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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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The Magic Lantern March 3, 2017

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It was a rare moment, one of those that you might not catch if you weren’t looking at just the right moment. We had a cloudy and rainy day, but just at sunset, the fading rays of the sun caught the red nectar in the hummingbird feeder for just a tiny moment and we got a picture of our “Magic Lantern” above the lights of the city below. Sometimes you see amazing things, but getting a photo to capture the moment eludes you at the time, and you have to commit the moment to memory, just to keep it for yourself. I am so glad we were able to share this rare moment in Costa Rica with you.

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Blue Throated Goldentail Hummingbird February 25, 2017

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A new bird at my feeder this year in the mountains of Orosi, Costa Rica, the blue throated goldentail is also identified by his coral beak with a black tip.  Very colorful.  I couldn’t get a good picture, so I got a couple from the web.  He is competing for the nectar in my feeder with my other hummingbirds, the Rufous Tail and several male and one female Green-Breasted Mango.  That only gives me a fleeting second to get a picture, as he gets chased away by the others.  As all my pics were blurry, I had to settle for someone else’s photos.  I spied his blue throat and lighter coloring first and noticed he was different from my other hummingbirds, so I got the binoculars out to get finer details.  All these birds are spectacular and it is a joy to watch them from my knitting chair in our great room.  Plus, doesn’t he just give you some ideas for interesting colorways to use in your creative crafts?

Morning In Costa Rica January 19, 2017

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We are now down at our second home in Costa Rica.  Everyone wonders why we chose to build in the mountains of the Cloud Forest instead of the hot, humid beach.  We just like it cooler and without all that humidity up here in the mountains.  It was 53 degrees here this am, and we had to put on our little space heaters, but it will warm up nicely to about 88 degrees today.  In the meantime, I thought I would let you know what is happening right now.

The song “Morning has broken….”comes to mind. Here is our Mango hummingbird. He is emerald green, has a deep blue stripe down his front (that is hard to photograph), but its his deep red tail that he flashes which identifies him. He keeps all intruders away from his feeder and that keeps him busy all day. The last pic is of our blooming Poro trees which are all around the river valley right now. We see all kinds of critters in them, feeding off what must be the most delicious orange flowers. Oropendulas (brown and yellow birds), parrots (flocks of them fill the air – they are silent when feeding but very boisterous when flying), squirrel, brown and white jays, blue and white swallow, robins, and more. Someone switched off the “rain” switch and it has suddenly turned to summer. Our pool is solar heated at 87 degrees. All ready for a stream of guests! Don’t you wish you were one of them?

 

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New FREE Pattern Coming… January 13, 2017

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It has been quite awhile since I did a new pattern design because of foot surgery in the Summer (alas, I had no creative energy then) and then all my craft show commitments in the Fall and Holidays.  But, for those brave knitters who have kept checking back here faithfully in hopes that I would start creating again, I am going to put up a new FREE pattern for you.  I used the “Pfeilraupe” by Alpi Alpenrose as inspiration, AKA The German Arrow Scarf, but to tell you the truth, I just couldn’t bring myself to hand knit all those garter stitch rows, so I changed a few things and worked it out on a bulky machine.  I am going to call it “The Dragon Tail Shawlette”, and here are a couple of pictures for you to whet your appetite of my Red Dragon and Blue Dragon.  I will also put it on Ravelry later, but you will have first dibbs.

As you probably guessed, I made my own yarn blends from my extensive stash to get a worsted weight yarn of 11 WPI, so although I can’t quote any specific yarns, just use one that would be reminiscent of dragon skin.  The Red Dragon is a combo of three yarns: a lace weight red & metallic gold, a 2/30 acrylic in maroon and a 2/12 red acrylic.  The Blue Dragon is a combo of two yarns: a fingering weight green teal and a 2-ply teal with tiny, red crystalline fibers (I believe that this was called Northern Lights).  I like the mottled look overall instead of a flat palette of one color, but that is just me being me!

I want to be able to give you the exact needle positions for the loops for holding the tail, so I will work on that tomorrow, but here’s a peek now to encourage you to dig out some dragonish looking yarn from your stash.

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Torrance Christmas Boutique Tomorrow December 10, 2016

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Here’s the flyer for the show that I will be at tomorrow, Booth #41.  It is my last show of the season, so if you want to complete your gift shopping for the holidays, come and join us.  And have yourself a merry little Christmas now!