Monday, May 31, 2010


Massive sale covering most store wide products.
All yarn - hand dyed, commercial dyed, hand spun - a huge 30% off.
All Zanz hand dyed socks, aprons, bags, washcloths and baby muslin wraps - 30% off
Children's clothing, bookmarks, stitchmarkers and jewellery - 25% off
All Zanz knits including longies, hats, baby cocoons, booties - 15% off
Slings - adult and children's - 15% off
Hair accessories (Zanz and Made by Sarah) - 15% off

Help me celebrate my husband's birthday and grab a BARGAIN!!!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hand dyed skivvy

I've just listed these super cute skivvies on ArtEZan.
Hand dyed for a unique skivvy to keep your little one warm this winter.
The girls love these tops - just need to source some plain skivvies big enough for the older girls as they want one too.

Friday, May 28, 2010

NEW - Girls Bolero Shrug with hand knit and hand dyed flower embellishment

I've just stocked some super cute little girl's bolero shrugs on ArtEZan - Sizes 1-3 in white, pink and purple.
These super cute shrugs have been embellished with hand dyed and hand knit flowers to make a lovely unique special cardigan for your little girl.

Dress for Kira

Just finished this dress for dd1. Knit in BWM Luxury - the top hand dyed gradient by Kaleidoskein and the bottom in Ghost.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Funky Cotton Pants

Made up these three pairs of funky elasticated waist cotton trousers yesterday. Now I just need to decide if three new pairs of trousers for La is too much (esp as I just opened two boxes of hand-me-downs for her!) Maybe I should sell a couple?
Anyone want some cheap Size 2-3 trousers?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Not sure what needle size???

Found some yarn and you aren't sure what needle size to use?

Double up the yarn and find the hole on your needle gauge that it fits through nicely (not too tight, not too loose) to get an idea of the best needle size.
Remember to swatch if you are working to a pattern.

Hand dyed wool and longies stocking - tonight

Zanz hand dyed stocking tonight on ArtEZan
Merino, BFL, superwash, fibre and longies.
8pm Sydney time - Monday 24 May.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Knitting, knitting, knitting

So why when I have loads of winter knitting in my queue have I agreed to do a summer dress for my 6 year old!! Knitting, knitting, knitting, getting tired of it, lol.

TODAY ONLY - 25% off Zanz hand dyed sock yarn

Just decided to do a One Day Sale on Sock yarn!!!
A massive 25% OFF all day 23 May.

Get into winter with a lovely pair of unique hand dyed knitted socks.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Two pairs of longies

Just finished these two pairs of longies, both destined for the store (stocking Monday 24th is the plan).
S/M Girly "Midnight Sunset" longies in hand dyed BFL with black contrast trim and flower embellishments.
M Handspun longies in blues. The super super softness and interest of texture of hand spun yarn in a lovely colourway of blues with a little purple. These are I think quite unisex depending on what they are teemed with.

Support a WAHP

This is a great group that work to promote Work at Home Parents.

I love being able to support other WAHM's and WAHP's and know that what I am purchasing is made ethically and with love - never mind you can get such cute and different stuff!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Golden Ratio - Creating pleasing stripes Tip

Just found this interesting article
that explains mathematically how to get pleasing proportions in design - The Golden Ratio!

Think of how many things are designed on a 3:5 type ratio - buildings, paper etc.

The Golden Ratio is approx 1:1.62 so when thinking of stripes or patterns keep that in mind.

It's mathematically explained in the above article.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Zanz Bamboo Slouch Beret Pattern now available

I've written up the pattern for the Bamboo Slouch Beret below and it is now available for free from ArtEZan
Happy Knitting.

Zanz Bamboo Slouch Beret

I knit this hat this week.
With the weather getting colder I needed a new hat (I can't find my favourite from last year!). Beanie hats just don't suit me so I wanted something that whilst could cover my ears and keep me warm had a bit more movement to it and flattered my head shape better, lol. So hence the slouch beret.
This hat is knit using gorgeous DK bamboo - so soft and comfy whilst still providing warmth.
The yarn is hand dyed bamboo from Zanz - stocked at ArtEZan.
I will be writing up the pattern this weekend and publishing it on ArtEZan.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hand knit, felted and material bag

Finished this last week for a swap.
I love this bag!!!
Hand knit and felted with a matching sewn material panel and magnetic clasp.
Need to do a few refinements on the pattern and I am definitely going to make one of these for myself!

Long tail cast on - How to gauge how much yarn needed

This came up with some friends yesterday.
How do you know how much yarn to allow when doing a long tail cast on.
A simple yet effective method to ensure you don't have too long or worse too short a tail (so you have to redo the cast on when you run out of tail part way through casting on) is to wind the yarn around the needle a number of times corresponding to the number of stitches you need to cast on.
Note if you wind on top of previous loops you will end up with extra tail.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Let us know what you think

As ArtEZan has been running for over a month now I've set up a survey to find out what people like/dislike about it.
Please pop on over to ArtEZan and fill out the survey - you will also go into the draw for a FREE POST voucher.

30% OFF Hand dyed socks, aprons and bags

Post Mother's Day Sale!!
30% off all Zanz hand dyed socks, aprons and bags.

Didn't get what you wanted for Mother's Day? Got money to treat yourself?
How about a unique and lovely hand dyed item for a unique and lovely Mum!

Grab a bargain as I've discounted all of this line by a MASSIVE 30%!!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to everyone who is celebrating it today.

Hope you are being spoilt rotten and you have got lots of lovely pressies and the school stalls were good this year!

dd1 and dd2 got me a fold up printed bag and a fridge magnet jotter from the school stall.
dd2 also made me a plaster frangipani.
dd3's preschool made a gorgeous book with photos, pictures and paintings - amazing considering she only goes once a week. Thank you Enchanted Treetops preschool!
I also got an itunes voucher and a lovely cooked breakfast (which I needed after going for a walk in the cold!)


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Super Saturday SALE - 25% off

Super Saturday Sale - Today only
A massive 25% off all Zanz hand dyed yarn.
Grab a bargain for your winter knitting.

There is wool - merino, organic merino, bfl, superwash, sock, tops; cotton - 4,8, 10, 12 ply; DK bamboo and more in stock.
So head over to ArtEZan to grab a bargain for your winter knitting projects.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Felted bag - Free pattern - great project bag

The Amelia Bag

And here is the bag (shown below unfelted) felted.

I think this pattern works equally well felted or not. It's a quick easy knit using 8 ply DK wool producing a great single handle bag with a rectangular bottom.

The pattern is available from ArtEZan where I stock my hand dyed yarns and knits.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Zanz Stocking tonight - Bamboo yarn and sock yarn

I'm stocking a load of new hand dyed yarn tonight.
There will be hand dyed 8ply bamboo yarn and hand dyed sock yarn.
Head over to ArtEZan tonight for Zanz hand dyed stocking at 8pm AEST.

How gorgeous is this!!

Just got this in the post from a swap!
sooo adorable, I know what La will be wearing tomorrow!!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Kiddie sling giveaway tonight on ArtEZan

Tonight on ArtEZan, the online store where Zanz hand dyed stocks, we are giving away a gorgeous Kiddie (doll) sling.
My daughter loves hers - and so does mum, means she doesn't make me carry Dolly around, lol!

So to be in the draw for this cute sling head over to ArtEZan and create an account - one lucky newsletter subscriber will win one at 8pm tonight.