Hello Yarn Lovers!
It has been a busy time at Skeinz, both at the yarn store in Napier & at skeinz.com
. The crazy weather hasn’t deterred knitting & every day we delight in helping you get your projects off to a great start. At Skeinz we’ve seen plenty of new knitters & new crocheters – the Learn to Crochet magazine series has inspired many to get ‘hooked’ and crocheted blankets, scarves & hats are popping up everywhere.
I have been inspired so much I have dusted off my old hooks & have had a fiddle around studying up on lost or forgotten techniques. The new Tree Cosy initiative has been great to put these latent skills to the test & over the weekend I fiddled around with our Southlander
Yarn & a 5 mm hook. I thought I would crochet a circular cover for our foot rest at home. Too much TV watching and a few too many wines later, I was a little over zealous with my increasing, so decided that cover could turn into bag, then as I starting to shape the bag & decrease, I realized I was running low on yarn, time for plan C, a Tam hat! Modeled above by my youngest son, this hat actually fits me. The moral of all of this? Knitting or crochet is a living thing, don’t be afraid to roll with the stitches & see where they take you.
I mentioned Tree Cosies, Skeinz is thrilled to be part of an Art initiative with Creative Napier & Napier Inner City Marketing. Our goal is to have as many of the 99 palm trees down Napier’s main CBD street (Emerson) adopted & decorated with knitted, crocheted, woven, or felted Tree Cosies. Highlighting the versatility of yarn craft as an art form. I have completed a couple of cosies myself, which you can view on my blog
, or get more information about how to adopt a tree from the Skeinz blog
. You don’t need to be a Napier local either, I have had an adoption from Canada, if you want to take part & you are from outside the district or the country – just email
me & I will send you adoption papers.
August is all stitched up with knit events. As well as the tree cosies Skeinz is also back as a key sponsor of Knit August Nights
, knitters retreat, workshops & Knitters Market. After the success of last year, I have increased the number or workshops available & opened up registrations to include the ability to attend just individual workshops within the retreat. This is a great option for locals or for those who are visiting Napier, wish to attend a workshop, but not commit to the retreat as a whole. All information can be found on the KAN:2 website
. There are workshops to suit all skill levels, it’s a great way to take the plunge & learn a new technique!
On the yarn front, Skeinz has been kept very busy keeping up with supply, especially of the super cosy Southlander
& the new Harvest
yarns. There are also a few more surprises to come this Winter, so watch this space. The quickest way for updates is on our Ravelry forum
, or watch for postings on the homepage at skeinz.com
!! HOT CIRCUS DEAL – ONLINE ONLY !!
We are starting to get to the last of the Circus ‘Jester Monkey’ series so we have grouped them all together into a ‘Barrelful of Monkeys’
. This lucky dip is just $2.50 a ball each – a great price to stock up for charity projects, tree cosies or some bright Winter knits. Stocks are very limited & we will do our best to make the colours as similar as possible, unless you request a ‘Monkey Dip’
Happy knitting & keep your eyes peeled for new yarn arriving soon!
Cheers Maree, Suzanne & Mary – Your Skeinz team.