Shop Update 21.07.16

This week we have a mass of colour with 4 mini skein colourwheels.

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Hues. 4ply British wool and Nylon. £22.50 per 120g set. Buy now.

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Shades. 4ply British wool and Nylon. £22.50 per 120g set. Buy now.

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Tints. 4ply British wool and Nylon. £22.50 per 120g set. Buy now.

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Tones. 4ply British wool and Nylon. £22.50 per 120g set. Buy now.

Last week the I’m HAPpy because I KnitBritish bags sold out fast. They’re back, and joined by a smaller version.

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£25 each. Buy now.

The yarns and bags are in the shop now – so if you shop quickly you could have your bag – and yarn to put in it on Friday.

Happy shopping.

Joy

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This week’s update is colour galore.

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Mini skein sets in hues, shades, tints and tones of printer inks.

There was a huge amount of love for the I’m HAPpy because I KNitBritish Project bags last week.

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We’ve added a smaller size too.

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The shop update goes live at 1300 on Thursday – so if you shop quickly you could have your bag – and yarn to put in it on Friday.

The newsletter will  sent out on Thursday. It offers subscriber discounts, a free pattern and other treats. Make sure you don’t miss out and sign up now.

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Discontinued – 9 reasons why

Yesterday I had a message from a knitter who was very angry that a yarn had been continued. I explained why, and when she replied it was evident that she sees this as something that happens a lot – not just with us but with yarns in general.

It set me thinking about why we’ve discontinued yarns in the past – and why we might discontinue things in the future.

1. Sometimes things don’t sell well. In the past we’ve picked amazing yarns, often based on what customers say they’re looking for. We dye them up, put them in the shop and they sit there. If things don’t sell we don’t keep them. We can’t afford to. So they get discounted and we look for something else.

2. We (and I guess most dyers) have limited space to store yarn. That means we have to make choices about what we stock. If we decide to offer more colours in one yarn base that might mean we discontinue another one. It’s not great for a business to carry too much stock, and choices have to be made.

3. Yarns aren’t always available. Rising prices for British Blue Faced Leicester meant that we had to substitute Falkland Polwarth for a while. We’re lucky in that we can order enough of things to get yarns custom spun. But if you don’t want 20 kilos of a blend then you need to choose from what your suppliers offer – and again that comes back to what sells and space for them.

4. When we decided that we wanted all of our wool to be grown, processed and spun in the UK by the end of 2016 that meant saying goodbye to several yarns that we loved. We’re more than happy with the replacements we’ve found, but it did force us to discontinue several bases.

5. Cost matters a lot. There aren’t huge margins in dyeing yarn, especially when you wholesale. If prices increase it can make a yarn just too expensive.

6. Everyone is selling it. There are fashions in yarn. All of a sudden there will be a lot of something. Gradient sets. Freckled yarns. And for creative people that’s often a sign that it’s time to move on.

7. There are always new yarns and dyeing techniques to play with. Knitters are very keen on something new – and dyers are just as vulnerable to temptation.  Sometimes the lure of the new and shiny means saying farewell to something that needs a bit of a break. I haven’t dyed much self striping yarn for a while, and now I’m itching to play with that again.

8. Sometimes you get offered something so amazing that you have to say yes. We’ll have a new yarn in the autumn that I still can’t quite believe I’m getting to dye. That means making space. That means saying goodbye to something.

9. It’s summer. I know that until yesterday woollies seemed like a necessity, but there isn’t a huge market for chunky wool when it’s warmer. So that tends to get discontinued on a seasonal basis, and it will be back in time for autumn.

So there are lots of reasons why the yarn specified in a pattern might no longer be available. I’m always happy to offer suggestions, so feel free to get in touch if you’re not sure which yarn in our current range best replaces something we used to sell.

 

 

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Hap 2

Due to a complete lack of floor space my Houlland hap is still a crumpled bit of knitting as I need to move things to make space for blocking boards.

Despite that I’ve cast on Hap 2 – the Nut Hap by Jen Arnall-Culliford

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The original design has 4 ridges in solid colours at the edge.

My plans are slightly different.

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I’m going to use a colour wheel set for the ridges – and I’m still playing with ideas for how I want to combine the colours.

I feel I’ll have plenty of time to contemplate this – knitting 1 x 1 rib on over 600 stitches is slow.

 

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Shop Update 14.07.16

This week is all about project bags.

Generous project bags with plenty of room for at least 6 x 100 gram skeins or yarn cakes.

These bags are printed onto the same fair trade organic cotton canvas that we use for our zipped pouches, they’re both hard wearing and good looking.

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First up a bag in collaboration with Louise Scollay aka KnitBritish

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Then a bag with S.O.S.  in MOrse Code – and  spelt out in biscuits.

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Finally the first of our bags which will raise money for Stonewall, complete with a rainbow ribbon.

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The bags are in the shop now – so if you shop quickly you could have your bag – and yarn to put in it on Friday.

Happy shopping.

Joy

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This week is all about project bags.

Generous project bags with plenty of room for at least 6 x 100 gram skeins or yarn cakes.

These bags are printed onto the same fair trade organic cotton canvas that we use for our zipped pouches, they’re both hard wearing and good looking.

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First up a bag in collaboration with Louise Scollay aka KnitBritish

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Then a bag with S.O.S. spelt out in biscuits.

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Finally the first of our bags which will raise money for Stonewall, complete with a rainbow ribbon.

The shop update goes live at 1300 on Thursday – so if you shop quickly you could have your bag – and yarn to put in it on Friday.

The newsletter will  sent out on Thursday. It offers subscriber discounts, a free pattern and other treats. Make sure you don’t miss out and sign up now.

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Fundraising for Stonewall

Over the years we’ve fund raised for lots of different charities (and other causes) through the business.

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Now that we’re making and selling more project bags we wanted to do something which would continue through the year rather than being a one off thing.

So from Thursday when the shop update takes place one of the bags we sell will have a print in rainbow colours, and will be fastened with rainbow ribbon.

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£5 from the sale of each bag will go to Stonewall.

Why Stonewall? They’re a brilliant organisation who do amazing work both in the UK and abroad, and I have a feeling that they’re going to be needed more than ever.

Photos of the first bag will be on the blog tomorrow – I need to get sewing!

 

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