Neighbors By Design

Neighbors by Design

I happened to put out my fiber items in the hopes that I might actually sell something. No such luck. However, I met Zoë at one of the yard sales.

Zoë heads Neighbors by Design is a socio-enterprise, a community-centered platform that uses design as a tool to bring neighbors together and in the process create products made out of recycled materials donated by neighbors.

While most of my inventory is high end for potential sales income, I do like to create items from scrap yarn, which would fit the business model more. Either way, it’s an opportunity to sell some of my stuff and make some extra money, especially since I have lost my graphic/web design job.

Before I forget, the point of this post is an event:

Neighbors by Design Makers/Craft Market

December 16 & 17, 2017

10:00 AM-4:00 PM PST

4432 Campbell Drive; Los Angeles, CA 90066

I will be participating with Cathy, conducting the crochet and knit workshops on Sunday. Come on by! You might find the perfect gift for that special someone.

Spare Wheel Crochet Cozy

Crochet Spare Wheel Cozy
courtesy Susan Yorshis-Miller

An high school friend of mine that I recently reconnected with sent me this picture. I am pretty sure she took it while out-and-about in Los Angeles.

I love it! I can tell just by looking at it that it was crocheted.

What do you think?

ADDENDUM: I just learned that this picture was taken out-and-about in Granbury, Texas! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Celebrity Crocheter: Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence

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I just found Mama’s Family airing on MeTV. I used to love this show and still do. From 18:00-19:00 you will now find me in my room, watching while crocheting or knitting.

Imagine my surprise to see Mama (Vicki Lawrence) crocheting. Yay!

Silver Screen Knitting

Cut Bank

Cut Bank

I always notice when I see knitting or crochet in movies/television programs. This still is from the movie Cut Bank (2014). I would link to my online review on my personal blog, but stupid people are incapable of distinguishing a personal blog from a professional blog and I don’t need more hassles. I will tell you that the actor pictured, plays a nurse that is taking care of Dwayne McLaren’s (Liam Hemsworth) ailing father. The movie was very suspenseful, but the ending was disappointing. Other actors, of note, in the movie include: Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, and John Malkovich

I Was On Television: KTLA Morning News

Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes Shawl

Leonardo Aguilar and A Hooker’s World were on KTLA Morning News this morning!

They asked for emails of your latest crafts. I sent in Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes Shawl and they showed it on television, never thinking it would appear on television. Boy, was I wrong. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the shawl on television.

I stopped watching Today over the firing of Anne Curry. I then switched to ABC, but was not much of a fan of the personalities or the fact that the weather did not usually include the beaches, which is where I live. Now, it’s KTLA Morning News for me!

Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes Shawl
©A Hooker’s World

Rowan Yarn


The other day, while working, I decided to peruse the pattern books, looking for a crochet pattern that I could make as a store sample to feature the yarn we are selling. My current favorite is the Rowan Linen. I was very disappointed that I could not find one crochet pattern in any of the pattern books, so I decided to convey my dismay to the company:

I work in a yarn store, as an associate and crochet instructor. We sell your yarn and as such, we have some pattern books. Loving your linen, I looked through the book to find a crochet pattern I could make to promote yarn sales. THERE WAS NOT A SINGLE CROCHET PATTERN IN ANY OF THE ROWAN BOOKS. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. Not everyone knits!

I received the following reply:

Thank you for your recent e-mail.

We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed with the lack of crochet designs. We are a hand knitting company therefore, we do tend to produce many more knitting patterns however, you can view all of our crochet designs on the following section of our website.

Apparently, if one spends enough time around someone, their personalities can be transferred by osmosis. That someone is my freelance graphic/web design boss, who has a strong sales/marketing background. Here is my final reply:

Thank you for your reply. Below are some additional comments, which I hope you will take into serious consideration. Whether you do, or not, is entirely your choice as a company, but my many years working in sales and marketing, always has me thinking and willing to share business improvement suggestions.

As a yarn company, I suggest you start including at least one crochet pattern in your books. You are not selling hand-knitting, you are selling yarn, which is used by both crocheters and knitters.

I am also a designer, so a lack of crochet patterns is not my issue either. From a marketing perspective: In my store, we like to make something from the books provided as a store sample, so the customer can purchase the book and yarn at the same time and feel like they have a kit. Honestly, I don’t know whether or not the pattern books are for sale, but I am sure you can understand a customers sense of satisfaction knowing they have the pattern and the yarn to make an item.

One last thing to consider from a marketing perspective: by not including crochet patterns in your book an exclusionary perception could be developed by your customers. For instance, as a crocheter, I was put off that there was not one crochet pattern in all your books. This could potentially lead to a lost market. My belief is better to be inclusionary than exclusionary.

That’s all I have to say. I hope you will take my suggestions seriously, as I love your yarns and would hate to “exclude” you when it comes to making purchase decisions.