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Shopping during lockdown November 2020

I hope you are all keeping well at the moment and getting through this current lockdown as best you can. We are working hard to keep you all busy with your various craft projects fulfilling orders online and over the phone as quickly as possible. Just a few things to note:

If you are in the local area you can choose to “click and collect” for shipping and we will contact you when your order is ready. Generally we will have orders available for collection between 10.30 and 11.30 each morning at the shop. If however, you are around the Clondalkin area but can’t get out to collect, just put a note on your order and we will arrange to deliver to you.

We ship orders within 1 working day of receiving it. Orders are shipped with An Post and for larger orders with Fastway couriers. Please be aware however, that post is slow at the moment and we have seen some smaller orders taking up to 2 weeks to deliver with An Post recently.

We are trying very hard to keep stock levels on our website up to date, and we revise the numbers regularly throughout the day, however, there may be times when an item shows as in stock on our website but may have just sold out. Please be patient with us on this as we try to keep everything up to date.

If you need advice on a project feel free to contact us by phone on 086 3294558 or email info@lozawool.ie. We may not be able to get back to you immediately but will reply to you as soon as possible.

Online knitting class

Our online knitting and crochet classes

Online knitting and crochet classes

For quite some time we’ve been preparing to launch online knitting and crochet classes to handle the demand for our in store classes. What happened this year was the catalyst for us to get moving quickly. 2020 has really been a tough year for anyone in business. Overnight we had to close down, then try to operate within various restrictions as they were announced. For us in Loza Wool, while our shop is a large part of our business, our knitting and crochet classes were really hit hard.

Prior to March this year we ran at least 8 different classes every week. Restrictions to the number of people in store at any one time and the need for social distancing meant we could no longer have 6 people round a table together. At the same time we found that with so many people either working from home or sadly loosing their jobs and looking for something to fill their time, more people were turning to crafts. The demand for classes became bigger than ever.

So like every business we had to learn how to do things differently. Luckily we had already been in the process of adding classes online rather than in store so were all set and ready to go. Over the past few months we have been running beginners classes in both knitting and crochet and are continuing to add classes at all levels over the next few weeks and months. So far it’s worked out really well and is particularly suited to someone who can’t normally commit to a specific time or day, or who lives too far away to travel to us.

What makes our online classes different from watching a video online? Our classes are live so you have access to a teacher as you work and can ask all the questions you like. You have someone who can look at your work and tell you what your mistake is and how you can fix it. Our teachers have many years of teaching experience and can guide you through your project at your pace.

If you are interested in learning a new skill or maybe taking it to the next level keep an eye on our classes page for details.

10th Birthday Competition

10th Birthday Knitting and Crochet Competition

We want to see your lockdown projects. What have you been knitting or crocheting these past few weeks? Send us your pictures via email, facebook , WhatsApp  or use the hashtag #lozawool10 on Instagram. Include details of the pattern used (if it’s not your own design) and yarn. Closing date for entries is Sunday May 3rd.
You could win a €50 voucher to spend at Loza Wool and more prizes still to be announced. We can’t wait to see your projects.

T&C:
Closing date Sunday May 3rd, winners will be announced May 4th
Prize cannot be redeemed for cash

Loza Wool is 10 years old!

10 years ago today we opened the doors to our first shop in Castle Crescent, Clondalkin. It’s a wonderful feeling after all these years to still be doing what we love, helping people to develop a love of crafts, seeing all the fabulous projects that you create and advising on the best products to use.
Just a few months prior to opening I (Maureen) had a coffee with Alan Strowger, the Irish sales rep from Sirdar yarns. I was toying with the idea of starting an online yarn shop but Alan convinced me to go all out and open a bricks and mortar shop too. Many times over the years we’ve laughed about how it’s all his fault!
It’s been an interesting time, with many highs and lows, moving to bigger premises, then having to pack up and move again with the next new location falling through after we had packed everything up. Finally we found our special space in Ace Enterprise Park which has proved to be the perfect location for both ourselves and our customers.
In the current climate, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to re-think all the plans for our 10th birthday celebrations. However, we’ll hopefully all be back to normal soon and can look forward to our next 10 years.

Can I bring my knitting needles on a plane

Can I bring my knitting on the plane? Are knitting needles allowed in carry on bag? We’re asked this question all the time so decided to find out for sure.

Best Customer Service….we won!

So this night last week we were awarded joint winner of the Best Retail Customer Service at South Dublin Chamber Business Awards. We’re so delighted with our achievement and to think that our little shop could be considered for an award like this. Of course, when you love what you do it’s not hard to be nice to your customers.

A big thank you to all our customers for their support over all these years and for all the fun chats we’ve had along the way.

