Sunday, December 31, 2006

Dye Job

My first attempt at non-koolaid dyeing (I'll try and get a pic of the pink bunny slippers). The hope is that I'll dye and knit a sweater for my grandmother's birthday, January 14th.

I like the sound of deadlines as they woosh past.

new yarn

We have a new yarn - recycled silk. oooh. It's even nice sideways.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of happiness and an enjoyable time with family and friends.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

I've been tagged

RULES: "Each player of this game starts with the "6 weird things about you." People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog."

1.) I once owned a snake.

2.) I get little bumps on my fingers when I get cold.

3.) I think the special google logos are cute.

4.) I can't spel.

5.) I own Ricky Martin's Vuelve.

6.) I own Jingle Cats. It was a gift, really.

What have I done to you Anonyknitsto deserve this? And yes, I do realize the irony in my annoyance with memes doesn't stop me from playing or spreading around the holiday cheer to you and you and you and you and you and you.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Kool Aid Dye!

I'm making my little sister bunny slippers from Happy Hooker. I've decided to make it in white, then cool aid dye it pink.

Here's my first cool aid dye experiment, using Cherry flavor, though I think I'm going to use pink lemonade on the actual slippers.

We didn't have white vinegar at home, so I used apple cider vinegar.

I soaked the swatch in water first.

Then I mixed the vinegar and kool aid in a glass, put in the swatch, then microwaved it.

Suddenly the mixture boiled over, and I had to leave the room because of the smell.

I've since read that kool aid is already acidic, and vinegar isn't necessary. oh well

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Stripe hat

My latest project.

It's for me. True, I do have Christmas presents and preemie hats and sweaters left to do, but I had a hat vision and had to make it.

I used 5 bobbins for the stripes, so there was much wrapping and tangling involved, but it fun.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Stitches hats

Our charity event was a lot of fun. Hats were made, eggnog was consumed.

Here are some of the hats donated:

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Money for knit stocking

During the past week we had 2 requests for hand-knit items.

Let me know (thea.yarnstore at if you're interested, and I'll pass on your info.

1) knit stocking. red and green stripes.

2) I just had a baby and am looking for folks that are interested in knitting or crocheting baby items for me. I have the patterns. I would like hats, and stockings. Something of a fairly good quality (although it doesn’t hv to be cashmere of course!) but something that will last for years to come and can be passed on to his own children someday.
There are also so many items that I want hand-knitted for him. I hv saved many pics of items that I like, especially knit dolls. Sock monkey style!?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Monday, December 04, 2006

What's next

I finished the shawl! yay. It's too dark to take an adequate picture right now, but I should be able to take one by Wed.

Next on my list is a drop stitch scarf with ribbon yarn. We sold the previous store sample, so I'm making another one.

After that I'll finally be able to work on my growing list of presents and gifts.

I'm also going to try and make before Friday night a hat for Knitzilla. Why Friday - a representative from the group will be at the store on Saturday for our charity knitting day. I'm thinking of a black hat with red diagonal stripes. We'll see.

The Christmas presents I'll need to make are a mobius head shawl, possibly with the outback mohair and Noah's pirate socks (half done), and a slew of bookmarks to stick in a few Christmas cards. Jessamy wants bed socks, slippers, and a hat, but she's going to be in SF for Christmas, and last year we just had late Christmas with her.

My sister asked for a sweater. Fortunately her birthday's in mid January, so if I shoot for having it done by Christmas, it should be able to finish it by mid January.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Charity Knitalong

Hi all.

The holidays are a season for giving, so why not use your knit and crochet skills for charity.

Here's the deal:
Everyone who participates in our December knitalong should email me ( with your name, blog (if any), and the # of items you pledge to make for charity between Dec. 1st and by Dec. 31st.

Here's what we hope to accomplish with our CHARITY KNITALONG:

100 hats for Stitches from the Heart.
25 preemie sweaters for Stitches from the Heart.
25 hats for Knitzilla.

Hilda - 2 preemie hats
Marisa - 3 preemie hats
Terry - 10 preemie hats
Thea - 10 preemie hats, 1 sweater, 3 knitzilla hats


The special charity knitting button will be available soon. We'll also have a button for those that meet or exceed their pledges.

