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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Yes, I know– I already blogged this morning.  But this I had to share!  Today through Sunday, December 7, 2014 (pacific time) I am having a Cyber Monday Sale!  Yes, that’s right!  Now through Sunday when you buy two patterns in my Ravelry Store you will get one FREE!!!  Make sure to use the coupon code CYBER-MONDAY2014 when you check out!!!

 

Also make sure you place your vote for the final TDS layout – choose your favorite of the three layouts by Sunday!

 

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First of all I would like to apologize for falling off the blog-o-sphere.  I has some major issues with my site and didn’t want to add any content until I had it all fixed.  Now everything is more or less back to normal and I’m back!

As you know every year on my birthday I have a sale :-)   This year is no different.  All the patterns in my Ravelry store are 26% off with the coupon code: Jan26-14BirthdaySale  As usual, this is sale last only one week, the coupon code expires 2/2/2014.  Enjoy it while it lasts, use  it up! Get all the patterns you’ve been drooling over for the last year or more! Happy knitting!!!

Join the KAL for the Tangled Branches slouch hat and/or the Reversible Tangled Branches Cowl in the Ravelry Group.  We would love to have you join us and see what your project will look like!

 

Image courtesy of Yarn Crawl LA

The second county wide crawl is happening right now! It starts today, Thursday, April 11th and runs through Sunday April 14th.  This is going to e the largest crawl this city has ever seen, with 31 participating shops and covering a span over 2000 square miles.  Last year this was a very exciting event for knitters all over southern California.  This year it will be just as exciting.  There will be trunk shows, giveaways, raffles, and more! It’s absolute madness!  Here is a list of the events that will be going on during the crawl.

Last year I was bogged down and wasn’t able to check out any of the participating shops.  But this year, you better believe that I will out there finally getting a chance to visit all the great shops this city has to offer.  I plan on finally getting around to checking out The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, Unwind in Burbank (it’s been a while since I’ve been there), Sit N’ Stitch in Toluca Lake, Needlepoints West in Westchester, the Yarn Over Trunk in Santa Monica, and of course Twist in Manhattan Beach (a fantastical yarn shop).

Since last year was the first crawling experience for the shops, there were a few kinks to smooth out.  This year every shop participating in the crawl will be open Thursday through Sunday and at the very minimum from 10am – 6pm each crawl day.  This is a huge deal! As we now most yarn shops are closed on Sundays.  So this is a special treat that we can shop pretty much anywhere in the city all day on a Sunday!  Wooohooo!  A whole day of knitting fun and adventure.  I’m already trying to decide where I’m going to have lunch on Sunday.  Will it be Downtown? Burbank? Manhattan Beach? I dunno!!! So many places to choose from!!!

Make sure you get yourself a Passport!!! Even if you only visit one shop!  You can still win a prize.  Each shop you visit will give you a stamp.  You can turn in your passport to the last shop you visit or mail it in to enter to win some really great prizes from the crawl sponsors!

Oh! And one of the coolest things this year, The Yarn Crawl LA is hosting a photo contest! Find out more about the photo contest details here.  The photo contest will consist of the following five categories:

Best Shop Photo
Best Group Photo
Best Individual Photo
Best Yarn Photo
Best Misc Photo
Good luck to all!!!
This will be fun!  I’ll be around on Sunday…. will you see me??? Scavenger hunt! Find the Grace!!!!

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.