February 12, 2018

Kanga Kiwi KAL: Kids!

As part of the annual Kanga Kiwi KAL, we're pleased to be both hosting a meet-up and offering a prize! 

Join us this Saturday, 17 February from 10.30am - 12.30pm for cake, crafting and good company

The Kanga Kiwi KAL is a celebration of all things NZ and Australia in the fibre world. To take part, you need to make something designed by a Kiwi or Aussie, with yarn produced in either of our fair countries. 

Here's a bunch of pattern and yarn ideas we think would make for great projects to take part - and these are all for kids!

Ode to Doris knit baby cardigan

Ode to Doris by Kelly van Niekerk, perhaps in Vintage


Wallaby 4ply kids cardigan pattern by Tikki

Wallaby 4ply by Georgie Nicholson would have beautiful drape in Zealana Kiwi Fingering

Bow tie baby cardigan knitting pattern

Any baby would look instantly classy and elegant in Rhiannon McCulloch's Bow Tie Baby cardigan - with Knitsch Sock you could go muted and classic or modern and vibrant. There's also my eternal go-to for kid knits, that is Kelly van Niekerk's Baby Vertebrae:

Baby vertebrae knitting pattern

The added bonus with all these options is that if you're time poor (like me!), you can still take part and be reasonably confident of finishing in time for the deadline for entries. Hooray!

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February 01, 2018

2018 Crochet Blanket CAL: February squares

Month 2 (February 2018)

Our prize for February is a Knit Pro Waves Crochet Hook set - hooray! All you need to do to enter is post a finished square in the Ravelry thread by the end of the month. 

The month 2 blanket CAL options. If you want to catch up on what we're doing, pop by Ravelry!

For more info, see our first blog post with all the details


Standard Single Colour

Don't Fence Me In by Polly Plum (free; video tutorial)


August Windrows by Kris Kelln (free)


Victor by Polly Plum (free; photo tutorial) (this suits single or multi-colour)


Standard Multi-colour

Maybellene by Polly Plum (free; photo tutorial)

Medium Flower Wheel Coaster Square by Saraphir Qaa-Rishi (free)


Spiked Punch by Polly Plum (free; photo tutorial)


Chantelle by Helen Shrimpton (PAID; photo tutorial)


English Garden Afghan Square by Julie Yeager (PAID)


Challenge Single Colour

I'm Beginning to See the Light by Polly Plum (PAID; video tutorial)


No Moon At All by Polly Plum (PAID; video tutorial)


Challenge Multi-Colour

Harry by Polly Plum (PAID)


Harold by Polly Plum (PAID)


My African Valentino by Jen Tyler (free until 14 Feb 2018, then PAID; photo & video tutorials)

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January 15, 2018

On the move! Again! (UGH)

Holland Road Yarn Co is moving to Lyall Bay

Yes, that's right, we're collecting all our yarn in our arms and wandering off to a new store. The Grand Arcade is up for redevelopment which means we unfortunately are faced with yet another move.

Firstly: it sucks. It's frustrating. It's been incredibly difficult to find new premises. We would much rather stay exactly where we are, trust me. 

Last day Willis Street - Sat 24 Feb

First day Lyall Bay - Fri 2 March

New Lyall Bay hours:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am - 4pm

(we may extend these once we've settled in)

Long story short, we're off to Lyall Bay. It's our best solution to a tough problem and know it will be inconvenient to many. We will be offering 'studio' hours in the new location, and continue shipping online orders every day. The plan is to be back in the CBD in 2019, catering to all your yarny needs.

You'll find us upstairs in the Real Surf building at 68-74 Kingsford Smith Street from Friday 2 March.

Our new neighbours include the wonderful Sue Dasler pottery, Parrotdog craft beer and Busters Woodfired Pizza. Just around the corner is the excellent Busy Bee Quilt shop. Not to mention the beautiful beach, Bunnings, and the big box retail park just along the road.

Keep an eye out for beer and pizza knit nights from April (yum!). 

Holland Road Yarn Co new location

map of new Holland Road Yarn Co shop

Again, we do know how much of a pain this will be to many who love the convenience of us being in the heart of Wellington city. It's a pain for us, too! Rest assured this is only a temporary relocation, and if it's too far for you to travel we are always available online. There's also a plan up our sleeves for a special personal shopping service. 

Much love, Tash & the HRYC team

Last day Willis Street - Sat 24 Feb

First day Lyall Bay - Fri 2 March

New Lyall Bay hours:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am - 4pm

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December 31, 2017

2018 Crochet Blanket CAL: January squares

Here you go - the month 1 blanket CAL options. If you want to catch up on what we're doing, pop by Ravelry!

