Ilfracombe

Debbie Bliss Summer Tweed Juliet

Well it’s been a very long time since my last blog ! – must do better.

With so much going on in the shop I sometimes forget to keep you all up to date. This post is going to be a quick review of the yarn currently on my needles:

This week I have started knitting this cute top by Debbie Bliss using her summer tweed “Juliet” 

52% cotton / 48% acrylic

50g ball, 120m / 131yds

3.25 mm needles 30C wash

I am someone who normally knits with aran or chunky yarns, I like quick results, warm luxurious yarns. So this cotton blend 3ply is out of my comfort zone, however I am really enjoying it. So far I am 2 days in one ball down, it is knitting up much quicker than I anticipated. The smooth cotton is lovely to work with in this sunshine, kind on the hands and the light weight makes it easy to carry around in my handbag. I would happily recommend this yarn to knitters of all levels, the Juliet pattern book that accompanies it has a range of cardigans, tops, shrugs and a skirt to inspire, with very simple easy to follow options through to complicated cable work for the more adventurous. The picture is of my progress so far ! – I will post the finished project on the website and on Facebook once I get it completed.

 

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A new year

 

Hello 2014 !

 

What a year already, great to see so many friendly faces and updates on your projects, I am starting a pin board of finished creations for inspiration so feel free to send my photos or pop in for your picture to be added to the wall. I would like to say a belated congratulations to Kara Stevens who picked up her Snowman before Christmas.

Winner of The Snowman

Winner of The Knitted Snowman

 

We are back to normal trading hours now with the coffee machine being fired up from 10 am Tuesday – Saturday. Don’t forget our late night club on Wednesdays 6 – 8 for those braving the extreme weather there will be  a range of cakes and drinks to purchase and time to get started on our latest projects.

More workshops and clubs have been confirmed so here’s a list of the first few, there are limited spaces so please do book early to avoid disappointment:

 

Tuesday 14th January is our first Crochet Blanket Along

2nd Tuesday of every month 2pm till 4pm

Lead by Amanda from The Natural Dye Studio; This club is not for beginners so you will need to know the following basic crochet stitches; Chain, slip stitch, double crochet, half treble crochet, treble crochet and double treble crochet. However if you can make a granny square you should be able to make any of Amanda’s designs with a bit of practise.

Amanda’s blankets are all made from The Natural Dye Studio 4 ply yarn, which you can buy from The Periwinkle, Amanda will bring along a selection of additional yarns for you to buy to use in your blanket. New members will be welcome to join at any time.

 

 

Beginners Knitting Workshop

Date: 10th Feb 14. Tutor: Tonia Sears Level: Beginner Cost: £25

In this month’s beginners workshop you will learn the skills needed to produce a small cushion cover, with an option to include a simple cable for the more adventurous. Skills covered are casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch and casting off. Tools and materials available to purchase on the day

 

 

Big Beautiful Cables

Date: 24th Feb 14. Tutor: Martin Storey Level: Intermediate Cost: £35

Martin Storey, a senior designer for Rowan, teaches the skills to produce a beautiful cabled cowl or scarf. Six patterns, instruction and yarn all included in the cost. Please bring along size 10mm needles and a cable needle, alternatively purchase them in store on the day

 

Here are a few of your finished projects:

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Day One

The Periwinkle ChristmasWow ! what an amazing night. My first day of trading had me rushed off my feet with so many well wishers. I had unbelievable support from the local community, friends and family. It could not have been a better day. My shop is now open for business Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5 with a late night club on Wednesdays until 8pm.The Periwinkle First Day

I must say a massive thank you to my sister who worked so hard to help create the window displays which look brilliant, and ran around yesterday serving, tidying up, selling and updating the social media. Without her I would have struggled to keep up.

Periwinkle cake

I am looking forward to this Sundays Christmas Fair in Fore Street, I will be opening up for the afternoon with mulled apple juice and mini mince pies for the shoppers. Do pop in to say hi, and enjoy the live music on Fore Street.

OPENING DAY !

Less than a week to go until opening day on the 27th November.

Everything happens at once, I can not believe how quickly things pull together at this point. Everyday seems like a week with the amount that gets done. Even still I am nervous that it wont be perfect by 3.30 doors open next week. I hope you will all be able to see the shop and know it will continue to develop over the next few months.

The 27th is the turning on of the Ilfracombe High Street Christmas Lights. Myself and Lucy from The Cotton Tree next door both aim to be open in the evening for the event and the late night shopping. The excitement of having 2 new shops on Fore Street has been brilliant. We will be opening again on the Sunday for the Fore Street Christmas Market. So a very busy first week for us. I will be offering a few tasters from about 7.30 to keep those late night shoppers going. ( limited number only as I only have the morning to bake so first come first served).

Shop Front

The Periwinkle

My amazing sister has spent the last few days trying to come up with a theme for my window displays, with all the other things going on I somehow forgot that Christmas is so close and had not planned for it. Hurray for big sisters coming to the rescue, she is a wonderfully creative person so I have high hopes for her displays on short notice 🙂 She will be there on Wednesday so feel free to compliment her.

99% of my stock is now in and I am enjoying using my pricing gun, and organising some of the internal displays, I have 95% of the key utilities in just need to remember the details. This is probably going to be my last blog before the big day, as I am pretty shattered by the time I get home in the evenings. Also I should remind you that I have a website ; www.theperiwinkle.co.uk

Can’t wait to see you all there, do invite friends and family.

Reactions

What a reaction ! The brilliant article in the North Devon Journal a few weeks back has had an amazing response, thank you to all the comments, messages and tweets, I will respond to everyone but have been in the shop almost everyday working to get it open.

I also had a great reaction at the Homemade Craft fair at St Annes in Barnstaple. Luckily my mum helped to man the stall whilst I ran back and forward with handymen and advisers. But she has told me of all the wonderful comments received and how excited everyone is.

I can not wait to open, I keep hoping things will pick up and I will be suddenly at the stage of dressing the windows but that is still a long way off. However I have had a great week for moving forward, I have running water ! a massive thank you to Andy and his team for slogging it out yesterday in the poring rain to connect the drain up and having to clamber past everyone else working in the shop. I also now have a coffee machine ! yes I know, there is still no floor but I now have the time to become practiced with this particular machine and train up all my family to help me out on busy day. 🙂 I have 90% finished the kitchen, all units are up and solid and just awaiting the finishing touches, hopefully to come this week.

So again there will be a bit of a delay between communications whilst I am in the shop, until I get internet in there 🙂 but I will reply when I get longer free to write. Oh and I should say thank you to Gill and Ali from Miles for spending a full day training us on the coffee machine, and for working around the plumbers, lack of facilities and the noisy dusty shop.

Tonia