A Day of Learning

A Day of Learning

A lot has happened at the CK office in the past few weeks.  This is part of the reason for the silence on the blog.  We had to let go of one of our original knitters as it came to light that she was not on the same page as the rest of us.  Most detrimentally she was refusing to learn new lace patterns (it didn’t suit her) or teach the other staff knitting skills.  So today, to make up for last time, I spent the morning with the remaining staff for an indulgent day of learning. Poan and Navy have wanted to learn to knit since they started with us back in November.  Today they finally got the chance to sit down with a puppet pattern, ask questions, get all the help they need and finish off one doggie dog each.  Rofi, Tyna and I worked our way through three new lace patterns. We all made mistakes and ripped up at least one swatch but we learned more this morning than we have been in the past few weeks. What I’ve learned is to take nothing for granted.  I can’t assume that I know what’s going on unless I take every effort to monitor it myself.  I feel terrible and sad that Poan and Navy are only now getting their chance to learn knitting and that they were made to feel selfish for asking questions in the past. Time will heal all...
Help CK grow!

Help CK grow!

We’re growing to a new stage and we need your help to get there! Cambodia Knits is excited to announce that we’ll soon be working with Caritas in Toul Sambo to set up a full knitting workshop right in the community. Caritas are building new housing and community spaces, and there is room for a CK workspace!  This means we’ll now have an on-site dedicated space to assemble our products to completion. Currently, CK has to purchase unfinished knitted parts from Toul Sambo, then assemble them together in the Phnom Penh office. With the new workspace, knitters will now be able to earn more by making completely finished products! We’re thrilled with this opportunity, so to get the space running we’re asking for a small funding infusion. Our immediate goal is to: fund the knitters’ new training for assembly, and afford travel to the community during training purchase equipment and materials to create a safe and healthy work environment Your donations will also go towards: setting up a contingency fund for staff; a set reserve that staff can borrow from, with no interest or advance signage, brochure printing and advertising to raise awareness for and promote CK business registration fees Because we’re not a registered charity, we can’t issue tax receipts — however, donors will receive a heartfelt email of thanks, and a mention on our Donor Wall of gratitude. Every bit will help CK get through this challenging stage. Please donate today via Paypal by clicking the button below. Thank you! Donations are fully secure using the PayPal...
CK in Australia

CK in Australia

Canberra to be specific. Last month when we were en route to Sydney, (and nearly missed our flight because we forgot that Singapore was one hour ahead and while happily checking emails using Singapore airport’s free wireless service at what we thought was 6:45pm with lots of time until our 8pm flight and Yeng’s name got called over the PA and we both immediately realized our mistake and ran, ran, ran to the gate…) I got an email from a woman who runs a baby products store in Canberra, interested in our toys. It was serendipitous because we planning to be in Canberra only a few days later! We managed to meet Emma at Brindabella Baby and are more than happy to supply her shop! She’s just moved her shop to a new location in Canberra, Rodney’s Nursery, 24 Beltana Road, Pialligo, and had the opening last week. We didn’t get to see the new shop but from the photos below it looks lovely and inviting. Emma has been running the business for a few years, selling eco-friendly, fair trade products for the under 5 kiddies. She started doing this out of her house, but as the business grew and she found more and more great products from around the world, she eventually opened a shop. She focuses on products that are fairly produced and help the communities in which they are produced, a true ethical consumer. You can read more about Brindabella Baby and see more photos...
More new stuff!

More new stuff!

Since the beginning I have been thinking about how to best display finger puppets for sale. Way back when, I did a search for finger puppet displays and one that looked great was the chopsticks in vase options which we have been using since. It’s a cheap, easy option and kinda cute. Not the best for shopping though as they tend to get messed up and it’s sometimes hard to have a good look the bunch without tipping the display over. So for the past few months, I’ve really wanted to improve on the display and since Phnom Penh is a great place to put idea into practice at any variety of small scale wood, metal, plastic workshops I thought it would be snap. Not so. Well, yes so, but you need to have the right person to do the legwork for you. Luckily, CK has Chariya who is not only a great translator, but a Sherlock Holmes when it comes to tracking down any variety of un-simple requests I have. Thanks to her, in less than three days we have our puppet...
New Price tags

New Price tags

We’re getting more and more settled into the new space. Next step is to formalize the retail area in the front, but the knitters recently moved forward from the back of the room because the fan is better there. And I can understand! With the daily temperature hitting above 40C, it’s painfully hot! We’ll need more fans installed I think. We’re preparing some products to go to Monument Books today and we’re debuting our new price tags. These will include the name of the knitter. The knitters were very excited about this. The website is almost ready for (go and have a peak, but there are few tweaks still to be made) public consumption. It’s looking...

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