Something I love about the beautiful hand dyed shades of Maniototo Wool yarns, is their inspiration from the region where the wool is grown. This is beautifully illustrated on the website product page, which gives us photos of the colours next to images of local scenes from the Maniototo area in Central Otago.
Here is a snapshot of some of the colours shown on the website. As they are naturally inspired, they all coordinate effortlessly with each other making the crafter's choice easier. I'm really feeling the Duckpond Blue with Dark Greywacke, or Mountain Haze Violet with Tussock.
It's also great to have DK and Aran weights in a luxury hand dyed yarn, these are crying out to be a cardigan for me :) Maniototo Wool are bringing a large selection of yarns to Summer Woolfeast 2017, so if you're keen to buy for that special garment you've been planning, head over to the Maniototo stand which can be found at the back left corner of the central aisle in the larger hall. Maniototo are also bringing 'Pick n mix' 50g cakes of woollen spun DK, made up specially for Woolfeast, so that you can try out a smaller quantity or buy for that multicoloured project. Now that's a great opportunity!
Although I have visited Ashfords Craft Shop many times and have admired Knitcola patterns and kits, I hadn't come across Knitcola hand dyed yarns in the same array as at Midwinter Woolfeast 2017. It was there that I first took in the beautifully sophisticated colour palette; so I was delighted to welcome Knitcola to the team of wonderful sponsors that make Woolfeast possible. I know I wasn't the only one who recognised the quality of the dying on the Knitcola stand as I overheard many admiring comments; so I'm sure I'm not alone in my excitement to see what Knitcola has on offer at Summer Woolfeast. The Knitcola stand will be in the same place as at Midwinter Woolfeast 2017, in the back corner of the Lounge room, (the hall with the carpeted floor). Make sure you take the time to pay it a visit and see for yourself.
These are my picks from the current collection of colours on the Knitcola website.
Any of these would go beautifully together or stand alone, multi-toned but not garish.
I'd like to talk about things other than yarn, 'but what else is there!?!' I hear you cry. It can be difficult to pull our eyes away from the pretty colours, but I'd like to direct your attention towards the wonderful world of 'stuff that goes with yarn'. My favourite treasure trove is Holland Road Yarn Company, and the things that are attracting my magpie gaze at the moment are...
So there's only one thing to do. Put the kettle on, get your comfy fat pants on, and have a leisurely peruse of all the glorious things to accessorise your stash at the Holland Road Yarn Company.
There's a new yarn on the scene and it's creating a fibre frenzy!
The 'Minerals' colour collection has been hand-painted with 12 colours!
'Moeraki', spun specially for Happy-Go-Knitty, is 50% alpaca/30% corriedale/20% nylon, a blend that dreams are made of. The super softness of alpaca, stitch memory of corriedale and a bit of nylon for the durability that sock knitters need. Combine that with the fabulous hand dying skills of Helene from Happy-Go-Knitty and the result is magic!
Knitters are desperate to get their hands on this yarn, but us Woolfeasters are in luck, because Happy-Go-Knitty is bringing some down to Christchurch for Summer Woolfeast 2017, woohoo! The Happy-Go-Knitty stand at Woolfeast is always a magnet for colour lovers and those of us that appreciate quality fibre blends. It's easy to find, at the front left corner of the central aisle of traders, just walk in the main door, look to the left and let the yarn fumes carry you towards those delicious Moeraki skeins.
It's time to enter the crafty competition of the year!
This is possibly the most mega Mega Prize Pack we've ever had! To be in with a chance to win all these glorious goodies all you have to do is comment on this blog post and tell us what you love. Please read the rules below before entering.
A winner will be drawn at random from the commenters at 2pm on Friday 24th of November 2017 and announced on the Summer Woolfeast 2017 Facebook event page. The winner will have until 8pm the same day to comment on the Facebook announcement post and claim their prize. I'm afraid that after that time it will have to be re-drawn and a new winner found and notified in the same way. Please make sure you check the Summer Woolfeast 2017 Facebook event page between 3 and 8pm on the 24th of November. A condition of entry to the competition is that the winner must attend Summer Woolfeast 2017 to collect their prize. This is simply to make sure all these generous donations from the traders go to someone who supports the event by attending.
Remember, when you enter by commenting on this blog post, to use a name that is distinguishable from all the other names. This is because, if you enter using just your first name and it's a common one, I may have problems telling who is who, if you are lucky enough to win.
Just between you and me, my sources tell me that Natural Star is releasing a brand new pattern at Summer Woolfeast. Woolfeasters will have the first opportunity to buy it, it won't even be released on Ravelry yet! Here's a tiny little sneak peek - just check out that sumptuous grey!
Summer Woolfeast happening in November presents me with the perfect opportunity to shine a light on another must-do event in the fibrecraft calendar, Unwind Fibrecraft Retreat Unwind is a four day retreat, held in March in Dunedin every year, hosted by the lovely Morag from Vintage Purls. Now is a great time to think about this fantastic event because registrations are open from November 1st,
This year Unwind is being held in the beautiful Dunedin Centre.
There are classes to choose from where you can pick up new skills. Traders selling artisan fibrecraft products, and plenty of time to meet and mingle with like-minded friends.
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!