Sunday, December 20, 2009

Songbird Designs Samples!

Here is something you can use for your next few finished items. Sarah from Songbird Designs has sent in some amazing gift tags made with knit-themed card! Each little packets contains three cute gift tags in matching colour ways. How impressed will your gift recipient be when they get your knitted item with a knit gift tag? (they had better be impressed, that's for sure, otherwise you are completely entitled to take it back and storm off in a huff!)

You can find Songbird Designs in real life at a variety of Auckland craft fairs, including Crafternoon Tea and the Devonport Craft Market, and of course you can check out their awesome felt store - if you are quick, you might get something in time for Christmas!

RW Scissors Winners!

Thanks to all the entrants in the RW Scissors competition. The winners are:

Cynthia McCaughan
Helen Bovet

Congratulations! There will be another competition probably next week I think.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Vintage Purls Samples!

Oooh, this is good! The Vintage Purls samples are here! And even more exciting - there are two different samples - a superwash merino/nylon sock yarn that might as well have my name on it (actually it does!) - this is totally my colour scheme - I LOVE this sock yarn! (I'll have to design a pattern just for this yarn). It's an extremely generous sample too, approx 20g.

And other other sample is some NZ Merino hand dyed fibre in beautiful soft grey/lilac/bluey-grey. It's also approx 20g, so there is a good amount to spin up or craft with. I really must learn to spin - that's my summer goal (along with finishing my sock book).

Have you visited the Vintage Purls website lately? I went to check it out last week and discovered it was totally my lucky day as the Summer Sock Club had only just been loaded, and I managed to buy one! I can't wait to see what the colours are. If you need some sock yarn for a summer holiday project, order some right now - consider it a gift from Santa. I'm sure you've been good.

DKNZ Designs Samples!

Deena Kirk is a designer of beaded jewellery and other beaded treasures, and she has sent in a sparkly selection of stitch markers! This picture shows a few of the designs - there are lots, and you are going to love having a bit of glam in your knitting.

You can find more of Deena's designs at and - and of course you can see her in real life at craft fairs around Auckland. There is still time to buy Christmas presents! Check out her felt and etsy store and pick up a few last minute Christmas gifts.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Marshmellowmagic Designs Samples!

Here is something for all you crocheters - the NZ Yarn Sampler Box is not just for knitters! Marshmellowmagic Designs have sent some absolutely gorgeous samples - beautifully presented in an organza bag. There is a pattern to make super-cute baby booties, plus the leather soles already punched so you can make them immediately. AND... there are even two lovely crochet stitch markers as well!

This will be the very first completed item you can make with your sampler box - just choose any of the lovely yarn samples, pick up your crochet hook and before you know it, you'll have a pair of cute booties. I expect to see lots of photos of completed items in our Ravelry group forum!

You should check out the other crochet patterns and completed items for sale that Marshmellowmagic Designs has available:

RW Scissors Samples & Giveaway!

These cute badges from RW Scissors always make me smile. I bought one from them at the very first Kraftbomb last year, and it lives on my favourite winter hat I knitted. It's the perfect kind of accessory for wearing on items you've knitted (for obvious reasons), and of course your smarty-pants non-knitter friends think they are hilarious when they get the joke "Oh KNITS, like NITS, haha". However, earlier this year when I very briefly had a slight problem (thanks to my young son and daycare), I wore my badge as more of a public health warning...

Moving right along... RW Scissors have a couple of prizes to give away! Up for grabs are two sets of badges - a large knits badge, and a small 'Darn It' or 'I've got knits' badge. All you have to do is tell me which craft fair you can see RW Scissors at this weekend. Email me your answers at by Sunday 20 December 9pm NZtime, and hopefully the winners will get their prize in time for Christmas (if in NZ - international entrants will take longer to arrive).

Check out more from RW Scissors, and visit them in real life at the Love Handmade Christmas market this Saturday - details here:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Gift Ideas / Wish List

Need ideas for last minute Christmas gifts for your crafty friends, or hints for your own wishlist for your friends to give you? I've put together a selection of amazing products available from NZ Yarn Sampler suppliers - please support their wonderful businesses! Get all your crafty gifts purchased right now, and then email this page link ( to your partner/family/friends so they can buy you something you actually want...

Christmas Craft Markets

Make it a handmade Christmas and shop at local craft markets! I hope you made it to Craft 2.0 last week - I was sad to have missed this one.

Saturday December 12

The Porirua Christmas Carnival Under The Canopies on Saturday December 12th 11am till 3pm.

Crafternoon Tea Saturday 12th December 2009, 10am-3pm at the Mt Eden Normal Primary School Hall, Valley Road, Mt Eden.

Sunday December 13

Plimmerton Community Market 10am - 2pm, Railway Carpark

Sunday Devember 20

Kraftbomb Sunday Dec 20, Grey Lynn Community Centre 11am - 2pm

Southern Alpacas Samples!

Here is a real treat from Southern Alpacas! What vibrant colours - and perfectly named to match the colours of a summer garden: Lovely Lavender, Sunburst of Poppies, and Pretty Pentstemons. These hanks are hand-dyed 2 ply yarns – which are incredibly fine, and they go a long way.

They have clean raw fibre in a dozen natural shades, and washed and carded slivers of pure alpaca fibre, in natural colours. They also blend natural coloured alpaca with hand-dyed silk for luxurious blends in fabulous bright colours. This year the range is luscious and almost edible – raspberry, bananaberry, apricot swirl, blackberry, black spice, and lavender.

Check out their website for crafting hints for working in alpaca, or buy alpaca fibre, yarns and products at

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Loop Knittery Samples!

I could just snuggle up with this wonderfully soft box of samples from Amy at the Loop Knittery. They are just gorgeous! There are 12 different colours in this 100% New Zealand made Merino, spun in Canterbury and hand dyed by Amy. It is a single spun "felted" yarn, a fine 23 micron, gorgeously soft Merino. This yarn is perfect for jerseys you want close to your skin, places where other yarns don't dare to go! This is a versatile wool that begs to be touched.

And as an exciting added bonus, each generously sized sample comes with a couple of lovely stitch markers, and a needle inventory chart! Now THAT is something I totally need. It's a handy little chart where you can mark off what needles you have in your collection, and what type of needles they are (eg metal, bamboo etc). Thanks Amy!!

You can check out a larger picture of each of the colours here:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

FREE Blendy Pattern!

I had to take a quick deviation from working on my sock book because it's nearly Christmas, and a handmade tree is the best kind. I've written 5 patterns for knitting your own cute little mini stocking decorations - for your tree, or give them away to your friends! And the best part is they use up all your little bits of leftover yarn.

AND, I'm giving away the Fuzzy Santa Mini Stocking for free! Visit my patterns page where you can download it, and see pictures of the other mini stockings. You can also buy all 5 patterns for the bargain price of NZ$5. And... you are totally welcome to knit these up and sell them at craft fairs etc :)

Spinning A Yarn Samples!

Here's something amazing for all you spinners - samples from Spinning A Yarn! Jessicah has submitted three bright colourways of Merino Sliver 'Venom Green', 'Hydrangea', and 'Californian Poppy'. They are dyed with wash and light fast Jaquard Acid Dyes.

I can't wait to see what these look like when they are spun! I'm not a spinner, but I think I'm going to try out a drop spindle and see how that works. Once I've got the technique down, I'll spin up the Hydrangea sample - it is all my favourite colours.

I'm sure you will love Spinning A Yarn's delicious sample! And you can also check them out at and