The charities I'm focusing on are Stitches from the Heart and Knitzilla. But feel free to send your items to other charities.

We have a $25 gift certificate for the most charity items knitted or crocheted (we'll need a picture of your items to share).

Keep checking back for updates. Thanks for getting involved!

If you're in the LA area and would like to knit with others, That Yarn Store will be having a charity knitting event (including reps from Stitches and Knitzilla and a preemie hat knitalong) on Dec. 9th from 11-1.

Check out Bev's Country Cottage for preemie measurements and patterns.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Charity hat done

I just finished the template for my preemie Stitches from the Heart hats.

I used DK weight yarn, and size 5 DP needles.
Here's the pattern - CO 50, work in k1, p1 rib for 4 rows. Work 8 rows in stockinette.

Decrease as follows:
Row 1: *k5, k2tog*, repeat from *, ending with k1.
Row 2: *k4, k2 tog*, repeat from *, ending with k1.
Row 3: *k3, k2 tog*, repeat from *, ending with k1.
Row 4 and all subsequent rows: *k2, k2 tog*, repeat from *, ending with k1.
Stop decreasing when you have 9 stitches left. Cut end, bring end through the 9 stitches, weave in ends.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Look we're famous!

In case you missed it, That Yarn Store had a whole two paragraphs in a semi recent LA Times article about Eagle Rock.

Here's some excerpts from recent press and ones from the past.

Side note: the kid on the front page of that article looks just like one of my identical twin cousins - coincidence, probably, but please don't ask me which twin it looks like.

LA Times, Calendar Section, Nov. 16th

Late on a Wednesday morning, David Orozco is sitting on a floral couch knitting a baby blanket. Barefoot and bearded, he isn't the sort of owner you'd imagine for a yarn shop, but this isn't your average knitting store. In addition to offering classes and selling yarns made from bamboo, hemp and yak hair, the store is a community gathering spot of sorts. Set up like a living room, with a couple of well-worn couches and rocking chairs, this strip-mall outpost regularly hosts special events, including a monthly Spin a Good Yarn Night (where knitters share stories while working their needles), yarn swaps and Spanish conversation nights.

The concept is "a place where people could come and hang out and talk and have it be supported by a business," said Orozco, 55, who runs the shop with his wife and two of his six children. He chose Eagle Rock because the retail space is fairly inexpensive and "the cultural mix of the community is such that there's all kinds of people here and all kinds of economics."

LA Weekly

November 15th
LA Vida-Knitting Factories
Where to stitch ’n’ bitch in L.A. [...]

That Yarn Store

This place is more than a knit shop: It’s an art gallery, a literary salon, even a language-immersion center. On Spin a Good Yarn night, patrons read poetry, passages from novels, or just a good joke; Friday Night Fun might mean a movie or live music underscored by the soothing click-click of knitting needles; on Spanish Conversation nights, knitters are invited to habla espaƱol. Owners David Orozco and Sarah Todd, along with their brood of eccentric kids (ask them about Borneo), are constantly thinking of new activities to keep knitters from feeling lonesome. Their upcoming Yarn Swap and Thanksgiving Leftovers night (November 24) is a clever way to use up uneaten stuffing and old balls of leftover yarn. There are weekly classes for beginners, a Men’s Only night and — just in time for holiday generosity — a Quick Gifts class (Saturday, December 9). That Yarn Store, 1578 #4 W. Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, (323) 256-YARN or

LA City Beat - 7 days

Most objects and adornments feel better in your hands if you sense the hands that made them. All day today through Sunday, see handcrafted fine art and objects, including creations by more than 45 jewelers working in a wide range of materials, at the 1st Annual Santa Monica Arts Festival (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.; $7.50, $6.50 seniors, free for kids under 12; Hourly demonstrations throughout the weekend include ceramics, water color, and weaving. But if it’s fiber that really gets you going, hit That Yarn Store in Eagle Rock, where this evening they’re holding a “Singles Night” so people of both sexes, any sexual orientation, and all knitting skill levels, can needle each other in search of true love (1578 W. Colorado Blvd., 323-256-9276; 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; free;

