Alice and I decided to check out the new season’s offerings in Wellington’s yarn stores this week. To save on petrol (hasn’t it got expensive!!!) and in order to have more chatting time (possibly not a good idea with Alice driving…) we met up at her mum’s flower shop and drove out together for a morning of yarnie goodness.
We started on Jackson Street, Petone, to visit Holland Road Yarn Company. Alice crochets the most amazing tea cosies in the world (which you’ll see on her blog if you click on the link I’ve given you above), and as we walked down the street, we saw a number of shops selling gorgeous teapots, but adorned with not-so-gorgeous tea cosies. I think she should offer her wares to them!
Arriving at HRYC was like arriving at the newest yarn party in town, for who else should walk in the door but at least two other avid yarn lovers we both knew… and soon the shop was bubbling with happy greetings. It’s fantastic that Tash has created this amazing place for knitty/crocheting types to hang out in.
I was determinedly wearing Francis, even thought the day was possibly just a tiny bit warm for it. The Kauri it’s knitted in was much admired, petted, stroked and drooled over… I felt like I had accidentally become a teddy bear. ;-p
Of course, I
had to partake noticed some very nice new yarn:
Alice and I have polar taste in colours. I excitedly picked up a deep, rich, purple. Alice got all hot and bothered about the deep pink/teal combination. The charcoal stuck to my hands, but Alice preferred the ice blue… This is a good thing. We’ll never fight over the last hank of the same yarn…
One enjoyable hour later, we hit Caffiend, our favourite coffee shop on Jackson Street (on the same street as Holland Road Yarn Company) for some much-needed refreshment. And of course, we knitted.
Funny, we had both brought along possum:
Refreshed, we trundled back down the road to Wellington to see if Nancy’s had any new Noro stock. Sadly, the new yarn hasn’t arrived yet. 😦 But probably all the better for our wallets!
There was just time for one more stop, and off we went to Knit World. Downtown Wellington has one of my favourite features:
This immense silver ball hangs above Civic Square. It’s not easy to see the wires suspending the ball above the square, and it looks like this amazing ball floating in the air. I think it’s very cool.
Anyway, Knit World. Alice had been extremely good, saving her yarn budget for some of the Remarkables colourway from Touch Yarns‘ merino magic sock yarn. And she found what she was looking for. I didn’t take a pic (bother), but it’s very Alice. A ball of hot-pink variegated gorgeousness. You’ll probably see it popping up in one of her future posts.
The latest news from Knit World is that as of this week, Kauri worsted is now stocked in-store. Dangerous….! But now daughter can have the Boyfriend Cardi she noticed me pointing out in Zealana’s latest pattern book, Seasonless. Dark comments about “I hope that’s not for you..!” ensued when she saw that post. 😉
Alice and I plan to visit the other yarn stores in Wellington soon.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures.