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11 Jan 2016 • 2 Comments
Knitting, as a hobby, has made a huge resurgence over the past few years. Many of my friends have taken up knitting or crocheting of late and speak of its relaxing qualities and rewarding results. And if my knitting tutorial-filled Pinterest feed is anything to go by, knitting is here to stay. So I was intrigued to find out about Wellington’s knitting scene and all its offerings. I mean, let’s face it, Wellington is made for wool. Even in ‘summer’ we find ourselves donning woolly socks on a chilly morning, or reaching for a jersey when the southerly pays an unwelcome visit.
Holland Road Yarn Company can be found tucked away in the Grand Arcade on Willis Street and is a little wool-encased hideaway in the middle of the CBD. Specialising in the best local and international yarns, fabrics and habadashery, it is a woolly wonderland of endless ideas to help keep you toasty and stylish. There are patterns a-plenty, projects to inspire and even ready-made, purchasable hats, blankets and shawls.
‘full of beautiful hand-dyed yarn and fibre, comfortable couches and copious cups of tea’
Tash, the owner of the store, is a knit nut. Her dream to open a yarn store ‘full of beautiful hand-dyed yarn and fibre, comfortable couches and copious cups of tea’ has been fully realised and her work seems appreciated by many fellow knit nuts who have formed a lovely community in this little corner of Willis Street. Says Tash, "I'm determined to create a space that fosters the craft community, brings people and inspiration together and celebrates the amazing talents of our local yarn folk".
Knit Nights are a popular fortnightly event and see be-needled folk rocking up for a knit and a natter. Spin club is also a fixture, for those interested in learning to spin yarn… (not to be confused with the sweatier, bike-powered spin clubs - you’ll not hear mention of a hill incline here!). There’s classes in beginners knitting and crocheting, knitted lace, blanketing, kids’ classes and my own personal favourite… a ‘fix your mistakes’ session. Details of all the classes on offer can be found at the Holland Road Yarn Company website.
Whilst there, I was treated to a demonstration of the spinning wheel in action, a process which looks so utterly relaxing that I found myself fighting back against the heavy eyelids. Whilst all the spinning was occurring, another lady was firmly nestled in the couch lovingly working on a blanketing project. It was a lovely atmosphere - all made more homely by the freshly boiled kettle and the rainbow of colour and texture that surrounded me.
Knitting seems, to me, to be the new yoga. It allows you to forget your troubles, de-stress and make new friends, all with the added bonus of a toasty beanie as a reward. If you’re a knitting novice looking for some guidance, or you have the knitting know-how and are in the market for some gorgeous new wool or a shiny needle or two, Holland Road Yarn Company is most definitely worth a look.