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Sale extended!

July 25th, 2014

We’ve extended our big sale (the biggest yarn sale of the year!!!) thru Sunday, July 27th!  Shop in-store from now until Sunday, and get 35 – 50% off select yarns, and be entered to win THE MAGICIAN’S TOP HAT!

Or, shop the Magic Sale online and save up to 35% off select yarns! And yes, you will still receive free shipping in the US on orders over $65! ;)

Happy shopping!
Emma G.


Let the magic begin!

July 18th, 2014

Watch in amazement  as your favorite yarns fly off the shelves!
Our Magic Yarn Sale is going on now!
Shop in-store and save up to 50% off yarn for knitting and crochet!

AND, one lucky customer will be chosen to receive  . . .
THE MAGICIAN’S TOP HAT!!!!

Sale Hours:
Saturday, July 19th: 11 am – 6pm
Sunday, July 20th: 12 – 4pm
Monday, July 21st: closed
Tuesday, July 22nd: 11 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, July 23rd: 11am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 24th: 11am – 8 pm
Friday, July 25th: 11am – 5:30 pm

Out of the area? You can shop our sale online and score up to 35% off, PLUS free shipping on orders over $65!
Click here to shop the sale online!

See you at the sale!
Emma G.


Prepare to be amazed . . .

July 15th, 2014

Top Hat of Yarn

It’s that magical time of year! Get ready for a sale so stupendous it will knock your toe-up socks off!

Plus, come in during the week of our sale, and be entered to win
the titillating,
bewitching,
uncanny,
awe-inspiring,
thaumaturgic . . .

MAGICIAN’S TOP HAT of YARN AND GOODIES!!!!

Inside our charming chapeau you’ll find not one, not two, but THREE complete knitting projects!

Zig-Zag Baby Blanket – six skeins of soft  Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Worsted Cotton, pattern postcard and US size 8 knitting needles.

Ziggy Cowl – two skeins of  plush Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande, pattern postcard and US size 13 knitting needles.

Adele Scarf - skein of sparkly S. Charles Adele, pattern postcard and US size 10.5 knitting needles.

No purchase is necessary to win this miraculous millinery! All you have to do is come in during our sale and fill out a raffle ticket! We will notify the winner the first week of August.

Speaking of sale: starting Saturday, July 19th, we’re taking 35 – 50% off yarns in store, and up to 35% off select yarns online!  Keep an eye on our blog, sign up for our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the details.

See you at the sale!
-Emma G.


West 3rd Street Summer Sidewalk Sale!

June 25th, 2014

If you’re planning to visit our shop this weekend, you’re in for a treat!  It’s the Summer Sidewalk Sale event!

We’re adding tons of new markdowns on yarns, knitting patterns and books, and our West 3rd Street neighbors are having big sales too!

Come to Knit Culture Studio this weekend and save 35 -50% off select merchandise, then wander the street, peruse the sale racks, and relax with lunch or dinner (depending on your shopping stamina!) at one of the local restaurants.

You can find all the  sales listed on the West 3rd Street blog, “The Third Eye”. So look it over, plan your route and come see us this weekend!

Happy knitting!
Emma G.

 


Saturday Stripes

June 12th, 2014

Saturday Stripes

I have a weakness for colorwork shawls, so I am super excited about our newest pattern giveaway!  “Saturday Stripes” is an easy shawl pattern designed by Heather Walpole of Ewe Ewe Yarns. Using a US size 10.5 knitting needles and squishy, bouncy Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted -  this project is a quickie!
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Meet our teachers!

May 22nd, 2014

We’ve been hard at work adding more knitting and crochet classes to our calendar and we are really excited to tell you about them. But first, allow me to  properly introduce our teaching team!

Meet Montica!
Montica Pes (pictured top) just started working with us, and will be teaching all of our knitting classes. Montica hales  from Phenix City, Alabama, and moved to LA in 2007. It’s hard to imagine this bubbly, radiant lady yelling at undergraduates, but when she’s not playing with yarn Montica teaches college students acting, directing, and film production. Deciding the only way to get the knits she wanted was to make them herself, she taught herself how to knit . Montica is totally captivated by the tactile quality of crafting (which explains her current Lobster Pot* obsession) and can’t wait to share her knowledge and inspiration with fellow knitters!
Click here to see Montica’s Classes!

Julie Kadoi

Meet Julie!
Julie Kadoi is our brilliant crochet teacher who has been teaching and designing with us for almost a year now. Before moving to Los Angeles, she spent most of her adult life in New York City. Julie learned crochet basics from her mom, but really got her start when her 90-year-old neighbor asked for assistance making granny squares for a church fundraiser. When she’s not teaching at our store, she’s volunteering at her daughter’s school, teaching an after-school crochet class and perfecting her Downward Dog. Julie’s favorite thing about LA? “Others and the weather!” She laughs, “I found that people here have a real openness to learn about themselves and the world around them.”
Click here to see Julie’s classes!

