Archive for May, 2010

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A Knitting Dream

31 May 2010

All we knitters have at some time been told “You could sell that”.  The (non-knitting) friend generally has no idea how much we’d have to charge to recoup the cost of the materials and labour. not to mention adding a little just for profit.

Last week in the UK, the BBC aired a show called High Street Dreams and one of the entrepreneurs featured was a woman called Beryl Ware who wants to break into the big time with her knitted scarves.  You can see a short extract from the show here. 

The scarves are knitted with very thick yarn on very large needles and she sells them retail from her website for up to approx. AU$400.  Strangely,  they’re knitted with merino roving (ie unspun yarn) and I’ve no idea how that stands up to daily use.  One of the big UK High Street stores has placed an order and will sell them for about $300.

The show has raised interesting discussion around the Knitternet about knitting (and other crafts) as a business.  They do seem incredibly expensive for such little work but anything that raises the public’s perception of the value of handmade items is fine by me.  I nearly cried at the Easter Show this year to see what price some of the entrants had put on their labour – one beautiful fine lace scarf with a price tag of $50 for instance.  Who else in a first world country would work for $1 an hour?

I will be very interested to follow Beryl’s progress.

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WWKIP – the Prizes

28 May 2010

I think WWKIP Day is worth attending this year just for the opportunity to win a great prize (as well as, of course, having fun and making new friends).  People and companies have been SO generous in offering prizes for the competitions.

So far we have (in no particular order):

Mosman Needlecraft – A WONDERFUL basket of goodies (you may have seen the one we got last year).  Not sure what’s in it but definitely some Malabrigo and Koigu

Knitabulous Yarns  –  Ailsa’s FANTASTIC hand-dyed yarn

Kaalund Yarns  –  A gift voucher to spend at the Darling Harbour Show (the week after WWKIP)

Celia’s Basket  –  Celia’s SUPERB hand-dyed yarn

Greta’s Handcraft Centre – A gift voucher to spend at the shop in Lindfield

Stitches and Craft Show – Tickets for the show in Sydney, August

Sarah Durrant – Gift voucher to spend online or at the Darling Harbour Show

Morris & Sons   –  KnitPro Sock Blockers and ‘Yummy” sock yarn from FibroNatura

Yarn Workshop  –  Set of 8 KnitPro Symfonie straight needles, in case

Private donation  –  Two Touch Yarns scarf kits

There are TWO competitions this year.  It’s extremely difficult to think of competitions where access to the internet is NOT an advantage and where the entry is either right or wrong (and it’s knitting related).   

The first competition fits those criteria and the winner will win the Mosman Basket – there will be 2nd and 3rd prizes as well.

The second competition is a bit of a silly one, with 2 or 3 prizes depending on the number of entries (Please don’t feel you HAVE to enter either competition).  Bring along some yarn and needles – just small amounts (and if you have any spare small amounts, would you be willing to bring some extra for those who didn’t bring anything?)  This competition is totally judgmental (eg this entry is better than this entry) but I’ll do my best to find a fairly independent judge for it!

The rest of the prizes will be distributed by lottery, so everyone has 3 chances to win something.

Tea and coffee will be available for donation to costs.  And we have canvas tote bags, with this year’s logo, available for sale at $7 each (a wonderful price because we have support from the wonderful folks at Yarn Magazine).  We also have support this year from the City of Sydney, who are providing us with the venue.

For all details about time and place, see my post here.

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“Beauty Tips” by Pompom

26 May 2010

Twice in the last week I’ve met up with friends socially (Hurray!).  And everyone tells me how well I look.

Not in a “You look good for someone who’s been so ill” type of way.  But rather  “You’re looking fantastic.  Your skin looks great and your eyes sparkle”.

So there’s my beauty tip for the month.

Fracture your hip, spend two weeks in hospital, take hefty doses of painkillers for 5 weeks or so.

Because you’re worth it!

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Me Lazy

25 May 2010

In March, while working full-time plus having a fairly active and fun social life, I posted to this blog everyday.

In May, while not working at all and having practically no social life, being confined to the house with crutches, I posted on this blog six times.

I also have lots of jobs to do at home which are within my current capabilities.  Have hardly touched them. 

Which just proves what so many people think – if you want something doing, ask someone who’s busy.

Certainly don’t ask me.

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New Ravelry Group

19 May 2010

The Knitters’ Guild of NSW now has its own official Ravelry Group:

It’s a place where we can share information about upcoming events, help each other with the Achievement Certificates, hear about the latest goodies from our retail members  and just generally mingle with members from other groups.

So if you’re a Guild member, and a Ravelry member, do go and join. 

 

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The Kindness Of Strangers

16 May 2010

When I first wrote about my accident, 10 days after it happened, trying to type on a tiny keyboard from my hospital bed, I mentioned the extraordinary kindnesses I’d received. 

Strangely, when people hear that the accident happened in the street, and I was by myself at the time, so many of them automatically assume that nobody came to my help.  Which is so far from the truth.

Because of the state I was in at the time, I’m not exactly sure how many people helped me – at least 5 – but help me, they certainly did.  Apart from calling an ambulance, one man held my leg in the air for about 15 minutes because having it flat on the pavement was excruciatingly painful.  One woman phoned the office for me.  One shopkeeper came out with 3 or 4 cushions to help make me a little more comfortable (and they ended up in hospital with me.  I did eventually ask someone to return them to him about 5 days later).  And to get me onto the trolley to go into the ambulance involved some sort of hammock affair, which these complete strangers helped to carry – it needed about 8 people.   My handbag came into the ambulance with me with all its contents intact – credit cards, cash, mobile phone etc. 

I have no idea who these people are – and probably will never know – but it confirms what I’ve always thought. 

Most people will do good if the opportunity arises. 

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A Dying Art . . . Part 2

14 May 2010

So a Shetland Island Councillor thinks that knitting is a “dying art”.   

But in September, the Islands are hosting an international knitting conference!  The organisers are hoping it will “foster study and promote the revival of the craft”. 

“Foster study”?  Not in the Shetland Island Schools, it won’t.  “Revival of the craft”?  Perhaps they could discuss this with the Shetland Island Councillors who don’t appear to be aware of any such revival.

And to top it all, the Chief Executive of the Shetland Islands Council, who was appointed in the middle of last year, has been sacked at a cost of 300,000 pounds (which includes a 250,000 pound golden handshake, I believe)!!  That would pay for a few knitting teachers.

One of my blog readers wrote a letter to the Shetland News about this, as a result of which I’ve had lots of visits from Shetland News readers.  Welcome!  If there’s anything we can do to help this situation from the other end of the world, please let me know.  There are a lot of very active knitters down here who acknowledge the massive contribution that the Shetland Islands have played in the history of knitting.  We can’t join you on the picket-line but we can be very vocal in other ways.