Living Vicariously Through Anzula Trunk Shows: Part 2

Last we met, I was expressing my jealousy over the adventures that Sabrina has on the road. Well, I'm about to do that again. This last leg of the West Coast yarn adventure has ended, but there are new dates (Which I'll list at the end in case you're too lazy to click the link) so there could be some Anzula coming your way pretty soon here.  

But in the meantime, here are a few of my favorite adventures from that last little bit. Hint: It includes Stitches West. 

January 31: To kick off this part of my slideshow of jealousy, Sabrina is taking a selfie at  Green Planet Yarn . When I'd first started dating my husband we visited Campbell, and I remember walking by after Green Planet Yarn had closed for the night, announcing that we'd have to visit the next day. He likes to tell it that I left a faceprint all the way across their windows as he dragged me away. Either way, I got a few skeins the next day, and he learned a valuable lesson—don't try and stop me when I'm intent on visiting an LYS.

January 31: To kick off this part of my slideshow of jealousy, Sabrina is taking a selfie at Green Planet Yarn. When I'd first started dating my husband we visited Campbell, and I remember walking by after Green Planet Yarn had closed for the night, announcing that we'd have to visit the next day. He likes to tell it that I left a faceprint all the way across their windows as he dragged me away. Either way, I got a few skeins the next day, and he learned a valuable lesson—don't try and stop me when I'm intent on visiting an LYS.

February 2: Nine Rubies in San Mateo was hoppin'.

February 2: Nine Rubies in San Mateo was hoppin'.

February 3: Imagiknit in San Francisco had trunks and trunks and trunks full of this gorgeous loot.

February 3: Imagiknit in San Francisco had trunks and trunks and trunks full of this gorgeous loot.

More  Imagiknit . I visited this shop before my first Giants game. So jealousy, obviously.

More Imagiknit. I visited this shop before my first Giants game. So jealousy, obviously.

February 4: When you have a yarn shop, your fancy knits can just get put out on display and tidied up as needed. When you're living the trunk-show life, you unpack, arrange a display, and then repack every sample every day. Which, just looking at these piles, I'm feeling a bit like I want to crawl into them and nap. Here they are on display at  Atelier Yarns .

February 4: When you have a yarn shop, your fancy knits can just get put out on display and tidied up as needed. When you're living the trunk-show life, you unpack, arrange a display, and then repack every sample every day. Which, just looking at these piles, I'm feeling a bit like I want to crawl into them and nap. Here they are on display at Atelier Yarns.

February 4: Sabrina is a voracious reader. I usually creep her booklist to decide what I should check out next. #fangirl #notevenashamed

February 4: Sabrina is a voracious reader. I usually creep her booklist to decide what I should check out next. #fangirl #notevenashamed

February 6: Fun Anzula history lesson: the  Grand Lake Farmers Market  was one of the original locations to buy Anzula, back when Sabrina was a one-woman show and doing everything by herself out of her kitchen. The nostalgia hit home in this selfie.

February 6: Fun Anzula history lesson: the Grand Lake Farmers Market was one of the original locations to buy Anzula, back when Sabrina was a one-woman show and doing everything by herself out of her kitchen. The nostalgia hit home in this selfie.

February 6: At  A Yarn Less Raveled , which I love on merit of a punny name. Honestly, yarn puns keep me going most days.

February 6: At A Yarn Less Raveled, which I love on merit of a punny name. Honestly, yarn puns keep me going most days.

February 7:  Avenue Yarns , and also the last stop on the tour. Also, a testament that I wasn't the only person not watching football that day.

February 7: Avenue Yarns, and also the last stop on the tour. Also, a testament that I wasn't the only person not watching football that day.

And then came Stitches West

February 18: I love  Stitches West . It's been 4 years since I last went, and every time I look at these photos of what our booth has become I get misty eyed. Freakin' gorgeous. And that's just Sabrina! 

February 18: I love Stitches West. It's been 4 years since I last went, and every time I look at these photos of what our booth has become I get misty eyed. Freakin' gorgeous. And that's just Sabrina! 