LA City Beat - 7 days



Got a yarn to tell? Don’t know yarns that well? Satisfy both needs tonight at That Yarn Store in Eagle Rock. The family-owned, “community-oriented gathering place” is hosting its second “Spin a Good Yarn Night,” featuring poetry, jokes, improv, and other kinds of ways to tell a story while your hands are busy making mittens, or scarves, or a sexy ’70s crochet bikini. Bring your needles, or your active storytelling or listening skills, and see what “purls” your pals will come up with. Say, isn’t that James Frey in the corner? 7 p.m. Free. 1578 W. Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, (323) 256-9276.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Begone with you

Got an email a few days ago about a call for unfinished knitting projects, to be used as set pieces for a play.

So I dug up my first attempt at a scarf.

Yes, it does have a cable down the middle. But, it also has crossed stitches, new yarn joined in the middle of a row, and I thought two skeins would be enough for a scarf.

I briefly considered keeping it for sentimental reasons, but seeing as I don't actually remember knitting it, that excuse wouldn't work. Plus, I'm genetically predisposed to hord crap, and although I'm doing pretty good at the moment in terms of stuffage, this scarf just might be the gateway garment. Next thing you know, I'm 70 years old and still holding on to my gauge swatches afghan squares.

If anyone wants to share postage, bring your knitting to the store, affixed with all the necessary info.


Dear Knitters,

Got an old knitting project that you don’t plan to
ever finish?
Half done socks?
Five inches of a scarf?
Now they can be part of a touring theater piece!

Help performer Kristina Wong demystify the
knitting circle and unravel the deep psyche of the
master crafter in her new solo show “Wong Flew Over
the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Your donations of unfinished
knitting pieces from around the world will be included
as part of the set for a live serio-comic exploration
of maintaining sanity in times that seem almost

All contributors will receive “set construction”
program credit for the life of the show. (Please
forward this notice to all the knitters you know)

Your friends in crafting,
The Cuckoo’s Nest

“Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” originally
set out to explore the sky-high rates of mental
illness and suicide among Asian Pacific Islander
Women. Asian Pacific Islander American women have the
highest rates of suicide in the country in a statistic
that seems to be widely unpublicized and often
disregarded. The unfinished knitting collected
represent incomplete intentions, women’s work,“spinning a yarn,” and loneliness. During the show,
Kristina uses the knitting pieces to represent
“unravelling” women and even unravels some of the
pieces during the show. These knit pieces may also be
displayed as part of an art installation later in the

Please include the skein of yarn (if there is one)
attached to your unfinished knitting. Include the
knitting needle it’s sitting on, or if you want to
keep you needles, pull some waste yarn through the
loops so that your piece doesn’t unravel in the mail.

On a sheet of paper please include the following
information. This information is all optional as it
may be displayed as part of a public installation of
this work.

Name (or alias)
Ethnic identification
Where do you live/ Where are you from?
What was the original intention when you cast on
this piece?
What reasons do you have for not finishing it?
Any information about this piece that is pertinent
to its history or to your history.
If you are interested in knowing where “Wong Flew
Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is touring to, please include
your email address.

Note: Your name and hometown must be included if
you want to be credited for “set construction.”

Unfinished knitting, all different shapes and
colors that can be unraveled if pulled at the string.
This could be the sleeve of a sweater you never
finished, the first scarf you started, or any other
piece of knitting that for some reason or another you
have not managed to finish nor do you anticipate will
represent incomplete intentions, women’s work,
“spinning a yarn,” and loneliness. During the show,
Kristina uses the knitting pieces to represent
“unravelling” women and even unravels some of the
pieces during the show. These knit pieces may also be
displayed as part of an art installation later in the

At the end of the run of “Wong Flew Over the
Cuckoo’s Nest,” the remaining pieces will be stitched
together to create blankets for charity. Any attached
skeins of yarn will be cut and also given to charity.

* Knitting received by December 1, 2006 will
appear in the Berkeley premiere of WFOTCN on December
9 and the run at MACLA in San Jose December 15-16.
* Knitting received by March 15, 2006 will appear
in the East Coast premiere of WFOTCN March 23-24 at
the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, PA.
* Knitting may also appear in other national
performances of this show.

