Yarn Canada: Win Yarn for Good Cause

They know so many wonderful people knit and crochet for good causes. They’d love to hear your stories and help out!

They’ve partnered with Bernat Yarn and Patons Yarn to give 12 individuals and groups a total of $2000 worth of yarn to use towards their good works.

Since they get requests from all over, and they’d like to do something nice for our neighbors, this is open to Canadians and Americans.

Here’s the yarn they’ll be giving away:

  • 1 x $500 of yarn to a Canadian group who knits or crochets for a good cause
  • 1 x $500 of yarn to an American group who knits or crochets for a good cause
  • 10 x $100 of yarn to Canadian or American individuals or groups who knit or crochet for a good cause

All you need to do to apply is fill out the form below and tell them your story. What will you use the yarn for, what impact has this or previous projects had, and anything else important to your story.

ESSS 2018 World Wide Knit In Public Day

El Segundo Slipt Stitchers decided to congregate at the Starbucks in El Segundo, California from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., today, June 9, 2018.

I met many members that I had not previously known, got to know some more familiar members a little better and enjoyed the company of members I normally hang with. It was a sunny day with a nice breeze. By the time the last hour had arrived, the sun was directly overhead, warming our chilled bodies.

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An interesting thing happened while we were there; we were approached by Alicia King, a blogger from Camas, Washington, who was interested in community activities, and her friend Hillary Johnson. We educated her about the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers and shared our photo album with her. She informed us that she would be doing a blog post about us on her blog: JustAGirlInCamas; Facebook: facebook.com/justagirlincamas.

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World Wide Crochet In Public Day

World Wide Crochet In Public Day

I keep seeing World Wide Knit In Pubic Day notices in my Facebook newsfeed and I fee slighted that while the event claims to be all-inclusive – meaning other fiber crafts – that specific intent is not communicated in the title. If they are claiming to be all-inclusive why not change the title to World Wide Fiber Craft Day?

To that end, and as an original hooker – both ways – I can’t tolerate being dissed, slighted, so I have contact WWKIPD and the Crochet Guild of America inquiring on how to establish a World Wide Crochet In Public Day.

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I would like to know how one person organized a world wide event because my ego demands that I leave something behind to mark my existence in this world before I am dust.

Seriously, while I do knit, I was originally a hooker – both kinds – and I always feel slighted when Knit events do not include the word Crochet as well, but “don’t mind crocheters in public.”

I am copying the Crochet Guild of America regarding this inquiry, but had to fill out a webform so their email is not present.

Thank you for any help, assistance, pointers.

2018 Los Angeles Yarn Crawl

2018 Los Angeles Yarn Crawl

I almost did not get to go because CSNanaCat is going out of town for the entire month of May and she has been preoccupied with cleaning and packing. Luckily, I knew that KTia had plans to go and had left her a message inquiring about accompaniment. She returned my call and we made plans to go on Sunday.

My Budget: USD $100.00

Stop 1: Alamitos Bay Yarn Company

I love going there, though I’ve never bought anything. I never seem to “find” anything that makes me impulsive enough to spend the money. The one time I almost bought something, I had already spent my allocated money. Today nothing grabbed me. I was thinking distance may be another deterrent…hm?

Stop 2: Jennifer Knits and Needlepoint

2018 Los Angeles Yarn Crawl Gift To Me
2018 Los Angeles Yarn Crawl Gift To Me

I love this store, having worked there before as a crochet instructor. Now that the clutter aspect has been removed the store has a very open atmosphere with lots of lovely light. After four years of crawling, I finally consulted my patterns before making any purchases. The shawl I am eager to make most – right now – is the Meadow Grass shawl by Heidi Alander. I had the assistance of a friendly and knowledgeable associate that pointed out to me their prepackaged kits: their yarn crawl special. Each kit contained two skeins of Baah La Jolla and a coupon for the Local Yarn Shawl pattern by Casapinka, as a free gift from the store. This made color choice easier. If you know me, the brighter the better and the minute I saw the orange (Sunshine) and yellow (Gold Rush), I thought sun. Nothing gets much brighter than that! The bonus was Baah! yarn: a yarn I have coveted since I met it when I worked at The Local Yarn Store Which Must Not Be Named.

