December Newsletter

The Christmas season at the Shop is in full swing. New stock has arrived from overseas including more sheep mugs, bags and last minute stocking stuffers like pens and pencils all featuring very cute sheep! We will be closed from this Saturday at 1pm until Monday the 20th of January so if you need to stock up pop in now.
To those of you with lay-bys please come and collect them or let us know if you no longer require them as we will be undertaking a renovation of this area through the holidays and all out-of-date lay-bys will be returned to stock.
It is not too late to quickly knit up some small gifts for Christmas – small scarf/neckwarmers are always welcome as are fingerless gloves for the cold time of the year. For time poor there is always knitting accessories and Woolybutt has lots of cute and innovative little things to warm the heart of both knitters and crocheters plus of course dome great books!
I do wish everyone a lovely, safe Holiday season and Happy Knitting until next year,
Lorraine

November Newsletter

Gosh I think someone has forgotten to tell the weather it is Spring! Here in Melbourne we’re expecting snow today on the nearby hills and it’s cold here. The winter woollies that I was washing and packing away have now been resurrected for a few more weeks. On that point do make sure you wash your knitted garments before putting them away as garments put away dirty attract moths and silverfish. If storing them on open shelves lightly rub cedar oil over the shelf to deter pests or place fresh lavender bags on the shelves or in drawers. Both cedar and lavender are the best natural deterrents that I know to keep nasty little insects at bay.

Thanks to the weather Woolybutt is still packed with summer yarns and a new, beautiful one arrived last week called Opium. Despite the name this is a lovely textured summer yarn which is very economical to knit and has a lovely soft feel. The colours are very pretty and it would make a great knit for layering with a t-shirt or singlet underneath. it is knitted on big needles so it would also knit up quickly as a gift for Christmas. While on the subject of Christmas don’t forget that Woolybutt has gift certificates for that “hard-to-buy” for person and if that person is a keen knitter or crocheter, it makes an ideal gift. A certificate can also be exchanged for knitting or crochet lessons. If you want to brush up your skills or learn a new one our classes go until the end of the year and are held 10.30am to 12.30pm every Saturday morning. Please contact the Shop (03 9458 3101) or email me (lorraine@woolybutt.com.au) for more information.

If you have the yen to knit Christmas-based decorations come into the Shop and check out our new Christmas themed books which have just arrived – “Twas the Knits before Christmas” and the “Twelve Knits of Christmas” plus some new “Twenty to Make” Christmas themed books – all lots of fun.

Current Projects: a jacket in Baby Crofter, two knitted Meerkats (for elderly aunts who have gone dotty about those silly ads on the TV), these will be Christmas gifts with some chocolates. A pretty top for me in Opium – last on the list so I will probably be knitting this in January!

Happy Knitting

Lorraine

October Newsletter

It has been a busy month for Woolybutt with the new summer yarns arriving almost on a  weekly basis. Many of the most popular summer yarns are now in the front room of the Shop and  the winter yarns are now located in the back room. We are carrying a huge stock of Patons Vintage blend Cotton (the old Panda Vintage Blend) so if you have the current edition of Better Homes and Gardens and want to make some of the glorious items that are featured we most certainly have the yarn. This yarn not only crochets beautifully but knits sublimely (I have one customer who has knitted eight garments in this yarn and loves it to bits! She does have a wool allergy so Vintage Blend is great for her). The pretty four ply Heirloom cottons have all arrived and are ideal for summer baby garments.

Christmas is coming and will be here very soon and there is a new Christmas Book from Panda now available plus quite a few new one’s from overseas so if you are looking for a Christmas project come in and have a browse.

We have started a second class of knitting/crochet having finally found a teacher! The good news is that there are now vacancies so if you want to brush up your skills or learn a new one for the summer holidays enrol now. Just call the Shop on 9458 3101.

Woolybutt will be closed on Saturday the 12th of October as we are taking a break to talk about what went right and what we could be doing better next year. We will re-open as normal on Monday 14th at 10am.

Current projects: Perfect Day jacket is nearly finished and am thinking about a new pullover in Cotton Blend plus starting to think about garments next year for the Shop!

Happy knitting until next month,

Lorraine

September

Spring is here and as much as I like winter those last few weeks of August with the bitingly cold wind was extremely testing. At Woolybutt we have begun the massive shift of yarn from winter to summer. The bulk of the winter yarns will now be located in the downstairs back room and cottons and light weight yarns will be featured in the front room. Patons has renamed the Panda Vintage Blend Cotton as Patons Vintage Cotton Blend and changed the appearance of the ball band but it is still the lovely yarn that many of us love to knit and crochet for summer projects. They have also brought out some lovely new colours and a new booklet with the emphasis still on crochet items, yes, like you I wish they’d bring out a knitting book too featuring this yarn! Some of the new patterns will be featured in Better Homes and Gardens due out on September 19th. I an currently working on a little skirt which uses Katia Sole (2 balls) and  Patons Vintage Cotton (2 balls) and it should be in the shop later this week together with the pattern and it is knitted!

