April 2011 Blog Posts

Happy Easter (21st April)

Happy Easter to all of you – I hope you manage to fit in some extra knitting and chocolate over the next few days.

The shop update will take place as normal at 1900 tonight, and parcels will be posted on Tuesday. As always, if you want to shop more than once, pop a note on your second order and I’ll refund the extra postage.

First up, there are five Royal Wedding inspired self striping yarns, ranging from the bold to subtle.

May will be the month when we make an extra effort to raise funds for Macmillan cancer support. Rachel Coopey has designed a pattern especially for self striping yarn, and the Knitting Goddesses (and Gods) mod squad have suggested 8 great colourways. These are available now so you can have your yarn and be ready to cast on as soon as the pattern is released – it will be a mystery KAL, so great fun. As these 8 colours are especially for Macmillan in May, I’ll be donating half of the purchase price of each of these limited edition skeins.

Finally for the sock yarns there are now black and undyed semi solid skeins – perfect for a bit of contrast.

If you’re looking for laceweight there are lots of new colours in merino tencel and alpaca silk and cashmere.


Semi Solid Sock Skeins (15th April)

After a longer than planned absence, semi solid sock yarns will be back in the shop form 1900 this evening.

These will be sold as 50 gram (212 meter) skeins, so you’ll be able to mix and match colours, especially as the yarn base is the same as our mini skeins.


Joy x

Sweet Pea (10th April)

This is the latest of our Macmillan yarns and will be in the shop on Monday.

Shop Update and Price Changes (8th April)

The shop update will take place at 7pm this evening. To let me do this I’ll be switching the shop into view only mode at 6pm. This means that you’ll still be able to browse through the shop, but for an hour you won’t be able to buy anything.

So what’s in the update?

First up is more self striping sock yarn in both original and bold stripes. I’ve just started knitting a scarf with this and I’m loving how the stripes work – photos soon.

There’s plenty of sock yarn in colours ranging from sunglasses loud to muted.

There are five new Take Five colourways.

There are new colours of mini skeins and more mini skein sets.

For the laceknitters amongst you there’s laceweight cashmere in both multi and semi solid colours.

These will all be in the shop from 7pm tonight.

As it feels like spring is here to stay (I know, famous last words and all. Don’t shout at me when it snows!) I’ve taken 20% off the price of all of our double knit yarns for the next week or so.

There are some lovely yarns in the sale shop which need good homes, so I’ve reduced prices – and have added some new yarns as well.

There’s also some less happy news – I’m sure that all of you have seen the news about the rise in wool prices. Great for farmers who get paid very little for fleece, but it means that our base yarn costs have gone up a lot. I held prices in January, but this time I need to pass on the higher price. To compound the pain postage costs have risen by a fair chunk too.

To give you time to grab anything that you’ve been eyeing at it’s current price, I’ll be holding proces until Monday 18th of April, then increasing yarn prices and postage charges.

So now’s a great time to hit the shop – and 7pm will be even better.

Happy shopping


Poppies for Peace (4th April)

The Macmillan yarn poll which ended on Friday was flower themed – and the winner was poppies.

One of the lovely knitting goddesses (hello MrsBiker) posted to say that she’d chosen poppies because of their connection with peace – and that’s why I’ve deliberately left a tiny chink of white in each skein. It seems like peace is in such short supply right now, so here’s hoping for better times ahead.

The Macmillan yarn will be in the shop later on today.


Shop Update (1st April)

I’m trying something a little different with the shop update this week. Rather than add yarns to the shop as they’re finished, all of the goodies shown below will be available to buy at 7pm tonight. To let me do this the shop will be offline for a little while beforehand. I’ll run the update this way for a couple of weeks, then look for some feedback to see if you prefer this to the old way of adding stock during the week.

Doing the update this way makes it more likely that you’re going to want to make more than one purchase, so if you let me know that you’re ordering more than once I’ll refund the extra postage.

So what’s new?

First up, lots of self striping yarn in both original and bold stripes.

There are new sets of take five yarns in a whole range of bright and sunny colourways. These are perfect for the Mixalot sock pattern that Rachel Coopey has just published (and you’ll find her on Ravelry as CoopKnit)

Our sock yarn is perfect for so much more than socks – the nylon that gives it strength also gives it a subtle luster and great drape for scarves and shawls. There are plenty of new colours to tempt you this week. Deserving special mention is the first of the When Vampires Knit Socks club yarns to go on general release – the green and lovely Forks.

There are lots of new mini skeins including the little version of the When Vampires Knit Socks yarn. For the first time there are also sets of mini skeins of our take five yarns.

I can’t quite believe that it’s 6 months since When Vampires Knit Socks started, and it means that the first pattern is now avilable to buy direct from designer Rachel Coopey.

If you want the next three months of When Vampires Knit Socks there are still some places left in the yarn clubs section – so sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out.

See you at 7pm!

Joy x

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