Yup, that’s right, I’m back and I will be blogging much more regularly. This time. Maybe. No really, I will.
Just to catch up on what’s been going on since my last post:
Firstly, I have to mention being made homeless at the end of October. Our new landlady pulled out 2 days before we were due to move in, mainly due to her being as mad as a bag of cats. Looking back it was probably a lucky escape. So we used our hired van to move all our belongings and furniture back to my parents place one and a half hours away, and proceeded to live out of a suitcase in a friends box room in London for the next 6 weeks until we found somewhere else. It was not the best timing for this little crisis, as I had signed up to some part time courses, was working at 120% capacity at work, and had planned to do my first ever stall and the public launch of Sweet Clement. However, we managed to move into our new flat just before Christmas so it’s all water under the bridge as they say.
6th December 2010 – The Bothered Owls Xmas Yarn Party
Yup, my public launch. Very exciting! With all the stuff going on in the background, I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to produce very much stock for the stall. I contacted a few of my lovely designer friends (Ruth of Rock and Purl, Emma of Made by Loumms, and Anna of Zombie Kitten Knits) and asked them if they had any patterns ready that could be on show and sold on the stall. From this, a beautiful batch of sample garments in Sweet Clement yarn were organised and knit by Ruth, Emma, Kate and Anna. Meanwhile, I needed somewhere to dye up yarn, and my lovely mum not only let me commandeer her whole kitchen for 3 weekends in a row, but actually gave herself blisters winding skeins during the week whilst I was back in London working and studying. How great is she!?!
I was an absolute bag of nerves for the last week or so, trying to get everything dried, wound and labelled for the show, but everything worked swimmingly on the night. Here are some fab snaps taken by Ruth just before the knitting public poured in through the doors.
Sweet Clement Stall
I had a grand time meeting and greeting people, most of whom were seeing Sweet Clement yarn for the first time. I had mince pies and red wine and some lovely chats with newly-met knitters, whilst others admired the samples and bought patterns and yarn. It was slightly weird to feel like I was behind the stalls for once, and I kept wanting to wander off with people to look at the other wares! Later on I got a chance to say Hi to Luisa from Lotusblossum Knits who was also having her first public outing, and Debbie from Skein Queen who had been offering us both some reassuring words on Ravelry. I also go to purchase some rather delicious Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply in Woodland from Jeni and her mum – I almost immediately regretted only buying one skein and so I put in an order for a second later that week.
I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work in helping me make such a lovely stall and for their lending moral support during the evening, it made everything a lot less scary to know that there were friends and fellow stallholders out there rooting for everyone’s general success. I had a great time and final thanks must got to Alex, Sarah and Scott of The Bothered Owl for organising such a fab shindig. I really hope that there’s another one some time in the future!
January 2011 – Etsy shop launch
With the start of the New Year and with my new flat mostly unpacked and sorted, I was finally able to start up my Etsy shop. To be honest I am a bit of a perfectionist and waiting for the “right” lighting conditions to take photos of my colourways just wasn’t going to happen, so I quickly made do with what I had. Admittedly they’re not the best photos, and I’m pretty sure that if you zoom in enough, quite a few of them have a bit of camera shake. But the colours are acurate (thanks to my fancy new camera having a brilliant white balance feature) and I’ll gradually replace them with better ones as I restock the shop. So for now, browse away at the colours in stock at the moment, and I’ll be letting people know when I update the shop on Twitter.
I think that’s the major events of the last few months caught up with, and now onto post actually about the present – hurrah!