A yarn that has not been emphasised by me but which we do stock is Zpaghetti. It is knitting and crochet quality t-shirt material and makes really funky bags and homewares. Apparently macramé is making a comeback and many people tell me that Zpaghetti is ideal because it’s pretty and makes rather funky holders.

The Tea Cosy Exhibition is on at Bundoora Homestead next year so if you are a tea cosy maker get those needles out! The organisers tell me that they’re only accepting two entries per person and that no tea cosies will be distributed to purchasers until after the exhibition finishes. More details are available from the Shop.

We are having a massive cleanout of the Layby section before Christmas so if you have any out standing laybys please come and collect them. it is planned to revamp this area over the Holidays so that next year items will not be so difficult to find.

Current projects: the gorgeous Perfect Day jacket for myself! It will take me until at least April next year to knit it but hopefully when the cold weather hits it will be ready. Zoe has put in a tentative order for the Sole/Vintage Blend skirt so when I finish the one for the shop I’ll be knitting another on for her.

Happy knitting until next month,

Lorraine

 

 

July/August Newsletter

This month is a combined Newsletter as I have not been too well being hit with the usual late winter bronchitis. As a result I haven’t been in the Shop too often but on a brighter note I have gotten a lot of knitting done!

I went to the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show last month and despite it being an extremely cold and wet weekend I had fun catching up with people and seeing what was on offer. It was lovely to chat to the Tailored Strands people and see their gorgeous range of Alpaca all set out in one place. Another fun person with an absolutely amazing display of gorgeous yarn was Charly McCafferty with her Ixchel bunny fibres. I was particularly impressed with her blends, angora with camel, angora with silk etc. and all in the most heavenly colours. The yarns seem to come in small amounts, enough for scarves, handwarmers etc. and I hope to stock some of these glorious fibres fairly soon. I know we are still in the depths of winter but Woolybutt is now gearing up for the coming summer months. Fans of Panda’s Cotton Blend will be interested to hear that it is now Patons Cotton Blend and the range has been expended to include some delicious bright colours. There is also a new pattern book to accompany the yarn, all of which should be available later this month. There are also new colours on offer in the Regal range of cotton and some lovely new baby yarns will also be arriving.

I must apologise to all those who have put their names down for our Knitting and Crochet classes. We have a considerable waiting list and are currently taking steps to resolve this and people on the waiting list should be hearing from us soon about this. Those of you who have been in the Shop lately will have noticed that we have undertaken some refurbishment. The Knitting needle and crochet hook section has been expanded considerably making it a lot easier to find sizes. We still stock zips and Gutermann thread but have moved these displays into one of the back rooms. In the coming months a few more changes will be made which hopefully will improve the shopping experience at Woolybutt.

Current projects: finishing a poncho from the Patons “How to Knit” book and working on a Katia cardigan for Zoe.

Happy knitting until next month

Lorraine

June Newsletter

I’m a bit late this month with the Newsletter as a combination of illness and being really busy at the Shop have kept me away from the keyboard! Winter has arrived with all the unpredictability that only a Melbourne winter can provide. Today I was outside tidying up our garage and the temperature was quite pleasant but apparently it will plummet as the week wears on which is good news for all the Ski Bunnies out there! I’m now taking the rest of the day off to do some knitting and a hot cup of tea (after this of course)!

One of the things being given prominence in the News today was the Yarn bombing of a Melbourne street. I’m really in two minds about this. I love the bright “in your face” objects that get yarn bombed – a bench outside Readings in Carlton was done a while back and everytime I passed it, it made me smile. I also subscribe to the idea that any publicity is good publicity particularly when it comes to knitting and crochet but (and here it comes),  I was brought up fairly frugally and my Nana who was a far better knitter than I will ever be constantly checked out the Op. Shops for old knits. She would then undo them, rescue the best parts and wash them and her laundry was full of weighted skeins hanging from the ceiling drying. She would then knit them into jumpers and cardigans, I and my cousins would get the pick of them, the rest would go to local charities for fetes and to help out. So while I like the Yarn bombed objects I can’t help but think that all that effort and all that yarn could be used more productively. Thus when I pass a Yarn bombed object part of my mind is figuring out whether the yarn used could have knitted a homeless person a warm blanket on these bitter nights.

On a lighter note Cleckheaton are running a Beanie Promotion and in the next few weeks Beanies will be blossoming all over the Woolybutt Store. Some new colours are being launched in Country 8ply at the same time, the flouro colours are excellent for anyone outdoors and I know a few bushwalkers I’ve got lined up to receive flouro beanies.

Currently there is a “wait list” for classes on a Saturday morning. Please phone the shop and ask for your name to be added to the list (and don’t forget a phone number) and we’ll call you as soon as there’s a vacancy. Also the backlog of knitting and repairs has been cleared so if you have any knitted garments that need repairing bring them in. We are also caught up on all knitting orders and are happy to accept any you may have.

