Atomic Knitting’s Mystery Stitch Markers & Notions Club

Launching today! Our new monthly mystery stitch marker & notions club! Yay!

It’s really easy to join in the fun, there’s no tie-in, no upfront monthly fees and it’s open to all. Each month, we’ll notify you by email when the club is available with a secret link and you can decide if you would like to purchase our exclusive limited edition club notions.

We like to keep things simple, so here’s how it works:

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1. Sign up for our Monthly Mystery Stitch Marker & Notion Club email here to be the first to hear about each monthly launch.

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We recommend adding our email address to your address book to ensure the email doesn’t end up in the spam folder! You’ll get a notification email when the club opens. 

2. We’ll send a notification email with a secret link each month. The mystery sets will be limited editions with only 15 sets per month available to purchase. From exclusive stitch markers to pattern tamers, themed mini crochet hooks to Portuguese pins plus lots of other accessories, we plan on bringing exclusive designs into the club. Each month will have something different, making it easy to pick and choose to suit your needs. If you decide not to purchase in a particular month, that’s absolutely fine and you’ll continue to receive the monthly club emails. There’s no obligation to purchase.

If you are thinking of buying a club release, we recommend purchasing when the pre-order email comes out (via the secret link), usually three days before the club is openly available to all on the website. The club will ship on the date specified in the description for that month. Once the club is sold out, then it will close.

3. The exact products each month will remain a mystery until they arrive with you! We will describe the type, quantity and sizing of the mystery product eg 1 x 4mm stitch marker but all other details will be a secret, as we don’t want to spoil the surprise. There should be enough information to decide if you would like to buy.

4. For UK customers, there are no shipping costs to pay for the monthly mystery clubs, as we’re making it easy to pre-order and we won’t delay any other order that you may place at the same time (unless you specifically ask us to!). Non UK customers – At this time club orders ship with the shipping costs as specified here.

5. Want to join in? Go on! There’s going to be some very special notions available that you simply won’t get anywhere else.

January club is available to Pre-Order now….

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Charity Update

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This month we made our latest donations from sales of exclusive stitch markers & knitting accessories from Apr – Sep 2017 to both Cancer Research UK & British Heart Foundation

If you’d like to help us raise more funds by buying our charity products directly, or donate to our charity pages, there’s a link here. We donate the proceeds of sales from the charity section usually on a quarterly basis, or sooner if we raise funds quicker.

Thank You! to everyone who purchased one of our special notions.

Instructional Knitting Stitch Markers

BC_Cornerstone_Carosel_1400_400_instr1Our ever popular instructional stitch markers are back with a new colour way. The majority of our markers are available to fit 4mm, 7mm, 6mm including crochet clasp and with a crochet clasp. For right/side wrong side markers or garment marking, these are generally available with crochet clips to clip onto the knitted work to denote the side or neck, arm etc.

Why use them?

Instructional stitch markers are invaluable to assist with complex patterns as the instruction is printed on the marker itself. For intermediate knitters this can provide a little extra confidence on more complex patterns and for advanced knitters our Instructional knitting stitch markers can also be used for freehand knitting where no pattern is followed per se, although perhaps the rhythm of increases/decreases or lace work is necessary for a symmetric or asymmetric design.

What designs are available

Over the years we have added to our designs and have a great complement of instructionals. We welcome commission orders.

Choose from sets including:

  • ssk, k2tog, psso, m1, yo, ssp,
  • inc, dec,
  • back, front

and of course our right side/wrong side, start and left/right (for sock knitting) are our most popular designs.

Counting markers are also highly sought after, as they can aid with counting large numbers of stitches, especially when casting on. Additional markers can be purchased to count larger numbers of stitches, and when used on the needles, this technique can ensure that any dropped or added stitches can be readily identified once the knitting has been sectioned.

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Our latest designs are a great addition to our collection and we hope to have further designs released in the summer.