Happy yarn shoppers. Because how do you not walk around Stitches with a gigantic grin?

Happy yarn shoppers. Because how do you not walk around Stitches with a gigantic grin?

So here we come to the best part: the next round of travel dates! 

March 15
3pm, Knitique, Elk Grove, CA

March 18
11am, HeartStrings, Chico, CA

March 19
10am, Ewe Baa Street Yarns, Redding, CA

March 20
1pm, Stash, Corvallis, OR

March 22
4pm, Oregon Knitting, McMinnville, OR

March 23
4pm, Knitting Bee, Portland, OR

March 24
11am, Canvas Works, Olympia, WA

March 25
1pm, Yorkshire Yarns, Lakewood, WA

March 26
3pm, So Much Yarn, Seattle, WA

March 30
4pm, Yarn Scout, Bozeman, MT

April 1
2:30pm, Blazing Needles, Salt Lake City, UT

April 2
10am, Unraveled Sheep, Sandy, UT

Living Vicariously Through Anzula Takeover: Part 1

Want some real truth? I regularly snoop Anzula head honcho Sabrina's social media. My life is so locked into routine between the kids, the day job, the husband, and ugh, the laundry, and I don't get out much. Like, ever. It has been three and a half years since my list trip to the beach.

But you know who gets out? Sabrina. You know who has been on a whirlwind yarn adventure that is taking her from LA the way up to Alameda County? Sabrina. A lot of my time is spent living vicariously through her days. 

That said, stalking is only creepy if you keep it to yourself, right? Right. That's my story anyway. Here are some of my favorite photos of her life on the road.

January 19: "I don't know when the Grapevine was last this green." T hat afternoon she was at  A Major Knitwork  in Van Nuys for the first show. Because who needs rest?

January 19: "I don't know when the Grapevine was last this green." That afternoon she was at A Major Knitwork in Van Nuys for the first show. Because who needs rest?

January 20: The Trunk Show Madness contnued at  Jennifer Knits

January 20: The Trunk Show Madness contnued at Jennifer Knits

January 21: "Have you heard of a flat white? So yum, and starting the morning off right before our show at   Twist Knits " At  Two Guns Espresso  in Manhattan Beach.

January 21: "Have you heard of a flat white? So yum, and starting the morning off right before our show at Twist Knits" At Two Guns Espresso in Manhattan Beach.

January 21: I love this photo—booking March tour dates while soaking up the sun at Manhattan Beach. Even when she's relaxing she's still working. I only have two modes: on and asleep. So impressed.

January 21: I love this photo—booking March tour dates while soaking up the sun at Manhattan Beach. Even when she's relaxing she's still working. I only have two modes: on and asleep. So impressed.

January 22: " We just got a fresh shipment of spinning fiber in!" at  Alamitos Bay Yarn Company .

January 22: "We just got a fresh shipment of spinning fiber in!" at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.

January 23: the tour took Sabrina to  Yarn del Sol.  She was exhausted by the end of the day but she was still " Knitting   #WandaEstelle   in Cole. I'd like to keep knitting, but it is sleepy time."

January 23: the tour took Sabrina to Yarn del Sol. She was exhausted by the end of the day but she was still "Knitting #WandaEstelle in Cole. I'd like to keep knitting, but it is sleepy time."

January 24: before the trunk show at  Common Threads , first a serene escape to  Succulent Cafe  in Oceanside.

January 24: before the trunk show at Common Threads, first a serene escape to Succulent Cafe in Oceanside.

January 24: " Last few shows, there have been large crowd right at set up. I feel so guilty that we can't get the trunks looking proper, but between customer service and pretty, customer service comes first." at  Common Threads  in Encinitas.

January 24: "Last few shows, there have been large crowd right at set up. I feel so guilty that we can't get the trunks looking proper, but between customer service and pretty, customer service comes first." at Common Threads in Encinitas.

January 26, after a day of rest and before heading to  Yarning for You : " Good morning! Every time I wake up and look out this window, I can't help but think this palm frond looks like eye lashes. Am I peeping out a giraffe's eye?"

