Anyone who knows me knows that Iceland occupies a large place in my heart. What started as a mystical, remote place with an elusive language has gradually become a place I consider an adopted home. I’m lucky to have a growing circle of Icelandic friends and the tiniest grasp on their beautiful language. I keep coming back to Iceland, but I feel slightly guilty being so singular with my travel attentions. As Iceland becomes more and more familiar, I’m reminded that I still haven’t seen its equally beautiful inverse--New Zealand.
Well--I’m GOING. While I will most definitely be stopping by the Shire, my ultimate destination is Woolyarns! I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position as Brand Ambassador for this incredible mill. They’re responsible for Zealana possum yarns, as well as many others that you may already know and love.
I first came across Zealana yarns at Churchmouse Yarn and Teas on Bainbridge Island. A simple ribbed scarf made with Rimu DK in Kiwicrush caught my eye because the intense chartreuse color was softened by a moody haze. Closer inspection confirmed that the smoky taupe halo felt as soft as it looked, while adding depth to the rich color. Even at a generous size, the scarf was improbably lightweight. I’d truly never felt or seen anything like it. I’m tickled that this exact yarn ended up on the cover of my upcoming book!
Zealana is just one arm of a multifaceted mill. My job will also entail developing yarns with the Woolyarns technical and product development teams. We've worked together previously to develop a best-selling tweed yarn that stands out in an already crowded marketplace. While I happen to believe that there can NEVER be too many tweeds, it never makes sense to replicate when you can innovate, and Woolyarns share this ethos. They created a soft, complex blend that could be sold at a competitive price point. Once the fiber blend, weight and put-up were all solidified, a name was chosen and a palette selected. This is arguably my favorite part, and it’s here where the yarn’s personality is finally realized. I look forward to making many new fiber friends this way.
I'll be visiting Wellington next month but after that I'll be working from Seattle, the perfect portal to the US yarn world. I'll spend the rest of this year traveling to promote my book and attend some VERY exciting events. I have lots of plans and ideas, the first of which includes heading back to school this fall (a bit scary, but mostly thrilling).
Thanks for coming along on my crazy global yarn quest! I’m just getting started…