Tuesday, September 30, 2008

End of Vacation

Vacation is officially over. I had my second day of temp work today, and Jessamy had her first full day of school.

I'm doing general clerical work. Jessamy has received two new conservation items to write about, so she's excited about that. But apparently they doing some crazy cuts in the department, including not having any secretary on site, so even though they have a 9am class, their passes won't let them into the building until 9. Normally the secretary would let them in, now a teacher (called tutors) might have to answer the doorbell.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Any social networks we aren't on?

We now have a facebook page -

I've also signed up with Twitter (soon we will have something on all kinds of social networking sites...). We are on there under this email, that.yarnstore@gmail.com. So now you can find out how I spend my time on the computer...

Other social networking sites we are on: myspace http://myspace.com/thatyarnstore
Ravelry: Thea's username is fibrous, we also have a group
And I think that.yarnstore@gmail.com is on linkedin.
and Gina has started a photo album, for us on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/groups/925206@N22/

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Soda Pop night and first kids class tomorrow

Soda Pop Night
For our next happy hour we will be drinking soda pop!
September 26th, 7pm. Free
Stop by Galcos (over on 5702 York) beforehand (I think they close at 6:30) and pick up a few bottles of something interesting to share. John, the owner, is always happy to give suggestions.

Starting September 26, we will have afternoon kid's classes every
Friday from 3 to 4 pm.
Starting October 14, we will have Tuesday afternoon classes
from 2 to 3.

$50 for 4 classes, which includes materials for projects we will
be teaching.

On Fridays teens can come in to sit and knit from 5 to 6:30.
Feel free to bring muchies and music. No charge.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Houses made of brick

We live in a neighborhood with row after row of brick houses.

Our hallway has a door with old and bulging stained glass.

Our bedroom was probably once a living room. It has a large, now boarded up, fireplace with tiles along the edge and this on the ceiling.

The living room therefore must have once been the bedroom. We like the wallpaper.

The bathroom is bigger than the kitchen (sorry, no pics of bathroom, that would just be weird)

And here's the washing machine, which is the same size as the last two places where I've lived, so this might be the normal size.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Twist and Shout in purple

Naw, I wasn't the clever one who thought of Twist and Shout for a cable sweater, it's the real name of the pattern from knitty.com. It's so weird having something sizeable to show for a few hours of work. It's been so long since I've done something from an actual pattern and therefore did not require me ripping half the thing out like the argyle sweater that I left at home because I needed a nice long break from it. It's also a bit weird working on size 7 needles - the past couple of projects have been socks with #2s, though neither of the last two socks projects are done yet either, the pirate socks need a complete redesign, I actually left them at home too, and I got bored with the other cable socks.

Anyway, I'm of course not entirely happy with it, my tension is wonky and the yarn isn't perfect for it, but I had already ordered the yarn for another project, a sweater in interweave, and decide to make this one instead. Hopefully the tension will even out with blocking. But, all is not lost and I think it will still look nice. If you do make this sweater though, don't use a DK! I would go with Suri Merino instead.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kids Knitting Classes

Kids Knitting Classes
Ages 6-up
All levels welcome
$50 for 4 classes (includes all materials)

Fridays 3pm-4pm (starts Sept. 26)
Tuesdays 2pm-3pm (starts October 14) - take advantage
of LAUSD's early dismissal on Tuesdays!

Teen Sit-n-Knit -FREE! - Fridays 5pm-6:30pm

Pre-registration requested - contact
That Yarn Store
5028 Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles 90041
(one block south of Colorado)
phone: 323-256-9276
email: that.yarnstore@ gmail.com
www.thatyarnstore. com

Settled in

Well, almost. But we picked up all our stuff from one of Jessamy's classmates yesterday, and bought some other essentials today (decided not to get the bacon rack since we don't eat bacon, a frugal move on our part). Jessamy walked to the city centre, took her 30 minutes to walk, she's planning on walking to school when that starts in a week. I took the bus into the city. We had some nice shakes at a small shop. I had Lemon Curd, Jessamy got a Turkish Delight, I don't know how she made mine, but Jessamy's was a milkshake with some peices of Turkish Delight blended together.

If weather permits we hope to bike along part of Hadrians Wall next week...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Back across the pond

I've arrived safe. Very tired, but safe. The entertainment options on the plane this time wasn't so good. I ended up mainly watching part of Ms. Pettigrew in Spanish and playing one of thoes memory games (on the console) where you flip over cards and try to match them all. The apartment is big, but the neighbors are going to need some taking used to since we were spoiled in the last apartment and weren't sorrounded on all sides by ajoining walls.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Meet me at the fair

Last Sunday I judges the men's knitting competition for the county fair. I'll be there again this Sunday to put together squares for Warm Up America. I'm not sure what time yet, but if you want to meet me there and hang out gice me a call at the store - (323) 256-9276 - on Saturday and I should know the time by then.
If you can't make it on Sunday, the fair has a knitting corner where you can come in at any time and knit.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Featured yarn - Encore

We're going to try and highlight a different yarn every two weeks, to coincide with the newsletter.
We'll be starting with the ever popular Encore.

Encore, made by Plymouth, is 75% acrylic and 25% wool. It's very popular for baby
blankets (washable), but it can be used for anything, Thea is currently working on her argyle shirt with (see the last blog psot). On the voila page of our website, you can see two projects made out of it - a blanket and some socks!

If you're wondering what to make, here's a free pattern from knitting pattern central for a no sew sweater using Encore.

Monday, September 01, 2008

No Socks, no shirt, no done

I haven't gotten too far on my shirt as I keep noticing mistakes and have to rip a lot of it out.

But I have gotten to the arm pit area, so that's something.

I'm also working on a pair of socks for Noah for his birthday (in two weeks). It started off as an entrelac sock, but my brother tried it on and it was too small (I was only on the second row of triangles) so I ripped it out (the two of them actually since I try to make the two socks at once) and decided to do little cables instead because the entrelac was getting tedious.

For this sock I casted on 68 stitches, and as you can see it does diagonal stripes. At 52 stitches it did the normal self striping, which I wasn't expecting.