Monday, 28 September 2015

Autumn News

Sorry I've not been updating this blog as often as I should!  Life is busy in our shop and, although I continue to knit, I find I have less time for creating new designs or blogging...

I have had to make the difficult decision not to book any Autumn/Winter fairs this year due the need to have two of us in the shop on Saturdays at the moment.  We can call upon our son as extra staff, but by the time we've paid him and stall fees, there is little chance of making much profit.
Not having a Baljaffray Handknits stall at the Byres Road Makers Markets this Autumn is particularly sad as they are coming to an end after November's!  These markets have been my favourite - the place where I have been encouraged, made new friends and, in a sense, the place that led to the opening of our shop, Janet & John.  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the lovely couple who have run the Makers Markets for all their hard work over the last several years and to wish them every success in whatever they are planning for the future.

However, all is not lost as we are attending a number of fairs with the shop in the run-up to Christmas, which will feature my knitting, especially Christmas themed items.  All the fairs listed on my "Craft Fairs" page will feature Janet & John stalls.

My Christmas range will include this Price & Kensington 2 cup tea pot with sparkly festive cosy, priced £10.

A large range of my knitting is available in Janet & John, this year displayed in a stand outside the shop.  There is also a range at the Loch an Eilein Gallery (until the end of October) and a smaller one at The Magpie's Eye Gallery in Govan.  See the "Shops Which Stock My Knitting" page for more information.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Exhibiting Again at Loch an Eilein Gallery

I'm delighted to be able to announce that I will again be exhibiting at the Loch an Eilein Gallery this year.  The Gallery is situated on the Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore and will be open from Easter weekend until the end of October.

This year the Gallery has increased the number of artists and crafters exhibiting there.  As space is at a premium, I will be selling a reduced range of my work through them, concentrating on wearables: hats, headbands, scarves, mittens and long and short fingerless gloves.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Happy New Year - My News Round-up.

Happy New Year!  It was a very busy run up to Christmas in Janet & John and consequently I've neglected to post much on this site...

There is currently a sale in the shop where my cable cushions are reduced from £24/£25 to £18, there's £1 off my drawstring bags and my mug cosies (£4) come with a free mug.  The sale ends on Sunday January 18th.  Winter goods will continue to be available in the shop until late February or early March.

The only other shop currently selling my work is the Magpie's Eye Gallery in Govan.  They have much reduced the area given over to arts and crafts and Baljaffray Handknits only has one shelf now (bottom shelf of bookcase immediately to the left of the till desk).  I will be restocking them in the next few days.

I'm waiting to hear if I will be exhibiting at the Loch an Eilein Gallery again this year, which usually opens towards the end of March.  My work was popular again there in 2014, so I'm hoping to be able to do so.  Unfortunately, my time at the New Lanark Gift Shop seems to be over as they no longer sell crafters work there.

I'm currently working on some new designs for 2015 and hope to share these with you very soon, but here's the first - a new design of mini teacosy for a 2 cup pot.  This one is currently on sale in Janet & John (£6 or £10 with Price & Kensington teapot - prices will vary in other shops).