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Free Shipping Day December 16, 2010

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Happy December! Things have been busy in the shop and with knitting, too. Later in November, I busted out a scarf for my younger sister’s birthday. I just adore feather and fan (this is Tiennie‘s Old Shale pattern with no modifications) and this scarf went very quickly.

The biggest current news, I think, is that I’m participating in Free Shipping Day tomorrow! You can see all the Etsy stores that are participating, and find yourself or your loved ones a one-of-a-kind bargain for the holiday season. Visit Yarn Play Café any time tomorrow and get free shipping in the United States. No coupon necessary.

Free Shipping Day

Fabulous Year November 26, 2010

Posted by yarnplaycafe in Business, Coupon, Sale.
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What an amazing year.
Use the code HOWBOUT15 to take 15% off any in stock items at Yarn Play Café until 12/1/10.
Thank you for making it such a memorable year.

Happy Birthday to Me. November 9, 2010

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Well, it’s not my birthday, it’s my store’s birthday. And it was yesterday. However, events from the weekend spilled over into yesterday, making it impossible to get on with the business of picking a random person for the giveaway! Thankfully, although my husband’s successful business trip to Singapore culminated in a trip to the ER the day he got home, he’s much better today.

So on with it already.

The Giveaway Winner is Thea! She blogs at BabyCocktails. Thank you so much for all of your kind comments. I was overwhelmed by them and so happy to be among such a supportive fiber arts community.

iKnit messenger Bag at Yarn Play CaféiKnit Messenger

Turning One October 22, 2010

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Good news all around! Working with a customer, I found a messenger bag to sell in the store. I’m excited about it because it comes in a few different colors and gives us more options for carrying our projects and stuff around.

Tada!When stuffed with 20 skeins of Jo Sharp Classic DK (as shown) it measures 14.5 inches long by 10.5 inches wide. The adjustable strap drops 20 inches at its longest. Not an ounce of velcro on this puppy either. There’s an internal, zippered pocket that measures about 6.5 inches wide by 8 inches long and it’s perfect for your measuring tape, darning needles, stitch markers and the like.

ALSO. Yarn Play Café TURNS ONE on Monday, November 8! In the style of Zigzagstitch, I’m going to run a giveaway that includes one skein of local Blackberry Ridge Mer-made Plus Fingering in Blackberry (photo below) and any in-stock YPC bag of your choice! Just leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible. If you tweet about it or post on Facebook about it, that also earns you another chance to win (just please let me know that you did that by emailing me). The blog comments will close at 10pm, Sunday November 7, and I’ll announce the random, lucky person in a blog post on Monday, November 8. Thanks so much for the past year. I’ve learned a lot and met so many great, supportive people.

Blackberry Ridge Mer-Made Fingering in Blackberry

Something new for Halloween. September 6, 2010

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Just yesterday inspiration knocked me about the head. Well, not really, but I was working with my lightweight bag, marveling at how much it can carry and how light it is, thinking…”This would be a great bag for trick-or-treating for my kids.” Voila.
Trick or Treat with Fun TotesThey had a great time taking these photos. After all, we live in a place where normally one almost always needs to wear a coat or at least several layers involving fleece underneath Halloween costumes. I can remember one Halloween when we experienced 80-degree weather, but we were visiting relatives in New Jersey!

Trick or Treat with Fun TotesThese tote bags are up in the store RIGHT NOW and I have plans for more, my friends.

Custom. August 24, 2010

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Well! After having a busy August with a mostly wonderful vacation to the New Jersey shore, I’m back at it. Of course I never stopped knitting, I just stopped making and shipping bags for a few weeks there. I even knit at the beach, which can be tricky.

When I got back, I was quick at work making a custom order for Nancy:
Custom.

And I’m adding new bags to the store daily now! Come take a look.

Love yarn.

I can’t stop striping. August 1, 2010

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Noro Striped ScarfYes, this is a popular project in Ravelry, and now I, too, know why. I’d been planning to try this scarf for some time, and then a local yarn store had a few skeins of Noro Silk Garden in its sale bin and we were off. This one is for a gift.

Non-Noro Striped ScarfThen, I happened to notice a new yarn on the shelves, Lang Tosca Light. Well. This has subtle color changes that more suit my aesthetic, so after I finished the Noro Striping Scarf, I started on this one.  Believe it or not, I actually bought another skein of this in browns to stripe with an off-white to match another fall/spring coat…

Lang Tosca LightAt what point does this become totally crazy? I’m still enjoying the second scarf, believe it or not! Stripes galore.

Crafty Bitch

I just added a few more bags to the store. Over the next few weeks, shipping may slow down a bit, so please be aware that if you order, I may be contacting you to make you aware of a delay. If that’s not OK with you, I’ll promptly refund your money. I like for everyone to be happy with my products and service, dontcha know. Happy Summer!

Whee! Zipper! March 19, 2010

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I just added a new bag to the store. This a heavy-weight cotton tote bag with a ZIPPER!
Now With a Zipper!It measures a generous 17 inches wide by 14 inches tall and 3.75 inches deep with handles that drop about 11 inches. If you like this style, let me know. (This specific one is in the store right now!)

Big order! March 7, 2010

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So I’m not a great blogger. Which is kind of funny…because I’m a writer. I have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, actually, and have held many a job writing. Lately I’ve been freelancing as it offers more flexibility in the schedule with young children. But blogging. There’s just something about writing from the heart that is a big step for me.

Moving on…in YPC shop news: I delivered my first wholesale order on Friday to my LYS, The Sow’s Ear. It consisted of 30 bags and looked like this:

They said they’re planning to take some to the Madison Knitters Guild meeting Monday night, so hopefully that will go well. I’ve been dying to become a member of the Guild again, after not being a member for three years. I happen to be sending a child to preschool whose parent-run board meets monthly on the same night and same, exact time as the Knitters Guild meetings. How is that for awful luck? I know, I don’t have to be on the board of the preschool, but I am. Said child is scheduled to attend Kindergarten this coming Fall, so I’ll join the Guild again this year. Hooray!

While I was at The Sow’s Ear, of course I couldn’t leave without buying some of Jeanette‘s delicious yarn:

Sun Valley Fiber Farm MCN Lace in Kermit

Isn’t it gorgeous? I am so thankful that I can pop into my LYS and buy this type of gem. Jeanette is also going to be vending at the Knitters Guild meeting Monday night. See what you are missing by not living in Madison, Wisconsin? (To say nothing of the mild winter this year, of course.)

Meanwhile, I just ordered some new, fun bags for the shop. I can’t wait to get them in so I can show you. Keep checking back–I hope to have another post in a week announcing them.

My Funny Valentine February 5, 2010

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In the shop as of now…
Valentine's Day?