Super Yarn Sale this weekend only

Hi there, today I’m coming to you with a short announcement. I don’t know if I have told you about having a bad back but if not here goes. So I have a bad back and I have just been called into a hospital for  a 4 week stay to work on my back. This will include massages, exercise, thalasso therapy etc and the objective is to come out of this more aware of my body and how to move and do things to minimize any pain in my back and hopefully avoid having to have a surgery. So I’ll be going there in a week. As I’ll be away for so long I’m going to have to close my Etsy shop while I’m there. And so I decided it would be a good idea to do a HUGE YARN SALE! And here goes!

I’m offering 40% off all my yarns in my shop as of now and until Monday July 18th. The coupon code for the discount is YARN40.

I ship worldwide at a reasonable price. All orders will be shipped 1-2 days post purchase. You can visit my shop by clicking here or by searching for Knitting in France on Etsy. Here are some pictures to get your appetite going:)

Happy shopping and have a great weekend:)

 

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Exciting announcements

Hi there, I’m back in France after a wonderful trip to the USA. I’ll have to write a post about my trip and share some pictures of the wonderful sights I saw there. But today will be a rather short post as I’m totally jet lagged and super tired from the long hours of travel back home and the 9 hours of time difference.

First I absolutely wanted to let you know that I have reopened my shop as of yesterday evening. You will discover a lot of new hand dyed yarns  and 2 clubs. For the first time I’m doing one Goody Bag club for knitters and one Fibre club for spinners. To begin with each club will be a 3 month subscription and if they go well I’m going to launch a new edition before the end of this year for a year long club where you will receive a package every two months. So stay tuned:) Now to check out the shop and my new yarns, just click here

Second, I’m super excited to announce the publishing of the first ever sock pattern designed specifically for my hand dyed yarns! The pattern is called Strawberries and Cream Frappé Socks and is by CC Almon or JavaPurl on Ravelry.

You can find the pattern here and this is what it looks like

www.knittinginfrance.com Gorgeous don’t you think? Of course I’m going to cast on ASAP, never mind the gazillion projects I have going already 🙂 And here you can find the yarn I dyed specifically for this pattern, there is a version in the SPARKLES base which is what the designer used in her pattern and you can find that here

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the SPARKLE Strawberry Frappuccino

And the regular, SOX base yarn is called Speckled Frappuccino and can be found here

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the SOX base yarn

And to add some more excitement, I’m happy to announce that JavaPurl is celebrating her birthday today October 4th (HAPPY BIRTHDAY CC) and she is offering us all -38% off the regular price of her pattern! So head on over to Revelry and buy the pattern using the coupon code CCSBDAY. The discount is valid until October 11th.

Now it’s time for me to cast on for this very special pattern and I’ll share the pictures later this week:)

So have a wonderful Sunday and a great new week. Until next time, take care

More goodies for you my dears:)

Hi there, so I not only love knitting and spinning and dyeing and almost everything else to do with fibre crafts. I also love SHOPPING for anything and everything related to my passion! So a few days ago I shared with you my latest find in the project bag division- Fridajo on Etsy and I published an interview with her on the blog and she also generously offered to give my followers a special discount in her shop on all purchases over 25Eur as long as you order before June 30th! I do hope you did take the time to go and take a look at her shop and better yet, that you found something you were able to purchase and take advantage of the special offer.

Now I went ahead and contacted another company at the same time as I did Fridajo, only they took their time to come back to me. But now they have! The company in question is Slipped Stitch Studios. You may know them from Etsy where they still have a small shop but they are gradually moving all their business to their new website www.slippedstitchstudios.com

I actually heard about them when watching my new favorite video podcast, the Geeky Girls Knit podcast with CC and her daughter. They were showing off the needle nooks and project bags that CC has from Slipped Stitched Studios. And I had never seen a needle nook before nor had I ever hear of this company so off I went and took a look at their shop. Needless to say, I LOVED what they had to offer! And so I placed a first order via their Etsy site and sent them a little message. Not hearing from them again, I thought “oh well, they must be too big for a small blogger such as myself. That’s ok, I did try and that’s what counts”.