Fleming Garner

Meet Fleming!
Fleming Garner works in the store and  teaches our Project Pick-Up Sundays. If you’ve met her, you know she’s a real peach: cheerful, genial and incredibly creative. Fleming grew up in Blairsville, Georgia,  and learned to cast-on in college from her mom, and from there did her own research to figure the rest out. Fleming’s favorite thing about LA? “I’ve never lived so close to the beach before! I love that in just thirty short minutes I can smell the salty air and tickle my toes in the ocean.”
Click here to see Fleming’s classes!
Now that you’ve met the teachers, check out what’s new on our class calendar!

Project Pick-Up Sundays
We’ve all been there: you’ve been knitting or crocheting for days and suddenly realize that you’re completely off course. We’re now offering a drop-in class for helping knitters and crocheters with their specific knitting or crochet project. You can sign-up ahead of time, or call on Sunday and if there’s room you’re welcome to walk-in. As an added bonus drop-in students get to “taste” the yarn of the week!

MORE Project Classes!
If you click over to our class page you’ll notice that we’ve added a TON of new classes classes in both crochet and knitting. To make it easier for everybody to add a class or two into their busy summer schedule, we will be giving class dates much further in advance. Keep checking our class page for updates!

If you have any questions about our class offerings, give us a call during store hours or send us an email!

Happy crafting!
Emma G.

* Cashmere -  it’s a helluva drug!


Class Dates for Gilt City Shoppers

May 19th, 2014

If you recently bought a  knitting or crochet class package through Gilt City Los Angeles, here are the dates of the available classes.

Gilt City Crochet Classes:
-Sunday, June 22nd; 2 – 4pm
-Sunday, July 13th; 2 – 4pm
-Sunday, July 27th; 2 – 4pm
 
Gilt City Knitting Classes:
-Saturday, June 28th; 11am – 1pm
-Saturday, July 12th; 11am – 1pm
-Saturday, August 2nd; 1 – 3pm
-Saturday, August 9th; 1 – 3pm
-Saturday, September 6th; 11am – 1pm
-Saturday, September 13th; 1 – 3pm

How to redeem your class package:
1) Give us a call and have your voucher number ready.
2) Let us know which class date works best for you.
3) We’ll reserve your seat in the class, and contact you to confirm the class enrollment.
4) Come in on the day of your class to get your materials and we’ll get you started in knitting or crochet!


Sweet Squares Baby Blanket

May 15th, 2014

Sweet Squares Baby Blanket

Get out your hooks for a crochet classic! Introducing the “Sweet Squares Baby Blanket” -  a crib-sized granny square blanket designed by our lovely crochet teacher Julie Kadoi!

The soothing rhythm of crochet combined with simple pleasure of trying out color combinations make granny squares HIGHLY addictive. Our “Sweet Squares Baby Blanket” uses eighty, 3″ by 3″ squares, accented with Julie’s fancy (but super simple) Zig Zag join, check it out!

The pattern calls for the squares to be made first and then seamed together into three panels, but you could also use the Join-As-You-Go method like Julie did for adding more squares. I personally find it very satisfying to watch a stack* of colorful granny squares form on my desk before seaming together.

Aside from being an enjoyable project, the blanket makes a lovely gift for new babies. Granny squares are delightfully tactile, and small hands can’t resist tracing the loops and looking at the colors. The “Sweet Squares Baby Blanket” is just the right size for a crib, but could also double as a colorful playmat.

Sweet Squares baby Blanket

Julie shuffled eight colors of Classic Elite Mesa to create the kaleidoscope of granny square goodness you see here. Classic Elite Mesa is a worsted weight kettle-dyed cotton yarn, with tonal colorways named after desert landscapes like “Cacti”, “Thistle” and “Sun-Baked”. And, because it’s 100% cotton, Mesa is a great choice for summer projects.

Choose colors carefully to create a crib blanket that perfectly matches your baby’s nursery, or go through your stash and use up all your worsted scraps. You could easily substitute or add in any of our worsted weight cottons for this project, like Tahki Cotton Classic or Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. This could be a great way to use up any leftovers from the “Beachcomber Baby Blanket” or “Zig Zag Baby Blanket”.Sweet Squares Baby Blanket

If you’re an old hand at granny squares, then this pattern will be a breeze. However, if you need a little guidance, sign-up for our “Sweet Squares Baby Blanket Class” with Julie! In the class you’ll get all the support you need to complete your own blanket, all while learning some indispensable crochet skills.

We love seeing your ideas for baby blanket color combinations! Join our Ravelry group and share your projects pictures with us! Or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Happy crafting!
Emma G.

Useful links:
FREE! “Sweet Squares Baby Blanket” pattern PDF
Shop Classic Elite Mesa!
Shop Tahki Cotton Classic!
Shop Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Worsted Cotton!
Sign-up for Julie’s “Sweet Squares Baby Blanket” class!

*More like counting and re-counting the stack of granny squares like Scrooge McDuck.


Five Tasteful Gifts for Moms

May 1st, 2014

Offhand Designs

Moms who knit and crochet love that they can make something to suit you perfectly. That hat you got for your birthday? Hours of knitting and before that, hours of deliberation finding the right yarn and the perfect color.  The moms we know are always looking out for the tastes of others. Why not return the favor? This year we rounded up our most tasteful crafting goods for crafty moms!!

