During the winter months, those that knit grab the yarn and get their needles clicking, knocking out gifts and warm additions to the family wardrobe. Popular knitting projects this time of year are hats, scarves, mittens, socks, slippers and afghans, depending on the knitter’s expertise. Knitting is a wonderful hobby that can also be a means of personalized gift giving year round. If this is your time of year to flourish with your knitting skills, or you want to learn a new hobby, check out the information below for the specialties that might peak your interest.

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1021 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 442-9225

Rumpelstiltskin is a store in Sacramento that caters to numerous yarn-based crafters, knitting being one of the favorites. The store carries yarn for all types of usage, books that show the how-tos and patterns for the various ways to use the yarn. You will find patterns for caps, scarves, afghans, socks and the ever-popular Mary Jane slippers. Rumpelstiltskin has classes for those wanting to learn to knit, those wanting to learn to fix their knitting mistakes and many knitting techniques in between. On February 3, the shop will host its 25th annual Show Your Hand open house, featuring projects made throughout the previous year. For more information, contact the shop at rumpel@yarnyarnyarn.com.

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california yarn club
California Yarn Club

The California Yarn Club is a Sacramento meetup group who does not share its meeting place with anyone that is not a member. Those joining here will find kindred spirits that have knitted for years who can show you tricks, newbies to the knitting scene and those that are new to the area wanting to share skills with like-minded knitters.

Got Your Goat Yarn
Got Your Goat Yarn Studio
2030 Douglas Blvd., Suite 36
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 899-5416

This yarn store is also a studio that likes to inspire your spirit with creative knitting innovations. If you have a small knitting group, Got Your Goat has a meeting room you can use while you knit. It offers classes for all levels at different times of the year, changing its class schedule regularly. If you are looking for ideas, jump over to the studio’s blog and see what has been shared this month. The studio can also be found on Twitter and Facebook. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned knitter, Got Your Goat will have something to motivate the knitter in you.

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Babetta’s Yarn and Gifts
4400 San Juan Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 965-6043

At Babetta’s, small groups or individuals with an appointment can receive private knitting lessons. Various classes are scheduled every month and you must pre-register as the classes fill up quickly. It also offers workshops at various times during the year. Babetta’s carries needles, patterns, books and yarns, everything a knitting enthusiast would look for. It has a huge selection of yarns and will special order for you when you cannot wait to get that next project started with that one-of-a-kind color of yarn.

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Knitique, A Yarn Boutique
8741 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 714-7719

Knitique has a blog where a number of the Knitique knitting group members are shown wearing the items they have made, many in the various classes offered. In November, it was actively involved with an in-house auction where the proceeds benefited Macmillan Cancer Support on behalf of designer Louisa Harding. In December, the highlighted item was the “Jingleberry self striping yarn.” Every month, Knitique has various activities going on with classes being offered, get-togethers to make gifts or discuss the latest in yarns or designer events. You can join a knitting class, sign up for the newsletter or find Knitique on Facebook for more knitting fun.

Deb Ling is a freelance writer covering all things Sacramento. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.