The mission of That Yarn Store is to provide a neighborhood hangout
nook for both seasoned knitters and crocheters and for those just
starting out. We offer workshops, groups, comfy couches, and of course
quality yarns and supplies.
Introducing the owners and workers of That Yarn Store:
This is Liliane Sage, also known as Phred. She grew up on the mean
streets of Borneo
and likes to dress in Aqua Marine. She is the grit in your fries. She
enjoys James Dean, movie theatres,
card slaps and death traps, and how playdoh smells.
And soda pop, just because that's a funny name for it.
Calisthenics is a hilarious word, in the eyes of Liliane Sage.
Noah was born and grew up on the streets of Borneo. He has since
been caught, domesticated and house broken.
Thea was born on the streets of Bornio, approximately 2.8 cm
west of Borneo. Thea learned how to knit while still in the womb, much
to the chagrin of her mother. At age one hour Thea knit her first pair
of diapers, which was much harder than you would imagine considering
the fact that she had no control over her extremities. Nothing worth
mentioning happened for the next twenty years. She is now living in England and is continuing to nothing worth repeating.
David Orozco is considered by many, well by a very few, to be one of
the world's greatest authorities. He is committed, and in fact will
on sharing his knowledge with you.
Mr. Orozco was orphaned at an early age by a freak philatelist
accident. He was raised by a group of roving itinerant Los Angeles
refused to drive. He was forced, by necessity, to make his own clothes
with only chopsticks, bits of lint, and hair. He shares his thus
acquired knowledge of yarnery with you. His hobbies include writing
about himself in the third person.
After 3.7 decades of nearly total monastic study, Mr. David Orozco
Associates degree from Absorbine Jr. College.
Jessamy is just an in-law. She claims she was born on neither the
streets of Borneo nor Bornio, but is instead from Ipoh. She really did
teach herself to knit using chopsticks and was once stabbed to the bone
in a freak knitting accident involving size 3 double pointed aluminum
needles, a chest of drawers, and a ringing telephone. Nevertheless, she
is glad to get out of Catholic school teaching and is now studying in England.
I knit, therefore I am.
the matriarch of the group, is pictured sitting amidst the group,
On the run from youth’s indiscretions and sorrows, Sarah wound up in
Angeles with a boxful of letters and drawings of pomegranates mostly,
trunks of trees. A stint as a taxi driver in Boyle Heights, a headful
unkempt hair dyed red, a greedy curiosity for the world's great stage,
one day featured a band of itinerant hairdressers who refused to drive.
beautiful nephew cut her hair and changed her life. What came after is
of her life with David, Frannie, Thea, Hana, Max, Noah, and Lily, a
named Benjamin who lived to be ten, and a phantom golden retriever
who will be here soon.
Yarn Store - in the Press
Look we're famous!
LA Times, Calendar Section, Nov. 16th
Late on a Wednesday morning, David Orozco is sitting on a floral
knitting a baby blanket. Barefoot and bearded, he isn't the sort of
owner you'd imagine for a yarn shop, but this isn't your average
knitting store. In addition to offering classes and selling yarns made
from bamboo, hemp and yak hair, the store is a community gathering spot
of sorts. Set up like a living room, with a couple of well-worn couches
and rocking chairs, this strip-mall outpost regularly hosts special
events, including a monthly Spin a Good Yarn Night (where knitters
share stories while working their needles), yarn swaps and Spanish
The concept is "a place where people could come and hang out and
talk and have it be supported by a business," said Orozco, 55, who runs
the shop with his wife and two of his six children. He chose Eagle Rock
because the retail space is fairly inexpensive and "the cultural mix of
the community is such that there's all kinds of people here and all
kinds of economics."
LA Vida-Knitting Factories
Where to stitch ’n’ bitch in L.A.
That Yarn Store
place is more than a knit shop: It’s an art gallery, a literary salon,
even a language-immersion center. On Spin a Good Yarn night, patrons
read poetry, passages from novels, or just a good joke; Friday Night
Fun might mean a movie or live music underscored by the soothing
click-click of knitting needles; on Spanish Conversation nights,
knitters are invited to habla español
. Owners David
Sarah Todd, along with their brood of eccentric kids (ask them about
Borneo), are constantly thinking of new activities to keep knitters
from feeling lonesome. Their upcoming Yarn Swap and Thanksgiving
Leftovers night (November 24) is a clever way to use up uneaten
stuffing and old balls of leftover yarn. There are weekly classes for
beginners, a Men’s Only night and — just in time for holiday generosity
— a Quick Gifts class (Saturday, December 9). That Yarn Store, 1578
#4 W. Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, (323) 256-YARN or http://thatyarnstore.com.
LA City Beat - 7 days
Most objects and adornments feel better in your
hands if you sense the hands that made them. All day today through
Sunday, see handcrafted fine art and objects, including creations by
more than 45 jewelers working in a wide range of materials, at the 1st
Annual Santa Monica Arts Festival (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855
Main St.; $7.50, $6.50 seniors, free for kids under 12;
Americanartsfestival.com). Hourly demonstrations throughout the weekend
include ceramics, water color, and weaving. But if it’s fiber that
really gets you going, hit That Yarn Store in Eagle Rock, where this
evening they’re holding a “Singles Night” so people of both sexes, any
sexual orientation, and all knitting skill levels, can needle each
other in search of true love (1578 W. Colorado Blvd., 323-256-9276; 6
p.m.-9 p.m.; free; Thatyarnstore.com).
LA City Beat - 7 days
Got a yarn to tell? Don’t know yarns that well? Satisfy both needs
tonight at That Yarn Store in Eagle Rock. The family-owned,
“community-oriented gathering place” is hosting its second “Spin a Good
Yarn Night,” featuring poetry, jokes, improv, and other kinds of ways
to tell a story while your hands are busy making mittens, or scarves,
or a sexy ’70s crochet bikini. Bring your needles, or your active
storytelling or listening skills, and see what “purls” your pals will
come up with. Say, isn’t that James Frey in the corner? 7 p.m. Free.
1578 W. Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, (323) 256-9276. Thatyarnstore.com.