October 02, 2013

Just adding knitting projects to the Ravelry queue.


It all started when I spied this Dagmar Sweater pattern in Ravelry's Hot Right Now list. The best use of a cable to emphasise shape i've seen, maybe ever. Too often this idea is played out and turns into this weird thing that splits the body in two, but here the cable serves as an elegant frame rather than an overwhelming design feature. I'm also smitten with the shaped hem, and the overall texture.


The one thing you'd want to be careful with knitting this pattern though would be the yarn - nothing too stretchy. I'd rule out alpaca or cotton to prevent ending up with the dreaded over stretched bum area. Cascade 220 in a nice heathered shade, though? Perfect. 
Going into Summer I probably shouldn't really be looking at big, warm, cosy jersey patterns. The colour of the Camelia Tee caught my eye first, like a magpie to silver, colour just leaps off the screen to grab all my attention. I love, love, love the lace detail on the shoulder and the relaxed shaping. Not being a summer person, I like garments with room to move in so I don't feel trapped in the heat. 
One little thing - i'd definitely do a nice tight bind off for that neckline. As it is, it looks like it has the potential to fall off one's shoulders. And I'd go for some Knitsch Yarns Sock, maybe in Yellow Brick Road or Pencarrow.  
And this. Cirrostratos reminds me of soft-like-clouds, floaty days. I can just imagine the fabric of it being the perfect combination of lightness plus warmth. Just the thing for lazy hazy days turning into early evenings with a touch of chill. Or for Wellington summers picked by wind that shouldn't ever surprise us but always does.


Zealana Kiwi in laceweight would make this something really special. Or Malabrigo Silkpaca Lace (once we get more in, hopefully it'll arrive before Christmas). 

Argh! There's that word already! The dreaded Christmas. I can't believe it's sneaking up on us so gosh darn quick. I think i'll go back into my nice cave of denial and instead give you this:


Cat's Mane by Mer Almagro.


You're welcome.

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February 01, 2013

Shiny shop

The shop is packed with wonderful stock right now, and a few new features to make your shopping expedition that little bit lovelier!

There's a brand new bright pink chalk board door - we'll use it to tell you about exciting new products, upcoming classes, and maybe share some pretty pictures.


Mmmm all our Zealana is looking gosh darn fantastic. 

And a new window display is up - which as usual is impossible to get a decent photo of, so you'll have to use your imagination and go by the planning drawing:

You get the idea? Right? Yes?

Anyway. We're super looking forward to Saturday Sit & Knit this weekend - flourless chocolate cake is on the menu. Oh, and we had better mention the return of Thursday Knit Night - it'll be fortnightly this year, with the first session next week. 

Thursday Knit Night

7pm - 9pm
Every second week from 7 February

Hooray! Have a wonderful weekend the sun <3

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December 16, 2012

Summer hours, hooray!

It's that time of year let you know our Summer hours. A good time to step back, breathe, eat lots of food, enjoy the company of friends and family, and shut the shop doors for a few weeks.

The last day we can guarantee NZ Christmas delivery for online orders is Wednesday 19 December - orders placed 19 - 21 Dec will be couriered. 

Christmas Hours:

CLOSED: Mon 24 Dec to Wed 16 January

RE-OPEN: Thursday 17 January

Any orders placed online between 24 Dec and 5 January will be shipped 7 January 2013

Open by appointment from 5 January

Email to arrange in advance


Summer hours:

Thursday 10 – 5

Friday 10 – 5

Saturday 10 – 4


Sunday – Wednesday


Normal hours resume Wednesday 20 February:

Wed - Fri 10am - 5pm

Sat 10am - 4pm

Sun 11am - 3pm

And for your Christmas pleasure: Ryan Gosling in Funny or Die's 'Drunk NIght Before Christmas'

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