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The Chunky Needle Turns One!

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The Chunky Needle is one year old! Wow how did that happen? When I look back at where I started, a lonely, bored former secondary school teacher, stay-at-home Mum with too much time on my hands to now having no time, it’s pretty amazing how my world has shifted on its’ axis. As I’ve written before I’ve been a knitter since the late 80s and was chunky knitting way back in 2005 of course not knowing then how I’d actually make money at it in years to come. I saw a chunky knit post on an Australian friend’s Facebook page nearly 2 years ago and I immediately knew I needed to make these blankets, scarves, cushions etc. I at last found a new purpose. Time was then spent on learning the craft. I knew how to knit already and had been familiar with using 25mm needles but 40mm was something entirely new. You can’t simply buy these sorts of needles at Hobbycraft. I started online research and was amazed to see all the chunky knitting already going on here in the UK. I had some of my very own wooden chunky needles made from a local wood turner found close to my home in The Forest of Dean. I sourced a wool supplier and slowly began putting all the pieces together. With no website building training or experience, that alone took me a good 6 weeks or so to get my head around. Thankfully my husband has already launched a very successful home based, online business and without his expertise and general know-how, it’s unlikely I’d get the business side of The Chunky Needle up and running.

My first official order came from America of all places!. On the back of a blanket gifted to a NY City blogger, I was able to get a little bit of coverage in US social media. The first order was for a Dandelion Infinity Scarf. I remember the order clearly as I worked carefully with the buyer to ensure the length was just right.

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The orders that followed all became a bit of a blur. A slow steady trickle started to emerge. Of course my first summer trading happened to fall in the longest summer heatwave Britain has seen in decades. I spent most of the summer elbow deep in merino wool as I prepared for Country Homes and Interiors Magazine show in November. It was a long hot summer of knitting and always thinking ahead to Christmas and the months to come. Summer seemed to go by in a bit of a blur as I spent much of it with needles in hand. I’ve learnt how to better time manage and have an action plan for this year. ;-)

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I completed my first market in Cheltenham in July and managed to swell a whopping £110 worth of stock on one of the hottest days recorded. I sweltered in that market, melted in front of any punter that dared come near my smelly self, but I made good friends and meeting customers face-to-face was just the sort of boost I needed at that time. I attended a Going To Market workshop in the days prior to Cheltenham and it gave me just enough confidence to make my first market experience worthwhile.

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In August my business started to move in an unexpected direction. I was approached by a gift shop in Stow-on-the-Wold about holding a cushion workshop. I hadn’t even thought there was market or interest in teaching the secrets of chunky knitting, but little did I know, I was about to open a pandora’s box. 315 students later, I’m rocking and rolling the workshop world. I’ve done arm knitting and cushion workshops in counties all over the country and have several requests for more. It’s kept me incredibly busy with little time to blog, knit, clean house, etc. but it’s been quite rewarding. As a former teacher, I love being able to get back in front of a group of students and teach something that I enjoy. It’s been quite uplifting for me. The workshop world has really taken off in the last few years as many cafes, work spaces etc are diversifying into small crafts and DIY.

The autumn was a blur of prepping for the big magazine show in November as well as keeping up with the regular commission orders that were coming in quite frequently. From October onward I had consistent Making work. By far the stockinette, opal blanket was/is the best seller for Christmas 2018. I think I must have done 30 of those blankets by the time Christmas rolled round.

Images courtesy of @shnordic Instagram

Images courtesy of @shnordic Instagram

The November show in Henley-on-Thames was crazy. A beautiful show with awesome vendors, I was super lucky to probably get the funniest and most chilled neighbours at the event. I was able to secure some social media coverage from Country Homes & Interiors magazine when it was discovered they were using chunky knit stockings in a sponsor display by a competitor knitter that hadn’t even paid for their place in the show. There were many red faced magazine folk on hand when it was quickly discovered. I saw & spoke to hundreds of people over those four days. It was exhausting but was so much fun getting The Chunky Needle ‘out there.’ The feedback was super encouraging. Will I do it again? Probably not. I think workshops and web sales with a good Google presence are the way forward for this little company. No regrets though. So much learnt.

