Monday, October 26, 2009

The end of Winter??

Summer Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm
Sunday-Monday: Closed

Well, the weather's still not convinced, but we've made an executive decision... winter IS over!

Whilst this is great news for Beach Addicts, Wool Addicts will be disappointed to learn that it means the start of Wool Addiction's summer hours. So, sadly, no more Sunday opening for a few months.

But, fear not, we're still open from 10am til 2pm on Saturdays, and nothing's changed at all mid-week, when we're here from 10am til 5pm to keep your knitting projects ticking along.

There's still plenty going on:
And 0f course the webshop is still open 24/7 - perfect for midnight snacks :-)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Knit One Save One

A better reason than ever to knit tension squares!

Save the Children have just launched their Knit One Save One campaign as part of their Survive to Five program. Their target is to collect 80,000 knitted squares to make 5,000 blankets for children in Australia, Cambodia and India.
every year 8.8 million children around the world die before their fifth birthday
Here at Wool Addiction we've realised that our enthusiasm for the humble tension square (or gauge swatch for our foreign friends!) can be combined with our equal enthusiasm for helping others through knitting...

...why not knit all our tension squares to 20cm x 20cm so that we can donate them all to Save the Children!

Now we're pretty pleased with ourselves for coming up with this brilliant idea, so we've scheduled another of our popular Tension Squares Workshops for next Saturday, 31 October. We'll collect up any 20cm tension squares that you don't want to take home at the end of the workshop, and pass them on to Save the Children for you.

One of the nice things about the Knit One Save One campaign is that you can use whatever colour, design and ply you like, as long as the square ends up 20cm x 20cm. That makes it a great way to experiment with new stitches, stripes, fairisle or aran designs! Or how about knitting on the diagonal, or in the round?

We're thinking of running another Cable Knitting Workshop, where we could also collect up 20cm squares, so let us know if you're interested.

One thing that the Save the Children campaign does ask is that you use wool rather than acrylic, because of its fire-retardant properties. This sounds like the perfect job for Loyal - a machine-washable, 8-ply, 100% wool yarn which is available in lots of bright colours and only costs $5 per ball.

Monday, October 19, 2009

10% discount for National Organic Week

16 - 25 October 2009

It's National Organic Week here in Australia, so what better time to try out some organic yarns?

To give you a little encouragement, we're offering a 10% discount on the following organic products:
  • Sublime Organic Cotton DK - entirely natural and untreated - it has been grown organically without the use of pesticides and gently dyed using environmentally friendly products.
  • WOOLganic Knitter's Yarn - spun from fully certified organic Australian Merino fleece wool from well-treated sheep, and the dye used contains no nasties.
  • Art Viva Noodle Knits kits - cute tea-cosy and baby hat kits, which include WOOLganic yarns.
These products are available both online at, and in-store at Wool Addiction in Bowral.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What's with this weather??

Tulip Time is over, and we're left wondering whether Spring was ever here at all...

In the past few weeks we've had a wild run with the weather: heat-waves, cold snaps, dust-storms, thunder-storms, hail and hurricane-force winds. It's a wonder the poor tulips survived at all, but they stood up boldly to everything Mother Nature had to throw at them, and managed to last until the end of the Tulip Time Festival.

I have finally finished my Tulip Time spring-water sling, so if you love tulips, why not download the pattern, and carry your own tulips wherever you go!

I've designed the pattern so that you can sling a 600ml spring-water bottle over your shoulder, but in this strange weather you might want to adapt it to carry a small thermos flask instead... :-)