Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Memory Error

I actually have had time to post the pictures, but unfortunately there was a memory card error. Now, normally when I make a comment like that I'm alluding the fact that it will take me several moments of contemplation to remember anything other than my name. And in Kindergarten I was actually marked down for my recollection of my name (we were to spell The, I automatically put an A on the end). But in this case, there actually was a memory card error, and I thought the pictures of Music to Knit to were lost, but this morning david was able to transfer the pictures onto the computer. The memory card is nolonger usable, but fortunately had another memory card lying around the house. Such is not the case for my brain, but such is life.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

I've been so busy I've entirely forgotten we have a blog. Yay crappy memory.

We had our second Music to Knit to last night. The local Eagle Rock band REC played and a singer/songwriter Drew Gasparini. They were both really good. I had booked them both without first hearing their music (true to the That Yarn Store style).

I'll post pictures when I get home, or when I get the time I never have tiiiimmmeee.

Today is super busy. We've had a slow couple of weeks and we actually got to the point where we weren't sure of the fate of That Yarn Store, but today has made me optimistic about our little venture.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Playing today ...

Playing today at That Yarn Store is Agustin Lara, Nostalgia.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Word of the day 9/25/05

v. gor·mand·ized, gor·mand·iz·ing, gor·mand·iz·es
v. intr.
To eat gluttonously; gorge.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Word of the day 11/19/05

paucity \PO-si-tee\, noun:
1. Fewness; smallness of number; scarcity.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Dancing hat

Here's the front and back of the teddy bear sweater. Image hosted by

And the karma hat. Jessamy's going to put bunny ears on
it soon.
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I think every dancing hamster needs a hat, especially this
guy. He's danced to Kung Foo Fighter so many times an arm has fallen

Accidental Yamaka

During my shrug class last week I was asked what I like to knit. Hats. Why? Because they are easy, fast, you can actually wear them, and I happened to be working on one at that second. After casting on and knitting a row or two I naturally put my project aside and decided to make a teddy bear sweater. Well, I "finished" the hat last night, and you can tell I had recently been bragging. Yup, I love to make hats so much I purposely don't use a pattern so that I end up making them an inch too short.

Thursday, November 17, 2005


One who obssesively stares at his or her navel.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

word of the day 11/15

triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Word of the Day 11/10/05

comestible \kuh-MES-tuh-buhl\, adjective:
Suitable to be eaten; eatable; esculent -- noun: Something suitable to be eaten; -- usually in the plural.

Getting better all the time

Business has picked up in the last week. Especially weekdays, which have been as busy as weekends. We're thinking it might be the weather? What's really odd is that this past Saturday we didn't have any beginnging classes, something that hasn't happened in a while. And of course, now that I write that today has been very slow.

I decided to start a small short-sleeved shrug in a nice light blue with the Breeze to sell at the holiday fair one of our customers is organizing. Unfortunately I forgot to bring the needles. At home all I had was a size four and size eight and one size 7. If you ever start a yarn store with your family don't share your needles. Anyway, the eights would have been way to big, so I started on the fours. Four hours and six inches later I realized that it would take over 10 hours to make this small shrug.
Now we get to sell a nice blue purse.

Saturday, November 05, 2005


1. Of or having to do with an uncle.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Word of the day 11/04/05


quickness of perception or discernment.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Word of the Day 11/03/05

moil \MOIL\, intransitive verb:
1. To work with painful effort; to labor; to toil; to drudge.
2. To churn or swirl about continuously.

Saturday, October 29, 2005


Today someone came into the store and asked if my shrug was machine knit, saying that the stitches were really even. When I said I had hand-knit it, and that I can notice all the uneven stitches in it she replied that she doesn't keep anything that she knits, since she can always see her mistakes. Is this unusual, or are we all just a walking mass of self-criticism?

Word of the day 10/29/05

A system of names used in an art or science: the nomenclature of mineralogy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


gallimaufry \gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun:
A medley; a hodgepodge.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

afganhs for afghans email

We're making afghans (mittens, hats, socks, sweaters, and vests, too)
... for
Afghans! Join us!

afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people
project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and garments to the
people of Afghanistan.


Hello Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,

We are happy and grateful to report that we made goal on our campaign
clothe 5,000 Afghan boys and girls for this winter.

Thank you so much for contributing to this collection of hand-knit and
crocheted blankets and wool garments for the children. Thanks to those
who spread
the word among fiber friends. We received gorgeous, lovingly made
gifts. Makes
our hearts pound with joy and hope to see the personal generosity
extended to
people on the other side of the world.

The incoming flow of donations was very slow over the summer. Making
our goal
did not seem likely. However, about a week to 10 days before the
extended campaign due
date, the gifts started to arrive much, much faster -- we received
half of the collection in the final week. Folks truly rallied to clothe
kids in time for the winter.

