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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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Thursday and Friday I'll be participating in the L.A. County Yarn Crawl. This is always fun! I'm with my yarny peeps and we're traveling our beautiful City of Los Angeles to visit independently owned yarn shops! At each shop we receive a shop pin, a free crochet and/or knit pattern, enter to win store prizes and get special discounts. Each shop usually features a different yarn or technique, maybe a trunk show and fab accessories. Sometimes there are snacks.
We'll be traveling in the Crochet Car on Thursday, equipped with provisions, tunes and crocheted headrest covers.
The Crochet Car at Valley College

On Friday, we have even more yarnys traveling with us, so we'll switch out cars with Mr. Larry for added elbow room.
The last thing I need is more yarn. I do believe I'll concentrate on patterns and accessories this year. We have our routes planned for both days. Thursday, with my WeHo SnB friends (Brenda C., Diane, Stephanie and MaryJo) we'll be at The Little Knittery in Los Feliz, Wollhaus in Pasadena, SoCal Knits in Burbank, winding up (heh heh) at The Altered Stitch in Studio City.

On Friday, I'll be crawling with my West Adams SnB friends (Dommy, Jennifer, Mary and Francesca) to Needlepoints West in Westchester, The Knitting Tree in Inglewood, Jennifer Knits South Bay in Torrance and Twist in Manhattan Beach.
Of course, we have plans for lunch both days. This is my favorite part of the Crawl because we get to re-group, talk about the yarn we've seen and anticipate the yarn to come. Yes, I'm obsessed with yarn!
Kent Twitchell's "Freeway Lady" Mural at Valley College

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Saturday Night at the Deli

Larry and I usually go out to dinner on Saturday nights. Sometimes, we have dinner dates with friends. More often than not, it's just the two of us, exploring the culinary excitement of Los Angeles. We both enjoy the classics though, so this past Saturday, we just felt like having a cup of soup and splitting a delicious pastrami sandwich!
Luckily, we live in the Fairfax Delta and quite close to the Kosher Korridor! Since it wasn't  sundown yet, we ventured over to Canter's Deli, a Kosher-STYLE restaurant that has been serving delicious food in Los Angeles since 1931.
Mural in Canter's parking lot depicting Jewish life in Los Angeles, by Art Mortimer, 1985

The Canter Brothers opened a deli in Boyle Heights in 1931. At the time, Boyle Heights was the center of Jewish life. After World War 2, the Jewish community started to move westward in Los Angeles. In 1948, Canter's opened on Fairfax Avenue. In 1953, they moved to the old Empire Theater, also on Fairfax. The Empire showed Yiddish language movies. Later, in the 1960's the lounge or Kibbitz Room was added to the complex. It is a sprawling place.
It's always a sunny autumn day in the main room at Canter's. This illuminated dropped ceiling was added in the 1970s
It was mildly busy at Canter's at 6pm on Saturday night. We were seated next to the main room. This 1950's style dining room is my favorite. I love the light fixtures, the terrazzo floor and the spacious feeling of the room. Also, if you're there late, you can hear the band in the Kibbitz Room slightly.
The Second Dining Area at Canter's

Larry and I discussed what to order. The menu is vast. We thought we should order something different than our usual, but being creatures of habit, we each had a cup of barley-bean soup and split a pastrami sandwich on rye.

Those crunchy pickles are the best!

We walked back to the parking lot around 7 pm and saw Rhonda and Eric! They were meeting Brooke and Deyo for dinner! We just missed seeing Brooke and Deyo, but at least they got our parking spot! Hey kids! Let us know the next time you want to eat at Canter's on a Saturday night. We'll coordinate.
Ellen and Larry ran into Rhonda and Eric! We just missed Brooke and Deyo

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