Hoppy New Year!

Hello to all my blog readers, old and new, I hope you had a great Christmas and welcome to 2012 – a great year for Britain, with the Olympics in the summer (I wish I had been lucky enough to get some tickets in the ballot sigh) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Hoorah!

I have lots of plans for Made By Ewe as well, so let me introduce you straight away to May, the new Made By Ewe Bunny.

She’s a very special little bunny because she is knitted in deliciously soft Gotland Lambswool from a farm near to my home.  I bought the yarn at Knit Nation last year and I blogged about it here.  The grey is a lovely soft silvery colour and the blue is hand dyed.  I’ve only got a skein of each so there are not many bunnies available at the moment, but I’m working on finding some more yarn.

I’ve got lots of ideas for other bunnies so I hope to get some more off the needles soon. 

However it is super busy here at MBE H.Q. as I have also just managed to get my knitting kits stocked by a real live shop!  After my previous blog post asking all you lovely people to help with advice for how to sell wholesale, one reader got in touch and has helped me sell some kits to The Compleat Knit in Matlock.  (Thank you so much Claire!)  I live nowhere near Matlock, but  I almost feel like getting in the car and driving the several hundered miles there to see the kits in the shop.  I’m so excited.  I feel like the world is my oyster now so will be contacting more shops soon. I think this is going to be a great year all round.

Find out what plans other crafters have for 2012 over at at Handmade Monday

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About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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14 Responses to Hoppy New Year!

  1. Jill says:

    Happy New Year, and a welcome to May too. BIG congratulations on getting a stock to sell your knitting kits – what a fantastic start to the new year. Looks like it is going to be a really good one for you.

  2. Wendy says:

    Such a gorgeous bunny and such exciting news about the shop! This sounds like the beginning of a big thing 🙂 Well done!!

  3. Claire Hoey says:

    Hi there
    I can’t wait for my bunny to arrive! It is perfectly timed as we have had another real bunny join our family too! If you would like I will take some photos when I am next over at The Compleat Knit of your kits ‘on the shelves’ and send them to you. They are also being stocked in the embroidery shop White Peak Embroidery so you are in two shops !!!! Hooray. You deserve it as all your kits are just so wonderful!
    Hoppy New Year indeed!
    hugs
    Claire x

  4. RosMadeMe says:

    Love the bunny… a proper mummy bunny she looks.

    Congrats on your shop success, although after your knitting mag features, it is richly deserved!

  5. Kimberley says:

    Congratulations on your success with the kits, hope you sell lots!

    Kim xx

  6. Anita Mistry says:

    Oh how absolutely fantastic congratulations in getting your kits into a shop. Look forward to seeing more of your bunnies.

  7. Jam Dalory says:

    What a fab start to the year, well done. I love the bunny, she’s sooooo cute and looks really soft too. x

  8. Charters says:

    Great new bunny! Glad to hear your 2012 has got off to such a good start.

  9. Stephen says:

    Happy New Year!

    I think it’s fantastic how something like wool can be turned into these wonderful 3D creations.

  10. Susie says:

    What a sweet cuddly looking bunny! I love her! I’m trying to get everything caught up here so I can start learning to knit. Seems that I keep running into one thing or another that puts me behind, but surely life will get back to normal soon. 🙂

  11. Erica & Lorraine says:

    I know someone who would like that bunny…if it was in a pink dress even better 🙂

  12. Pickle-Lily says:

    Your bunny is beautiful! Congratulations on getting your first stockist!
    Jo x

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