I made my “Yarn Shop Detour” last month. My husband and I drove from our home in Tawa (near Wellington) to his work conference in Hamilton. He kindly agreed to detour through Napier so that I could visit a yarn shop I really wanted to see. For those of you who don’t know New Zealand, that meant an extra 1½ hours driving time, with an overall extension of about 4 hours to the total trip time.
I don’t regret one minute of it, however, and my husband didn’t seem to mind the extended trip either. He was actually quite interested in the shop and its story as well. The shop I’m referring to is called “Skeinz”. It is quite a small shop, but I now regard it as something of a New Zealand yarn treasure. Please check out their website (Skeinz, The Natural Yarn Store) to find out more about them, their yarns, and Design Spun Ltd – it is well worth it.
I have been aware of Skeinz for nearly a year now, and have looked at their yarns online. I have also joined their Facebook page, Skeinz – Speak Easy. The descriptions of their yarns online are very tempting, but I really like to “meet yarn in person” before I commit to buying it. I have to say that I was blown away by the quality of the yarn I found there. They don’t have a huge range, but what they have is absolutely beautiful, both in texture and colour.
One of the advantages of visiting the shop was the opportunity to pick up a couple of really good bargains that I wouldn’t have been able to get online. They are both wonderfully soft 4ply merino wool. One was the last ball of a lovely mottled grey shade of Orb Fine. The other was a 475g bag of “Threadwaste” in a rich red colour. Threadwaste is yarn that is cut off the machine when it tangles during the balling process. It has taken many hours, but I have nearly finished untangling and winding my yarn, and it has been well worth it. I will have the equivalent of 9½ 50g balls of luxurious 4ply merino wool.
I thoroughly recommend that you check out Skeinz online or, if you are lucky enough to be in Napier, call in to see them.