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Craft2.0 for the win

What an amazing day.


For those who came along and said hello – it was fantastic to meet you! I only wish there had been more time to have proper conversations with people.

yours truly doing the selling thing. Thanks to Brock for the pic and Mum for the beret knit in our 12 ply
Now for getting on with wholesale orders, pattern designs and the yarn club!

June 14, 2010   1 Comment

Knitsch Yarns at Knit World!

Whew…what a crazy week!
Which meant i’d completely forgot to announce – Knitsch Yarns is being stocked at Knit World!
Artisan Lace has been found in Knit World stores for quite some time, and so it was a natural progression to provide them with a selection of Knitsch Yarns colourways. It did take a bit of arm twisting (mine), but i’m pleased we’ve gone with it.
It means that anyone who has yet to fondle the gorgeous merino can, and there will be some shining brightness amongst the sock range available in stores.
With wholesale inevitably comes a good hard look at costs and pricing. Another hard decision was to nudge up our prices for both the online store and bricks and mortar shops so that we can continue to provide a high quality product. Knitsch Yarns really is a labour of love (I don’t get paid!!) but it’s all for our wonderful, inspirational customers – well, friends, really. You!
So from Monday 14 June our online shop prices for sock yarn will be edging up to $12.95 for a 50g skein. Prices at markets and fairs will remain $12 a pop, and we will still have special offers and discounts for those on our mailing list. OH, and the Flights of Fancy Yarn Club prices will stay the same – which means even more value for money!
Like I said, we really wouldn’t be here without you wonderful people! Thanks so much for all your continued support, lovely emails and photos of WIPs and FOs.
Now head on over to the online shop to place an order before the price rise! Or, if you’re local, come along to Craft2.0 tomorrow!
xx Tash

June 10, 2010   3 Comments

Sharing is caring & Yarn Club sale dates

Quick yarn club update!

Sale date: 23 June 
First shipment: 1 July
Cost (all NZ $): 
No postage (for if you see me regularly) $90 
NZ $100 
AUS $110 (this includes GST, so will be a bit less than this in real terms) 
ROW $120 (this includes GST, so will be a bit less than this in real terms)
AND the amazing Sue of Craft2.0 and Supervery is giving me the coolest stitch markers ever to put in at least one installation of the yarn club – hooray!
I can also confirm that each month you will receive 120 grams of yarny deliciousness 😀
And I just have to share some more beautiful things with you – 
Ariane over at Falling Stitches writes about knitting so beautifully, and takes gorgeous photos, and has the most amazing blogger background EVER. Think i’m in love. Seriously. 
I work at Wanda Harland in Petone a few days a week, and Martha is the best boss ever. Seriously. Except for one thing – she keeps teasing me with this bag. I want it. I must have it. Seriously (Really must stop using that word). I may have to mortgage like, my camera or something to buy it, but it will be mine. One day.

May 28, 2010   2 Comments

Rainy Day Woman

Apologies for the mini hiatus with blog posts the past few days! Life is gearing up in preparation for Craft2.0 – which means lots of dyeing, winding, labelling and other odd jobs.

Thanks to the wonderful amazing Sue, i’m now officially a half partner with Craft2.0! I’ve always loved the work Sue has done promoting the value of handmade, and now I have more excuses to hang out with her and talk crafty goodness.

Here is the awesome Craft2.0 image for the June fair…

Craft2.0 June 2010

If you’re in the area, you should come along and say hi! 
[ETA: I know the pic’s a bit cut off at the side, but i’m feeling to lazy to fix it. Soz.]

With all the rain we've had lately, I'm sure lots of people in NZ are feeling a bit sodden, least of all me. Last night, on the way back from Craft Up at Blondini's, my car's windscreen wipers decided on the motorway that it was the perfect time to stop working. Awesome. Luckily I had Elisabeth (aka the Sewphist) with me, and she is member of the AA. One half hour wait a tow truck later, we were home. 

Reading this blog post this morning, and running around avoiding puddles, put me in the mood for some Bob. Because he makes everything better. 

May 26, 2010   2 Comments

It’s a Yarn Club!

Flights of Fancy Yarn Club – Running for 3 months from late June to August

From the feedback so far, lots of people would like some sort gauge as to the ‘mood’ of the colours for the yarn club, so they have an idea if they will fall in love with the colours.
For this reason, I am creating a mood board that will inspire the colour ways for the Flights of Fancy yarn club. As many of you will know, I came home from my world travels to start a hand-dyed yarn line. So it is inevitable that the colours will be inspired by images of far away places. However, take note – the mood board isn’t to be taken literally! There will surprises, quirks and fancies…
There are also some new twists to this Yarn club.
There will be TWO colour ways each month!
There will be a semi-solid and a variegated dyed especially for the yarn club each month.
From here, you have two options:
Mystery Escape: Each month I will close my eyes, pick a colour and post it on it’s merry way.
Plan ahead: Each month I will email you what the colour ways are, and you can pick which one piques your interest. Note – these won’t include images, just a description of the colour.
These yarns will be completely exclusive to the Yarn Club, and will not be sold at any point online. If there are any remaining skeins, they will be available to Yarn Club members to purchase, or will be offered for sale at Craft markets as limited editions.
Do you feel special yet?
I’ve also heard some don’t like surprises. So the extra treat in the Yarn Club will always be a coordinating stash bag, to keep your yarn organised.
Last, but not least – the part I am most excited about. Alice Yu, of Knit Nation and Socktopus fame, is designing patterns! And they won’t just be socks, there will be a few surprises, and knowing Alice, some gorgeous patterns.
Alice has loads of experience designing patterns, and know how to aim them at just the right level so they are interesting and beautiful but not completely scary if you’re only new to knitting. If you do have any trouble with the patterns, I’m available to answer questions and give tips to help you on your way.

Pricing and sales dates to be confirmed – but it will be around mid-june, with the first out not long after. Hooray!

May 22, 2010   3 Comments