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The Yarnomat blog has moved

February 4, 2010

Now that the last yarn has been sold (eep!), the Yarnomat blog has now moved across to

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Other places to buy sock yarn

February 3, 2010

Now that I’m no longer buying sock yarn wholesale, I’ll soon need to find new sources for enhancing my own stash.

Bead and Opal Wool Queen is a great place for Opal sock yarn, of course. I like Opal a lot for hard-wearing, bright and funky yarns. Wish I could get ’em in solid colours too, though.

Ecoyarns has a lot of TOFUtsies and a selection of Opal self-patterning yarns. I love the way TOFUtsies knits up, washes and wears, but have sometimes been a bit disappointed with the colour fading over time. I’d suggest choosing TOFUtsies colours a little brighter than you want, to allow for potential fading.

Yay! for Yarn is new to me and I haven’t ordered from them yet, but plan to give them a try. They have Bearfoot, Dream in Color Smooshy, and Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. They have former Yarnomat staples Araucania Ranco, Noro Kureyon Sock and Silk Garden Sock, and Flat Feet, so you still have an Australian source for these great yarns. I also love Patonyle’s quality and softness, although I wish it would come out in better colours.

Wondoflex looks fabulous, has a great range and excellent prices. Lots of Opal colourways, plus Jigsaw, Patonyle, Maxime Print, Regia, Happy, and Noro Kureyon Sock. Good quality photos, too, which always helps with an online store.

Sarah Durrant‘s only sock yarn is Colinette Jitterbug. Previously I bought Jitterbug from my local yarn store, but there are so many beautiful colours on Sarah’s site that I’ll be ordering direct from her next time I want Jitterbug.

Morris and Sons have Araucania Ranco, Noro Kureyon Sock and Silk Garden Sock, Regia, and Jigsaw. I bought from them back when they used to be Tapestry Craft. They have a huge range of other craft supplies, and physical stores in Sydney and Melbourne.

I also want to mention Joy of Yarn in New Zealand. It’s the only physical yarn store that I know of specialising entirely in sock yarn. How fabulous is that? I’m going to splurge on postage and try some of their Supreme Possum Merino.

What are your favourite sock yarn stores in Australia or New Zealand? What do you like best about them?

Crikey! Almost all gone

January 20, 2010

This morning I announced that the Yarnomat sock yarn store will close on 8 February, and marked all the stock down to half price. I’d hoped that I might be able to recover some of the purchase costs, and give my wonderful customers a last chance to get hold of some the wonderful sock yarns that can be hard to find in Australia.

I’d expected to sell maybe half the stock before closing up in a couple of weeks, thus leaving me with a big personal stash of sock yarn to work through over the next few years.

Silly me. Your orders have flooded in today, and there’s less than a quarter of the stock left. At this rate, it may all be gone before the store officially closes.

If you have had trouble trying to access the Yarnomat store today, I’m sorry! Please try again. You will get through eventually.

There are still some lovely yarns available (as at Thursday night), including a good selection of the Flat Feet handpainted flats. I’ve been knitting a pair of Marywarmers for my sister with Flat Feet, and love the smooshy way it knits up. It comes quite crinkly out of the flat, so blocking is more important than usual to get a nice professional finish.

Closing down sale: everything half price!

January 20, 2010

All stock at Yarnomat is half-price from now until the doors close for good on Monday, 8 February 2010. So this is a great opportunity to grab some great sock yarn at incredibly low prices.

Yarnomat has been quiet recently, and I had been planning to re-launch it in January.

Well, I’ve been doing some soul-searching, and honestly examined the financials, and have decided instead to close the yarn store for good. It’s been lovely to have a miniature yarn store in my home, but I just haven’t had the time or the funds to build it into a profitable business.

I still love knitting, and sock knitting especially, and will continue developing and publishing patterns at the Yarnomat site. I  just won’t be selling sock yarn there any more.

Thanks for shopping at Yarnomat over the last couple of years!

Time for renovations

December 14, 2009

The Yarnomat store is temporarily closed for renovations, and will reopen on 1 January 2010.

I haven’t had much time lately to work on Yarnomat, and the store was looking a bit tired. In my other life, I teach technical communication and do some consulting work, and have been pretty busy with that lately.

I still love knitting, sock yarn and Yarnomat though, and the store will be back, I promise! I’m moving Yarnomat to a new storefront provider (Shopify) and designing some new knitting patterns.

Please join me in January for some great re-opening bargains at the new Yarnomat store. For now, you can always find me at Ravelry as verylisa, leave a comment here or send me an email.

Marywarmers Knit-a-Long

September 23, 2009

Much to my delight, the Fingerless Gloves Fanatics group on Ravelry has chosen my Marywarmers pattern for an Autumn KAL (knit-a-long).

Shorty Marywarmers

A pair of shorty Marywarmers that I made about a month ago, and that I've worn almost every day since.

For a KAL, a bunch of knitters decide to knit the same pattern at the same time. They share tips and advice, help each other through any tricky bits, and show off their efforts.

If you would like to participate in this KAL, check out the thread in the Fingerless Gloves Fanatics forum.

If you’re not a Ravelry member, why not join? It’s free and fabulous.

Clandestine sock in new Knitty

September 11, 2009

The Fall issue of magazine is out. There are new patterns from two of my favourite designers. Straight to the queue they go!

Clandestine by Cookie A. Another ornate, decadent sock design that may be a challenge to knit but will certainly turn out gorgeous. One of these days I will buy her book, Sock Innovation, but right now I still have too many other patterns to knit.

Colonnade by Stephen West. This new designer has been producing some incredibly stylish shawls.  His shawl shaping is innovative yet still quite simple.  I especially love how his shawls look good on men and women — not an easy achievement.