Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pollika Pets

We love yummy yarns and everything they create and we consider ourselves lucky to be surrounded by cashmere, silk, organic merino, mohair and alpaca!
We also love our pets. They inspire our knitting, felting and designing. Accompany us while we update our website and online store and when we talk to our wonderful clients on the phone or by email.
Emily the cat is always sure to be close to her favorite yarn and Kelso the pug has lots of loud snoring naps and secures a treat here and there during the day.
 
 We love you Emily & Kelso!

Are you inspired by your pets?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Knitting, Felting & Yoga

There are a few things in my life that have awakened great passion. Knitting is one of them, felting a close follower and yoga keeps all if it prospective. Living on the west coast of Canada, many kinds of yoga are an every day activity for many people. No matter what time of the day you see people walking around with their Lululemon yoga mat. I felt it was time for a more creative yoga mat carrier, so I knitted one with 2 strands of Yarnundyed natural Aran yarn in a simple lace pattern. The new woolen cord helped to shape the base and strengthen the strap. It was so much fun to do! I the felted the bag in the washer, stuffed it with towels to shape and dry and that is how 'Namaskar' was born. Because this yarn is undyed it is possible to dye it with cool aid or other dyes or keep it as it is. Lots of my yoga friends love Namaskar, so it has now become a Pollika knitting kit. The yarn, woolen cord and pattern with felting instructions all together in a green reusable Pollika bag. You can find it in your local yarn store order it in our online shop.

om.....




Friday, February 11, 2011

Really….. last post more than a year ago?

Wow! Isn’t that something, time flies when you are having fun! And that I have had in the last year. Pollika has evolved in many ways. Lesley has become my business partner. Our shawl pins are still finding homes in great Local Yarn Stores. We have added new family members: Yarnundyed, beautiful blends of undyed yarn for commercial dyers, indy dyers and for adventures fiber artists. Felt from Holland in fun and complete kits and a new launch is around the corner: Wope! Can’t tell you anymore about that right now, but it is going to have your creative juices flowing!
Yarnundyed
We have revamped our website and branded Pollika in purple and green with our lovely vintage ladies. They will be greeting you warmly every visit at our online shop and wholesale store. It has been a great experience to develop a dream into reality and the path continues! We are so thankful for the wonderful clients we have built a relationship with and hope that many more of you will follow our journey!
Inspiration for one of our vintage ladies

Just so you know English is my second language, here and there my fast thinking brain cells get confused and infected with my first language:  Dutch. So, most posts are going to be written in ‘Denglish’. The will be accompanied by Lesley’s photography talent, that likes me to believe they will be clear, inspiring and bring a smile to your face!

Welcome to Pollika's blog

Lesley & Tina are proud to be the North American distributors for Yarnundyed, Knitglobal Yarn, Swiss designed high quality handmade shawl pins, De Witte Engel felt products and Dutch manufactured buttons. Our luxurious natural fibers and highest quality accessories are beautiful to work with and create artful treasured legacies. We share stories and pictures of projects we created and experiences we have with are so beloved products!

We always love to hear form you! info@pollika.com

About Us

My Photo
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Imagine a day at work where you surround yourself with unique Swiss designed shawl pins, gorgeous buttons created in Holland, oh so precious yarns from the UK, and fabulous high quality felt and felting accessories, plus wonderfully, eclectic, full of life and spirit fibre artists. Knitting, felting and crochet it happens all in Pollika’s world. Just so you know English is my second language, here and there my fast thinking brain cells get confused and infected with my first language: Dutch. So, most posts are going to be written in ‘Denglish’. The will be accompanied by Lesley’s photography talent, that likes me to believe they will be clear, inspiring and bring a smile to your face! We welcome your comments! Tina