Introducing: Kitterly

November 20th, 2014

If you’ve been in our store lately you’ve probably noticed that something  has  taken over our backroom. Well, that entity is our new website – Kitterly has been in the works for a little over two years, but it moved in and made itself completely comfortable a couple months ago.

If it were any other ecommerce site, it probably wouldn’t demand the hours of attention and painstaking care we’ve put into it so far. But Kitterly is not just another online shop. Kitterly was designed to make shopping online for knitting and crochet projects more inspiring, intuitive and convenient. An LYS experience you can access 24 hours a day, from the comfort of your home! But in order to bring the whole LYS experience online, we had a lot of prep work to do offline.

We’re planning our projects and products very carefully. We put up a 23′ x 6′ hunk of felt and started organizing, deliberating, and hand-picking beautiful patterns that we know crafters would love to knit or crochet. This process is ongoing and every few weeks we add more. (Eep!)

Meeting on the weekends, we discussed best yarn choices for every pattern we picked as if we were going to make it ourselves. We ordered more yarn. We ordered new yarn. We’re still ordering yarn somehow. All after swatching of course, because we are knitters and we are nothing if not thorough.

If there’s one thing that makes endless swatching seem like a treat, it’s data entry. We created a million spreadsheets, and got to work. Shipping measurements, techniques used, knitting needles used, knitting needle shipping dimensions, notions used, number of pieces in that package of notions, recommended yarn, yardage amounts, yardage in each skein of yarn, color family, fiber type, bust measurements . . . any and every piece of information that would help ensure our customers get exactly what they need for their customized project had to be discussed and entered into our database.

While all of this work is going on, we’re still running our shop, giving knitting and crochet advice and overcoming the usual line-up of small business challenges. For instance, a misguided contractor brought his sledgehammer through our front wall, instead of our neighbors. Our main computer went on strike and threatened to take everything with it. We lost all the yarn product images we’d been amassing over the years(something that had been crossed off the to-do list for months!) so Elise had to re-shoot  the entire store.  All that, and the fact that Life doesn’t really care if you’re working on a nigh impossible deadline, it’s going to happen anyway.

But we’re resilient, resourceful ladies. And damnit, we’re determined to put in the work now so we can build the website we’ve been dreaming of for years.

So,  we laugh, pet the doggie, eat too much pie,  and then dig back into the work. We’re so close to launch now and cannot wait to introduce you to Kitterly.

It’s not up yet, but if you go to you can sign-up to be among the first to know when Kitterly goes live.

ETA: Oh hey! Our Facebook page is up :D   Like Kitterly on Facebook!

Stay tuned !
Emma G.


Share Your Stash! – Yarn Drive for Down Town Women’s Center

October 30th, 2014

Crafters of Los Angeles: starting Saturday your yarn stash can help empower the women in your community! We’re teaming up with our neighbors on West 3rd Street to bring in much needed donations for the Downtown Women’s Center. When you bring in your yarn stash – as long as it’s in a sealed bag!  – we’ll give you 15% off select yarns.

So, how does yarn help LA’s homeless women? The Downtown Women’s Center has an amazing, crafty branch called MADE by DWC. Through vocational opportunities women recovering from homelessness and extreme poverty discover talents, and develop marketable skills. The learn to make a variety of products (including hand-knitted ornaments), which are then sold to raise money for the entire organization.

Right now, the women at the center use yarn from reclaimed sweaters to make their ornaments. That means carefully ripping the sweaters to keep the yarn intact, and then further washing and processing to get the kinks out. That’s a lot of time and care that could be spent knitting and crocheting!

We all know that crafting offers a special kind of healing, and your donation helps foster recovery, creativity and empowerment among women in need. So, we are asking you to take a look through your stash to find yarns, knitting needles and crochet hooks that you don’t need anymore.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Go through your stash and find any yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks you don’t want anymore. The yarn should be neat and tangle free. Wool, cotton, acrylic, silk, alpaca – all fibers and all yarn weights are welcome!

Step 2: VERY IMPORTANT! Put all your donated yarns, knitting needles and crochet hooks in a sealed ziplock bag. This step is crucial for moth prevention. We cannot accept any donations that are not in a sealed ziplock bag, unbagged yarn endangers the rest of the donations and the yarn in our store. Stash yarn that is not in a sealed bag will be asked to leave the premises:)  Better safe than sorry!

Step 3: Bring in your donation and enjoy 15% off select yarns starting November 1st and ending November 30th.

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the immediate and long-term needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in downtown’s Skid Row.  The work they do for women in need in Los Angeles is incredible, and it’s no wonder that the Downtown Women’s Center has set a national standard for ending homelessness for women. Of the women housed at the DWC, 95% do not return to homelessness.

Thank you for helping us support our community!
Happy crafting!
Emma G.

Handmade Home – five blankets we LOVE!

October 23rd, 2014

There is nothing more intoxicating for a knitter than to see you handiwork serve an everyday purpose. Sure, getting pictures of brand new babies swaddled in sweaters makes us giddy. But it’s the handmade potholders, dish cloths, and blankets that emanate comfort and care throughout your home. Today we’ve rounded up five glorious blankets that are perfect for the handmade home!

