11 November 2014

veteran's day musing

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson 

Many many thanks to those who have served and are serving now. 

Have a great week!

xox

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08 November 2014

the winner! and more club sign-ups

I am excited to announce that, as the 2nd commenter, Michelle is the winner of 3 Skeins or Less (from a random.org number generation)! Michelle - just pm me your snail mail address address on Ravelry and I will send the book off to you. Congratulations!

Also, today is the second round of sign-ups for my Pins & Lace Club! Hop on over to my site at 2 pm PST today; there aren't many spaces left! I hope you can join us for 2015. :)

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03 November 2014

monday's musing & a give-away

Tis better to give than receive, is it not? I think so. That's why I'm giving away a copy of Tanis Gray's book, 3 Skeins or Less! Leave a comment by midnight, PST, November 5 (Wednesday) for a chance to win!
It's a great little book with some fantastic patterns, including my Tanis Shawl. I really loved every minute of designing and knitting this one. The yarn - Heavenly Fingering from The Uncommon Thread - was truly truly heavenly down to the last stitch.

Tanis, the woman, was an absolute pleasure to work with. Tanis, the shawl, has a beaded asymmetrical spine that moves seamlessly into the border.
The wide lace border is fairly heavily beaded with 6/0 seed beads placed with a crochet hook.
And Tanis is finished with a beaded picot bind-off.

By Tanis Gray
Interweave/F+W; $24.99

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28 October 2014

monday's musing

"There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality." - Jonas Salk

I know I'm a day late, but today felt like Monday anyway. Here's hoping tomorrow brings good things! (Like maybe the person who stole my 11 year old son's phone will bring it back? I can hope.)

Have a great week!

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20 October 2014

monday's musing

"Bloom where you're planted." - Mary Engelbreit

One of my very favorite quotes, and one I am working hard on!

Now to answer some questions about my club that I didn't realize I had until just this moment!

Elizabeth asked: "Could you elaborate on the payment plan options? I'd love to try to fit this into my budget! Thanks!"
Answer: PayPal has a payment plan option that used to be called "Bill Me Later" and is now called PayPal credit. For now, that is the one payment plan I am able to offer. I am already planning 2016's club, however, and will work extra hard on making payment plans come true.

Donna asked: "I'm unfamiliar with your club. What would be a reason for ordering double yarn? Are the patterns shawlette a which could be made larger with the extra yarn?"
Answer: Yes! The extra yarn is to make the shawl larger. Each shawl is a full sized shawl (rather than a shawlette size) in itself, but some people like to make a larger option. Both regular and tall sizes are included in each pattern.

Hev asked: "I am looking forward to P&L 2015, but have I missed the area to get just the patterns? As much as I would love to get the yarn & pins, I can't. I have too many projects on my plate. This way I can hold the patterns & add them to my que. Thanks."
Answer: Do not fear! The pattern only option will go up for sale when the yarn and pin options are sold out. You didn't miss a thing. :)

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13 October 2014

monday's musing

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” - Buddha

I am seeking peace and balance. What do you seek?

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11 October 2014

going clubbing with me?


Another year has flown by, and wow! Did that one ever go fast?! It's high time again for Pins and Lace Club sign-ups. 2015 will be the sixth year of my club. Can you believe it? I have so enjoyed having you all with me. :)

Like the past two years, 2015 includes a pattern only option, and, for those of you with too many shawl pins, it also includes a yarn and pattern only option. In response to those of you who have had trouble getting to the computer on time due to work, I am opening sign-ups in the morning this time and in the afternoon for the second period.

Here's how it will work. Current club members (excepting pattern only) will be able to get a little jump on next year's club, with sign-ups opening Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4 pm (16:00 hours) Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7). Watch for an email containing a link to the sign-up site with your password. In this pre-signup period, there will be no $20 charge added for the pattern eBook; the 2015 eBook will be a little thank-you gift. This discount remains in effect until the public sign-ups on the morning of October 17. After that, there will be two sign up periods on my site (please note that the site has not yet been updated to reflect info for the 2015 club) beginning Friday October 17, 2014 at 10 am Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7) and another Saturday November 8, 2014 at 2 pm (14:00 hours), Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7).

In the 2015 club, there will be 4 shipments of 100 shawl pins and 200 skeins of yarn available overall. After current club members have had a chance to purchase in the pre-signup period, half of the remaining packages will go up for sale October 17 and half on November 8. Those include a pattern, as well, of course. :) Because of the different options and the need to plan in advance in ordering yarn, club sign-ups will be for the full year only - no half year options will be available. After all of those are sold, I will open pattern only club sales on Ravelry. If you have already bought one of the pin and/or yarn options, do not buy the pattern only option until you receive your coupon code for a free copy of the Ravelry club eBook. Financing (the payment plan) will be available through PayPal when you check out. The 2015 patterns will all be delivered via Ravelry as an eBook - much like my eBook subscriptions, and pattern only sales will remain open throughout the year. Clear as mud? Don't worry; if you don't quite get it ordered the way you want it, just write to me romiATdesignsbyromiDOTcom and we'll get it all sorted out! The idea is to make you happy, so no stress!

Note that yarn weights will vary! It may not all be lace weight. For planning purposes, here are the options and prices! Please note that there will be a pattern fee of $20 added to your total in addition to the option price chosen below (except for the current club member's pre-sign-up period at 4pm October 15 through 10am October 17). The pattern only option will be priced at $36 for the year, and the single patterns will not be released to the public until 2016. (There will be a fun little extra too, btw!) Package prices are the same as last year.

Romi's Choice: $340
Each shipment includes yarn from a different indie dyer, a shawl pin (copper, sterling, red brass and nickel for the year) and an original pattern.

Romi's Choice, 2x yarn: $540
Each shipment includes double yarn from a different indie dyer, a shawl pin (copper, sterling, red brass and nickel for the year) and an original pattern.

Pin and pattern only:
Romi's Choice of Metal: $160
Copper only: $140
Nickel only: $145
Red Brass only: $145
Sterling only: $210

Yarn and pattern only:
Romi's Choice - Yarn only: 4 shipments - $200

2x Yarn and pattern only:
Romi's Choice - double yarn only: 4 shipments - $400

Whichever option(s) you choose, please note that there will be a $20 pattern fee added to the total (this needed to be separated out to make the options possible; if you end up paying it twice for some reason, please let me know!). Regular shipping to the US is included in prices. International shipping (including Canada now, I'm afraid - prices have gone up to ship to you, our neighbors) and priority mail shipping will cost extra.

I do hope this all makes sense! If I am not making sense, please let me know! And remember: you have another chance in November.

Note that I have added red brass to the metals line-up this year! It is really a lovely metal that experimented with last year. It has a warmth to it that goes beautifully with gold jewelry. I think you'll love it!

Please note that I am in the midst of updating my website with all of the 2015 info, but added to my crazy year, I also had a catastrophic hard disk failure, had to buy a new desktop computer, and now need to find the software to re-install everything on my new computer (in the boxes still left unpacked after my move!). This will take a little while, and until then, please bear with me! I will have it up and running in time for the sign-ups and there will also be time to look over everything. :)

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