Thursday, April 26, 2018

Darcy's Birthday Brunch

Photo by Darcy. Thanks for the Party Favors!

We were a few weeks late, but we celebrated Darcy's birthday with a lovely brunch at Maple at Descanso Gardens this past Sunday. It was hot, hot, hot, but the shade of the umbrellas saved us on the patio!
Natalie, Darcy, MaryJo
I just LOVE MaryJo's summer purse. It's crocheted circles!

Brit, Ellen

We started out with adult beverages, then ordered from the brunch menu. Everything was delicious! We refrained from ordering the fried chicken on beignets, but the fellows at the next table were scarfing it down!

After our meal, we were served a huge bowl of Fosselman's ice cream, vanilla bean, strawberry and chocolate! If you haven't tried Fosselman's, you really must make the trek out to Alhambra for a taste!
Big Scoops of Fosselman's Ice Cream

PRESENTS!  I didn't photograph everything, but Darcy was feted with many beautiful items!

Darcy's home town is Las Vegas
Kermit the Frog radiates!

It was slightly hot and sunny for a few of us
Photo by Darcy

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

L.A. Yarn Crawl - Day Two

Two days of yarn crawling was about all I could handle. I must say that I bought more on Day Two than I did on Day One!
Friday Crawlers: Dommy, Mary, Francesca, Jennifer and Ellen
We started out at Needlepoints West in Westchester. I've always like this little shop. Joanne carries high-end and more reasonably priced yarn as well as needlepoint canvas, embroidery floss and more. It's located in Westchester Village which is a cool little area and throwback to the 1960s.

Owner, Joanne with Dommy
Our next stop was The Knitting Tree in Inglewood where we met up with our fellow-crawler, Mary. The Tree had a "HollyWool" theme this year. Very clever!
Knitting Star Walk of Fame
Famous Director, Christopher B. DeMille is giving Charlie Chaplin direction!
Lenora "Louisiana" Jones
Princess Leia Anetta of Yarnlandia
I did some major wallet damage at The Knitting Tree. See yesterday's post for stash enhancement.  The Tree just happens to be next door to The Sew Together Lounge, fabric shop extraordinaire. My bestie, Natalie happened to be working on Friday. She's such a good salesperson that she persuaded me to buy this fab test pattern fabric...a possible shirt for Mr. Larry.

Natalie and Ellen at Sew Together Lounge
It was TIME FOR LUNCH! Dommy is the restaurant expert, so she directed us to Chubby Rice on El Segundo and Hawthorne in the City of Hawthorne for a most delicious and fresh Chinese lunch!

We decided to drive to our furthest yarn shop, which was Jennifer Knits South Bay in Torrance. Previously, this was Concepts in Yarn. Jennifer took over the shop and fashioned it very much like her shop in Brentwood. The Torrance store has been remodeled into a large, open space.
Jennifer Knits South Bay has tons of embroidery thread!

Our final stop was one of our favorite shops, Twist Yarns of Intrigue in Manhattan Beach. Owner, Kathy, dyes her own yarns and is really an artist! Cathy's other half just happens to be my ol' grammar school and high school friend, Steve! It's always fun seeing both of them. The shop was packed and full of yarny goodness!
Steve and Cathy at Twist
Cathy's Hand-Dyed Yarns
Exhaustion time. We headed back to Inglewood to pick up Mary's car and decided to stop for a refresher at Three Weavers Brewing, located in the same complex as The Knitting Tree and Sew Together Lounge. How convenient!
Francesca and Dommy at Three Weavers Brewing
Jennifer, Mary, Ellen
This was the perfect way to top off a successful yarn crawling day!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

L.A. Yarn Crawl Purchases

This is the official tote from 2015. I like the map, so I've added buttons from subsequent years to this bag!

I was VERY good this year. I did not go crazy and buy tons of yarn. I already have tons of yarn at home. I bought some gifts, collected yarn shop buttons for my tote bag, received some free patterns and yes, bought a little bit of yarn and some fabric!
Lots of cool, free patterns

We crawled to nine out of 26 possible shops this year. That's enough for me. I wasn't looking to break a record. My purchases consisted of:
I already owned the "Kat" yarn on the left. I purchased a skein of the solid hot pink to work with the variegated
Another Little Knittery purchase, this adorable puppy!

Yet another Little Knittery purchase. I LOVE these patches!

The Altered Stitch in Valley Village has a wide collection of hand-dyed yarns by local dyers, including Watts Up Yarn Company. I purchased one skein of this neutral colorway.
I've been purchasing more silver-toned yarn to go with my silver hair!
Cascade Pima Cotton from Needlepoints West. I bought enough for a summer top
Kathy, owner and expert dyer at Twist, offered this gorgeous colorway!
I already started this Baby Boy Afghan (Sunny Spread by Ellen Gormley) from yarn purchased at The Knitting Tree
The Knitting Tree is really my home shop, along with my other favorite The Little Knittery. Both shops offer high and low-end yarns, accessories and a warm, welcome atmosphere! The Knitting Tree has the added feature of being next door to the Sew Together Lounge fabric shop! Salesperson extraordinaire, Ms. Natalie of Hollywood, sold me this cool test pattern fabric. I know that Mr. Larry would love to have a shirt made out of this!
Test Pattern Fabric from the Sew Together Lounge

It was a wonderful yarn crawl. I had fun BOTH days. Tomorrow I will post photos of Day 2 of our crawl.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

L.A. Yarn Crawl - Day One

Owner, Kat Coyle at The Little Knittery, Los Feliz

We only hit four stores today, but they were all EXCELLENT little yarn shops! Diane and Brenda came over to my house at 10 and we were at the new and improved Little Knittery in Los Feliz Village by 10:30. We were the very first yarn crawl customers of 2018! Owner, Kat Coyle posted our photo on Instagram!
Ellen, Brenda, Kat and Diane at The Little Knittery
Yes, we made a few purchases. Kat has stocked some really fab accessories, along with a wonderful selection of yarn.
We made our way out to Pasadena where we met up with MaryJo at Wollhaus. This is a lovely little shop in a courtyard building on Colorado Boulevard in the heart of Pasadena.
Brenda, Diane, MaryJo at Wollhaus, Pasadena
Yes, Patti, I saw the CRAVE yarn. It is beyond gorgeous!!
Crave Yarn at Wollhaus
We were beginning to get hungry, so our next stop was Fish King in Glendale. This is a fish market with a lunch counter and a new sushi counter and dining area! We had the most delicious lunch! I had a fish taco and a cup of their lobster bisque...DIVINE!

Diane's Fish 'n Chips

MaryJo and Brenda

Ellen and Diane
Next stop, Burbank and the newish shop, SoCal Knits. We met up with Stephanie in Burbank. This is a lovely shop with tons of knit and crochet samples!
SoCal Knits, Burbank

We caravanned over to Valley Village, Studio City for our last stop, The Altered Stitch and Yarnover Truck.
"Watts Up" Yarn Company, hand-dyed in Los Angeles At The Altered Stitch

Colorful Doily at The Altered Stitch, Valley Village
The Yarnover Truck was conveniently parked right outside The Altered Stitch. They always have interesting and unique yarn!
Stephanie, Brenda and Barbara on the Yarnover Truck

This is where Brenda, Diane and I said goodbye to our caravan friends, MaryJo and Stephanie and headed back over the hill toward home.  It was a great day with great friends and fabulous yarn!
The Crochet Car on The Crawl


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