We delivered around 5,860 hand-knit and crocheted blankets and wool or
wool-blend sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks for shipment to
Afghanistan. Of
this total, hats numbered 3,625. Close to 500 pairs of mittens. Close
to 500
pairs of socks. Almost 700 sweaters. Blankets numbered 570.

(We do receive inappropriate gifts that are not on our list of
requested items and used items that we cannot send. We always make sure the
useable items are sent to worthy local domestic charities where they
will be

Our volunteer sorters and packers here in the San Francisco Bay Area
were awesome. We had to hustle like never before to get the incoming
sorted and reboxed for the container. The last two days were
overwhelmingly busy
(dark chocolate is our official fuel of choice). The end product was
obsessively sealed large cartons labeled and ready to travel overseas
to Central
Asia. We rented a 14-foot U-Haul truck to get the cartons to the
staging area.
(Ann drove, and no one got hurt.) We are fortunate to have attracted a
capable, action-oriented, and fun local group that ensures that your
donations get handled properly -- we get energized by seeing the
first-class incoming hand-knit and crochet work.

In addition to volunteer knitters and crocheters, our local sorting and
packing crew, grassroots group and ad hoc organizers, flyer
distributors, for their Canadian mailing service, our
web talent (Marcy and Inga!), and many other voices that get the word
out and cheer us on, we thank
the San Francisco office of the American Friends Service Committee for
partnering with us on the intake of thousands of packages and sharing
space to work.

This current collection of hand-knit and crocheted blankets and
garments will
be distributed to orphanages, clinics, and children's centers in Herat,
Jalalabad, and Kabul. We'll report back when we have a better sense of
an arrival
date and information about how our gifts were received. Transport and
through customs and other often labyrinth steps will take a couple
months. For
this current load, we are working with International Orphan Care and
orphanages and other relief agency partners for transport and

Meanwhile, we hope that the image of thousands of Afghan children
wearing our
handmade, beautiful, warm gifts this winter warms you now. We may get
photos eventually to share, but that would be icing on the cake.

Please note, for those who wish a written acknowledgment or
confirmation, we
do ask that you email us at the time you send your gift, or include a
postcard or envelope that we can mail back, or use the confirmation
services of
whichever postal service you use. We don't have the people-power and
to mail out personalized, written notes, and appreciate your
understanding. We
rely on the efficiency and power of email and the Internet -- could not
developed and maintained this program (so relatively cheaply and fast)

We often wish we could travel together to Afghanistan to distribute the
blankets and garments firsthand and to throw a big blow-out happy party
for the
kids, but that takes a lot of funding and organizing. We do what we can
from here and leave the other steps to the
specialists who work in the field. Maybe one day we'll see peace and
prevail in Afghanistan ... and we can visit as tourists to a
functioning, rebuilt


Next due date?

We're not yet sure of the exact next due date, but probably during the
quarter of 2006. We'll post the information on our website when we can
confirm. Meanwhile, we continue to welcome your donations of blankets
and wool
garments. Additional details will always be on our website for

For program details and mailing addresses, see our Guidelines page --


Again, a heartfelt thanks to all who joined in on this campaign to
5,000 Afghan children for the winter.

The world's needs seem especially endless right now. We'll be keeping
focus as long as Afghanistan needs our caring and as long as
generous American and Canadians continue to respond with their own
hands. Thank you
for extending your compassion, your time, and your talent. Thank you
remembering the Afghan people.


Our best,
Ann and colleagues at

Friday, October 21, 2005

Word of the day 10/21/05

Perezosa (spanish)
Someone who is slugish , slothful, idle, lazy

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Word of the day 10/20/05

nostrum: a medicine whose effectiveness is unproved; a questionable remedy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Word of the day 10/17/05

rondure, n., something circular or gracefully rounded.(from the American Heritage dictionary).

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Word of the day 10/16/05



A dungeon with an opening at the top.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Word of the day 10/08/05

Noisy and difficult to control

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Word of the day 10/01/05


Incapable or seemingly incapable of being fatigued; tireless

Thanks Judy Gregory for suggesting this word of the day!

Friday, September 30, 2005

Word of the day 9/30/05

Agreeable to truth or to fact; actual; real; true; genuine.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Knitting projects

Wondering what our knitting projects are?
Sarah's working on a lacy pattern using snuggly bubbly:
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Thea's working on a shrug using Suri Merino:
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Frannie's working on a Joey Ramone doll and a purse: Image hosted by

And David's working on a sweater:
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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Word of the day 9/27/05


A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group: thieves' argot. Synonyms - dialect.


Hi, I just realized I haven't posted my most recent big project (ok, I finished it a couple of weeks ago), it's a shawl, taken from the poncho page from interweave press (ostrich patern). It's not quite big enough to be a poncho, so I'm calling it a shawl and one of these days I'll crocheting a little flower to keep it in place.

