Stitches SoCal and The Playground, All Things Fiber Related

With less than 1 week to Stitches SoCal, I am getting yarn, crochet hooks, and patterns ready. Why? You ask, because I will be teaching How To Crochet in The Playground. Along with another quick demonstration on how to crochet my cup cozy.

Stitches SoCal is a 4 day event being held Thursday November 1st to Sunday November 4, in Pasadena at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green Street. 4 days of classes, shopping, demonstrations, how to’s and more.

Stitches SoCal is making their first appearance in Los Angeles area because of the overwhelming desire from knitters, crocheters, weavers, quilters to have a large conference in one of the largest cities in the US. Here is your chance, if you live in Los Angeles, to take a class or 2, shop at the many vendors in the marketplace, see a fashion show, or even buy a pattern book from an author and have it signed.

Gizmo kitty here: “Did you say yarn?” “I need more toys”

 

Did you know Stitches is celebrating 27 years in the consumer fiber events? Stitches continues to have their annual west coast conference in Santa Clara, in February each year. It has even added Salt Lake City for 2019.

The Playground is where people can see demonstrations of knitting, crocheting, weaving, quilting, spinning techniques. On Saturday, Nov 3, I will be showing people how to crochet: chain, single crochet, double crochet, even treble crochet. You are welcome to see me in action.

Saturday AM 10:30 HOW TO CROCHET, Kathy Bartholomew, El Segundo Slipt Stitchers

 

 

SUNDAY, 11:00 CROCHET CUP COZY, Kathy Bartholomew, El Segundo Slipt Stitchers

 

On Sunday Nov 4, I will be demonstrating my cup cozy. A fun, quick project any crocheter can make. These make great stocking stuffers, gifts for co-workers for the coffee enthusiast; even a bridal shower gift. For those that see me in The Playground, not only will you get to see the demonstration, you will get the pattern, and some may even get a cozy too.

Here’s your chance to see me in action, “Let’s make a cup cozy”

 

Be sure to stop by Booth #432 for El Segundo Slipt Stitchers, the knitting group I belong to. The guild is part of the stitch marker swap. Stop by and swap one of your stitch markers with one of ours. We are having  a fun Vegas Style knitting and crochet scarf project for you to try out, along with learning about our guild, what we do, our charities that we donate to and possibly join our guild.

This is sure to be a fun event, with plenty of shopping to do. Who doesn’t need more yarn, stitch markers, knitting needles, crochet hooks, patterns, books… you get it. Hope to see you there.

Live life to the fullest, get out and enjoy the weather.

Baggy cat: “what, you are not going to be home          taking care of me?                                                                                    
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Scarf that is Light and Lacy, the knit pattern is a breeze to make

 

A scarf is a great accessory to add to your outfits. The Light and Lacey knit scarf is one you will want to try. This pattern will get you started on many projects for the cooler months ahead. The scarf is knit with larger than recommended needles to create open, airy stitches.  With a 1 row repeat, you will be knitting it in no time. Just pick your yarn, grab needles at least 1 or 2 sizes larger and get ready to knit.

 

Choosing the right yarn really makes a difference. I chose a light weight yarn, Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake, 5.3 oz, 150g, 518 yds. Why? Because of the long gradient color changes that happen. When you pull from the center of the cake, and cast on the stitches and begin to knit the pattern, you can see the color changes slowly. With gradient yarn, I like to match the colors, so they are uniform, as you can see from the photos..

You will only knit half of the yarn. The pattern is adjustable, cast on more stitches for a wider scarf, even more for a wrap and knit up the entire cake of yarn. The sample shown was knit with size US10 straight needles, or use circular needles, 24 inches in length.

close up of the lacey pattern

 

The scarf measures 6 ½ inches wide by 90 inches long, because of the light and airy feel to the scarf, I wanted it to be long. It is your discretion to knit as long as you like. Weigh the yarn with a kitchen scale before you begin, and then weigh the cake again to get to the 2.65 ounces remaining.

With the remainder of the cake, you can always knit another scarf, give as a gift to a best friend, make one for a child (mommy & me matching), or give to a charity to the less fortunate. Either way, 2 scarves for 1 price not bad. So here we go for the instructions.

MATERIALS

Yarn, 250 yards worsted, light worsted, #3 or #4 size yarn, Sample used Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake

US10 Knitting needles, straight or circular

Removable Stitch Marker, or small piece of contrast yarn

Darning Needle

Tape Measure

TERMINOLOGY

CO – Cast On

K – Knit

YO – Yarn Over

K2Tog – Knit 2 Together

BO – Bind Off

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Using Long Tail, Cast on 24 stitches ( or use Knitted Cast on if you prefer)

Knit 2 rows

Now for the lacey element:

Knit 3, *YO, K2Tog, repeat until you have 3 stitches left, K3, turn

Repeat the last row until almost out of yarn. Knit 2 rows, then bind of loosely. Weave in ends

One way to wear the scarf

 

There you go, a nice and easy scarf pattern that is light and lacey. You will be making these in no time. Take your time to get comfortable with the yo, k2tog.

As a reminder, you will have 3 (K) stitches on both edges and 9 (yo, k2tog) clusters in between the knit stitches.

Feel free to post photos to your social media with hashtag #yarnkat as the originator of this pattern. Please do not share this pattern or copy the photos from pattern. You may post the link to the pattern back to me.

Written pattern copyright Kathy Bartholomew © 2018. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern. You may sell items made from the pattern. Photos are property of YarnKat and Kathy Bartholomew.

Month Long Project Finished and Delivered

Drum roll please… the month long project is finished!  The project started when my brother alerted us that they evacuated from their home due to the Carr Fire in Redding, CA. What should I do to help out my brother and sister in law?

