Friday, 27 November 2009

Fibre Gone Wild?

The shipment of fibre and yarns has arrived from overseas. All sorts of goodies to temp you this holiday season. The website continues to lag behind my design and painting schedule. Up to date? Port Market will be restocked this Sunday.

What's on offer?

Gurdy Run fibre: a gorgeous blend of alpaca, wool, and silk in MIDNIGHT, the blackest blue/purple I've ever seen. It is magnificent carded fibre, ready to spin. $25.00AU per 100gm. This fibre is PA-grown and processed from Lydia's fleeces which are dyed, then carded to produce the most amazing blend of spinning fibre. Pricey? You betchya. Totally worth it! Very ltd quantities available. If you like this, I will order more!

Kraemer Roving: couldn't resist a mill visit to Kraemer in Nazareth, PA. Brought back a small amount of their outstanding wool roving in a fabulous ombrey orange/brown. Very natural, very easy to spin. $18.00AU per 100gms. Had a lovely chat with the mill owner during the visit -- we had a good laugh about me bringing wool back to Australia! Kraemer dyes their wool before spinning to create a beautiful, glistening blend of colour.

Kraemer Roving -- photos of colourway don't do it justice!

Roclans fibre: This is the lot of RUBY SLIPPERS and it's the last of the year's run. Kate has outdone herself this time. And yes, fibre is like Dorothy's slippers! Just a hint of red angelina fibre in here. Wool from Kate's award-winning flock of ramboullets. Ltd quantities in stock. $24.00AU per 100gms. Kate does her dye magic on her fleeces, then her friend Lydia works her carding wonders. This one is a killer and won't last long.

Yarns for the Port shop: new stock of soy ribbon $19.00AU per 100gm hank; new stock of PURE ($12.00AU per hank) soy yarn (in stock: aqua, navy blue, marigold, and a v. nice latte colour) for my new design in YARN magazine, the RIDE THE WAVE skirt. Buy the SIOz kit for this project and get the pattern/mag for $5.00AU!

NEW STOCK of Pure Merino 4ply is here! These are my special runs from the US festival season and there's almost nothing left; so, get in quick this Sunday if you want the best selection before they go online. $24.00AU per 100gm/360m hank, enough for a pair of adult women's socks or the SIOz baby bunting design from Sept 2009 issue of YARN.

Back to sorting, pricing, and designing... CU at the PORT! Melissa

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Back Home in Oz

G'day from Port Adelaide, SA. After a few weeks offline (Fall Fiber Frolic, PA, then a fun weekend at the Easton Waterfowl Festival with Yarns and Co -- thanks Gail and Ann), I'm back home with Richard and Lyta.
It was an awesome trip. I'd like to report a holiday, but nup. It's already summer here in Oz and that means cellulose season. So onward with banana silk, soy, bamboo, and a pile of cotton to be painted.
The fibre and yarn from overseas will arrive in the next few weeks, so do check back here and the webpage for updates stock. There are spindles that will be loaded to the online shop. And lots more.
Tomorrow, Sunday, is my first day back at the Port Adelaide Fishermen's Wharf Markets. Last week? Closed early to the horrendous heat. That was one Sunday I am relieved I was not present. Going from lovely cool autumn to 43 degrees in 1 day was a shock!
Sincerely thanks to my Australian stockists -- willing to put up with delivery delays from overseas. Thanks especially to Near and Far, Cygnet TAS, for their love of SIOz hemp and wool, a yarn near and dear to my knitter's heart.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Bunting and Kollage Needles and Hooks in Stock

Baby Bunting:

Thanks so much for the positive feedback for the new SIOz design in YARN -- A Lamb in Possum Clothing. I've sold out in the US of my copies, but they're available from the YARN website directly. And there are copies in stock at my Port Adelaide retail (upstairs, at the Birkenhead Bridge end of the market)

Kollage Needles and Hooks: Due my travel schedule, I've got a manual ordering system for Kollage Needles and Hooks at present. They are moving in and out of stock too quickly to post them online at present. Thank you for your enthusiastic use!

In Stock:

Hooks - US F/3.75mm -- 2 in stock; US J/6.00mm -- 1 in stock
Circular Needles: 40"/100cm: US 0/2.00mm -- 3 in stock; US 2/2.75mm -- 1 in stock; US 7/4.5mm -- 1 in stock; US 10/6.00mm -- 1 in stock

DPN's: US 0/2.00mm -- 7" -- 3 in stock
DPN's: US 0/2.00mm -- 5" -- 3 in stock

On Order: UK8/US6/4.00mm new straight metal needles (nickel-free process on these)
And a restock of popular sizes in the circulars. Special Orders cheerfully accepted.
Email requests to

I'll be at the Fall Fiber Frolic (see sidebar link) this weekend. Then, back to Easton, MD for the trunk show at Yarns and CO.

Cheers, and thanks, Melissa