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I am hosting a Knit or Crochet-a-long! You get to choose the kraft. I'll be crocheting for this one. The project is a fingering weight shawl. Please see the information below if you'd like to participate and enter to win the grand prize!
Shawl-Along info.
Cast on date May 15th. Must be completed by July 15th. I do ask that you create a project page on Ravelry and tag the Allison Barnes Collection Yarn that you are using because that helps me promote my yarn on Ravelry.
You can knit or crochet. You can use any pattern you like; even write your own!
Rules (subject to change):
1. Minimum one skein (400 yards or more) of Allison Barnes Collection fingering weight yarn (this is thin yarn, number 1, sometimes called sock weight). If you need to shop for yarn here is the link to my Etsy shop:
2. You may enter more than one completed shawl however each project must use one full skein of my yarn. You may use any other yarn as contrasting …
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Happy New Year, Social Media and other news

Most of my social media presence has been on Facebook but I've recently branched out to Instagram. You can follow me there! Allison on Instagram

I realize that not everyone uses social media but they still want to be able to order necktie clutches from me. Well now anyone who can access the internet can see my current stock of available neckties to choose from!

Allison's Flickr Photostream

If you click on the link above it will take you to my Flickr account which is basically an image hosting site. I will update this album at the same time that I update my Facebook album with new neckties.

If you are interested in ordering a necktie clutch from me just shoot me an email to: and let me know which necktie you would like (copy and paste the image to make it easy for me to find the correct necktie). OR you can send me a necktie to transform into a necktie clutch.

Best wishes and Happy New Year!


If you follow me on Facebook then you already know that I re-opened my Etsy shop yesterday. I've begun to list items and will continue until I get them all in there. The plan is to list items as they are available - with a short preview on Facebook first.

One of my newest items is a Gift Certificate for my Etsy shop! You can now purchase one in just about any denomination and I will email you a file (jpeg) that you can email to or print out and gift to your recipient. All redemption instructions will be provided upon purchase.
I've also updated my Etsy shop to accept credit card payments and Etsy Gift Card payments making it SO much easier to shop!
Please check out my shop: Allison Barnes Collection on Etsy
I'd love your feedback on my new listing format!
As always I appreciate your comments. If you have any questions you can leave a blog post comment, use my contact form, contact me via convo on Etsy or pm on Facebook!

Necktie Clutches - Ready for Gift Giving!

Well the show was a success (in my books at least) since I sold some of each type of stock and I sold to not just my own friends but also to new customers! I do have a lot of stock left over and I would love these necktie clutches to find good homes. So if you like anything shown here or if you have any questions please use the contact me form on the right-hand side of the page and let me know which clutch(es) you would like to purchase. All clutches are available at the time of posting. These are cross-posted for sale. Average size of a clutch is 10 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall. The opening is 6 inches and there is a small 6-inch pocket with velcro-closure on the inside. Shipping is $4 letter mail within Canada for one clutch. Parcel with tracking and insurance within Canada starts at $10 depending on your location. Shipping to U.S. is $5 for light packet (one clutch). Parcel with tracking and insurance to the U.S. starts at $20 depending on your location.

Get Your Christmas Shopping Done in One Place!

Busy busy...Since this Summer I've been preparing for my first Christmas trade show/sale. I'm nervous and excited and I have loads of stock for you! Necktie clutches, crocheted or knit cowls and infinity scarves and even some of my very own handspun yarn! ( spin your own yarn? Yes! But that's another post - he he!)

Here is the event flyer:

And I suppose a few sneak peeks of some stock are in order:

I sure hope that if you are in the Edmonton area you will come out to the sale and stop by my table! I will have a draw box for you to enter to win $30 store credit with me, Allison Barnes Collection. If you would like more information please leave a comment or use the contact me button on my blog.

Spring 2014 Clutches (April/May/June)

Well aren't I the slacker. My desire to share my creations with you through this blog of mine has taken a back seat as of late as I work through your custom orders! And now I have even more work ahead of me as I prepare for my first REAL trade show in November. On top of my custom orders I am also working on having lots of stock ready for the show. If you are in the Edmonton area you will definitely want to check out the Santa's Little Helpers Christmas Shopping Extravaganza which is being held at the River Cree Casino on November 30th, 2014. For more information you can visit their Facebook page (link here) to be updated as the event draws near. Here are the custom clutches I have completed this past Spring 2014. As you can see you all have kept me very busy - thank-you! If there is someone you know who you think might enjoy seeing my necktie clutches please forward my blog link to them. They and you can also sign up for my monthly newsletter where I feature NEW neckties that …