A day in the studio – Leaf stitch markers

February and March are always the busiest time of the year in the studio and it’s always at this time that my thoughts turn to the Wonderwool Wales show that is only 8 weeks away (22-23 April 2017). Preparation for this show (and all shows) begin some 3 months before the show with a long “to do list” that I dutiful review every week in my bullet journal, and often feel like I make little real progress on until the pressure begins around now (6-8 weeks before)! With over 2 pages of products to create, I probably should have started a few weeks ago, but hey, who doesn’t work well under pressure! Today’s post is about a day in the bead studio.

As you can see below it’s fairly time consuming to produce each batch of stitch markers, photograph the set and upload to the website.

Show Prep

This will be the 8th Wonderwool Wales that Atomic Knitting has exhibited at, and I feel that the stand together with the whole show has come a long way since those early days. For Atomic Knitting there are usually over 1500 products to get ready/create, package and price up ahead of the show, then all the loose beads, buttons and ‘special items’ that I produce just for the show. In between there’s the stand design to consider as well as the relevant marketing paraphernalia that needs to be ordered around 6 weeks before. This is all in parallel with running the website, writing newsletters, creating new products, making up wholesale orders, photography and social media to name just a few tasks.

I do love it all though and am thankful that I can spend the day in such a creative way.

A day in the life…Leaf Stitch Markers

Here’s how today turned out the studio.

9:00am  Coffee & BuJo

I usually start by making a list of what I want to achieve in the day, from creating new products to paying the bills, it all gets written down. I usually end up with about 5 or 6 things I want to accomplish, and I know I might only get 1 or 2 done today…the rest are there just in case!

9:15am  Gather

First on the list today was the creation of new beaded leaf stitch markers. Once ready to begin the first product, I start by gathering together the beads, findings and tools that I need. In this case, leaf beads in multiple colours, Swarovski Xillion crystals in all available colours, seed beads, findings, rings, clasps, ribbon, card and packaging. I’ve had the leaf beads in stock for a little while and last week had a new batch of Swarovski Xillion crystals arrived that were sparkling away on the desk, catching my eye.

9:30am  Design

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It took around an hour to make up one of each of the seven designs that have been released today. Each marker is made using a leaf bead, a Xillion Swarovski crystal and seed beads. There’s a variety of gold and silver plated designs, and the Make Your Mark service is available on all seven designs.

 

10.30am Nettle Tea Break & Email check

The email check reveals a couple of orders have come in to be processed and dispatched later today.

10.45am Make

Now the designs are finalised it’s time to create multiple versions of each one including Make Your Mark sets. Markers to fit 4mm, 7mm, crochet and removable markers are made up.

Each set is ribbon tied on card and packaged ready for immediate dispatch.

12.30pm Lunch

 1:15pm Photo

Meanwhile the dark rain clouds had rolled in, at the time I wanted to get the photography done. I usually prefer to use natural light where possible in the product photography and that just wasn’t going to work today, so out came the full studio lighting rig and after about an hour, the shots of the seven designs were ready to go on the website. The last of these designs are also packaged up.

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 1:45pm Upload

Once the photos are uploaded, they are cropped and tidied up ready for the website. The final uploads of each product are now available to purchase here (or at Wonderwool Wales!).

 2:30pm Orders & Post Office run

The orders received overnight and so far today are picked, packed and dispatched (this was quick today as all product ordered was available for immediate dispatch!). A quick run to the Post Office then back to the studio.

 3:45pm Tea & Teacake

Naughty, I know but it was soooo cold outside and I really fancied something with a cup of tea!

 4:00pm Website

Updates to the front page carousel with a new picture of the leaf stitch markers.

 4:30pm Blog

Time to start writing the blog, collating pictures and publishing! Narrowly finished at 6pm ready to publish later. A quick review of the BuJo (not much to tick off today!) then a tidy up, finally closing up the studio at 6.15pm.

