If you have read this blog for some time, you’ll know that I left a corporate career in marketing about two years ago to pursue a more balanced lifestyle and to find a way to work in the area that I love: knitting and yarn. I also had a burning desire to help New Zealand’s yarn producers develop a larger presence in the global knitting community – our yarns were so good. Why weren’t more people using them!?
Over the last two years I have been working on various initiatives to make the dream of a proper career in the knitting world come to fruition. It has taken quite a while to a) build up people’s confidence in my abilities, and b) work out what I can actually do to make this work. I think the efforts of the past two years have finally begun to pay off:
Firstly, I’m proud to tell you that I have accepted the agency for Stansborough‘s new knitting yarn, Mythral! I’m so thankful and touched that Cheryl, Barry and Kiri are confident that I can help get their yarn out to the knitting and crocheting community!
A new yarn does not come on to the market every day, especially one that I love quite as much as this. Knitting with it makes me giddy with excitement – the texture of this beautiful, unique wool, the colour, the way it knits into beautiful garments with definition, strength and resilience. It’s one of my favourite yarns in the whole world. So I view the agency for Stansborough as amazing opportunity for both Stansborough and myself. And a great addition to the stable of yarns for knitters and crocheters!
Stansborough’s yarn is the only yarn brand that I represent as an agent. The agency is a wholesale arrangement, directed at getting Stansborough yarns into quality yarn stores and outlets, and providing support to retailers so that they can effectively sell the yarn. I won’t be selling the yarn on this blog, although retailers can obviously contact me (wsleong AT hotmail DOT co DOT nz) if they’d like to stock it in their stores!
Secondly, based on my success to date with publishing free patterns, and the fact that the thing that I enjoy the most about knitting is creating designs that bring out the yarn’s inner character, I’ve decided to take the plunge and become a professional designer. I’m starting with accessories, and as my confidence and skill develops, I will eventually begin to release garment designs. I’m extremely excited about this venture and am hoping I won’t fall flat on my face…
Designing in New Zealand yarns fulfils my personal ambition of supporting New Zealand-produced yarn brands and giving them a larger presence on the global knitting scene. As you know, this blog is an independent voice about New Zealand-produced yarns. It will continue to be so, but with the caveat that I do have an interest in one of them.
And so, to celebrate new beginnings, here’s my latest free pattern:
It’s a chunky scarf with loads of texture, and easy enough that it can be attempted by the basic beginner. It’s in Stansborough’s Mythral, and boy, have I enjoyed knitting it!! It’s called Cheryl’s scarf. In honour of Cheryl Eldridge of Stansborough, for without all her hard work we would not have this gorgeous yarn to play with.
Close-up of pattern:
And finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you again, for your wonderful support of my blog, and your confidence in my designs. Because without you, this trip would have been so much harder. Thank you! 😀