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Wearable Woodland Friends from Tiny Owl Knits

October 2nd, 2014

A warm, relaxed pullover is essential for the chill of autumn. Something you can just throw on to gather windfall apples, or cozy up in with a mug of tea and a book. Even better when you made it yourself! If you’re looking around for cozy inspiration, check out these these intarsia pullovers from Tiny Owl Knits – they’re warm, wearable and full of character!
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The Man Cowl

September 5th, 2014

With August behind us, it’s time to hunker down with a mug of hot tea and a knitting project.  It’s also that time of year when friends confess that they have always wanted to learn how to knit* . . . especially now that it’s chilly in the morning, and a plush project like the “Man Cowl” looks warm and inviting.  The “Man Cowl” is super quick knit, that uses an easy knit and purl sequence to make simple texture. Even better – it’s FREE! Read the rest of this entry »

Extra Slouch by Jane Richmond

August 28th, 2014

A warm hat is a staple for most students. But, between signing up for classes, finding a reasonably priced mini-fridge and Twin XL sheets, knitting one is probably the last thing on your mind. Before you know it you’re at the bookstore thinking “It’s chilly, they need a hat. Am I about to BUY one of these crappy mass-produced hats?!” Enter the “Extra Slouch” hat from Blue Sky Alpacas Traveler’s Series. The pattern works up quickly in those long orientation sessions, and before you know it you have a perfect hat for your student.

This delightfully smooshy hat is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Extra. Blue Sky Alpacas Extra is a plump, two-ply alpaca yarn. The tight twist of the plies makes the alpaca fiber springy, almost like a wool yarn. It also has a nice roundness in the strand that makes perky, lofty stitches.  Alpaca fiber is perfect for cozy accessories since it’s a natural insulator.

The “Extra Slouch” would make excellent in-the-round project for a beginning knitter who is ready to learn some shaping. With its neutral, unfussy texture that everyone can wear, the “Extra Slouch” is great for gift knitting. Combined with a luscious yarn like Extra, the otherwise plain patterning stands out beautifully.

For a limited time we’re giving away the “Extra Slouch” pattern for free when you purchase one skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra!

Happy knitting!
Emma G.

P.S. – Elise is a goof!!!

Ferns by Alana Dakos

August 15th, 2014

Most of my knitting projects are getting too big to lug around, and I can’t be without at least a little bit of knitting, so I cast-on “Ferns” hat from Botanical Knits 2. It’s a cablely hat with clever crown shaping that looks terrific in a worsted alpaca, or alpaca blend like the Cascade Eco Cloud I used.

When it comes to choosing yarn for a pattern, I usually pick something other than what’s prescribed. This can get me into a lot of sizing trouble if I’m not careful (I’m looking at you, diminutive pi shawl) but as long as I’m familiar with the loft and texture of the yarn used it’s fun to experiment.

The pattern calls for a worsted weight alpaca with a lot of fuzziness. I wanted to find an alpaca yarn with a slight fuzziness that wouldn’t hide the fern motif. Cascade Eco Cloud was the perfect fit for the gauge listed, and I knew from experience that the yarn has a unique effect on stitches. Because the individual plies in Eco Cloud are braided rather than twisted together, the yarn has a texture all its own.

This pattern was a lot of fun, and includes both written and charted instructions. With most the hats I’ve knit, the patterning (whether it’s colorwork, cables or lace) ended when the decreases began. Not with this hat! As I dutifully followed the chart thinking “where the heck is this going?” I was totally surprised to find a lovely floret pattern forming from the decreases – so pretty!

Want to test out Cascade Eco Cloud? This weekend Cascade Eco Cloud is 25% off both online and in-store! Send us your yarn swapping experiments and we’ll share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Happy knitting!

Useful links:
Shop Cascade Eco Cloud!
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Shop Botanical Knits 2!

Choosing Yarns for Botanical Knits 2

July 31st, 2014

Alana Dako’s new book, Botanical Knits 2,  is so lovely it almost breaks your heart.  Each pattern with its own distinct textures, and the setting is incredible: sunbeams breaking through a deciduous canopy and lighting on young saplings springing up from the forest floor. As I ‘leaf’ through the patterns I feel so inspired I can completely forget that I’m actually holed up in a dim, AC-blasted refuge. Luckily, I’m a knitter so even though I’m withering in this heat, I’m thinking crisp autumn thoughts and happily casting-on my fall projects.

Alana Dako’s chose an earthy array of yarns for Botanical Knits 2, in colors that are right at home in the woods. For fun we started making piles of our favorite yarns for the patterns in her book, and came up with some really beautiful options! Read the rest of this entry »

Botanical Knits 2 Trunk Show

July 30th, 2014

Get ready! A very special stack of hand knit samples will be on display at our shop!  The Botanical Knits 2 trunk show is coming this Saturday to Knit Culture Studio!

Now’s your chance to see these lovely garments and accessories in person, and get help picking yarn before casting-on! We’ll have copies of the book in stocked and ready for your pre-fall project planning. ;) This trunk show is free and open to all during normal store hours.

Knit Culture Studio
8118 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles 90048

Saturday, August 2nd – Friday, August 22nd

Question? Contact Us!
(323) 655-6487

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.