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Covid – Level 2

Dunedin is now at alert level 2. Which means:

  • Orders can be sent by courier services and New Zealand Post as normal but you should still expect some delays in transit.
  • Contactless pickup remains available BUT please do continue to be very mindful that you are collecting from our home property. You practice social distancing, wear a mask, and make your time on our section as short as possible.
  • I’m still very reluctant to have visits at the moment. I absolutely cannot see groups of people (my space is not large enough to accommodate multiple people with appropriate distancing. By appointment I will consider individuals on a case by case basis (mask wearing and social distancing is required). 
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Covid – Level 3

Dunedin will drop to alert level 3 on Wednesday 1st September. Which means that from then:

  • Orders can be sent by courier services but expect significant delays in transit.
  • Contactless pickup is once more available BUT please be very mindful that you are collecting from our home property. You should wear a mask, not touch anything you don’t need to and make your time on our section as short as possible. If you live some way away, consider using a shipping service to minimise unnecessary travel.
  • Visits of any kind to Vintage Purls are not possible. I cannot see you in person.

Remember that Level 3 is really just like level 4 but with a little more shopping. Continue to stay safe in your bubble.

My sincere gratitude to the people of Auckland for making sacrifices that keep the rest of Aotearoa safe.

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Covid 19 – Level 4

We’re back to level 4 which means:

  • Orders can be placed but they cannot be sent until we are out of level 4. (At level 3 only courier delivery is possible, so even then not all orders can be sent. Please expect significant delays in receiving any order placed in the near term.)
  • Visits of any kind to Vintage Purls are not possible. 
  • It also is not possible to order for local pickup. Stay at home.
  • I am a not an essential business, nor will I be pretending I am to apply for any kind of exemption to the rules.

Stay well, stay safe. Enjoy your bubble. If you are an essential worker: thank you so much for the extra load you carry at these times, you are marvellous.

Let’s give this our all and get back to the covid-free life we have enjoyed so much in the last year.

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KAN

With just a short time till registrations for this year’s Knit August Nights open, I have noticed that (as of writing) there is no available list of traders and that it will be helpful for some people if I clarify that I am not attending KAN in any capacity.

I will not be teaching nor trading at any foreseeable KAN event.

I’m not arrogant enough to believe that anyone attends KAN just to interact with me. 🙂 But I understand that because I did attend KAN for ten years in a row that some people assume I’ll be there.

The list of traders at this year’s KAN will likely look quite different to previous events. If the shopping element of the event is particularly of interest to you, you might want to seek out the details of those trading.

Why have I ceased my involvement with KAN? In short, my personal ethical and moral code is not upheld by continuing involvement with the event. I do absolutely believe that it is entirely possible to have professional, constructive and healthy relationships with people who have different views to oneself but there are limits. My limits may be different to your limits, I’m not telling you this as a way of instructing you what to do, think, or feel.

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VP Christmas Hours

The last day I’ll ship out for the year is Wednesday 23rd of December. Items sent that day probably will not reach you in time for Christmas.

Please order Christmas items by December 18th (and keep a keen eye on the tracking to ensure it’s progressing as it should). Earlier is better, couriers will be much in demand.

Then I’m taking a good long break and will be back on board come January 21st. The website won’t stop taking orders, but don’t expect to receive them till I’ve returned to work.

Wishing you a lovely holiday season!

Morag xx

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Covid-19 Level 2 Again

New Zealand once again has cases of covid-19 in the community so we’ve amped up our precautions again. While Auckland is at level 3, the rest of NZ, including VP here in Dunedin is at level 2. This means:

  • Delivery times may be slower, couriers are likely to be doing more work than usual.
  • International parcels will only be sent on one or two days a week. Please expect longer times to delivery as a result.
  • I offer a couple of options for PO Box and rural deliveries. The cheapest options will not ship immediately, like international parcels they’ll only be sent once or twice a week. The more expensive option utilises a courier and will see your parcel dispatched as soon as possible.
  • Local (Dunedin) contactless pickup continues as normal.
  • Visits to Vintage Purls may not be possible, please contact me but do not be offended if I am unable to accommodate you.

