Sunday, October 31, 2010

15 % OFF STOREWIDE at ArtEZan today only

15% off Storewide. Including all Zanz hand dyed yarn, undyed yarn, dyes, bookmarks, stitchmarkers, hair accessories, knits and children's clothing!!!
Pop on over and grab a treat for yourself or stock up for Christmas.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Week Fundraiser at Murasaki Mama

Check out all the lovely products that are starting to auction tonight on Murasaki Mama for the great cause of Breast Cancer Awareness. ArtEZan are very pleased to be part of this great fundraiser and have donated two pink themed items - a stunning pair of Swarovski crystal earrings and a pink jasper and silver heart bookmark.
There are a couple of items I'm going to be bidding on, lovely hand made products for a worthy cause.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


We all went to the hairdressers today for haircuts. Here are the girls after theirs. Probably not the best photo to show off the cuts as they were all braided/styled as well.

And to show how long Lara's was before the cut. She didn't have much off just the bottom ratty bits so it's still down to her waist (looks shorter in the photo above than it is). So we have survived the first haircut, lol, and she was great after worrying about how much would be taken off.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Shopolat Treasure Hunt

Well the September 2010 Cloth Nappy Hunt is now finished. I hope that everyone who participated enjoyed the hunts and found some great new websites.

For everyone who is suffering hunt deprivation starting today is the Shopolat Treasure Hunt.
Each day for 5 days there will be 6 stores with 3 clues each to be found.
Each hunt starts at 8pm and runs for 24 hours. If you are struggling there will be hints on the Shopolat Facebook page from 12 noon (on the day after the hunt starts).

This is a quick, easy fun hunt that shouldn't stretch the mind too much.

Head over to to find out more and register to hunt.

ArtEZan are up on the first day so hope you join in this hunt tonight. Clues go up on the Shopolat website and also sent out by email at 8pm.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Zanz hand dyed stocking - Wednesday 29th September at ArtEZan

Stocking of hand dyed yarns by Zanz, tomorrow night Wednesday 29th September.
Cottons and merino.
8pm Sydney time.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Purple 3 month girls top

Will be putting this gorgeous girls top up in the store tonight.
It's hand knit in the softest most gorgeous silk merino handspun. Just gorgeous, a really extra special clothing item.
This is knit using Shannon's brilliant Versa pattern
in a 3 month size.

Remember to check out our facebook page for our daily specials during the Cloth Nappy Hunt.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Purple silk merino hand spun

Haven't been doing much spinning lately and really missing it.
Just finished this one. It is a merino and silk blend and the most gorgeous shades of purple. I really love this!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Knitteds stocking at ArtEZan

To start the Cloth Nappy Hunt I am stocking some knitteds at 12 noon (AEST).
There are hand spun and hand dyed shorties, girly capris and soakers.
Head over to ArtEZan at 12 o'clock


The Cloth Nappy Hunt is here!!!

It's the first day of spring and the first day of the Great Down Under Nappy Hunt!!!!
ArtEZan are very excited to be a sponsor and we have put up a little mini hunt to find our icon, hope everyone enjoys it.

Remember you get 10% off with your hunter code. And make sure you are following us on facebook or twitter to be in with a chance to be the first to nab our daily Super September Special - 30% off an item from across the range.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Zanz hand dyed stocking tonight on ArtEZan

Zanz hand dyed stocking tonight at 8pm Sydney time.

There is merino, silk merino, bamboo, cotton and a few lots of the gorgeous Woolganics Organic Merino.

Head over to ArtEZan to nab one of these lovely colourways tonight.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

20% off Stitch markers with yarn purchase at ArtEZan

Get a great 20% discount on any stitch markers added to a yarn purchase at ArtEZan.
Enter code 20SY at checkout.
Offer valid till the end of the month.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Essential Knitter's Kit

Just listed some lovely little kits on ArtEZan.
The Essential Knitter's Kit contains
  • a retractable tape measure
  • a pair of folding stainless steel scissors
  • yarn needles
  • and you can add a set of stitch markers for 20% off to complete the set.
  • All in the most gorgeous little bag (various colours and patterns in stock)
These are perfect for keeping all your essentials in your project bag together and safe - I came up with the idea after losing a yarn needle.

The perfect gift for knitters or a lovely treat for yourself.

Undyed yarn now in stock

Just had a massive box of undyed yarn delivered. Oh so so soft - lovely merino, organic merino and bfl. Most of this has just gone up instore (some I've kept, lol).
I will be stocking some dyes in the next week for anyone who wants to give dyeing a go.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Folding stainless steel scissors

Just added some great folding stainless steel scissors to ArtEZan - these are great sturdy scissors but fold up to fit into your project bag and won't catch on anything. A real essential for knitters, crocheters or sewers.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Excited about what I've made for the Breast Cancer Fundraiser

I've just finished the items ArtEZan are donating to the Breast Cancer Fundraiser at will be running at Murasaki Mama in October.
They will have a store running all through October with an auction of great WAHP products running from the 18th to the 25th (Pink Ribbon Day) of October.
I know there are a few things I'll be bidding on!

