Monday, 26 May 2008

Champagne everyone?

So, I just got back from Norway. Yep, it was completely and totally amazing. Firstly it tops all the countries I have been to, because it clean, beautiful, and you feel like it is impossible to get ill there, and the houses are amazing, oh and the fact that sledging and skiing are kind of compulsory in the winter, how cool is that?

OK, look the houses are exactly as you would imagine them!!


I had a super two days, I feel very refreshed, and excited. It was a business trip, but it felt like I was visiting old friends, we ate extremely delicious food, (smoked elk heart and elk burgers top my favorites) and we laughed allot!!  We even watched the Eurovision song contest, and in the end, we were voting for Norway because it was doing alot better than the UK, I want to go back very soon!!!

Kari and Perr, have a beautiful dog, who is just lovely:


we can't remember his name in Norweigen, name but it means bear, he is so gorgeous.

So the point of going? Well, it was to discuss distributing Du Store Alpakka yarns in the UK. And guess what? I am!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! There are many reasons why I am so excited to distribute this yarn, including the social conscience of Du Store Alpakka, the high quality of the yarns, and the gorgeous range of colours and last but not least the pattern support is phenomenal, really phenomenal, (Kari is a very talented designer) I am in charge of getting things translated ASAP, so I will show you the patterns we are translating really soon, I know you will love them.

Here is a little pic taken of their shop to give you an idea of the
gorgeous colour palettes, they just make you want to knit, they really do!


The other wonderful thing about this brand, is that its complimented by
beautiful pins and buttons that are made especially to compliment the
colours of the yarns. You will see soon what I mean, and also there is
a story to go with the buttons as well as the yarns, and you know how I
love a story :-)  I will tell you all about it in the next few weeks, because it will be a good way for me to get it all down and organised in my head.

Fyberspates will continue as normal, but in a slightly different way. I feel as though the distribution will teach me alot, and that it will enable me to develop the company having good grounding. The distribution will be operating under a new company, called FS trading. (Thats the first time I have written it and am mightily proud, hehe.)

SO as a result of all of this excitement  I have been completing my finishing touches to my organization at Fyberspates HQ and this organisation has meant lots of things being unearthed that need to be sold, and you know what that means folks?  A flippin sale! Yep. A sale, there will be a small amount of hand dyed, but there will be mainly the alpaca I got from Peru, and some lovely solid sock yarns (£1.50 for 50gms) which are perfect for fairailse socks, and can be combined with hand dyed too for interesting effects. So it will all be update tomorrow starting in the morning, so keep an eye out!

Right I am off to drink wine, and celebrate my new business and my organised and tidy life :-)


  1. Nice to hear you are happy! His name is Bamse!
    Good luck with everything!
    Love Per and Kari

  2. I am so glad you are happy!
    Good luck to you and his name is bamse.
    Love Per and Kari

  3. Oh wow, those colours! So exciting! x

  4. I am so excited for you!!! This is HUGE congrats honey :)
    Did you find Norway expensive? My dad went a few years back on business and nearly died when a round of drinks cost him £70 (£10 a pint!!!!) that and a twix cost him £1.50 LOL I remember him calling and saying he would be home slimmer and sober ;)
    A sale eh *goes to set up tent*

  5. That's really exciting news - the distribution I mean but the sale too ;) Good luck with FS trading

  6. Wow, all these things are so exciting! Congratulations on sorting out your house, too. Talking things to death is very tough - we have had some of that down here in the south east but we are friends and back on track now I think. Mmmmm, must get back to knitting. I have new glasses and it's amazing how well I can see!

  7. Congratulaions! Can't wait to see it all unfold.

  8. Congratulations Jen!
    I love reading how things are with you, you deserve all your success as you work so hard and are passionate about what you do.
    Best Wishes,

  9. I'm excited too ! Their Alpaca lace yarn is so lovely to work with, in stunning colours.
    It's wonderful to see how your business is developing, and all your hard work coming to fruition.

  10. Wishing you pots of luck in your new venture, hope all goes smoothly. I am really looking forward to the update.
    Can I send an email about Irene's sock yarn she's still waitng since Feb, we know you are very busy so please send it when you've time.
    Ta and thanks for your last lovely email it made me glow inside a bit like Ready Break eaten near Sellafield lol.