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Call the Fashion Police!

In Southern California, the weather is kind of odd. We can have really warm 80-90 degree Farenheit weather during the day, but at night it can dip into the chilly 60s.  I’d like to use the excuse that I’m still not used to this weirdness because I’m originally from Houston, Texas.  However, I can’t and only have my own idiocy to blame.  I lived in the San Francisco Bay area for about 4 years and have been in SoCal for about 8 years now. That “not used to” excuse is totally unbelieveable.

Anyway, my knitting group met and sat outside on a patio this week. Knowing that it was a very likely possibility, do you think I prepared for a rapid evening cool-down? Of course not!  I only had a thin courduroy jacket on so I got really cold by about 8pm and so I dug through my car and came up with 1 glove, my orange Pfeiffer Falls and a large beach towel (a free promo my hubs got a while back). Isn’t that lovely .com embroidery fancy?

My friends thought I looked funny. So I took some self-portraits of this horrible knitting fashion faux-pas so y’all can have some laughs at my expense.

Torrance Fiber Festival, Part 2


I didn’t really purchase much and really wasn’t planning on purchasing. However, a lovely cone of 8/2 Tencel yarn in a lovely icy blue just kept calling my name.  And when I saw that Rebecca got Maria Erlbacher’s book, I knew that I had to go find and get one for myself.

My friend Cindi also posted some of her photos from the festival on Facebook, so I am posting those for your viewing pleasure. Thanks Cindi!!


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Yesterday, Cindi, Barbara, Neesie and I carpooled to the Torrance Fiber Festival where we met up with Amanda and Lydia, and our friends from San Deigo: Michelle, Rebecca, Kelie and several of their friends who all drove up for the event.

The fiber festival is rather small, but nonetheless it’s still a fiber fest and one of the few ones locally, and it’s still fun. Lots of yarns, fleeces, roving and gadgets were appropriately fondled and petted.

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Photos: Top row: Denise and Cindi shopping at one of the boothes; Row 2: Barbara with her effervescent smile; Village spinnery’s booth; Row 3: I got goofy and made them pose for a self-portrait; Rebecca, Michelle, Cindi, Denise and me; Row 5: Cindi; the sock on the left had tiny tiny stitches (I’m guessing it was knit on US 00 needles or smaller.)

We didn’t stay at the festival very long, but we all walked away with some small purchases.  I got a cone of 8/2 Tencel yarn in a lovely icy blue and Maria Erlbacher’s Twisted-Stitch Knitting book. I also ran into several other fiberistas that I know from a former knit/crochet/spin group (which I  haven’t attended in about 6 months) and a couple of other people with whom I’ve crossed paths.

With our stomachs growling, we all (13 of us) went to a yummy Japanese noodle shop and had giant bowls of piping hot ramen. We all nommed and slurped our way through a large portion of our respective bowls.  There were some burnt tongues too, but it was worth it.

Photos: We got silly at our end of the table and decided to take a picture with everyone wearing one of my Liberation hats, which I brought with me because I couldn’t decide which one to wear; Rebecca and Michelle looking so cute and adorable.

Barbara and Cindi took some other pictures, which I’m hoping they’ll upload and share soon, so I can steal some of them to post.  🙂

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I always have many things I intend to post, but for some reason or another, I always get behind and some things never get posted here.  So, today I’m playing a little catch-up and promised myself to post a few highlights of some of the long-over due things over the next few blog entries.

About 2 months ago, fabulous Jamie of “Jamie and Abraham” got stuck on a sock pattern that was weirdly written.  I showed Jamie how to do the “magic” provisional cast on as dubbed by Cat Bordhi.  The pattern he was working on seemed really weird and oddly written, but I wasn’t 100% sure since I really am no sock knitter.  However, after consulting with other people in the knitting group as well, we all concluded that the pattern construction was written in an odd manner, and not in the “odd but creative” or “odd but adds to the pattern” kind of way.

Many many months ago, Zona alerted me to an artist’s fair/sidewalk sale in August at The Camp and The Lab. They gave me a fantastic booth area in a pretty high traffic area.  There weren’t as many people as I had hoped, since I think people were getting ready for last minute school shopping. However, I fared pretty well compared to another fair I did that month.  My handpainted silk scarves and reversible headbands were a hit and everyone liked the hippie chicks.  Can’t say much about handknit stuff – but it was really really hot to be thinking about wool for most people! Of course wacky knitters think of wool 24/7.

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A couple of weeks ago, I decided to participate in small craft fair held as a fundraiser at a Japanese Buddhist temple. According to the organizer, this was the first time they opened it up to vendors not part of the temple. I’m used to, and like small craft fairs because I rarely have that much inventory for a large one. Plus, the preparations for large craft fairs are tremendous. I was prepared for small, but not for teeny-tiny. There were only 3.5 vendors. The 0.5 vendor was a guy who was waaaay underpricing pottery but he wasn’t even there…his friend sold it for him. This was also the smallest Buddhist temple I have ever been to or seen.

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All the people there — vendors and attendees alike — were all very nice, but the people in attendance were not crafty-artsy type shoppers and weren’t really buying. Basically, the majority of them probably don’t go to craft and art fairs at all. They were mostly there to enjoy the Taiko performances. Futhermore, I don’t think some of them were prepared to pay fair value for quality handmade items (partly probably not really realizing the hours of work that goes into one project too, because the reality is that in the global economy, most people are used to overseas cheap factory labor.) Anyway, at least I made some money, albeit dismal.



The highlight of the fair was the drumming and Chia, who came out to hang out with me. She had never sat behind a booth at a fair. I invited her to put some of her knitting on my table. Chia managed to sell a mohair shawl that she knit to a slightly eccentric Chinese woman.

For this fair (or rather, small gathering), I painted and upcycled another thrift-find angora sweater into a couple of new Hippie Chicks. I really cute and cool Taiko drummer named Susie bought 2 of the fatter chicks. In fact, the ones she bought were the ones I submitted to Sweater Surgery.
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