15% off addi circular knitting needles on ArtEZan

15% off all addi circular knitting needles on ArtEZan this week. Addi's are lovely premium needles favoured by professional knitters. Made in Germany they are high quality and a delight to knit with.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New stock - retractable tape measures

Just added some retractable tape measures to the accessories section on ArtEZan

Perfect for popping in your project bag and in lovely bright colours.

Great for knitters, sewers or crocheters or just handy to have around the house. The tape measure is 150 cm long when fully extended. Being retractable they don't get tangled and are a lovely compact design.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

New Specials!! New Stock!!

A couple of new things on ArtEZan today.

I've changed all the products on special so head on over to check out this months bargains!! Products across the range discounted by 15-40%!!!

Also added the first in a new range of lovely boxed kits. This is a travel sewing emergency kit perfect for keeping in your bag, car or on holiday.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Custom longies for Rachael

Just finished these longies for Rachael.
I love them, hope she does.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Made by Karla x stocking at ArtEZan Thursday 5th

A massive stocking (over 50 sets) of stitch markers from Made by Karla.
Stocking tomorrow night - Thursday 5th August

Custom for Giselle

300g DK bamboo in Purples with Jade trim.
I can't wait to see this one knitted up - I think I will have to do one for me!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Custom for Rachael

Custom for Rachael dyed up.
Hopefully it will be fully dry today (yah for the sun finally coming out in Sydney!) so I can start to knit it up tonight.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just finished this top

8ply cotton newborn top.
This is so lovely and soft, I want one!

How to : Make a Chinese Knot Button Closure

How to:
Make a Chinese Knot Button Closure

A really simple and lovely closure for knitted garments uses a Chinese button knot.

Firstly you need to make a knitted i-cord (I will create an entry explaining how to do this so keep an eye out if you don’t know) with 3 stitches about 28-30 cm long. (or see below for other material ideas)

Chinese Button knot
1. Lay the cord in a circle counterclockwise
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2. Lay a second counterclockwise circle on top of this one slightly to the right
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3. Take the end under the starting cord
4. Weave the end over, under, over under the circles.
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5. Slowly work the knot tight until the ends are even and you have a neat knot.
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To use this Chinese knot as a button closure you will need to make a loop for it to fit through.
Knit another 3 stitch i-cord around 25cm long.
Tie a slip knot, leaving a loop about 2.5 cm long and make sure the ends are even.
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Sew this in place onto the back of the garment.
Different results can be obtained by using cord, ribbon, several different yarns held together etc for the knot as well as contrasting yarn i-cord. There are also lots of other lovely decorative Chinese knots to create different effects.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Subscribe by Email

By popular request I've just added a link so you can subscribe to my blog via email.
If you want to be the first to see posts and keep up to date then you can enter your email address (the form is on the right) to subscribe.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Zanz hand dyed stocking - Wed 28th July

Sneak peak of Wednesday nights stocking.
There is woolganics organic merino, bfl, sock/4ply yarn, bamboo and merino.
Go live is 8pm Sydney (AEST) time at ArtEZan

Pattern of the Week - Cat in dark night, baby blanket

I think is ever so cute. A Cat in dark night, two colour pattern, great for a baby blanket, part of a larger blanket or quilt pattern or a large wash cloth?
Perfect for any cat lover.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Zanz hand dyed stocking this week

Zanz hand dyed will be stocking this week at ArtEZan - a couple of sneak peaks at what will be available! There will be hand dyed merino, bamboo and sock yarn.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Great Down Under Nappy Hunt!

ArtEZan are pleased to announce that we have been accepted as sponsors for the September Great Down Under Nappy Hunt.
This great internet scavenger hunt runs all through September, there are great prizes to be won and lots of fun searching for the icons as well as visiting a lot of interesting websites.
I'm planning lots of great stockings and ideas for the month so watch this space.
ArtEZan have donated two prizes.
This lovely bookmark - made with top quality black onyx and pink gemstone chips, a silver heart on a lovely large fancy bookmark.
and this stunning bamboo yarn in Meadow colourway which is a lovely blend of shades of green.
Now the school holidays are over I've started dyeing again and looking forward to stocking up ArtEZan.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Stitch markers on ArtEZan

Just listed some new stitch markers on ArtEZan. Several sets on the great solid oval rings - these won't snag your knitting and with the oval design slide very easily between needles. Including silver and blue beads and stunning feature beads.
And this set with gorgeous blue and flower cube beads. Really lovely markers.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

How exciting - I just got a Thermomix

I'm very excited that I just received my Thermomix. I've been eyeing off these great kitchen tools for awhile and finally got one.
Can't wait to start creating lovely meals (dinner for tonight is already ready but will make sorbet or custard for dessert.
I will also be blogging my journey with the Thermomix and what I make at:

And here is my lovely new appliance all ready to go.

