Whats new in store, events and more

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Welcome to the Spring newsletter!

Well, we've just passed the first 6 months' mark owning Knitnstitch. I think it’s been a celebration of the best of the old with the excitement of some new possibilities.

Knitnstitch has gone from strength to strength with great products such as Malabrigo, Jo Sharp, Erika Knight, Outlaw Yarn and other high quality NZ yarns. And we've become known amongst makers for supplying those amazing ChiaoGoo, KnitPro and Addi needles and accessories. It's clear you love these great products, but also that you are always looking for a little bit of the new and exciting too. So we've endeavoured to continue that legacy by expanding the range of Malabrigo colours and fibres as well as seeking out new additions across the store. I hope you enjoy these new additions.

Some highlights for us over the first 6 months have been Woolfest (aka trial by fire) ably wrangled and nurtured by Margaret May and Lara Nettle and also Knit August Nights in Napier - thanks to the absolutely marvellous Maree Buske on that incredible event.

I'd like to send my sincere gratitude to all the customers who have given me great feedback and support through this settling in period. It’s been such a great pleasure to meet and work with you through your projects and creative aspirations. I hope you’ve taken away some sparks of inspiration from your visits to the website or the Mt Albert studio.

I’ve also had great support (and patience!) from my many suppliers, Mariana, Deborah Moore, Brad, Lyn and Christine, Patty and others – no disrespect if I haven’t mentioned you – you’re all fabulous!

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Happy Knitting
Beth Eynon-Richards
beth@knitnstitch.co.nz
+64 21 985 088

Sayonnara Winter, Helloo Spring

Stolen Stitches Nua at Knitnstitch

The transition of the seasons can be an unpredictable thing in terms of your wardrobe. Often you need to keep the warmer layers at hand for those unexpected polar blasts that hit us even when it’s tee-shirt hot in the morning.

However, if you're determined to be into Spring dressing despite the "Four Seasons in One Day",  I've noted down a few precautionary steps you may want to consider before stuffing your precious winter handknits away in the bottom drawer until next year. 

Read about storing woollen garments & accessories

Crochet + Crazy Zauberball sock wool makes this!

Here's an example of what one of my customers made with 5 balls of Crazy Zauberball

Image © Vogue Knitting Crochet 2014, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

Outlaw October KAL/CAL starts today

CoopSocks Yeah! New Colours

I’m getting behind the fabulous KAL/CAL challenge issued by Deborah Moore of the Outlaw Yarn fame – fast becoming a New Zealand institution.

The point of this is to create a little bit of positive pressure to get some lovely stuff made with some constraints – see the Conditions button below– and become part of the vibrant community of makers in NZ and around the World.  The great thing about technology is the connection – you can post your WIPs and FO on the Ravelry pages or send me photos to put up to show that we’re all doing amazing things that others can share in the fun and inspiration. Enough talking, let’s start making. There's 4 prizes of a NZ $250 shopping spree to be won to spend at your favourite Outlaw Yarn stockist - which, of course, is Knitnstitch online and instore!

Check out the Outlaw October KAL/CAL Conditions

New in the Store - Erika Knight Studio Linen

Carol Feller Nua Collection Volume 1 at Knitnstitch

All the new Shibori-style shades of the Erika Knight Studio Linen have arrived – distinct stitch definition and drape without being too stiff and hard on the hands when working – this yarn feels like it has been pre-softened.  There's also a great new selection of funky deconstructed patterns to go with this yarn - browse them here

4ply Sock twist Merino Mini Skeins

Sugracen Cardigan in Nua by Carol Feller at Knitnstitch

We all need to add a touch of colour to our projects from time and time and find ourselves either searching for something or having to buy a whole skein unnecessarily. These packs of mini skeins in sock 4 ply from Nurturing Fibres are just the answer - available in 2 gorgeous colourways (soft and vintage) – each pack contains 10 skeins. Perfect!

Vinni's Serina 4 ply Eco Bamboo

Carol Feller Nua Collection Volume 1 at Knitnstitch

With summer coming, I felt like we needed a choice of yarn that's cool and has sensational drape. Vinni's Serina 100% Bamboo is softer than both cotton and linen and feels like silk. With a fantastic eco story, you'll feel as good supporting the social initiative as you will knitting with it.  I've brought in 14 shades in a palette traversing from water to the sky  - perfect for summer 2018!

