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Ocean Moon – A knitting mystery to unveil….

 

Join the fabulous knitwear designer Ambah O’Brien for her Mystery Knit-A-Long (MKAL) from April through to May 2022. It’s a wonderful opportunity to try new techniques and create something spectacular! You can sign up to the MKAL by purchasing the Ocean Moon MKAL pattern on Ravelry here and on Payhip here. Join Ambah in the MKAL chat threads either in her Ravelry group or in Ambah’s Knitterati. This MKAL is suitable for confident advanced beginners through to intermediate knitters.

The pattern provides two options for knitters –
Option #1 utilises 2x100g skeins with a 5xMini skein fade OR
Option #2 utilises 3x100g skeins.

Both options will create this crescent shaped shawl with a lovely lace component. We’ve hand dyed 8 yummy yarn sets below for your consideration, each dyed on our Sweet Pea, single stranded blend of 60% superwashed merino, 20% baby alpaca and 20% silk.

Pick from one of the below inspired packs or create you own unique 3x skein set by selecting from our 90+ standard colourways across our various 4ply / fingering weight yarn ranges. Shop here.

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Fibre Fest on our Farm – Wrap Up

 

Thank you sooooo much to everyone who joined us on the farm last weekend for our last minute #yarnaholicweekendfrolic fibre and yarn sale.

We’re so grateful that we could still share our squishy goodies with so many of you, online and in person. We truly appreciate your support and loved seeing so many of you face to face, even if just for a catch up or a bit of show and tell!

A big congratulations also goes to our three lucky draw winners from all of the online and in person orders! We hope you enjoy your squishy goodies.

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12 Month Celebration of Knitted Gnomes

Sarah from Imagined Landscapes wants this KAL to be amazing fun with no stress. It’s just about knitting gnomes, having a great time and creating gnomes with personalities. It’s a fun year-long knit-a-long, wether you want to participate in some months or all 12.

Sarah has lots of prizes throughout the year too! You can enter one gnome made in each month for a chance to win a quarterly prize. There is also a special prize category for people who make a gnome every month in 2022. More information about prizes and how to enter here.

If you would like to kniit-a-long with Blackwattle yarns, we have two options:

  • 24 x Mallee Minis plus 1 x 100 grams Ivory Wattle – a whole years’ worth of minis to create 12 gnomes in one boxed set! These sets are dyed to order and each set will be totally different!
  • 6 x Mallee Minis – 12 monthly colour themed packs to choose. Each pack gives you enough yarn to make more than one gnome! Colours selected by Sarah as part of her yearly colour plan which we will dye to order.

Patterns need to be purchased from Imagined Landscapes. Link here

Yarn packs can be purchased here.

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Unacknowledged 2022 Collection Colourway

Unacknowledged is one of Angela’s 2021 collection creations. It was initially earmarked for a gap to be designed to sit within our reds colour story. But once it was finalised we found it spoke perfectly with our pinks story as well!

12 months on and Unacknowledged has proven itself a popular choice and even extended its reach into our new watermelon colour story (coming soon!) So it’s safe to say Unacknowledged will remain a part of our new 2022 collection of standard colourways and will be available to order on any of our regular bases including:

– Lilly Pilly 2ply (lace weight)
Mallee 4ply (fingering weight)
– Grevillea Lux 4ply (fingering weight)
– Wattle 4ply (fingering weight)
– Sweet Pea 4ply (fingering weight)
– Kunzea 4ply (fingering weight)
– Banksia 8ply (DK)
– Blue Gum 8ply (DK) 
– Honeysuckle 8ply (DK)

 

 

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Mentoring at its best!

During the past 2 years I have been in a wonderful position where I was provided support under the Farming Together Program. This program was set up to assist farmers who are working together to achieve set goals. Along with our Blackwattle labelled yarn, we also stock and sell yarn labelled under the Alpaca Breeders Collection. This yarn is sold on behalf of other NSW alpaca breeders.

Recently I was lucky to be part of a mentoring program and I was provided with a wonderful mentor – Dalene Wray (CEO of OBE Organic). Over 10 1 hour sessions Dalene pushed me in a direction that I did not really know I needed to be pushed. She helped me understand that the profitability streams in a business and the need to focus on the bookkeeping and finances that she learnt from the experts from Clapboard Hill provides wealth management tips to others. I have learnt so much from Dalene that will help the Alpaca Breeders Collection members going forward. This experience is echoed in Kiana Danial’s Invest Diva review.

Below is a post written by Dalene about our experience:

Over the past three months, OBE Organic has been pleased to support the Farming Together Mentoring Program funded by the Federal Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and administered by Southern Cross University. The invitation only program was created following the successful completion of the Farming Together Pilot Program which provided farmers, fishers and foresters with knowledge, skills and materials on collaborative ideas, co-operative structures and collective strategies.

The program enabled applicants to get one-on-one support from some of the best collaborative business minds in Australia. Moreover, incorporating hypnosis for business strategies could offer unique perspectives and techniques to optimize productivity, creativity, and overall success in your entrepreneurial endeavors.

A program facilitator connected our Managing Director, Dalene Wray with Angela Smith, a leader in alpaca production and a skilled visual artist with a passion for the ancient art of hand dyeing yarn and fibre.

Over ten, one-hour sessions, Dalene and Angela worked through a range of topics, with a general focus on business optimisation to drive profitable outcomes. Significant progress was made between sessions, as Angela focused her attention on capturing farm and business data, in order to drive informed decision making. Valuable outputs from the sessions included a template for monthly reporting and a strategic plan for the business. Enhance your customer experience with the advanced technology of AIB merchant services. For specialized financial guidance, consider consulting an IVA insolvency practitioner.

Whilst it might seem that the business of organic beef production and high-quality alpaca yarn and fibre doesn’t have a lot in common, its what’s on the inside that matters in a mentoring relationship. If you are experiencing major issues within your workplace, it is important to seek an experienced employment attorney who will prioritize your case.

Dalene and Angela share a commitment to the professional development of self and others. They both stepped outside their comfort zones to give and receive advice, which was often very direct. A healthy respect for each other’s professional experience and desire to learn and grow delivered meaningful mentoring sessions and tangible outcomes.

Following completion of the program, and with the benefit of a significant body of work completed between each mentoring session, Angela feels she can comfortably grow her business and can make more informed decisions. If you’re thinking of giving up on finding a job, it’s important to know that you can revive your focus by making simple changes to your job hunting strategy.

“I’ve learned how to use my head and not my heart when making decisions about my business. I understand that I need to trust my instincts but verify my assumptions, and I understand the value of being disciplined when planning the year ahead. Even though my business is small and I’m stretched most of the time, I can see that disciplines like preparing monthly financial statements and reports can be an important tool for me. I’m in a good place. I understand where I was, where I am, and where I am going. As I continue to grow, succession planning for financial advisors will become increasingly crucial, ensuring that my business maintains its trajectory and thrives beyond my own involvement.”

Dalene also learned a great deal from the mentoring relationship. ‘You all know you never stop learning and it was exciting to test my skills on the new challenges and opportunities which Angela presented to me, during each of our sessions. It was very rewarding to be involved in the program as a mentor. I developed a new discipline for time management as I felt an obligation to Angela, to ensure she felt that she was getting value from her involvement in the program’. Experts in the field of education like Google’s Kamau Bobb believe that lifelong learning is essential due to the rapidly evolving nature of technology and scientific knowledge.

Angela and Dalene were able to connect, learn and grow through their involvement in the Farming Together Pilot Program – a resource for primary producers to help you collaborate, value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns.

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