The Yarn Crawl, What’s It All About?

L.A. Yarn Crawl Participating Locations

 

Any fiber artist, that is crocheter, knitter, weaver, knows what this is. For anyone else, here is what Google has to say about it: A “yarn crawl” is a multi-day event for yarn and fiber lovers connecting them to local yarn shops within a specific area or city. Yarn crawl participants are encouraged by their local yarn shops to develop a self-guided itinerary for a weekend of exploration and fun.

Yarn Crawl “Passport”

In the Los Angeles area, the yarn crawl is Thursday April 6 through Sunday April 9. There are 21 LYS (local yarn shops) participating this year. Each store has a grand prize gift basket worth over $500 in goodies from the sponsors of the event.

Kathy and her winnings

 

Plan your days out, route the stores, order your yarn crawl tote from a LYS, print out your passport to get it stamped from each store you visit, get free knit and crochet pattern at each store, see the latest and greatest products, see demonstrations, shop the trunk shows. You could win the grand prize at one of the participating shops, like I did 2 years ago.

Yarn Crawl totes and badges

 

For more information if you would like to get “crawling”, you can go to www.layarncrawl.com.

You crawl, I’ll sit here and make wishes

Oops! Baggy was having way too much fun! Did you catch the faux pas?

Quick apology for omitting the scarf in the last post. Baggy hit the publish button before someone was finished placing images. So here is the corrected version of that last post:

Clover Pom Pom maker

R & R continues, so today I am reviewing a product that I absolutely love. It is the CLOVER Pom Pom Maker.
I had a 50% off coupon from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store, and decided to pick it up. I bought the Large set. It comes with 2 different size pom makers, 2 ½ inch and 3 3/8 inch diameter. There are other sizes you can buy too, including a Heart Shape Pom Maker.

The Clover Pom Pom Maker is quite easy to use. Just wrap the yarn on each half of the maker, cut the wound yarn, tie it off and remove it from the maker. A little fluff and trim and you have a pom pom. Even kids can make poms, with parental supervision.

These can be added to not only scarves and hats, but to shoes, hair clips, wraps, shawls, wreaths.

The Sample Diagonal Knit Scarf pictured is made with 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 236 yards, 5oz, 141g. I made the poms first, then knit the scarf. As an added bonus, here is the pattern for the scarf.

Sample Diagonal Knit Scarf

• 200 yards worsted weight yarn, preferably one that is self striping.
• Size US 8, 5mm knitting needles (straight or circular)
• Clover Pom Pom Maker
• Darning Needle
• Scissors
• Stitch Marker

Directions:
CO 20 sts   you can add more stitches if you want a wider scarf. This scarf measures 4 inches wide.
Row 1: (KFB) Knit front to Back in 1st St; K (knit) across to last 3 sts; K2tog (knit 2 together); K last stitch
Row 2: K across
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until almost out of yarn, Loosely Bind Off all stitches after Row 2. Cut yarn, weave in ends.
With darning needle, attach pom to each side on long diagonal. Make sure you tie it tight. And now you are done.
Enjoy the pattern, it’s a fun and easy one to knit.

Baggy here: I’ve got a Kathy fun fact. Kathy likes to make the tassles and poms before the scarf. She says it is to make sure there is  enough yarn to make a long scarf. Humans are such interesting creatures.|

Poms on diagonal scarf

 

Here it is, the diagonal scarf with pom poms

Baggy New Year, er, Happy New Year!

Where are the snacks?

Here at YarnKat, the holiday fun continues. And Baggy seems to have made a party out of YarnKat. He’s even got his black tie on in anticipation of the New Year. Which is still a few days away.

Baggy here: Don’t I look handsome? I think I do.

Oh, YES, you are one handsome kitty in your bow tie. Speaking of tying things on, someone must have put catnip in the hot chocolate –the YarnKat Holiday Sale has been extended until January 2nd. Big savings all around. 55% off everything!

Baggy: WHAT?!

That’s right. 55%. That $40 scarf you wanted before Christmas is now $18.
Use coupon code YrEnd2016 to save.

