January 28, 2010

Over the past couple of weeks great trouble has been afoot - a misbehaving yarn skeiner.

The skeiner originates from the Artisan Lace asset list, and was lovingly built by my Grandfather. However, it was build with bits and bobs and some clever engineering, and was looking a tad worse for wear. Also, there was a problem: it winds gossamer and lace weight perfectly, but supertwist merino has a tendency to, well, twist when it is wound on the skeiner.


So after lots of trial and error, plenty of brow-furrowing, the boy and I spent an afternoon fixing it. We had to add new eyelets in order to create more tension, and so rebuilt the entire cone holding section. After a couple of hours, and lots of testing, we were pretty proud with the results. There are still a couple niggly bits but winding ten skeins at once is infinitely more satisfying than one at a time by hand!

Besides that, I have been rather on the unwell side of late. After finally giving in and going to the doctor, apparently it was a bug. A two week long one. Feeling 100% again still seems like a fairytale, and there is plenty of brainstorming as to how to regain previous energy. The resolution to abandon coffee has completely fizzled - it is certainly less enjoyable than it used to be but it is the one thing that gives a bit oomph to the day. Lucky there are plenty of other exciting woolly things going on to keep plodding along...

January 25, 2010

The wool has arrived!

We celebrated with the Lower Hutt Knitters group, some champagne, and plenty of knitting.

It is rather surreal to finally have something tangible and space-occupying. Four months ago I sat in my Uncle's lounge on a steamy Kuala Lumpur evening and told him all about my grand plans for the future. He was one in a long list of people i've regaled with my dreams of wool, colour and fulfilment. Every time the words were said aloud, there was always that niggling thought questioning if it will actually happen.

And here it is.

7 and a half great boxes of sock wool.

January 02, 2010

Resolutions for the New Year

  • This will be the only blog post with a title.
  • Knitsch Yarns will be big, bright, and boisterous all year long :D
  • No coffee shall be consumed (uh oh).
  • More time shall be allocated for fun knitting (as opposed to work knitting).
Happy New Year everyone! I've decided to put the Knitsch Yarns blog over here on blogger so that comments may be shared - it all gets a bit boring if one can't interact on a blog.

I saw in the New Year with a bunch of wonderful friends at Waitarere beach, while Sonja was enjoying it in the Napier sunshine. 2009 was an amazing year for me, and I was sad to say farewell. 2010 has plenty of reasons to be excited - our giant wool order arrives in a few weeks, we're doing some special work on Margaret Stove's lace weight, and there's even a few travel plans in the mix. 

My hope for this blog is to share patterns, tasty things, beautiful things, and everyday things. Because that is what it's all about, really.

xx Tash