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As December rolled into the new year, I was hopeful a little respite might come my way as Christmas was busier than I had anticipated for a first year company. I was mistaken. LOL. A super collaboration with a Danish homeware supplier was presented and I had to act upon it. 20 blankets were needed in about 4 weeks. Mid January to mid Feb I was deep into about 50kgs of merino, felting, knitting, shipping, repeat. All this whilst still doing on average 2 workshops a week. One weekend in January saw me do 5 workshops in 72 hours over 3 counties. I’m a crazy person. I’ll definitely never do THAT again!

As March 1st approached I was taking workshop bookings well in to May, June and even DECEMBER! I’ve got a dual wreath/blanket offering with a gorgeous Cotswold boutique hotel that they’ve secured me for. As The Chunky’s first birthday rolled round, I have an interior design collaboration with a European hotelier in the works and have secured a mental health, corporate workshop day, for a tech company at their two London based HQ’s. With regular workshops, private parties (which are really taking off) and regular custom orders, things don’t appear to be slowing down. In truth I’ve been writing this blog post over the last 10 days! LOL

By the first year, The Chunky Needle has sold product to seven countries. Have had over 400 orders. Over 40 workshops. Over 300 workshop students and 36,500 unique website visitors. Simply put, WOW!

I’ve definitely learnt quite a bit as the year has gone on. I’m learning to say, ‘no thank you,’ to some of the offers coming through, as I can’t forget I do have a young family to raise - oh yeah remember that?! I know that social media can most of the time be a wonderful place to network and promote, but it can also be a devilish thorn in one’s side that can make a person lose perspective. There will always be someone with better posts, better pictures, more followers, etc. but all so often this is an ‘insta-sham.,’ and not to be trusted. Lastly I’ve learnt to not be so hard on myself. Every day presents something new to learn, and it’s only normal that mistakes will be made along the way. I have a good support network around me who encourage and back me up whenever needed.

Anyway, ten days later, I think I’m going to leave this blog post a bit unfinished, and say “it’s time to move on.” Thank you so much to every customer, student, venue, supplier, friend, family member, etc. that have made this first year such an enormous success. I do wonder what year two shall bring.

Until next time, stay Chunky.

Cx

Chunky ARM-ageddon

Wake me never.

Wake me never.

Well I’m not one for conventional marathons that’s for sure. The training. Time time commitment. The physical, excruciating pain of it, not to mention the chaffing. Yikes. No, instead I run (get it?) knitting marathons - five workshops, three counties, 160kg of wool to transport, in a period of about 56 hours. I’m a nutter. No I’m just a knit wit.

This past weekend I put onto the calendar about 2 months ago. I’m having a hard time saying ‘no’ to offers and why would I want to? The weekend of January 18th-20th became known as Chunky Arm -(get it?) Ageddon. I said ‘yes’ to everything. Yes I can order that much wool. Yes I can transport it all around the country. Yes I can on my own drag bags and bags of wool across shopping mall floors, mud soaked car parks, snowy winter escapes. I am CHUNKY hear me ROAR is my new mantra.

My first arm knit workshop saw me with a group of gorgeous Mamma’s in Blockley, just outside of Moreton-in-Marsh, GLOS. These yummy mummies are PTA Mammas and this workshop was designed to raise money for their school committee. I spent my Friday evening listening to retro 90s tunes, swathed in merino whilst the ladies knitted, knattered, drank pink prosecco and downed the yummiest canapes of foccacia and olives. How posh they run in them Cotswolds. I loved it. The snow started to gently fall over the limestone hills and those newly knit chunkies quickly turned into capes and shawls to combat the chill.

The Mummies of Blockley FOS

The Mummies of Blockley FOS

Saturday the alarm went off at a respectable 7am but let’s be honest, as a Mum of twin boys, the wake up call came much earlier. The car was loaded with 85kg of merino and acrylic. Off I go east to the counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. First stop, High Wycombe’s Eden Centre and the newly opened Craft Coop. A lovely haven of all things crafty. This was a bit of a challenging set up as I had booked on far too many people for the space available and I had to park (aka: UNLOAD) way toooooo far away from the shop without the immediate aid of a device on wheels. After some wrangling, a shopping trolley was sourced (Thanks Tesco. Hope you’ve found it by now.)