USD $65.00

Stop 3: L’Atelier

Mother's Day Gift Option 1
Mother’s Day Gift Option 1

We ran into Ms. Sara from the El Segundo Sliptstitchers guild, knitting with here new yarn on a new project. I loved the braids of 17 skeins/hanks that were hanging from the wall and discovered that it was not a new display strategy, but a project to make an afghan. Nice! I also discovered this little piece and thought of mother. I know mom likes pink, but they had zero skeins. I was told it could be ordered and discovered today that it comes in 50g balls (minimal yardage)/USD $30.00. That means the piece pictures is USD $90.00! I don’t think so, as mom want’s a longer piece, as seen at Twist. Well, now that I think

Stop 4: Twist Yarns of Intrigue

Here I saw my favorite piece of the day. Unfortunately, having already bought some yarn, I could not justify the USD $170.00 “Twist” yarn expense to make it. The color – pink, mom’s favorite – got me thinking about her. I could justify the expense of some cheaper yarn to make her something.

Mother's Day Gift To Me
Mother’s Day Gift To Me

I love “Twist” yarns and colors! I understand they are “hand-dyed.” While I love them, I am a price-based person and cannot justify the additional cost just for color unless the color was a “custom request.” Having typed that, please be advised that I am still rationalizing the cost of yarn to make that, now elevated to – cue the choir of angels – shroud! 😀

Mother's Day Gift
Mother’s Day Gift

I had such a pleasant time talking with – again, can’t remember her name – that I found a cheaper option which would allow me to at least pay homage to such beautiful yarns. I had seen the Malabrigo Sock colorway Aniversario at Jennifer Knits and Needlepoint, but didn’t buy, wanting to space out my purchases for best browsing/pricing options. Even cheaper than Baah!, I was able to double my goodness by adding Light of Love. I think my choices may be to bright for mom’s taste, we might have to go back so she can see what else is available.

USD $40.00

Stop 5: Needlepoints West

2018 Yarn Crawl Over Budget
2018 Yarn Crawl Goodies

OMG! Guess who I saw here? Carina! ❤ And, of course, Carrie! ❤ It felt like a reunion with Kathleen present, as well. And lest I forget, Billy came into the store later.

I also got to meet Alexandra of Alexandra’s Crafts Yarn. I had purchased the Black Butte to finish Over The Rainbow. The more I think about it, I would like to frog the Olive lace and re-knit with a celery or dark silver color. We talked of yaks and taboo.

I also met Miss Purl, who made that wonderful little fish tin, pictured above. I was searching for a chihuahua with no luck. My crawl partner was nice enough to trade with me, as this was the only other ideal choice. Later, I learned that if I sent her a picture, she would make custom tins. Aha! Great gift idea, right? Sh!

Because I did not have cash and had to use plastic, I had to throw in some other items – Cascade Nikki, color #32404; Euro Night, color #201; Sirdar Dune, color unknown – to meet the limit. I was having a blue and brown moment. 🙂 I also found another interesting shawl pattern that I may actually purchase. :O

USD $25.00

Stop 6: The Local Yarn Shop Which Must Not Be Named

Kathleen wanted to go, but I think she was hesitant, concerning my feelings. I told her straight out that I would not mind if she wanted to go. I could wait in the car and knit, as I always have a project with me. In the end, she changed her mind.

Money Spent: USD $130.00

Come Meet Me!

Come meet me at Mar Vista ArtWalk!

Mar Vista ArtWalk

Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:oo p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

3741 Grand View Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90066

I’ll have my ODDBALLS collection with me in conjunction with the mission of Neighbors by Design of “upcycling” materials.