PO BOX 251664

Please do not send anything COD.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Felted Sachet

I needed a break from the never ending shawl yesterday, so I made this 3 hour felted sachet. I'm thinking I'll use it for a felting class.

December 9th is our charity knitting event.

I'll be posting in the next few days about how you can help and take part in our charity knitalong.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Hey, here are some pics from the last couple of events.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Live Music tonight!

Music Night
Featuring Lorin Hart and a special musical guest.

November 17, 7 pm

"Lorin Hart is like Buddy Holly's girlfriend, a downtown cowgirl, and her songs sound like the fairgrounds" --Tom Waits

Join us for a wonderful evening of music and heart.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Fiber arts show this week!

fiber = art

Fibrous Beginnings: A Los Angeles Fiber Arts Show

November 12-November 18, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for some unusual, witty, and just plain cool pieces by local
Los Angeles fiber artists.

Artists include: Illona Battaglia Aguayo, Juanita Rivas-Raymer, Evelyn
Van Orden, Janice Ogata, Regina Rioux Gonzalez, Elisabeth Quick, Ako
Castuera, and Sharon Grier.

That Yarn Store
1578 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-9276

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Fiber arts show coming very soon!


November 11th
Fibrous Beginnings: A fiber arts exhibit


November 12 - November 18, 2006

Opening Reception: November 11, 7-10 pm

And don't forget our unnofficial, not really end-of-show Music Night

Featuring Lorin Hart and a special musical guest.

November 17, 7 pm

Click here for an invitation

"Lorin Hart is like Buddy Holly's girlfriend, a downtown cowgirl, and
her songs sound like the fairgrounds" --Tom Waits

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

It keeps going ...

Yay, I love the I voted sticker.

Still working on the shawl. I've made some progress, but I'm not done yet!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Gnome class this saturday

Knitted gnome class! This Saturday!

Holiday Gnome Workshop
Saturday, November 4th,
9:30-12:00 $28 (+ materials)

Knitted toys are a great way for beginners to learn the basic techniques of knitting. Learn how to make these cute little chaps. To reserve your space, workshop must be paid in full. Drop by the store before 7 pm, or phone in your reservation today!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

More projects

I've done another bookmark, this one in a drop stitch pattern.

I'm also making a shawl (on commision). It's ribbing with small needles, so I'll be doing this one for a while ...

Friday, October 27, 2006

Quick Bookmark

For about a year now my grandmother has been telling us we should do bookmarks because they are fast and easy. So last night I put aside my socks and made some quick 1 hour bookmarks using cotton thread, #2s and a simple yo, k2tog pattern.

Apparently this mixture really shows off uneven tension, but I still like it.

This was my second one (the first is already in a book), and a third of a different pattern is on the needle.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Not much knitting, but...

I was pleased to find out that The Nipple Project is extending it's deadline to Spring 2007.

As much fun as it seems it'll have to be a post-Christmas project for me.

Thanks for the update Janice!

Friday, October 20, 2006

pirate socks

I decided to do Noah's pirate socks at the same time. A good decision, I think.

I'm going to dupicate stitch the skull onto the big black stripe. Sure, the skull is going to be a little further down than one would expect, but I don't think it will ruin the effect.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Becca from Sugarbutterbex and I are at the Highland Park Farmers Market every Tuesday from 3 - 7. We have crafts available for kids, sometimes simply some paper and markers, or a special treat, like last week's sugar skulls (man, was that messy).

Early on in the afternoon we were greeted with a cacophony of squaks. There's a lot of speculation as to LA and other cities have their own parrot flock. I don't pretend to know which rumor is true, but I do know they are loud.

For several months the parrots used to wake me up in the morning (the opposum is still around, by the way), but about 6 months they moved on. I had always assumed the flock consisted of 15, maybe 20 parrots. But this flock had to have had at least 50 parrots. It was a bizarre sight. Maybe I'll see them again next week.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

New yarn!

