29.12.12

My dear friends, I can still remember when the Posh Yarn group was set up on Ravelry. I felt a bit silly, and very unsure that we would ever get more than a handful of members. And now look at us!! Today we passed the 2000 mark – that is incredible to me. What is even more incredible is that as the group has grown, it has managed to keep it’s cosy loving family feel. In fact, I think it’s even increased. That is thanks to the hard work of my lovely moderators, Jane & Jacqui, and thanks to each one of you who post, read, join in the competitions and knitalongs, send gifts and loving messages to each other, and generally act like the family we are. This is a special place, thank you for helping us make it that way.

I want to say a special welcome to the new members of the group. Thank you to everyone who responded to my message on Twitter & Facebook, to try to pass the 2000 mark before the end of 2012! You surpassed my hopes. Please do jump in the deep end of the group, introduce yourselves, start posting, let us get to know you. Be brave! We want you.

If it was possible for me to send a special thank you gift to every individual member in the group, I would. What I have done, is download the members list, and then used a random number generator to select one member. That member will receive a £25 gift voucher to spend at Posh Yarn. And that person is………..

Ullastigaard. Congratulations, honey!!

For everyone else, we’re doing free postage on all purchases made in this week’s shop update. Dig in!!

One last thank you: both I and Tony want to thank you so much for your continued support of us, for your love and encouragement in the last twelve months, for your support of Posh Yarn, that enables us to keep doing what we love every day. We are more grateful than you could possibly know. We love you all.

Here is this week’s shop preview, full of all our new yarn bases, and here is the Flickr set, where you can see full sized photos of each colourway. Enjoy!!

28.12.12

Introducing……

Gretchen Heavy Lace, shown in the colourway Champagne Charlie.

Miranda Heavy Lace, shown in the colourway Eskimo Kiss.

Diana Heavy Lace, shown in the colourway Licorice Lips.

Juliet Sock, shown in the colourway Straight & True 
(which is ironic, considering that this singles yarn has a delightful little kink to it!)

Elinor Chunky, shown in the colourway Always Cast As Villain.

Full shop preview coming up tomorrow sometime, stay tuned!!!

26.12.12




My friends, I didn’t know how much I needed that time away. I knew I needed it, I just didn’t realise quite how much. Time to be quiet and truly rest, to reflect and ponder, to seize on new perspectives. I don’t remember the last time I had that opportunity – we tend to fill our holiday (vacation) time with doing instead of being, and it’s a change, but it’s often not the replenishment that we truly need.

We don’t celebrate Christmas, so while most people have been in a whirl of activity & bustle, we have been in a little bubble of tranquillity and stillness. Which suits me perfectly. Sometimes we just need to hit the pause button on life, to take deep long breaths, to look around and check whether life is riding us, or we are riding life.  Not that that’s an easy thing to do; it is unsettling, angst-making, uncomfortable, unpredictable, exhilarating, terrifying. But necessary, so necessary. Laying in bed last night, cool wind blowing in the through the window, the bed so soft and warm, I thought it all through, gathered up the bits & pieces of the last week, the pieces of the puzzle, and tried to make a pattern out of them. I had a clear image of myself in a brightly lit hallway, with doors, so many doors, all closed to me, and no way of knowing what was behind each door. It was confusing, troubling, unsettling…. but right. I know when I feel like this, I’m on the brink of a big soul jump. I just have to wait, as bravely as I can, for the right door to open. I will step through into a new stage of being me.

I know one thing: I’ve been working too much. Not compared to most people, not in measurable hours, but in proportion to my energy and ability, too much. It’s burning me out. Some weeks, most weeks actually, I feel like a hamster running on a wheel. Well, plodding. Not running. It’s challenging, to say the least, to produce a shop update every Sunday, without fail. I get through my work and then I just flop. There’s nothing left for the important things. It’s sapping my creativity. I feel stale. I feel like I’m letting you down, letting myself down. I need to scale back a bit. We’ve talked it out, and decided to do smaller updates. Thirty-ish colourways, instead of the roughly fifty a week we’ve been doing. Extra work and pressure doesn’t seem to stint Tony’s genius, but it certainly does affect me.

I’ve been chasing light this week. The shortest day is past, we’re on the up swing now, but the weather has been so rotten that most days have been dark. The slightest glimmer in light, the briefest break in the clouds, sets everything singing. I snatched twenty minutes outside with my camera yesterday, and the low lying sun made everything sharp and vivid. I managed to capture photos with sun flare – I’ve never done that before. They weren’t good enough to show you, but still. It made me happy. Also a natural vignette, no post editing addition. There was something special about that light, I think.

For the short space of sunlight, the cats follow its path around the house, sleepily padding from room to room to lay in the travelling beams. They know how to live, oh they do. I’m still learning.




PS. The sun just came bursting out of the clouds!

18.12.12

Dear Poshies,

I am officially on holiday until December 28th. I am still checking my emails and Ravelry every day, because this is a busy time of year for gift vouchers, so I’m not out of reach. But I’m not being quite as diligent as usual, so you may not get quite as quick a response from me as usual.

Hugs, Dee