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!

 

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!!!!

I just wanted to give you an update about the yarn bombing that I am participating… remember the one I told you about in earlier this month?!  Well every time I don’t feel like knitting I have been crocheting some squares for the bombing.  So far I have only six squares.  I have used Sincere Sheep Equity Sport and Blue Sky Alpacas Techno in my squares.  Both are great yarns.  Here are a couple of photos of my squares.

  

I have been playing around with stitches and making up crochet patterns.  Crochet is definitely more forgiving than knitting so it lends itself well to experimentation.

Now they have expanded the colors to include Hot Pink, Purple and Yellow! Woohoo!!!!  I think I might be able to bust some stash!

If you really just don’t want to crochet but still want to help then you can always join in on the assembly line.  Every third Saturday of the month the Yarn Bombing LA group hosts a Stitch N’ Bitch at the Carft and Folk Art Museum.  There you can help make granny squares or just help assemble them together.  Additionally every Sunday in February the group will be at the Mastadon Mesa Booth at Fairfax High School.  So you you can always stop by there, seam a little, shop a little, grub a little.  Make a day of it!

My idea of a perfect Sunday is sleeping in a little, making a nice healthy breakfast at home, going to the flea market in West Hollywood for a little shopping, going over to Joan’s on Third for lunch and then heading home to veg out on the couch knitting and movies for the rest of the day and maybe eating a cupcake or two that I just had to take home from Joan’s.  Last Sunday came pretty close, Rory and I headed over to the Melrose Trading Post…. but I had something particular in mind that day.  I was on the hunt for a plant stand!  And we found one!!! For $10!!! What a steal!!! How does all that excessive punctuation make you feel?!

Here is what we took home that day:

 

Now, as you can imagine I wasn’t totally in love with this paint job…. or lack there of.  It looked like someone sloppily smeared on some gesso and called it a day.  So I headed over to the hardware store and picked me up a quart of French Quarter Yellow paint, in the eggshell finish of course and then headed home.  I spent the next few hours painting the plant stand.  The hard part was getting into every nook and cranny of the knobs… and then I had to work a second and third coat of paint.  But it was totally worth it.  Here is what I ended up with:

 

Pretty neat, eh?!

I put this in the corner of my kitchen and arranged all my happy little indoor plants along with my sheep collection.  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

 

Now I want to find another stand for the out door potted plants…. I guess I’ll just have to make another perfect Sunday sometime soon :)

Lets help raise crochet awareness!!! The Yarn Bombing Los Angeles group has been invited to bomb the entire facade of the Craft and Folk Art Museum on the historic Miracle Mile.  This is such a big deal!  Wilshire Boulevard is a major street and thousands of locals and tourists visit the street every day for work, appointments, museums, food trucks and more! How could you not want to be a part of this?!

Don’t worry there is plenty of time to crochet a square and learn to crochet a square- the finished squares aren’t due until March 1, 2013.  So don’t stress yourself out, knit those holiday gifts and take your time.  All the squares must be 5″ x 5″ in the following colors: bright orange, white, bright green or cyan.  Here is the page with all the details.  You can also visit their Facebook page.

 

I have already gotten started on my squares… so far I have only crocheted one :) .  If you forgot how to crochet a granny square, there is a fabulous tutorial on the Purl Bee blog for a basic and traditional square (my favorite).  You don’t have to get fancy, just pump em’ out- they need thousands.  They don’t have to be perfect, so this is a great opportunity for you to practice crochet and granny squares.  Here is a photo of my single crocheted square, it’s an experiment, but I did use an awesome yarn, Sincere Sheep Equity Sport! (In a singing voice) Looooooove iiiittt!!!

I hope each and every one of you can find the time to do at least one square! Major brownie points if you do :) Happy crocheting!! Oh and make sure you shoot the LA Yarn Bombers an email if you are going to send in any squares… they would like to know and give you the  credit!