Offhand Designs - Made by hand in Oakland, CA, Offhand Designs are the Cadillac of knitting bags (pictured top). They are a bit of an investment, but will last for years. The outer fabric is a durable, textured brocade, and the coordinating lining fabric is silky and won’t felt or full delicate fibers. So pretty! And every detail is carefully considered before production, from the fabric to the fastenings . . . Plus, all Offhand Bags automatically qualify for free UPS ground shipping!
Offhand Designs bag

Della Q Needle and Notion Cases-  Help mom keep her knitting needles corralled with a jewel-toned needle case from Della Q. We love that all the pockets are neatly numbered so you don’t have to pull every needle out to find the size you’re looking for. Add the Della Q Zip Pouch to hold all the other ephemera floating around in mom’s knit bag, like bobbins, scissors, cable needles, etc.

DellaQ Circular Tri Fold

 

ArtYarns “Shawl for All Seasons” Kit  ArtYarns "Shawl for All Seasons" kit
If your mom gravitates towards all things glittery we have the perfect gift:  the “Shawl for All Seasons” knitting kit!

The kit includes the “Shawl for All Seasons” knitting pattern,  ArtYarns Rhapsody Glitter Light for the main color, and four sparkly mini-skeins of ArtYarns Beaded Silk and Sequins Light for the coordinating stripes. (The sample shown right was done in the “Twilight” colorway.)
ArtYarns Shawl for All Seasons kit

Bonnie Bishoff Shawl Pins – Give mom a pin to show off her beautiful handknits! Bonnie Bishoff shawl pins are hand sculpted from smooth white bronze and polymer clay. The soft rounded point will not snag on your handknits, and work equally well holding a shawl in place, as a closure on an open-front cardi, or pinned on the band of your favorite hat.

Bonnie Bishoff Shawl Pins

Becoming Art Yarns Theia Fingering – A very special yarn for a very special lady, now in new colorways!  Mesmerizing color shifts keep you knitting or crocheting to see where the color will take you and, before you know it, the project is done!
Becoming Art Theia Fingering

Mesmerizing color shifts keep you knitting or crocheting to see where the color will take you and, before you know it, the project is done!

Want to see how it knits up? Our “Bir Hakeim” shawl (more pics on Ravelry) was knit with two skeins of Becoming Art Theia Fingering in “Gypsy Love”.
Bir Hakeim

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If you have any questions, give us a call! We’re happy to help you put together something beautiful for mom this Mother’s Day!

Happy crafting!
Emma G.

Make your own “Caramel” Cardi kit!

April 25th, 2014

Our  Fleming  just finished the “Caramel” cardi – a blanket front cardi, knit top-down so you can try it on as you go! With flowing front panel you can wear open or wrapped up with a shawl pin, the “Caramel” cardigan is perfect for a wool/silk yarn like Manos Silk Blend. And this weekend our entire stock of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend is 35%off!

Love the look? Make your own “Caramel” Cardi kit!
You’ll need:
- “Caramel” cardi pattern! (Free!)
Sizes XS/S (M, L)
- MC -  5 (5, 6)  skeins of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend
- CC1 -  2 (2, 2)  skeins of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend
- CC2 – 2 (2, 2)  skeins of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend
- US size 6 circular needle (or size needed to get gauge)
- set of US size 6 double pointed (or size needed to get gauge)


Keep reading for Fleming’s notes on modifying the cardi. But first, some color inspiration! Manos del Uruguay comes gorgeous, saturated colorways, and we put together our favorite “Caramel” cardi kit ideas here!


Fleming’s Cardi – a vivid green with stripes of grey and cream. I love this versatile color combo, and I could see it pairing equally well with neutral office basics and bright summer dresses.
MC – Citric (center)
CC1 – Natural
CC2 – Briar
Get the colors here!


Front Parlour -  a color scheme lifted from the manor of your favorite Austen novel. Rich, velvety maroon accented with the palest  pink and weathered grey.
MC – Bing Cherry (center)
CC1 – Cherry Blossom
CC2 – Dove
Get the colors here!


Flamenco – like the ruffles and lace of a flamenco dress, saucy green and magenta flash against a background of coal black. Hot!
MC – Black (center)
CC1 – Citric
CC2 – Magenta
Get the colors here!


Highway 1 – classic cars and lazy days at the beach, two cool shades of blue balance the fiery red in this surf-ready palette.
MC – Tomato (center)
CC1 – Juniper
CC2 – Powder
Get the colors here!



Driftwood –
Sun-washed neutrals come together in this timeless color scheme.
MC – Briar
CC1 – Dove
CC2 – Natural
Get the colors here!

Fleming’s notes:
“I used a US size 7 needle to get gauge, skipped the increase for the bottom ribbing, and shortened the sleeves. For the stripes: I followed the instructions exactly for when to change colors. I omitted a grey stripe on the bottom so I could do more stripes on the sleeves.”

Don’t forget to share your projects with us on Ravelry, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Happy knitting!
Emma G.