A Brief History Of Yarn

A Brief History Of Yarn

June 18, 2018

The idea of twisting fibers of animal fur, hair or other fibers into yarn is an ancient craft. With the possible exception of fire, this invention stretches further back than just about any other invention we still use, and we have found artifacts made from yarn that date to around 20,000 years old.

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What is a Natural Yarn?

What is a Natural Yarn?

June 06, 2018

If you look at the shelves at just about any store, you cannot help but see the words “All Natural” applied to all kinds of products, ranging from breakfast cereal to diapers.  You will even see these words at the local yarn shop.  Logically, it does not seem that this claim could be true about all of these products.  We may not know much about diapers, but we do know yarn.  What does 100% natural fiber mean in the world of knitting?  We are glad you asked.

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Benefits of Shopping at a Small Online Store

Benefits of Shopping at a Small Online Store

June 01, 2018

As of 2014, the United States was home to nearly 30 million small businesses.[i] These businesses account for an incredible 99.9% of companies in the country. Small businesses have a long history in the United States. Many of the founding fathers including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, were small business owners.

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Mercerized vs. Unmercerized Cotton

Mercerized vs. Unmercerized Cotton

May 31, 2018

When it comes to cotton yarns, there are two flavors you need to be aware of. Mercerized and Unmercerized. Where should you land on the question of mercerized vs. unmercerized cotton? The answer depends on what you want to do with the finished product. Before you can make the right decision on this crucial matter, maybe it would help to actually know what exactly the difference in, and why you should care.

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Yay for Yarn! Intern Cali Has Arrived

Yay for Yarn! Intern Cali Has Arrived

May 30, 2018

Welcome Cali Watkins, Izzy Knit's new intern, here for the summer from NYC. "I used to know nothing about yarn," says Cali. "But that has certainly changed after helping my mom decide which styles and colors she wants to add to our inventory. I mean seriously, yarn is no joke!"

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Local Yarn Shop - The Comeback Kid

Local Yarn Shop - The Comeback Kid

May 29, 2018

Where do you buy your yarn and other knitting supplies?  The price and selection that large retailers like Hobby Lobby, Joanne Fabric and even Wal-Mart make a strong case for shopping with them.  If you like shopping online, Amazon is an option as well.  However, small, independent outlets have something to offer that the large retailers simply cannot match, both online and in traditional brick and mortar. 

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State of the Fiber Arts Industry

State of the Fiber Arts Industry

May 26, 2018

What do you think of when you hear the word knitting? Do you imagine your grandmother, sitting in her rocking chair? Maybe your grandmother loves knitting, but the state of the fiber arts industry includes many modern developments that place this ancient craft squarely in the 21st century.

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Crochet Swatch at Angels Stadium

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

May 18, 2018

As I sat down to write this post, I wondered if there were any famous baseball players with a documented love of fiber arts. You know, like Antti Koskinen, coach of the 2018 Finnish Olympic snowboarding team, who knit at the top of the slopes while his athletes were preparing for their runs in PyeongChang.

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Knitting Doodle for Google

Knitting Doodle for Google

May 10, 2018

What inspires you? That's the theme of Google's 2018 children's doodle contest. How exciting that California's state winner is inspired by her family of knitters! The artists' name is still a secret, because voting is live now, but here's what he/she has to say about her doodle: "Just like the coziness of the blankets we knit, my family brings each other the warmth and love that supports all creativity..."

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Izzy Knits Makes its SoCal Debut

Izzy Knits Makes its SoCal Debut

April 27, 2018

If you're driving the 405 between Mission Viejo and Fullerton, you're likely to see IZYKNIT on the freeway. We may not have a physical location yet, but we're present in the OC. Watch out, here we come!

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LA Yarn Crawl 2018

LA Yarn Crawl 2018

April 25, 2018

Taking place over four days, from Thursday, April 19th through Sunday, April 22nd, LA Yarn Crawl 2018 brought together local yarn shops and fiber enthusiasts from all over Southern California. When Dave agreed to join me, he had no idea what he was getting into ... 19 local yarn shops in 2-1/2 days! 

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Izzy Knits is Coming Soon!

Izzy Knits is Coming Soon!

February 26, 2018

Izzy Knits is an idea that's been percolating since 2012. Finally, 6 years later, it's becoming a reality! Named after our dear Izzy (pictured above), Izzy Knits is your new home for knitting, weaving, and crochet.

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