The Sky is the Limit!



“There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above the quantities of wit” – Alexander Pope

It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only two stitches: knit and purl. Certainly, you can throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity.  The most interesting lace shawl, the trickiest aran sweater, and a humble sock; each is just made with knit and purl stitches.



When I was thinking of what to write about this week, I came across the above in a book that was recently left at the store for everyone to enjoy.  Stop by and take a peek!  The name of the book is At Knits End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.


Anyway it got me to thinking – I do sometimes – as I sat and looked around at all the colors and items in the store.  Once you know these two stitches you can knit anything. Of course it takes practice, like everything, but isn’t it amazing when you think about it.  And we are here to help you every stitch along the way.


Now think of all the things you can do, and all the yarn you could do it with.  So many choices.  It has been pretty exciting to see all the sweaters, socks, hats etc. being created and all the people who didn’t think they could, just do it.  As long as you remember, it is just one stitch at a time, whether it be knit or purl.  There is no hurry, unless you put a limit on yourself, just enjoy the process and you will be amazed at the end result.


I think every closet should have a classic cardigan/sweater. Do you have one? A Cardigan is something you can throw on at the last moment.   They will go with almost anything from jeans to formal-wear.  They can be made with so many different weights of yarn too.  There is a cardigan pattern that I just love.  It is extremely simple and a very quick knit.  There are so many options when you have a basic pattern.  You could choose the most amazing variegated or just one simple single color.  You can use a mixture of solids and variegated yarns, or several different colors.  You can put in stripes, blocks of color, or Fair Isle.  You can also vary stitch patterns.  There are so many choices all from one pattern.  The sky is the limit!

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I am considering a class that enables you to learn how to take one simple pattern and make it your own.  Interested???????????


We ran out of room in the newsletter last week but we have several Customer projects to share with you this week!  It is so exciting to see these finished projects come in.

First up, we have a wonderfully soft diagonal garter stitch blankie in Universal Yarns Uptown Chunky.

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Next, here is an adorable Sunflower Baby Set in Ecobutterfly organic cotton yarn. Knit up by Judi.

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We also saw a lovely lacy crocheted item by Pam.  It is Marie Wallin’s Kentridge vest in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.

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Just look at the detail!


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Last but certainly not least we have a great knitted tee by Carol in Tahki Stacy Charles Ripple.

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I wanted to share with  you the wonderful generosity of knitters and crocheters.  We have already begun to see donations for those crafters affected by the Valley Fire.  We have received yarn, needles, and several handmade items already.  If you have something you would like to donate. just bring it by the shop. It will get where it is needed most!

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Until next time!



IN case you were wondering, there are Men STILL at work!

Yarnitudes Classes This Week:
Yarnitudes Classes Next Week:
All upcoming class details are available on our website, click here.

To sign up for a class please reply to this email, call us at the shop 708-827-3618 or contact us.

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.
As always – to allow us to continue classes and maintain the low cost, please purchase your materials here in the store. Thank you


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.


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:

Andi Cassin Bowen – or Nancy Jensen –

kntting with friends