I was just there today and wow, everything is wonderful! instant love. I petted and bought my first Malabrigo (worsted and lace) and saw my first Habu scarf and bought a kit. Cathy is super helpful, enthused, friendly, and down to earth. I often feel intimidated or invisible at yarn stores, but she made me feel welcome and at ease. I love the selection of yarn, luxurious and earthy at the same time.
I was in LA last week and found Twist through this Ravelry thread (yay Ravelry!). It ended up being the only yarn store I visited in LA, and that was fine. Twist is FULL of gorgeous yarn, and esp. Cathy’s line of Twist yarns are spectacular. Cathy was so friendly and helpful – you guys in LA are lucky to have this gem!!
Last week, Kelley and I went on a yarn store field trip to a new shop in Manhattan Beach, Twist Yarns. It’s a tiny little hole-in-wall yarn shop (the best kind, no?) with the most beautiful yarns, spanning an incredible color palette. Cathy, the owner, is chatty and just as nice as could be. I had a project (of course) in mind for some chunky handspun, and found the most beautiful hank – greens, yellows, browns – totally my colors! If you are close to Manhattan Beach, be sure to check out this little gem of a shop. Cathy is just such a breath of fresh air, so real and down to earth, I wish Twist was closer to my home, because I’d totally hang there all the time.
And then I’d be in even a worse inventory situation, huh?
I just wanted to let you know how lovely it was to be able to meet you and visit your shop. It was truly a pleasure to meet you face to face and your shop is completely amazing. I love the set up, the stock, the intricate details, and especially the atmosphere you have created. It is such a warm, inviting, and creative space yet so very serene – just like knitting and crochet should be. I will always treasure the beautiful shawl pin and I can’t wait to knit up the Malabrigo laceweight. It has been such a pleasure buying from you and working with you – I definitely look forward to more of that in the future. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your LYS even from hundreds of miles away. 🙂 And thank you for such a fantastic experience and lovely visit.
Very close to the airport (3 miles down Sepulveda) is the relatively new yarn store, Twist, Yarns of Intrigue. Since I’ve found it, I’ve spent a lot of time there which is totally new for me. I’ve been knitting for 40 years (I’m 45), and have been to all the yarn stores in this area, but have never wanted to just “hang out” in a lys until this place.
Cathy, the owner, is a fiber artist who seems to eschew the normal label-driven bandwagon and has brought together a bunch of really incredible fibers. Some are expensive, but she has a surprising number of dirt cheap yarns and I don’t think there is an acrylic skein in the store! Her taste runs to naturals fiber – lots of wools, a great selection of new eco-fibers, and a wall of fair-trade yarn. Also tons of hand-dyed.
She has a shibori tie-dye section where you can play with her dyes doing Japanese style tie dye (or whatever you want) on tee shirts you buy there or bring in to color. My 10 year old son loves this. (He’s also knitting scarfs and has to “consult” Cathy on each new project. I can’t believe this is his first yarn store, what a spoiled kid! …
I just visited a new yarn store, Twist, in Manhattan Beach — it’s tiny but lovely.I have no affiliation w/ the store, I just hope the store does well — it’s very different (in a good way) from the other South Bay stores……The owner, Cathy, is extremely friendly and obviously passionate about fiber and color. She expressly wants to support small suppliers, especially woman-owned companies, and suppliers of natural/organically produced fibers. She’s made an effort to stock unusual or hard to find yarns (Habu, Handmaiden, and Be Sweet, for example) as well as her own line of yarn from exotic or luxury fibers.Yarn is mostly arranged by color in cubbies along the walls or baskets on the table in the center of the store, though she has a special section for her ‘yarns of conscious’ — those yarns whose sales result in some of the profit returning the communities of manufacture.She has a small variety of handpainted roving as well as some undyed fiber (including camel, merino and silk blends) for sale.
… Twist in Manhattan Beach is my favorite….…and more Malabrigo than I’ve ever seen in one place.
Will second StephCat on her opinion of Twist. I just went over there a while back looking for some plain cotton, but instead I found a wonderful selection of mouthwatering handpainted and unique yarns. This is the place to go for that special skein of handpainted yarn. I ended up going home with some handpainted sock yarn from a local hand-dyer (Pagewood Farms) even though I keep saying that I’m going to swear off the handpainted stuff…
I love Twist – it’s a little jewel and the owner absolutely charming.
