Thursday, 11 February 2016
What is a sock blank?
These are lengths of knitted fabric (100g) in either my Standard or Sparkle Sock bases (base info here). They are 4ply, so good for any 4ply project, not just for socks!
To work with them, all you need to do it unravel one end and keep unraveling as you knit.
Knitting from an already knit yarn will require blocking once you finish your project and you may notice undefined stitches where normally they wouldn't be during knitting... don't panic, these block out nicely!
If you don't like the sound of knitting direct from one end of the sock blank then you can wind your blank into a ball and knit from there.
If you'd rather reskein, rinse and dry your blank, then this will wash out the kinks of the knitted fabric and give you a skein to knit from.
These are not made to order, so what you see is what is currently available. I do try to regularly update this area, but please bear with me during busier times.
Note on How They Knit Up: Please note that the fabric is knitted at a gauge of 8 stitches per inch and 11 rows per inch on the blank width... therefore you should expect for your projects to knit up very differently from how the blanks are dyed.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
I'm really pleased to say that not much has changed... which is not too unusual year on year, as I always do my best to manage margins vs. RRPs to give you the best offer I can at Sara's Texture Crafts.
Let's see what needed to change;
- Exclusive Blends/Fibre - Blends with 100% Merino rest at £6.50, but the increased cost of additions mean that those blends with silk, or sparkle have all risen to £7.50 (some were at this level in 2015, the rest have risen to meet this). This is an increase of 20p per 100g.
- Pick and Mix Table /wool and silk fibres and fleece - given the rise in silk once again and the cost of dye stock I have to (rather reluctantly) increase this price from £0.10 per gram to £0.15 per gram. However, the flip side of this is that I am now in a position to offer some new products in this category, so if texture and embellishments are your thing then keep watching!
You will be very pleased to hear that everything else remains the same.... yay!
P.S. thank you to those who filled in my survey on shipping prices last month. I had a fantastic response and the results seemed to overwhelmingly indicate one route for me going forward. I will hold onto these and analyse it in greater detail once Royal Mail release their annual price increases in April. I will let you know the outcome.