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The First Three Weeks

Well it’s been three weeks since non-essential shops were allowed to open. It has been nice to see some familiar faces. Footfall has been a little disappointing after the first week. People are still staying at home. Many people have had one or both vaccines and hopefully this will encourage people to get back to (near) normal. Although the vaccine will not prevent us from getting Covid it should prevent it being so severe that we need to be hospitalised and give us all some “sensible” normality

I am in the process of reviewing my prices. All website prices are currently based on the RRP. I am looking to reduce some of the more popular yarns. Lines that sell quicker I feel I can reduce a little. The website is still new (just 11 weeks). I am trying to get a regular customer base so that people return. As the stock starts to sell, prices can be reviewed further. However, once I have reviewed them King Cole, Sirdar/Hayfield and James Brett are going to be increasing their prices in the summer, Stylecraft increased there’s on 1st April, so I am not sure how long the new prices will last. This is in part due to Covid and the difficulties getting goods from overseas and the cost of acrylic (which is in most yarns). This has increased by 100% this year.

Yarns reduced on the website so far are King Cole Forest Aran was £3.50 now £3.00, Stylecraft Bambino was £3.10 now £2.65 and King Cole Giza 4 Ply was £2.40 now £2.25, Merino 500g cones reduced by £1 to £21.00 and Flutterby reduced to £3.50

More knitting patterns have been added to the website over the Bank Holiday weekend.

I have stock on the website that I do not have in the shop and vice versa. If you are coming down to the shop for a specific yarn you have seen on the website it may be wise to buy to “pay and collect”. Some yarns not in the shop are Stylecraft You and Me, Sirdar Shawlie, Sublime Merino/Silk DK and 4 ply (sale items), Sirdar Pattercake, King Cole Giza 4 ply, Merino 500g 4 ply cones and King Cole Cotton Soft. Some stock is not kept in the shop so it would be the following day for collection.

The shopping cart has now been update and Free Postage will be applied to all orders over £25.00. This will now be deducted at the checkout automatically.

There are still some bargains in the clearance section of the website, some with free patterns.

Still to come, more patterns and accessories including craft bags. I was going to add KnitPro Zing knitting needles but I have decided the postage to ensure the needles were not bent in transit makes the needles too expensive (the postage would be the same cost as the smaller sized needles).

Happy Knitting

Feedback from Customers & Free P&P

Big week this week, 12th April, non-essential shops were allowed to open. It has been nice to see some familiar faces. I had a few busy days at the beginning of the week. I even had queues at one point.

I have had to keep shop and website stock separate as I didn’t want to sell something in the shop and get home to find it had also been purchased online. The consequence of this is I have been to and fro from shop to store room all week and having to check my phone before selling then hoping no one purchased online before I got home and adjusted stock.

I would ask if you are coming to the shop for a specific yarn check the website first. If it’s available, buy it online to collect and pay at the shop. That way you know I have it and it will be ready for you the following day. I still have some stock at home as I am only taking to the shop (daily) what I can carry. Two customers have wanted wool which I do have but not in the market, which has meant a return trip for them.

Friday was the 16th April so it has been 3 years ago since I took over Knitters Corner.

I have been asking what people think of the new website. Two (big) things have been mentioned. The first was that it was difficult to find colours where there was a high number of colour choices, so I have started changing each yarn to a drop down so that colours are easier to find. The other was mentioned to me on Tuesday in the shop – the lack of patterns. The biggest problem with patterns was the postage. Buying a pattern with wool should be straight forward but without wool you would have been charged £3.20 for postage. I set myself the task of allocating a lesser postage rate for patterns and accessories. This has now been sorted and postage and packing (hard backed A4 envelope) is now £1.10.

Free postage will be applied to all orders over £25.00. This will be deducted at the checkout automatically.

I have noticed this morning if you are buying on the website and you have Norton it is giving you a security alert. Norton warns that the site is secure but is a new site. There is nothing I can do about the message- only purchases from a device with Norton will eventually clear this message.

There are still some bargains in the clearance section of the website, some with free patterns.

Feel free to comment on the blog. Any ideas or suggestions will be looked at. I want everyone to have a great shopping experience at Knitters Corner &

Long Blog this week but I did miss last week.

Happy Knitting

What’s New for 2021?

The First – The Blog

Welcome to all things woolly. While the rest of the world has slowed down during the pandemic the development of exciting new yarns has continued.

I supply some of the top names in wool both online and in my shop. Stocked are Stylecraft, Sirdar, Hayfield, James Brett, King Cole and West Yorkshire Spinners (limited stock). Coming soon and an old favourite we thought had gone forever when the company ceased trading last year (read on).

Out now the new Stylecraft You and Me this is a self-striping Fair Isle effect yarn, meaning that it does the work for you, 6 shades with its own patterns. It is what I call lazy wool and one of the reasons people and (I include myself here) cannot knit Fair Isle or have tried and not persevered as it is easier to buy a wool that does it for you. All you need to do is knit a row and purl a row. No fighting with 3 different balls of wool to achieve the Fair Isle pattern you want.

RRP £4.95 205m 80% Premium Acrylic and 20% Cashmere Effect Polyamide.

Also out from Stylecraft later this month Wondersoft baby 2 ply with a cashmere feel but actually manmade fibres, stock due in at the end of the month. I have always found it difficult to get 2 ply in any other colour than white. The new colours are White Cream, Lemon, Pink, Mint, Blue, Jeans and Silver.

RRP £4.75 for 850m 50 % acrylic and 50% polyamide.

Stylecraft Baby Bambino DK Prints are introducing5 new colours to add to the 4 existing ones introduced last year, with new patterns. Watch this site; as soon as they arrive they will be available to buy.

£3.50- 100g 268m 100% premium Acrylic

I am always being asked for Wendy or Peter Pan wools but I have never stocked either of them. Last summer the company that owned and distributed Wendy and Peter Pan went into receivership. There is still a bit of these yarns around on various websites. The good news is the name was purchased and the brand is being re-introduced. I have checked and no stockist in West Yorkshire have yet bought into the brand. I am awaiting confirmation of my account details then will be ordering 100% Aran which comes in 200G balls at around £8 and the Peter Pan baby yarn. Once again once it arrives it will be available to buy on my website.

I think that’s all for now but there will be something exciting to introduce to you later on. Please check the clearance section on my website for some real bargains. When buying on the website you can have your purchases posted out to you or collect them from the shop, located in the Victorian Halifax Borough Market as Click and Collect. The great thing about the website is you can check we have what you want before you travel (if you are local).

Keep safe everyone and keep knitting/crocheting.

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