Blogging Challenges

The Procrastination Frustration of Blogging

Over the past year or so, I’m acutely aware that this blog has become a little neglected. Try as I might, the content just hasn’t materialised. I guess it’s been a case of not really knowing what to write about, that I feel is interesting to my readers.  A constant stream of product descriptions, whilst somewhat informative for some, is not how I envisaged this blog to be.

I find it completely overwhelming to sit looking at a blank screen with the expectation that the words will just magically form on the screen to write a decent blog. To make matters worse, clicking through other peoples blogs for inspiration only results in feeling a bit demoralised by the whole thing, followed by the thought that ‘next week will be better, I’ll have had time to think up a great blog post‘. Next week comes and goes with much the same activity of procrastination and frustration.

It’s quite possibly the worse thing to do.

Time to get out of this rut.

The Problems

  1. Lots of ideas, no focus and a bit (a lot) of writers block and a dash of procrastination.
  2. Finding something interesting to write about
  3. Making it relevant

The Solutions

  1. Pick one, any idea…..write something! Just do it. As they say.
  2. Pick an angle. Make it your own.
  3. It doesn’t all need to be knitting related. By far the best performing post on this blog at the time of writing is nothing to do with knitting. It’s my recipe for Irn-Bru Pulled Pork. Seriously! It’s amazing btw.
Irn Bru Pulled Pork

Irn Bru Pulled Pork

The Challenge

I’ve decided that the only way to get back on track is to jump back into the blog and start writing. I’ve set myself a challenge to write a blog post every Wednesday.

W i t h o u t  fail.

If I get organised and into it, I may even post  t w i c e  a week, gasp! We will see…..

The Added Incentive

As an added incentive to myself and of course the readers of this blog, I will be writing an additional blog later this week about an upcoming long-term promotion at Atomic Knitting.  It’s very exciting, novel and of course geared towards our fabulous customers.

There. That wasn’t so hard.

Challenge set & accepted. Yay!


We’re not doing Black Friday

This year we are offering 15% off all orders over £10* as a seasonal Thank You to all our customers!

BC_Cornerstone_Carosel_1400_400_TY2*excluding wholesale and custom orders, until midnight 28th November.

This past week we’ve been creating lots of new designs, ready to go into the shop over the next few days. New listings will be added daily, as many studio pieces are one of a kind and this offer is expected to be very popular!

Do come over and have a browse, there’s bound to be something for your knitting friends & family, or simply a treat for yourself.

With best wishes


New November goodies


This week the studio has been a buzz with the new stock lines, and don’t they look fun! The latest designs of magnetic Portuguese Pins are now available and are expected to sell quickly. We couldn’t pick our favourite design, and this little selection look so pretty.

The DPN holder designs were a lot of fun to make, and there really are endless designs and as hard as it was, we’ve chosen the best ones to showcase.


New Magnetic Pattern Tamer designs include:


A huge choice! Which one is your favourite?


Finally there’s a couple of new stitch marker designs that we adore, and can be made up to a custom fit with our Make Your Mark service.


Charity Update


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.

A Makeover…for the website

OK so we’re having a makeover.
Just touching up here and there on the website mainly, changing colours, moving a few things, hopefully to make it easier to find our products.

It’s never an easy task trying to organise over 600 products on the website. Over the last 11 years I’ve tried many ways and am still searching for perfection. Try as I might there’s always something that isn’t that easy to find.

In an attempt to make products easier to find, I’m going back to adding as much to the top menu bar as possible and then relying on drop down menus to provide quick access.

Here’s how it’s looking so far:


I am restricted somewhat by my lack of coding knowledge and reliance on point and click website design plus of course the restrictions of this particular template! I’m working on updating the front page further although that will take a little time.

The main categories are covered and this week’s spotlight of Studio Specials can be found under Collections (plus there’s a link in the gallery images to that section).

The contact us tab has been added to the right hand side of the home page to make it easier to find (it’s in the About Us) section as well.

There’ll be further tweaks in the coming week I’m sure, and any feedback I’d love to hear.


Shop update is now live…

Fresh from our Wonderwool Wales show in April we have some special products that launched at the show the are now available on the website. These include our:

Plus there’s still free 2nd Class shipping on UK orders over £10


The latest mini crochet hook designs include Russian doll, Golden cat, Owl and Weeping Angel. From £5


New Progress markers with Golden cat, Cult of Skaro, Tiger Eye, Copper Heart and Moon designs. From 99p.


Trio Stitch Markers set – 3 sizes per marker, these make great gifts if you’re not sure which size to buy! £1.50 per set.



Atomic Knitting at Wonderwool Wales

Wonderwool Wales 2017

Come and visit Atomic Knitting at Wonderwool Wales on 22nd/23rd April 2017!

Wonderwool Wales show is just 11 days away and I am so excited to be at this show again for the 9th year running.  The past couple of weeks have been a blur of creating lots of our individual products from stitch markers to Portuguese pins and everything in-between.

Atomic Knitting was also invited again this year to create the special gift for the FLOCK gathering at Wonderwool on Saturday evening. All will be revealed on the blog after the show! I hope to be posting updates about the show over the weekend on all Atomic Knitting social media channels, so do follow us.

If you are able to come to the show, I’d love to say hi at the Atomic Knitting stand (L1 in the main hall). It makes for a great day/weekend out in a lovely part of the world.

Next week the studio will be carefully packed up and transported to the Royal Welsh showground where the stand will be set up to showcase over 1500 products. As always, there will be some special stitch marker designs and other knitting/crochet goodies launching at the show. If there’s any left 🙂 these will then be available on the website in the week after the show.

If you can’t get to the show then the website will be open for ordering, although running a limited range of stock from Wednesday 19th April until the following Wednesday 26th April. Please note that all orders placed after Midnight on Tuesday 18th will be posted on Tuesday 25th April. Our wholesale shop will re open in May.

Here’s a quick rundown of our product range:

with best wishes


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.


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