Community of Knitters: Yarny New Year’s Resolutions


We asked our community of knitters and crocheters (some of whom are pictured above, at our Branch Gallery opening reception) what their yarny new year’s resolutions were, and here’s what they had to say:

“Learn brioche, knit something for my husband, and make lots of socks.”

-Megan, 33, mom

“Write my own steeked cardigan pattern.”

-Alex, 23, program assistant

“Figure out how to knit a sweater that is in a childhood picture of mine.”

-Sonny, 55, landscaper

“Buy, buy, buy, and knit, knit, knit. Also give away old stash and start anew.”

-Laurie, nana

“Complete some of the projects that I started in 2015.”

-Chris, 54, yarn dude

“Use up my stash, learn to crochet, and knit more baby clothes and accessories.”

-Brenda, 62, eligibility worker for L.A. County

“Go on more knitting trips.”

-Ana, 73, race car driver

“Learn to tapestry crochet, be a more creative knitter, and deplete my stash so I can buy more yarn at The Knitting Tree, L.A.”

-Natalie, attorney

“Finally knit a pair of socks!”

-Aneesa, 23, artist

“Take more classes at The Knitting Tree, L.A. and generously support my favorite yarn store so its business will grow and thrive!”

-Nan, 62, registered nurse

“Make a sweater that is wearable.”


“Limit myself to two open projects at a time. (Ha ha ha!)”

-Deborah, 51


-Alina, 28, musician/yarn seller

“More designing. Finishing what I start! Knitting a sweater for my husband.❤❤ <3”

-Annette, 53, artist

“Be happy with all my projects and knit more for myself.”

-Joyce, 53, senior program manager


Happy New Year from all of us at The Knitting Tree, L.A.!




8 Gift Ideas for the Knitter/Crocheter in Your Life

Stuck for gift ideas for that knitter or crocheter on your list? Look no further than our gift guide — and then stop on in to pick up some of these great gifts. And if you are the knitter or crocheter, well, feel free to forward this post on to the relevant parties.

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For the Knitter/Crocheter Who Has It All

Celestial Strings Supersquish or Galaxy Tweed DK in Winter Branches, The Knitting Tree, L.A. exclusive colorway Continue reading

Three (+2) for Free Friday: Knitty, Winter 2015

ribboncandyzumieIt’s always a fun day when Knitty releases a new issue, and this time was no different. With quite a few “piquant”-rated patterns, the Winter 2015 issue has a lot in store for the so-called seasoned knitter, and lots of these are two- or three-skein accessory projects. Nice for the knitter short on time and/or needing some budget relief from splurge projects. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites: Continue reading

Sarah’s Scene: The Perils of Prideful Gift Knitting

1U3B4364I learned to knit when I was 9. (And again when I was 12. And again when I was 14. My mother has a lot of patience.) After a few years of knitting squares and rectangles — acres of dishcloths in cheap cotton, miles of scarves in the scratchy mohair my grandmother left in our attic — I decided to move on to something more challenging. Armed with the hubris of youth, I decided to make sweater vests for all three of my older sisters. I had two skeins each of a big box brand wool-acrylic blend and bent aluminum straight needles, plus a basic knowledge of cables and shaping. I also had about three days.

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Ravelry Roundup: Joji’s Authentic Collection

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Clockwise, from left: Big Old Coat, Puntilla, Spectrum.

Buenos Aires-based Joji Locatelli is one of a handful of what I like to term elite Ravelry independent designers. Best known for propelling the oversized pullover to the tips of thousands of knitters’ needles with her aptly named Boxy pattern, Joji has built a large following of dedicated fans around the world. Continue reading