The Holland Road Yarn Company

Welcome to Wellington’s newest yarn store!

I finally got there today, after a first aborted attempt, in which I decided to visit when it was closed!  Oops!

What can I say that hasn’t already been said?  Holland Road Yarn Company (HRYC) is set up amazingly well.  It is undoubtedly the yarnaholic’s version of nirvana.  The perfect yarn store that you fantasize about, but never think you’ll find.

Located in an up-and-coming, groovy part of Wellington (Petone), this area also sports some cool cafes, quality craft stores, specialty food shops, charity outlets, (op shops), local designer clothing, health stores and the like that go hand-in-hand with a trip to this kind of yarn store.

Tash (the owner) has managed to create a cute, light and airy, vintage-inspired space stocked with a wonderfully balanced offering of gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, affordable quality yarns as well as beautiful knitting accessories, needles and patterns that do not disappoint.  There’s also a swift and ball-winder, for those who need to get started on their purchases right away, and a comfy sofa to sink into for a little knit and natter.

Just look at her own line of beautifully dyed sock yarn which she somehow finds the time to dye, as well as run the shop:

HRYC stocks yarn that (I believe) you cannot find elsewhere in Wellington:

Cascade 200; Vintage (Made in New Zealand, 100% wool); Fyberspates; Woolganics; Happy Go Knitty…there’s more.

Isn’t that just the cutest needle display?  Each clearly labelled drawer is for a different sized circular needle – no straights here (ahem).  You can tell what kind of knitter inhabits this shop!  I probably drove Tash mad by compulsively opening and peering into each and every little drawer…

More pretty New Zealand yarn…

I think the thing I like most Holland Road Yarn is that Tash has generously and selflessly made the effort to include the indie businesses.  People who love the craft and want to create and share their creations but who don’t have the volume to ‘go it alone’.  And the prices have been set to be reasonable, and fair.

The shop is still developing – I understand the hunt continues to source and stock the products that Tash believes in and knows that knitters are looking for.  My personal pick of what I’ll see next:  hand crafted buttons.  What do you reckon??

You won’t find the ‘standard’ accoutrements of a yarn store here.  No Patons, Cleckheaton, Shepherd, or the other standard big names you find in New Zealand.  This place is specially for something hand-crafted, something New Zealand, something special, something with a bit of heart.  It’s a place for the knitter who wants something a little different.  And that’s great!

And of course, the wool fumes got to me:

This is Connie.  I was raving about it in a previous post.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get it out of my mind…

A few more items may have fallen into my bag… Knit Pro needles, a book… perhaps a skein of Cascade…

Personally, I’m going to find it hard to stay out of that place.  It’s Y.U.M.

And in case you’re like me, and suffer from temporary blindness when it comes to finding HRYC, it’s right next to the National Bank, across from the Aquifer Fountain.  281 Jackson St.,  Petone.  Open Wed – Sun.  Phone no.  (04) 938 3272.

Happy knitting everyone! 🙂

5 thoughts on “The Holland Road Yarn Company

  1. Lovely post! gorgeous colours and wonderful rave! Now that I’m going to be a SOCK knitter, I’m going to have to do some (more) accidental buying there! he he he

    *sigh* will it ever end???!!!

    1. Well let me see… then there’s lace shawls. And you haven’t started knitting garments yet… nope. I’m afraid you’ll just have to get used to it! 😉

  2. This store looks like a dangerous place for people like us 😉 One day, I will have to visit this store. It is oozing of yarn paradise!

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