Kiwiyarns Knits

A blog about New Zealand yarns, knitting and life

Why she knits


A long time ago (maybe nine years ago), a certain person fell in love with knitting.  It wasn’t that she hadn’t knit before, but this time, after many years’ break, it was different.  Knitting became her constant companion. Consequently, there has hardly been a day when she hasn’t spent some time knitting (the days that did not involve knitting were due to flu days where nothing was possible except to lie in bed and sleep).

She loved knitting and everything associated with knitting.  The yarns.  The colours.  The stitches. The techniques.  The tools.  The history.  The people she met.  The animals.  The sheep that the yarn came from.  Especially the sheep.  Everything was so exciting and new and interesting!

Coloured sheep closeup

At first, she thought that she would only ever knit scarves.  That did not last long, as she branched into knitting clothes for her children and nieces.

A cheeky monkey in fingerless gloves

Eric's slippers


Woody sweater

She discovered New Zealand makers of knitting yarn – whom she realised did not have a high market presence (but totally deserved better).  Having a deep interest in sustainability, she wanted to support them and especially to support the wool industry in New Zealand, which appeared to be suffering a lack of appreciation.

Awakeri Woolcraft yarns

Zealana Heron

Anna Gratton Chili Chocolate

So she began to blog, and somehow, ended up designing small accessories to support the yarns she loved, and an even deeper element to knitting opened up.

Fair isle hat

Living and breathing all the aspects of knitting – the doing, the writing, the learning, the reading, the seeing, feeling, knowing, sharing – her appreciation of knitting and levels of happiness increased ten-fold.

Leighlinbridge Aran

After declaring that she’d never have the patience to knit socks, one day she decided to try.  She discovered that her earlier decision was a mistake.  It’s a neat trick to take a small amount of stitches, design it to fit a small part of the body, and turn it into a package of cuteness. There are limitless ways this can be done, and entire universe of knitting just in this one small garment!  Much enjoyment is now being had in knitting ALL the SOCKS!

Fire Flowers socks

Twisted Flower socks

After many troubled episodes of failure, she swore that she would never be able to understand how to knit lace.  One day, she got tired of looking on in envy at the stunningly beautiful things that others were making.  So she bothered to take time to learn, and found that she could indeed knit lace. It was a great moment of triumph.

Golitha Falls Shawl 3

Nowadays, she takes great pleasure in creating the beauty of lace.

Lilli Pilli

Knitting has been long spoken of as a form of meditation.  The act of meditation quiets the brain, calms the heart, and stills the nerves.  The meditator focuses only on the act of meditation.  In the case of the knitter, this is her knitting.  It works.  It calms, soothes, relaxes (most of the time).  This is an extremely important need in our everyday busy lives and is a source of great comfort in times of stress.

The act of creating something beautiful acts as reassurance that something meaningful can come out of a life that is sometimes in disarray.  It also creates joy, and a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Knitting provides so many opportunities to learn:  about everything associated with knitting! Each area can encompass years of learning before mastership:  techniques – cables, colourwork and lace, different knitting styles and finishing techniques; yarns – how the animal or plant is farmed, how the fibre is harvested, how its made into yarn, how different spin affects garment performance,  how different fibres are suitable for different purposes, how the treatment of the fibres affects garment performance; colour – dyeing; different garment construction and design, the list is virtually endless.  It’s a universe of learning and fulfilment that could fill one’s days to the end of time.

And so it does.  She wakes up thinking of knitting, spends the day knitting as much as possible, and falls asleep at night, gazing at her beautiful collection of yarns, dreaming about what she will make from them when the time comes… to knit.



Author: kiwiyarns

Welcome to my blog where I talk about knitting in New Zealand and the beautiful yarns you can find here.

34 thoughts on “Why she knits

  1. A lovely piece of writing. Thank you for sharing your knitting journey!

  2. She is every bit right and just produced some beautiful yarn poetry as well…

  3. She is a beautiful knitter and writer too!

  4. Love your knitting and really enjoy your writing / blogging too – thanks!

  5. Well said!….Thank you for the words that are in our minds….

  6. What a beautiful piece of writing. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and knitting.

  7. Oh, I just wish I could give you a hug right now. You made me smile inside and out – spoken truly from the heart. 🙂

  8. I, for one, am quite thankful that you write about NZ yarns. I had no idea how many yarns existed. It was your post about the different shops around New Zealand that allowed me to even find them.

  9. Thank you for the inspirational and beautiful post! It’s good to hear there was a time when you only knitted scarves. Which is where I am right now! Love your blog!

  10. Great post. What is the colourway of the Anna Gratton Merino/Mohair please…Jan

  11. How absolutely lovely! A real affirmation of why we knit!

  12. you’re an inspiration – thank you!

  13. That is a lovely story about your love of knitting and yarn and really resonated with me. I, too, knit just about every day of the year (even in the middle of summer). I also find it meditative and relaxing. Only a true yarn lover can understand the pleasure that knitting gives us. Thank you 🙂

    • One of the things I love most about this blog is how so many others feel the same way about knitting, and it’s great to know that I am not alone!

  14. Hear hear, very well said. The wonderful world of knitting and yarn is indeed a pleasure to be part of .

  15. I have had a similar journey with knitting…although I don’t design anything. I just love it.

  16. I wonder if she may yet discover spinning and the joy of creating the yarn from the animals and then creating the garment with it. The only problems with this though, iare that there is still the delight in what others create as well, the time that has to be divided between the knitting and the spinning and the stash growth that happens with fibre, handspun yarn and milled yarn. It does not take long for it all to become a SABLE of mammoth proportions at which you discover restraint at a level never before utilised, some of the time!

  17. Loved your story Wei! You are an inspiration and You make me want to pick up my unfinished knitting projects. Hopefully after the last wedding in August!!! I do have to remember how relaxing it does make me feel, so I should pick up my needles NOW!
    Thank you, xoRobin

  18. I love stories like this. Thanks for sharing. ❤

  19. Written by someone with a true love of knitting! It’s great to be a part of a world-wide community of like-minded people, who share that love. Well spoken. K

  20. This is lovely and well-put! 🙂