A couple of months ago Jimad from Zealana sent me an exciting email. It bascially went along the lines of 'We're bringing the Vogue Knittng Editor-in-Chief to NZ, can we bring her to visit the shop?'
So on Monday I had the great and wonderful honour of meeting Trisha Malcolm, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Knitting. With her was Sanae Gunji, who won Zealana's design competition held at Vogue Knitting Live in November last year.
Being in New Zealand it's tricky being so far from the major knitting events and yarn producers in the States. Jumping on a plane to visit a trade show isn't something we can do without a big financial commitment. The chance to meet Trisha in person, have her in the shop and talk yarn business was such an amazing opportunity.
I don't have any pictures yet, but the story of how much American knitters love Zealana yarn, and Trisha's visit, has been all over the news this week. Here's the story on Scoop.co.nz and a great interview from TVNZ.
So why has it taken me so long to post about Trisha's visit?
This week has been all about preparing for Knit August Nights in Napier next weekend, 22 - 24 August. I've been dyeing yarn like crazy and am super excited for this, our biggest event all year. If you're in or near Napier, the market is open to the public on Sunday 24 August from 9.30am - 12pm.
A corner of our stall last year, photo by Maree Buscke
Also this week we had Lights Up Knitting Session the third. The Way Way Back was our movie, and a fantastic one at that. Not too heavy, but some interesting themes in a coming of age film. Also: Sam Rockwell. Swoon. And Alison Janney, one of my all time favourite actors.
Just two of the three Dear Colleen 'Purl Problems' tote bags that turned up on Monday night.
I have about million zillion other things to talk about, such as our Unwind Shawl knit along, and brand new Knitsch Sock colours, and the One Small Piece knit in at the Dowse this coming Sunday. Promise to be more chatty and post a bit more again soon. Once the mayhem subsides :)