When I received my order, I was in love and immediately went back online and this time placed an even bigger order on their new website. That order has now been delivered and I’m very happy with my items! And just now, Laura – the owner and seamstress, just sent me a message to say YES she’d love to offer my followers a discount in her shop! Isn’t that great? I’m so happy that I can offer you this chance to get some of her products at a discounted price! I’m super happy that other companies agree to work with me and offer my followers special deals and I’m feeling super happy. So if you have a company you adore, let me know and maybe, just maybe, I could get us a special deal from them too! Who knows? Worst case scenario, they say no, but at least we will have given it a go:)

So now more on Slipped Stitch Studios. Laura sells the famous needle nooks which are a way to carry your dpns and wip in a secure and super cute fashion. The little nook also has a zipped pocket where you can keep your stitch markers safely and maybe even a small tape measure as well.  The nooks are bolstered so no worries, your dpns will be secure and not risk anything. On their website there is a link to see how you can use the nook for circulars as well for those who mostly use those. I’m a lover of circulars but I have tons of dpns and when I saw the nooks I just knew that I had to do some socks on dpns and use these! So here I am, 4 needle nooks later!

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Laura also does project bags in different sizes, pattern wallets, spindle bags, swift bags, notions bags as well as accessories such as stitch markers and travel lanyards. The travel lanyards are a fun thing so of course I had to have one too! So you buy the lanyard and then choose your accessories. I bought the led light and the foldable mini scissors and then I added my own stitch marker holder and markers of course. Super cute!

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I also bought a spindle bag. I had been looking for a spindle bag as I’m determined to take my spindles on vacation with me this summer. I had been looking for one but didn’t see anything that appealed to me. The bags were not sufficiently cute and did not seem quite functional with enough space for a spindle or two, my supported spindle bowl and some fibres and also the bags seemed really thin so I was afraid of damage. But Slipped Stitch Studios has a great version of the spindle bag which is a good size and allows you to securely carry your spindle as well as fibre when on the go and it is padded so no worries about breaking your beautiful spindle for example.

dwarf spindle tote www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.comwww.knittinginfrance.com  The dwarf bag I just ordered last night 🙂

And speaking of last night, I also was tempted to buy a studio tot which is a small bag that can hold my fibre or my notions or something else, I’m sure I’ll find good use for it.

studio tots dwarf

So, all in all a great shop with a large selection of items and lovely patterns. The workmanship is top notch and my items arrived in a timely manner. I’m very happy and confident when introducing them to you (if you are not familiar with this company already). I’m sure you will enjoy their items as much as I do.

So if  you are looking for a spindle bag or a needle nook this is definitely the place. You, my dear, as a faithful Knitting in France follower are fortunate enough to enjoy -15% off your next purchase from www.slippedstitchstudios.com as long as you place your order before June 25th. Happy shopping to you:)

If you do decide to take advantage of the special offers either from Fridajo or Slipped Stitch Studios, I’d love it if you shared that with us here by leaving a comment and maybe even a link or a picture of the item you chose. That way we can all enjoy the beautiful things and get a chance to show off our new goodies!

So until next time, have a great day:)

ps- rather than leave a comment I’ll just share here what I ordered from Fridajo last night:) Yes!!! Maybe that is enough project bags for this month!!! I have to restrain myself now or my husband will take my credit cards away!

furoshiki bag bambi bag fridajo Aren’t these super cute?

Project bags you need, love, crave, must have and a special discount code just for you

Hi there, today’s topic is project bags! Don’t you just love those? I know I do and for someone like myself, who always has a large number of projects going at the same time, project bags are really a must have to be able to keep each project separate from the others to avoid misplacing my pattern or looking all over the house for the ball of yarn I need to finish my project.

So yes I have some but not quite enough! So recently I went on a “window shopping spree” on Etsy and found this adorable shop there that does gorgeous japanese style project bags. I bought a couple and then decided that it would be fun to do a review here and share my find with you. I then contacted the owner/artist and interviewed her and she graciously offered a discount code just for my followers! Isn’t that just great?

So the shop is called FRIDAJO and you can visit her by clicking on the name. The shop is run by an italian artist called Silvia. Before I share my interview with her, I’d like to show you the bags I bought from her.

So she does something called Furoshiki bags which are knotted project bags and ideal for knitting and crochet projects. She offers those in two sizes, small and medium, and so I bought one of each. Project bags MUST be made from a cute, appealing tissue and so I went with what appealed to me most at the moment (and I have seen a few more which are on my TO BUY list).

