I am one of those mad crazy knitters out there eats, drinks and breathes knitting in her spare time between work and family and all life’s other obligations.
In 2006, I moved back to Wellington, New Zealand after living the corporate life overseas for 20 years. My new life in New Zealand was like suddenly finding oneself in a grey zone – it was a very different life to the one I had left behind. The time was ripe to find a new interest in life.
One day, my sister asked me to teach her how to knit again. After my grandmother taught me as a teenager, I had taught her when she was a little girl, but she hadn’t picked up needles since. This required a visit to a yarn shop – like her, I had stopped knitting for many years. I had even given my needles away after all that time. Out of the phone book, we picked one of Wellington’s local yarn stores. Walking in the door, I was overcome – all that colour! All that texture! The sensory overload was too much! I was hooked! I too, bought some needles and yarn that day, and since then, barely a day has passed without knitting being a part of it.
As I got to know the yarns, and with a sharpened environmental conscience, I became particularly drawn to the natural yarns – wool, possum, alpaca, mohair. That special scent of sheepy goodness of yarn not over-processed.
Particularly, yarns made by our small New Zealand producers – the sheep’s back to shop floor operators; the indie dyers and spinners; all of whom who make such wonderful products and are contributing to our sustainability as a nation. Natural fibres, quality production. It’s all here. But not readily found.
This blog will hopefully share some of my knowledge of what’s here in New Zealand.
My contribution to the sustainability and diversity of the yarn industry in New Zealand is to help bring these yarns to the attention of the world. As this is a personal blog, I set out my own thoughts about these yarns purely for the love of sharing information about them.
If you’d like to drop me a personal line, you can contact me at wsleong AT hotmail DOT co DOT nz.
Looking forward to meeting you all online.