KAL & Yarn Giveaway

I’m really excited to announce that I am hosting a KAL for my new pattern, the ‘Talvel Cowl’.  If you are a member of ‘Ravelry’, you can join in on the fun HERE, as well as purchase the pattern.  You can also purchase the pattern in my Etsy Shop, as well as some lovely bulky weight yarn.

I hope that you’ll join in on the fun!  I can’t wait to see everyone’s cowls.

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Pattern Debute – ‘Talvel Cowl’

I’m so excited to announce that my first ‘real’ knitting pattern is finally live on Ravlery! This is my first paid pattern, and my first pattern to which I’m hosting a KAL.

 

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The beautiful Amanda, friend and knitter. 

The ‘Talvel Cowl’ is bulky weight cowl that combines rib stitch and cables.  It is a fairly quick knit.  You can block it to make the stitch pattern truly bloom, and not – and  have a close fitting garment for cold days.

One of the special things about this cowl is that it was inspired by a few people that I know that have dementia.  That is why $2 from every pattern sold will go directly to my local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Giving back is important to me, and this is a cause that I really believe in.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry. Follow THIS LINK to get you there.  From the pattern page, you’ll find the link to the KAL.

I’m so excited, and I hope that you will enjoy the pattern as much as I do!

 

Life Goal – Achieve The Impossible

Everyone has dreams, and ideas that they want to make come true.  Some people want to travel around the world. Others want to read as many books as they can, or even publish their own.

I want to open a yarn store.

Yes, you heard me correctly.  I want to open a real, brick and mortar yarn store.  One where people can come to not only buy fantastic yarn, but enjoy each other’s company. Where they can sit and work on a project, or enjoy a class on a new technique, or just get help with a crafting roadblock.  I want to have comfy chairs and a place for a nice cuppa.  I want to have at least two nights a week where people can come, sit, and knit/crochet/spin.

I’m very luck that I have a dear friend who shares the same vision that I do.  Brandon is one of my oldest friends; we’ve known each other for at least twenty years.  He and his wife, Tory, want to help me make this vision come to life!  The only major roadblock we have is getting the money.  We want to get started, but don’t have a lot of funding.

 

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Brandon & Tory. Friends who knit together, stay together.

 

I decided to start a GoFundMe campaign.  Now, I sat on this for a few months.  I listened to a lot of viewpoints on this subject, some very supportive, while others were skeptical.  But Amanda Palmer’s book, ‘The Art Of Asking’, has inspired me to move forward.  Brandon and I are looking to raise $600, to cover the cost of starting the LLC and legal fees associated with that process.

If you would like to donate, you can visit the link HERE.  If you can’t donate, I ask that you share this post.  Tell you friends and family.  We are halfway to our goal as of today, and I’m so thankful for the kindness of not just my support system, but of strangers as well.

 

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@ofgraceandstitches

 

There is no longer a yarn store in my town, not like I want to see and make happen.  If anyone is interested in investing in our business above and beyond the GoFundMe campaign, please contact me.  Brandon has done a fantastic job with out business plan, and it is quite detailed.

Have a great weekend!

 

Countdown To Christmas – Day 7

I’m really excited about today’s giveaway! I’m so lucky to have gotten to know so wonderful fibre folk this year. There is such a wonderful community out there,  and everyone is very supportive of each other.

Betty McTiernan makes amazing jewlery for knitters.  Today’s prize is a set of her stitch markers, that you can also wear as a necklace! 

To enter : Tell me about your favorite Christmas  (or winter holiday), and why it stands out in your memory.  

I’ll choose a winnet tonight after 8pm EST. 

Countdown To Christmas – Day 6

We didn’t have a winner yesterday,  so I’m rolling over yesterday’s prize, to combine it with today’s! 

There are only SIX days left until Christmas!  Today, I’m giving away a 20% coupon to my Etsy Shop, as well as some lovely yarn from Knit Picks!

To enter : comment with what you want for Christmas this year!  I’ll chose a winner tonight after 8pm EST. 

And remember,  I’m commenting on the winner’s comment. So keep a look out! If you’re the winner, you need to get me your name and mailing info.

Countdown To Christmas – Day 4

Oh, what a truly Wintery day we’re having here in the Shenandoah Valley.  We woke up this morning to some freezing rain … and ice covering everything!

 

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Well, that’s one way to wash my muddy rain boots!

So, today’s giveaway is going to be themed correctly.  For Day 4, I’m giving away a lovely pair of stitch markers from Maryanne at The Violet Valentine.  I’ve known Maryanne for almost ten or so years now, and she not only makes beautiful accessories, she also dyes her own yarn!

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How to enter : Comment below (or on my blog FB page) with your favorite way to spend a snow day!  I’ll choose a winner tonight after 8pm EST.