Feel the Love…..

I love, love, love the fact that this business is a work in progress. That I can talk to my customers, get their feedback, hear their complaints, listen to their suggestions, and adapt Posh Yarn accordingly. I love that I’m not alone here, carrying the burden of making decisions that affect the future of the business. I love the fact that when I asked you for your opinion on the Wednesday/Sunday debate, nearly 150 of you took the time to go and vote. Thank you so much.

And Sunday – with the occasional Wednesday – it is. This is going to work really well, because it gives me all week to show you sneaky previews of the yarn. Such as this squishy merino (merino, Michaela honey, do you see?). I want to eat this colourway.


Sunday was HUGE, our biggest sale yet. For those of you who missed out on the popular Cover and Safari colourways, don’t worry, I did more for this week’s sale. So, Sunday it is, and at the adjusted time of 6pm (GMT), to suit those of us who don’t live in this time zone. Because no one should have to be out of bed at 7 a.m. on a Sunday.

Other stuff I’m loving today: you darlings who send me photos of what you’ve knitted with our yarn. I had a little album of Posh socks come through last night, and I was so excited looking through them. What else….Post Office staff who don’t visibly flinch when I walk in with two sacks of parcels on a Monday morning….leftover Chinese food for breakfast…..a new series of Grey’s Anatomy on DVD…..a cold sunny morning…..labelling yarn next to a crackling fire……

Feel the love, people!

Sentences? Too Tired……..

Lots of you have emailed to say how much you preferred the sale day being a Sunday, and we’re wondering whether to make it a permanent thing. I’ve created a poll on the Posh Yarn website blog, and I’d be really grateful if you would take a minute to go and vote, and tell us what works best for you. Thank you, my lovelies!

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1. Yourself: tired
2. Your spouse: asleep
3. Your hair: uncooperative
4. Your mother: supportive
5. Your father: remembered
6. Your favorite item: laptop
7. Your dream last night: forgotten
8. Your favorite drink: tea
9. Your dream car: free
10. The room you are in: scruffy
11. Your ex: nonexistant
12. Your fear: everything
13. What you want to be in 10 years: together
14. Who you hung out with last night: mister
15. What you’re not: laidback
16. Muffins: gluten-free
17: One of your wish list items: maid
18: Time: please
19. The last thing you did: post
20. What you’re wearing: sweats
21. Your favorite weather: snowy
22. Your favorite book: old
23. The last thing you ate: icecream
24. Your life: chaotic
25. Your mood: stressed
26. Your best friend(s): elsewhere
27. What you’re thinking about right now: breakfast
28. Your car: his
29. What you’re doing at the moment: thinking
30. Your summer: hopeful
31. Your relationship status: perfect
32. What’s on TV: dvds
33. The weather: dull
34. The last time you laughed: yesterday

Yarn, Yarn, Everywhere….

….and not a moment to knit. Alas, the irony of this business is that I’m so busy dyeing yarn for you to knit, that I have little time left for my own knitting. This week I have started the second front of the Central Park hoodie, done about 10 rows on my scrap shawl, and knitted a few rounds on a sock. So if you’re wondering why I never show photos of my knitting on this blog, well that’s why.

But that doesn’t stop me planning! There are some fabulous patterns out there at the moment, and if I get a chance I’m going to add some pattern suggestions to some of the yarn on Sunday’s sale. If you’re anything like me, you fall in love with yarn, buy it, and then wonder what on earth you will make with it. Sock and lace weight yarns are easy enough – although it’s a pity to only ever use them on socks or shawls, when they are so versatile – but 6ply? 12ply?

And it would be a shame to have our beautiful yarn languishing in your stash, where only you can see it, don’t you think? So, I’ll be sprinkling a few pattern ideas in with the sale yarn on Sunday.

Speaking of the sale, I’ll be taking the sale page down tonight, refilling it, and loading a preview page on Saturday evening. So you can have a nice leisurely browse before Sunday’s fast and furious sale. There’s lots of Cover yarn, and a few new colourways which I’m thinking of adding to our regular range, including the one pictured on todays’ Posh Yarn blog, called Safari.

See you Sunday!

Olives & Bagatelle

I like treats spread out through the week. I know that traditionally you do your work in the week and your play on the weekend, but that’s rather a dull way to live, don’t you think? Every day should have a treat, and midweek days especially.

Which is one of the reasons I came up with a Wednesday sale. Wednesday can be a blue day, and it needs all the brightening it can get. But last night’s mini-sale meant that I wasn’t tied to the computer on a Wednesday night like usual, but could go out and have my own Wednesday treat: supper at a friend’s house. And what a treat it was.

Little Miss T made us a gorgeous supper, simple and all the better for being so, with pasta, the most incredible olives in the world, wine, and baked apples. Delicious. Then we sat by the fire, and knitted, while Mr P played bagatelle. I tell you, it doesn’t get much better than that.

There will be some more peeks into Sunday’s sale yarn on the Posh Yarn blog today. Yes, I do have some Cover left, in Lucia and Sophia 4ply. I love that you love it so much! I think I’m going to try to squeeze a little more dyeing in today as well, because you can never have too much cashmere sock yarn on sale. So if you have any requests, make them now!

And even if you don’t, please do still leave a comment. This week is delurk week – did you know? – so just drop in and say hello.

All Play, No Work……

First things first, the Wednesday update. I have an enormous box of yarn for this week’s sale, but as mentioned previously, this week the big update will be on Sunday, at 5pm (GMT). Tonight’s update (also at 5pm) will just be a baby one, a taster of what is to come on Sunday.

I’ll be interested to see how Sunday goes – I know lots of you struggle to make the Wednesday sale, so this is your chance. We’ve got something for everyone, silk, cashmere, merino, pastels, bright, darks, variegated, solid, semi-solid, lace weight, sock weight, chunky. Phew, I’m out of breath.

I’ll be posting sneak peeks on the blog (not this one, the Posh Yarn website one, because Blogger still won’t let me add photos, for some crazy reason) all week, and today’s photos are of some of the yarn that will be going on tonight’s update. I managed to recreate the much coveted ‘Cover’ colourway, and there’s a few skeins of that in various weights.

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Thanks everyone for your good wishes for the move. They made happy news even happier. And this month, we’re all about the happy.

I had a lightbulb moment last night, while I was wrangling with myself about whether to start a new knitting project. I love to start, but I’m not so good at the finishing, and I’ve been trying to be more self disciplined.

But suddenly I thought: this is supposed to be fun, not work. I don’t have to be disciplined. I don’t have to be good. If I want to start 10 projects, then I will. If thats the part of knitting that I love the most, the expectation, the planning, the casting on, then why ration myself?

There are no knitting police. No one is looking over your shoulder (at least they shouldn’t be) knocking off marks for all the unfinished projects you have, or naming and shaming you because you have a stash that would clothe an army, but you just bought three more skeins, or setting you deadlines to get projects finished by.

We have passed the days where knitting was a necessity, a chore. Don’t let’s recreate them. Knitting is a joy, a treat, a luxury, a pleasure. Do it how you want, when you want, with what you want. If it makes you happy, knit it. If it doesn’t, don’t. There are far too many dos and don’ts in this life as it is; let’s not bring them into our knitting world too.

And having built that case for myself, I feel fine with telling you that with one pair of socks, one shawl, and one sweater currently on the needles, I have just bought some handspun to start another pair of socks, and snagged some laceweight from this week’s sale yarn, to start a shawl from A Gathering of Lace.

My head is high!