Kanga Kiwi Kal
**Update 16 February **
Three more fantastic supporters of Knitnstitch and Kanga Kiwi KAL came on board today.
One of my main suppliers - Naturally Yarns aka Wentworth Distributors and the darling Patti who have very generously showered us with bags of NZ branded yarn and some other goodies to give away to attendees of our meetups.
Local kniteratti and designer is our lovely Aussie import - Lara Nettle aka Discoknitter. She's just released a new Beanie/Slouchie hat pattern - "A Hat for Who" and she'll be here to show it off. I think it's set to be such a winner that it will likely become another Trans Tasman controversy like pavlova, Phar Lap, and Russell Crowe. If you just want to go buy it now, "A Hat for Who" is up here on Ravelry now!
As you all know, Outlaw Yarns can never resist a celebration and is at the party with a lovely yarn giveaway to go with Lara's "A Hat for Who" pattern - There'll be a ball of Nyx and a Ball of Vanitas for 2 lucky people!
Big ups to all these lovely peeps who support us - your LYS - and the hand making sector. Cheers!
**Update 11 February **
Lucky winners will be in to get a 100 gram skein of Prosper Yarn and there'll be one give away pattern of your choice from handmade by SMINE every hour of the KAL/CAL. Thanks ladies - so very generous!
You know you'll want to get behind this very special and fun knit-along event starting Thursday 1st February through to Thursday 15th March 2018.
The Kanga Kiwi KAL is a celebration of all things Australian and New Zealand. We have wonderfully talented designers, yarn producers, indie dyers and retail stores down in our southern part of the world and this KAL reminds us to look to them for our knitting and crochet inspiration.
This initiative was started by Karen, a wonderful lady from Australia, who runs Wool Gathering, a business running retreats and craft related activities, and she has got going an event for us all to join in (click here for more details)
Her desire is to get people thinking about their local yarn shop (LYS) as a destination - to make a yarny home and to consider making their purchases at a local destination rather than online to help support the creative sectors in each country.
The idea is that Knitnstitch - and any interested crafter - will join Karen and her many followers in participating in the KAL/CAL that she runs through her Ravelry group here during February and March and to make it ‘real’, I’ll be hosting a Meet Up at the Knitnstitch store.
Here’s how it works
It is a knit-along (KAL) or if you prefer, a crochet-along (CAL) where the focus will be to work on a project using a New Zealand (or Australian) produced yarn (commercial or indie dyed) together with a pattern from a NZ or Australian designer. The choice is all yours. How good is that? That's a very broad scope and enough time to make something you'll love for yourself or others. I see that there'll be prizes drawn on 20th March on Karen's Wool Gathering Ravelry Page too!
The second part to this will be a Special Event which will move our activities from the online space to physically getting to know your fellow makers and yarny places that are in and around the places you live - in our case, this is in Auckland but it's also for any interested people in our great crafting community.
Knitnstitch Kal Meetup
Knitnstitch's Special Event will be a public get-together to be held on the weekend of
17th & 18th February
11am and 3pm each day
49 Weston Avenue, Mt Albert Auckland.
We'll have tables and chairs, shade, some light refreshments and one fantastic Lucky Door Prize each day for one of the participants.
All You have to do is turn up with your project, find a place to sit and hang out a while with your fellow creatives. Just let me know that you're getting involved and you'll be in to win.
To get us all started you can check out the Aussie and Kiwi Yarn Producers and Indie Dyer Data Base that Karen has set up in Ravelry if you want to see the extent of talent that we have available. Also on her page is information about Designers, local yarn shops here and over the ditch, and the other events that are being held around the region.
If you have any questions about how this works, just let me know or if you are an existing Ravelry user, you can post your questions on that platform too.
If you need Yarn or Patterns
Knitnstitch has a great range of Kiwi and Australian products and of course patterns as well. Browse the online store or come on in and we can chat through your project needs.
If social media is your thing - and I'm sure it is for many of us - Please use #kangakiwikal on social media when you post photos or discussion of how your KAL/CAL is getting along.
I'm excited, and I hope you will be too. See you on the KAL!