Craft Coop, High Wycombe, BUCKS

Craft Coop, High Wycombe, BUCKS

17 of us (18 with me) filled the back of the shop with yarn flying here, there and everywhere. Without enough table space, we had to get creative with our cast on, but we got there in the end. There were plenty of smiles and laughs and the blankets made were just fantastic. Super proud of those ladies as they got my day off to a flying start.

The ladies of Craft Coop

The ladies of Craft Coop

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After a private 1-1 with the lovely Zoe, time was inching ever closer to my next workshop in Henley-on-Thames, about a 35 minute drive in traffic on a Saturday afternoon. YIKES! It was now 13:50 and my class was at 3. I always like to arrive 30 min before, but at this Henley venue I need loads of time as I need to unload and then re-locate my car. HAHA yeah right! Find parking on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Henley close enough to get back to my workshop venue in less than 5 minutes! HA!!!! Well I had to make an emergency call to an old friend that lives locally. I hate imposing on people at the last minute, but this was a do or die scenario. I arranged for my friend to walk down to my venue, pick up my car, drive it to their house, park it, then come pick me up after the class. I mean seriously, what amazing friends right? I felt a bit like a teenager again having my Dad come pick me up from the mall.

After all the logistics were sorted I had a group of lovely ladies join me in the old Tudor, wood beamed room of what is now Zizzi restaurants hire space. It’s a charming rustic room that I do enjoy using, but will be looking for a new space for my next Henley class (long story, not going to go into it.) I had two special guests attend this arm knit class the lovely Lynne Lambourne of interior styling and design Love Nellie and her delightful bestie, women’s alternative health expert and nutritionist, Angie Best, came to check out The Chunky Needle and see what this arm knitting deal is all about. Well they came, they saw and conquered as gorgeous chunky knit blankets were made by them and all my students combined.

Lynne Lambourne and bestie Angie Best

Lynne Lambourne and bestie Angie Best

Chunky Knits in Henley

Chunky Knits in Henley

With little time to relax, it was time to call my “Dad” to come collect me as my next workshop was about to start 20 minutes away in lovely Marlow, BUCKS. 7pm start time with arrival approx 6:20. OMG thank GOD the fabulous Resolute Cafe in Higginson Park, allowed me to park right outside their restaurant. By this point hangry (no food was had yet - seriously) and knackered it was a joyous relief to park literally out the door. One of the staff members helped me unload upon his own initiative and that was such a welcomed offer. The Resolute was quiet and peaceful. The tables were set up and everything was ready to go. Best part for me was that this restaurant specializes in artisan pizzas - so of course, it was time to eat. I treated myself to a much needed glass of merlot and enjoyed The Resolute pizza entirely. Seriously, the pizza is WOW!

The Resolute Cafe, Marlow, BUCKS  The next arm knit at Resolute will be Saturday Feb 23rd 4pm. Book  HERE

The Resolute Cafe, Marlow, BUCKS

The next arm knit at Resolute will be Saturday Feb 23rd 4pm. Book HERE

Class finished bang on time at 9pm and I was back in my car ready to head back to Gloucestershire by 9:15. One hour, 45 minutes back to the countryside. I don’t know about you, but long night drives just feel like a never ending foray into a black hole. Wow. Definitely needed a services stop at Oxford!

Sunday morning arrived far too quickly but alas, the birds sang. My last Arm-ageddon workshop of the weekend. The award winning, Malt House Emporium in Tewkesbury was to be my finale. Oh and what a finale it was. Seriously I don’t even know how to describe this super warehouse of interior design genius. Two, expansive floors of vintage, craft, new makes, antique, all under one roof and styled as though you’ve entered a time machine. It’s like IKEA as the for proper grown-ups and the intellectually design savvy. No flat pack here! (Sorry IKEA, no offense meant.)

Our workshop space was suited and booted and I was so happy that I brought a few Chunky Needle blanekts and cushions with me as I couldn’t not take a couple styled photos. The inspiration was swarming. I could spend an entire day in there taking shots of my blankets against all the gorgeous furniture pieces.

