Pattern Sale!

I have been debating since I got involved with pattern writing whether or not to charge. I ended up charging for more intricate items, and offering simpler patterns for free.

Another issue that presented itself, was my lack of pattern writing knowledge. I tend to write patterns geared for the more experience fiber artist, who can improvise where necessary or build the bridge of comprehension to my instructions.

I finally decided, albeit a little late, to only charge a nominal fee of USD $1.00 for ALL my patterns; recipes are still free. This price will be in effect for 2015 and shall be reevalutated at the end of the year to see if pattern sales have increased, or if there is any demand.

There is a bit of ego involved with this decision, as I feel that maybe by lowering my prices, I might become more known as a designer.

I think USD $1.00 for my patterns is a good deal, as I don’t prohibit you from making the item for sale. Additionally, I am available for technical support on all my patterns as I know my pattern writing skill may leave a lot to be desired for some fiber artists.

Happy hooking!

Alpacas at Windy Hill

Despite having been fired from the yarn store and a lack of coordination, I did make it out to Windy Hill in Somis, California, where I got to meet my friend Lynette’s alpaca, Varon (sp?). Kathleen drove Cathy, Katie, Jessica and I to Skirball Center, where we met up with Jacqui. After a car seating rearrangement, we set out to the farm. After so many years of having passed the Skirball Center Drive exit off the 405, I finally got to see the center and learn a little about it.

The festival was not as big an event, as I had anticipated, but I had a good time. I learned a little more about alpacas and Lynette actually took us into a pasture where we got to pet and commune with the alpacas. I even broke down and bought some alpaca yarn: Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Huacaya Alpaca; Yarn Color: Yellow Onion Accents; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering) and New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Suri Alpaca; Colors: [Dark Orange, Orange and Light Orange]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering). I know I said I would never purchase yarn again, but felt I should support my friends event. Besides, it’s not like I don’t intend to use it to make something.

The day ended with a meal at Feast From The East on Westwood Boulevard. I ordered Pad Thai, but was not crazy about the red flavoring throughout. Additionally, my chicken dumplings were crunchy, but not fried…WTF!? The salad dressing – Sesame Miso – was the best part of that meal.

Overall, I had a good time despite a sour stomach which resumed upon my return home. Went to bed early and need to get ready to meet a client. Enjoy the pics!



Kathleen’s Birthday Party

Today the Wednesday Morning Knitter’s celebrated Kathleen’s birthday at The Knitting Tree, L A. A good time was had by all and the cake – made by your’s truly – was delicious.

Philippe’s & Gather DTLA

My Tuesday morning group planned a field trip to Philippe’s for lunch and because we were going to be downtown, I suggested a stop at Gather DTLA.

The plan was to take public transportation, as a new adventure. Drama ensued from the very beginning, as we tried to figure out how to buy a Day Pass (Posted Price: $7; Actual Price: $6), figuring that would be the most efficient method of payment. There was no one at the station to assist us, but we finally managed to figure it out. My indignation was short lived when I realized my change was not tokens, but dollar coins. I thought it was funny that regular public transportation riders thought we were from out of town; they laughed when they discovered we were local yocals! Navigating the different levels of the trains was confusing enough for us. We took the green line from the Aviation/Imperial station to the Blue Line, to the Red Line and then walked from Union Station to Philippe’s. With temperatures in the mid 90s, I was done already, after having walked through the stations platforms to the front of the station and then another three blocks to the restaurant. Thankfully, we were going to be sitting for a while and nourishing ourselves.

Philippe’s was okay, but hardly worth a return visit. I figured since it was my first time there, I would order as much as possible to get a taste of the fare: Beef French Dip, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Fresh Fruit, Pickles and Unsweetened Iced Tea. The sandwich was good, as were the cole slaw and the potato salad. My total bill was $16.00. I little pricey in my estimation. What I could not get over was the lack of a cooling system in the restaurant. Not that it was terribly uncomfortable, but I was seeking refuge from the heat.

Because my neuropathy felt like it was acting up, I suggested sticking to our plan – it had been suggested that we could walk Olvera Street as well. Unfortunately, for us and a major complaint against the Los Angeles Transit was the fact that the Dash (downtown bus) was not operating on the weekend. WTF!? Just becasue corporate workers are not working does not mean there are a significant amount of people downtown that would benefit from the Dash operating on the weekends! This meant we had to walk back to Union Station, catch a train and then walk about another six blocks. I was not feeling that, but was willing as I really wanted to see Gather DTLA; others in my party were not so enthusiastic. Thankfully, because I live right nowadays, I offered to pay for a taxi to which everyone agreed. How much could it cost to go about seven blocks, right? Thus began the taxi debacle. We were directed to the taxi stand at the south side of Union Station, found the stand and waited…and waited…and waited. My frustration grew in direct correlation to the heat index as I noticed taxis parked at the north end that would not come to pick us up. Turned out Union Station had a special event going on, in addition the the Mexican Independence Day celebrations on Olvera Street and they had temporarily relocated the taxis. Fucking idiots! Why didn’t they cover the taxi stand sign for those of us not in the know? About half an hour later, we got a taxi van that took us to our next destination and splitting the $7 dollar fair among five riders, we got off very cheaply at $2 per person.

We finally get to Gather DTLA and the only mode of cooling was a big fan. OMG! I took the seat in the most direct path and after finally acclimating to my environment was able to cool down. It is a cute little shop above a book store; my party of five occupied about one third of the retail space! The selection is nice, though small. The owner, Ebby?/Evy? was nice enough. However, I do have a complaint: I found a MadelineTosh Merino Light yarn (Yarn Color: Holi Festival) that I fell in love with; my store never had that color. I managed to find two skeins and was ready to drop $50 on the purchase until I was informed that one of the skeins – which I had removed from the yarn tasting display – could not be sold. WTF!? I’m sorry, but the customer should come first no matter what. I did not like that one bit. Only because a friend of mine works there, I found something else that my store does not carry and made a purchase to support the store: Lucky Lamb (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool; Yarn Color: Felix; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) and some place markers in an unflattering color.

The ride home – 16 bus to Silver line to Green line – seemed quicker and was a welcome relief to a weary day of heat. My major complaint of the day was the lack of cooling, bathing me a light layer of perspiration the whole day. I am certainly spoiled because I found the public transportation system below average from what I was used to: poor cooling, low class citizens, animals in crates, walkers, etc. Call me prissy! I’ll accept the label if I never am forced to ride public transportation again.

Overall, I had a great time with new friends. We worked well together as a team and I was please do have an opportunity to solidify some new friendships.


Wedding Afghan Presentation

Gilda had the idea to create an afghan comprised of squares made by customers from the store. The yarn: Madeline Tosh Vintage; the size: 12-inch square. We knew there was going to be a surprise party for Bruce and Annette and it was the gracious hospitality of Anne who hosted the surprise party. And, we were able to keep the surprise party a secret!


The Knitting Tree L A One Year Anniversary

Almost as busy as 2014 Yarn Crawl LA. Delicious food and met lots of new fiber artists.