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This weekend was the third annual Yarn Crawl LA county.  3 years ago the yarn store owners came up with the idea of having a whole weekend of yarny fun. This is the first year I joined the fun.yarnmobileFive of us did the eastern route on Friday. Laurie-Ann knows how to decorate a car, notice the crochet granny squares on the headrests. She only made a granny square cover for the steering wheel.

Our first stop was in Atwater village at The Little KnitteryEllen at the little knitteryNotice her granny square bag as well as her headband. Granny Squares are the foundation of fashion.  Ellen was smart, rather than buy yarn she was documenting our day via instagram. I bought stitch markers here.yarn crawl signOur second stop was in lovely Montrose, on Honolulu Ave. a little throw back to the 50s. The store is Needle in a Haystack. Along with yarn they also sell embroidery and needlepoint kits. They are really prepared for us with their wonderful sign above the counter. They had wonderful soft acrylic for babies, so I bought some.Abuelita'sAbuelita’s recently moved from South Pasadena to a more central location in the Playhouse Alley on Colorado Blvd. Small shop, with great hand dyed yarn. Picked up buttons to go with the yarn from the previous shop.wool ramThis wonderful wool and button ram adorns their wall. Too cute.A stitch in TimeEast and south to A Stitch in Time in San Marino.  A very different shop, first of all it is very large, airy and has the biggest selection of embroidery yarn/thread that I have seen anywhere. They also had Hiya-Hiya needles, so I bought a few.

By now we were getting hungry, so down the street we went for lunch.TwoeysWonderful midcentury modern building, this deserves a post on it’s own.stinko burgerThe stinko burger, with pickles and onions and great sweet potato fries.IMG_2220The Purlside in Glendora, this was a good 20 miles away, but hey, it’s all about the traveling between stores.buying a patternDiane and I pose with a pattern I bought.1899 quilt1899 quilt that has been in the owners family since it was made. No they don’t sell quilting supplies but they do appreciate quilts.

By then we were in need of dessert, across the street we go to The Donut Man to try their famous fresh strawberry donuts. Brenda and I split one – good thing, it was diabetes in a box.strawberry donutTwo more stores to go, Colors in Claremontcolors ClaremontIMG_2227And Phebies’s Needle Art, this is in an old packing shed by the railroad. Many other cool shops and restaurants. By now I was exhausted. The rest of the gang went on to Hobby Lobby, me I went home.IMG_3453Here are the spoils of the day, I didn’t buy all that much. Each store gave us a button and some gave out goodies like the needle holder or the tape measure.

All in all a very fun day. Some of the gals went north and south on Saturday and Sunday. This was quite enough for me, until next year.


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