We've just got in new shipments of yarn. Now introducing:
Royal Bamboo, made of 100% Bamboo (not to be confused with 100% Bambii, for those of us who can't type)

Galaway, 100% Wool, in a nice orange for a felted pumpkin, or whathave you

Dreambaby DK, Acrylic and Nylon (I'm going to use it for pirate socks for Noah, but of course not in the colors show)

and ....
Cleckheaton Merino Supreme
I still haven't figured out what I'll be doing for the capelet, at first I was thinking simple eyelett lace pattern, but now that I see it in person I'm thinking short cables. hmmm, choices.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Call for entries, and new needles

We just got in new needles:

and we're restocked on the 9" Circs.
and ...

Call for Entries:
That Yarn Store in Eagle Rock will be having a fiber arts exhibit in early
November. The deadline for consideration is October 30th.

We are looking for works of art that are knitted, crocheted, felted, spun,
etc. We prefer unusual pieces, works that make people ponder, marvel, and
are generally just cool. The purpose of the exhibit is to celebrate and
recognize the vast artistic talents of Los Angeles fiber artists.

Please send standard sized photographs of your entries, no more than 3
entries per person, to
That Yarn Store
c/o fiber art exhibit
1578 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
if you would like your pictures returned, please send a SASE.

or email photographs of your entry, no more than 3 entries per person, to

Please send with your photograph the following information (please write
Mailing Address:

All decisions will be made by November 10th.


That Yarn Store
1578 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-9276

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

snip snip

So the haircut wasn't so much a chop chop as a snip snip.

I almost always dislike haircuts at first, I think there's only been one exception. With this one, I like the layered bangs,

but ...

not so sure about the mullett. I hope you appreciate the picture, it took about 6 tries to get a shot that wasn't just my hand or my shirt.

Sure, the mullet was big in Japan a few years ago, and if I were to judge Japan's haircut trends by those three girls in H&M yesterday, it still is. But I'm not really sure it's my thing. Lets see how I feel tomorrow.

You might be wondering why I haven't been posting any of my knitting projects. Well, that's because I don't really have any. I'm waiting for my yarn (dreambaby DK) to come in for pair of socks and superwash (cleckheaton) for a hooded capelet/poncho thing. So really, I've just been messing around with short rows and lace, trying to figure out what pattern I want the capelet to be, it's not really postable material since I rip it out immediately.

I'm going to have a booth today at the Highland park Farmer's Market (goldline station) stop by and say hi.

Chop Chop

I'm gonna get my hair cut tomorrow. yay. Not that I'm really looking forward to sitting in a highchair and awkwardly staring at myself and the hairstylist in the mirror for three hours. But, a change would be nice. I still don't know how I want it cut, so I guess we'll all be surprised tomorrow.

Saturday, September 30, 2006



Here are some pics of our last two Friday Night events - Martini Night and Left Over Party Night.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Knit for peace

Martini Night was a blast (thanks again, Libby), and I'll post more on that soon, but right now I want to share an email I just got (write a comment, or email if you have any recomendations on how That Yarn Store can celebrate it) :

Dear Folks,
We've just passed the autumnal equinox, it's the new moon, the New Year for some, a lovely Friday in September for others, and I'd like to start organising for 2007. These are the things that I'd like to do to get organised:
Get the Knit for Peace Manifesto translated into as many languages as possible.
Remind people so that they can start planning in their communities.
Generate contact with the press so that the word can spread.
To update you on what I've been doing:
I've updated the Squidoo lens (
I've (gulp) started a blog (
The reason that I've started a blog is to make current information available to anyone who looks for it--it's seems easier than pointing and clicking to bcc to everyone on a mailing list from Yahoo so that you're all anonymous to each other. Speaking of which, if you want to be removed from this mailing list please let me know and I will do so immediately. I don't expect to be sending out a lot of this type of email because (1) it's a pain to write and receive, and (2) I figure that some of these will get caught in a spam trap because the list is so long, and I don't want that to happen.
Happy knitting,
Another Knitter for Peace

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

What's on the needles?

Right now I'm making wee hats for Stitches from the Heart.

These two I finished at the last church of craft. I love little hats. You can whip them out in an hour and don't need a pattern. And so what if they come out a little pointy...

Babies' heads are a little pointy, right? Well, Jessamy says they are, though I can't say I've ever made a mental note of the shape of baby heads.

Can you tell I'm not a professional photographer? I think pants make a fine backdrop.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

new yarns

We've recently received some new yarns.

