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.

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