—- Hermosa knitter
so….i wasn’t supposed to buy any more yarn for awhile but when my friend suggested taking a little road trip over to manhattan beach to visit twist yarns, how could i resist? i’d been to the website before and knew that the shop carried a ton of malabrigo, including the new silky merino. i was not disappointed. my friend and i spent well over an hour fondling all of the different colorways and comparing skeins. the owner, cathy, was super sweet and knowledgable as was her associate rita. they didn’t laugh at us as we piled a chair high with malabrigo and asked them to climb a ladder to get us more. cathy even let me squeeze her skein of malabrigo sock yarn from stitches west. i will definitely be back again (once my wallet recovers). (please note, i am not affiliated with the store in any way but was very impressed with the service and yarn selection and just wanted to share my excitement with you all)
I am so excited! I just ordered 8 skeins of Malabrigo worsted yarn from Twisthttp://www.twistyarns.com/
— neeces pieces
Cathy is the genius behind Twist, Yarns of Intrigue. This studio in California offers classes where you can experiment with color and tie-dying. Twist also offers yarn from a variety of companies, large and small, all handmade by artisans. Some of these are “Yarns with A Conscience,” yarns that are made by local women for companies that reinvest some or all of the profits in the communities of the artisans. …If you live near the studio, you could even throw a party for some of your fiber buddies
Hi there…I work close to Twist, so I manage to get there every once in a while on a lunch break. I LOVED the shop. I’ve got to get the fiber I bought spun up. The colors are just beautiful. 🙂
I can’t believe that I never thought to post about Cathy. I work across the street from Twist and am in there a couple of times a week, normally just to knit on my lunch break.Cathy is awesome! As soon as I saw her sign go up, I couldn’t wait for the shop to open. She does so much more then just sell yarn.She’ll spin two different yarns together for you. She designs her own yarns to sell. She also has a great color kitchen. It’s a modern Tie-Dye. Right now you can only dye shirts, hats, bag, silk scarves, and in the future, she hopes to be able to provide dye your own yarn… And here’s the kicker, all of the dyes are her own creation. She mixes all of the dyes herself and the colors are wonderful.Well, I’m done being a commercial, but I love this shop!!!
I just visited Twist for the first time today – what a special yarn shop! Full of many special brands. The owner, Cathy was helpful and very knowledgeable. I’ll go back soon!
— Karen the peach
Yes! I love Twist! I bought some of Cathy’s yarn to make a cute cap with a brim. I love it! She has some of the most beautiful, unique yarns I have ever seen.
Just wanted you to know how much fun I had in your shop yesterday…
my daughter and I were the ones that bought all those yummy Malabrigos while our guys waited in the car.
You have a great shop, and I look forward to visiting again! I would LOVE to bring my daughter to your tye-dying workshop someday soon.
That looks like fun!
Blessings & Happy Knitting,
Awesome store…I wish I were closer. Cathy is amazing and her taste in yarn is fabulous. I’ll be back soon!
I love this store! Cathy is the most friendly store owner too.
Yeah, it was the best price I found anywhere, plus free shipping for any order over $75 or $3.95 fixed S&H under that. The shop is Twist in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Cathy owns the shop, and she’s a delight to work with. Very personal service and quick, too!
Twist Yarns of Manhattan Beach, CA does online orders, and she has a TON of Malabrigo, in almost every colorway in most of the yarn lines!They have Free Shipping on all(continental US) orders over $75 and a flat $3.95 for all other(continental US) orders, and offer a discount for Ravelers if you ask. 🙂 Their prices are great, too. The service is wonderful. Cathy was so helpful and I’ll order again from her.
Cathy very carefully blended the hanks to be complimentary to each other, and did a fabulous job doing so. I highly recommend Twist. (And she has NO IDEA I am writing this.)
… I went to a wonderful store in Manhattan Beach, CA called TWIST. Charming, small store with a very caring and deliteful “earth-mother” owner! Among the MANY fibers I wanted to buy was Stainless Steel single and 2-ply yarn? thread? cobweb size.It’s beautiful and gleems like only true metal can. Like silk glistens…but you grab in and feel the dense heft of metal. I am in love.
…Twist is really a “Destination Shop”!
— KB SnB LA