Wednesday, March 18, 2020

So, here we are. In the house. Unable to do much about getting the shop open to customers. We are going to try to open up on Friday and Saturday this week with Quynn working the shop. Shorter hours, 11 - 5, just so that we may try and keep the rent paid and the employees too. We are worried that after 29 years in my beloved shop and business, that things could change so fast and we could be closing up shop. I just told someone if I have to, I will store everything and begin again. Again. The future will be brighter and the future will happen- again.

I am crafting a lot in my studio. Making things for the shop and working on getting the new inventory I purchased before the shut down ready for the next time we are open. I am also making a few things that I have said I want to do, just for me. Drawing, knitting, embroidery work and this afternoon, on this sunny much warmer day; I am going to trim up my 24 year old lavender plants before the bees really return. My grand dame rosemary bush needs a little TLC too. This will be good because Lucas can lay in the yard in the sun, and warm the sore muscles that perhaps caused the limp he developed yesterday. You can not keep a good dog down but I aim to keep him a bit quieter. As for my darling Phil, who this morning isn't quite as darling as he was a few days ago, is bored. Bored. Bored. I have to find some projects for him. Today is likely the day I will finally get out to my metal room, a separate little building on my property that was formerly the Cat House, and is now a place for my kiln, metal work and glass cutting supplies. For a year I have meant to finish getting it set up and the time is now. I can get Phil to install a couple of shelves and fix the lighting and... I am sure I will think of other things for him to do.

What are you doing? Are you making things? Feeling creative? Reading? Baking? Cooking? Walking? Hiking? Netflixing?

The thing I am enjoying the most is the quiet outside. No cars really moving. Traffic is almost nil. My neighbor, Henry who works in his yard and business with big mowers and backhoes is quiet now.  Even the other dogs in the neighborhood seem to have a reverent quiet about them. Friends in Venice, Italy say the waters in the canals are clear, the San Francisco Bay Bridge is deserted, the LA freeways moving clearly, and Seattle sounds and looks a lot like it did when I first moved here in 1976.

I am writing again on my blog and promise you pictures later. Plenty of pics already are posted on my facebook pages. Wynwoods Gallery and Lois Venarchick and Diva Yarn and The Secret Life of Lois' Happy Drawings. Check them out. Send comments. BeKind. Be nice. Be well. xo

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Knitting free

The last few free knitting advice and help classes have been scheduled with Theresa for the holiday filled months of November and December. This is it! Come get your assistance in finishing your holiday gifts and more on these dates: 

 November 14th - 1 -4

November 21st - 1 -4

December 5th - 1-4

December 12th 1-4

Feel free to just stop in and chat too. We love company and the holidays are the bestest time for friends and company! Watch for upcoming events too. We will be having a yarn sale one of these days and will be selling at steeply discounted prices, our shop samples from 2019.

As always, our bargain bin has plenty to drool over too at markdowns of 40% off or more.

See you soon, my fellow talented DIVAS!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Found Again!

I keep losing this blog! 


Sunday, April 14, 2019

What's Happening!

Look what is happening in our sister shop! The bead store is having its annual trunk show & Sale!!! Come one or come all! As for Diva, a HUGE Malabrigo order arrives any day now! Totally cool!

Monday, April 8, 2019

A Pictorial Update

Share a little pattern with for me.


Is it wrong to dream in yarn?


Yep, They are here and beautiful!
Wood you love this wooden yarn bowl? It would look so lovely in my knitting spot by my chair.
Fiber humor!

Just For fun! 
I Made Glow in the DARK stitch markers. Czech glass beads. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Free Help Dates

Tomorrow, March 28th from 1:00 to 3:00, Theresa will be in Diva to offer free help and advice on your knitting projects. Yes, she can even help you get started knitting. I will be in the bead shop but can also help you with crochet questions. Come see us for help and inspiration. With more bright and sunny days on their way, knitting outside is on my agenda. I hope it is on yours too.

Additional HELP Dates


April 11th 1:00 to 3:00

April 25th - 1:00 to 3:00

As always, private instruction is available at $30 an hour! XO, Lois

Tuesday, March 12, 2019



Annual SPRING YARN SALE! The sale begins March 14th at 11:00 and ends a Sunday, March 17th at 5:30 pm. All yarn is 25% off the regular price. Get your spring knitting on now!  Wools, cottons, acrylics, silks, cashmere, alpaca and more. We need room for all the new yarn arriving at the end of March and through the summer.