January 26, after a day of rest and before heading to Yarning for You: "Good morning! Every time I wake up and look out this window, I can't help but think this palm frond looks like eye lashes. Am I peeping out a giraffe's eye?"

January 27: " Truffle maple bacon fries. Better than so many things in life." at  Umami Burger  in Santa Monica.

January 27: "Truffle maple bacon fries. Better than so many things in life." at Umami Burger in Santa Monica.

January 27: "Hello Santa Monica!" at  Wildfiber.

January 27: "Hello Santa Monica!" at Wildfiber.

January 28: "Here's to enjoying moments. I'm going to have to do some road life office work shortly, then we have our trunk show at  @anacapafineyarns , then a 4 hour and forty minute drive to Santa Cruz. But this moment, this moment is mine and I'm going to enjoy every bit of it."

January 28: "Here's to enjoying moments. I'm going to have to do some road life office work shortly, then we have our trunk show at @anacapafineyarns, then a 4 hour and forty minute drive to Santa Cruz. But this moment, this moment is mine and I'm going to enjoy every bit of it."

January 29: "I don't even remember the last 3 hours." Said like a true rockstar. Yarn rockstar. At  The Swift Stitch  in Santa Cruz.

January 29: "I don't even remember the last 3 hours." Said like a true rockstar. Yarn rockstar. At The Swift Stitch in Santa Cruz.

January 30: A quick stop at  Knitting by the Sea  to make a delivery! Because, Carmel. There's no way you don't stop in Carmel.

January 30: A quick stop at Knitting by the Sea to make a delivery! Because, Carmel. There's no way you don't stop in Carmel.

January 30: This one makes me especially jealous. Pacific Grove is one of my favorite places on Earth. 

January 30: This one makes me especially jealous. Pacific Grove is one of my favorite places on Earth. 

January 30: And here she is at  Monarch Knits . I love this shop. And I love that shawl. So basically my jealously is running high right now.

January 30: And here she is at Monarch Knits. I love this shop. And I love that shawl. So basically my jealously is running high right now.

Today, January 31st, the tour takes her to another shop that I love, Green Planet Yarn in San Jose. I can't wait to see what she's up to next. Don't worry. There are at least six more stops in February, so I'll be sure to share what she's been up to. And if you live in California's Bay Area try and make it to one of the upcoming Anzula Takeover dates!!

Coming soon to a California LYS near you—#AnzulaTakeOver Trunk Show

Anzula is about to hit the road again—it's been a while since we've shown our home state love—and we hope to see you there! Check out our California tour dates and come see us as we take over your favorite LYS

January 19
3p  A-Major-Knitwork, Van Nuys, Ca

January 20
12p  Jennifer Knits, Los Angeles, Ca

January 21
2p  Twist Yarns of Intrigue, Manhattan Beach, Ca

January 22
3p  Alamitos Bay Yarn Co., Long Beach, Ca

January 23
1p  Yarn Del Sol, Mission Viejo, Ca

January 24
2p  Common Threads, Encinitas, Ca

January 26
2p  Yarning for You, San Marcos, Ca

January 27
3p  Wildfiber Studio, Santa Monica, Ca

January 28
4p  Anacapa Fine Yarns, Ventura, Ca

January 29
2p  The Swift Stitch, Santa Cruz, Ca

January 30
1p  Monarch Knitting, Pacific Grove, Ca

January 31
2p  Green Planet Yarns, San Jose, Ca

February 2
4p  Nine Rubies Knitting, San Mateo, Ca

February 3
2p  Imagiknit, San Francisco, Ca

February 4
3p  Atelier Yarns, San Francisco, Ca

February 5
3p  Atelier Marin, San Anselmo, Ca

February 6
1p  A Yarn Less Raveled, Danville, Ca

February 7
1p  Avenue Yarns, Albany, Ca

Not a Californian? Don't worry, we're always on the move. You can keep up with all our travels on our Events page.