Since finishing it I've knitted a few cell phone cozies, a matching scarf and cell phone cozy for my brother's birthday (one strand argyle, black/red, and suri merino, black, held together), and sock, and a cristmas stocking.

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Word of the day 09/25/05


To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot.

definition taken from

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Word of the day 9/24/05


Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.

Definition taken from

Thursday, September 22, 2005

LA County Fair

So I went to the county fair yesterday. They were having a speed knitting and speed crocheting competition. Very exciting. Ok, not really. I only watched for a couple of minutes then got a little bored. Most of the knitted or crocheted items on display weren't very interesting either. But in the same room there were a few woodcarvers and a tatter. I had never seen anyone tat before, and it was pretty cool. I asked her how she new what to do and she said it's like playing the piano, you just know what to do, but if you look at your hands you'll mess up. The woodcarving seemed equally as interesting. I actually tried woodcarving when I was around 12, but something happened and I lost interest. At 6:30 I went over to the tapestry room for the knitting party but unfortunately there were only 3 people there, so I got a little shy and left. The knitting parties are from 6-10 Wednesday and Thursday.

Word of the Day 9/22/05


Characterized by or exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; friendly

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Guess what I'm doing next time I find myself in Italy.
Not sure what it's made out of but it sure is cool.


afflatus \uh-FLAY-tuhs\, noun:
A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.

Definition taken from

Saturday, September 17, 2005

knitting party at the fair

This just in ...

There's a knitting party at the la county fair! Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-10.
They also have knitting and crochet demonstrations throughout the week.

Word of the Day 09/17/05


1. An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen.

Definiton taken from

Friday, September 16, 2005

Word of the day 9/15/05

aplomb, noun:
Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.

Definition taken from

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

word of the day 9/14/05


The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Definiton taken from

afghans for Afghans

afghans for Afghans is a cool organization, here's what they posted on their yahoo email. That Yarn Store has a collection basket for afghans for Afghans if you're interested in donating.

We're making afghans (mittens, hats, socks, sweaters, and vests, too) ... for
Afghans! Join us!

afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people
project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and garments to the
people of Afghanistan.


Hello Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,

** 5,000 Kids Campaign's Final Stretch! **

Many of you have already contributed beautiful, handmade blankets and wool
garments for our special campaign to clothe 5,000 Afghan girls and boys this
winter. Thank you very much for being generous and involved.

This is one last appeal as we enter the final stretch before our due date of
September 26.

Last week we did a rough count of the incoming contributions -- we are half-way
toward reaching the 5,000 mark. We thought we would be closer at this point. It
is unlikely that we will make the goal before we have to pack the container for
shipping overseas to Afghanistan.

What we are sending is all lovingly made, warm, and much needed in
Afghanistan. We can all feel good about that. Thank you for making this happen.

Might we get closer to our 5,000 goal? Possibly. Here are some steps you can
take today:

1. Knit or crochet a quick child's garment this week. Perhaps a hat or
mittens in a chunky wool yarn. So easy to mail one small item in an envelope to

Our friend has rallied by putting this free pattern for a
worsted-weight Moriarty Hat on their website to encourage last-minute knitting
You probably have your own favorite patterns that can be whipped up fast.

2. Ask a friend or a few friends to knit or crochet one wool garment for an
Afghan girl or boy. Tell them that their gift will mean one more warmer child
this winter. Perhaps give your friend a ball of wool to use. Offer to gather
the completed items and mail together in a flat-rate USPS Priority postage box.
Print out our flyer to show them:

3. Spread the word today through your blog, email lists and network, online
communities/bulletin boards, local yarn shop and guilds (their email lists if
they have one), house of worship, etc. If we each either directly ask one person

or publicize the opportunity to many using the power of the Internet in
particular -- we should be able to reach 1,000 *new* volunteers to make one
wool garment by September 26.

4. Forward this email message in its entirety to knitters and crocheters.

You probably have your own good ideas for this last-minute push. We are
grateful for your taking the initiative now. Many children in Afghanistan this
winter will be the beneficiaries of your efforts.


Our next collection due date won't be until 2006. If you've been thinking
about participating, now is the time.

Blankets and garments received by September 26 will arrive in Afghanistan in
time for the harsh winter months.

We have about two more weeks to collect more wool hats, socks, mittens,
sweaters, and vests, as well as blankets, for children at orphanages, children's

centers, and clinics in Herat, Jalalabad, and Kabul.

For program details and mailing addresses, see our Guidelines page --


** Help Sort and Pack in San Francisco **

If you are in the Bay Area and would like to help sort and pack at our AFSC
Collection Center, please email us as soon as possible. We can always use more
energy and good company. More hands are needed to prepare this collection for
shipping at the end of the month. We are also looking for a donated volunteer
truck and driver to take the cartons to Burlingame for consolidating on to the


Thank you for all that you are doing. Thank you for taking action with your
own hands and heart to express your caring and friendship for the Afghan people.

