Scratching the Knitting Itch
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Attendance = fail

Let’s count all the knit/crafty group meet ups in the general Wellington area each week:

Southern Cross Knit Night
Monday night, Southern Cross, from 7pm

[New!] Lower Hutt Knit night
Avalon Baptist Church
774 High Street, Lower Hutt, Monday evenings from 7pm ($2 to cover tea, coffee, etc)

Craft2.0 Craft Up!
Blondini’s, The Embassy, from 6pm Tuesdays

Lower Hutt Knitters
Various homes of Hutt Knitters, from 7pm, Wednesday nights

Crafty Foxes, 
Katipo Cafe, Wednesday nights

Craft2.0 Craft Up! in the Hutt
The New Dowse, from 11am, Friday mornings

Knitting in the Gardens
The Begonia House, Botanic Gardens, Sundays from 12pm

How many does this slacker make it to each week?

Normally 2, sometimes 3. I think the boy would break up with me if I tried to go to all of them. On the one occasion I’ve made it to the Southern Cross, I left with the biggest dumbest smile because it was such awesome fun. My bad that I haven’t made it back – the main excuse being the cost of petrol to get in there (lame, yes. but true). 

The wonderful Cherie goes to Southern Cross and blogs about it, and her adventures of learning knitting. Hopefully I will get back there soon and have a load more laughs, and teach some new dogs old tricks!

Along with ALL of these, i’m going to be at the New Dowse on Sunday 23 and 30 May, 1pm – 3pm; teaching, giving away yarn for It’s a Tree, and enabling all knitters and crocheters. So come along, and say hello, and have a yarn. If not, I forgive you, because I totally fail at going to all the knitty things I should, too!


May 19, 2010   No Comments

People love Pewter

Pewter is one of our most popular colourways. And it’s no surprise, really, when you see cute wee socks like this:

(thanks to Lisa for the image! xx)

Lisa is otherwise known as Supurlative, a great custom knitter, and she has the most gorgeous puppies in the world (i’ve seen her doggies irl. too cute). 
Anyway, back to pewter. It’s one of the Knitsch colourways derived from Artisan Lace, and it is the perfect combo of silver and sky blue. Our skeins our only 50g, which means that to make itty bitty booties and socks for itty bitty people, you only need one skein. If only more of my friends started to have babies so I actually had a reason to knit little things…

May 18, 2010   No Comments

Breathing, and carrying on

It has been a bit of mayhem around here lately.

I work primarily from my parents’ house, and they are on the verge of relocating to Brisbane. In fact, Dad is already there, while Mum wrangles tradespeople and relocations. It’s a bit of a disaster zone (honestly, not even mum can deny it). 
This past week I wanted to get a pile of dyeing done in preparation for the next Craft2.0, but it didn’t happen. The painters were painting in an area I use quite frequently. It was hard to concentrate on doing anything solid and worthwhile when being constantly interrupted by the need to move something or someone. Focus was non-existent, but the situation was unavoidable as, really, family always comes first.
There were plenty of interesting developments during the week, though. And a couple exciting enough things that are now hiding under my hat that will hopefully be announced in the next week or so. 
The Knitsch operations are moving to (hopefully) a steady workshop/studio; It’s a Tree! has been installed and continues to grow, Slip now adorns the New Dowse reception desk (photos to come). New colourways are waiting in the wings, trips being planned, lists being written.
I ended the week feeling as if nothing had been achieved, when really it had. It can be hard running a small business, when external feedback is a little lacking, and life seems to run in a bit of a vacuum. Which is where you come in – the little treats in the mail for it’s a tree, the comments on the blog, the tweets, or the emails that make me smile for a whole day when going might be a bit slow. Thanks to you all – It’s more than enough reason to keep on keeping on 😀

May 15, 2010   No Comments

Finally, Knitsch yarns has officially lifted off and entered the great wide world of wool.

Craft2.0 was the best fun – there was plenty of attaching names to faces, and as per usual it was a struggle not to spend all my money on the gorgeous goodies made by the other crafters. Thank you so much to everyone who came along, being able to wax lyrical about a shared passion is really what it’s all about.

Mama (right) and I (left) with our table of deliciousness and some lovely yarnies

This week the focus is on getting the online shop live, just for you. If you pop along and subscribe to the e-newsletter, anyone on that list will be the first to know when our woolly goodies are ready and waiting.

March 7, 2010   1 Comment