Its about time I come out with a new pattern.  Meet The Altered Slouch.  This one skein slouchy beanie, has one climbing twisted rib cable that adorns one side of the hat while the other side is simple and neat allowing the cable to shine.  The hat is then embellished with pleating decreases which add an interesting textural element that allows this piece to be gender neutral.  Knit this for yourself or any loved one! Enjoy!


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The people have spoken – the votes are in!  The Silver Lining will be our next KAL (knit along).  Join us in the knit along (KAL) for the Silver Lining pattern. This gorgeous A-line tunic is knit from side to side and designed for the shape of every woman in mind. Wear this over a camisole with tights or over a bathing suit this summer… either way you’ll be set for those warm summer days and nights.

Silver Lining for KAL

KAL starts Monday, April 13, 2015 and ends Sunday, May 25th, 2015. During this KAL we will have an open discussion here in this forum, but there will also be little tutorials on the blog for the tricky parts of this pattern.

I hope you will join us in this exciting journey of the Silver Lining tunic. There will be two prize winners for this KAL (prizes announced on KAL start date). To be qualified to enter to win you must do the following:

  1. Start your Silver Lining on or after the KAL start date.
  2. Post pictures of your progress and be active in the forum
  3. Post a finished picture of your Silver Lining project in this thread before or by the KAL end date
  4. Bonus points to those who tweetfacebook, and instagram photos and link me and of course use the hashtag #silverliningKAL
  5. Play nice

KAL prize winners will be announced on or by Saturday, May 30th, 2015 on the blog. Please make sure you check the blog to find out if you are one of the KAL winners

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Whaaaaaat?! That’s right! Today through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 the Robin Hood pattern is 10% off! Snag this pattern on sale while it lasts!  This is a fun and quick knit – treat your self to this pattern or a friend, either way, you can’t go wrong.  Make sure to use the coupon code: RobinHoodSurpriseSale  - Enjoy!!!

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Here we go again – Spring has sprung and its time for us to choose a pattern to knit along (KAL) together for the season.  I have narrowed down the choices for you to these three:

Rippling Lace – Available in sizes XS- 5XL.  Work up this pattern up in an aran weight, or really mix things up and knit it in a much lighter weight yarn to achieve the weight and drape you want for the spring and summer seasons!  This piece can be worn at least six different ways, a perfect addition to your summer travels wardrobe.

 

Silver Lining – Available in sizes XS – 5XL.  Knit this gorgeous A-line tunic designed from side to side and for the shape of every woman in mind.  This piece is meant to highlight the good places and hide the not so good places.  Wear this over a camisole with tights or over a bathing suit this summer… either way you’ll be set for those warm summer days and nights.

 

Aviva – Available in sizes XS – 5XL.  A perfect tunic for the upcoming summer season.  This delicate knit tunic is shaped with short rows at the bottom hem for maximum coverage where we might need and dramatic pleats in the back of the piece to draw the eye to more flattering parts.  The lace detail on the side of the garment makes the whole look complete.  Wear this out to beach over a bikini, with tights and a cami around town, or to bed on a romantic evening with your sweetie.

Place your vote here today through 03/29/2015

Which pattern would you like to knit for the KAL this spring season?

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Very often, but especially around this time of year with the cold and dry air, my hands get so dry to the point where they begin to get rough and sometimes even crack.  Even with constant moisturizing its near impossible to keep my hands smooth and hydrated.  As a knitter this becomes a more frustrating issue because my yarn starts snagging on my fingers while I am working – and that’s no fun for anyone!

A couple of weeks ago I received a lotion bar from Milk + Honey.  It was so perfect how it came in the exact time that I actually needed something like this.  I received the Bee + Sunflower bar in the lavender and rosemary scent.  WOWZA! Not only did this lotion bar smell AH- MAY-ZING, but it did the trick!  All I had to do was take the bar and rub it on each one of my hands once, then I rubbed my hands together to get an even distribution of lotion and that was enough.  My hands were once again smooth and hydrated, but the best part of all – it lasted hours and though hand washing.  That was what I couldn’t believe.  I didn’t need to reapply after washing my hands!

