Knitting fans turn out in force for Yarn Crawl LA

Knitting fans turn out in force for Yarn Crawl LA

The annual Yarn Crawl LA took place on America's west coast last week, giving knitting enthusiasts from all over Southern California the chance to shop for the latest colourful yarns, meet up with online friends and learn some new skills in the sunshine.

Attendees were invited to visit local yarn stores and collect stamps for a special passport, which they could then use to enter into a raffle to win some fantastic crafty prizes.

People came from Santa Monica and Santa Clarita to Claremont and Long Beach, as well as almost everywhere in between to join in with what's referred to as the Super Bowl for the knitting community.

"Yarn Crawl LA brings together a truly unique subset of LA culture for four days of fun and yarn. Yarn lovers run the gamut from young to old, from hipster to traditionalist! We knit in yarns made from yak and alpaca to cotton and tree bark (tencel), and we all love the creativity," said chair of Yarn Crawl LA Stephanie Steinhaus.

Local radio station 89.3 KPCC caught up with some of the visitors, who said they were having a great time.

Chester Lugmy is a knitting instructor and aspiring designer in his free time, but a corporate buyer for Panda Express during the day. He wore a handmade bright orange and turquoise scarf and said he loves being a man on the knitting scene.

He also revealed that he's getting lots more enquiries from people keen to learn the craft, particularly since the second Hunger Games movie featured Katniss wearing a chunky knit cowl.

Fellow attendee Anthony Caselina said he'd be lost without his hobby.

"To me it's just an addiction - a man's addiction to football, is my addiction to yarn. My hands shake if I'm not knitting," he laughed.

And if you assumed that Los Angeles is not really a crafty place and is more interested in fame and fortune, you'd be wrong.

"LA is a great place to be a knitter. Some people might not think so just because it is so warm here, but there's definitely a call for it just because I think a lot of people use knitting almost as a form of therapy," said Yarn Crawl participant JR Jaffe.

We wonder if we could take a field trip next year?

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