Thursday, April 26, 2007

About HipKnits and other things...

We are super excited to have HipKnits, UK products on our website with even more on the way. Kerrie Allman, the founder and owner of HipKnits, UK really is a talented and hardworking fiber artist. She is someone who has done it all in a way. She started HipKnits, UK and now hand dyes 20 different types of yarns for her studio and store. She hired designers very early to do patterns for her yarn and this was a very smart move on her part. She also does her own designs to provide free pattern support to customers who purchase her yarn. She founded the online knit magazine many know about called MagKnits. She also recently founded a UK based knitting magazine that we now carry at One Planet Yarn and Fiber, called Yarn Forward. It is currently listed in our "magazines and books section." She also owns a really neat company called SewHip! How much can one person do! We won't even mention her personal life! On top of this, she is an incredibly nice person unaffected by her success and a real pleasure to work with. HipKnits, UK is actually the type of company we like being affiliated with at One Planet Yarn and Fiber. Please make sure to start at Kerrie's blog and read all about her and her various enterprises.

We currently are carrying HipKnits silk and cashmere yarns along sari silk yarn and sock yarns and patterns. We did not get all of the silk yarn, which actually is the yarn that supports most of the patterns and it will be here soon. Her sock yarn is beautiful and the cashmere is amazing. The yardage on the skeins is high so take a close look. Even if a skein says $ 38.99, if it has 750 yards of fingering cashmere, that is a lot of cashmere for the price! Here is one of our favorite sock yarns called Subtle, which is almost sold out already. We love the subtle colors of the skein

Here is one of our favorite patterns done in HipKnits sock weight cashmere designed by One Planet Yarn and Fiber's own Creative Director, Melissa Wehrle. It is called Annabelle and is available by download as all the other HipKnits patterns are. Plus, there are lots of patterns that are free with a purchase of HipKnits yarns.

What else is new or coming soon?

We have three new WoolPets needle felting kits-a bunny, a blue bell and an intermediate kit called Sheep. These are hot sellers because they are so much fun and they teach people basic needle felting skills while completing a project. In the next two days, we'll be posting gorgeous new lace yarns from Chewy Spaghetti and a beautiful new shipment of yarns from A Piece of Vermont. This time, A Piece of Vermont, sent along "real Vermonter" yarn too! We'll show some photos soon. We have two cotton yarns coming and a new bamboo yarn from several new amazing companies which will remain a surprise for now!! And we have a order from Yarn Pirate coming in the next few days with another one promised for May!! PLUS, we are adding two of the most amazing new indie companies, along with two spindle makers. And we have about six or so exclusive patterns also releasing!! So, you can see we have lots of exciting news and products now and coming soon.

For dyers or smaller yarn companies, we are selling beautiful undyed yarn from Uruguay. See our "wholesale only" section for more info!!

Also, only a few more days for the April sale..... Certain products are 10% and 15% off for only a few more days, including all books and magazines by the way and they are already discounted. If you didn't get the flier or want one again, let us know. Because there won't be another sale most likely for awhile. With independent artisans and smaller yarn companies, it is hard to have sales on products because they are all handmade......

Bye for now!

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