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Happy Birthday to Me. November 9, 2010

Posted by yarnplaycafe in Business, Contest, Family.
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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

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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

Winner & New Year January 1, 2010

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Thanks for all the thoroughly enjoyable entries in the blog challenge. It was hard to pick one! But I chose “Yarn Love” submitted by Robin. Robin, please choose a bag from my shop and email me with your choice and your address and I’ll send it off to you shortly! Thanks for all of your wonderful, creative ideas everyone.

In truth, I had planned to write this blog post much, much earlier, but life has gotten in the way again! First there was Christmas and then my family has been pretty sick, one right after the other. I’m hopeful for what the new year will bring, however.

Like a lot of people, last night I was thinking about where I was 10 years ago. My husband and I had been married for almost three years, and we were living in Raleigh, NC, planning a move to Madison, WI, for grad school. My husband was a computer programmer at the time, working on the Y2K “problem” with banks, so our fingers were crossed that night in more ways than one that the banking system would not collapse. Twenty-four days after that New Year’s Day, we would be dumped on with 22 inches of snow, and homebound for two weeks.

Thanks for all of your encouragement with my small business. It has been so great meeting people and fun making bags. May you have a healthy and happy 2010.

Challenge! December 10, 2009

Posted by yarnplaycafe in Business, Contest, Knitting.
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This is a game of skill, my friends. Rise to the challenge and you shall win, for free, one of your choice of crafty project bags from my shop Yarn Play Café. Ready?

In the comment section, please enter something that you’d like to see printed on a project bag. It can be a little saucy, racy or rude. It can be sweet, sexy or subtle. Or funny. But above all, it must relate to crafting, knitting, yarn, fiber, crochet, etc. It also has to be short. (Have you see my bags? Not much space for long-winded jokes.)

This challenge will end on December 18 at midnight, and you can enter as many times as you’d like. The best of all entries (as judged by myself) will win. Please note that I may use your entry–even if it doesn’t win–on my bags! So go forth and deliberate. And thanks!
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