The fourth Knit August Nights is done and dusted, and yet again it was a massive success. As usual I was much too busy chatting and catching up and knitting and relaxing in the sun to take any photos. But I want to say my biggest thanks to Maree for organising such a fantastic event. Fancy coming along? It's going to run again next year, so set aside the last weekend in August 2014 for a trip to Napier.
I'm so lucky to be able to call Colleen of Dear Colleen a friend - and even luckier to have had her design the Knit August Nights tote bag this year. Colleen is exceptionally talented and i'll tell you why - after showing you the bag!
This is the super quick snap I took of it in the middle of setting up our table at KAN - it was my first glimpse of the bag as the supplier ships them straight to Maree. SO EXCITED! If you fancy one of your very own, we'll be giving these babies away with every purchase over $100, and we're also selling them online.
If our bag isn't proof enough of Colleen's awesomeness, you may have also seen me mention her other knitterly design:
At the recent Lights Up Knitting session there were at least 3 of these bags present...knitting puns are my favourite things ever and I don't think i'm alone there.
As a small business owner I believe Colleen deserves all the support in the world - she does fantastic work and should be rewarded for her talent. At the moment she's running a PledgeMe campaign to fund a print run of a collaborative project called the Season's Eatings calendar - a beautifully illustrated project which also contains a year of recipes designed by the also very clever Bronwyn. On top of that, Colleen also has her HILARIOUS Tupac on a Unicorn tee in the Little Help design competition. Vote, donate, buy, support.
Also on the clever friends list: Laura Vincent of Hungry and Frozen. Her book came out on Friday!! So much excitement and so very proud - I nabbed the very last copy at Paper Plus in Napier on Saturday.
You may remember Laura's post about being a new knitter not so long ago. This cookbook makes me so very hungry, and Laura's way with words puts a giant smile on my face. Go buy it, make some tasty food and relax with your knitting.
In other news for us this week, we've updated all our stock post-KAN and i'm pleased to say we have loads of Knitsch Sock filling the shelves! I've also had news that our Malabrigo order has shipped - hip hip hooray!
Happy knitting xx
Hip hip hooray it's FRIDAY!
Which means it's time for another Weekend Treat. This time round it's 20% off all printed patterns in store....and as they are only stocked in store, to make it fair we'll throw a free tote bag into every order placed online from 5pm Friday 14 September to 9am Monday 17 September.
And because i'm loving the excuse Saturday Sit & Knit gives me to bake, i've got all the ingredients assembled to make this tasty treat...
I hope you can join me in eating it, or i'll be sporting a big fat tummy full of chocolate tart.
For donkeys' now i've been wanting to hand out purchases in tote bags - rather than plain old paper bags - to make your shopping experience a little more exciting. It seems a bit nicer to be able to tuck your new yarn into re-usable calico that can be used time and again (and also make for very good project bags).
Where exactly am I going with this?
Our lovely new tote bags! You'll get one of these for absolutely nothing when you spend $100 or more in store or through the online shop. Not bad, huh?
I'll also pop them up for sale too, if you're totes desperate for one (see! What I did there! Yep.)