Our best,
Ann and team at

PS: We love seeing the stories in your local papers ... here are a couple
recent articles for you to enjoy ...
From Sunnyvale, California --
And, from Sun Valley, Idaho --

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Word of the Day 9/10/05


Not easily understood; abstruse.

Definition taken from

Smokey Miles at Carlotta's Passion

This just in ...

Smokey Miles will perform bluegrass and other traditional American music at Carlotta's Passion Fine Art on Saturday, 9/10 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Smokey's performance occurs during the opening reception of "A Century of American Quilting: Traditional and Contemporary Fiber Arts", which runs from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Both the reception and Smokey's performance are free of charge to the public.

Smokey Miles has worn many hats in the entertainment industry. He plays many instruments, sings, composes, acts, and hosts shows. After graduating from Princeton University, Smokey hitchhiked around the country playing wherever he could. He wrote many songs about his experiences. He ultimately settled in Greenwich Village and headlined at numerous venues the New York area. He was the music director and a performer in Rip Torn's Sanctuary Theater and The Cottage Marionette Theater in Manhattan.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Word of the day 9/9/05


Disposed to fight; pugnacious.

Definition from

Word of the Day 9/08/05


Of, pertaining to, containing, or resembling nectar; delicious; nectarean.

Definition taken from

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Crochet thread

I am pleased to announce That Yarn Store now stocks crochet thread! Woohooo.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Word of the day 9/7/05

1. A person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
2. The office or district of a bailiff.

Definition taken from

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Word of the day 8/6/05


Difficult to understand; recondite

Definition taken from

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Word of the Day 9/4/05



Characterized by or indulging in vulgar, lewd humor.

Definition taken from

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Word of the day 9/3


To avoid; shun.

Definition taken from

Friday, September 02, 2005

Word of the day 9/2/05


jux·ta·po·si·tion (jkst-p-zshn)

The state of being placed or situated side by side.

Taken from

Knitzilla's String Scrubbie Project

The lovely Knitzilla's String Scrubbies that are hanging in our front window are for sale, with all the proceeds going to hurricane relief or tsinami relief. Just come in and write a check out to American Red Cross or UNICEFUSA and bring home a lovely scrubbie.

Stitches from the Heart Part 2

Got another email about the hurricane relief:

Stitches from the Heart in Santa Monica is collecting their usual
items to help babies in the hurricane aftermath area, as well as some
hurricane-specific items, which will be distributed via a church in
the Gulf region:

--NEW clothing for children, babies or anyone -- many people had to
escape in a hurry in their P.J's or just could use a fresh change of
clothes. Please note they are not collecting used or gently used
clothing, just new and unused. Underwear probably is a good idea too,

--Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, travel hairbrush --
especially travel sized or free-from-the-hotel size or stuff from the
dollar store. Personal hygiene items that would help a displaced
person who has NOTHING. Especially soaps, they said. (We'll throw in
a few handknit washcloths!!)

--CASH -- Stitches spends more than $2,000 per month shipping hand
knit baby items to hospitals across the country. This month will
bring a hefty postage bill with the additional shipping, and with
shipping much heavier items (like soap). Even if you can't knit, you
can still help knitters helping others with a tax-deductible cash
donation to Stitches.

--Baby hats - they always need. Lots of babies are still in hospitals
with chilly A/C.

--Baby blankets - they appear to have a slight shortage now.
Hopefully Knitzilla's scrubbie blanket initiative will help a little.

--Baby sweaters - yes, it's like a million degrees in New Orleans,
but Stitches still needs sweaters for babies, newborns and toddlers.
Even if they don't, these sweaters will go to a child who needs one
somewhere in the country.

We will be collecting these items at Knitzilla Monday meetings (and
our special Tuesday-after-Labor-Day bonus meeting) -- but if you
can't make it to those, please send/drop off directly to:

Stitches From the Heart
3306 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310)452-5151

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Word of the day


1. To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: “A great effort was made... to obscure or obfuscate the truth” (Robert Conquest).
2. To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.

taken from

Hurricane relief

Got this email today:

A VERY KIND LADY FROM THE CGOA is willling to collect and distribute
crocheted and knitted items in New Orleans. They are desperate. If
you have any items ready for the babies and especially toddler sizes
we are already shippng items to them. Our first three boxes are
leaving today via UPS. Bring them in to the Stitches From The Heart
Store, 3306 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 (just east of Trader
Joe's), or send them to us as quickly as possible. We will take care
of the cost of sending items to New Orleans. Also, please tell all
your friends - quilters, knitters and crocheters.

Kathy Silverton, Founder
Stitches From the Heart

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Knit on TV

There's a TV show called Knitty Gritty which is on the DIY network (nope, haven't heard of it either). They are looking for "fun and charismatic knitters to appear on the show."

For more info:

Sunday, August 28, 2005

free yarn

bernat is giving away free yarn:

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Moby Dick?

