Sexy Monkey

Sexy Monkey

And even more fan photos this week!  This time from a local friend, Sarah Pickering, who is one of a rare breed of Canadians living in Cambodia.  We lot have to stick together, eh?  And only Canadians will understand just how cool, and sexy, these photos...
Pig on a Loom

Pig on a Loom

Next up in our series fantastic fan photography from around the world, we have the story of a little piggy that went to the UK.  This little piggy pig snuck into a shipment of Goel fabric we sent to our friend Ingrid, of Lilou Colours, and has been having a wild time since he got...
Fan Photos from Amsterdam

Fan Photos from Amsterdam

We love getting photos of our little critters in their new lives.  The following are taken by our friends in Amsterdam around the time of the World Cup (hence the flags).  FYI:  Yumi is our amazing designer, marketing guru, and all round adviser.  She makes us as cool as we are. Aletta and Yumi with Francis. Francis gets a ride with Papa Greg. Yumi and Francis in Lomo-motion. Francis...
The Youngest Knitter

The Youngest Knitter

Yesterday, my friend Colin came into CK with his daugher, Ravi.  Ravi is 6 years old and visited the CK workshop with her dad the day before.  They decided to come again cause I had missed meeting them and she was keen to see the knitty action and, of course, to see the toys again. Ravi was really curious about knitting and how’s it done.  I decided to try to teach her how to crochet a simple chain. I figured that since I had managed somehow to do one at the age of 6, then she would be able to do it also.  I showed her the way to hold the hook with her right hand and how to wind the yarn on her left finger and hold the piece.  After many tries, she just could not coordinate so many things at one time.  For us adults with fully developed coordination skills,  it’s simple twist here, pull through here and away you go.  For little ones, it’s a bit too much. I suddenly remembered that when I was working on my chain, way back when, that my mother was not pleased with the way I was doing it.  I had obviously found the technique too difficult (as Ravi had) and found some simpler way to do it.  I looked at the small chain I had been working on in order to show to Ravi how to do it and tried to work it out as my 6-year old self did.  And I got it!  Instead of holding the yarn taut and wound over my left finger, I let it...
YARN!!!

YARN!!!

As you may remember from previous posts, that finding yarn has been a real issue for us. I actually started the search weeks before we were due to run out of our current yarn supply and it’s a good thing I did. Only yesterday did that epic search come to an end! For weeks I had been searching the Internet, calling people in Thailand and China, traveling to BKK, writing emails and slumping over the computer clicking through 100’s of factories on sites like Alibaba, Fibre-to-Fashion and Made-in-China. I understand why ‘sourcing’ is a department all to itself in big companies and why some people hold onto supplier information like it’s an FBI file. Once that connection is made and supplier and the need-to-be-supplied find each other, the drama ends. I finally found what I knew had to exist out there somewhere and that is a yarn deler that is able to supply at close to factory wholesale prices without the demand of factory minimum orders. The contact at the shop in Shanghai sent us a box of sample yarn (the yarns were all free, we just paid for the shipping) and colour cards for all the yarns. Opening the box yesterday afternoon, the culmination of weeks of frustrating work, was like Christmas! It was full of variety, all in the fibers we needed, neatly organized and just perfect! The knitters are downstairs right now, knititng up samples with the new yars and we’ll know by the end of the day which to order. Best of all, once we place our order and transfer the funds, the yarn will...

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