March 31, 2010

Crafternoon Tea with Granny G

In continuing the Week of Grandma theme - the wonderful Granny G interviewed Margaret Stove at the end of last year. Having only just listened myself a couple of weeks ago, it certainly is inspiring - sometimes it's easy to forget we're related and just marvel at what talent she has.

So sit back, relax with a cup of tea and a hot cross bun, and be inspired.

March 30, 2010

Week of Grandma: Artisan Lace

Welcome to a week of Grandma!

As Margaret Stove is celebrating a milestone birthday this coming weekend, what better time than to spend a week celebrating Grandma.

First up:

Artisan Lace weight merino is now available to purchase online. More colours will be added each day, so by Friday the full collection will be available. For those who are extra game, the gossamer weight is up there too.

You can now also buy both of her books: 'Creating Original Hand Knitted Lace', and 'Merino - Handspinning, dyeing and working with merino and superfine wools'.

Perhaps now is the time to finally tackle her yarn myself - it is quite different to working with sock yarn!

March 23, 2010

Those who have received an order from Knitsch may have noticed an extra treat in their parcel - a set of 5 cards and envelopes.

We're popping these in with orders at the moment as our way of saying thanks! They are from a former crafty life of mine, and what better way to use them up than to send them off to you?

Credit where credit's due: Tiki, by Tim Strickland, and The Harbour is an ironboard, by yours truly.

March 22, 2010

Au coin de ma rue

On the corner of my road...

There are lots of street fashion photographers floating around the interwebs these days, following the footsteps of facehunter.
(Photo credits: Made, by Tuinwoman, Au Coin de ma rue)
Au Coin de ma Rue has to be the prettiest and most considerate of its subjects yet.

I love the scarf on Made, above. And the palette of greys. Mmmmm.

Plus there are lots of Dutch people, which will always win me over.

March 21, 2010

Golden Skeins

On Friday a box of cuddly deliciousness was sent to Belinda to be placed in the upcoming April Blendy boxes.

And, rather Charlie and the Chocolate Factory like, there is a golden ticket! Or rather, a skein of Knitsch Kowhai with a super prize for one lucky person. There are 5 skeins of golden bright Kowhai, but just one of them has a special tag. Who will it be? oooohhhh....anticipation!

There are, in fact, over 90 mini 10gram skeins on their way north - so everyone who gets in quick and nabs themselves a Blendy box should have a baby Knitsch to play with.

Putting the tags on Kowhai, and thinking about golden tickets, the song Golden Skans by the Klaxons was doing circles in my head. So here, a musical interlude...enjoy!

March 15, 2010

Relay for Life - Stitched Up

There is a wonderful group of crafters who are doing relay for life on Saturday 27 March at Frank Kitts park in Wellington.
They asked if I could join the team and do a knit graffiti session to support them, but unfortunately I can’t make it.
If you are able to offer any assistance - knitting, fence weaving, cheerleading, event being a participant (!) PM me and I can give you the contact details. If not, donate! Every little bit counts. There is someone quite close to sonjanz and I who is currently battling breast cancer so i’m super gutted I can’t go - but also can’t be in two places at once :(
The donation details are: 
Donate here 
And the team is: 
Stitched Up 
Event: Wellington

March 14, 2010


It's official - you can now buy Knitsch Yarns online!

*squeeeeeeeeee* Pretty gosh darn exciting.

Go on, have a nosy. And let us know if there is anything you love or loathe about the site - feedback is most welcome.

March 13, 2010

Knitting is art

More often than not, I feel like one of these knitterly ladies.

Daniela Edburg really does capture that wonderful slightly crazed obsession we all enjoy.

OutdoorKnit is revolting against er, knit graffiti, as some of it has evolved into something we don't love. It's going to be more about art, and less about decoration. Watch this space.

March 12, 2010

Blogroll, please!

In the tradition of lazywebs, I'm calling out for stupendous blogs in order to create a blogroll.

Is there an awesome knitty blog you read? One that tickles your funny bone, teaches you techniques, or is addictive like a so-bad-it's-good soap opera?

Go on, post it in the comments. Feel free to add your own - i'd love to read it!

March 11, 2010

Your new favourite socks

Loads of people asked us at Craft2.0 on Saturday 'Where can I find a good sock pattern?'.

Well, here is the link to your new favourite socks: Cookie A's Monkey.

I've knitted two pairs: one in Hazelknits High ocTANG (I gave these away) and a second pair, all for me, in green Wollemeise.

It really is a wonderful pattern - in fact, I think it's time to cast on another pair. Even if you haven't knitted a pair of socks before, these have a wonderful rhythm and a great base pattern. 64 is the magic sock number - it's perfectly versatile.

Do you have a favourite sock pattern? What is it? Please share or else i'll end up with a drawer full of monkeys!

March 08, 2010

Finally, Knitsch yarns has officially lifted off and entered the great wide world of wool.

Craft2.0 was the best fun - there was plenty of attaching names to faces, and as per usual it was a struggle not to spend all my money on the gorgeous goodies made by the other crafters. Thank you so much to everyone who came along, being able to wax lyrical about a shared passion is really what it's all about.
Mama (right) and I (left) with our table of deliciousness and some lovely yarnies

This week the focus is on getting the online shop live, just for you. If you pop along and subscribe to the e-newsletter, anyone on that list will be the first to know when our woolly goodies are ready and waiting.