The scenario: it's almost Christmas Eve, and you haven't even started shopping for friends and family yet. And while time is short, you'd love to give handmade presents to everyone. Don't you worry, there's still hope! A quick jaunt to Etsy and a search for the word PDF later, and you're up to your ... More >>
Tomorrow, over 100 knitters, survivors and supporters in pink Santa hats will join Spa Gregorie's Day Spa and Salon to converge upon Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana for the third annual Knit One, Cure Too charity event. Join them for a day of knitting to produce scarves that will raise money for breast ... More >>
I spotted a fun class called out on the Craft Magazine blog today. If the thought of the upcoming holidays is stressing you out, you need to sign up for this weekend's Chill Pill knitting class taught by Ben Cuevas at The Little Knittery store in LA.
Picture from the Craft Magazine websi ... More >>
One of the most difficult things to wrap your head around as a knitter is how fit works. You can spend tons of hours knitting up your new favorite sweater, only to realize months later when you finish that it just doesn't fit. (Making it your new favorite item you never wear in your d ... More >>
If you're big on making handmade presents for Christmas, or if you've never done that kind of thing before and are interested in doing it this year, September is a good time to get crafting. Trust me, the last thing your grandma wants is a hastily slapped-together Ikea frame with seashells glued on ... More >>
Knitters, if you haven't seen the Morehouse Farm online shop you're missing out. The New York-based company is not only known for including pictures of their adorable farm animals in e-mail updates, but also for offering some of the cutest animal-themed knitting patterns around. (A few Christmases a ... More >>
Sweaty Dick"Think about it. I am not a Nixon loyalist. I am not even a Republican. I am gay. I am from Canada. I was 12 years old when Richard Nixon resigned."--Timonty Naftali, director of Orange County's Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, in a recent New York Times story about a ... More >>
If you're a fan of the new movie Despicable Me, get out your knitting needles and crochet hooks. I spotted links to free patterns showing how to make the little Minions over on the Craft Magazine blog recently, and I had to share!Crochet Minion by WolfdreamerLinda Potts from the Wolfdreamer ... More >>
Have you ever been to the super-cool yarn paradise known as Yarn Lady? I've only had the opportunity to visit once, and it was amazing. Yarn, needles, embellishments, supplies, books as far as the eye could see. The only problem? I live in Long Beach, and Yarn Lady is in Laguna Hills - unfortunately ... More >>
Crafty friends, I'm sure I'm not the only one out there that has a yarn stash that is slowly but surely resembling an episode of Hoarders.
Like many of you, my party bucket of yarn has steadily gained momentum through fiber gifts from family and friends, yarn swaps with my knitting gr ... More >>
As a member of Long Beach's Stitch 'n' Beach group, I hear things from time to time.
Things you the crafting public need to know about.
I'm not talking about the lively discussion we distinguished ladies had a couple of weeks back about a variety of bodily functions. I'm talking ... More >>
Today I'm going to play the enabler here for all you knit and crochet yarnophiles out there: Have you seen the book AwareKnits by crafty superstar Vickie Howell and equally crafty cowriter Adrienne Armstrong? (You may have heard of Adrienne's husband Billy Joe Armstrong from a little band call ... More >>
If you took a look at my pictures from the Craft & Hobby Association's trade show in January, you may remember this little gem, which was follwed by a tweet about how I totally geeked out when I met Stitch 'N' Bitch author Debbie Stoller.
Debbie Stoller at the Craft and Hobby Association ... More >>
Ohhhhh, Craft Supershow. You came and gave us an overload of make and takes and craft celebrity sightings, and then you left without even saying goodbye.
Okay, maybe you did say goodbye. But I'm sure you also left a large portion of the southern California crafty community tired, happy an ... More >>
Look, I'll be honest with you. It's more than a little irritating that it's early January and people are out and about wearing short sleeves and such in southern California. Where's the blizzards? Where's the less than 70 degree weather, even?
I'm whining because of Etsy shops like OhMay. Chock full ... More >>
The holidays are supposed to be about sharing good will (and a boozy eggnog or two) with others - and it's always nice when you can use your crafty talents to help a great holiday cause as well! This Friday from 4-7pm, Spa Gregorie's and Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana are proud to host the second annua ... More >>
Mama's Magic Studio is the work of stay-at-home mom Jen Johnson from up north in San Jose. When she's not chasing after the little ones, she's crafting up a storm for her Etsy shop.
Autumn Sunshine bracelet by Jen Johnson of Mama's Magic Studio
I know it feels like far from autumn during t ... More >>
Ok it's time to 'fess up. I'm afraid you might think less of me, but here goes.
When I'm knitting, I almost never do a swatch to measure my gauge before I start a project.
If you're not a knitter, let me cue you in. A swatch gauge is an important part of starting a project--it helps you figure ... More >>
Long Beach librarian Marlyn Beebe has always enjoyed taking photos, but never really thought of herself as a serious artistic photographer. Then she received a digital camera as a gift. This unlocked a door for her with all it's new features, especially the macro setting. Now not only ... More >>
When you hear the word yarn, do you automatically think of Red Heart? Sure, 100% acrylic's definitely got its perfect uses, but I think you'll back me up when I say it can be less than a joy to work with.
If you've never used 100% wool (or cotton or other natural fibers), you're totally missing out ... More >>
Knitting for Beginners Workshop, 6:30 p.m.You're never too old to take up knitting. Hell, everyone needs scarves. And socks. People need socks like they're going out of style. And it's good to keep your hands busy. After all, idle hands are the devil's playground! Consider yourself warned!!The Kids ... More >>
28 years gone today . . .
Yes, that is indeed a blindfolded Yoko rocking the knitting needles. It's art, y'know . . .
Also: I'm avoiding the obvious "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" clip, because all the YouTube ones are supremely cheesy . . .
Okay, so I admit I never did get to dissect a lab rat or frog for high school biology—though, I did have my go at a formaldehyde-soaked mink and fetal pig, which wasn't nearly as disgusting as I thought it'd be—and I never did opt for the conscientious alternate assignment to write a 50-page res ... More >>
COOKING: CHARCUTERIE, 6:30pm
Learn pates and terrines.
Sur la Table, 832 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 640-2330
KNITTING WORKSHOP, 7:30pm
Get your knit on every Monday. Free knitting class. All levels of knitting. Just bring your
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Now that it's technically autumn, the weather should be cooling off significantly (really, any day now...).
But just to keep you ahead of the game, tube scarves are a sweet take on the old fashioned scarf, just pop it on and go.
I can never decide how to wear the ends of a traditional scarf anywa ... More >>