Sunday, 28 August 2011

Never Not Knitting

To augment the selection of Patons pattern booklets, Debbie Bliss booklets and the lovely Fingertips glove designs, I've spent this morning uploading to the website eleven beautiful patterns from United States designer, Alana Dakos, who designs as Never Not Knitting. Do have a look because they're something a bit special: each one is a four-sided, colour-co-ordinated work of art giving detailed instructions for making tops, dresses and accessories for women and little girls. Just lovely!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

What do you look for... an online shop?

Okay, it's probably a rhetorical question if blogger's blocking comments again, but anyway, I ask because I'm watching with interest and frustration the rise and rise of one particular online yarn retailer whose customer service is said to be excellent and whose stock is huge, but whose prices are...well, quite high really. Well over rrp, in some cases. And yet customers are lining up to testify how great they are.

How do they do that? It seems to be the result of simply very aggressive marketing. For eample, adverts paid for on websites which find the lowest priced products give an impression of good value/low prices even though the company might actually be the most expensive. Very clever.

Well, I'm inclined to hope that if you offer a good product at a reasonable price coupled with your own excellent customer support, eventually people will notice and come to appreciate your service and quality. Or maybe they won't! Time will tell. But yesterday we received our first, lovely, unsolicited note thanking us for 'first class service'. It's a start.

Happy yarn buying, y'all!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Just off the needles

Quite some time ago it seemed like a great idea to knit a scarf which looked like a row of dominoes for my niece who runs a fund-raising project - The Knock On Effect - which has a domino as its symbol. Several months and lots of reversible knitting later, I was wondering whether she'd also think it was a good idea or whether it was just plain daft...

Here it is anyway!