Yarn crawl LA

It’s a Major Award! I won it!

I am sitting here at Friday Night knitting waiting on all of my knitters to show up. Good thing I got this new keyboard for my iPad…I can sit here and kill time pretending I am writing a script or something while I enjoy my tasty adult beverage.

My friend Ashley had hit me up on twitter and asked why I hadn’t talked about my award. A few posts back I had mentioned that I had won first place in a Flickr photo contest for Yarn Crawl L.A. After kicking around a few emails, I coordinated with the Yarn Crawl folks to pick up my prize at one of my local LYS’s. Ashley had also won one of the Yarn Crawl drawings, but had coordinated to pick it up at a different yarn store…so you know what that means…two yarn stores is twice the fun!

On a Wednesday afternoon, Ashley and I headed to pick up our stuff. First we stopped at the yarn shop closest to us. I picked up my prize and, luckily for me, was the first person to do so and got my choice of color. Gray. Of course, it’s always gray.

But here is the rub. My ‘major award’ was a set of 16″ Clover circular needles and a Rowan Kid Silk Haze scarf kit.

I’m allergic to mohair.

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You can’t really see it, but I am holding my yarn with salad tongs. Thanks Ash for the suggestion!

It is so damn beautiful, but I can’t do anything with it unless I want to suffer horribly.

They handed it to me in a cute little mesh bag and I tried my hardest to not touch it at all. It was really hard, but I avoided all actual contact with it.

We walked down to the local Porto’s and had some lunch. We sat outside to knit and eat. Inside, on the opposite side of the glass, were two older women who were admiring our knitting. They had finally gotten Ashley’s attention and decided to start asking her questions about her sweater… through the glass. It was amazing. I am not sure if they understood that I had absolutely no idea what they were saying. I’m not sure Ashley knew what they were trying to say either.

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Lunch.

From there we headed to our next shop where Ashley picked up the knitting bag she had won and I sat on the floor agonizing over their signature yarn. If I couldn’t knit my prize yarn, I think I need to compensate by inflating my stash with yarn I CAN knit with.

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I ended up buying the skeins on the left and in the center.

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Yarn Crawl LA, Day 3 (the photo edition)

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Outside Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. Still pinned!

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Feather yarn inside L’Atelier.

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The floor inside L’Atelier.

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I bumped into Doctor Gemma at Wildfiber!

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Turkish Delight at Zoe Zeynep Knit Studio on Melrose.

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Yarn Crawl LA, Day 2 (the photo edition)

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Phebie’s NeedleArt in Claremont.

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Our Chucks.

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Just outside Phebie’s.

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Colors 91711.

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Ash getting her passport pinned to her shirt so she doesn’t lose it…again…at The purlSide.

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Outside Compatto. We squeaked in right before closing time to get our stamps.

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The alley behind Knit Culture.

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The owner of Gather DTLA handed us her dog.

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Yarn bombing outside Gather DTLA.

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Inside Gather DTLA.

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Yarn Crawl LA 2013, Day 1 (the photo edition)

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Our first stop to pick up our passport and bag…The Knot Garden.

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Court and Ash outside A Close Knit Circle.

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Ang, me, Ash and Court inside Abuelita’s in Pasadena.

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Ash and Court inside The Yarnover Truck.

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Inside Unwind in Burbank.

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Yarn Crawl LA 2013

You guys….YOU GUYS! Yarn Crawl LA was amazing!

3 days, 32 stores (2 were visited twice)! I feel like this was some sort of Olympic sized yarn event…and it was so much fun!

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My Yarn Crawl La Passport.

I didn’t go into this with any real yarn “wish list”, so that helped me to keep to a budget. I ended up with quite a haul though! The good thing is that, while I am stashing yarn, I have a purpose in mind for most of it.

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The contents of my yarn crawl bag.

We met some really great people and got to explore quite a few stores we had never been to before. It was definitely an adventure! I am hoping it helps inspire me to get over my knitting funk.

I have a ton of pictures…so be prepared for more photo heavy posts!

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