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“Arachne’s Web” Top May 26, 2017

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A new interesting design to be worn over a tank or camisole top. Done on a Brother Bulky knitting machine using thick and thin yarn. I saw the woven portion on Pinterest and thought I could do that on a machine. I knit the front and back yesterday (attempt #1) and hated it. So, overnight, I slept on it and woke up energized to try it again to correct all my mistakes. I unraveled what I knit yesterday and re-knit and now I like it. If I get some good feedback on it, maybe I will write the pattern and put it up on my Etsy site. What do you think?

Yarn Sales< Next 7 Sundays May 20, 2017

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I will have my outside yarn sale tomorrow and for the next 7 Sundays.  You can bring yourself and as many friends as you want.  I am putting out a lot of skein yarns and I have spun up some really beautiful Designer Cakes in brilliant colors – reds, teals, aqua blues.  Maybe I should call them Designer Cake Mixes because I do spin up 3-6 different yarns to make them.  I did a sample shawl with two cakes so you can see how the yarn makes up.  Such a bargain at $5 per Cake.

I have added to the cone yarn bins and of course the skeins.  I will have FABRIC also. Plus, if you only need a little, I have stuffed a lot of balls together for $1 project bags.

My Shawl Gone Wild kits are a sensation – luscious, high-end yarns to create your own for only $25, plus I give you a free pattern that you can use many times more.

Times tomorrow: 9am-3pm

Follow the signs to the corner of Isis and 122nd St. in Hawthorne CA.  Enter through the back gate next to the garage.

Wear a hat, sun screen, a cool drink and bring BAGS!  I take cash, check or any debit/credit card.

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2017 LA County Fair Entry #2 May 18, 2017

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The Tribal Collar!  I got inspired from the 2017 International Wearable Expressions exhibit at the Palos Verdes Art Center to do this Tribal Collar.  I created my own yarn and used my own pattern for the Loop-D-Loop necklace, modifying it wider so I could run a piece of upholstery cording through the middle.  Once I complete this as a base, then I started adding the decorative elements:  a black roving type Merino Wool with hand-tied, real red/black feathers from U-Knitted Nations called “Plume”; coordinating pink, black and red beads, spaced apart with matching and hand cut wool felt circles; and fringes from Euro Yarns called “Bird Of Paradise” which was black, pink and red feather-like tufts on a base of black netting.  It took me quite awhile to do the perfect yarn selections, but here it is and I absolutely love it!

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2017 LA County Fair Entry #1 May 17, 2017

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I have finished my LA Co Fair entries for this year’s competition.  I will be photographing and putting them here for you to see.  Here is the first one, The Golden Dreamcatcher.

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I used my “Dreamcatcher” pattern, which is a free form style of knitting motifs and adding each different one as you go along.

I used five different yarns, some combined, some solo, to get the effect I wanted.  They were: 1) a gold ribbon with gray/brown edge yarn, “Luna” from Silk City Yarns, mixed with a metallic gold boucle with slubs of gray and rust for the inner circle; 2) the gold “Luna” with a skinny gold metallic for the Sunray section; 3) a brown wrapped in gold with “nuggets” from Universal Yarns called “Elite” for the rick-rack trim; and 4) a brown/gold composite yarn from Lucci called “Paris” along with the skinny gold metallic yarn for the bottom trim.

It probably looks like it should be in a Viking movie as it has the look of being a piece of armor, but I assure you it is only a top to be worn over a black turtleneck and pants.

This is one of my patterns for sale on my Etsy shop, so if you want to try it, you can get it there.

Yarn Sales Continue 7 May May 6, 2017

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This announcement is for Southern Californians only!  Sorry the rest of the world!!

I am continuing to thin my huge stash out, bag by bag (yes, these are 100 gallon bags).  I have just added a huge selection of eyelash, metallics and more Designer Cakes that has kept my yarn twister busy this week.

But being unpredictable Mother Nature, she is not going to be nice to me this week as the weather forecast says “Rain” for Sunday. Never fear though, I have moved my Yarn Sale inside my house. There was a will, so I make a way.  As always, I will be open on Sunday from 9-3, but come in through the front door this time. I have some nice eyelash and metallic yarns (gold, silver) for your consideration, plus some NEW Designer Cakes in Black & Metallic, corals, purples and lavenders, reds, some with metallic and some with eyelash, and beautiful TEALS and sky blues (OK, I am keeping some for myself!) – the possibilities are endless. But space is limited in the house, so no fabric this week. I did put together some exquisite shawl kits for $25 with high-end yarns. Come and see them!

City Of Brea Accessories Show, 29 April April 27, 2017

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This Saturday, I will be at the Brea Community Center in the Gym, Space #270.  It is a nice show for Jewelry and Accessories (I fall into the Accessories category).  Here’s the flyer:

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I am bringing my hats, scarves and new Vest/Jackets done in lace and stretch knit fabric. All things nice for Spring, Summer and into Fall.

