Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Windblown Knitter

Spent Monday in survival mode - mighty windy day down at the Art Market Sunday. Some very kewl people braved the wicked weather and came down to take a gander at the fantastic art market. My right-hand neighbor was a potter - that was new for me and it was nice to have something new to admire all day.

Thank you to my customer who brought by her old jumper. Whatever it becomes will be posted in a gallery link, so stay tuned. And she came to buy the unmentionables bag . It's a present for her nana for xmas. I'll have more for t
he xmas buying season.

Sold my first treasure vest, which is working off the theme of several bags that have made their way to Sydney. *wave*

Socks: I'm out of baby beantoes,
so that will have to be remedied. If you would like to
purchase a pair of baby/toddler socks and have colour preferences, please email me at strandedinoz@gmail.com and I will make those for you. Please specify baby or toddler size. See previous post regarding or Knitting Links for the colourway link.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Stranded Update

Monday Market Hangover day: it was a scorcher yesterday - 35C/95F in the shade, humid, and the mozzies decided to munch on my left ankle. Just the left one.  

A Big hello to all the friendly knitters and crocheters who came by the stall on Sunday. For those who are seeking sock yarn, I've just gotten a new load of eco-friendly sock yarn in an astounding array of colours. Have a look at the sock wool. It's going FAST. Colour assortments 2 and 3 arrived, so email me at strandedinoz@gmail.com if you have a hankering - $24.95 AUS - A generous, 100gm ball and the colourways are unique to this fibre blend. You'll forget all about Opal once you've used it. 

If you live in rural SA, sock yarn is mailed free. Why? Because the SA knitters who've come by the market say they can't get anything like it near home. 

And it's not just for socks - it's perfect for baby items, as it's machine washable. 

Soy sock yarn roadtest: when I first used this yarn, I didn't like the hand at all. It felt slickery, kinda strange at first. Weird on the feet. But I like the idea of using this fibre blend, so I persisted. And after washing and blocking it, the real beauty of the yarn came out.

And for shawl knitters, take a look at the Oasis link - 2 balls makes a lovely summer wrap. I've got some in stock - purplexed, passion, and solids of black, sapphire, turquoise, pink, and rose. $19.00 AUS per ball, but don't be put off by the price- they're monster 100gm/240 yard balls of pure soy. Machine washable! Forget the mercerized cotton this summer and try some of this. 

If you aren't sure of colours, come to the market on Sunday, where I keep the colour samples on hand. 

Why I'm stocking yarn: After several months at the Art Market and numerous queries from customers, it seems the logical thing to do. I will only sell fibres that I use and have rigourously tested. And after many conversations as to the lack of availability in SA, I'm pleased to provide this service.  

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Market Hangover

The market was buzzing on Sunday due to the Tasting Australia/Adelaide happening in Elder Park. Met some fantastic people who were nice enough to come by the stall and have a look at the latest Stranded In Oz items, which include the beta version of a new baby sock.

Awaiting the arrival of Tofutsies and Oasis and will advise on stock for soy yarn as soon as it is here.

Back to soy vest project.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Finished Monkeying Around

Feeling very virtuous, as completed my monkey socks for the Monkey Sock Swap 3. Awaiting news from my buddy on where the monkeys go.

Feeling doubly virtuous as I managed to stay awake in a 4-7pm web development workshop, the very hours of the day when my brain is on sleep mode. I managed to take notes even.

The good thing about business dev workshops are that they give you heaps of ideas. But you wake up the next morning realizing just how much more work you have to do and it all gets on top of you.

Next stop, redrafting 3 sock patterns and prepping for market day!