I have tried other lotion bars before, but I couldn’t quite figure out why I liked this one so much and what make this particular lotion bar so special.  I visited the Milk + Honey site to learn more about the company and their products.  It was then that I found out the milk is goat’s milk and the honey is beeswax.  This is a natural product that is made out of two main ingredients that are both very rich and conditioning.  What could be better?!

Milk + Honey has been around for 10 years now and started out of a home just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  They have such a sweet and comforting family business story that talking about it here won’t do it any justice.  Just watch this video about Milk + Honey and you’ll fall in love just as I did.  I highly recommend this product to all knitters and crocheters.  It comes in many motifs and all kinds of scents, there is something for everyone!  Take a look!

The good people over at Milk + Honey are hosing a giveaway, enter here to win your very own lotion bar!

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Last Saturday was the last day of the Crashing Waves KAL.  There are three lucky winners for that KAL, first place will win one hank of Dream In Color Wisp in the color Absolutely Marvelous along with a PDF of the Spring Leaves Lace Shawl pattern.  This is a generous hank of 50% silk and 50% wool with approximately 1100 yards of lace weight.

Second and third place will receive a pattern bundle from yours truly.  Please email me@graceakhrem.com if you are one of the three winners to receive your prize.

    
1st place – Ravelry user: tweetee
2nd place – Ravelry user: luvs2knit
3rd place – Ravelry user: fromthebasket
I’m very excited to announce the next KAL.  This time we will be diving into the Hydra pattern, a simple garment knit in two pieces from side to side creating flattering stripes that can me made into a cropped or a tunic version.  This pattern calls for a heavy fingering weight yarn or a light sport weight yarn in two colors and is available in sizes XS through 4XL.  I do hope you’ll join us in the group from February 21st – March 15th, 2015.
The prize(s) for this Hydra KAL will be announced closer to the KAL start date.  In the meantime please feel free to join us for chatter and yarn suggestions.
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My birthday has come around again, and once again I have decided to have a birthday sale – for you!  This is a big one for me, I freaked out about it a little (more like a lot) – but I thought well, if its a big birthday for me I better make it a big sale for you!  Today, January 26th, 2015 through Saturday, January 31st, 2015 all the patterns in my Ravelry Store are 30% off with the coupon code GRACETURNS30SALE .  Now is the time to get all the patterns you have been drooling over and dying to make!  Enjoy!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am very happy to announce the new winter KAL and the first KAL of 2015.  Crashing Waves is a triangular shawl with a simple garter tab construction that can easily be modified using this simple blog post to modify the pattern to any yarn, any gauge, and any needle size you like.

One lucky KAL participant will receive a pretty neat yarn and pattern prize combination (more details on the exact pattern and yarn coming soon – it will be good)! And two lucky winners will receive a pattern bundle prize.

To qualify to win the prize you must start and finish your Crashing Waves shawl during the KAL dates. In order to qualify to win, participant must post a finished picture of his/her project completed in this thread on or before the KAL end date.

Please feel free to swatch and share your yarns before the KAL kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, January 10th. Make sure you read up on the blog post to find out how you can modify this pattern from everything to gauge and yarn choice to striping your shawl.  This pattern makes a perfect stash buster!

 

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Have you checked out the Fairmount Fibers Blog yet? There’s an entire post about me and my patterns that use Manos Del Uruguay yarns, check it out – you might even find a coupon code in there somewhere :-)

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After many months of being unable to commit to a final layout for my newest Triangles, Diamonds & Squares… Oh My! blanket, I finally put it up for a vote from my readers.  I would like to thank all of you who voted for the layouts, you made my life a little easier.  Here are the results from when the vote was narrowed down to the final three:

 

The winner is….. drumroll please…… the pin wheel layout:

I’ll be working on putting this together and I hope to have it all finished by February.  Fingers crossed that I’ll have the time to actually work on this.  This version of this blanket has been something I have wanted to do for a long time, so I finally just did it! The hard part is over – deciding what the final placement of each square will be.  Now all thats left to do is seam it together and decide if weather or not it needs a border- I’m guessing it will.  Keep an eye out for my progress on the seaming and the bordering :-)

Don’t forget today is that last day for the Cyber Monday sale.  Buy two patterns and get one FREE from my Ravelry store! Make sure to use the coupon code CYBER-MONDAY2014 when you checkout!  Happy knitting & Crochet!

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