Look at this place!!! The Malt House Emporium, Tewkesbury, GLOS

Look at this place!!! The Malt House Emporium, Tewkesbury, GLOS

The class was a gem. Lovely group of ladies coming together on a chilly Sunday afternoon to learn a new skill, have a laugh and make gorgeous chunky knits. What more could one want? The beautiful Ferns Tea Room kept us warm and the blankets added to the cozy ambiance. So many onlookers were amazed by what we were producing as they hadn’t seen anything like it. It really was the cherry on the Arm-aggedon cake. I look forward to my next cushion workshop at The Malt House on March 10th. Book HERE:

The Malt House Emporium, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

The Malt House Emporium, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Workshop was over by 3:30 and that drew a line under my chunky knit marathon. What a crazy weekend. Overall I met 80 women and carried 160kgs of wool. Imagine that. 80 chunky knit blankets made. Seriously WOW!

There’s no time to rest however. I’m back at Bowden Stores in Market Harborough, Leicestershire on Wednesday night and then two new venues in Cirencester and Stroud, GLOS on Friday and Saturday this week. February starts with a bang with cushion workshops in the Forest of Dean, blanket workshops at the highly regarded Tudor Farmhouse as well as many other venues. I’m super excited and super busy lol!

Thank you to everyone that helped me make this weekend possible, and many thanks to all the venues that welcomed me through their doors. I look forward to future collaborations in the coming months.

Thanks for reading everyone and stay Chunky.

Cx

The End (for now...)

The Knackered Knitter

The Knackered Knitter

There’s a title. The End. Or is it just the beginning? Either way, today I finished my last formal workshop commitment for 2018. When I launched The Chunky Needle on March 1st I had not anticipated moving into workshops. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the response with my workshop launch. Getting back in front of a classroom again has been a complete joy (was a former secondary teacher in a past life.) I have met some amazing women over the course of the last several months and have had so many laughs. The venues whom have hosted me have been most welcoming and their support over social media has been so valued. I’ve met wonderful Makers and Traders at craft shows and exhibitions and have been welcomed so warmly by all. Suppliers have been super helpful and encouraging and I’ve been able to rely on them for fast dispatch and flexibility.

The Chunky Needle’s first Christmas season is proving to be strong. Daily new orders are coming in for bespoke chunky knits and infinity scarves seem to be very popular at the moment. The Opal stockinette blanket continues to be hands-down the best seller with more than 10 ordered over the last few weeks. The Ready Made shop is now fully stocked with new items arriving daily for last minute Christmas shopping. Although wool orders for bespoke projects has now closed, Fresh Off The Needle knits are good to go and can be posted as late as December 21st for Christmas arrival. (UK Only) Chunky Needle knits have found new homes in Tenerife, Austria, USA and Australia this holiday season! Simply amazing. I must say, I feel a real sense of pride knowing that Chunky Needle blankets, cushions and scarves will find their way under trees this Christmas. I’m bursting.

The Bestseller. Opal, Stockinette. Photo credit @shnordic Instagram

The Bestseller. Opal, Stockinette. Photo credit @shnordic Instagram

So as 2018 closes and 2019 rolls up, I’m beyond grateful for all the collaborations, introductions, and orders that have found their way to my studio. I’m most grateful to my customers for putting their trust into a new brand and small independent retailer. Without you there would be no Chunky Needle.

Sending much love and thanks to you and your family over the upcoming Christmas season. Keep warm and spread the Chunky love.

See you next year. ;-)

Cx

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First Major Show Christmas 2018

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So here I am; two days into four at my first major showcase. I’m at the point where I’m constantly reminding myself that it’s the experience that matters most and that the feedback and networking achieved is all worth it. Yikes, yes, that’s my silver lining. I was told by knowing folk prior to this event to make absolutely as much stock as possible. Well, I did. Whilst the world was basking away in 30+ degree weather in July/August, I was snowed under a pile of merino. The time, money, energy, anxiety, travel, money (again) etc that has gone into this show has been deafening. Will I do it again you ask….? We shall see. At this moment in time, no. I brought my goods to a demographic that I thought would appreciate and respect the work. A lot of research went into this. Annoyingly at the half way mark, my lil company hasn’t translated. For every person that says, ‘what is it?’ there’s another whispering, “I can do that myself” and other’s asking, “do you sell the wool?” Don’t get me wrong, my chunky knits have gone down well. The minute I bring out the needles and craft in situ, the crowds gather. The comments, feedback and encouragement has been wonderful, but is it worth the commitment? Time will tell.

