Wonderwool Wales……..

Yesterday I received the list of exhibitors at this year’s Wonderwool Wales show. First of all, I was pretty excited, because there are some prestigious names there (including Selvedge magazine!). Then it suddenly occurred to me: it’s only seven weeks away……. or 50 days, as the website helpfully informed me.

There was a time when seven weeks seemed a long time, but something has recently clicked in the space/time continuum. Today’s seven weeks is about equivalent to the old seven days. This is nicely demonstrated by Sock Club. First of the month comes up, we pack up the sock club packages, go make a cup of tea, and bam! it’s first of the month again, and time to do more packages. So, seven weeks may seem like plenty of time to some, but I know that I only have to blink, and it will be show time.

So, first things first: are you coming? And second things second: do any of you seasoned show pros have any advice for us, show newbies? Anything you love/hate to see? Any special requests? Any (I have no shame) advice? I get a little jump in my chest every time I think of it, but I don’t know if that’s nerves or excitement.

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Onto more immediate matters: Sunday’s update! Here’s some of my favourites:

Isn’t that green/gold laceweight a beauty? Mr P has been playing with some new dyeing techniques, and I’m loving this one. And I’m oh so very tempted by the last yarn picture, which I’ve named Beach Hut. I want to knit myself something funky for the show, and this yarn is fluttering its eyelashes at me every time I go into the storeroom.

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Finally, some of the things that have made me happy this week: planning a new (bigger! better! tidier!) dye room…… discovering stovetop coffee makers…… living vicariously through one of my favourite blogs…… the 18 foot table that Mr P and his brother have been building for summer garden parties…… browsing through knitting books (quite a range) in my local bookshop…… the perfect gin and tonic…… chilli stuffed olives…… watching this…… listening to
this…… and reading this…….

Happy weekend, loves!

So ! Much ! Yarn !

Ha. You all thought I was lazing in the sunshine yesterday afternoon. No such luck! It just took me an awful lot longer than I though to get the yarn labelled and photographed. And that was without putting the yardage on the labels. I’ll try to do that in future though, I promise.

I am very happy with the results of yesterday’s labour though. Tonight’s update is a bumper one, and I anticipate it breaking all records. I’m particularly excited about the photos, because yesterday I discovered that I’ve been using my camera on the wrong setting for the last year (duh). I changed the setting, and voila! Much better quality photos. The colours are truer, the texture of the yarn shows up better, and you can almost feel the yarn when you look at the photos. See?

Maybe the photos don’t look any better to you, but these came straight from the camera, with no twiddling in Photoshop on the way to the blog. Much twiddling time has been saved this week.

So, the shop preview is now up. Have fun browsing, and I will see you later!

Spring Has Sprung……

It was a glorious day here yesterday, so sunny and warm that its hard to believe its only March. We spread a quilt out in the garden at lunchtime, and spent an hour wallowing in the sunshine. I couldn’t bear going in after that, so I took my work (labelling) outside.

(Labelling, by the way, is the bane of my life. Over 200 labels each week, all hand written. And why? Because I have delusions of grandeur, without a matching budget. I want properly printed labels, not ones done on my own computer. But we do so many different types of yarn, and the colourways change each week, so we’ve still not decided upon a label format that is functional and beautiful, without breaking the bank. Until I figure that one out, it’s hand written labels all the way. Ack.)

All this sunshine, with its promise of a hot summer to come, has heated up our dyeing. I’ve noticed that our colourways are getting brighter and bolder. Take a look:

Preview page will either be up later today, or early tomorrow. Depending on whether I can resist the sunshine this afternoon……

Refreshed………

That was a lovely weekend. It started Friday evening, with dinner at a friend’s house (thanks C & R, the dinner was fabulous, and how about delurking today and leaving a comment?!). Saturday I had a little tea party for my mother and a friend (macaroons, mmmm). Sunday we had an impromptu lunch with friends, which slid into a lazy afternoon tea (scones with jam & cream, double mmmmm), and then an enormous dinner with Mama. I may not need to eat this week.

But it was totally chilled out, and easy going, and the sun shone, and I knitted and read, and it was just perfect. I hope your weekend was as good. Now, back to work with a vengeance.

We have the most enormous pile of yarn for Wednesday’s update, and an equally enormous pile being dyed today for Sunday. So, yummy yarn previews all week this week on the blog. Starting with some of my favourites today. Don’t they sing of Spring to you?

Isn’t It Ironic……

I was extremely interested by Eunny’s latest post, about how many people have commented that now she is the Editor of Interweave Knits, she will find she has no time left for knitting. It’s oh so true. Although Eunny is some kind of a knitting superhero, so maybe she’ll find a way round it.

But it’s an irony of my life that I’m surrounded by beautiful yarn that I haven’t the time to knit. I currently have on the needles, and jostling for room in my knitting basket, 2 socks (for 2 different pairs), 2 shawls, and 2 hoodies. (Uh, why are my projects in pairs? Is there some deep significance to this?) Last night I managed to complete the ribbing on the sleeve of one of the hoodies, and turn the heel on one of the socks, and that accomplishment has exhausted me for the week.

Mind you, I do live vicariously through the blogs. Some people are extremely industrious knitters, turning out practically a pair of socks a week. I am in awe. I am also envious. I’m such a slow knitter that I couldn’t turn out a pair of socks (hell, even one sock!) in a week even if that was all I had to do.

On a slightly different note: I can hardly believe it, but Posh Yarn is coming up for its one year anniversary. The last year has just flown by, and my baby’s all grown up. We’re marking the anniversary in two exciting ways. Firstly, if you aren’t on our mailing list, sign up. On April 16th (the day we launched, last year) we will be picking a random name from the list, and that person will receive a £50 gift voucher to spend on Posh Yarn.

Secondly, we have a new team member. From April, Posh Yarn will have a Wholesale Manager, who will handle exclusively our wholesale customers. I’m so excited about this, I can’t even tell you. I’ve been turning down wholesale customers for months, because we didn’t have the time or the premises to handle too many wholesale orders. Now we can start to expand that side of the business, without the risk of neglecting our lovely retail customers. Can you see me doing a happy dance?

Finally, a quick reminder that there will be no update on Sunday, since we are doing a Wednesday update next week. I’m going to have a blissfully chilled out weekend (at least, that’s the plan), and I hope you do too. May the sun shine on you, may your needles click busily, may you have fun, fun, fun. Mwah.