Stay warm and happy knitting until next month,

Lorraine

May Newsletter

Our phone line is down and we don’t know when it is going  to be repaired so please direct all inquiries to the e-mail address. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.

Happier news! Woolybutt is stocked to the ceiling with new season’s yarn so please come in and have a browse. The gorgeous Katia Azteca and Montezuma is selling fast and they are lovely yarns to knit with, very soft and cuddly so I highly recommend them for extra soft scarves or a big snuggly weekend jumper (the sort to curl up in on the sofa on a bleak winter’s day). There are new pattern books out and there are some lovely things in them.

Our weekend class is very popular and currently full but check with us in a couple of weeks as some people are finishing their course (hopefully we’ll have a functioning phone line well before then).

Current projects: a dress in Katia’s Montezuma and a multi-coloured cowl for the colder days ahead,

Happy Knitting

Lorraine

April Newsletter

The cooler days are finally here and daylight saving has ended – yay! I had been getting rather tired of getting up in the morning to midwinter darkness. Another good thing about this month is that just about all the new season’s yarns have finally arrived. Rainbow colours and thicker plys seem to be the story for this winter as well as cables, cables and more cables. As I mentioned last month Australian Country Spinners (Patons, Panda, Cleckheaton and Shepherd) have started to produce much small pattern leaflets containing two to three patterns only. It’s a great idea because you don’t end up with lots of extra patterns that you don’t need or want or have the expense of  buying a large book. This week Cleckheaton’s Rainbow 8ply arrived which is a perfect companion to  their multi coloured 12ply yarn and it is accompanied by just such a leaflet featuring a very interesting scarf pattern and a simple but sweet jumper.

I have had quite a few complaints lately that this website doesn’t feature yarns. The task of  taking photos of every colour yarn that Woolybutt stocks would take months and months but what I’m going to try is to feature one sample of each yarn together with the other colour numbers that we stock in that particular yarn. Until the new website is a going concern this is the best solution to the problem that I can think of.

Classes have started. We are only running classes on a Saturday morning as there wasn’t the demand for Tuesday mornings. If you have any queries or wish to come along to the class please phone the shop on 03 9458 3101.

Last week Woolybutt donated a large number of 4mm (size 8) knitting needles and crochet hooks to the Olivia Newton John Wellness Centre. During cancer treatments many people have to sit for hours doing basically nothing and so the Centre has decided to trial “Kntting/Crochet Therapy”. Dedicated knitters and crocheters all know how meditative and relaxing our craft can be (as well as productive) and this is the idea behind the therapy. If you have any used 4mm needles or crochet hooks the Centre still needs more and/or if you can spare some time and are happy to teach or help out give them a call as I know they would love to hear from you!

Current projects: the gorgeous Katia tunic featured in the Better Home and Gardens Knitting Book this month (an attachment to the magazine). Woolybutt stocks this yarn and I just had to try it! Tackling the Crocodile crochet stitch on a sample bits of yarn – I love the scaly look of this stitch and have visions of a dragon hoodie made from it!

Happy Knitting until next month,

Lorraine

News!

For those who have been patiently waiting for woolwinders they are now in stock and are $39.95. Easter is fast approaching and the Shop trading hours will be as follows: closed Good Friday, open Easter Saturday from 10am until 1pm, cloed Easter Monday and then normal trding hours for the rest of that week. Lots and lots of new stock arriving daily so come in and check it out!

March Newsletter

Classes are starting next Saturday in both Knitting and Crochet so enrol now! We have changed the format of the classses slightly but they are still excellent value with beginner materials, notes and morning tea all included. Please phone the Shop on 9458 3101 to enrol and do it soon as places are fast filling and we only take 6 people at a time!

The yarns for winter have started arriving and the first of these is Patons with their gorgeous new 12ply for winter in the Cleckheaton range. The good thing is that the yarns are arriving with the pattern books so the old hassle of having the yarn and having to wait for the patterns has disappeared. The other innovation which is sure to be a winner is that the pattern books have shrunk in size so instead of paying nearly $20 for a book of patterns (most of which you don’t really want) the books now contain only three patterns and as a consequence are much cheaper to buy. New colours in the “old” ranges have also arrived. Zhivago, Inca and Jet all have delicious and up-to date colours and they are in-store now. Next week Rainbow a new 8ply from Patons is also arriving.

One of our team members, Suzanne has been out of action for a few weeks with an operation. She is improving slowly and she should be back in the shop next week. Both Lana and I have missed her lots and it will be great to have her company once again.

This month new winter yarns from all the suppliers will be arriving so if you come to the shop you will have to pardon the mess. We try our best to clear the boxes as soon as they arrive (we want to see what’s inside them) but also the summer yarns have to be moved out to make way for the winter one’s so the workload is quite arduous (the summer yarns are still available they are just re-located to the back room).

Current projects: A Rare Yarns vest for the shop, a scarf in the new Bonjour scarf yarn from Patons and finishing a summer jumper from the stash (huge problems with the neckline)!