Baggy: Gotta be the catnip…


Speaking of year end, we’re doing a little housekeeping. If you subscribed to YarnKat, and have not received any posts or updates, there is a 2nd step you need to do to complete the process. When you enter your email, we automatically send out a confirmation email and in it, ask you to, obviously, confirm your subscription. Make sure you confirm, or you will miss out.

Baggy: Don’t forget to wish them a Happy New Year.

I think you just did, silly cat. Happy New Year and thanks for supporting YarnKat.

Tennis Elbow? I don’t even play the game!

Baggy is so happy he doesn't have to tape his paws.
Baggy is so happy he doesn’t have to tape his paws.

Hello friends!

Are you done with your shopping for Christmas? Have all of your knitting and crochet completed and packaged nicely to give? I have my last 2 shows this weekend and have been quite busy finishing up projects for the  potential sales.
However, a couple of weeks ago, I started feeling a lot of pain in my left arm. This pain actually became unbearable and my work stopped. Pain is not a good sign for a fiber artist with upcoming events. Yikes!
I saw my orthopedics doctor and I learned that I have Tennis Elbow. Repetitive motion, straining the tendons that connect the elbow causing pain –to the point that I cannot hold anything as light as a ball of yarn without pain shooting through my arm. Many things can be done to help prevent this very common condition…. the best being REST!
Unless I want to continue to live in pain, I HAVE TO STOP crocheting and knitting for a little bit of time. Baggy cat won’t like this because he loves yarn, especially the balls which are perfect for his paws.
YarnKat will still be here going strong, just at a much more leisurely pace until further notice from the orthopedics doctor and physical therapists. Meanwhile, I wanted to let you know that  there will be upcoming specials that you will want check out, so stay tuned!

For now, the needles and hooks are on hiatus, taking a well deserved holiday..

 

Happy Thanksgiving From YarnKat

turkeyciipartOld memories: Growing up, my grandparents always cooked the dinner, whether at their house or ours. Long, long hours spent waiting for the bird to be done. Homemade stuffing, stuffed inside the bird, the jellied cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and rutabagas. Dinner was around 4pm and the naps began quickly afterwards. Football was a must watch, family conversations, laughter.

Now Thanksgiving dinner is ordered, less cooking time needed, rutabagas and potatoes not on the menu, appetizers are in place, Martinelli’s Apple Cider the drink of the day, and the Bartholomew Green Slime (lime jello mold) are on the menu.  As we make our way to Long Beach to Lee’s family home, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

(Ahem, Baggy wishes you all a happy Turkey day, too! Now I wonder how much yarn I can unroll while they are gone…)

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FREE Cupcake Pincushion Pattern Giveaway

Cupcake pincushions
Cupcake pincushions

After about 3 years of reading other people’s patterns, and making their products, I wanted to try my hand at creating my own. With much effort, lots of paper, lots of “frogging,” I created my first pattern. It is called CUPCAKE.

I had crocheted some cute cupcakes, sold them  at shows, and people asked where I got the pattern. With delight I said “I made up the pattern”. But I did not have the pattern to sell to them. At that moment, a lightbulb flashed over my head… (BAGGY HERE: Well, duh. Sell your patterns, silly human!)

For the next 2 weeks, until November 18th, you can get my very first pattern I ever designed for FREE. Just hop on over to the Shop page, tap patterns and you’ll see your free pattern.
(BAGGY HERE AGAIN: Or you could just tap this link HERE.)

While you’re there,  check out the other patterns I have. I will be adding more patterns along the way, so be sure to subscribe to this blog to keep updated on new patterns and products.

How was that, Baggy?

(MEOW.)

The Day has come…

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Ducky Balls, designed by Kathy

YARNKAT is up and running!

What is YarnKat? Its all about me, my fascination with fiber, and of course one cannot forget the cat, Baggy.
You will share my journey through crochet and knit, the cat will have his say, and our compromise on who is really the boss of whom.

I will also share my thoughts about yarn preference, hook and needle, how to assemble and much more.

This will be a work in progress as I continue learn the day to day operations of the website and blogging.
I would like to THANK the one person, who without her generous time and patience,  gave me “homework” on a weekly basis to get her all the information you see in front of you. My sister Terri Lloyd, web designer (more like template manager, says Terri) and artist.
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