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

Win a $20 ArtEZan Gift Voucher

One lucky newsletter subscriber will be picked at random to win a $20 ArtEZan Gift Voucher.
The draw will take place on Friday 18th June.
So head on over and create an account at and subscribe to our newsletter for a chance of winning.
Let your friends know about this great opportunity to try some of the lovely items at ArtEZan.

Knitter's needle gauges

Another NEW accessory added at ArtEZan.
Knitter's needle gauge. The most useful knitting tool around.
Work out what size that stray needle is quickly and easily.
Convert easily from US to metric (mm) needle sizes.
Measure your gauge on a swatch (has mm and inch rulers).
Such a useful little tool (I wouldn't be without mine as I'm always leaving needles lying around)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Addi Knitting Needles and Self Locking Stitch Markers

A couple of new lines for ArtEZan.

Just stocked a number of Addi Premium circular knitting needles. Top quality knitting needles made in Germany that will really add a new dimension to your knitting experience, your projects will fly off the needles in no time with these lovely needles.

Stocked are some 80 cm needles - a great length for straight or larger circular knitting, very versatile and good for magic loop knitting. Hard to find 30cm needles - perfect for legs on longies, 40cm needles - perfect for baby and children's knits.

And self locking stitch markers. Available in sets of 4 in lots of funky colours (red, blue, pink, white and black), these stitchmarkers are great for knitting and crochet. At a bargain price they are great to bulk up your stitchmarker stash.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Worldwide Knit in Public Day

Worldwide Knit in Public day is coming soon!!!

June 12th to 20th 2010

Fancy hosting a KIP or joining one then head over to for more information and find when and where there is a local KIP.

I think this is a great idea to make people realise knitting is an old fashioned fuddy duddy grandma thing to do - and show off the beautiful vibrant yarns around.