Keep your knitting full of joy with this kakaruwai (South Island robin) wooden needle gauge and ruler from Honeycakes, who is inspired to make her everyday knitting items fun. It’ll make a great and practical addition to your kit, and a wonderful gift for the knitter who has everything!
Christchurch yarn-crafter extraordinaire Pip Currie rediscovered the joy of knitting while at university, and is now completely obsessed with all things knitting, crochet and fibre related. She loves the joy of making and creating with her own two hands, the wonder of natural fibres, and the amazing feeling of wearing something handmade. Wanting to be able to share this passion with others led to Littlest Pip Knits.
Get started on your winter knits for the kids with a gorgeous pattern from Honeycakes (Lisa Flett Design). Lisa says: “I am passionate about knitting and the process of design and creating. I love pattern, texture and colour. Inspiration comes from everywhere – from fashion stores, magazines, books, museums, art galleries and landscape – inspired by the beauty that is New Zealand.”
Here’s an adorable wee project for the makers and yarnsters amongst you! This hibernating hedgehog decoration kit from Charlotte Marjoribanks Designs comes with everything you need to produce this snuggly scene: patterns, yarn, safety eyes and nose, a cardboard pompom template, soft fabric for the ears and feet, and a papier mâché globe for displaying your finished item.
We’re loving the description of this gorgeous yarn from Elmtree: “A crazy bat was carded with soft NZ Merino and Polworth wool, and handfuls of recycled thread offcuts from my local weavers’ looms. Together with the occasional slivers of fabrics and some green and purple sparkly glitz, the whole bat spun up into a party on my trusty wheel….”
Love to knit? lisaFdesign has a lovely range of patterns for babies and children, available in PDF or print form
This silky, smooth, and strong Merino sock yarn from Truby Wool is strengthened with 15% nylon and naturally dyed with madder root, an ancient vegetable dye which gives a lovely range of rich red and ochre colours
We all need a bit of snuggly warmth right now, and this chunky knit blanket from Chain Gang, made from beautiful natural NZ merino wool, will make a great throw for your couch or favourite chair – or it can even be used as a cot blanket.