 

Yarn Sales To Begin Again April 13, 2017

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After a year of hiatus, I am back and ready to get into the swing of my summer yarn sales.  I know there are those of you out there waiting for them, so here are my dates:

April       23, 30

May          7, 21, 28

June         4, 11, 18, 25

July          2, 9, 23, 30

These are all Sundays and times are 9am to 3pm.  (I wont be open for May 14 which is Mother’s Day or July 16 where we have tickets to see the Classic West concert at Dodger Stadium.)

As always, bring your friends and come early for the best choices.  I will bring out new yarns every week from my huge stash.

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Those are one-hundred gallon clear heavy plastic bags, and yet, this photo was taken when I had emptied out one-half of my yarn.  I admit to over-buying yarn and love every bit, but I must make some hard choices now.  As a result of me keeping such a large stash, I will have those fabulous yarns that have been discontinued, and probably in many colors or colorways.

As usual, I will pass this yarn to you for only $3 per pound.  I will also have my designer cakes for $5 each (lots of yardage on these), and novelty skeins for $2 each (metallic, eyelash, flag, etc.)  If you will notice, there is not that much available in novelty yarns in the stores right now, but I have them.  Shop my sales first.  I know you will be awed by the sheer volume of my inventory.

Also, after a lot of debating with myself over my huge fabric stash, I have decided that I will also let my fabric go (sigh) –  $2 per yard on these.

Plus, I will have my usual “Inventory Reduction” closeout rack of items that I no longer make for craft shows at an incredible discount for you.

See you there!

International Wearable Art Exhibit, Palos Verdes California March 27, 2017

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If you live anywhere in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire or Southern California, you need to go see this exhibit at the Palos Verdes Art Center. It has wearable art from a wide variety of artists all over the world. Make a day of it and you wont be disappointed.

Here’s the link to preview the collection: http://www.wearableexpressions.com/

Craft Show List For 2017 March 26, 2017

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Hello friends.  Customers have asked me to put a list together about where I am going for my next Craft Fairs.  Although most have not opened their application times yet, here are the ones I will either be in for Spring and the dates for the ones I will be applying to get in (the ones I am confirmed in are first and the ones I will be sending in an application for next separated by a paragraph space).

Confirmed For:

29 Apr   Brea Community Center, Accessories Show, 695 Madison Way, Brea, CA – In Gym, Space #270

13 May  Torrance Seniors Spring Show, Torrance Civic Center, Torrance, CA. – Confirmed, no assigned space yet

17 Jun   Piecemaker’s Junk In The Trunk, 1720 Adams Ave, Costa Mesa, CA.  (This is the show that I will be YARN to sell for $ 3.00 per pound, plus designer cakes for $5 and novelty skeins for $2!!) – Space is assigned as we drive in, so you will need to look for me with all my crates of yarn.

 

Yet To Go:

1-24 Sep  Los Angeles County Fair – Got to defend my Best In Show status this year by knitting something AMAZING, so go to the fair and see what I entered for that competition in the DIY Building.  I have already got an idea, but I want to make it absolutely stunning with intricate stitches, fabulous yarns and an “I don’t know how this was done on a knitting machine” type of appeal. Here’s last year’s winner:

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14 Oct  Piecemaker’s Harvest Show, 1720 Adams Ave. Costa Mesa, CA.

28 Oct  Claremont Village Venture Show, Old Town Claremont, CA.

4-5 Nov  Yorba Linda Women’s Club Fall Faire, Yorba Linda, CA

11-12 Nov  St. Jerome’s Christmas Show, Culver City, CA.

18-19 Nov  Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild Fall Faire, Torrance, CA.

25-26 Nov  Covina Women’s Club Christmas Show, Covina, CA.

2 Dec  Piecemaker’s Christmas Show, 1720 Adams Ave. Costa Mesa, CA.

10 Dec  Torrance Wilson Park Holiday Show, Wilson Park (Del Amo and Crenshaw) Torrance

 

That’s is all I have for “away shows” right now.  Then, for those of you looking for my YARN SALES, subscribe here and I will announce those.  These I hold in my backyard in Hawthorne, CA.  With yarn at $ 3.00 per pound (yarn on cones), my Designer “cakes” at $5.00 each (lots of yardage on these combination yarns) and special skeins of fancy yarns for $2.00 each, you’d think you had just died and gone to heaven!  I am waiting for our weather to level out (i.e., no rain) before I bring my precious crates over from storage where they have been climate controlled and away from any light.  That is all the news to date, but I will advertise any updates as the year goes on – SUBSCRIBE if you want to be in the know.

New Items For Spring Show In Torrance March 15, 2017

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Since no one can wear my wool knits in the Spring or Summer, I have made a beautiful assortment of “Halo” jackets and coats for our Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild Spring show. These are sleeveless and made with lightweight knits and trimmed with lettuce edgings or lace. I have Spring colors, plus basic white, black and beige. Good for bridal, office or just knocking around with jeans. Plus, they are one-size-fits-all. But don’t worry, I will also have my Dragon Tail Shawlettes for those knitwear fans.  I develop my own designs and try them out myself before I bring them to you, so come and see them all this Saturday at our fair, in Torrance, corner of Torrance Blvd and Madrona (Prairie).

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