• Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    American Apparel: We Did Nothing Wrong But We're Paying $1 mil to End Worker Death Case

    "American Apparel has been and continues to be absolutely committed to providing its employees with a safe work place and fair wages in a sweat-shop free environment." -Los Angeles-based lawyer Peter A. Schey, on behalf of American Apparel, which agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a civil ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 25, 2013

    Courtney Love

    City National Grove of Anaheim

  • Music

    May 12, 2011

    Pickin' With the Knitters

    Drummer DJ Bonebrake on how this X/the Blasters side project made it cool for punk rockers to like country

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Handmade Gifts for Procrastinators

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Knit One, Cure Too This Weekend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Make (and Take) a Chill Pill This Weekend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Knitting Pattern Fit Workshop at Yarn Lady Thursday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Gettin' Made: September Craft Classes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Gettin' Made: New Critter Kits Available from Morehouse Farms!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Tricky Dick Nixon Quote of the Week!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Gettin' Made: That's Despicable (Me)!

    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 Wolfdreamer​Linda Potts from the Wolfdreamer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Yarn Lady Takes it Online

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Gettin' Made: I've Got Big (Dryer) Balls

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Blowout Yarn Sale at Liscat Tonight

    As a member of Long Beach's Stitch 'n' Beach group, I hear things from time to time. Interesting things. 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Gettin' Made: And Gettin' Aware

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Gettin' Made: State of the Stitch Nation Address

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Gettin' Made: CHA Craft Supershow Revisited

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Oh May, Oh My!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Knit One, Cure Too

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Gettin' Made: and Makin' Magic

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Dirty Little Crafting Secrets

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Gettin' Made: The Gift of Creativity

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Everything and the Kitchen Sink Dyeworks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 6/25

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    LowBallVideoChatter: John Lennon, "Instant Karma"

    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 . . .

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: Knitting in Biology 101

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 10/22

    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 n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Because You're Ugly: Tube Scarves

    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 >>

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Wanda Brainard

    The knitting instructor shares some of her favorite things

  • Culture

    March 24, 2005

    If I Were a Rich Girl . . .

    Being fabulous at the St. John Knits fashion show

  • Music

    August 19, 2004

    Flying at 30,000 Feet . . .

    . . . Without leaving the ground or entering the terminal

  • Music

    January 8, 2004