Naked Kits and 10% Discount at The Dartmoor Yarn Company!

One of the goals I set myself this year was to make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more environmentally friendly business.  I started the business selling kits – which, of course, need packaging to keep them together. However,  when you’re selling in shops, the packaging also needs to speak to your buyer.

Unfortunately a plain paper or recycled bag doesn’t say, quality, natural, eco-friendly wool, fun, quirky, rustic, Dartmoor, British made… or any of the other words that might apply. I’m also not a total killjoy and I know many of my kits are bought as gifts and nice packaging is part and parcel of that.

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However at festivals and craft fairs, I’ve sold naked kits, with no packaging, to people who want to knit the product themselves. I’ve also taken the needles out of kits for people who have needles already. But the one place I hadn’t though about doing this was on internet sales.

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So my first step to becoming a more eco-friendly business is to offer cheaper Naked kits on the website. That way people who want the kit for themselves, want to gift wrap it themselves, or want to buy one of my project bags or needles bags to put it in, can purchase at a cheaper price without excess packaging and/or needles they don’t want.

I’m offering options of:

  • No ‘gift’ packaging i.e. Only wrapping the kit in the necessary packaging (which is usually recycled) to see it through the post.
  • No gift packaging and no needles  – as above, but without needles.
  • No needles – for those who want to give a gift to a knitter who already has needles.

Of course gift packaged kits with everything you need to create your finished item are still available to internet browsers who want them.

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These options not reduce excess packaging, but allow me to offer kits at a cheaper price. And, on top of that saving, I’m celebrating this positive step by offering a 10% discount on everything on the website for the whole of March – including Naked Kits.

If you’re looking to treat yourself – or someone else – for Easter, take a look at our kits, gifts for knitters and Dartmoor wool felted products.

The code for the 10% discount is: Naked10

And the shop is here

Thanks for dropping by!

Bekki

 

 

 

FO: Zebra Socks

Okay, so it’s only my handbag knitting and they weren’t exactly complex, but I finished my Zebra socks 🙂 and amazingly they are my first knitting finish of the year!

Zebra Socks

Toasty warm in real wool – just what’s needed in this weather.

Wicked Witch of the East

Just one question: Should I buy myself a pair of red shoes and rename them Wicked Witch of the East?

Thanks for dropping by!

Cones of Ryeland and Jacob Wool for Sale

A couple of weeks ago I put a picture on my Sunday Sevens of some balls of wool I’d been winding. In the comments section, the lovely Judith from A Wee Story Book asked if I sold wool by the cone. I told her ‘no’, but if she’d like it by the cone, I could do it for her.

Shortly after I’d replied, a little voice in my head asked, So why don’t you sell cones of wool? 

Jacob Wool on the Cone

Another Doh! moment. Of course I should put them up for sale in the shop, so people don’t have to ask or go away without asking thinking I don’t. Sometimes the simplest things evade me.

Anyway, I just thought I’d tell you in case anyone fancies wool by the cone, there is DK and 4ply white Ryeland and 4ply brown and white Jacob by the cone here.

Puppy Paws Dog Walkers Sock Pattern, Giveaway Confession and LoveKnitting.com

If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you may recall that back in July, I made my first vlog post and set a give away competition for a paw print sock pattern PDF. I promised to announce a winner on my next vlog post. But then life took a bit of nose dive, I never made my next vlog post and, to my shame, forgot about the give away.

Paw Prints Dog Walkers Socks

Or at least I forgot until a couple of weeks ago, when I published my Dartmoor Sheep Sock pattern and remembered I’d never put the puppy paws pattern up for sale or  found a winner of  the giveaway. So here I am finally making amends.

First off, a HUGE apology to all those who entered for not running the draw.  Second I’ve now made the drawn using my random name picker, aka Lovely Husband and  a Tupperware box with screwed up pieces of paper in it. And the winner is…

Puppy Paws Sock

Mary from Mary’s Yarn Creations! Mary, I haven’t contacted you yet, since I think it’s a nicer surprise to read a post and find out you’ve won something. Please contact me through my contact form to let me know your email and I’ll send the pattern over. Of course I’ll contact Mary if she misses this post.

For anyone who does fancy the Paw Prints Dog Walker’s sock pattern and isn’t Mary, it’s now for sale as a PDF download on Ravelry or as a paper pattern, with free postage and 30% launch celebration discount, in my shop.

I also wanted to let you know that my 27 Knitted Santa Sacks and Dartmoor Sheep Socks patterns are now also for sale on Love Knitting as well as Ravelry and in my shop.

The Paw Prints Dog Walkers sock pattern should be on Love Knitting shortly, but it takes 5 days for them to approve patterns.

And one final word especially for Lynn who blogs at Tialys, Yes Heartfelt is next on the list, but the paws socks pattern was already knitted up and edited and tested.

Thanks for dropping by!

Bekki

 

 

 

A Happy Accident – Sheep Coasters

Last summer on a whim I decided to wet felt an extra, large extra thick piece felt to make coasters from. I find wet felting fun, but after a while the novelty wears off.  Unfortunately my interest didn’t last anywhere near long enough and, with better things to do, I gave up and dried it.

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I kidded promised myself I’d finish it another day, but each time I looked at it I knew: Continue reading “A Happy Accident – Sheep Coasters”

Dartmoor Sheep Socks Knitting Pattern

If you read my posts regularly, you’ll know I love to make up my own designs, but often procrastinate over writing the patterns up. You’ll also know I’ve been promising to write up my sheep sock pattern a for a while. So I’m delighted to tell you the Dartmoor Sheep Socks pattern is now up on Ravelry.  The link is here.

Sheep Socks Knitting Pattern

PHEW! Now I’ve done the sheep socks I’d better go off and tackle writing up the Heartfelt Cardigan. 

Stitch markers, mugs, pictures and roving

Over the last couple of months I haven’t done half of the things I’ve meant to do.  One outstanding task, I’ve finally worked on is fully updating the Dartmoor Yarn Company website shop. Here’s what I’ve added…

Stitch MarkersKnitting and Crochet Stitch Markers

I absolutely love making stitch markers, but during November haven’t been able to make them quick enough to have any left after fairs to put in the shop. But finally there are some  for sale, both for knitters and for those who crochet…

Hand Embroidered Pictures

I confess I may have been avoiding putting these in the shop, because I don’t really want to part with them…

Mugs

I’m down to my last three…

Roving

This really should have been up before now!

Carded white Jacob Roving felting

And I’m sure everyone has their supply of Christmas colours for spinning or felting this year – but just in case, and there’s always next year…

Christmas red green white jacob carder felting

Okay, so I’m not going to win an award for business woman of 2017, but sometimes there’s far more important things to do than update your web shop.