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On the upside, I have met some cracking people. My stall neighbours are ACE and we have been having the biggest laughs. The encouragement we offer one another is amazing and each time someone lands a sale, we all do a happy jig for one another. There is much spirit.

We’ve got two more big days ahead; weekend punters with all their expectation. I’m hopeful. I’m positive. My chunky knits will make sense! To me they are the ultimate Christmas pressie. Something totally new under the tree. C’mon Great Britain feel the Chunky love!

I’ll update you all next week with a follow up. Go BIG or Go Home!

Till next time.

Cx

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Christmas 2018 Launch

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Well it has arrived; Christmas 2018 launched this morning at midnight. For a first collection it’s small, but loved. We’ve already taken orders for kids Santa hats and are excited that we’ve teamed with Illustries who are stocking our hats on their website and Not On The High Street. I often need to remind myself that The Chunky Needle only opened shop eight months ago and every day that turns over is a new learning experience on what to do (and not do) in the year ahead. I definitely know that Christmas needs planning months ahead. As soon as January rolls over, planning for 2019 needs to take shape. There are so many things I want to make and create but time just got the better of me this year. With that said, the goodies on offer I think are lovely and festive.

The days keep ticking over and I’m busier than ever prepping for Stonor Park. I’m nervous, not going to lie. I had three dreams about it last night and everything always goes wrong in each of them. I’m terrified I’m going to forget something vital and won’t be able to reach it. I’m travelling two hours from home for this show and won’t have any family support until the last two days of the show! Yikes! I’ll be able to take a super deep breath come Monday November 26th - I can’t wait!

I held two great workshops last week as well. Inside Out in Cheltenham and Craft Coop in Maidenhead on Saturday. Beautiful cushions and blankets were made, I was super thrilled with the outcomes.

The Chunky Needle has so many workshops coming up, so do make sure you keep an eye on our Events page to make sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity coming to your region.

Gift cards and workshop vouchers have also been added to the website a great gift experience for the crafty person in your life.

So there you have it. I hope you’ll enjoy the Christmas collection. Don’t delay on Christmas orders, the last day to order wool in time for Christmas delivery is 10th December. Santa is on his way!

Have a good week everyone.

Cx

Christmas is Coming - I'm Freaking Out!

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Okay, okay, I know it’s ridiculous to be stressed out by this, and in real life terms (ie: mommy and wife terms) I haven’t even given Chrimbo a second, or third thought (perhaps that’s part of the problem?!) For those of us in the retail world Xmas 2018 is launching right about now. Remember all those hot summer weeks we had? Smart retailers, or those in the ‘know’ were quietly working on their winter collections whilst the rest of the world enjoyed the heatwave. Now I know how to manage my time next summer because right now I’M FREAKING OUT! Majorly freaking out. I’d take a photo showing my real state of play but I quite frankly don’t have time for selfies.

Have I bitten off more than I can chew? Perhaps. I mean with a major four day posh shopping event coming up on November 21st that will require about 75 retail worthy items to make, on top of my eight workshops between now end of November, along with the online Christmas photoshoot & launch, developing a baby line, processing new orders that are coming in daily, launching new collaborations with festivals, hotels, venues webshops, I’m going cray cray - oh yeah and today - I got to attend a speed awareness class that has eaten into my child free hours leaving this day production free. On top of the work demands (which I do love by the way) I’m still a full time mum to 4 year old twin boys, a furry baby, a husband and have house guests arriving this weekend, a haunted house to erect and dismantle on the 31st and a house-full of kiddos, parents and sleepover guests on the 3rd-4th November for our BonFire Blow Out! My housework has fallen by the wayside and I have piles of laundry all over the house. It’s total chaos at Chunky HQ, but I’m on it. Kind of.

