Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Fall of Spring

Spring/Fall Newsletter 2012

This is the beautiful thing about having an international yarn business - it's always knitting weather somewhere!  As the mercury starts rising here in the Southern hemisphere, for our friends in the North temperatures are starting to cool off & needles are starting to clack even more frantically.

Bolero in Village 'Boa' with 'Dex' in the background
At Skeinz the Mill has been very busy, I have been getting restocked after a busy New Zealand Winter & the theme of the new Spring/Fall yarns is certainly colour!  Earlier in the year I put together a collection of random shades in a collection of brights, tonals & neutral colours.  These colours have been used across a variety of different yarns to create a vibrant collection to help get your bursting into Spring or cosied up in Fall.

A Carnival of Colour!

The Village Collection
One of the new ranges to feature these colours is Village.  Village is a brushed alpaca yarn with a little wool for structure, it's super soft & knits up as a light worsted/worsted weight (8-12ply).  This blend is great as it give all the luxurious softness with out 'hairiness', so it is suitable for projects from children's garments all the way through to blankets, home wares, wraps & scarves. One of the very best things about Village is the price - just $5 a 50gm 122m ball!

Skeinz Wool/Kid in 'Ark'
 If your preferences run to smoother yarns, we have just spun a limited edition run of a light worsted (8ply/DK) yarn which is a 3 fold twist - two folds of 100% NZ wool & the third of Kid Mohair & Merino.  The result is a yarn that has a subtle sheen & extra drape created from the Kid/Merino fold.  This yarn is ideal for any garment project & also good if you have a design which requires a little extra drape.  Great value too for larger projects at just $4 a 50gm 101m ball.

Skeinz Sock/Lace in 'Bus' & 'Ark'
Just when you thought that you have had enough colour we have even more to show you!  Under the Skeinz Original label is a special ultra fine sock/lace.  What sock & lace!!!  Yes - Sock & Lace.  Sock because the yarn has 20% nylon making it ideal for light weight socks for hose & lace because the yarn is fine spun 3ply laceweight with ultra fine Merino & Possum for extra softness.  This a uniquely Kiwi yarn & one we are very proud of.  It's in 4 colours, two brights & two softer tonals.  An insanely amazing price of just $6 a 50gm 312m ball.  Very limited stocks of this product available.

Getting in the Mood

Moody Hues - A kiwi original yarn
Another uniquely Kiwi yarn using possum fibre is our Moody Hues.  A light worsted/aran (8ply-10ply) weight yarn which is a blend of Merino, Alpaca & Possum.  We have 4 random print colours to reflect 4 very different moods.  These yarns have been in store a few months and are selling like hot cakes.  If you haven't knitted with a possum yarn before - this is a great yarn to try, well priced and you only need a couple of balls for a beanie or cowl.

Luxury Lodge

Em models a slouch beanie in The Lodge
If you are wanting a quick Winter knit in a wool yarn that is very soft with a rustic twist we would love you to meet The Lodge.  Inspired by the colours & textures of New Zealand, The Lodge is a 12ply/Worsted weight yarn with a tweed effect.  It has a superb handle, so suitable to be worn against the skin in a cowl, hat or scarf, but I think The Lodge is crying out for a chunky cabled jumper or jacket to snuggle into on a cold Winters evening.  the Lodge is currently on sale with a whopping $1.50 off per ball.

The Lodge - a collection of great rustic colours

Campaign For Wool

Skeinz is very proud to now have a partner agreement in the Campaign for Wool.  If you aren't familiar with the campaign, this was launched by HRH Prince of Wales to increase the global awareness of the wonder fibre that is wool.  It's renewable, reliable & it's uses across a variety of industries is immense.  As a wool spinner & yarn retailer we are very passionate about wool.  We spin much of our wool yarns from raw fleece & we are proud of all the variety we can obtain in our wool yarns.  Make sure you check out the CFW website & join them on Facebook.

Campaign for Wool Prize Giveaway

To celebrate our membership as a CFW partner we are giving away a copy of Shades of Winter: Knitting with Wool by Ewa K. Andinsson, Ingalill Johansson.  It is a book packed with classical Scandinavian designs all with a contemporary twist.  Yet to be released, we have pre-ordered this book & will be making the draw on the 30th of November.  All you have to do is make an order with Skeinz.com & have it include one of the following ranges: The Lodge, Southlander, Vintage, Prism, Merino Soft, Moody Hues or Perendale.

One of my goals from now on is to get better organised at our social media - I am handicapped in this area (anyone who's friends with me on Facebook will know this!) but I am working hard on this flaw - so if you wanted to get hooked into all the places you can find Skeinz....we're on Facebook, also make sure you join our Ravelry group (my only social media success) & I promise to be more diligent about updating the blog!!
In the meantime... Keep calm & cast on!
Cheers Maree xx


  1. Hej vilket läckert garn tänk om det hade funnits här i Sverige då hade jag varit glad. Ha en härlig dag kram Beijan

  2. Hej Beijan, tack vi kan inte vänta att få tag på boken, vi älskar svensk design, de arbetar mycket bra med vår Nya Zeeland ull - skål Maree