October 11, 2010

Shuffling and moving

With the new online shop, and it all being in one place, i've decided it will be waaay easier to just blog over on the new site rather than here. For some reason a little beyond my IT expertise, posts here don't always pop up over there.

So from now on, you can find the Knitsch blog in the same place as you can find all the yarny goodies.


If you want to pick it up in your google reader or rss feed, hopefully it should show up if you search for knitsch.co.nz - correct me if i'm wrong, anyone!

October 04, 2010

A bit fo Vogue knitting

I don't personally subscribe to Vogue (or Designer, depending on where you are from) Knitting, but keep thinking I should.

Until I read Samurai Knitter's HI-larious review.

Dare I say, ew, yuck?  I like parts of those stockings - stockings are on my current love list - and the ones featured have moments of great, moments of, um, what?

Anyway. Go read it.

And let's hope Vogue ups the quality of patterns in the next edition.

October 02, 2010

Flights of Fancy Yarn Club - Round 2!

Ding ding!

Are you keen? Are ya? Well, here's the details: 

The important info - what will I get?

The second yarn club will see four installments of yarny goodness sent out over a period of 5 months, at approximately 2 month intervals. Hold on, that doesn't add up... well, one of those packages will contain bonus yarn! Hooray!

As with the first yarn club, you will receive approx 120grams of sock yarn in each of the 3 parcels, and the bonus yarn could be...well, anything! The bonus yarn will be of the same value as the other packages.

You will also get an extra knitty-themed treat and a pdf pattern designed by...could be anyone! I have a few designers in mind, so it will be a special surprise each month.

All yarn colourways will be exclusive to yarn clubbers only.

Mystery Escape vs Plan Ahead

Again, you will have the option to choose a Mystery Escape or to Plan Ahead, with all the excitement of a variegated or semi-solid colourway each month.

Postage dates

Parcels will be sent (approx):
15 January
15 March
15 May

And, um, the cost?

Cost? Isn't Christmas coming up? Can't significant others spring the cost? :D

It will be....

$125.00 for the 4 installations

postage in NZ: $15
postage Australia: $20
postage ROW: $35

Bear in mind that NZ GST is going up on October 1, which inevitably means a rise in the cost of...everything. Including postage, sad face.

For Australia and overseas, 15% will be removed from the cost of the yarn club.

But, um, don't I have to pay now? And wait aaaaages?
Nope! If you let me know that you're in, i'll add you to the magical list. On November 15 (or thereabouts) I will email out an invoice and payment needs to be received within two weeks. 

I'm in! How do I sign up?!
Send me an email, and let me know if you would like a Mystery Escape or to Plan Ahead, and if you would like to pay by PayPal, credit card or bank deposit. 

Get in quick, i'm only going to do a restricted number, and you don't want to miss out this time!

Happy one year home!

I've been back in NZ for one whole year, which means a celebration!

20% off everything (except Hazel Knits) until Monday!

discount code: HAPPY1YEAR

have a great weekend, i'm off to the wedding of a friend of the boy - enjoy the sunshine!

xx tash

October 01, 2010

The new Knitty! Hooray!

Goodness, normally I don't scroll into the reviews section of Knitty, I just jump straight to the patterns.

But then I realised, something important was in there...

I was super super lucky to have a sneak peek at the whole entire amazing book the other weekend, and it truly is a stunner.

But look what Knitty has to say:
"I don't think it would be
overstating it to say it's a masterpiece of the genre."

Now that is something to be proud of. Well done Grandma! And I can confirm we will be stocking this in the online shop somewhere just past the release date (1 November). 

If you would like to read the rest of the review, you need to go here, and scroll a wee way down for it. Take note of Cookie A's Knit. Sock. Love while you're at it!

September 30, 2010

BIts of awesomeness

It is the boy's birthday, and while he is not yet home, that does not prevent me scoffing blue cheese, ganache from his birthday cake and wine in celebration.

Let's also celebrate some awesomeness people have been linking to on Twitter in the last couple of days - graffiti moss and a camoflage crochet car.

Yesterday was a day of dyeing mayhem, in which I dyed so much yarn I had to stop as I couldn't fit any more on the drying rack - in fact had to bring half of it home to take over two drying racks here.

But still, I need more, and I need new colours. I want you to come up with them. Go on, dream something up, leave it in the comments, and if I like it i'll dye it and name it after you.

Go on. Do it.

September 27, 2010

Free Pattern! The Coffee Cowl

Yonks ago, when I was first playing with 12 ply, I knit up this infinity cowl as a product knit - something I wanted, so just made it up as I went along. It's picked up 'the coffee cowl' name as a lady spilled her coffee on it at the June Craft2.0, apologised profusely, and it honestly wasn't a big deal. It's the perfect cowl to throw on for those 'not quite sure' days, when the weather looks like it could be promising, but the it could also turn hideous. Wrap it up nice and tight for the chilly days, and hang it loose for the warmer ones.

Yarn: 4 skeins of Knitsch 12 ply in Silver Lining
Needles: 6mm on a 100cm cable
Gauge: bah! gauge! forgeddaboutit!

Cast on about 350 stitches, or until you get *really* bored.
Row 1: Knit, and join in the round at the end of the row, being sure not to twist the stitches. Although if you do, it won't be the end of the world.

Knit ad infinitum, round and round, until all your yarn is used up.
Cast off.

Weave in ends, and wear.

Hooray! Easy as that. A great in front of the tv, don't have to think too much knit.