Unique LA

It must be craft fair season again because Unique LA was in the house this past weekend. Ironically, my crafty jobs often keep me from attending these things, but I was able to squeeze in a couple hours Saturday morning with some of my favorite fellow crafters.

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Someone gets crazy-eyes at the thought of all the crafty goodness

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We ate (somehow this has become my favorite part of Unique LA)

ImageThe Bocket Store and Misha Ashton Photography joined forces and we shamelessly crowded into their beautiful booth

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It’s kind of amazing how wallets just fly open when Sarah is around

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We all bought great rings and I now live in a constant state of anxiety that I’m going to lose mine (I’m not a jewelry girl!). There was time for one 10-minute craft and then off to work.

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Summer’s A-Comin’

People always say that LA has no seasons but I totally disagree. We just have seasons that are unique to LA and you have to know what to look for. To wit;

jacaranda4Jacarandas always fill me with that “summer is coming!” feeling. There’s almost nothing better than walking around on a fresh and sunny May morning, surrounded by jacaranda trees that have literally exploded with lacy purple flowers. It reminds me of walking to elementary school knowing that the school year was almost over and soon my days would be filled with green grapes and swimming pools.

In anticipation of a pool-filled summer, I crocheted these adorable, adorable shorts.

Pattern: Sandra’s Shorts   Yarn: Koigu Kersti

Blankey Goes To…

Blankey Goes To Hollywood

Our big screen debut is coming up! Universal Pictures tapped Blankey (aka designer and knit maven Sasha Ross) to create a custom knitted tuxedo– you heard us– for the upcoming comedy Five Year Engagement. The tuxedo is sported by our longtime favorite, Jason Segel, who we’ve been crushing on since Freaks & Geeks. It even made the trailer:

We’ve got to learn that dance.

Sasha designed the tux with an eye toward the absurd using a mixture of wool and silk, with alpaca and mohair details. The trick was to make a solid, well made piece that looked like it was patched together by a well-intentioned but bumbling novice.

We will be lining up to see this puppy on opening night April 27—see you there?

Vogue Knitting Live – Los Angeles!

Vogue Knitting had their first Vogue Knitting Live in January in New York City.  I read about it and I was super  jealous. Great news, it is  coming to Los Angeles and I’m super excited! Classes and lectures by folks like Meg Swanson and Kaffee Fassett! Fashion shows! And, of course, shopping at the Marketplace. I can’t wait! It all happens September 23 – 25 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

They are currently looking for volunteers and I submitted my application yesterday. If you’re interested in volunteering, holla at me and I’ll give you all the info.

If you’re interested in attending the event but not volunteering (totally a valid life choice), registration is open! More info here: http://www.vogueknittinglive.com/shows/la11/home#

BBQ, Beer ‘n Bowls: Austin Here I Come

Y’all, I’m headed to Texas! My awesome pal Sarah Bocket is kicking off her whirlwind Renegade Craft Fair tour with a booth at Renegade Austin. I get to road trip over to Texas with her and help her man her booth.  I couldn’t be more excited. We’re going to hit up Tuscon, a town I’ve long been intrigued with. There is going to be some camping (yikes, wish me luck) and some soft-core spelunking at Carlsbad Caverns. And, of course, 3 fabulous days in Austin, one of my favorite places. I hope to have some fabulous stories when I get back!

Help Me Decide!

My beloved sister is getting married this September. Yay! We’ve got a location, a dress, flowers and a caterer. But the most important question on my mind is, what do I knit for this most momentous of occasions? Frothy wraps for the bride and her maids? Beautiful lace gloves (so far, I think this is what I’m leaning towards)? Silky cardigans to be worn when the sun goes down? Is there a traditional item steeped in knitting history that I’m not thinking of? Help me decide!

Coincidentally the most popular pattern from the latest Knitty is Corinne, a cardigan designed and knit by Crystal Erb Junkins for her sister to wear on her wedding day.

P.S. 2 years ago, when my sister moved in with her now fiancé, I started a beautiful blanket. I promptly ran out of yarn and the project has been abandoned ever since. I recently bought more yarn (the truly lovely Rowan Cocoon). Maybe I should focus on finishing this first.

My photoshoot with Francesca Balaguer

When Francesca asked me to be a part of her “Creativity is Contagious” shoot. I was super excited. Many great craft stars and artist came through HO3 for this project and I have had my creativity boosted.

I decided to showcase a few of my projects; some successful, all fun. 

Francesca and I created a backdrop.

and the photo shoot began. If you want to see the finished project come to Hands on 3rd for

Creativity Is Contagious Artist Reception Saturday, May 14th 7:00 – 9:00 PM

See you there.