I finished Harry Potter yesterday. The ending was a bit contrived, but I liked the rest of the book. Sarah asked me if I was reading Moby Dick. um... no, just Harry Potter. I also started on my poncho, one of the ones in the interweave magazine. You can download the pattern online It's the Lace Poncho by Susan Sternlieb. I'm using Plymouth's Suri Merino. It was looking nice during the four rows I managed to knit, but the gauge wasn't right so I need to start over again.

Sunday, August 14, 2005


It seems like I don't have time much for knitting anymore, it might be because the store has been keeping busy, or maybe it's just because I've been trying to keep up with the Harry Potter books. Nearly finished the 5th one. I feel a little silly though, a grown up reading Harry Potter in a knitting store, but oh well, I've gone this far. I think I'll make something before going on to the sixth book. I'm thinking a poncho for my aunt's birthday. She seems to really want one. There was a cute one in the latest interweave knits magazine. The hard part though is trying to pick a yarn. Hmmm, maybe I'll be inspired when reading about one of Harry Potter's hyjinks.

Friday, August 12, 2005

V shawl

Seeing as the majority of the people stopping by the store are
crocheters I've decided to try my hand at crocheting again. When I was
12 I picked up a crochet hook and decided to teach myself how to
crochet. A few weeks later we had lots of crocheted objects
around the house. The problem was, I knew nothing about foundation
chains, so all I managed to do was make a bunch of circles. Now
the time has come to once again teach myself the art of one-stick-with
hook-in-end. I'm pretty sure I've figured out the difference
between single, double, and triple crochet, but my biggest problem is
what to do at the edges. Lots of them seem to grow shorter as I
continue to crochet, but not all of them are mysteriously shrinking. I
don't know ... it's a whole different world, this crochet thing.
Despite my confusedness I've managed to follow the pattern for Tia
Jose's V Shawl (the original was made by Tia Jose then
reverse-engineered by Jessamy). I've made a couple of mistakes,
but overall it looks allright, I probably should have gone with the
worsted instead of the chunky but I liked the light blue color.
You can kind of see the V shape at the corner of the

crochet shawl

Boy, I should really take a photography lesson.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Hyperbolic Planes

Yesterday I went to the talk by Diana Taimina about how to crochet hyperbolic planes. The gallery was in a not so great neighborhood in Echo Park, and I almost didn't go because it was hard to find parking, but I did, and I'm glad I went. The crowd was an interesting mixture of mathematicians (or people who knew big math words) and crocheters. I don't know much about math myself, and unfortunately didn't pay much attention in Physics (though I wish I did), so the only concept which was not new to me was the explanation of parallel lines.

A hyperbolic plane, or at least the way I understood it, is pretty much the opposite of a sphere. If you were to draw a line around a balloon the line would curve into itself and then it would create a ring. With hyperbolic space the line curves out, and instead of creating a circle the line continues to grow infinitely. For a long time there wasn't a very good tangible representation of hyperbolic space, and the few that existed were very fragile so you couldn't really maneuver it. Taimina, who learned to knit when she was a child and new how to crochet, one day realized that you could manipulate yarn, using a crochet hook, to make something with the same features as a hyperbolic plane. Essentially all it is is increasing at an exponential rate. The outcome, depending on how fast you increase sometimes looks like a brain, which Taimina thought wasn’t a coincidence. This same wavy shape occurs elsewhere in nature, including some in some sea creatures. There is a short description of how to make hyperbolic planes at: . You can read more about it on .

Actually, the most interesting thing I heard in this lecture wasn't related to crocheting or even really about the concept of hyperbolic planes, but is a simple fact that stares you in the face every day, the fact that we live in three dimensions but can see in only two dimensions. An apple, although it exists in three dimension (up/down, left/right, forward/backwards), can only be seen in two dimensions (up/down, left/right). You cannot actually see the other side of an apple. And the only way for us to see something in three dimensions is to exist and live in four dimensions. But seriously, how could I have not known this? It's not actually that hard of a concept, and I feel like this is one of those mind-expanding things I should have learned in sixth grade. Was I just not paying attention?

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Machine Project

I don't know if you're in the Los Angeles area, but if you are, there's a cool
gallery called Machine Project,, and tomorrow they will be having a talk by Diana Taimina, a Cornell University Mathematician who crochets Hyperbolic planes. It sounds pretty cool.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Knitting Guild

I went to a knitting guild meeting yesterday, the Jewel City Knitters. They were all very nice, and most of what they do is for philanthropy.
If you're interested, the website is They meet the First Wednesday of every month.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Dalmatian bag

Why, hello. Gilroy was hot. Very hot. And they charged two
dollers for a bottle of water. How annoying. Besides the garlic
ice-cream (vanilla and pistacio), one of the few good things about the
trip was that I made a bag from two of our new yarns. I used
Cotton 8 and Lucci's Pom-Pom, held together. I was originally thinking
of making it a cow bag, even brought some black yarn to occasionally
work in, but the black and white pattern on the Pom Pom changed too
quickly. So now it's a dalmatian bag, which works too.
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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Open II

So, yesterday dad put up a neon OPEN sign. A customer came in at 7:00 and commented that they had been waiting for us to open. Seems that you can't be officially open if you don't have an open sign on you're window. Interesting. Thruth be told,jessamy and I were planning on needlepointing the open and closed sign but have only gotten as far as the "ed".

nothing much is going on

It's been very slow at the shop lately. We're hoping it's the heat.