Phew – that was a busy day! I’m really pleased with the Leaf Stitch Markers and I always enjoy making them. Now time to head home and publish this blog and flip a pancake or two.

Emma

Charity Donations

An update on our latest donation and total to Cancer Research UK. We have just donated £16 from recent sales of our exclusive mini crochet hooks, row counters and progress markers, bringing the total raised so far to £736!!

Buy our exclusive charity knitting gadgets here:

http://www.atomicknitting.co.uk/charity/

BCA-companion1-1A big thank you to everyone that has supported this project. There are still a few hooks available to purchase on the website and we have also added in several new products from jewel markers, to knitters companions, all of which we will make donations to Cancer Research UK from each sale.

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More info below…

Fundraising Page:

http://myprojects.cancerresearchuk.org/…/fu…/atomic-knitting

Studio Specials

Released today – our latest collection of studio specials. Yes, we’ve been having a tidy up and found quite a few one off pieces that we discount at checkout by 10%. There is only one of each of the needle holder designs that have been released today.  Available to fit 4mm or 5mm needles, simply slip over a pair of single point needles to keep them together and the knitting from falling off.

Here’s our favourite, despite being a gemstone, this little number reminds us of those chewy sweets…you know the ones!

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Progress Markers

Motivation can sometimes be hard to come by, especially on those larger projects that perhaps have a monotony of rows. Our progress markers can help you to see just how much (or how little) progress you have made in whatever time frame you select – hour, day, week, month etc. Just clip to your most recent knitted or crocheted stitches and watch the marker travel south* as you knit away!

* ok so this isn’t a magic progress marker

With a wide range of designs, there’s a progress markerfor every project and in our collection some of our best selling designs are featured.

Choose from a police box, seahorse, unicorn, turtle, bird, owl, Don’t Blink, and WIP sweater on the needles and more. Our progress markers can really help every project, from a toe up sock to a cardigan or blanket. Just clip and go!

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Progress markers can also be used to mark rows and specific stitches.

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Of course we love to see our markers in use on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so why not follow us and tag us in your images with our markers. You’ll find us under AtomicKnitting on Instagram and Twitter and AtomicKnitting1 on Facebook.

Progress Marker for Breast Cancer CharityAlso included is a special progress marker for breast cancer charity with 50p from every marker sold going to Cancer Research UK. With your help we’ve raised over £720 for Cancer Research and our fundraising page is here.

Prices range from £0.99 to £1.45 depending on the design.

Our unique designs are only available on our website.

10 Years of Atomic Knitting celebrations

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This year we are celebrating 10 years of Atomic Knitting and each month we have some special offers on the website together with a lot of behind the scenes projects, one of which was to revamp the website. We’ve still got a few little bits to tidy up (it’s always an ongoing project!) however, the new look website is up and running and we hope you like our new look!

This month we are celebrating our Mini Crochet Hooks and Progress Markersby combining them as a special set. Our mini crochet hooks were first available in 2010, launching at Wonderwool Wales that year. Since launching we have sold many sets including a special edition that so far has raised over £720 for Breast Cancer Research UK.

Our favourite theme of food is behind this set and our special sets of a Donut mini crochet hook and Gingerbread person Progress Markers are available for £7, with 10% off at checkout until 18th May. If this set isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty of other mini crochet hooks to choose from.

Portuguese Knitting Pins

Portuguese knitting style uses pins or brooches to help guide the yarn to the needles and uses a different way of knitting to the classic Continental or English styles of knitting. This type of knitting is also known as Turkish, Bosnian, Peruvian or Andean Knitting.

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To use this style, a Portuguese knitting pin is needed to guide the yarn by clipping the pin to your shoulder, feeding the yarn through the hooked end. Knitting in this style has several benefits, not least it can help if you suffer from arthritis in the hands and/or carpal tunnel by limiting the movements that your hands make whilst knitting. It can help with colourwork using several strands of yarn and also with evening out yarn tension.

Our unique designs are only available on our website