Over the last few years we’ve built up quite collection of samples. Most of these are for patterns we sell. The samples don’t get worn – after each show they get packed away for the next show.
2020 is going to be a little different in that we’re planning to exhibit at fewer shows. Right now the plan is one show – although there’s always the possibility that something else will tempt us. There’s no Edinburgh Yarn Festival in 2020 so it seems like the perfect time to take a step back from the show circuit and work on some other projects.
When we moved everything in the workshop recently all of the samples were in one place for the first time – and it’s surprising just how many things there are. We decided it would be great to find new homes for some of them rather than packing them away again. There’s always a limit on what we can take to shows and display, so it’s time for some things to retire.
All of the samples are in great condition – they’ve been handled and tried on at shows, so I’d describe them as very lightly worn. Given this we’ve priced the samples at close to the cost of the yarn. I’m very conscious this puts no value on the time spent knitting, but we’ve recouped these costs through pattern sales so the prices feel fair. It means it’s an economical way to get a hand knit – and perhaps to own something you don’t have the time or skills to make for yourself.
We’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds from the sample sale to Genetic Disorders UK (they’re the charity behind Jeans for Genes day). This is the charity my lovely friend (and sample knitter extrordinaire) Scully asked us to support earlier in the year and it’s good to know they’ll benefit from this.
There’s only one of each sample so if there’s something you’ve had your eye on at shows then please be aware that once a sample is sold there isn’t another one of them.
The samples are all in the shop now – we decided to list them as one batch rather than bit by bit so you get to see everything that’s available.