Fun Knit and Crochet in the Summertime!!

Summer is nearly upon us and there is no need to put down your needles!  I have been working on some light and fun projects to welcome the warm weather.20170519_120531

I was so inspired by the Summer 2017 issue of Knitscene Magazine! The cover tank top called my name, as did Queensland Savannah Yarn in minty green and black.  The yarn is made of a yummy combo of linen and silk.  It has a beautiful drape and feels great against my skin!20170519_120506

20170519_123625_HDR.jpgThere are some other great patterns in this issue like my next project:

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So, we’ve had Katia’s Washi  and Washi Print yarn (a bamboo, polyester machine washable tape) in the store and I’ve been dying to make a summer hat.

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It crocheted up in a couple of hours and I was so surprised by how pliable the brim came out!  Word got out and everyone at the store started making one for themselves.

Bonus:  The pattern is free with purchase of yarn (we’ll send it with an online order, or come in the store)!

Enjoy your lazy, hazy, breezy fiber filled summer!

Women’s March Brings Knitting to the Front Lines

by Annette Corsino-Blair

Things have been buzzing at the shop for the last month or so.  Building to a crescendo of energy that I have not seen in quite a while.  People who haven’t knit in many years are blowing the dust off of their needles, wanting to take part in The Pussy Hat Project.

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MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE MARCH

It’s a simple thing really:  make a hat with cat ears out of bright pink yarn and give to someone attending the Women’s March in Washington January 21, 2016.  But like any one effort when multiplied, that sea of pink at our nation’s capital and in many other states around the country and world will be a show of strength and solidarity.

It will be a reminder that women are are strong, valuable and relevant. We plan on rising up time and time again to stand up of our rights.

Did you know that women and children knitting socks and stockings helped finance both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars?  The call was put out and women stepped forward with action.  Always the silent heroes, they started The Sanitary Commission which later became The Red Cross.  When situations become challenging, women band together and get s*#% done!

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YES WE ARE!

I have to admit that it’s been really fun reteaching these passion filled students.  May they be reminded of the importance of working with their hands in a community.  Knitting (and all of the fiber arts) brings us together as sisters and brothers of a common cord.

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WE STILL HAVE LOTS OF PINK YARN IN STOCK!

Community of Knitters: Yarny New Year’s Resolutions

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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.”

-Hilary

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

-Deborah, 51

PENGUONO!”

-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

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