My first thought was to buy them gift cards so they can shop for what they need. Our sister instead started a gofundme page, which raised $3500 for them in 2 weeks. I decided the best way to help them was to use my crochet skills and make them a blanket. Something they can curl up to at night when it feels like the sky is falling and they need to escape from reality.

Off to the local shops to see if anything color scheme comes to mind. I knew it was going to be a big project, but also it would help them get through having to start all over. Out popped this chocolate brown yarn. Big skeins of yarn… on clearance… I had to have all that I could find. 4 skeins, 14 ounces each skein. And so it begins. Red Heart Super Saver was the yarn of choice. With numerous colors to choose from, my stash was ready to be used.

But how do I add color? I want the chocolate brown throughout the blanket, but I also want color. After talking to a fellow crocheter, we both came up with double the strands of color, 1 brown, and 1 accent color. That way, the blanket is thick for cold winter nights, and the accents of color will show through.

Gizmo “supervising” the project

 

Now to begin the task of crochet several rows to gauge sizing. I know my brother has a queen size bed, and the size is 60 x 80 inches. I have a queen size bed, so using my bed for gauging, I chained 150 stitches. One row of half double crochet should give me draping. I lay it on the bed, looks too big, it drapes too far down the sides, frog back 10 stitches, and looks good, so I start there.

Time to grab remnant skeins of yarn from my stash. Holding 2 strands together, my project begins. I decide to only do 3 rows of 1 color, change the accent color, and continue changing colors every 3 rows keeping the brown as the main color.

It’s moving along quite nicely. Might I remind you that we were having a heatwave, with lots of humidity added for more discomfort. The blanket is growing daily, but I cannot keep working on it when I have crochet animals to make for my consignor. She sold 10 animals in 5 days, which is incredibly fast for her shop, so during most days, I crochet animals, take a break and work on the blanket at night.

After a week, the blanket grows, right Gizmo?

 

After a couple weeks, the blanket is big, not big enough yet… keep working on animals and blanket, animals and blanket. Ship the animals, work on blanket. More animals, more blanket. When almost finished, I decided the blanket needed accent pillows.

Have to fold blanket, heavy on my legs now.

 

Text brother, ask their favorite colors. Great, I have 1 pillow form already, need to buy another pillow form, running out of brown yarn, need more yarn. Off to yarn shop again. Get home, wrong size pillow form, use it anyway.

side 1 of accent pillows

 

side 2, corner to corner makes great diagonal pattern for pillows

 

Corner To Corner technique was used for the accent pillows. Crochet 2 panels bigger than the pillow form size,  single crochet the sides together, slipp the pillow inside, and stitch it closed. An additional row of single crochet, chain 1 in every other stitch of previous row.

Blanket and 1 accent pillow finished right before my knitting guild meeting. I wanted to get blanket done so I can show and share it, telling them the story of my brother losing home. The ladies LOVED it, even several ladies asked for the pattern, it’s a good way to use up scraps of yarn.

MY TIP:  Use 1 color as the main color, and take scraps of leftover yarn as accent colors and crochet an afghan or blanket. Change out the accent color after a few rows, always weave in the color changes while crocheting next row.

My brother and sister in law love the blanket and pillows. The weather is too hot to be used on their bed, it’s on the back of the sofa for now. As she said, “its big enough for both of us to curl up on the sofa and both of us will be warm”.

Until next time, may your fiber dreams be filled with splashes of color.

 

 

  

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Upcoming Holiday Arts & Crafts Shows for December

After much anticipation, I will be participating in 3 holiday arts & crafts boutiques in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Flyers are posted on the SHOWS page so you can read all the details about each event. You will be able to find me at the following locations:

Saturday December 2, 2017 Miracle on Main Street & Centennial Holiday Tree Lighting event.

Time: 1:00pm to 6:00pm.

Location: Library Park, 111 W. Mariposa Ave El Segundo

The tree lighting ceremony will be at 5:30pm. Train Rides, Craft Boutique, Carolers, Food, Live Entertainment

 

Merry Christmas

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017 35th Annual Christmas Boutique, Wilson Park

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 2200 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA between Carson St and Sepulveda Blvd

Handcrafted Goods, One of a Kind Gifts, Food Vendors, Photos with Santa, Children’s Crafts

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017 Mar Vista Holiday Boutique (pop up shop)

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: 3412 Keeshen Drive Los Angeles, CA

Yes, you see 2 events on the same day. I will be at the Mar Vista event and my husband Lee will be at Wilson Park event.

Get your holiday shopping done, have some fun.

Holiday Boutique 2017 Supporting the MVSEG

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Final Show Of The Year. Locals, Come On Out And Do Some Holiday Shopping!

If she keeps wrapping me in ribbons, I’m going to need some Catnip!

My last holiday boutique of the year is tomorrow. Let’s close out the season with some fun holiday shopping.

Need a gift for someone hard to buy for?
Come see my handmade knit and crochet scarves, fingerless mitts, shawls and shawlettes.

Shawls and shawlettes are 25% off, discount price on tag.
Maybe you need to get great stocking stuffers, like wool felted gift card envelopes or coffee cup cozies.
Are you playing Santa to the little ones?
Kids love my crochet animals and knit and crochet character hats.
Want to feel comfy and cozy, why not snuggle up in one of my throws or afghans?
They are on sale for 25% off the marked price.

Lots to see, come by and shop till you drop!

Here’s the 411:
Charles Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance

9am-4pm.

(Baggy here:  I need some catnip. There are some some big savings, come on out and shop!)

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