Wonderful Women Creating Joy for the World


Maureen Walsh, Kathy Roster, Darlene Lloyd, Ollie Vick, Paula Carpenter, and Pat O’Connor at Toluca Guild of Children’s Hospital LA holiday luncheon.

There were great stories and warm laughter coming from friendly folks sitting around a colorfully decorated table. This scene was not from a Thanksgiving feast; instead it was a typical gathering at the La Knitterie Parisienne shop. That’s the knitting yarn boutique in Studio City where wonderful women, and some guys too, are busy crafting one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays with the help of owner Edith Eig, called the “Mother of Purl.”

“Handmade knitted gifts are very special. It’s like giving someone part of you, because you’ve taken the time to make something just for them,” Eig told me assuring that, regardless of your skill set, she can teach practically anyone to knit. She gives free personal lessons to La Knitterie customers. And to join her popular knitting circle, all you have to do is sit around the cozy wooden table at the center of her shop.

Knitters can knit and crochet an array of projects ranging from traditional sweaters, scarves, and holiday stockings, to more trendy items such as tote bags, computer cases, or chic smartphone-friendly fingerless gloves. Household items such as pillows, placemats, towels, and teddy bears are popular too. Eig is at the helm to guide knitters through every dropped stitch.

The stylish French designer and business woman, Eig is a pioneer in the industry and has been credited with nurturing knitting’s thriving renaissance, taking what was once considered a lost art back into public consciousness. Her shop features an impressive collection of imported fibers, organic yarns, buttons, and accessories in every conceivable color, texture, and weight to meet every knitter’s needs.

Mother of Purl, Edith Eig.

Eig says, “The items we make for family and friends become symbols of warmth and caring.” And they last long after the holidays are gone.

Prior to launching his annual “Holiday Lights” reports, NBC4’s weather-wizard and all-around great guy, Fritz Coleman got everyone in a festive mood when he emceed the Toluca Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ annual holiday luncheon and fashion boutique. The fundraising extravaganza had an impressive gathering at the Lakeside Golf Club, and Coleman deserves credit for making the live auction such a success, and so entertaining.

Fritz’ sense of humor is always a joy, according to Guild members Maureen Walsh, Terry Campbell, and Ollie Vick, who arrived early to participate in the bridge tournament. I also caught up with Kathleen Marsden and many others enjoying a picture perfect afternoon. Guild president Darlene Lloyd gave credit to chairs Paula Carpenter and Pat O’Conner for a very successful event. They thought of everything to keep the crowd of Guild supporters satisfied with lots of raffle prizes and good times.

Now I’d like to give a shout out to another wonderful lady, Peggy Webber, who is the founder of the California Artists Radio Theater, as well as the producer and director of most of the company’s productions. She and her CART troupe have brought to life many holiday classics and sent them through the airwaves over the years.

Christmas in Spiddal, Joy to the World, and The Plot to Overthrow Christmas are among CART’s delightful radio plays that are now available on CD and MP3 (go to cartradio.com for more information). Or you can tune in the SiriusXM Channel 80, where CART’s collection of dramas has found a home. Airing Friday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. is CART’s classic production of Little Women, starring Shelley Long, Beverly Garland, Janet Waldo, Bairbre Dowling, and Jo Anne Worley.

When asked about the mission of CART, Webber says, “My hope is that our stories encourage young people to read and discover the rich literary heritage awaiting them.” Joy to the world!

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