We're most excited about the Rowan Demin. The finished garment fades and shrinks just like jeans. Like many things in life, normally that's a bad thing, but since it's purposeful it's cool.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

What are these droplets?

I would like to assure you before I start my actual post that I will refrain from mentioning Singles Night (9/14 6pm). I've already posted about Singles Night (9/14 6pm) and I would guess that most of the people who read this blog also get our newsletters and are tired of being reminded that Singles Night is this Friday at 6pm and that we'll be providing some cheese, crackers, and non-alcoholic drinks (we're saving the bubbly for Martini Night (9/22 6pm)).

I woke up this morning and noticed that it was a little darker than usual. I just assumed it was a manifestation of my then current mental state, but I realized as soon as I closed the self-locking door and walked down the porch and into the foggy drizzle that it was completely stupid of me not to have looked outside before exiting the building. And it wasn't as if I was driving to work that day. I was, of course, late to catch the train (light rail system to be exact). I really need to start watching the weather channel, or at the very least not smile and nod and secretly say in my head "poor woman, she has no idea what she's talking about" when a customer tells me the weather is going to be cooler tomorrow.

Yesterday was Noah's birthday, so we ate out at Stinking Rose. Hana and Noah claim the restaurant is under new management because the menu is different and the mash potatoes don't taste the same. I wouldn't know about that, but I do know Garlic Ice Cream is good. I also know that excessive amounts of garlic make one very volatile. At one point in the evening mom asked some question which required an explanation of opossums and the news that the "Jingle Cats" CD she gave me 5 years ago has finally been appreciated, though perhaps not as originally intended.

Mom's response to the opossum story was "yes, I know, I read your blog." Oh dear, is nothing sacred! In an instant she had shattered all my dreams using this blog to air my family's dirty laundry and reduced my topics of appropriate posting to the weather.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Church of Craft tomorrow

The next Church of Craft meeting, Eagle Rock congregation, is tomorrow, September 10th, from 2:00-5:00 or so at The Coffee Table on Colorado in Eagle Rock.

I'm going. See you there.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Love Scarf Project

That Yarn Store is supporting a new charity, The Love Scarf Project. Drop in and donate a handmade scarf or cap.

About The Love Scarf Project
The Love Scarf Project collects handmade scarves and caps to be distributed on Christmas Eve to men and women living with cancer at City of Hope, a southern CA institution dedicated to the prevention and curing of cancer and other life-threatening illness.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Singles Night, countdown begins

Singles Night is 8 days away.

So far we've had more men than women RSVP for the event and it's going to be very awkward if Singles Night turns out to be a room full of guys, Frannie, and I. Especially since Frannie and I aren't single ...

Come on over to singles night, don't be shy, it's basically just going to be a knitting and crochet circle for people with at least one thing in common - that they're single. So bring your friends, and bring your knitting, we're also looking for volunteers to teach those that don't know how to knit or crochet. Did I mention we'll have refreshments?

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Opossum revisited

Last night (UFO Night) I was asked about the opossums. Well, sad to say, the issue has not been resolved.

I had done a fair amount of research, looked at several possum websites, including, etc, called animal control but apparently they only catch dogs and cats and then claimed there were no other city services that trapped wildlife, so I then called up a couple of professionals... Then nothing. I got overwhelmed, and dad's solution of get Max (he would be leaving in two days) and Noah (a sixteen year old) on the roof, at night, to board the hole just didn't seem like something I wanted to do.

I love my brothers, I don't want to send them on the roof at 10:00 at night. More to the point, I don't want to send them up on the roof at 10:00 at night, only for them to fall off and leave me with the guilt of their neck-down paralysis for the rest of my life.

After a not so brief consideration of hiring one of the trappers for $350 and more attempts at the ammonia buckets, I temporarily gave up.

Then, after a so far successful ridding of the fruit flies two weeks ago, I've been alternating between zealous fits of "must be on offensive against possum" and "I'm too lazy to sit in the backyard with an empty trashcan, a stick, and a piece of string."