Hopefully our swift action will see us get this under control quickly. Stay safe. x

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Covid-19 Level 1

New Zealand is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 1.  We currently have no active cases! Business can now return to normal.

  • I will keep the multiple options for PO Box and rural deliveries. The cheapest option will ship by a slower method. The more expensive option utilises a courier and should see your parcel arrive with you promptly.
  • Local (Dunedin) contactless pickup continues to be an option. 
  • Visits to Vintage Purls are once again possible by appointment. Get in touch to make a time to visit. 

I will still have difficulty replenishing some stock so long as the rest of the world is significantly affected by covid.

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Covid-19 Level 2

New Zealand is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 2.  These are the limitations to business I will be operating under during this time:

  • Continue to expect delivery times to be slower, couriers are doing far more work than usual.
  • I will now resume sending parcels overseas but will only be sending on one day a week. Please expect longer times to delivery as a result.
  • I now offer a couple of options for PO Box and rural deliveries. The cheapest options will not ship immediately, like international parcels they’ll only be sent once a week. The more expensive option utilises a courier and will see your parcel dispatched as soon as possible.
  • Local (Dunedin) contactless pickup continues. 
  • Visits to Vintage Purls are still not possible.

I will still have difficulty replenishing some stock: 

  • KnitPro is the worst affected. I won’t be able to get new stock till at least July.
  • ChiaoGoo stock is okay at present and I’m making regular orders.
  • Many of my notions are imported from America, which obviously is significantly affected by COVID-19 at this time. Supply is still possible at this stage and has been not hugely delayed recently.
  • Schoppel-Wolle is something I import from Germany. They don’t have a lot in stock at present and the manufacturing dates are some months out so I don’t expect good supply for a while yet.
  • Vintage Purls Yarn is manufactured in NZ, there should be no significant shortages in the short term but, as usual, I can’t always keep up with demand in terms of dyeing. I have more Sock base coming in August, I might run out before then depending on demand.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. xx Morag

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COVID-19 Level 3

New Zealand is presently at COVID-19 Alert Level 3. In the level 3 environment Vintage Purls is able to trade again. However, it will not be business as usual for a while. There are a good number of restrictions still in place.

  • Expect delivery times to be slower, couriers will still prioritise medical, pharmaceutical and educational goods before other items.
  • I will only be sending items to New Zealand addresses (no international shipping).
  • I cannot ship to PO boxes or private bags, please provide a street address. I have determined that I can send to PO Boxes by NZ Post Courier. The charge is higher than regular shipping. Unless you are rural it will be more economical to use a street address.
  • The cost of rural shipping has increased because I will be sending those items by courier rather than regular post.
  • The cost of regular shipping has increased a little to reflect changes in the cost of shipping, I can no longer afford to absorb these increases.
  • Local (Dunedin) contactless pickup is available (but requires careful adherence to safety protocols).
  • Visits to Vintage Purls are not possible.

I may have difficulty replenishing some stock:

  • KnitPro is manufactured in India and I import directly from the factory. They are currently closed due to lockdown measures there.
  • ChiaoGoo are manufactured in China, they have already warned of some supply issues but at this stage supply is still possible.
  • Many of my notions are imported from America, which obviously is significantly affected by COVID-19 at this time. Supply still appears possible at this stage but will almost certainly be slower.
  • Schoppel-wolle is something I import from Germany. I haven’t been notified of supply issues yet, but with anything coming from offshore, expect significant delays.
  • Vintage Purls Yarn is manufactured in NZ and I have good supply of most of my bases at present, so there should be no significant shortages there in the short term (though, I can’t always keep up with demand when dying in the best of times).

Thank you for all your support and understanding. xx Morag