November 01, 2013

Ashford Sale! 15% off all Ashford hardware

Happy November! While i'm in an eternal state of wondering where the year has gone, i'm also rather looking forward to Christmas this year. It's the best time to catch a break, relax and get crafty. 


December and Christmas is a time for being with good people, having time away from the busy-ness of work and reflecting on the best things in life. And usually time for treats. If you're hankering after new toys this Christmas, you're in luck!


From today until 21 November we've got 15% off ALL Ashford hardware. The discount has already been applied to all eligible products so you don't need to worry about discount codes. 



The best part? We'll order in anything at all for you if it isn't already in-stock or online. Have a nosey and daydream through the Ashford product range and give us a yell if you need prices or advice. I rather fancy the idea of treating myself to a 50cm Knitter's Loom. Perfect way to churn through the stash and make some super gift-able scarves.


The sale applies to Ashford hardware only - looms, spinning wheels, drum carders, swifts, wool winders and accessories. Yarn and sliver are excluded. And there's free shipping on all NZ orders over $50! Hooray!


P.S If this post seems to be lacking a little joie de vivre, it's because I had to write it twice. You missed out on the first round of over-excitement. Boo!

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June 30, 2013

Tour de Fleece

Tour de Fleece? Tour de WHAT?! 

Tour de Fleece is an annual spin-a-long that started way back in 2006 by someone called Star Athena. The idea is, you pick a challenge, and spin during the Tour de France. Simple! It can be from the smallest challenge to something completely absurd, and you can join a team to compete in if you want to take it seriously. I've joined both Team Aotearoa and Team Ashford, but I need to figure out exactly what it is I want to achieve. 

The most worrying part is...I don't have much of a fibre stash. Not counting shop fibre, this is my entire collection of spinning fibre:


Both from Spinning A Yarn. The plan is to spin both of these into something or other. To make up for the lack of stash, i've rummaged around the shop and found some bits and pieces to put through the drum carder.



The plan is, simply, to spin every day. It'll be my daily reward for getting other less fun tasks done. Are you Tour de Fleecing? I can't wait to what everyone achieves during the three weeks. And no, you don't have to watch any real cycling if you don't want to. 

If you fancy a go with our  drum carder, you're more than welcome to come and use ours any time. Ask nicely and we'll even let you take it away for a spell for a small fee and refundable bond. Ours is a fine 72PPSI carder, suitable for pretty much anything except raw fleece and making wild yarn batts. We're still learning the ins and outs of the drum carder, but if you need any help feel free to give us a yell. 


Happy spinning!

xx Tash

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