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

Thursday, 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.


Botanical Knits 2 Trunk Show

Wednesday, 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.

Where:
Knit Culture Studio
8118 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles 90048

When:
Saturday, August 2nd – Friday, August 22nd

Question? Contact Us!
(323) 655-6487
info@knitculture.com


Let the magic begin!

Friday, 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 . . .

Tuesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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.

 


Meet our teachers!

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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!


Five Tasteful Gifts for Moms

Thursday, 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.

Our Yarn Crawl LA Raffle Prizes!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Blue Sky Alpacas Kaw Valley Wrap

Tomorrow,  Yarn Crawl LA County 2014 begins! Today we’ll be busy, busy, busy setting up our shop to welcome the “crawlers”. But before we do, it’s time we reveal our raffle prizes!  This year we’re giving away terrific prizes from our sponsors, Blue Sky Alpacas, Spud and Chloe, and Slipped Stitch Studios!

Our store raffle rules are pretty simple: one raffle ticket per person, filled out legibly with your name, address, phone number and email. We will be drawing winners after Yarn Crawl LA and winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, April 8th. Anyone who visits our store can enter the raffle, no purchase necessary.

OK! So this year, we’re raffling off . . . .

Spud and Chloe Campfire Mitts
- “Campfire Mitts” knitting kit from Spud and Chloe. This kit includes the pattern designed by Colleen Powley, one skein of Spud and Chloe Fine, and an adorable Pretty Cheep Project Bag. (Bag print may vary.)

Blue Sky Alpacas Camo Hat

- “Camo Hat” knitting kit from Blue Sky Alpacas. This kit includes the hat pattern, a skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton Multi, and a Pretty Cheep Project Bag.. (Bag print may vary.)

Spud and Chloe Fairy Tale Poncho

- The whimsical “Fairy Tale Hoodie” kit from Spud and Chloe. This kit includes the hoodie pattern, five skeins of Spud and Chloe Outer in a cute Spud and Chloe kit box!

Blue Sky Alpacas Kaw Valley Wrap

- The dramatic “Kaw Valley Wrap” knitting kit  from Blue Sky Alpacas. This kit includes the wrap pattern, seven skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, and a Pretty Cheep Project Bag!

And finally . . .
Slipped Stitch Studios Studio Tote Puppy Face

- A brand new Slipped Stitch Studios Studio Tote and matching Studio Tot! This bag style is new for 2014 and features expandable pockets for tucking away extra skeins, a water bottle, camera, you name it! The matching Studio Tot (not pictured) can be clipped to the interior of the bag, allowing for easy access and organization. Makes great carry-on!

Special thanks to our sponsors – Blue Sky Alpacas, Spud and Chloe, and Slipped Stitch Studios – for providing the prizes for our raffle this year. (You guys are awesome!)  And to the Yarn Crawl Committee for coordinating, planning, troubleshooting and creating an event that we look forward to all year! Thank you so much!

See y’all at the crawl!
-Emma G.

 


Yarn Crawl LA 2014: Designer Trunk Shows

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Itineris by The Yarniad

It’s not even Yarn Crawl LA County yet but there are so many reasons to get excited. First, we’ve already met a couple seasoned “crawlers” who were out doing a bit of Yarn Crawl LA County reconnaissance. Very friendly ladies!  Secondly, our raffle prizes from Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloe arrived – with bonus buttons! And most exciting: every day for the past week we’ve been getting amazing packages from our featured designers stuffed with genius designs! We don’t want to give it all away, but here’s a quick preview of the trunks shows you’ll find at Knit Culture Studio:

The Yarniad – aka Hilary Smith Calis
You may know her as the creator of  the infamous “Citron” shawl but Hilary has so much more up her sleeves. In addition to sharing her lovely trunk show with us, she’s releasing a brand new pattern exclusively at Knit Culture Studio during Yarn Crawl LA 2014. The pattern is “Itineris” (pictured above) a striking two-color shawl that’s perfect for showing off special hand-dyed yarns!

Leethal Knits - aka Lee MeredithBarry by Leethal Knits
I would definitely describe this Portland-based knitwear designer’s style as “pro-stashbusting”. Stripes! Short-rows! Non-linear shapes! Leethal Knits always include instructions for a variety of yarn weights. For example, her “Barry” hat (right) includes notes for using fingering, DK, worsted and bulky weight yarns – that’s a lot of stashbusting!

Never Not Knitting – aka Alana DakosSheepish by Alana Dakos
We totally dig the organic, earthy vibe of Alana Dakos’s designs. Leafy curls, lace florets, intarsia lambs – her designs always include little details in that turn classic garments into hand knit treasures!

Carina Spencer
If you’re looking for exquisite baby knits, or artful accessories you won’t want to miss Carina Spencer’s trunk show! She was kind enough to includes some of her newest designs which hit Ravelry less than a month ago!

FreshStitches – aka Stacey TrockModern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock
Known for her adorable amigurumi, Stacey Trock is back for Yarn Crawl LA 2014 with a modern nursery projects from her new book Modern Baby Crochet. Blankets, softies, and cuddly decor you can hook yourself!

Irish Girlie Knits – aka Carrie Sullivan

Carrie Sullivan’s pieces definitely have a Californian vibe, they’re bright, lacey and relaxing to knit. We happened to pick some summery designs of hers that would pair perfectly with that epic skein of sock or fingering weight yarn you’ll find while “crawling”. ;)

Ewe Ewe Yarns
Heather Walpole and her newest yarn and samples will be joining us on Friday, April 4th. But you can find brand new designs in Ewe So Sporty at our store throughout Yarn Crawl LA weekend, including one by our dear friend Leah Cocarri-Swift!

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Happy crawling!
Emma G.