For more info, see our first blog post with all the details

I’m posting your month 1 options now so you can make plans (or start early if you can’t stand to wait…).

Month 1 (January 2018)

Standard Single Color

Marigold square by Polly Plum

Marigold by Polly Plum (free; photo tutorial)

Octoghan by Agrarian Artisan

Octoghan by Agrarian Artisan (free; has chart)

Begin the Beguine by Polly Plum


Begin the Beguine by Polly Plum (free; video tutorial)

Standard Multi-color

Square by Polly Plum

Simbelmynë by Polly Plum (free; photo tutorial)

Cluster circle in a square

Cluster Circle In A Square by Joanita Theron (free; photo tutorial)

Serenity by Polly Plum

Serenity by Polly Plum (PAID)

George by Polly Plum

George by Polly Plum (PAID)

Challenge Single Color

fools rush in by Polly Plum

Fools Rush In by Polly Plum (PAID; video tutorial)

Challenge Multi-Color

Spiro Star by Helen Shrimpton

Spiro Star by Helen Shrimpton with optional Border for Spiro Star by Margaret MacInnis (both free)

Ilsa by Polly Plum

Ilsa by Polly Plum (PAID; photo tutorial)

Pick as many blocks as you like from any category. The headings of single/multi-color are merely suggestions for patterns that I thought would look particularly nice in 1 vs. 2+ colors; don’t let that hold you back if you want to change things up.

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December 13, 2017

2018 CAL: Choose Your Own Adventure Crochet Afghan

Choose your own adventure blanket - image by Polly Plum

After taking a year off from crocheting blankets, I’m ready to embrace another crochet afghan CAL. This one will be similar to the one from 2015, (check out the album on our Facebook page!) with new patterns and a few twists. 

Although we’re not planning to start until January, I’m posting this description now to give you plenty of time to think about options and to plan your yarn. HRYC can order in more yarn specifically for your project (anything we typically stock), but options from overseas supplies like Cascade can take awhile to arrive, especially around the holidays, so it would be better to order them sooner rather than later.

I know the descriptions below is long. The tl;dr version: Select and make 1–4 patterns per month from any of 4 categories, depending on your intended blanket size, interest, and time.

Choose Your Own Adventure CAL 
Jan 2018–Dec 2018

Choice #1: How big? 
Blanket size options run from 9 (3×3 baby blanket) up to 35 (5×7 bedspread) squares. Plan to make 9, 12, 16, 20, 24, 25, 30, or 35 squares. 
Depending on your selected size, you will aim to make 1–4 squares/month 
Although all suggested patterns were written for 10ply, yarn weights 4ply through 12ply can be used; just adjust the hook size to match 
12ply (6–6.5mm), 10ply (5–5.5mm), 8ply (4.5–5mm), 5ply (3.5–4mm), 4ply (3–3.5mm)

Choice #2: Colour, texture, or both? 
While any square can be made single-coloured or multi-coloured, some are better suited for one or the other. Pick all squares from the same suggested category or use ½ & ½ to form a checkerboard.

Choice #3: How challenging? 
Suggested patterns for the basic CAL will progress in difficulty over the months, starting with beginner-friendly options. Secondary “challenge” squares will also be included each month as additional options for more adventurous/advanced crocheters.

Planned progression:

  • Each month, a selection of pattern options will be posted in each of 4 categories (Standard single colour, Standard multi-colour, Challenge single colour, Challenge multi-colour). These will include both free and for-purchase (“paid”) patterns.

  • Any paid patterns must be purchased individually. However, sufficient free pattern options will be included in the Standard options such that a full blanket could be made from only free patterns.

  • Each pattern list will specify whether individual patterns are paid or free options and will highlight patterns that include photo or video tutorials.

  • The pattern lists will link to the Ravelry entry for each pattern. The patterns themselves will not be posted.

Notes about the pattern options

  • Pattern options posted for earlier months will intentionally be composed of more patterns than later months because patterns from any previous month can be substituted as desired.

  • A substantial portion of the pattern options will be designs by Polly Plum, both because her designs are gorgeous and because her patterns are well-written, often including photo and/or video tutorials.

  • Patterns from the HRYC 2015 Afghan Square CAL will not be repeated in the official pattern options, but feel free to use them as additional options if you missed out last time.

  • To participate, just follow along in the Ravelry Discussion Thread, posting photos, comments, and questions. Feel free to bring your squares along to “Knit” Night at HRYC on Thursdays if you’d like company or help.

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