end of April.

The Lady Marple by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne that I started back in October of last year but finished this January counts towards the challenge.  I love this one and may just decide to make it again with a different lace accent.

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The next sweater I finished  was an Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.  It seems like a lot of stockinette, but it went very quickly!  We have a class for this one coming up very soon!

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My third sweater is a Little Coffee Bean in Notre Dame Colors for a friend who had her baby shortly after my March sweater message.

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The fourth sweater off the needles was an Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris.  This one went into my hope chest.

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Finally, the last one I had finished so far was a Tin Can Knits design called the Antler Cardigan.  This one ended up having to undergo surgery. It came out about six inches too long in the body so I had to remove some of the fabric and re-knit the ribbing from the top down.  It was work but now I can wear the sweater so I am happier.

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So, want to know what the final seven sweaters for my 12 were?  Here we go!

I finished a Tea Leaves Cardigan in April, just after I sent out the message.  It is still hard to photograph.  Gotta love black.

tea leaves

Next, I knocked out a cute kid’s sweater called Snug.

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The next two I made for shop samples Children’s Neck Down Cardigan, and Jolyon Cardigan.

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After that I made a McDreamy Jumper that turned out really cute.

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After that I made a Baby Surprise Jacket in preparation for the classes we are running now.  I enjoyed that so much I am making another one.

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Finally, I finished the Svalbard Cardigan that we are making for the knit-a-long.  I am making one for my mom as part of the knit-a-long.  I really love how this sweater works up!

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Whew! That is a lot of knitting.  I’m also noticing a theme here, greeny/ blue, red, and black/grey.  Hmmm.  Anyhoo, stay tuned. I have at least five more sweaters on the needles right now.  I might be able to make it to 20 for the year!

Thanks for listening to me ramble.  Now that you are here, play a little on our new website.  Until next time!

~Lesley

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To sign up for a class please call us at 708-827-3618 or contact us via email.

Please let us know if a day or time does not work for you. We will try to repeat a class at a different time.

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Charity Knitting

We will accept any finished Alice’s Embrace project at the store even if you didn’t get the yarn here. I know you all have stashes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, you can do so now by clicking here.

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Thank you.

Check out our other Charity projects in the store.

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Social knitting

Knitting and Crocheting groups meet at Yarnitudes on Wednesday evenings or Friday afternoons.  Spinning group meets on Thurday afternoon. Please join us!

The Santa Rosa Sit and Stitch meetings occur every Second and Fourth Tuesday at Cafe des Croissants, 2444 Lomitas Ave.  Cross streets – Chanate off of Mendocino. New knitters, crocheters always welcome.

For more info on this group contact:

Nancy Jensen – garjen@sonic.net  or Andi Cassin Bowen – andi_cassin@yahoo.com

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