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Here’s what you should know about this year’s Yarnosphere!
WHAT: Yarnosphere is a fun-filled shopfest (with classes) for yarn lovers! We have more than 30 vendors and community groups with a ton of yarn and related items for sale. There’s a great selection of hand-dyed yarns and national brands sure to keep your projects interesting and your stash well-stocked.
We’ll have stitch markers, project bags, books and so much more! Our vendors are so creative and we’re excited to see what will be on hand for the 2015 Show! (Click here or the floorplan at right to make it larger and check us out!)
We’ll have food available (details as we get closer) at The Show and there are plenty of good restaurants nearby. We also have a demo stage where you can see how to do various techniques and methods.
WHEN: Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18, 2015
Saturday – 10am-6pm
Sunday – 10am-4pm
WHERE: EXPO Art Center, 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807
Google Map Link. It’s in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. Cute and artsy. Great restaurants. Good vibe. You’ll love it!
PARKING: Limited street parking and reasonably priced valet parking are available. Check back here for more specifics as we get closer to Show time!
FREE with your purchased class on day of admission.
$10 at the door. There will be NO advance tickets sales this year (other than group registration).
Cash or credit card only at the door; no checks please.
For groups of 10+, please contact us for registration information.
There are plenty of spots to sit and knit/crochet/spin/weave/chat/hang out, whatever you want to do. We’d love to have you come and hang out. Bring your friends and meet new ones!
Come and spend the day with us!
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NOTE: When it’s time to check out, you’ll see a PayPal link. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal. They take all credit cards. Thank you!
And here are the 2015 Yarnosphere Classes:
We’re so pleased to have to many returning favorite vendors (in pink) and an awesome bunch of new vendors (in yellow)! Please click on the logos below to visit their websites and/or read on past the logos for a short description of each vendor. Our 2015 Show features some truly great shopping! We can’t wait!
Alexandra’s Crafts: “At heart, I’m a fiber enthusiast who has the need for lots of yarn and fiber all the time. I started making Lazy Kates out of need for myself and friends which turned into Alexandra’s Crafts. Since then we have patented the design and improved upon it,” says Alexandra. She and Heidi also carry hand dyed yarn and spinning fiber. “We make a great team.”
Bee, Mice, Elf: Bee, Mice, Elf carries a large selection of spinning fiber, hand dyed yarn, dyed to order fiber and gradient and color kits in her Etsy store in a great variety of colors. She also blogs.
Celestial Strings: Heavenly Fibers. Out of this world colors. I offer hand dyed and custom dyed fibers in brilliant, saturated colorways inspired by space and nature. My yarns are hand selected and incredibly soft, and I carry a wide variety of different fibers from silk, bamboo, and alpaca, to wools, as well as specialty fibers. I have over 20 years of dyeing experience and also offer dyeing classes online.
Chic-A: Chic-a offers a variety of thoughtfully designed knitting and crochet accessories such as Yarn Keepers, Pattern Holders, Needle Cases, Project Bags and Totes. We specialize in using colorful, practical fabrics that define the fusion of functionality and enjoyment.
Custom Handweaving: Custom Handweaving is the perfect store for top-quality fiber arts supplies and accessories. Since 1978, we’ve been one of Southern California’s leading resources for fiber art materials and tools. We offer complete selection of yarn, fibers, looms, and spinning wheels from around the world. We have a huge selection of knitting patterns, beading supplies and fiber art books.
DanDoh: Knit and Crochet Designs. All DanDoh designs, by Yumiko Alexander, are fashionable, functional, and wearable garments and accessories. They combine fun stitch patterns and simple yet attractive shapes. Simple to make, Fun to try some new stitch patterns, then you can wear and use. Come by and check out the newest crochet book “Rustic Modern Crochet” and many kits with new patterns.
Dizzy Blonde: From Laura Martos, Dizzy Blonde: “I’m a knitter, designer and fiber enthusiast who has now ventured into the creative application of color to string as a new artistic outlet. Whether you’d describe my colorways as “subtly variegated” or “tonally shifting solids” they are fresh and unique. All my yarn is hand-dyed in small batches, so even though colorways will be repeated, every dyelot will vary slightly.”
Dragon Lady Designs: (no website) Yarn and oh-so-many buttons are the main focus of this local SoCal business!