The last fit of offensiveness involved going out at 9 pm and buying 3 boxes of aluminum foil at the 99 cents store and $20 of aluminum at Home Depot, the thinking being that we could wrap aluminum around all the trees, and then the possum wouldn't have any surface to cling to as it's climbing up the trees. Well, 45 minutes into the plan we (jessamy and I, mostly Jessamy) had just finished wrapping a 3 inch in diameter vine when we realized that the opossum, which had previously been on the ground, had made it's way to the roof via an unknown route. Suddenly, that plan got way too complicated for our tired little brains.

Becca, who's very nice and owns sugarbutterbex, has had a raccoon problem for a number of years, and has convinced me to rent a trap. Fortunately we have a park a block away from my house (I'll tell you about the rat relocation one of these posts), so I'll be able to relocate the animal easily. Though I just now realized that I shouldn't get my hopes up, since that advice is given from someone who has had racoons for a number of years.

Until then, Jessamy and I have decided to go the General Noriega route and blast Jingle Cats out of a stereo placed right under the ceiling (while we're out of the house, of course).

Friday, September 01, 2006

UFO Night Tomorrow

UFOs, otherwise known as Unfinished Objects to those in the knitting acronym circle.

Friday, September 1st
Bring in any projects that are ... well ... unfinished.
This is the chance you've been waiting for to finish that shawl hiding under your sofa.

(I'm going to be bringing that linen shirt that's been sitting in the corner for months)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Eagle Rock rocks

Today Frannie and I went around to various stores in Eagle Rock to promote our Martini Night (Sept. 22nd) and Singles Night (Sept. 15th). Everyone was very nice to us. It was interesting how some were really into the idea of a Martini Night (like the guys at the Underground store on Eagle Rock blvd.) and some couldn't care less about booze, but thought the idea of a Singles Night was great (like the guy from the ballroom store). The biggest dissapointment of the afternoon was the fact that the firestation was closed (no fires in the afternoon?), but we did put a singles night flyer in their mail box (don't worry, I'll be personally delivering singles night flyers to the Highland Park firestation).

Even though I seem to pass out flyers every few months, I'm always surprised how wonderful the Eagle Rock community is, and how the people who work and live here are friendly and great.

I heard from a number of those business that things are really slow right now, so I want to encourage everyone reading this blog to support Eagle Rock business. Instead of going to Target to buy your next t-shirt, check out some of the cool stores like Regeneration on 1649 Colorado blvd. or Eagle Rock Underground 4690 eagle rock blvd. Shop at Colorado Wine Company, 2114 W. Colorado Boulevard, the next time you're in the mood for wine (they also have a weekly Sangria Saturday which I hope to go to this weekend).

In short, please support your local business, they need your patronage in order to survive, and we need them to help make our community safe, interesting and unique.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Almost finished hat

I more or less have finished the hat for Max. I'm not sure if it's the right size for him so I haven't closed the top of the hat yet.

It's an entirely unimpressive hat, but I think that's what he wanted.
To be honest, I'm not sure. When I asked him what kind of hat he wanted he replied "you know, a hat." So that's what I made. The color's nice at least.

I'm almost tempted to leave the needles permanently on the top. It reminds me of those propeller beanies, but a lot more dangerous. Maybe I can start a line of knitwear called "At Your Own Risk." It will feature clothes with knitting needles still in them, pins holding sweaters together, rusty nails woven into socks ...

Somehow I don't think the line would be very successful.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Spin a Good Yarn Night

Spin a Good Yarn Night is tonight at 7:00

Bring stories, poems, gossip. Or, if you're shy, just bring yourself.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Return of potholder

I did finish the potholder, 3 hours before Max left for SF.

I was asleep by the time Max got back from the Hollywood Bowl, so I didn't see his reaction, but when I showed the potholder to Noah he said "wuh, it actually looks like a potholder, if someone were to ask me what this was, I would say it's a potholder." What that comment actually meant, I'm not sure, but for now I'll take it as a compliment.

Next on my knitting to do list: a hat for Max, per his request (he'll be back in LA in two weeks, so I have another deadline) and a pair of socks for Noah for his birthday (mid September), Noah didn't specify what kind of socks, so I'm thinking I'll make him pirate socks. Black and white stripes, maybe a simple skull, depending on when my yarn comes in.