First let me introduce you to my small Furoshiki bag. I chose a Matryoshka pattern which I find super cute. The inside is lined with a dotted beige pattern/tissue. The sewing is well done, no apparent seams that threaten to open up, no stray threads. Wonderful workmanship! This bag, as indicated, is small and so I think ideal for small (obviously) projects. Something like a small crochet project, socks, hexapuffs, granny squares – a project where you just need a needle/hook, 1 ball of yarn (or 2 minis), your tape measure and snippets and a copy of your pattern maybe. But for spinners such as myself I think this could also be a good idea for carrying your fibres. You could tie a knot and slip the bag onto your wrist and carry your fibre supply when spindling for example. So an allover lovely bag for SMALL projects. If you usually carry lots of notions and other stuff in your project bag then this will be too small for you and the medium size would be the way to go.

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Next up is my medium sized Furoshiki bag. This time I chose a Fox pattern. I’ve been seeing a lot of fox patterns and project bags lately and I find them super cute, almost as cute as owls:) So that’s why I fell for this bag/pattern. The medium size bag is big enough for a shaw project for example and for when you knit a baby cardigan or something similar in size. I’ve put my Come What May shawl in there, along with the pattern, rest of yarn and my beads (yes I still have not watched the tutorial on russian beaded cast off so the shawl is still on the needles).

fridajo www.knittinginfrance.com  Isn’t this cute? fridajo www.knittinginfrance.Com See I have my shawl, pattern, rest of yarn and beads in there and they are not cramped, plenty of space. And the lining is beautiful. This makes for an elegant and yet fun project bag.

I was really happy to see that my new project bags are as nice in “person” as they are in pictures and I have no problem recommending FridaJo to you all. So if you are looking for a gorgeous project bag and like supporting a young and aspiring artist, go for it!

Now on to the interview with Silvia. My questions are shown in bold and her answers in italics.

Are you Italian and where in Italy do you live?

I’m Italian and I live in the North of Italy, near Switzerland.

Are you a knitter/crocheter and have you been doing that for long? What type of projects do you mostly do or enjoy most?

I learned to knit and crochet when I was very young, watching my mother and grandmother in the summer afternoons, in the big house in the mountains where we spent the holidays together. It was passion at first sight. 
I especially love knit socks,gloves and other small projects.
What about sewing? Have you been doing that for long and who taught you and what type of things do you mostly sew for yourself?
Also here there is the hand of my ancestors! My grandmother and her sister were young seamstresses when the ready to wear did not exist. Their stories and photos inspired me. They have given me the basics of sewing, then I enrolled at the University to obtain a degree in Fashion and Costume. 
Tell me about your shop, what gave you the idea for starting your own Etsy shop? When did you open the shop and how has it been going since? Do you have a full job and then work the shop on the side or is the shop your full time job? 
The idea of the Etsy shop was born because of the need to tidy up my knitting needles. I made a couple for me and then I tried to sell someone, and here I am. I remember the first sale took place on the day of publication of the first listings, and right in France! 🙂 I do this as a hobby, at the time, but I hope it will be my official work soon!

Any exciting information regarding your shop, venues where you will sell your items in person, sales, new items or anything else you want to share?

In the next days I’ll be able to sew new interchangeable knitting needle cases.
 
I’m glad to offer to your followers two types of discount, valid until 30.06.2015 for every knitting project bag “ready to buy” in my shop.
Using the code 10OFFX25 to get a 10%off with a minimum order of 25€
Using the code 15OFFX35 to get a 15%off with a minimum order of 35€
(not available for custom order)
 
Do you have your own blog and if so where can we find it? What about social media – do you have a Facebook page or Twitter/instagram/Pinterest account you want people to check out?
I don’t have a blog, but you can find me here:
https://www.facebook.com/fridajoshop (FOLLOW ME FOR DISCOUNT CODES AND NEWS!)
I hope you have enjoyed this post and that you will take a look at Silvia’s shop and hopefully you are able to take advantage of the special discount code she so generously offered you, my readers:) I know I’m going to be buying some myself because one can never have too many project bags:)
Do you have an artist/shop you particularly like and would like me to check out and review? Any suggestions would be welcome.
That’s all for today, I wish you all a wonderful weekend with lots of crafting time 🙂