Again, I’m starting my post with an apology for not posting for a while! I’ve had a lot of ups and downs to deal with and blogging has been lower down the list. I promise not to bore you with all my problems though, more the opposite, I want to give you a quick update on some exciting things we’ve got happening!
Over the last few months, the website has gone from strength to strength with new customers stumbling upon us daily, Mondays have got busier and busier and some days we are brushing elbows!
The combination of me being poorly and the wool needing more attention has helped me to take the initiative to increase both staff and opening hours. I’m delighted to announce the arrival of Leigh, she’s been with us now for a few weeks and as she seems to be coping with me I think it’s safe to say she’s now a fully fledged member of the team. Many of you will have already met or spoken to Billie-Jo who has been working for me for a good couple of years. Billie-Jo will be increasing her hours too to help span the extra opening hours for the shop. From Saturday 28th March we will open every Saturday in addition to every Monday, with the same hours from 10am till 4pm. We will still continue to open by appointment for those of you who can’t get here on a Monday or Saturday.
We’ve taken on some exciting new stock over the last few weeks, we have the new Opal sock yarn ranges, the new Louisa Harding summer yarns, the new Juniper Moon Findley lace weight yarn and a fabulous luxury yarn from Lotus, a lace weight blend of cashmere and silk with a RRP of £23.95 for a 55g skein, a crazy price if you needed 15 balls for a sweater but as it’s a lace weight, the yardage is superb and most shawls and cowls can be made using just one or two skeins. There’s a beautiful short sleeved sweater that I have my eye on which takes 3 skeins and for pattern support, there is plenty of choice on Ravelry. If you don’t have a Ravelry account and you live local, we are more than happy to help you set one up and get you started…..Ravelry is a community for knitters and crocheters, packed with chat forums, yarns and patterns, people load on their projects and share them and often give helpful notes and tips. Check out www.ravelry.com.
The website as always and probably always will be, is ‘work in progress’ so do keep checking back for what’s new as we tend to add bits and pieces most weeks. The new Lotus yarns will be going on this week, as will the rest of the Opals and Louisa Harding. For now though, here’s a few teasers in the new Opal ranges…..
The new Louisa Harding Akiko yarn has just arrived and I just had to write and tell you about it! Akiko is a gorgeous Aran weight yarn, a blend of 70% Merino and 30% Baby Alpaca, it has a lovely loose twist and a subtle marl. The colour palate is divine and I just want to knit them all!
Akiko is a very similar yarn to Thistle which was discontinued in 2012 and will knit to the same tension therefore making it suitable to knit all those lovely designs from the book Little Cake! For those of you who don’t have a copy of the now out of print Little Cake, don’t worry, Louisa has taken care of it and produced a booklet called Daisy Lea which has the best of the designs from Little Cake.
Akiko also has it’s own new pattern booklet, named after the yarn and so also called Akiko. The designs are stunning, some are very much the trademark Louisa Harding lace work borders but there are a few that move away from this and I really do quite like them!
And now you are smitten by the designs, have a look at these gorgeous colours!
If you’ve been following my blog you’ll remember that several months ago I moved the blog, I stopped posting on this page and started up a new one (on the advice of my Techi expert). Unfortunately, the blog has been hacked and has disappeared!!! I don’t know if the techi’s can get it back but I’ll be a bit miffed if they can’t because there was a lot of good work on there! Anyway, if we can’t get it back, I’ll probably just continue to post on this one.
I have a few ideas in the pipeline for this year….I’m going to blog on re-cycled knitting next month, we have several very crafty people who come to knit and natter and today we were talking about all the fabulous things they have made from old sweaters, sweaters bought from charity shops and unravelled and felted sweaters!! There really are some fabulous projects so I’ve asked them to bring them to knit and natter next month so I can photograph them and post them on here!
I’m also planning some classes….Some of the knitters are keen to have low key small workshops. One of the knitters is a fabulous quilter and is going to do small classes on the same afternoon as the Saturday knit and natters. I’m also keen to share some of my finishing techniques so I would like to do some small low key workshops on mattress stitch particularly. I’d also like to teach the world to knit!……
Some of you will already know that Susie is doing a World Challenge Event in July 2014, she’s going to Vietnam and Laos for a month and has to raise £3,500 in order to be able to go. She’s well on the way but still has quite a bit to raise. We’ve been selling buns at Saturday knit and natters and Susie’s been doing car washes (although none today as her head is in books revising for her GCSE’s). Anyway, If anyone would like some one to one tuition on any knitting techniques I will be charging a rate of £20 an hour and donating it to Susie’s cause. It’s amazing how much you will learn in an hour on a one to one! I’m not an expert and I’m not a qualified teacher but I know my way round most things knitty!! So, if you are interested in any of these please do drop me a line – firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m having a finishing splurge at the moment too, I’ve just finished my Louisa Harding Mila sweater and I’ve nearly finished the waistcoat I’ve been making for hubby from Noro Men. I’m on the first sleeve of the MillaMia Emma boatneck sweater but I’ve done the back and front so getting there on that one too!! I’m not allowing myself to start anything else until I’ve made a huge dent in the WIP’s!!!
Anyway, check back soon…..
Kath. x 🙂
I have now got most of the shades in stock of the Louisa Harding Grace Hand-Beaded, several shades of Grace and Grace Hand-Dyed and also the pattern support in Three Graces and Fade to Grey.
Grace is a luxurious blend of Silk and Merino Wool and the Hand Beaded version is just beautiful. Hand-Beaded can be used to knit a complete garment or to just add a luxurious edge to something!
The pattern support in Three Graces and Fade to Grey range from small 1 ball projects to garment, there are some of the most delightful hat and fingerless mitten patterns I have ever seen!