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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Awesome blogger Chelsea Fitch of  Knit Fitch has kicked off her Designer Spotlights on her lovely blog with yours truly.  Read all about my process and my favorite patterns here!

Learn all about the GIVEAWAY that is being hosted on the Knit Fitch blog and how you can enter to win!  Find all the details here!!


Don’t forget about the Houndstooth Slouch KAL – it’s not too late to join us! Plus three lucky participants will be automatically entered to win one of the three awesome prizes!  Join a community of knitters as we all journey through the joys of this wonderful autumn-y pattern!


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This Saturday we are going to kick off the fall season with the Houndstooth Slouch Knit-Along (KAL) .  This stylish hat is knit in two colors with fingering weight yarn and using the stranded knitting technique.  Choose two solid colors or one solid and one gradient for a new and different effect when it comes to fair-isle or stranded knitting.


Join us in the Ravelry Group as we discuss and share yarn and color suggestions, discuss swatching, technique and more.  When you join the KAL you will learn how you can enter to win one of these three awesome yarn and pattern combinations.  Who knows, maybe you will be the lucky winner!  Check out these awesome prizes!!!

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Time for another Knit Along (KAL).  This time I have chosen my Houndstooth Slouch pattern.  A perfect knit for the 97° autumn season we are having here in sunny southern California.  Hopefully by the time the KAL ends we might get some acceptable autumn weather down here (fingers crossed).  This is a great knit as a gift for friends or family or even yourself… who would appreciate a hand-knit gift from you more than yourself?! Go ahead… make this one for you! I know I will be doing some very selfish knitting this time!

Come join us in the KAL in the Raverly Group!   There we will discuss yarn choices and share color options, as well as talk about technique, share secrets and tips and of course share photos of our finished projects.  One lucky KAL participant will win a pretty awesome and terrific yarny prize.  Get all the KAL details here!  I hope you’ll join.  Buy your pattern on or before 10/6/14 and you will save 30% off the Houndstooth Slouch automatically, no coupon code needed!


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Last week I announced the Olga’s Vest pattern as the next Knit Along (KAL).  We are going to get started on this KAL this Saturday, May 10th, 2014.  The KAL will end on Sunday, June 15th, 2014.  This should give us a little over a month to work on this versatile pattern so that we can wear it this summer.

The Olga’s Vest KAL will take place in the Grace Akhrem Ravelry group, where we can post questions, comments, pictures and more.  There will be three prize winners for this KAL.  The first place winner will receive a signed copy of Natural Nursery Knits by Erika Knight and a Knit for Baby kit that includes two skeins of Erika Knight British Blue Wool (one skein in Milk and one skein in Pretty) as well as three pattern PDFs of the winners choice from the Grace Akhrem Ravelry store.  Second and third place winners will receive three pattern PDFs of the winners choice from the Grace Akhrem Raverly store.

In order to to be eligible to win one of the prizes you must be a KAL participant who has posted a finished photo of your Olga’s Vest.  You must have started on or after the KAL start date and finish before or on the KAL end date.  You must post a picture of your finished Olga’s Vest on or before the KAL end date in the Ravelry group.  The more active you are in the KAL the higher your chances are for winning.

Sharing your work in progress photos in encouraged.  You can share them in the Ravelry group in the KAL thread, but you can also share them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Make sure to use the #OLGASVESTKAL  The more you post and share and the more of an active KAL participant you are the higher your chances are for winning.

On another side note, Mother’s Day is coming up.  If you aren’t a VIP yet and didn’t get the newsletter don’t fret, I’ll share the savings with you here! Save $2.00 when you purchase the Buttoned Lace Cowl and the Belle Gloves pattern.  Both of these are super duper quick knits you’ll be able to finish before Mother’s Day.  Make sure you use the Ravelry coupon code: MothersDay14  — sale ends Thursday, May 8th, 2014.