Last summer I came across a Facebook post by Etsy promoting the Esty shop PaperPhine.  I was so intrigued by what I saw that I had to have it.  It reminded me a lot of Habu Textiles (a personal favorite), but made out of paper!  I contacted Linda, owner of PaperPhine, and ordered some of her yarn.  She was nice enough to include some extra samples of her other yarns as well.  Here is what she sent me:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered this yarn…. the only thing I knew I could expect was something very very unusual.  The PaperPhine yarns range from a cobweb weight all the way through a flatter ribbon/raffia type yarn that is heavier and closer to a chunky weight.  Each yarn has a unique texture and feel… even though they are all 100% paper!  How does she do it?!  In addition to all the weights and textures the colors are amazing! She has everything from neutrals to lime green! Wow!

I am still playing around with this yarn.  I started crocheting it, I thought crochet might be a little more forgiving.  I’m not sure what I’m making yet…. it looks like it might end up being a market bag or a bowl-like object.  We’ll see… I’ll keep you posted on any progress.  I have the most of the lace weight, so I might make something like a lace shawl with it…. still not sure.  It’ll be a very fun experiment.  I might make coasters out of the rest, that seems like it would be interesting.

The one thing you wouldn’t expect from these products is strength, but I am here to tell you first hand, this stuff is strong and sturdy!  Just don’t use your fabric scissors to cut it, because technically its paper… I wouldn’t want to take any chances of dulling my scissors by cutting paper (yarn).  I haven’t tried blocking or washing these yarns yet, but it seems like it would hold up pretty well to water and heat.  I’ll keep you posted on this as well.

Are you intrigued by PaperPhine but not sure this is the right yarn for your knitting or crochet? No problem! Linda has an AWESOME and inspiring blog where she discusses all kinds of uses for her products beyond knitting and crochet.

Congratulations to Facebook follower Tina Tiffin Williams – you are the lucky winner of the Hydra pattern PDF and yarn giveaway!  Please email Me@GraceAkhrem.com with your full address and the size you would like to make to claim your prize by Monday, April 1, 2013.

Well, I finally finished my Olana Slouch!  Yay!  We had started up a KAL for the Olana Slouch and the Olana Shawl about a month ago in my Ravelry group.  I started off with the slouch first and when I finished that I did the shawl.  Proof of the finished shawl coming soon!

I used Koigu KPM for all three colors.  I love this thing.  I finished knitting it about three weeks ago but I finally got around to sewing the buttons.  For someone who loves buttons so much I sure do hate sewing them on…. not sure why…

Anyway – I finally wore it for the first time on Saturday.  Its been unusually cold and gloomy here (love it, don’t jinx it).  Perfect hat weather! Now that I think of it I wish I had a picture of me wearing it :-/ I’ll try to get a picture on of these days.  On another note, my mother, who has always had a strong dislike for knitting and has never found the patience for it, decided that she wanted to knit the Olana Shawl.  She’s making progress :-) and very happy about it.

Its not too late to join us! We would love to have you in the KAL.  Knit one or both and have fun.  I might be knitting up another slouch to match the shawl… I have some yarn leftover, but I’m scared it might not be enough…. We’ll see.

Don’t forget about the Hydra Giveaway! One very lucky Facebook follower will win the yarn and PDF for this pattern! Make sure you check the blog on Sunday to see if you are the lucky winner!

Remember almost a year ago when I got started on that granny square blanket?  It started off as a little project to bust a little stash and some leftover yarns.  After a while this project took on a mind of its own and became something I hadn’t intended for it to be, I started buy more yarn for it!  I went crazy with this thing! It was constantly on my mind and I was always thinking about the palate of the blanket and what other yarns I could add.  Well, I finally finished it!  Drum roll please….

   

There are 315 squares and I used about 33 different yarns including leftovers from other projects, stash and yarns I purchased specifically for this project.  The blanket measures 58″ x 41″ after blocking and including the border.  Each square is completely different from the next– no two are alike! I finally finished one of my goals from last year! Woohoo!  Now I just have to knit up the Triangles, Diamonds, and Squares… Oh My! blanket (I already have all my yarn colors chosen, I’ll share some other time) and learn to quit to get this years goals checked off the list!

Well, a couple weeks ago a little birdie told me that there would be another giveaway coming soon! This little birdie was right! There is another giveaway! When my Facebook page hits 1000 “Likes” one lucky follower will receive an awesome prize!  How do we get there faster?  All you have to do is “Like” my page and share the love!  Share my page on your timeline and encourage your knitting & crochet friends to “Like” and share as well!

One very lucky follower will receive a PDF of the new Hydra pattern and enough Anzula Sebastian to knit it up in any size! What?! Yes! I wish I could win!!!  I will be choosing the lucky winner on 03/24/13.  Good luck to everyone!!!

   

Let’s make this happen together!!