Yes, the rumours are true folks - the fabulous Holland Road Yarn Co. is bringing Wollmeise to Midwinter Woolfeast 2017! Many of you will have heard of Wollmeise and how difficult it can be to get hold of. Wollmeise fans are fanatical about it, mostly because of the amazingly rich colours. I'm going to make an educated guess that it will sell out, so make sure you head over to Holland Road Yarn's stand if you want to have a chance of scoring some of this elusive yarn.
However, Wollmeise isn't the only sort after brand that Holland Road Yarn stocks. They can be relied upon to bring the hottest products over to New Zealand, (including Fyberspates, Brooklyn Tweed and Blue Sky Alpacas), as well as seeking out the best of the home grown talent. Those of you that read the blog posts from last year will know I have a weakness for Knitsch. Knitsch is Tash from Holland Road's own hand dyed yarn label and I can never walk past those colours - they just sing! As well as the established Knitsch Sock there is now Knitsch Singularity, a single ply merino that I have yet to try, but of course, the colour range is stunning... I'm just off to write this down on my MW17 shopping list.
This year the Mega Prize Pack is MEGA! Have a look at the slideshow below to see all the wonderful things our lovely traders have donated to make this prize extra special! There are hundreds of $$$ worth of crafty heaven in this prize and it's all going to one lucky Midwinter Woolfeast 2017 attendee. For details on how to enter read below.
I'm very keen for this prize to go to someone who supports the event by attending, so the rules are, you have to be there to collect the prize. However, to make it easy to find and notify the winner, I will be announcing the winner the evening before on the Facebook Midwinter Woolfeast 2017 event page 6pm Friday 16th June. You must reply to the post by 8pm to let me know you've seen it and so we can arrange a time to meet at the event. If you don't reply by 8pm, I will have to re-draw and find a new winner. Set a reminder for yourself so you don't forget to check - I would hate to have to re-draw the prize.
To enter, simply tell us what you love in the Mega Prize Pack by commenting below. The winner will be drawn at random from the commenters.
You guys already know all about the fabulous quality and affordability of Skeinz, you don't need me to tell you. One thing that maybe doesn't get said enough though, is how much they give back to the New Zealand yarn scene. From supporting independent designers with yarn, to getting behind events such as Midwinter Woolfeast Knit August Nights and Unwind, with goody bag donations, prizes or sponsorship. Their ever growing product range reflects this sort of outward thinking, as they keep a keen eye out for the trends worth developing. With this is mind I thought I'd take a look at some of the Skeinz ranges that I personally love.
Skeinz will be trading at Midwinter Woolfeast 2017, so you can see for yourself!
Get out your pink yarn, choose one of the many free patterns, and join in the fun.
Three spot prizes will be handed out to people chosen at random who are seen wearing a Pussy Hat to Midwinter Woolfeast 2017.
These super cute project bags stuffed with a trio of luxurious Outlaw Yarn Bohemia Sport, two of one colour plus a co ordinating third, are up for grabs. That's enough to make a beautiful shawl.
With thanks to Outlaw Yarn for generously donating the prizes.
Win an adorable hand crocheted lamb designed and made by TenALemonTwelve
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If you're at all up to date with the NZ hand knitting/crochet scene, you will have heard of the new offering from Outlaw Yarn. Nyx is a DK weight Polwarth / Silk blend, just launched in a sophisticated six colour range. It's made such a big splash in it's opening couple of weeks, Outlaw Yarn have all but sold out! If you want to try it for yourself, you will need to check out an Outlaw Yarn stockist and grab some from them instead.
It's the combination of the high sheen Polwarth wool and the silk that gives Nyx its shine. It's a double whammy of lustre, that doesn't compromise on stitch memory like a lot of glossy yarns. If you need a soft silky handle and the stitch definition to show off your fancy patterns, Nyx will work wonders for you. The colour range is grown up, but also subtle and delicate enough to work for a special child's garment. Not sure what to knit? Truly Myrtle has just released three patterns in Nyx and there's a knit-along happening in the Outlaw Yarn Ravelry group. Join in the fun!
I thought I'd release the first Midwinter Woolfeast free pattern as a little Christmas present to all you lovely people, and to be honest it gave me the perfect excuse to try out Vintage Purls new yarn, Superstar. I chose a stunning yellow called Polaris, because yellow is the Midwinter Woolfeast colour; a splash of sunshine in the middle of winter. Some of you may remember the yellow balloons and posters at the last event.
VP Superstar is a stunning blend of 70% NZ Polwarth / 20% Tussah Silk / 10% NZ Black Merino. The Polwarth is a soft, high sheen, cousin of the merino, with long staple length, so it gives stability and shine, along with the lustre of the silk. The black merino gives the tiniest hint of heathering and sophistication to the colour. That combined with the reknowned jewel tones of the Vintage Purls dye pot and we have ourselves a truly desirable yarn. I could bathe in this stuff! You can read more about Vintage Purls in this interview.
I called the pattern Baskin, because it's inspired by sun's rays. The shawlette is an elongated crescent shape and knit from the top down, starting with 3 stitches and ending with just over 300. Zig zags grow in size as they reach the hem and are tipped with a triple picot bind off. It's knit with a single skein of Superstar, so if you wanted to try out this delicious yarn, it could be a good project for you.
Download the pattern here.
I've crawled out from hibernation and my desk is now awash with prep for Midwinter Woolfeast 2017...
The list of traders is being collated by the woolcraft fairies that live at the end of my garden, as soon as they've finished I'll publish all the wonderful details on the Traders page. The sponsors are on board, which is fabulous because it's their generosity that helps promote the event - they are of course, some of the best and brightest in the world of woolcraft, so I'll let you know when their stories are up on the Sponsors page.
I know it's time to start prepping for the event when I begin to notice must-have prizes. These Bombasine pins recently caught my eye and I had to grab the last two to kick off the prize haul for 2017. A Mega Prize Pack will be up for grabs again as well as some new competitions and giveaways. I will add all the info to the Win Stuff page as the details are finalised.
The aim for 2017 is bigger and better, so put a big red circle around Saturday the 17th of June in your diaries, start knitting/crocheting/felting/weaving the amazing thing you're going to wear, (because won't it be fun to wow the muggles), and tell all your friends that Midwinter Woolfeast 2017 is the place to be! I'm determined to keep entry free so everyone can celebrate New Zealand's proud woolly heritage. So, spread the word and stay tuned for updates, because whenever the woolcraft fairies have news for me I'll share it on this blog and the facebook page.