Thursday, October 27, 2011

small shawls!!

there seems to be more & more patterns popping up for small, scarf-sized shawls - some of them are truly lovely, and can be made from single skeins of sock yarn (& as most knitters know, sock yarn doesn't count as stash, so somehow, we end up with a lot of single skeins!). so, to encourage the knitting of small shawls (& the using up of single skeins of sock yarn that somehow found their way into our homes even though we're "not buying any more yarn right now"), the Old Maiden Aunt group on Ravelry is hosting a Small Shawl KAL!!!

here are the rules:
  1. the patterns for this KAL are karise, juneberry, and shenandoah valley. all three designers have generously offered a discount on pattern purchases for any KAL participants (yay!!) - check this thread on Ravelry for details. only these shawls will qualify you for the prize draws.
  2. you must cast on your shawl on or after 1st november. please post a “cast on” post in the KAL thread on Ravelry including details of your pattern choice, yarn choice, date started, and a photo if at all possible. swatching before 1st november is ok, but casting on is NOT!!
  3. you must finish your shawl on or before 30th november. please then post a “cast off” post in the KAL thread on Ravelry including details of your pattern choice, yarn choice, date finished, and a photo!!
  4. if you finish your shawl in the given time period, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win something lovely from Old Maiden Aunt. i’ll also be doing a few random prize draws throughout - so even if you’re not sure whether or not you can finish in time, you might still win something if you participate! anyone who uses OMA yarns for their KAL project gets extra chances in any draws :)
  5. if you’re an overachiever, or just a little nutty, and want to knit ALL THREE shawls during the KAL, you’ll be entered into a draw for an extra-special-fabulous bonus prize!!!
the KAL thread on Ravelry will be unlocked on 1st november for you to start posting - so in the meantime, clear your schedules/WIPs, choose your pattern(s), wind up your yarn, and start swatching!!
(& don't forget - there's still time to add your name to the sock club draw list...)

Friday, October 14, 2011

glasgow school of yarn!

i'll be at the glasgow school of yarn on friday 21st & saturday 22nd october! the marketplace is open from 11am-6pm on friday and 10am-6pm on the saturday - i'd love to see you there!!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

2012 yarn preview club!!!

hurrah - it's club time again!!! the 2012 yarn preview club will run along the same lines/timescale as last year's club:

  1. it will run for three months, with parcels being mailed out mid- january, february, and march 2012.
  2. each parcel will contain two skeins of sock yarn in two different colourways (i’ll be sticking to the superwash merino/blends for this club, but haven't decided on the final yarns yet - i'll be choosing from the 100% superwash merino, superwash merino/bamboo, superwash merino/cashmere/nylon, superwash merino/silk, and superwash merino/nylon/sparkle. i'll only be choosing three types of yarn; you'll receive two skeins of each type in each package (six skeins of yarn total)).
  3. this year, each month's shipment will have one beautiful "extra" - these are being created especially for the club in partnership with three talented crafters (one for each shipment). no patterns will be included in the club shipments.
  4. each of the colourways will be brand-new, never-seen-before-in-the-web-shop, and will not be available for general purchase until april 2012 (after the club is over), at which point they will be available to all customers as the new 2012 colourway collection. the "extras" will not be for sale in my web shop after the club is over (but may be for sale via the crafter who is making them!). because of this, i would politely ask that you not sell on any of the yarn/"extras" during the three months of the club (gifting/trading is totally fine though!).
  5. i haven't fixed the price for the club yet, but will do so in the next few weeks. this is because i'm still deciding which yarns to use, and am still costing the "extras". as a guideline, a single membership in last year's club cost £110 for UK/EU residents & £120 for non-UK/EU residents; a double membership in last year's club (double the yarn, but not double the "extras") cost £190 for UK/EU residents & £210 for non-UK/EU residents. i'll edit this post to add the cost of this years club as soon as i get the final costings added up.
  6. it's entirely likely that it will be a bit more expensive than last year's club! this is simply due to increasing costs (unfortunately, materials & postage costs keep steadily creeping upwards!!). as a rough guide, i usually cost club prices by adding up a slightly discounted retail value of the yarns used, the actual postage costs, & the actual cost of "extras" (that is, the cost to me, and not their retail value). i always try to keep the price as fair as i can, and i hope you can understand why i may need to charge more this year.
  7. the club will again be limited to 50 members - it will be a random draw from everyone who's interested, with no preference given to club members from last year (sorry!).
so, if you’re interested in the yarn club, please send me an email with “2012 preview club” in the subject line, and your name, country, & email contact details in the body of the message. i’ll be taking emails up until 30th november 2011 - if i get more than 50, i’ll randomly draw 50 lucky names; less than 50, & everyone who emailed me will get offered a place in the club. at that point, i’ll send out an email to let you know how to purchase your club membership, and i’ll start dyeing up a storm! please note that sending me an email doesn’t mean you absolutely have to purchase a club membership - if circumstances change & you’re no longer interested that’s ok. you'll then have until mid-december to purchase your membership, so that i can finalise the numbers; the first club parcel will ship out mid-january!!