Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Interview with Evonne Wee

Name: Evonne Wee

Knit or crochet?: I mostly knit, but I can also crochet a little. I like that crochet goes fast!

What's your favorite That Yarn Store yarn: Rio De La Plata Sock - I love how the colors change in the plies. I can probably stare at that yarn till I get dizzy.

How long have you been crocheting/knitting/spinning: I learned to knit when I was little, maybe 6 years old. I made a square, about the size of a coaster. I picked up my needles again about 7 years ago, and have been hooked ever since. I have been spinning for 1 year, after a failed attempt at learning several years ago. It didn't "stick" the first time!

How did you learn to crochet/knit/spin: I learned to knit from my mom. I learned to spin from John Pitblado, an LA spinner, and I visited the Pasadena Spinning Guild a couple of times.

What is your current project: You mean, what are my various half done projects? I am knitting a cotton tank top for a good friend. I have a shawl 99% finished. (I haven't found the time to do the last 2 rows!) Those are the main ones. I guess I am on a lace kick lately. I get distracted easily, as many of us do. On some projects, I get a good stretch going for a while, like if I have a few days of time in a row, some good movies to watch, or the project has some interesting colors or details.

Do you follow patterns, make up your own, or a mixture: Both. With handspun yarn, I like winging it more. I usually knit it top down, because I am afraid I might run out of yarn. Depending on the amount of yarn I have left, I might add some details or change my plans accordingly. Don't do this at home kids - I have seen many a grown man/woman cry when they run out of yarn near the end. It's a good thing I like cropped sweaters and sweaters with 3/4 length sleeves. No, seriously, I do, and it makes more sense for our California weather.

Do you have a blog or website: I have an etsy store: www.evonnewee.etsy.com and I am "craftypeapod" on flickr. I can seriously waste a lot of time looking at other people's craftiness on those 2 sites. Lovely.

What's your favorite non-fiber website: I like reading www.dooce.com and www.angrychicken.typepad.com. Everyone should check them out!

Have you ever been attacked by an animal: Kind of. Once I was walking around my neighborhood at night with my roommate. A barking dog charged at us out of a dark alley. I ran away, but my roommate fell. She never lets me forgot that I left her there and saved myself. But my "fight or flight" response really kicked in. The dog's owner grabbed the dog a few seconds after it charged at us. In the end, she was mostly unhurt but kind of shocked.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Do you sell your handmade things online?

I've been busy the past few weeks. I just started a website called handmadeportal.com as a method for promotion for people who make things and a way for shoppers to find one of a kind goodies.
It's "launching" in early June, but if you have an etsy, myspace, or personal website where you sell your handmade items please go to the website, handmadeportal.com and click the Submit link for further instructions.
I've been posting new submissions (I have 18 so far!) on the blog http://handmadeportal.blogspot.com/. Just like in this blog, you don't need a gmail account to comment.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Sounds cool, spinning camp

We just found out about this, sounds like fun:

Calling all spinners! Come join us at Camp Pluckyfluff Los Angeles. Lexi Boeger of www.Pluckyfluff.com is an amazing and irreverent fiber artist and spinner. Check out her recent projects, including her "brain hat" and "roadkill yarn" on her website and blog. The 2 day camp will focus on helping spinners develop their own new and original styles. She will cover these techniques: supercoils, adding sequins, poofs and nubbies to yarn, crazy carding and more more more! This workshop is meant for those who already know basic spinning. The cost is $200 for 2 full days, July 19-20. For more details, visit www.pluckyfluff.com.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Pattern and contact number for chemo caps

Hi. We've received this email about chemo caps for Cedars Sinai from someone who is currently crocheting lots of them, and says they find a home very quickly.

SIZE: Approximately 9 ½ “ from beginning to bottom edge.

