Most of you know that I work in Santa Monica. There are MANY little yarn shops (LYS) within five minutes of my office. This can be dangerous to my bank account. One of my fave LYS to visit is Wild Fiber. They have the "Wall of Koigu" that will just knock you out. WF also has a back room that is loaded with discounted yarn, accessories, books, etc. You can find almost every type of yarn produced commercially at Wild Fiber. The staff is also very helpful.
Grace Akhrem works at Wild Fiber and is also a designer. Many of her patterns can be purchased through Ravelry, here or at the shop. Grace is lucky to have the yarn inventory at Wild Fiber at her fingertips for her creations. Here are three of my favorite Grace Designs:
"The decorative stitch resembles a bee's honeycomb." Grace used five hanks of Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica yarn; three for the main color and two for the contrast color; size 6 needles; two wooden dowels; three pieces of self-stick mounting board; two wooden handles; one yard of fabric for lining and four purse feet. The bag is large...18 inches wide, 12 inches high and 6 inches deep. You could almost use this as an overnight bag for a weekend getaway. I'd use it as a project bag, of course.
The baby bibs above are just darling and make a really cute, quick knit for that last-minute shower gift. Grace used one hank of Pagewood Farm Glacier Bay superwash merino yarn; size 5 needles and a matching button. Tons of different superwash yarns could be substituted for this pattern.I like to wear headbands alot. They can hide a multitude of pesky hair problems. I've crocheted many, knitted a few, but I really like the "Grace Headband." it's easy to knit....all garter stitch and utilizes short-rows for a good fit. Grace (pictured below) used one skein of Pagewood Farm Alyeska, superwash merino; size 5 needles and two faboo buttons.Take a field trip over to Wild Fiber where you can talk to Grace and see many of her designs in all of their yarny goodness. Print out Grace's FREE pattern for the No Purl Beanie here.