Ewe & You: A new knitting and fiber arts studio in Irvine California. Classes, workshops and social knitting fun (crochet too!)
Forbidden Woolery: Shop for a ton of yarn, fiber, patterns and accessories (ChiaGoo needles, ChiaGoo crochet hooks, Japanese Seed Beads and Stitch Markers) at this new Yarnosphere vendor.
FoxyKnits: “All Things KOIGU” Discover the beauty of Koigu yarns – lace, fingering/sock – merino and merino/silk. All hand dyed in the glorius colorways – variegated and semi solids – that make Koigu so memorable. See samples of knit , crocheted, and woven KOIGU – purchase kits, skeins and patterns and accessories.
Gecko Yarns: Opened in 2009, Gecko Yarns is a one-woman shop combining color and fiber to bring you yarns to inspire your next work of art. I sell my yarns all year around via my online Etsy shop. Our products include hand dyed, hand painted, and handspun yarn for the fiber enthusiast in us all!
Glasscapes: Mingo and Asho are creating beautiful turned wooden yarn bowls from their own avocado grove, lovely yarn spinners which are hand turned by both of them, hand turned knitting implements, along with their lovely hand blown glass beads, pendants, and jewelry. The wooden items are wood burned by Mingo. Each one is truly a work of art for your enjoyment.
Grasshopper Springs Ranch: We offer yarn for sale in a variety of colors. Some of our fiber is mill processed, and we also hand-process and spin yarns in a variety of weights. Raw fiber and/or rovings are available if you enjoy spinning as much as I do. There’s always a project on the needles or crochet hooks as well as a ready supply of hand made scarves, hats, blankets, etc.
In The Deep Hue Sea: I have always been attracted to vibrant, deep saturated yarns. On a whim I ordered some bare yarn and acid dyes. I was immediately hooked! My very first successful skein of yarn was an absolute thrill! I knew from that moment I would be dyeing yarn, and lots of it. (Formerly named Cherry Bomb Textiles.)
InnerYarnZen: Inner Yarn Zen is a small hand-dyed fiber company. With a strong belief in finding joy in what you are making, Inner Yarn Zen dyes yarn and fiber in beautiful Southern California as a way to interpret the beauty in nature, balanced with reflection, and a bit of heart with each color. Working with fiber and yarn is that peaceful moment you get to yourself to indulge and find your inner balance.
Knots of Love: Our mission at Knots of Love is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss by knitting and crocheting caps with love. We also donate small neonatal blankets for struggling new lives in incubators. These beanies and blankets are delivered free of charge to patients across the country. Knots of Love gifts over 4,000 caps and NICU blankets each month. Since our inception in 2007, we have donated over 200,000 caps and Neonatal Intensive Care blankets nationwide.
Little Piggy Patterns: Unique, whimsical, quirky patterns for knitted baby blankets, washcloths and bibs. And for the adults, wine bottle covers. The patterns are designed for the beginning and intermediate knitters. Most of the patterns feature reverse stockinette designs on a stockinette background. The patterns have both written instructions and graphs. Themes range from animals to baby buggies to ice cream cones. Come have some knitting fun with me.
Mimi’s Needle Basket: Mimi’s Needle Basket sells ChiaoGoo knitting and crochet tools, Inspinknity Blocking Wires, Hiya Hiya and Lanter Moon notions, and other great products for the fiber artist.
Needlepoints West: Needlepoints West is the friendliest independent needlework store in Los Angeles, carrying both knitting and needlepoint supplies. We carry needlepoint threads, hand-painted canvases, yarns for both knitting & crochet, patterns, beads, buttons, bags and many other unique accessories. Classes and workshops are offered as well as custom stitching and finishing services.
Oink Pigments: Hand-dyed yarns, roving and knitting patterns. All yarns are hand/kettle dyed in Vista, CA in a pet/smoke-free space. I currently have sock, dk, worsted, and bulky weight yarns. I have about 40 colors right now, and I add new colors often. I also do custom colorways!
Ranch of the Oaks: Ranch of the Oaks is located on 20 acres of flat to rolling hills in Lompoc, CA. They have a variety of animals. Alpacas, Llamas, Icelandic Sheep, Chickens and assorted other pets and critters. They also have a mini-fiber mill established in 2006. Specializing in alpaca, Ranch of the Oaks also sells roving, batts, yarn, rug yarn and felt sheets.
