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I just got back from a fun weekend away with my ladies, mom and my brother's girlfriend, Jane, the one that models for me. Jane turned 21 in May and my mom and I took her on a fun road trip to eastern Washington to do a bit of shopping, eating and cocktail drinking! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw most of the funny pictures I snapped. You can tell that we had a good old time! I also had a chance to meet up with a good knitting friend of mine who is currently living close to where we stayed in Spokane. I had big plans to go check out a couple LYS's with her, but you know how that goes... the intentions were there though! Outside of no knitting or yarn shopping being accomplished, we had a blast and I'm sure we'll be talking about our adventures for many years to come.
While I was doing some shopping (which I don't do often, I really am not a fan of shopping malls), I did happen to notice all the fun trends happening right now. The mullet style, hi lo thing is really popular. I like it, but not on everything and not necessarily for me, but cute nonetheless. Neon is still majorly in. Hot pinks, blazing yellows, eye searing oranges and electric blues were everywhere. I did happen to notice that lovely adult muted pastels and florals, which are my fav, were also making their presence known. With all of these trends that were hanging everywhere, I did observe that loose flow"y" tops of all sorts, from tunics to shorter tops, open front knits, and dolman style or bat wing sleeves seemed to dominate the departments of all ages. And, I have to say, oh yeah! I love this style - always have.
Today's guest and featured artist, Grace Akhrem, is a genius when it comes to this "trend", and she's been doing it since even before it's resurgence in fashion. Look at these tops: Angelic Shrug, Bougainvillea Lace Shrug, Janna's Tunic, Aviva, and Haru, which I'm seriously obsessed with. I told you so! You can thank me later. Now, Grace doesn't only do tops, so be sure to check out her full pattern collection. Grace visited us back in December with our 12 days of Knitmas giveaway, remember? Now she's back with a recorded fun interview for you and a little peek into how she started designing. Enjoy!
If you cannot see the player click here.
Links and such from the interview:
- Grace's website
- Grace on Ravelry
- Robin Hood hat
- Grace's patterns
- Haru (transformer pattern!), also check out the Haru KAL Grace is currently hosting in her group.
- Olga's Vest, Grace also hosted a KAL for this pattern awhile back, check out her blog post for extras and tips.
- Spring Leaves Lace Shawl
- Pagewood Farms, The Fibre Company Terra, Blue Sky Alpacas, Shibui, & Habu Textiles
- A Good Yarn
- Knitting For Dummies
- Pagewood Farms St. Elias
- Farmer's Market Bag
- Newborn Welcome Set
- Pagewood Farms' colors
Look at the gorgeous "not" Chuck's Favorite yarn skeins! One grand prize winner will receive all three skeins of this delicious yarn and a PDF copy of Olga's Vest.
I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:
1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 6/30/13. Which fashion trend is your favorite right now?
I'll randomly pick the winners in 2 weeks and post the results along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.