Best Customer ServiceBest Retail Customer Service

 

Fur pompoms – how to make your own

Fur pompoms are so popular for knitted hats and adding to loads of accessories so we decided to play around with our new favourite Sirdar Alpine to see if we could make our own.  This gorgeous fur yarn is usually knit on size 10mm needles but for this project we used 5mm to give a closer knit. We started by casting on 16 stitches and knit 16 rows but you can do as many stitches and rows as you like to get the size of pompom you want.

Cast off and fold the piece in half lengthwise. Sew up across the bottom and along the side. We used embroidery thread for sewing, easier than trying to thread the Alpine through a needle and a bit stronger than regular sewing thread.

Turn right side out and fill with stuffing. Sew a gathering seam across the top and pull up tight to secure, leaving a long thread to use for sewing onto your hat or wherever you want to attach your pompom.

Our pompom took 8 metres of yarn and considering Sirdar Alpine has 33 metres per ball, at just €4.50 a ball you’ll have a cheap alternative to furry pompoms. Remember to let us know how yours work out by commenting here or posting a picture on Facebook  or Instagram 

Leftover wool taking over your home? What I did with mine

Leftover wool

leftover wool

Free pattern

So you’ve just finished a project and you’ve half a ball of leftover wool. You keep it because you’re going to use it up someday along with other leftover wool. Right so far? How much of it have you actually ever gone back and used up?

I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was 7 years old so as you can imagine that stash of leftovers has really grown over the years. Of course there have been times when I’ve needed a tiny bit of a colour or I’m making display pieces for the shop, or I use them for the children’s classes but in general I’ve never really managed to work my way through that gigantic stash of leftovers. There have been plenty of clear-outs over the years where I’ve donated a big bag of wool but when I recently finished the Stylecraft Yarns Frida’s Flowers CAL I was faced with another 10 colours of leftovers. So determined not to be left with all these half balls of wool I decided they had to be used up.

Enter my stashbuster blanket. This isn’t my design, there are probably loads of “shell stitch” patterns available online, this is just the instructions for the blanket I made using a shell stitch. As I didn’t know how far I’d get with each colour, I just did one row of each colour at a time but you could go with as many colours/stripes as you wish. Make it whatever size you want. The pattern explains how to adjust the size which means it will work with any thickness of yarn/wool.

You can download my instructions here  free and remember to post up pictures of your finished stashbuster on our Facebook or Instagram pages. Drop us a message if you’ve any problems.

Rico Design Pompon Baby Pink Loza Wool Dublin

How much wool do I need?

How much wool do I need to buy?

This is a common question and leads to many debates in the shop. Have you ever run out of yarn for your project or ended up with loads left over? Why? Let’s look at how much wool you need for your project and how to be sure you don’t run out.

You have been using the same baby cardigan pattern for years and you always make it from one 100g ball of double knitting yarn. So obviously any 100g ball of double knitting will give the same result, or two 50g balls even….right? Maybe not.

Imagine you unrolled a ball of yarn and laid it out straight on the floor, then measured the length of it. The measurement you get is the yardage/meterage of the yarn and will be shown on the ball band. So surely if both balls are 100g they’ll measure the same length. Not always.

Yarn can be made from a variety of different materials – wool, cotton, bamboo, acrylic or a mixture of two or more materials. Each of these different materials weigh differently, therefore a 100g ball of 100% wool is probably going to measure shorter than 100g of acrylic because wool is heavier than acrylic.

Let’s look at an example:

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The image on the left is the label from a 100g ball of double knitting yarn, made from 100% acrylic as shown. The one on the left is a 50g ball of double knitting yarn, made from a mix of wool, cashmere and acrylic. So will two balls of the 50g yarn be the same as one ball of the 100g? Let’s look at the yardage (length)…the 100g ball has 295 metres in a ball whereas the 50g ball has 125 metres in a ball, two balls (100g) therefore will give us only 250 metres in length, leaving us short 45 metres. Now is it starting to make sense?

It is all a bit baffling but the most important thing to remember when buying yarn is to look at the yardage required rather than the weight. Still confused? That’s what we are there for. You may have seen us in the past comparing ball bands and getting the calculator out. Or maybe we have advised you that the pattern that requires one 100g ball will need three balls of the 50g yarn you’ve chosen and in your head you’ve probably thought we were mad!!! Always ask your yarn shop to calculate the amount of yarn you need and if you follow these tips you’ll hopefully never run short for a project again.

Wool Shop Clondalkin

Wool Shop in Clondalkin Wool Shop in Clondalkin moving to new premises

 

Loza Wool, a Wool Shop in Clondalkin has been operating since April 2010. In case you haven’t visited us recently, we are no longer in the Monastery SC. We are planning on re-opening very soon in Clondalkin. Watch this space for more details or keep up to date with all our latest news on our Facebook page.


Shop online at our wool shop in Clondalkin

Our stock is still available online here on our website or alternatively give us a call on 086 3294558 or drop us an email info@lozawool.ie and we’ll send on your order. If you’re living in the Clondalkin area we’ll even deliver it to your door at no extra charge.

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