Competition Time!

It occurred to me that it’s been quite a while since we had a Posh Yarn competition! So, since we have two scrumptious new yarns about to be launched, now seems like the perfect opportunity. Oh, I can’t wait for you to see (and squeeze) the new yarns. They are AMAZING. Seriously. It’s been a long time since I was this excited about a yarn!!!!!

Anyway. The winner will get a £25 gift voucher to spend on the yarn of their choice! All you have to do to enter is this: leave a comment on this post, answering the following question:

What is your favourite winter comfort food?

One entry per person only, please! I’ll choose a winner at random, and announce them on Friday. We’re going to work like crazy this week to get some of this aran ready for this Sunday’s update, but I probably won’t have a preview of it ready until Saturday. It’s worth waiting for though!!!

Oh, and my favourite winter comfort food? Rice pudding. WITH the skin on. Lol.

More News

We are loving all your name suggestions – keep ’em coming!

There’s lots more Posh news to share with you, but I’m not feeling very chatty this week (I have tonsillitis AGAIN) so I’m going to make it snappy.

We have some more new yarns coming in: a lace weight version of Daisy, 80% merino / 20% bamboo, 800 yards per 100g, £12 per 100g. And a new superwash merino sock yarn, called Esme, which has 400 yards per 100g, and is £12 per 100g. This one is going to be super popular, I can tell. Its very similar to the Koigu KPPPM base, very tightly plied, and oh so soft. And also Martha – 80% Superwash Merino / 10% Nylon / 10% Cashmere in sock weight (400 yards per 100g), £13 per 100g skein.

Also, we are contemplating a fun new addition to the Posh Yarn range – a wool wash, called Posh Wash. The gang at Ravelry have given it a resounding thumbs up, but I’d love to hear your opinion too. It is scented with lavender and eucalyptus, and is quite similar to the popular SOAK wash.

Finally, I have invested in some BadAss studio lights for the yarn photography, so I’m hoping that this week’s photos will be so superb that they knock your socks off. No pressure there then. Once the photos are done, I’ll add my favourites to the blog, because it’s looking a bit bare, isn’t it?

Competition Time

As you know, we’re collaberating with Laura from Fiber Dreams on a Posh Yarn shawl kit. The pattern is now finished, and is being knitted up by some test knitters. We’re hoping that the kits will be ready by the end of May. In the meantime, you can see the finished shawl on Laura’s blog. And now you can enter a competition to win your very own exclusive kit. We’re looking for the perfect name for the shawl, so tell us what you think it should be called. Leave your chosen name for the shawl in a comment on this blog, with perhaps just a sentence or two explaining why you like that name. We’ll announce the winner at the end of the week. One entry per person, please!

Posh Party

We had the most wonderful day on Saturday. As you know, there were Posh Meetups going on around the UK, one in York, one in London, and one in Mid-Wales. I wish I could have been at all of them. We met up with everyone at First4Yarns in Knighton, Powys. I must say a huge thank you to Lisa and Diana who run the shop (and a gorgeous little shop it is, too) for hosting our meetup, and to Lisa’s brother, who made us the most divine cakes. *dribble*

I intended to take masses of photos, but of course as soon as everyone started to arrive I got completely excited, and forgot all about it. Thankfully the lovely Elizabeth didn’t lose her head, and took lots of photos, so hop on over there and take a look at those. We’ll wait for you.

Can you see from the photos how much fun we were having?!? It was such a delight to have some of my posh friends all in one room, and to spend a little (far too little) time with them. One of the highlights was learning to spin from Spinning Sue. I think she worked some kind of magic on me, because for once in my life, I managed to get the hang of it straight away. Usually I struggle with anything practical, especially if it involves coordination! But I managed to do a bit of spinning, with her help, and Tony had a go too, and my yarn was better than his. Oh yes.

Sue had brought me a lovely gift from her and David, some of his scrumptious hand dyed batts, in the most glorious blue/green blend, with sparkles. Sparkles! It is so, so, so, SO pretty. I can’t wait to start spinning it. A little voice in my head is telling me to save it until I get better at spinning, that it would be a waste to use it on my first try, but I’m going to ignore it. I’m going to feel very very proud of that first little skein, and it deserves to be pretty and sparkly.  

Thank you so much, everyone who came. We loved getting to know you a bit better, and seeing all your lovely knits, it really was an amazing day for us. I’m coming up to Wonderwool on the Saturday (25th April), and we’ll be meeting up again there, so if you’re coming, join the party!

We had quite the adventure on the way home. We were using our satnav, and I don’t know if we hit a satellite black spot or something, but the satnav must have scrambled because when we got to Rhayader it sent us up this mountain track (which was showing on the satnav as a main road). Stupidly, we trusted it, even though the road got steadily worse. After about half an hour, we were up on this mountain, no lights to be seen, no houses, no signs, no other cars, just the mountain on the left of us and a sheer drop down to what looked like a resevoir (about 70 foot below the road) on the other side. There were pine trees on each side, and the road was full of branches and small trees that had come down in the wind. And were still coming down. Every time we got to a tree in the road, Tony and Gerd would have to jump out and go move it, and one of the times, as they were moving the tree, another one crashed down just behind the car. Poor Zara was having hysterics. After an hour of this, driving through floods, and all sorts, we came down off the mountain and found ourselves………

…………… right back in Rhayader.

Yep, we spent an hour nearly getting killed going round in a big circle.

After that, we did the only sensible thing there was to do: found a pub and drank large quantities of alcohol.

Red Shoes

Question: if I already have five pairs of red shoes, and then last week I added these to the collection…..

…..does that mean I have now reached my red shoe quota? Because these babies really want to come home with Momma……