Suzoo’s Wool Works: Suzoo’s Wool Works and The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio is a one woman show based out of Bandera, Texas now. Suzoo’s has been going strong for over 12 years now offering classes in the fiber arts: knitting, felting, spinning and crochet. The Sheepwalk, a product of Suzoo’s Wool Works is now four years young and available in various shops across the U.S. Suzoo’s has been a part of Yarnosphere since it’s grand opening in 2013 and a proud sponsor of the Orange County fiber arts community!
The Company Store: (no website) has a bit of everything. Run by Yarnosphere, it offers Yarnosphere logo’d items, teacher’s kits, yarn for sale, finished objects, bags of vintage yarn and much more! Stop by and see the ever-changing selection!
The Knitting Tree: The Knitting Tree, LA is a community space in Los Angeles for fiber enthusiasts from all walks of life. We carry a huge selection of sought-after yarns, fibers, patterns, notions, and accessories, hold classes for fiber arts of all types, and host twice-weekly social potluck-style events to which all local yarnivores are invited. Since our doors opened in 2013, we have grown quickly and cultivated a community of budding designers, knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and other makers, and we invite all to develop their abilities as crafters and artists along with us. Come to the Tree and grow here!
Two Sisters: Accoutrements, accessories and adornments for your yarny needs. We have stitch markers, necklaces, pins, key chains, nifty bags and other whimsical bits. One sister focuses mainly on polymer clay creations and the other is a jack of all trades, including (but not limited to) beading, sewing, knitting, organizing and creating a company for her sister and herself.
Wooly Walkers: Wooly walkers sells supplies and original designs for punch needle creations. Punch needle is a form of rug hooking and we primarily work with yarn. We supply the basics; punches, hoops and Monk’s cloth for you to create your own work of art. We also have designs for simple rugs, more complex hand bags or our new rug designs to keep your toes warm. We always give hands-on demos in our booth and make sure you feel confident with your punch before we send you on your creative way. Please stop by our booth and experience the other kind of “hooking.”
Yarn del Sol: Yarn del Sol in Mission Viejo is a colorful and delightfully creative adventure, filled with scrumptious yarns, notions and accessories. A warm, inviting atmosphere and a helpful, knowledgeable staff, eager to offer encouragement, inspiration and technical assistance, makes for a great destination!
Yarnoholics: Diakeito is the premier yarn company in Japan featuring luxury, quality yarns with superb hand and color ways. Visit Yarnoholics for Discontinued and overstock Diakeito Yarns at substantial savings.
Yarnover Truck: Yarnover Truck is your local yarn store on wheels, implementing the food truck business model and applying it to a mobile yarn store. The truck makes appearances at a variety events throughout Southern California. Additionally, the Yarnover Truck will hosts its own events and available for private parties. Our goal is not only to sell yarn, but to increase awareness and provide needlearts education, with a focus on knitting and crocheting.
“Chief Knitting Officer”
Caroline is the founder and CEO of Yarnosphere.
When she is not knitting up yarn selected by her children, Caroline consults in the jewelry industry and has spent a good part of her career in various trade show positions. She is a best-selling author and appears as Knitilla in The Knitting Show.
Caroline collects yarn in every color ranging from maroon to burgundy.
You may call Caroline at
310-941-4033 or use the links below. She’s also on Ravelry.
“Yarna longa, vita brevis”
Amy is Yarnosphere’s chief of operations.
She is the author of several best-selling consumer software programs and the chief writer for (and appears as Demo Hands on) The Knitting Show. She’s also a machine knitter but she spends most of her time making other people fix — uh, encouraging others to improve their knitting skills.
Amy’s friends call her knitting color choices ‘parrot in a blender.’
“The Shopping Sheep”
Our confident and stylish mascot, Shirley, keeps everything at Yarnosphere sheep-shape.
Shirley started her career as a baahllerina, but then her life took a ewe-turn and she became a columnist for The Wool Street Journal. Her hobbies include vacationing in Baahli and making baahklava. She’s also attracted to baaaahd boys, and has dated several St. Louis Rams. She was briefly engaged to a wolf, but broke it off after she caught him dressing up in her clothing.
Shirley has no favorite colors, but often hears people suggest she’d be terrific “dressed in mint green, jealous!” … or was that, “dressed with green mint jelly?”
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