Friday, May 26, 2006

Hello Hello
Spin a good yarn night was fun. There wasn't as many attendants as last time, but that's life ok. There was a lot of general chatting. I read something from the "Good Citizens Handbook" about courteous driving. There were a lot of recitations of Ogden Nash poems (some by memory). Two people brought in original pieces. One was Sarah's friend from work, unfortunately I can't remember her name (it takes at least three introductions until I can remember someone's name.) Andrea read a piece from her just published book. I believe this was her first public reading. Everyone enjoyed it, and it's possible we might have some book kick off celebration thingy with her.

I'm trying to form a Northeast LA Craft Alliance, so I'll be stoping by two of Eagle Rock's craftie stores today. I started a new job last week (part time), an assistant to a solo practise lawyer. She's very nice. Despite this being the slowest period since we opened, I'm extremely busy and crazed, but that's life ok.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Spin a Good Yarn Night - Wednesday night

Spin a Good Yarn Night
Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00
Spin a Good Yarn Night will feature poetry, jokes, passages from novels,
improvisational storytelling, and the soothing click, click of knitting
needles. Everyone is invited to share or to simply listen and relax.

We already have one published author promise to share some of her works, we're on the top 7 of LA City Beat, and on a podcast at It's looking like it will be a very interesting evening, so stop by.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Live Music Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Daughters of the Purple Sage
Tuesday, May 16th, 7:00 pm
Our next installment of Music To Knit To features a wonderful group called Daughters of the Purple Sage. Daughters of the Purple Sage specializes in songs of the Golden West and classics such as Tumblin' Tumbleweeds and Shenandoah.

Named "Rising Star of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists, Daughters of the Purple Sage was nominated "Group of the Year" by the Western Music Association. Please join us for a pleasant night of yee-hawing.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Men's night and legal pollution

Two guys came for the Men’s Night (not including David and Noah, of course). And both were named Daniel. Coincidence? According to Dad they had a wonderful time talking and that it was just like the knitting groups we have at the store, except they were talking about guy stuff (like how their wives don’t understand why they buy so much yarn??)

I got my car smog-checked yesterday. The mechanic said it barely passed, and that I was lucky. Yes! I get to spew out barely legal amounts of pollution. Good thing it’s in such crap condition that I can only bring myself to drive it two days a week. The mechanic was a super nice guy, and he’s right across from us, ok, right across and half a block from us.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Men's Knitting

So, my dad was sitting in the store today, minding his own business, when the door flies open and a woman shouts "see, there's a man in here." As it turns out she was talking to her son, who was standing outside the store. She had taught him how to crochet when he was young, but he was so ashamed of being a guy who knew how to crochet that he hadn't taken crochet classes, or told the people at yarn stores that he was buying the yarn for himself. Anyway, he ended up asking dad a lot of questions and was happy to learn that we had a men's night.

Every profession I can think of (the only exception perhaps being midwifery) in our male-dominated society was once, well, male dominated. It seems as if there are a good handful of professions which are now female dominated – teachers, art conservators, nurses, and yarn store owners (Funny enough, although there seems to be a dearth of male yarn store owners, many of the owners of the yarn manufacturing companies are actually male). Knitting was once chiefly done be males (for fishing nets, as the hypotheses go), and is still chiefly done by guys in other cultures, but in American culture a man knitting or crocheting is looked upon as something out of the ordinary. But here we women are, trying to level the playing field, convince guys that it's ok to knit and crochet. We have to convince, in some cases beg, guys to try knitting.

And if there was any point I was trying to make in this blog posting, I've forgotten it. Maybe just pointing out the general idea that gender stereotyping is stupid? Hmmm, nothing original there.

We should have a weekly contest. We can name it the "Try and guess where Thea was going with her post contest."

Or maybe I can just try and post in the daytime, while my brain is still functioning.

In any case, we'll be having our next Men's Knitting and Crochet Night this Wednesday, May 10th, from 5:30 to 7ish, so tell all the guys you know!

Lame post, I know, I can't always be brilliant.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

I've made a little progress on the linen shirt. Made some mistakes, and my tension is crap, but not bad enough for me to frog it.

Friday, May 05, 2006

These women could be your neighbors

What? Why? How?
I just hope the "try to look like a creepy plastic mannequin" trend doesn't have a comeback.
I saw eddie izzard last night! It was in a room with less than 100 people, and he was working on new materials. I was close enough to see the spit fly out of his mouth! *enamored sigh*

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Black Creepy Rider

On Saturday I went to see a performance of The Black Rider at the Ahmanson. The play is directed by Robert Wilson, who's famous in England for his original and unconventional plays, written by William S Burroughs (who based the story on German Folklore), with music by Tom Waits. Combine those three together and you have one trippy play. I had actually seen it in San Francisco two years ago (that cast was better) but even with a second viewing it was still bizarre. I had bought 2 tickets for my sister for her birthday, since she can appreciate the stranger things in life, thinking that she and her boyfriend would go. But, her boyfriend is so anti-snob (a form of snobbery, if you ask me (but he is a nice guy)) that he refused to go. In any case, if you have the chance, go see it. The directing, stage design, music, etc, all blended into a perfect and unsettling performance. But if you do go see it, forget everything I said! It will probably be best if you're surprised.

knitting in today's la times kids section

There's a little editorial today in the LA times, page E14, about boys knitting .