Carlsbad residents call for the mobile knitting truck

April 10, 2013 by  

Residents in Carlsbad are among those who are calling for The Yarnover Truck to visit their town.

Barbra Pushies and Maridee Nelson partnered up to buy a truck and turn it into a mobile knitting store, offering yarn, ideas, and their knowledge to people all over Southern California. The idea is based on food trucks, but selling knitting supplies and services instead.

The Yarnover Truck set off from Burbank in late March and will travel around Southern California joining street events and festivals, mostly in areas located away from local stores selling yarn. Pushies and Nelson provide as many supplies as they can, all of which have been locally sourced, with luxury yarns in custom colors.

Patterns have been created especially for the mobile yarn truck by Michelle Miller and Stephannie Tallent. Pushies specializes in knitting while Nelson prefers crochet. They met at a knitting group three years earlier and shared their dreams of setting up a yarn store. However, this was not possible as it would mean leaving their regular jobs. A truck was suggested by a student during a knitting class, which literally set the wheels in motion.

According to statistics, around 25 million people in the U.S. crochet or knit. During the evenings and weekends, the duo drives around looking for those people. In addition to providing supplies, the couple also helps those who want to learn the art. Although the truck is easy to spot with its bright blue exterior, the duo will probably employ the printing services of local printers for business card printing and other services.