6th August 2019

MASSIVE SALE and wool shop in danger of being washed away!

Can I temp you? 

  Starting this Thursday at 10 am, and continuing through 'till  4pm on Sunday, I will be holding our biggest Wild and Woolly Sale ever. As usual, all the yarns on offer will be of top quality but at rock bottom prices. Most will be in the region of one third of their  original retail price. I will outline the details further into this newsletter but first, here's a few 'ramblings'...
November 13, 2019 by Fran Stafford

30th May 2019

Her Majesty Is Having A Birthday Bash

Happy Birthday Your Majesty
   As many of you know, technology just isn't my thing. Sending out this newsletter takes a great deal of time, energy, and nerves of steel. Olivia, my amazing 'technology girl' has written me a point by point idiot proof guide titled 'How To Do A Newsletter'.  I still, occasionally, drop a clanger. (silly mistake) I mix up photographs, fonts change of their own accord and page layout is a law unto it's own. The worst  of all,  is when everything I have painstakingly written, disappears. Olivia mentioned something about a 'save' button...it's all a bit beyond me!
June 05, 2019 by Fran Stafford

17th April 2019

Brown Paper, String and a Spirit Level

  I had absolutely no intention of sending a long and rambling newsletter. All I need to do is let you know that our opening hours are a little 'Topsy Turvy' over the following week. Now, if I had my way I would stipulate that all shops remain shut on Sundays, and that on Wednesdays and Saturdays the doors firmly closed at lunchtime. That way I could spend some lovely quality time with my family, Yeah Right!  Actually I would far prefer to hide myself away with my knitting and get some much needed peace and quiet. 
April 26, 2019 by Fran Stafford

20th March 2019

A Long Overdue Newsletter

Harry being a van guard dog. Yeah right!

I will try not to ramble on too much in this newsletter so here's a quick brief. You can choose what's of interest to you and maybe skip all my nostalgic and nonsensical ramblings.

April 26, 2019 by Fran Stafford

17th December 2018

 A Brief Knitivity Newsletter


  DO NOT PANIC! I am not going to suggest you grab you knitting needles and whip up a knitted nativity by the 25th of December. There really is enough pressure on us all at this time of year as it is.

  Now, this really is the shortest newsletter I have ever written, my husband will heave a sigh of relief, he's my chief proof reader, and rather than pointing out catastrophic errors and ambiguities in grammar and spelling, he normally gives a snort and mutters under his breathe "you do go on rather a lot"!
December 19, 2018 by Fran Stafford

15th November 2018

Simple linen knit T.shirt,
plastic on our beaches and I'm so sad.

Peek of the store
  The photograph above serves two purposes. Firstly, for those of you from out of town, or overseas it gives you a little peek of our store. We like to think we are a modern wool shop, but that we also have character, history and integrity. All our shop fittings, the shelving, the sofa, display tables and interesting knik-knaks are all are recycled, re purposed, acquired or inherited. Even Harry, my Labrador is recycled.
November 15, 2018 by Fran Stafford

1st November 2018

My Dog Has A Drink Problem and Rowan Summer Instore

  This super cute photograph is of Harry my adorable Labrador. Many of you will have spotted him in his basket under the counter. Harry is a hit with young children and happy to be cuddled and patted, he is better than any toy box.  Harry is an extremely special little fella. 
November 15, 2018 by Fran Stafford

28th September 2018

I'm back from Blighty... great parents, great pals and a fantastic bottle of Dubonnet! 

Isn’t Jet Lag a wonderful thing? I've  been back from my trip ‘home’ to England a couple of weeks now. I landed back in  Auckland at 4 O' clock in the morning. Given the ungodly hour my husband had instructed me to get an Uber. To my surprise, and immense gratitude,  Neil was waiting for me in the arrivals hall. I  guess, that after nearly 30 years of marriage,that's his way of saying  'I have missed you'.

September 28, 2018 by Fran Stafford

7th August 2018

I’m packing my bags and leaving for England...

  Next week I am off to visit my parents in England. Mum and Dad live in a beautiful village on the edge of the Peak District. They are fiercely independent and live in a cosy little bungalow, with a beautiful garden.
August 10, 2018 by Fran Stafford

19th July

Crazy Wool Lady Abandons Dog At Devonport New World!

 I can’t decide whether yesterday was a good day or a bad day. It all started rather well, it was my day off work and I planned to take Harry, my dog, to Takapuna Beach. Harry is a ‘change of career guide dog’. After 18 months of training it was apparent that he was just not cut out for the pressure and responsibility of being a Guide Dog.
July 20, 2018 by Fran Stafford