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Knitting in the Sun – Wildfiber in Santa Monica

October 9, 2013

Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 10.50.23 AMAfter an epic 24-hour-long day of travel that took me from drizzly Scotland to sunny southern California, I have enjoyed a whirlwind weekend of teaching and touristing in LA.

The lovely shop Wildfiber in Santa Monica was a fabulous host, and so many friendly and talented knitters came out to take classes on the Pop and Vivid Blankets, or try their hand at design in the exciting DIY (Design it yourself) hat workshop [more on that coming soon…!].


Wildfiber in Santa Monica is a great big bright and airy shop filled with an impressive range of luxury yarns (and some great staples too!). They carry so many yarns that I hadn’t even seen in person before, and would love to try!

When travelling, encountering the unexpected is part of the excitement of the journey. Well… I let’s just say I didn’t expect to leave my DSLR camera in the car when my husband John dropped me off at the airport (his goodbye kisses distracted me!). So instead of my obsessive clicking and satisfyingly high-quality images, you get little low-res snaps from my bargain basement smartphone… I guess I will just have to ensure that content makes up for the lack of image quality!

If you are already follow us on Instagram (tincanknits), then you will already have seen some of these.

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Waking up to sunshine, palm tress, and the Pacific Ocean… big sigh of content! Why is it that I no longer live in California???!

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This is one of my students after the DIY (Design-it-yourself) Hat workshop – perhaps it was a little bit too intense and action-packed?!

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Tropical Flowers… and wearing sandals and a tank-top in October. Even more sighs of contented pleasure!

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Saturday Night down at the Santa Monica Pier

And after a stay in Santa Monica that was FAR too brief, I am headed northward on the train to my next stop: Pacific Grove.

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Amazing how close to the beach the rail line runs. There’s no better way to see this section of coastline!

The tour has been SO amazing so far! Am I coming to your area? I’ll be in San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and then I’m back on Amtrack to Salem Oregon, Portland, Seattle, and then make an extended stop in Vancouver! I hope to meet you along the way! The full details of all my tour dates are here.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2013 12:49 am

    Un grand merci pour tous vos tutoriels qui sont vraiment d’une grande utilité…très clairs et bien mis en image.Thanks a lot for all your helpfull tutorials….

  2. October 11, 2013 2:11 am

    Thanks for sharing your stunning photos, it is so lovely, wish I was there as well. Have fun. :-)

  3. October 10, 2013 1:07 am

    Arent those birds of paradise flowers exquisite. My grandmother in law has a bush outside her kitchen window that flowers every year and it is nearly as high as the roof!

    • October 10, 2013 1:40 pm

      Yeah, I love bird of paradise flowers! They remind me of a childhood trip my family took to Hawaii. So bright, beautiful and exotic.

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