Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hyperbolic Crochet tonight!

Tonight, at 6:00
Hyperbolic Crochet.
A lighter verson of our ususal
workshop. Come in and show
what you've done, or learn
how to make these blends
of yarn, art, math, and fun.

also this week:

Spin a Yarn.
Friday at 7:00
Come share a story, a poem,
a song, an editorial, or anything
that you'd like to share.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Slides and alpacas and bears oh my

I hope you had a nice weekend. My mother took my two brothers and me to Big Bear where we went on the alpine slide and Noah caught some trout at a trout pond. On Sunday I went to see alpacas at Twisted Lock in Sunland. The owners are super nice and spent two hours with us, showing us the ranch and the alpacas. We were able to feed them (if I remember correctly their sharp teeth are located at the back of their mouths, so there was no loss of fingers involved in this trip) and learned about the density of the fiber, and what makes a prize winning alpaca. Anne, who owns two alpacas and will be keeping hers at this ranch very soon, was kind enough to organize the visit. They will be having an open house type of night in late September, I'll post about that when they have more information on their site. I highly suggest it. The alpacas are really cute and adorable animals.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

MoveOn demonstration against Big Oil

My mom is hosting a MoveOn demontration against big oil.

Where: 800 N. Alameda Street (Union Station) (in Los Angeles)
When: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at 6:30 PM

I'll be there ...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Call and Response - 8/23

The late Allen Ginsberg called Dorothea (Dottie) Grossman's poetry, "clear, odd, personal, funny or wild-weird, curious and lucid."

The "call and response" format in which Ms. Grossman and Vlatkovich perform was born in Albuquerque, NM, when both were guests on a jazz radio program. This format solves the problem of one medium overshadowing the other, plus, says Grossman, "it avoids the old 'jazz and poetry' trap, with its cliché-ridden stereotype of angry, beret-wearing, bongo-playing bohemians."

"Call and Response"
the magical duet of
poet Dottie Grossman
and trombonist
Michael Vlatkovich.
Dottie reads her poetry
then Michael interprets her poems
in the language of trombone.

Saturday, August 23, at 6:00

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ask Pirate

Ask Pirate...

For those of you who've ever wondered how blind people and guide dogs work together, there will be an informative seminar on Friday, August 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the store.

Liz Daniels, and her guide dog, Pirate, will be there to discuss the history and training of these dogs. The presentation will be followed by a Q/A session.

Requested is a $10 donation per person, with all proceeds to benefit That Yarn Store.

Also, any and all individuals interested in beginning Spanish and basic yoga classes, please contact us and we will pass on your email to Liz. Again, there will be a nominal charge per
class, with all proceeds to benefit the store.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Found my next project

Ok, maybe not my next project, I want to make the Dr Who scarf, socks, and perhaps Hana's sweater (if we ever decide on a pattern) first, but I really want to make this for myself:
It's from the latest Knitscene. Not sure what yarn yet, but it calls for a DK. I *think * Encore makes a Suri Merino DK...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A nice leisurely day

This was my second day back at the store, and it was a nice leisurely day. Claudia, Gina, Chris and Mary came and hung out. I was able to talk to Maggie, our sewing teacher. I wasn't able to take the sewing class, but I'm still optimistic that it will all work out next time ...
I also started to clear out a corner of the store to make way for our "hand-made corner", we're still working on the name, which, if everything works out well, will have hand-made jewelry and other such things for purchase. Yesterday at 10:00 I hung out at Curves for the knitting circle, except the person running Curves doesn't usually work on Fridays so she didn't know where to put me, and I ended up hanging out in one of the empty dressing rooms, which was weird, but I think I now know where David normally hangs out, so if anyone wants to come in and knit with me and go to the gym afterwards, it seems like a good opportunity. At 11 I walked to the store and substituted for the kids knitting class. Then it was eating, talking, and knitting until 7pm
It feels like I've never left...

Friday, August 08, 2008

Not knitting related, but ...

I just got an email from Aspect Foundation,
a student exchange company I used to work for. They have a ton of
students who still need host families. While I was working there I
helped send out the newsletters and was able to see lots of pictures of
happy families and students. Here's the link if you'd like to host a student.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Updates on this month's store hours

I made it back safe last night, after 17 hours of traveling.

Here are the hours I will be working, starting this Friday. Wednesdays through Friday 2:00 pm until closing, Saturday 12 - 5.

I'm also going to be teaching knitting intensive classes. Wednesday through Friday evenings at 6:00 to 7/7:30. Since there is so much to cover we might not be able to cover everything in one hour, but we'll try, and if there's only one of the several techniques listed for each day that you want to learn let me know and we'll cover that first. The first 4 will be only $5 each, the later ones will be $10.

1. Review - knit/purl, how to fix drop stitches, and the concept of knitting. August 8
2. Circular knitting, including double pointed, magic loop and
how to fix incorrect joins. August 13
3. Increasing and decreasing. August 14
4. Lace (class 3 is a prereq, private lesson is available) and reading patterns. August 15
5. Socks (heel and toe). August 20
6. Entrelac. August 21
7. Cables and icords. August 22
8. Many ways of casting on and off, continental vs english knitting. August 27
9. Color knitting #1. intarsia, other forms of color knitting. August 28
10. Color knitting #2 fair isle, other color knitting. August 29
11. Kitchener stitch. Date: TBA

I'll probably be adding a few more things, or you can make a request, or schedule a private class.

See you soon.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Possible hours, possible class

Here are my tentative hours: Saturdays and 2-7 Wed through Friday.

I'll have a better idea of whether this will really work out when I get home tomorrow!

Also, here's a preliminary list of what we'll be doing for our intensive knitting classes:

1. Review - knit/purl, how to fix drop stitches, and the concept of knitting.
2. Circular knitting, including double pointed, magic loop and how to
fix incorrect joins.
3. Increasing and decreasing
4. Lace
5. Socks (heel and toe)
6. Entrelac
7. Cable, icord
8. Many ways of casting on and off, continental vs english knitting
9. Color knitting #1. intarsia, other forms of color knitting
10. Color knitting #2 fair isle, other color knitting
11. Kitchener stitch

See you guys soon.