We've got some new yarn in a couple of days ago, there's a black and white bumpy one from Lucci (I'm not sure what the term is for it, but I'm calling it Pom Pom) that I'm thinking of useing with a white encore to make a cow colored purse.

Jessamy is working on a sock puppet dog pattern that we just got in from JudyKits, Judy hand-delivered it herself. It's looking pretty cool so far.

I finished a Dropped Stitch Ribbon shell yesterday, got the pattern from Teen Knitting (no, I'm not a teen, it's just one of the books we're selling). The end stitches are a little funky, but other than that it looks all right. I'll try to take the camera to the store tomorrow. If not, no picture for the blog for a couple of days because me, jessamy and max are going to be going to Gilroy for the Garlic Festival. Yay. I'm looking forward to some Garlic Ice-Cream. I've actually had some before at Stinking Rose. It's amazing - the flavor is subtle but unmistakably Garlicy.

Monday, July 25, 2005


Here are my last couple of projects:

A devil hat, based on the Stitch 'n Bitch, but only using one ball. Apperantly I wasn't really focusing on the hat when I took this picture.

The hat and scarf my mom requested, the scarf has a hole so that it stay wrapped:

The socks I'm working on:

By the way, I figured out the gusset. I was trying to make it much more complicated than it really is. Unfortunately I have about 10 stitches too many so I'm going to work on a baby one first, then rip this one out and start over again.

Saturday, July 23, 2005


For my birthday yesterday we went out to eat at a churrascaria in Glendale called Gauchos Village. They had a little buffet type layout where you get your side dishes like potato salad or fruit, then you sit down at your table and guys with skewers of meat come around and ask you if you want any. If you say yes they cut off a piece and put it on your plate. Fortunately I had no idea this was a meat restaurant so I had filled up my plate with the side dishes. I ended up eating 4 pieces of meat anyway. I really should stop thinking of myself as a quasi-vegetarian.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Opening Day Pictures

Ok, so I'm a week late, but here's some pictures from opening day.

Ribbon cutting with oversized scissors:

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Knitting lessons:

The cool band:

And despite the fact that it is blury, my favorite picture of opening weekend:

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

socks and presents

A couple of days ago I tried to make my first sock. Everything went fine until it came time to make the gusset, then I got confused. Fortunately my mother requested a scarf and hat for an early birthday present (she's going to Alaska for a few days) so I have another half a day for my brain to subconsciously decode the pattern. It probably would have been smarter for me to do a small baby sock instead of throwing myself into the size 2 needles Sockotta pattern, but oh well, that's just how I do things. Most of the time it turns out right in the end.

Monday, July 18, 2005

We've got the hook up

I'm on the internet at the store! Finally!

More people came into the store today than expected. We originally guessed that Mondays were going to be a slow day and that we'd eventually close on Mondays. It's time to revisit that guess. Maybe we'll just stay open every day - no days off for us, but that's easy for me to say since Jessamy has been doing all the work lately. But at least it she's enjoying it.

And can I just take the time to mention that I love the PowerBook G4 keyboard much better than the computer we have at home, I'm actually typing at a half way decent speed right now.

We saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Friday, right after we saw the orignial at the store. It was very entertaining but not perfect, and it didn't seem like Tim Burton was trying to make a perfect film. The special effects were a bit lame as well. Johnny Depp was brilliant, as he always is and always will be, which is why we have made July the Johnny Depp movie month at That Yarn Store.

Back to the store .... we've moved around a few things this weekend so now the store doesn't look as desolate but we still haven't had anyone come hang out and knit yet, which is a little dissapointing.

As for my knitting projects, on Friday Mom is going to Alaska with her sister so she requested, for an early birthday present, a hat and a muffler. I'm assuming she ment a muffler for neck, not for her car ... I'm also making a pair of socks for myself, so maybe I can get my parents' camera so I can take a picture of my projects.

Thursday, July 14, 2005


Today we finished our schedule of events for July. There was much negotiation and the talk of buying a TV specially for the store's Movie Nights - which some of us objected to, and others were in favor of, but I won't name names because feelings will get hurt, but then of course by the mere mention of the disagreement I've probably hurt someone's feelings. Sigh, family dynamics.

