Monday, May 30, 2011

Oh dear!

Close the window and walk away now if you don't want to spend any money on yarn!
And if you're intrigued, well I heard about this fab yarn site and an awesome sale today - it's offering 20%-50% off some delicious yarns (including mad tosh and mal rios) and the shipping is really reasonable at a capped rate of $12USD. Combine with that the additional 10% you can get off by typing 'WELCOME' in the coupon code spot and you can pick yourself up some mad tosh for the best price I've ever seen

If you do happen to stop by there and login, could you mention you read about it here on my blog? They have a nice 'gem reward' system. Thanks and happy knitting (or should I say shopping ;) )

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Swifts and Sock Blockers Update

So winter is on its way and knitters are trying to organise their queues and knit up their stashes!

There have been a lot of enquiries and orders regarding swifts and sock blockers lately so I thought I'd do a little update as to what's going on with them in the world of Just One W.I.P.

We've been on the look out for a long time now for the best materials possible to make our sock blockers in and we've finally sourced some that we're super happy with. It's a lovely thin kauri ply with a smooth finish on both sides (no snags with those precious hand knitted socks!) that we have sourced from a local supplier. The great news is that at the moment our prices for the new and improved sock blockers are able to stay much the same. That's $15 each, 2 for $28 or 3 for $40. We also offer children's sock blockers in 2 sizes, children's or babies which are $10 each. The kauri ply is a slightly browner more 'biscuity' coloured wood from our previous pine.

A trial pair of children's sized blockers in the new ply

Blair's swifts are proving so popular that he's making them regularly in the evenings and weekends, currently customers are told there is a 3 week wait when ordering due to the demand. Unfortunately because of the rise in the cost of materials in the last 6 months or so we are having to increase the price of swifts to $60 before postage. We still think that they are absolutely worth that and are really nicely made large swifts that can handle big skeins. The one below was on it's way to New Plymouth this week to make balling yarn easier for it's owner.

Feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you have any questions!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wonderous Woolly Winners

It's just amazing what people can do with a basic pattern!

The Budding Designers Downunder Group on Ravelry has just hosted a knit a long of my patterns and I had the tough decision of choosing some winners. Man, it was hard alright, but here's a collage of the winners beautiful finished objects and their lovely models

This is only a smidgen of the fabulous items that were knitted over April! There are sooooo many more amazing ones and many more stunning children wearing them. I'm hoping to get my own children wearing one each this winter when I get a chance to knit them

Here's one that we've been gifted as well, I've been spamming everywhere with this pic as I love the cardy and the model so much! Thanks again Michaela!

And the horse hasn't bolted yet if you are wanting to join in with a KAL. There's a May one running at the moment over in the 'Knitting for Boys' group, I've got a prize in mind as well for that one :)

Come join us! Thanks again to all the wonderful people choosing to knit my patterns. It gives me such a buzz! Mwah!

Monday, May 9, 2011

It's Nice To Be Appreciated

All mothers need a big hug and a 'thank you' on Mother's Day.

Not wanting to brag, but my husband did a superb job this year. Besides our plans for a lie-in being foiled by Timothy choosing to rip up DVD case inserts in the lounge which resulted in people being told off and crying before breakfast time, the rest of the day was lovely!

My husband must've given a great deal of thought to the gift, either that or he's got a winning formula which I'd be happy for him repeat annually, a BIG box of chocolates (fabulous!), a bunch of roses, the latest book in a series he knows I've read (with an exchange card), smellies, a bag of lollies, a fab container for putting my knitting in and best of all a beautiful card with nice stuff written inside.

Add to that him making breakfast, lunch and dinner and doing the dishes not to mention not complaining when I picked up my knitting or decided to dye some yarn and I feel pretty special. Pity that by the time I realised he'd done such a wonderful job all day he was in bed fast asleep after doing all the cooking, cleaning and kindy lunchbox making ready for Monday (I was busy going through all the KAL projects...I'm still not finished but that's another post)

Sorry to those that had stink mother's day - tell your significant others that it's not on and hope for better next year (and circle things in mailers, point out things you like, set the alarm in their phone for the day before with a comment about shopping for mother's know, stuff like that)

Monday, May 2, 2011

A little update

Just a quick post while I remember, I've just transferred $100 to the Red Cross account for Christchurch, thank you to all the people who purchased my Teacher's Pet pattern since the 18th of March, the money all went to Christchurch (I rounded it up to a nice tidy figure :) )

And just a reminder too that my knit-a-longs are close to coming to an end, all the details for your items need to be entered into Ravelry by the 8th of May

If you didn't get to take part but would still like to do a KAL of my Little Rascals, a knit-a-long of those is just underway over on Ravelry in the Knitting For Boys group (and I reckon you can still knit it for girls ;)

And here's a picture, just because every post needs one to look pretty. Mr 10 weeks just happens to be wearing a Young Einstein I knitted (it does have all the buttons, promise...I had just started taking the cardy off when Blair wanted to chat with baby David). Now just imagine cooing noises and inhaling squeals of laughter from the both of them, gorgeous!