August 02, 2013

New Arrivals: Lorna's Laces

In vibrant, beauteous colour, Lorna's Laces is once again gracing our shelves. It's like a unicorn threw up everywhere. The perfect yarn for happy happy happy socks, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock is 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon. 

I think these shiny rainbow skeins would lend themselves perfectly to super simple socks, or a nice garter stitch something or other. 

How do I feel about Lorna's Laces?



(I'm a bit obsessed with Despicable Me 2, it's the best giggle-out-loud fun movie i've seen in ages)


Here are just a few of the pretties. The best part? They're all up online too!





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July 22, 2013

New Arrivals: Indigo Dragonfly

Indigo Dragonfly are the most fantastic indie dyers. Not only do they come up with amazing colours, they throw in the BEST yarn names. Honestly. Prefer Buffy over Twilight? 'And then Buffy staked Edward. The End.' is a colour for you (and me!). If you're a movie or Dr Who or any other kind of fan, there's a yarn name just for you.

And then Buffy staked Edward indigo dragonfly sock  



I think our next order will have to include some of their other yarn bases - any special requests?



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July 10, 2013

Spud & Chloe Outer

For ages i'd been casting about for an excuse to order in this yarn. At long last a customer asked specifically for it, I did a little dance, and joyfully went about selecting colours. I'm absolutely going to knit a great big squishy something with it. Here's a few other ideas.

Shroom by Lee Juvan 

Leaf Blanket by Susan B Anderson for Spud & Chloe


Chevron Baby Blanket by Purl Soho



Now that we have our hands on it, it's a gloriously robust, springy and assertive yarn. It's perfect for NZ winter woollies, too. You get the bulkiness that's so in fashion, but the the cotton helps keep things a little cooler for our mild winter days. Couldn't ask for more!


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June 27, 2013

More thoughts on Thermal.

Strange coincidence that shortly after having blogged about my first ever knit garmentThermal, we've got more stock of the same yarn I used for it - Naturally Haven. 

Why did I choose it? Because it was soft, had a beautiful hand, and was machine washable. It's safe to say that after 5 years of wear, it still looks fantastic. 


In the same line, we also now have Naturally's Waikiwi on the shelves. The best thing about Waikiwi? It's PERFECT for socks. A mix of NZ merino, possum, nylon and silk mean it is designed for the wear and tear socks are subjected to. It almost seems a shame just to put it on your feet, though. Wouldn't it also make a glorious Thermal? I think so. 


I'm trying to force myself to finish knitting my second  Rocky Coast before casting on anything new...but with all this exciting stock arriving, it's proving a challenge! Knitting and daydreaming about future projects will have to do for now.


I'm having a weird old weird day. If you're having one as well, or simply feel like getting out of the house, it's knit night tonight (Thursday). Come on by for some yarn squishing, knitting and tea. And toffee pops. And whatever else I can rummage up for you. We'll be here, knitting, from 7pm - 9pm.

xx Tash

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June 08, 2013

A delight of new colour

 In all the excitement of last week, we didn't have the chance to share some scrummy new colours that we ordered in...


Blue Sky Alpaca Silk Alpaca in Crabapple and Papaya

Silk Alpaca is a gorgeous sport weight that is peeeeerfect for fingerless mitts. You can get a pair out of one skein, but with a range of colours that pair up so beautifully, this yarn is a dream match for the Dream Mitts


Spud & Chloe Sweater in Firecracker, Splash and Grass Green

Spud & Chloe Sweater wants to be squished. Soft and plump and absolutely fantastic for knitting into baby blankets. Even better: it can be thrown in the machine. It can be tricky to get cotton mix yarns in NZ as we don't produce cotton, and Sweater is a glorious combo of cotton and wool so it's great in summer and winter. 



Spud & Chloe Fine in Dolphin, Cricket, Goldfish, Popcorn and Sassafras

A clever mix of silk and wool, Spud & Chloe Fine is like any good sock yarn - durable enough to wear on your feet, but versatile enough to be made into absolutely anything. The new shades we got in are lovely soft Spring colours - a nice to way to brighten up cold winter days.

Adding new colourways to the ranges we stock is super exciting. Slowly but surely we're getting in every colour of every yarn base and it fills the shelves with joy. There's a simple but perfect pleasure in being in a shop filled with shelves where the yarn speaks for itself. If there's ever any colour of a yarn that we don't have in stock, just let us know! We're more than happy to order it in for you.

xx Tash

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