Posts

Summer Knit Tops

Happy Easter & Moving Again

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

 

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.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

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.

Sebastopol Yarn Shop

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

Sebastopol Yarn Shop

Hello March & Wine Tasting

March Is Here

Good Monday morning again. Hope this finds you well and happy.

Sebastopol Yarn Store

Welcome to March, I hope no winds, we have had enough of the March winds and April Showers already this year, I am ready for the May flowers.

 

So Thankful for 35 Years with My Best Friend & Hubby

Yesterday I celebrated 35 years with my best friend and hubby. Thirty-five years, where on earth does the time go? It seems like just yesterday when we met, actually that was just over thirty-five and a half years ago. Although we disagree on the actual first time we met. That is another story. We have certainly seen a lot of changes and travelled many, many miles during the time we have been together. I am happy to report, we are still best friends. I know how lucky can some people get?

Sebastopol Knitting Classes

 

Time Is Like a River

Talking about years, and all that happens over time, it never ceases to amaze me how much can change in the blink of an eye or even in a day. Recently my mum was in the hospital with a nasty chest infection. I had only been skyping with her a couple of days beforehand. Then I was getting reports of how sick she was, and even messages from my brothers saying how concerned they were. Then overnight the story changed, she was over the worst and would soon be going home. Not the first time my mother had us scared.

Last week I was on Facebook and it came up with the “this time last year “pictures and there was my mum, cast on her wrist and singing ‘Que Sera Sera’ on video to my daughter. I believe that sense of whatever will be will be has rubbed off on me. Live the best way you can, make the most of every opportunity and just go for it. I think my daughter has inherited that philosophy too. Enjoy every day!

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

 

The Luck of the Irish

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesSonoma County Yarn ShopTalking of luck, how about the luck of the Irish? Not sure why they say that, something else I will have to check out sometime.

It will soon be St Patrick’s day again, we have some great Irish themed hat patterns available, and lots of green yarn to knit them in.

 

 

Wine Tasting Anyone?

Satyre

SMALL BATCH WINES INFLUENCED BY OUR WORLD TRAVELS. CRAFTED BY FRIENDS, FOR OUR FRIENDS.

Check out their Story on   http://www.satyrewines.com/. If you like good wine you will enjoy this treat. Nicole is from down under, the land of Koalas and Kangaroos. She is a lovely lady and I am sure you will enjoy her and her wines. A good excuse to bring your significant to the store, pick up your favorite yarn and a great taste of wine at the same time. Save the date and stay tuned for more information. We may have a door prize of two.

Don’t forget to check out the classes for this month and check back often for updates.

 

Until next time then, take care and see you soon

~ Trudy