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

 

 

 

Heartfelt Cardigan TA DA!

Many years ago, when I did not have the time to knit a cable cardigan, I bought a cream cable cardigan. I very much loved my cardigan, but over time it grew. As it grew, it moved from being a favourite cardigan to a pull on when it’s chilly cardigan. But still it grew and the cream began to turn a little grey however well it was washed. So it became a throw on when it’s chilly and you’re absolutely sure no one will see you in it cardigan.

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I’m looking down because if I move it slips either side of my boobs

I wished and wished my poor cardigan was still new, until one day I realised wishing was going to get me nowhere.  So I picked up my needles. I wanted to knit an near identical cable cardigan in my grey Dartmoor Yarn Company wool, but one that felt a little more feminine. I loved the idea of cabled hearts, but this was the closest I could find in a stitchionary.

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But it just wasn’t heart shaped enough and I certainly didn’t want anything as untidy as the way that one pulls at the sides – although I did wonder if that was down to the skill of the knitter who made the sample for the book.

There was nothing for it but take out my graph paper and design my own.

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The pink one is my first attempt.

And so I began knitting, until finally…

TA DA!

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Please excuse my hair, I’d been out in the rain all morning and I’m due at the hairdressers next week.

Heartfelt Cardigan

I’m very pleased with the finished cardigan, but not so pleased with the size of my hips and bottom.  I did intended it to be slightly looser fit and I did get the measurements right – I just failed to lose the weight I intended. So now my cardigan is finished, I’ve absolutely no excuse not do it justice by getting on with losing those extra inches, which I lost last year then put half of them back on again!

I also now need to get the pattern written up within a month as I promised in the goal I added to my 2017 list last month.

Knit your own country cottage

I’m determined this week to get several projects finished that have been almost finished for a couple of weeks. First up is an idea I had ages ago, knitted and blocked quite a while back, but never quite found the oomph to take off the blocking mat, finish and write up. But finally I have.  It’s another project for the DYC shop, Knit Your Own Country Cottage.

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Apart from a couple of keyrings I need to write up, this is the last knitting kit I’m designing for the shop for a while. Hope you like it.

 

Knitted Coin Purse and Work in Progress

I’ve no idea where the time goes, but I don’t seem to be getting much knitting finished of late. Although I do have two other projects nearing completion, one is a quick one that I only started last week. There is also the curl I’m knitting, so I can only think that I’ve been spending more time than I realise on that. Continue reading “Knitted Coin Purse and Work in Progress”

Tutorial: How to Knit Loopy Stitch (or Loop Stitch)

Over the weekend I was contacted by a lady who was knitting one of my Dartmoor sheep kits and couldn’t work out why she kept gaining a stitch each time she knitted the loopy stitch.

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For some time now I’ve been intending to put some tutorials up to help with knitting the Dartmoor Yarn Company Knitting kits. So  here’s the first: a video of how to knit loop/loopy stitch. A Picture Tutorial is below.

Loopy Stitch/Loop Stitch

  1. Knit into stitch but do not slip off needle.

2. Bring yarn to front between the needles.

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3. Place thumb on the yarn…

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4. …and pull the yarn up over your thumb and back between the needles.

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5. Keeping the yarn wrapped around your thumb, knit into the front of the same stitch,

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this time slipping it off the needle.

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6. Remove your thumb and you will have a loop hanging between two stitches.

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7. Put your left hand needle into the front of the right hand stitch (i.e. the first half of the stitch you knitted)…

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…and slip it over the stitch on the left hand side of the loop.

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Et Voila! You have knitted a loop stitch – or maybe a loopy stitch.

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And if you knit enough loops you can knit a Dartmoor sheep…

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Sunday Sevens 08/01/17

Having taken a bit of break from Sunday Sevens in December, I’m returning to posting seven (or so) photos of my week on a Sunday.

After staying up late to see the year in, last week started with taking it easy on a very damp and windy New Years Day. But we did manage a walk to the White Lady Waterfall in Lydford Gorge… Continue reading “Sunday Sevens 08/01/17”