A new and exciting year – lots of changes in view

Hi there, first of all I’m sorry I haven’t written for months! Things have been hectic both in my professional and private life. But now we are in 2015 and I’m dead set on making this the YEAR OF! That being said, I wish you all a very happy new year and I thank you for your support and patience with me and I hope you will continue to follow my blog and my crafty adventures.

So what about this new year? What am I planning that is so exciting? Well, I want this to be the year when my shop really makes a name for itself. I’ve been running my shop since 2011 and I feel that slowly but surely my shop is getting better known and sales are slowly increasing. What I love is that I have clients from all over the world, from Iceland to South Korea to USA to Tazmania to France. Going to the post office is like looking at a wish list of places I’d like to visit 🙂

So my challenges this year will be to better maintain my blog and blog on a more regular basis. I’m also going to open up my own ecommerce website/shop which means I will have come full circle as I actually began this adventure with my very one online shop and then closed that down to go 100% on the Etsy platform. Now I’ve decided that Etsy is not enough and that I’d like to have my own shop that I can run and design as I wish. And so that is a huge project that will take a lot of time for me to set up. I’m already working on that and I plan on opening the shop even though the virtual shelfs will not be full but just as an incentive for me to really crunch and do what I can to fill them up in as short a time as I can. I will be linking to the shop here so you will be able to click from the blog to the shop so if you follow me on the blog you are likely to be among the first to actually see this new shop as I do not plan on advertising it until I feel I have sufficient stock for sale.

So  better blog and a new shop – those are two big challenges for 2015. I’m also going to dive more into dyeing yarn and fibre as that is what I really love doing. I have a nice set up for dyeing now which is great. I have invested in some professional tools to help me optimise my work and that will help me get more done. Also I have invested in a carding machine in addition to my blending board and I’m going to be offering more punis/rolags for spinning. Carding and blending wool is really fun to do and I’m sure other spinners will love spinning from my punis as much as I do. I also have hand spindles that I customise and will be selling in kits with wool rovings or punis.

I’ve been experimenting with mini skeins and they have met with a certain success so I’m going to work on doing the same thing with my hand spun yarn. People that have never worked with hand spun may shy away from that thinking it is not as good quality as commercial yarn or they feel the price is too high so maybe they will be more interested in a set of mini skeins for them to try out different colours, textures etc.

My shop now focuses more on my own production and less on commercial supplies. I may continue to sell knitting needles in the future but I will most likely be limiting myself to just one brand. I have however fallen for a small number of what I believe are exceptional items and I will be offering those in the shop. One of them is already for sale, the SOCK RULER! Have you heard of it? If not this is a new product that is pending its pattent in the USA. This is a flat, sort of sock formed plastic ruler that makes measuring for your sock knitting a lot simpler. It helps you to measure all the different parts of your sock in a fun and easy way. Since this item was first commercialised, late 2014 I believe, it has been a big hit with sock knitters and I believe I’m the only european retailer to offer those so I hope european sock knitters will enjoy these as well.

sock ruler 2 All measurements are in inches but as a lot of the sock patterns I knit are in inches that does not bother me that much.

I will also soon be offering some items made by crazymonkeycreations in the US, such as a row counter, sock blockers and mitten blockers.

I will be doing 1 show this year, probably the only one in 2015. At least I do not have another one planned for the moment but hey if something exciting comes my way I just might go for it. So this years show will be in London in the UK. The show will be on May 15-16. This will be a small show with indie dyers and independent producers and is organised by Iknit and if any of you live in the UK or have the possibility to come, then I’d love to meet you in person.

I have also recently joined a very addictive group on Facebook called “Addicted to Sock Knitting”. You can apply for a membership but be aware, if you like knitting socks, this can increase your passion to the point where it becomes an addiction. They have almost 10,000 members from all over the world and it is a truly fun group to be a part of and you see lots of pictures of beautiful socks and yarns and learn new techniques etc. The lady that runs the group also issues an e-zine called Addicted to Knitting that is for lovers of sock knitting and Knitting in France will have a small add in the next issue so hopefully that will draw some traffic to the shop 🙂

As for my latest dyes here are a few pictures:

IMG_2711 IMG_2720 IMG_2725 IMG_2737 IMG_2741 IMG_2748 IMG_2756

 

My latest knits have of course been socks as since I joined the Addicted to Sock FB groupe that seems to be all there is to knit

IMG_2694 These I knit with my hand dyed sock yarn  and I made these for a friend who since has admitted that she just might become addicted to hand knit socks 🙂

IMG_2733These are my wip socks, this is my first attempt at an after thought heel socks and I think I love the construction so I may be making more of these. The yarn is a Danish brand yarn that I purchased on my last visit to Iceland.

IMG_2732 These I made from my hand spun yarn. I love the way the colour and stripes come out and especially the fact that I made them from my own hand spun yarn. These are my first EVER socks with my hand spun yarn but I’m sure I will be making more but I think I have to test them some first, I worry that the fact this is 100% wool they may be fragile and I would/will be devastated if all the hard work of spinning the yarn and then knitting it was then ruined by holes in a record time so I’m going to do some “testing” before making more socks this way.

Well I think it may be time for me to say good by before this post reaches epic proportions and you just give up reading 🙂 Take care and have a wonderful and creative week

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