The 1st Chunky Christmas will launch on 12th November. I feel Christmas retailing should begin after 11th November, Remembrance Day. As a Canadian, we commemorate the 11th of November every year formally and as such it deserves its own season/day of recognition. Christmas chatter takes away from that season, so, I will not launch until after that date. This year there won’t be a lengthy list of Chunky bits/bobs as I’m still exploring which direction I want The Chunky Needle to evolve in and need to observe what works and what doesn’t. But stay tuned.

So for now that’s where things are at. I’ve launched with the Tudor Farmhouse in Clearwell, Glos this week and will bring you some lovely workshops into the New Year. Exciting opportunities are abound.

Parent teacher interview, now; must run. Barely a minute to stay up-to-date with you lot.

Speak soon!

Cx

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Why The Terms?

Credit: BeCozi

Credit: BeCozi

Hello lovelies happy Monday and Happy October 1st! WOW! It really is October, how did that happen so darn quickly? October is probably my favourite month of the year. Still on British Summer Time our evenings still have a sliver of light. The mornings crisp and the afternoons warm enough to not need several layers. The colours around us are striking with the clearest of blue skies, and forest greens, yellows, reds, oranges emerge deeper each day. Living close to the Forest of Dean brings a sensory overload and I’m grateful.

October will see a very busy month for The Chunky Needle. 5 workshops are planned and will see me travel several miles in all directions. Alongside the marketing, planning and prep for these great events, I am still busily prepping for the Stonor Park show in November. Building stock has become my prime daily focus. I’ve been told that there is ‘no such thing as having too much’ so I’m beavering away everyday making this and that.

Speaking of workshops however, I wanted to touch on the reasoning behind The Chunky Needle’s terms and conditions as this past week they were queried and I want to explain. Fundamentally, workshop tickets sold are non-refundable. Transferring tickets to future events is a possibility, however, refund is not and here’s why. Wool is ordered from a supplier at the time of your booking. At times the supplier runs out of stock in particular colours, so The Chunky Needle orders your wool early to ensure it’s safe and secured for you upon your event. Naturally, my supplier also has T&C’s that customers must adhere to, and mainly, once wool is dispatched The Chunky Needle is unable to return it for refund, thus making it impossible for my customers to request refund after their wool has been ordered. Does that make sense? In addition, in order to keep costs lower (merino wool is a luxury fiber and therefore expensive) I always need a minimum of 10 students per course. Should this number drop below 10 due to an individual requesting refund, it will impact the cost of everyone’s ticket price. I know, boring stuff eh? Once I’m at it, I’ll remind that bespoke orders (blankets, cushions, wreaths, scarves, etc) are also non-refundable for obvious reasons - these items are bespoke to the buyer. It’s all rather dull I know but I want to be transparent. When booking onto a course please do take a moment and click the TC’s link on the booking page.

Oh yeah, an awesome night was had in Newnham-on-Severn last week making arm knit blankets. Super proud of the world these ladies produced. I hope they are loving their new Chunkies. Stay tuned for further dates in Newnham to be announced this week.

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So that’s all for now. Kids are off to school and I’m heading up to the studio to start work on today’s projects. I’m growing a wee bit concerned by how few steps I make each day but I’ll save that for another blog post in the future.

Have a lovely start to the week and enjoy the new month.

Cx

SEPTEMBER is here!

All going to new homes!

All going to new homes!

Woohoo!  A new season dawns - okay, not technically, but almost.  The shadows are longer and the days shorter.  Autumn is here!  The Chunky Needle has now been 'in concept' for a year.  It was last August when I saw an Australian Facebook post on chunky knitting.  Seeing as I had a knitting background, I was totally transfixed.  Fast forward 12 months, here I am feeling really excited about where The Chunky Needle is going. 