Yesterday (and if everything works out we'll be getting DSL in the store very soon, so hopefully much of my posts won't start off with "yesterday") a woman, I believe her name was Candid, came in and asked "Habla Espanol?," we answered "Un poquito" because Noah and I have taken four years of Spanish in high school, Jessamy has taken a semester of conversational Spanish, and Alex (our cousin who was visiting for the week and just went home today) knows a little Spanish. It took us what felt like five minutes to understand her first question, which we eventually understood as - do just sell yarn or do you also teach lessons? It was Ensenar, to teach, which none of us could understand. It was funny, but mostly in that sad sort of way, because she asked us a few more questions and it was a group effort to come up with a translation and an answer, but she kept asking questions, one of which was on the conversational side, so I guess our answers were decent. Jessamy, who had the least amount of Mexican blood in the room did the most communicating. We're all proud of her. Ohhhh, I just had an idea, we could have an "I wish I could speak better Spanish" knitting group, where we could sit around and knit and practice our Spanish.

Monday, July 11, 2005

The second day

We had two repeat customers! It was very exciting. Angie, who learned how to crochet on Saturday, came back again yesterday. Another woman, whose name I can't remember right now and who also learned how to knit on Saturday, came in with a garter stitch scarf made with green Bigga. It was already a full length but she wanted to make it bigger so she came in and bought more yarn. We were all very excited and actually took a picture of her and her project.

Sunday, July 10, 2005


Yesterday went well. Ribbon was cut, yarn was bought, music was played.

The morning was quite frantic, with preparations still going on at 11:00. We took some pictures of the opening, including some of the ribbon cutting so I'll post that as soon as we get it on the computer. It seemed like lots of the customers (who were not family friends) lived only a few blocks from the store, so that was very cool (it's going to be a struggle to learn all of your names). There was three women (a daughter, mother, and grandmother) who stayed at the store for around three hours. Jessamy taught the mother how to crochet and it was amazing how quickly she got into it. The daughter knit (I think) and the grandmother wanted nothing to do with the yarn, much like my grandmother. Several people told us we needed more shelves (we only have three, but right now all our merchandise fits perfectly into those three shelves). The band was amazing. None of us new what to expect, so we were all pleasantly surprised.

And now I'm off to eat Dim Sum. Yum.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Deep breath before the plunge

The past two weeks have been frantic. All of us have been putting things off, coming up with new things to buy, getting mad at each other, and had a brief panic attack about the shelves. Surprisingly, today is turning out to be very mellow - the deep breath before the plunge. We still have shelve problems, some yarn still doesn't have their info sheet made, and we haven't put any yarn on the shelves yet, but it all seems manageable. But the real test is tomorrow, and I promise to post the results.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

more yarn

yesterday we met with our third rep. We bought lots of Louet, yarn from the Fibre Company and Claudia Hand Painted Yarns, sweaterkits, pick up sticks, and needles from skacel. Later today we'll be buying the rest of our needles.

I haven't had much time for knitting lately, what with the store opening in two weeks (less than). Sigh.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Shirt and Classes

I just realized I haven't written about my knitting projects in a while. I'm working on a shirt. It's blue and bumpy and beautiful. Ok, maybe not the beautiful part, but it is blue and bumpy. And my camera still doesn't work so I can't show a picture of it. Argh.

I don't think I've mentioned the classes yet ....
We'll be having free beginning knitting and crochet classes on our opening weekend - July 9th and 10th - the website has slightly more details. www.thatyarnstore.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

busy busy

Today was once again a busy day. We went to a small business business near our house and talked to someone there about press releases, we worked on our press releases, copied our flyer onto colored paper, ordered business cards with our logo on it, went to the local farmers market and passed around flyers, went to a grand opening of a cowboy store a couple of blocks from our store, worked on the website. All of this for you.

Friday, June 17, 2005

July 9th!

We've picked an opening day! It's very, very soon. Very, very scary too. We figure at least for the first day we'll offer free beginning classes if a ball of yarn is purchased. I think we should offer free beginning classes all the time, but that still has to be decided.

We went to pick up another couch today, it's green. Unfortunately we had to rent a u-haul because we don't have a flat bed truck so it's an expensive couch now.

Lets see ... we still have to get a sign, dad's meeting with someone tomorrow, and we still need shelves, dad has taken it upon himself to build them.

What would you do if you had a yarn store?

Thursday, June 16, 2005


Our website is up -

Check it out!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Poor blog

Poor blog, I've neglected thee.

Lots of exciting store developments have happened in the past few days. On Saturday the family picked out a couch, an almost matching comfy chair, and some groovy lamps for the store. We also bought some nice chairs for the table that dad will be making (it's going to be a big table for people to sit at, with enough space to spread out your projects). On Sunday some of us cleaned up the floor and applied varnish to half of the store.

