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

 

 

 

Finally an FO! (or two) – Anyone for Christmas Pudding?

A while ago I decided to knit a  Christmas pudding – as you do. I wasn’t happy with my first attempt, so the Christmas pudding got put down and forgotten until Tuesday this week, when I remembered, while doing my WIP round-up , that I wanted to knit one.

I was very happy with the second attempt…

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So I knitted it a friend, made a label and stuck it to a bag…

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And, much as I hate Christmas spreading out far beyond December, us crafters need to get going  in good time. So I reinstated the small  Christmas section of my website too.

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Yay! Finally feel like I’ve finished something 🙂

Hope you like my little puddings.

Sunday Sevens – July 29th

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of my week beyond the blog.

Last week started with a second day at the Cowslip Summer Fair. While I chatted to visitors to the fair I knitted a Country Cottage/Devon Longhouse for Donna to display in the Woolly Beader.  Here it is blocking…

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A bit more progress – Dartmoor Dormouse

There was a wee project I didn’t admit to finishing on Tuesday, because I’ve grown wise to not declaring kits are finished until they really are ready – i.e. the packing is also ready and the little critter is up on the website shop. If only I could simply knit the creature, write the pattern, have it checked and the rest sort itself out!

Anyways, here’s another project I finished this week…

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Hope you like him!

Teeny Tiny Sheep Keyring

I can’t believe the last time I showed you a Finished object was ten days ago. Although I’ve got some large knitting projects on the go,  I’ve plenty of small ones I want to knit. But I haven’t been able to get my head into the right space to sit down and work on even my simplest small ideas.

I finally seem to have my mojo back today and have knitted a tiny teeny sheep for a sheep keyring kit!

 

Now he’s hanging out in the shop with the other keyring kits, I’m off to work on some more ideas.

Hope your creativity’s been more in evidence than mine of late.

 

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We’re in Simply Knitting issue 156 – or at least they are.

Several people have observed that our sheep has ‘personality’. Boy are they they right. A few weeks ago, sheep and and teapot sweater snuck off and blagged their way onto a simply knitting photo shoot.   The first I heard of it, was when they started pestering me to buy them a copy of Simply Knitting.

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And now they’re pestering me to tell you about it. So here they are…

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Knitted Valentines Hearts

My lovely next door neighbour is completely to blame for these. She got me thinking about knitted wedding favours and, with Valentine’s day only a few weeks away, I couldn’t resist making some heart kits for the shop.

First I knitted some tiny teeny hearts…

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… then added a keyring…

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After that I made some bigger hearts.

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I just love how hanging a heart on a door knob or a cupboard or drawer make a house seem more homey and loved…

For a wonderful scent, I’ve added a pouch of lavender.

Although it’s still a couple of weeks until Valentines, Love does seem my keyword right now, because I love knitted cream cushions, they go with almost any colour scheme. I also love natural cream wool. And on top of that – as you may have noticed – I love cables. So it was only a matter of time before I designed a cream cable cushion kit…

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So that’s where a fair amount of my creative energy and knitting time has gone over the last couple of weeks. Hope you like them.

Bekki x