Yarn Substitutions and More

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How are you this week?

First of all this week I would like to take care of a little housekeeping, I guess that is what they call it. We have been trying a different way of sending these weekly emails. If you have been with us since the beginning you will have noticed the changes over the years.

Anyway, in order to help the store get the biggest exposure and therefore the customers, who keep us in business, we need to get the most hits on our website. My web designer is probably having fits that I am telling you all this. So the beginning of the newsletter is coming to you the same way it always has, via email. But, in order to read the whole thing, if you are interested, you now need to click through to the website, where the rest of the email is. Some of you I notice are doing this and some just stop at the link and go no further. I understand you may not have a lot of time to spend on this but it really does help us. By helping us you can help us continue to help you. So if you enjoy reading the emails please click through to the website, this is where all the meat is and all of the classes too!

A big thank you for reading this and our week.

 

 

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Now on with the good stuff………………….

How is October treating you? Are you ready for the Goblins, Ghoolies and Ghosties? I really prefer the fairies myself. Some might say I live with the fairies. Oh well.

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Sonoma County Yarn ShopI wonder how many people knit for Halloween, do you? Coming from England I can’t say it was ever a big holiday over there. I think it has changed though. Due to the media and the general availability for the world to share traditions.

I do wonder though where pumpkins fare in the whole Halloween scheme? How did they become such a great presence in this holiday? I really can’t remember seeing pumpkins in England. I guess they must have been around, just not something familiar in our family.

How did the first Jack-O-Lantern come to be? I guess I could Google it. I can’t really say I have ever thought that much about it before. I guess that is what happens when I start thinking; I mean thinking about what to write to you about this week. How many people do you think knitted the pumpkins from the pattern we told you about?

 

Now this is a nice one!

Anyway if you want to knit a pumpkin, a pie or any other thing your heart desires, I bet we could find one for you.

oldladyNow to the question I said I would answer – A cheat sheet for substituting yarn. I admit it, I am not one of those people who likes to go exactly by the book. If I see something I like, I think well I like that but I think I would like it more if it were………………. So for me substituting yarn is something I have been doing ever since I started to knit/crochet.

In the beginning it was because all the patterns were written for a specific yarn and for one, I could never find it and if I did it was outside of my price range. Remember when I started knitting all I had was my babysitting money, which was nothing like the money kids get for babysitting these days. Wow I do sound like an old Fogy.

 

Substituting Yarn

Now this is a nice one!

Anyway if you want to knit a pumpkin, a pie or any other think your heart desires, I bet we could find one for you.

Now to the question I said I would answer – A cheat sheet for substituting yarn. I admit it, I am not one of those people who likes to go exactly by the book. If I see something I like, I think well I like that but I think I would like it more if it were………………. So for me substituting yarn is something I have been doing ever since I started to knit/crochet.

In the beginning it was because all the patterns were written for a specific yarn and for one, I could never find it and if I did it was outside of my price range. Remember when I started knitting all I had was my babysitting money, which was nothing like the money kids get for babysitting these days. Wow I do sound like an old Fogy.

 

Yarn Weight US Needle size Sts per inch, usually in st,st.

Common Uses

Lace 000-1 8-10 Lace Knitting
Fingering 1-3 7-8 Lighter garments and socks
DK sport 3-7 5-6 Light garments
Worsted 7-8 4-5 Sweaters, hats. Outer wear
Aran 8-9 4-5 Cold weather clothing
Chunky 10-11 3-3 1/2 Jackets blankets
Superbulky 13-15 2-2 1/2 Heavy sweaters, afghans

 

 

These are just examples and your gauge is the important thing.

The type of garment you are making must be taken into consideration. Do you want a sturdy fabric, something that will hold its shape and give good stitch definition?

Do you want something that has a lot of drape?

Do you just want the warmth but not too bothered about stitch definition?

What exactly is the fabric to be used for?

 

The pattern will give you the idea on this, but for example if the pattern says wool and you are allergic to wool you will need to substitute, so look for something that has the same character structure. If you are looking for a sturdy cardigan you might want to think twice about substituting Alpaca for wool. Alpaca although extremely warm will not hold up to the use that a wool garment will, so be careful and pick a blend. You may need to mix this with some wool to get the same effect. When using cotton as a substitute, remember it will grow, cotton has no memory so will continue to stretch unless the gauge is extremely tight.

How much yarn depends on how thick or thin the yarn is and what size needle you use. Something make from thick yarn will need a lot less than something that uses a fine yarn, as it has to do so much work to fill in the space between spaces.

Anyway, these are just examples, something for you to think about. We are here and happy to help you and answer your questions and to assist in finding you the right substitution.

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I hope that this has helped a little in understanding how to find the perfect yarn for your project. I hope I wasn’t too long winded, and have made you fall asleep. I need to move on to typing up my latest project now though. I love to design my projects not so much writing the patterns, so wish me luck. If I manage to get it finished I will share it with you in the weeks to come.

Have a great week, looking forward to seeing you very soon.

Take care ~ Trudy