And ... today we bought yarn! How exciting! We actually went to a distributor's house and spent three hours looking through binders which contained small examples of yarns by the manufacturers he works with. We bought some Debbie Bliss, some Sirdar, lots of novelty yarns by Knitting Fever. I think we had a nice first purchace.

Another exciting develpment is that we now have a logo. woohoo.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

I'm back

The family just went to Oberlin to see F graduate from college. But now we're back ... While on the plane I knit M a scarf, it was done in a moss stitch (k,p on an odd number of stitches). I knit three colors together and alternated between 5 yarns, with a rowan polar yarn being used throughout the scarf. Unfortunately my camera is out of batteries and I don't have access to the camera's software so I can't post a picture of it. Oh well.

Friday, May 27, 2005


I finished my hat. It's not perfect, but oh well. I had the hardest time picking a trim pattern. I didn't like the trim they featured in the book (Hip to Crochet) so I tried a bunch of versions, decided to go with a double crochet, got about half way through, and then decided to see if a half double crochet with (I think) three chains would work. It turned out it looked better, but then I had to undo all the trim so I could start over. Anyway, after it took me forever to undo the half-double three chain thing I decided I had spent enough time on the trim thank you very much and continued with the double crochet. The flower was equally as annoying. After about 45 minutes of trying different chain lengths and patterns I decided to hell with it and went with the one you see in the picture. Arg. The book called for Bulky yarn and a size H/8 hook. I used the Lions Brand mohair and a size 6 hook (and I crochet pretty tight, too). So, if you start this project I suggest you use a sport-weight yarn or a smaller hook. Also, I had to increase more times than they called for. If I had gone with the actual directions in the book then even a small-headed lemur couldn't have fit into that hat. Just had an idea, maybe the publisher has a note online about corrections ... Nope, no corrections on the hat. Hmmm, maybe it's just me? Anyway I did two more increases on the seventh row ( in the frontish) and an increase on the eight( in front and in back) then one on both sides on the 11th row and I think one or two more increases but I can't seem to find them and I didn't write it down cuz I'm cool like that ... Basically I was just putting the hat, on saying oh my that's two tight, then frogging at least half a row and putting an increase.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Moving right along

So things are moving along with the store. S has picked color, light blue. We have a start date, July 9th (I think?), and D has already contacted yarn manufacturers. We obviously already have a store front picked out too, but I won't divulge the actual address, yet.

The knitting projects are also moving along too, it's not just a crochet hook anymore. Unfortunately I'm not 90% happy with my hat, but more about that when I actually finish the thing.

So why on earth am I referring to everyone my their first name initial? I'm not quite sure, and I do agree it's a little weird, ok maybe it's more than a little weird. I suppose it's just a precaution against using full names because I will eventually not be content with our actual names and will then go back to all the postings and refer to myself as Crescendo, and all the rest of my family as Ubermeister, Crepe, and LaFawnduh.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


J is working on a sleeveless V-neck. Oooh.

I'm working on a hat. Oooh.

Thursday, May 19, 2005


J finished my spiffy mittens today. Unfortunately I can't share the instructions because that would be copyright infringement. Oh well.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

No Yarn Involved

Ok, so this doesn't actually involve yarn or knitting, but I made some California Rolls over the weekend. It was my third time trying to make them, and it turned out all right, not as good as my first attempt, but not as horrid as my second. I used a different kind of rice for my second attempt, so maybe that was what went wrong, anyway here's a website about making sushi (use Calrose rice if you decide to try it).

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Why Blog

So, why would a yarn store need a blog?
Besides the obvious fact that it provides us with another venue for shameless promotion, a simple website just isn’t dynamic enough for That Yarn Store. We don't want our yarn store to be a place where you just come to buy yarn, we want the store to be a friendly place where people can sit and knit and talk. A blog will provide us with a way to connect with people even though they may be sitting in their home wearing their favorite Star Wars PJs. Although you’re more than welcome to come to the store in your Star Wars PJs, we won’t judge.

What's going to be on this blog? Our calendar of events of course (there's a rumor we're going to have a jazz band performing on our opening day) we'll also have pictures of the knitting projects all the family members are working on, plus some tips, doubtless there will whole posts on some of the "oh man I totally messed it up" projects, and maybe a couple of pictures of the family, or more likely there will be some hand-drawn pictures of the family since a few of us are camera shy.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Officially Official

This just in from Pop - " We are officially a business today. All papers, permits and licenses are done."

Friday, May 13, 2005

It begins . . .

That Yarn Store in Eagle Rock is now an official business! We got the business license yesterday. We don't have any yarn yet, but as far as the government is concerened we can sell ourselves silly.

That Yarn Store in Eagle Rock (as a name) wasn't even in the running three weeks ago, but then Pop attended a business seminar. Gone went the names Plaknit Yarn (the K is silent!) and my personal favorite "Nobody's Business." Fortunately the seminar pointed out that people outside of your family wouldn't consider a name such as Knits of the Round Table to be terribly witty.

more later . . .