• Lorraine Terpend

Supporting New Zealand Business


I love to support New Zealand small businesses as I now know the time and energy that goes into building and maintaining a small business. It is awesome to see the passion and commitment that small business owners have as well as the creativity of each and every one of them.

Here is a link to an article that was on Radio New Zealand about Skeinz (Design Spun). Skeinz is a mill in Napier where I source some of the yarns that I use to make the Zarre Beanies, Slouchies and Berets.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/countrylife/audio/2018619483/a-good-yarn (please copy and paste this address as the blog only allows me to link https links).

These are some of the yarns that I buy online from Skeinz. It is makes my day when a parcel of soft, squishy yarn arrives on my doorstep! That's when my imagination starts running riot and the process begins of matching colours, patterns and yarns. I absolutely love it.



Naked Skeinz

I can buy the undyed wool from them too. This is the wool I take to Lynn at Lochanside Alpacas, another small business owner who hand-dyes the gorgeous coloured Wool/Alpaca blend. I just love the excitement that she has about the whole dyeing process. It is great to visit the Alpacas and the Chickens too!


Autumn Inspiration Hand-dyed yarns

These are some of the gorgeous colours that Lynn has custom created for me.


Hand-dyed yarn


Another small business owner that I have supported is Melissa Uber-Lopez who is a Fibre Artist in Bannockburn in the South Island. She and her business partner have opened a cute little shop/studio and produce amazing art yarn. I bought some of her 22 micron merino art yarn to make a super special beanie in small and large and a gorgeous earflap beanie. I love the super chunky bobbly effect of Melissa's hand-spun yarn.



Art Yarn Beanies

I really appreciate working with these talented people who are creative, resouceful and dedicated. They are courageous in stepping out ond becoming small business owners.

#Handdyedyarn #Woollenhats #beanies #Slouchies #berets #Alpaca #Merino #smallbusiness #creativity

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