HRYC

November 27, 2018

Our sustainability efforts

Very close to my heart these days is being as low waste as we possibly can in the shop. It's tough - we receive a lot of soft plastic - but one worth the effort. I've always used paper bags for purchases, and will continue to do so. However we welcome your reusable bags with wide open arms!

Fern
One effect of this is on packing online orders. I've stopped having stickers printed to seal paper bags with and pop on the outside of parcels. They look great, but produce unnecessary waste. 

Instead we're reusing cello bags our stock arrives in as much as possible, so it's no longer a single use product. We've been tying paper bags up with yarn and stopped sending chocolates that come in plastic wrappers. 


We've also been using R3pack recycled and recyclable courier bags, which come in a rather fetching dark grey. I opted for these over the compostable ones, as not all of us have access to compost, but it's reasonably simple to pop them in a soft plastic recycling bin at the supermarket. Heavy duty paper mail bags are an option, but we'd have to import them ourselves which defeats the purpose somewhat.

Being environmentally conscious means using less packaging, reusing where we can, and slowly tweaking things. It all may seem like small actions, but they add up when we all choose to make them. I'm hugely aware that we consume resources as a retailer and that has an impact on the world around us, so will continue to work towards reducing our waste and learning more about how to make positive changes to the way we run things here at Holland Road Yarn Co. It may mean our 'unboxing' experience is less flashy than others, but i'm ok with that if it leads to less going to landfills and floating around in our beautiful landscape. 

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November 07, 2018

Spring Garland Project: Knit leaves and flowers

In the spirit of our Spring Garland CAL, I decided we should have some knit fun as well!

So knitters, fret not, here's a bunch of ideas for making a contribution (and gain a prize entry) to our Spring Garland.

With the new arrival of Scheepjes Catona cottons, we decided to make use of our colour sample box (which you could nab one of your own to play with, once we get more in) and make a spring garland. 

Better yet, you could win one!

All you need to do is come into the shop and make a flower and we'll take your name and contact details for one entry per finished item. 

OR pop by the Ravelry thread, show us a picture of each flower or leaf or what have you for your own garland and we'll pop you in the draw too. 

More details for both ways to enter are in the Ravelry thread.

 

Acorn ornament by Carmen Rigby-Wilson

 

Woodland Wreath by Frankie Brown

 

Squash Blossom by Bonnie Sennott

Remembrance Poppy by Katy Sparrow

Daffodil by Jessica Goddard

 

Strawberry by Linda Dawkins (who has lots of other flora and fauna patterns)

Lacy Leaf by Colleen Teerling

Perhaps, if you're up for some fun, a knitted Cyclops Pot Plant by Dawn Finney

Don't forget to stop by the Ravelry thread and share your creations - we love to see them! Or, you can always pop them up on Instagram - make you sure you tags us @hollandroadyarn 

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October 09, 2018

Spring Garland Project: crochet flower patterns

With the new arrival of Scheepjes Catona cottons, we decided to make use of our colour sample box (which you could nab one of your own to play with, once we get more in) and make a spring garland. 

Better yet, you could win one!

All you need to do is come into the shop and make a flower and we'll take your name and contact details for one entry per finished item. 

OR pop by the Ravelry thread, show us a picture of each flower or leaf or what have you for your own garland and we'll pop you in the draw too. 

More details for both ways to enter are in the Ravelry thread.

Pop by the shop and join us in playing with colour, try your hand at a crochet flower, and be part of our spring decorating! Or, if you aren't local, make your own garland using odds and ends and share pictures with us - we'd love to see them!

Here's a few patterns we're going to start with:

Leaves 

 

Just another leaf 

Fall Leaves

Maple Leaves

Japanese Maple Leaf Motif

Crochet flowers and bees wreath (paid) 

 

 

Flowers

 
 
Field Poppy (paid)
With these patterns we're barely scraping the surface of flower patterns out there!
Don't forget to drop by Ravelry to show us your progress if you're playing along at home, and be in to win! 
 
The competition runs from right now until 30 November, and will be drawn on 3 December. Open to NZ and Australian residents only.
 
 

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October 01, 2018

2018 Crochet Blanket CAL: October squares

Month 10 (October 2018)

Our prize for October, the final month of new squares, is 6 balls of Catona cotton by Scheepjes! All you need to do to enter is post a finished square in the Ravelry thread by the end of the month. 

Below are the month 10 blanket CAL options. This is our final set of CAL patterns. For the final 2 months of the CAL, we'll focus on catch-up, joining, and borders. 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

 

Standard Multi-color

 

"Rie" by Ineke Mooijenkind (free; photo tutorial)

 

Challenge

 

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September 26, 2018

Outlaw October: Team HRYC

October is just around the corner, so Kate, Rachael and I have teamed up to all knit a garment using Outlaw. There's a team challenge this year which looks like the most fun since, well, anything, and while as a stockist we don't qualify to win anything we'll play along anyway!

So what are we all knitting?

Kate

Kate has decided to take on a garment for herself - and we all need to cheer her on as she hasn't made a full-size knit garment yet! 

Kate's chosen the stunning Criss Cross Top by Purl Soho (it's free!)

Using Outlaw Yarn Nyx in Parchment:

Outlaw Yarn Nyx - Parchment

 

Tash

Tash is looking to knit herself a hug for next winter. It's the one garment I feel is missing from my knit wardrobe, so it's finally time to get it off the list. 

Stonewall by Alicia Plummer

Stonewall by Alicia Plummer is a timeless classic, with the nice interest of some contrasting texture. I'll be using Outlaw Bohemia Gothic in Shelley, which is the most stunning teal:

Outlaw Bohemia Gothic in Shelley

Rachael

Rachael is very kindly knitting for her sister! What a treat! 

Evie Scott's Quill cardigan will be amazingly cosy knit with Outlaw Bohemia Gothic, in the colour Austen

Outlaw Yarn Gothic in Austen

 

Sonja

She may be all the way over in Kuala Lumpur but she's still part of the team, so Sonja is knitting a Twiggy using Outlaw Bohemia Sport in Carnivale. 

Outlaw Bohemia Sport in Carnivale

 

We'd love to see what you're making as part of Outlaw October! Taking part in any of the categories gives you the chance to win a $250 credit with your favourite stockist (yes, you could spend $250 with us!!). Be sure to pop on to the Outlaw Yarn Ravelry group to find out more, and join their Facebook group for lots of inspiration.

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