I've just had a rocking sale.  The sale I held last weekend exceeded all expectations.  6 out of 11 blankets sold and 6 cushions found their way to new homes.  As a new company with not the greatest Google presence, this was a major result for me, so a major THANK YOU goes out to those of you that shopped, but also those that popped by the website to have a gander.  It all counts.  The weekend also saw a significant result in workshop bookings.  I'm so excited by the events that I have upcoming.  7 now on the diary between now and 17th November.  I'm branching into The Forest of Dean, The Cotswolds and my old stomping grounds of Berkshire.  When I launched The Chunky Needle I never thought workshops would be on the radar, but now they seem to be what I'm most involved with, and I LOVE IT!  I launched an exciting collaboration with The Blockley Cafe in Moreton-in-Marsh which sees me hosting two workshops (Oct 10 and Nov 17) with more planned for the new year.  These dates will be different from others I run as dinner & drinks will be involved - how lovely indeed!   Thank you to all the venues that have brought me on board; I love working with you and thank you for your support.

The one thing I want to stress more than ever is that every blanket, cushion, throw, pompom etc made, has been made exclusively by me alone.  When you buy a Chunky Needle knit, you are getting my love, perfectionism & attention in each piece.  I get asked all the time "did you make that yourself?" and I laugh as of course I did!  I even had one lady this week ask if I was just the front person and was buying stock to sell from overseas.  Never, ever would I do that.  Nor would I put my name on something I didn't make myself.  I'm super proud of what I've achieved and will shout it loud and clear.

So, as the calendar moves into the last months of the year I look forward to what the coming weeks will bring.  Workshops, Christmas markets and stock building will see me through this new season.  I'm super jazzed by it all and can't wait to see what the end of 2018 brings. 

Have a great weekend y'all!

Cx

I made this! Yep, me!

I made this! Yep, me!

Time for a Clear Out

Sale Launches Friday 9AM August 24

Sale Launches Friday 9AM August 24

It's that time of year where the days start to draw in and thoughts begin to turn to Autumn and eventually - dare I say it?  Christmas.  Yikes!!  As a former secondary school teacher, I always viewed September as the 'un-official" start of the new year.  January 1st never had that same newness for me.  Perhaps it was the buying new school clothes, the new textbooks, new school diary that brought with it a fresh beginning.  I don't know about you but my fitness regime always kick starts in September when everyone is back into their weekly routines and the hazy, lazy days of summer gradually fade away, along with that tan! 

As we come into our last Bank Holiday long weekend, The Chunky Needle will be having a super sale where our Ready Made stock will be marked down by 40-50%  That's a whopping discount on our luxurious Merino wool blankets and cushions. It's time to clear out our studio and make way for the new products which will be launched coming into the holiday season.

The sale kicks off at 9am on Friday August 24th and is first come first served.  This will be an amazing opportunity to bag yourself an awesome deal.  Start thinking about the gift-giving season ahead and maybe get a head start on your shopping list.

As for other news my workshop calendar is quickly filling up over the next three months.  With arm knitting workshops fast selling out and the ever popular round cushion tutorials taking place, I'm becoming one very busy lady.  I'm pleased to say that two new venues have been launched this week in Cheltenham and Moreton-on-Marsh alongside the popular sessions at Meggie's in Stow-on-the-Wold.  Stay tuned for Forest of Dean classes announced shortly.

So to conclude I wish you all a very productive start to the new season and hope your remaining days of summer are sunshine filled and full of rest and relaxation.  Don't forget to set your alarms for the super sale this Friday.  Once they're gone, they're GONE!

Until September....

Cx

Onward, Upward...

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So week two has passed and The Chunky Needle is continuing to evolve.  I enjoyed attending the Made By Hand event in Cheltenham last weekend and was so impressed by the quality and caliber of artisans on display.  It gave me so much food for thought and I was thrilled to see only one other chunky knit artist on site.  As a local Gloucesterian (is that word?!) I hope someday I too might get to the Made By Hand event.

I've been thrilled to send off my first two dispatches this week.  Both New York and London are snuggling down with The Chunky Needle's merino blankets. What an amazing first couple of weeks! 

My first dispatches.  Opal and Pewter on display.

My first dispatches.  Opal and Pewter on display.

The week has ended with further research into my first market stall opportunities and with a national blogger that would like to work with me.  The sky is the limit and I can't wait to get into the studio each day.

Stay tuned for exciting days ahead and do sign up to my "Off The Needle" online magazine.  Until next week, have a chunky ol time! Cx