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2013 April

Two Sundays ago was the fourth and last day of the second annual LA Yarn Crawl.  I had the pleasure of being able to check out several stores that I have never been to before.  It was my first time visiting A Major Knitwork, The Yarnover Truck, Abuelita’s, and the Little Knittery.  All lovely shops with so many great things to offer. I also had the pleasure of visiting two other stable yarn shops in LA, Unwind (of course) and La Knitterie Parisienne.

I was particularly surprised by Abuelita’s in South Pasedena.  I’ve known about the shop for years, but I had never heard anything about it.  What a cute store in such a cute part of town!  A pleasant surprise.  Among carrying beautiful yarns of all kinds the shop was fully stocked with all kinds embroidery supplies.  This was such a pleasant surprise for me, I didn’t expect anything like that at all.  Among all the Pearl Cotton and other embroidery yarns, there were so many other fun accessories for knitting and crochet.  I really had to restrain myself!  I even ran into a friend of mine there, Mira Cole owner and creative genius behind Baah Yarn, a wonderful hand-dyed yarn company with absolutely fabulous colors!

A Major Knitwork is another shop I have always wanted to visit.  I know the owners well, a sweet and spicy mother daughter team that are always ready to assist with a smile.  Definitely check it out if you’re ever in the valley.

The Yarnover Truck was also a fun little adventure.  A truck! Filled with yarn! Sounds like a dream come true.  The neat thing about this shop is that its constantly traveling all around southern California.  How fun is that? You can follow them on Twiter and Facebook to get updates on their current location and their traveling schedule.

Another major LA shop is Unwind in Burbank.  It was buzzing like crazy in there.  I went in on a Sunday, and walked in on a blocking demo being held by Stephanie (the owner).  I thought that was a really neat little treat for crawlers to walk in on…. especially me since I am such a stickler for blocking.  I only wish I had gone to Unwind on a Thursday or a Friday to see what I had missed out on.  I may never know.  But I did go to Porto’s for lunch, of course…. yum!

All in all this was a really fun crawl.  I only regret I couldn’t visit more shops.  Hopefully next year I can visit all the ones I didn’t see this year.  Oh, and here is a picture of all the goodies I bought…. can’t wait to use them all!

In honor of earth day I am having a sale on the Farmer’s Market Bag pattern.  Now through next Sunday, April 28th, 2013 you can save 20% off this pattern on Ravelry.  No coupon code needed!!!  Saving the planet one stitch at a time!

Materials:

Size 7 U.S. (4.5 mm) 16″ circular needles

Size 7 U.S. (4.5 mm) 32″ circular needles

Size H (5 mm) crochet hook

One medium stitch holder

Five stitch marlers

3″ x 12″ self stick mounting board (optional)

4 yards of worsted weight waste yarn

 

Yarn:

MC – 2 hanks Pagewwod Farm St. Elias (450 yards), shown in Navajo.

CC – 1 hank Pagewood Farm St. Elias (450 yards), shown in Mocha.

 

Gauge:

14 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in garter stitch holding two strands of MC together.

14 sts and 24 rows = 4” in a garter stitch holding two stands together.

A few months ago I decided to re-knit one of my Loopy Leaves pattern.  Its an older one, one that I think never really got the attention it deserved.  This weekend it had its coming out party at Stitches South at the In the Making booth.  I thought I would share with you as well since its a perfect quick little knitted gift for the upcoming Mother’s Day.

This version of the Loopy Leaves used three strands of Habu Textiles held together (all lace weights).  You can use the recommended yarns in the pattern or choose your own three lace weight yarns or even use a fingering yarn.  The idea here is to get an interesting texture and drape.  I hope you enjoy knitting this as much as I did.

Finished Measurements:
Width: 3” Length: 44”

Materials:
Size 6 U.S. (4 mm) needles
Approximately 24” of worsed weight waste yarn
Two stitch holders

Yarn:
3/4 unit Habu Textiles AK-20 Fern Silk (unit size: 1/2 oz, 100% silk with fern cotton, 350 yards), shown in 01 Natural
1/2 unit Habu Textiles N-76 Fine Tweedy Silk (unit size: 1 oz, 100% silk, 530 yards) shown in 05 Medium Brown
1/2 unit Habu Textiles N-66 Linen Stainless Steel (unit size: 1/2 oz, 83% linen, 17% stainless steel, 483 yards), shown in 1 White

Gauge:
28 sts and 20 rows = 4” in st.st. with all three yarns held together

 

Image courtesy of Yarn Crawl LA

The second county wide crawl is happening right now! It starts today, Thursday, April 11th and runs through Sunday April 14th.  This is going to e the largest crawl this city has ever seen, with 31 participating shops and covering a span over 2000 square miles.  Last year this was a very exciting event for knitters all over southern California.  This year it will be just as exciting.  There will be trunk shows, giveaways, raffles, and more! It’s absolute madness!  Here is a list of the events that will be going on during the crawl.

Last year I was bogged down and wasn’t able to check out any of the participating shops.  But this year, you better believe that I will out there finally getting a chance to visit all the great shops this city has to offer.  I plan on finally getting around to checking out The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, Unwind in Burbank (it’s been a while since I’ve been there), Sit N’ Stitch in Toluca Lake, Needlepoints West in Westchester, the Yarn Over Trunk in Santa Monica, and of course Twist in Manhattan Beach (a fantastical yarn shop).

Since last year was the first crawling experience for the shops, there were a few kinks to smooth out.  This year every shop participating in the crawl will be open Thursday through Sunday and at the very minimum from 10am – 6pm each crawl day.  This is a huge deal! As we now most yarn shops are closed on Sundays.  So this is a special treat that we can shop pretty much anywhere in the city all day on a Sunday!  Wooohooo!  A whole day of knitting fun and adventure.  I’m already trying to decide where I’m going to have lunch on Sunday.  Will it be Downtown? Burbank? Manhattan Beach? I dunno!!! So many places to choose from!!!

Make sure you get yourself a Passport!!! Even if you only visit one shop!  You can still win a prize.  Each shop you visit will give you a stamp.  You can turn in your passport to the last shop you visit or mail it in to enter to win some really great prizes from the crawl sponsors!

Oh! And one of the coolest things this year, The Yarn Crawl LA is hosting a photo contest! Find out more about the photo contest details here.  The photo contest will consist of the following five categories:

Best Shop Photo
Best Group Photo
Best Individual Photo
Best Yarn Photo
Best Misc Photo
Good luck to all!!!
This will be fun!  I’ll be around on Sunday…. will you see me??? Scavenger hunt! Find the Grace!!!!

As knitters and crocheters we have all been taught to swatch.  Weather or not you keep your swatch is up to you.  As a designer I like to keep my swatches because I can compare yarns and stitch pattern combinations.  Some are pretty, some are funky and wonky, but they are all still special in their own way.  So what do you do with all those swatches?

I have had a project in mind for them for a while now.  I takes almost no time at all.  I’m not really sure why it took me so long to do this.  All you need is a frame with several spaces for photos.  Not large spaces, smaller than 4″ (since that’s usually the size of a swatch).  Then place your swatches in the spaces where the photos would go (fold where necessary so they dont overlap).  You can also knit up swatches for this project with leftover yarns if you like.  And voila! There you have it, knitted art!  Perfect for a living room or knitting studio!