MATERIAL: approx 6 oz of yarn and Crochet hook size K

Work in BACK LOOP only

Row 1: Ch 4, join with slip stitch to form ring; Ch 3, work 11 dc in ring (12 dc, counting ch-3, as 1 dc), join with sl st in top of ch-3

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in base of ch-3, work 2 dc in each dc around (24 dc); join

Row 3: Repeat Row 2 (48 dc)

Rows 4-12: Ch 3, dc in each dc around (48 dc); join; break off

Weave ends

Fold last two rows up to form cuff (optional) Pattern by Sue Ochoa

Chemo Caps are needed for adult men and women.

We are always on the look-out for donated knit or crocheted caps for our chemotherapy patients. Gifting caps made from yarn is a great way to share your talent and generosity with others. Involve your neighbors, church group, club, or start your own Chemo Cap Koffee Klatch! It’s fun! It’s worthwhile! It’ll make you feel GREAT!!

30 Minute Chemo Cap

Have 30 Minutes? Want to help our patients?

Instructions for a 30 Minute Chemo Cap


30 Minute Chemo Cap


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

We are open today

Yes, we are open today, and the beginning lace class is still going to take place at 6:00.
We will be closed for the rest of the week, Wednesday to Saturday, to see Max graduate from college.

We've received more Brown Sheep for your knitting pleasure, and a new yarn for us, Encore DK, which is an excellent choice for baby items (it's washable, don't ya know).

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Spring Craftaganza is this Saturday!

Spring Craftaganza is an awesome yearly event held at That Yarn Store where you can pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for your one-of-a-kind Mom (the next day is Mother's Day), start your holiday shopping early, and snag something cool for yourself. From handmade t-shirts to jewelry to hand-spun yarn!

Plus free refreshments!

What: Spring Craftaganza, a hand-made craft fair
When: May 10, 1-5pm
Where: That Yarn Store, 5028 Eagle Rock Blvd (see www.thatyarnstore.com for directions)
Why: Handmade is better!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Interview with Gina Ruiz

Gina Ruiz was nice enough to let me interview her for the blog. She is a blogger extraodinaire and has previously done a kids' story time at the shop, reading from the book Woolbur.

I hope this interview is the first of many interesting interviews with fiber loving folks.

Knit or crochet: Crochet
What's your favorite That Yarn Store yarn: Baby Alpaca! Soooo soft.
How long have you been crocheting: I learned when I was little but haven't since I was about 15, then my granddaughter led me into the store about a year and a half ago and I was, quite literally, hooked. I can't stop buying yarn!
How did you learn to crochet: My grandmother taught me the rudimentaries and David is teaching me the finer points.
What are you crocheting: A Pig Blanket! It's simple squares in a soft green with alternating ones in cream. Every other square has a little pink pig face first crocheted and then sewn onto it. Very cute. I think the pattern calls it a Barnyard Blanket, but at our house it's a pig blanket.
Why that project: My granddaughter Jasmine loves pigs! She has the largest (I think) Pig Book Collection, every birthday party is a pig party and she has tons of stuff pigs.
Do you follow patterns, make up your own, or a mixture: Mixture
What do you do for a living: Let's see that gets complicated. I'm the GM for an all online publication that writes about animation and visual effects, AWN.com, I write book reviews, I started a cooking website, I'm writing a novel, I write poetry and I dabble in shameless self-promotion.
Do you have a blog or website: Several! [Thea has listed them all below] - cooking, book reviews, latino childrens book reviews. I just bought my own domain name and am going to consolidate everything on Ginamarysolruiz.com.
What's your favorite non-fiber website: I'd have to say its a toss up between The Elegant Variation (a literary blog) and Go Fug Yourself dot com. It's my secret (not now) guilty pleasure.
Have you ever been attacked by an animal:Yes! The evil cat. I once spent the night at a friends who had very large (over 20 pound) cats. I guess one of them (the largest) took exception to me sleeping on the couch and climbed his fat self up a bookshelf and hurtled his body at me. Narrowly missed taking out my eye and I still have a scar right under my eye today over ten years later. Evil, evil, evil and beastly cat. I don't have that friend anymore by the way.

Here are Gina's blogs:

- Thea