Cool and sweet for spring and summer

Carol Feller Nua Collection Volume 1 at Knitnstitch

Filatura di Crosa Dolce Amore - This fantastic 100% Egyptian cotton baby weight yarn is ideal for summer garments for the little ones and adults alike. Available in a great range of colours including soft denim shades for a casual look.

I've also brought in some sweet hues of the Filatura di Crosa Baby Love 3ply weight made of extrafine baby merino - and its machine washable.

Nature's very own colours

Carol Feller Nua Collection Volume 1 at Knitnstitch

Tailored Strands Alpaca DK features nature’s own colours from this Australian small producer.  Their range of 100% naturally coloured alpaca yarns are soft in the hand and work up with a beautiful drape.  A 4 ply weight baby yarn with over 400 metres yardage on it and some natural colours (Ivory and Black) of Suri Silk Alpaca rare breed yarns are also available.  Fantastic for babies and people with sensitive skin. Use for cosy but lightweight accessories and sweaters. Softness personified.

50 shades of.....

Carol Feller Nua Collection Volume 1 at Knitnstitch

No, not  "Grey"...  but actually an amazing 43 shades of the pick of the rainbow of Lily Sugar n’ Cream.  I’m sorting out some fabulous pattern ideas for this versatile squishy 10 ply weight fibre.  Sundresses, tunics, string bikinis…yes really! And loads for children’s cover-ups for summer play and fun. Check out the incredible range instore and online - and its incredible value too.

Knitting and Crochet tools, notions and more notions

Noro Madness - 30% off at Knitnstitch

I didn't know there were so many types of sewing up needles to choose from! High quality tools, notions and accessories to help make your process more satisfying. Top brands including ChiaoGoo, Addi, Clover and KnitPro Crochet hooks and knitting needle systems, DualGauge hook and needle sizer, Lazadas Blocking Wire Sets, KnitPro Blocking Pins,  Lacis Beadle needles, Miyuki and Delica seed beads, Eucalan and Soak Travel packs of delicate wash solutions, heart-shaped stitch markers, loads of quality Clover products, cool Susan Bates tools including my favourite thing, the Silvalume tool for dropped stitches. Too many more to mention.

View the full range of Tools & Notions

Books - Fresh in eye candy

CoopSocks Yeah! New Colours

I’m excited about the different ways in which to use the yarns instore for a more interesting and customised result. For example, we’ve previously mentioned on our Facebook page  that Kate Davies, the writer and designer from Scotland, has re-vamped her patterns to use the Coops Yeah! Sock yarn for her colourwork. This makes the finished items more light weight for trans seasonal wear and to show off your handknits all year!

Speaking of Kate, we have just got her new book on “Yokes”  in.  It’s a great read – full of interesting history and information – stunning photos and some really nice patterns to tempt even the fainthearted fair isle knitter.

There's always something new to learn

CoopSocks Yeah! New Colours

If you want a primer on how to tackle some of those new skills you keep seeing on Ravelry, Pinterest and on the internet, I have in store the freshly printed “A Year of Techniques”.  I have avidly followed this monthly series through one of my fav blogs – Mason Dixon Knitting – and had to get the full details in print.  I hope you’ll enjoy these helpful tutorials and seasonal offerings from much loved designers including Mary Jane Mucklestone, Romi Hill and Tin Can Knits etc.  It’ll be another go-to on my bookshelf.

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Store Hours

Just a reminder that Mt Albert store in Auckland is open from:
10:30 am - 5:00 pm Thursday
10:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday
10:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday

and of couse the webstore never closes! 

And a final comment

Finally, I just want to say thanks again to all the warm, friendly and generous people, whether or not you are customers, whom have been really encouraging and supportive to me for setting up a “come touch the wool place” in my home and understanding that it’s easy to make mistakes although I’m trying pretty hard to learn.

And that’s the point…we all love making things with yarn so we can strive to improve our skills and ultimately increase our enjoyment and satisfaction with what we make with our very valuable time. It’s life long.  I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me and I’d love to hear back from you any comments, photos of projects and WIPs or feedback about what you’d like to see in your local and online yarn store.

Remember, it’s a big world of wool and yarn, and I know that you have many choices. So I urge you to support local if you can.  If I don’t have it, I’ll endeavour to help you source whatever it is you need from other NZ businesses or even overseas if that’s where it’s happening for you.

Cheery, Beth

Knitnstitch

beth@knitnstitch.co.nz

+64 21 985-088

www.knitnstitch.co.nz

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