Hand dyed baby cotton muslin wraps

Just listed some more of the popular extra large cotton baby muslin wraps at ArtEZan

Monday, June 28, 2010

20% off stitch markers this week

20% off stitch markers at ArtEZan until Friday.

All our lovely stitch markers including the cute creations from Made by Karla x are on special this week. So grab a bargain to cheer up your winter knitting.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pattern: Crochet Mobius Headbands

Pattern of the week:

These are really cute and quick crochet mobius headbands.
for more information on this great free pattern.
Want to make a few of these. The girls are really into wearing headbands at the moment too.

Twitter tool

Love this website to find tweets about things you are interested in.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Yarn weight comparisons and WPI gauge

The following is a very useful little table outlining the common US names for yarn weight, the UK or Australian ply weight equivalents and also the WPI (wraps per inch) for each.

A WPI gauge tool is a very useful accessory for working out the weight of yarns. You simply wrap the yarn around the inch measure and count the number of times it comfortably wraps around. Essential for spinners and so useful for any knitter.
We stock WPI gauges as well as knitter's needle tools and other knitting accessories and Addi needles at ArtEZan.

US WeightUK/AusWPI
Lace2 ply30+
Fingering4 ply19-22
Sport5 ply15-18
DK8 ply12-14
Worsted10 ply9-11
Aran12 ply8-10
Bulky/Chunky14-16 ply7-8
Super Bulky20 ply<6

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Zanz Green Days hand dyed yarn stocking Monday 14th

Zanz Hand dyed yarn
Stocking Monday 14th June
8pm Sydney time
Green Days
Hand dyed and hand painted yarn
Organic merino, merino, bfl, sock, bamboo, cotton

This weeks stocking has a Green Days theme, all the yarns have a basis in Green.
Yep I know a shock from me!!! As I'm well known for not being keen on green but as the first few I dyed all had some green I decided to continue with the theme with a couple of favourites such as Lime Sea and Arbor.

Bree Tanner - Twilight Novella

I read the new Stephenie Meyer book last night.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is available for free from until July 5th 2010.
It follows the vampire life of Bree the newborn who surrenders to the Cullens in Eclipse.

I really enjoyed this short story. It was, as always, well written and really made me think about nature vs nurture and how the environment/peer pressure/education affects behaviour.

A great read for any Twilight fans.

Knit in Public Day

So it's the time of the worldwide knit in public days.

In Sydney this weekend we have:
Kenthurst Saturday 10am
The Rocks Saturday 1.30pm
Newtown Saturday 10.30am

To find your local WWKIP go to

Friday, June 11, 2010

Made by Karla x stocking at ArtEZan at 8pm

Just a reminder for anyone wanting some cute stitch markers, lots of pretties from Made by Karla x will be going live on ArtEZan in 5 minutes.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cute cupcakes - Featured pattern

How cute are these cupcakes!

I'm starting to highlight some lovely free patterns I find so keep an eye out for the Featured patterns on my blog.

I definitely think I need to make some of these. La would love to add them to her food stash.

Made by Karla x stocking at ArtEZan this Friday

ArtEZan are very pleased to announce that Made by Karla x has joined the ArtEZan team.
The first stocking of Karla's great stitchmarkers will be this Friday night.
11 June at 8pm Sydney time.

Custom for Lee

DK Organic Merino in pinks and purples. Yummy!

How to back up and reset Sony EricssonW910i

How to back up and reset mobile phone - Sony Ericcson W910i (and probably other similar SE phones)

I couldn't remember how to do this and nothing came up on a search so had to play around for ages this morning. (This phone keeps failing so messaging doesn't work unless you reset it).

So for anyone else wondering - To back up your contacts onto the SIM from the phone memory.
Go to Contacts - New Contact - Options (left key) - Advanced - Copy to USIM

Then when they are all copied you need to reset your phone.
Settings - General (tab) - Master Reset

When it restarts and you go through the basic configuration (date/time) it will offer to copy the numbers back off the SIM card.

Thought I'd blog this incase anyone else can't find this information.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hand dyed bodysuits and tops

Just added some cute hand dyed and appliqued babies bodysuits and a size 2 spencer/top at ArtEZan