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Handmade 2013: Win a Twice As Nice Pass!

Posted on May 01, 2013 by Tash | 46 comments

As Handmade approaches with great rapidity, i'm thinking more and more about the multi-craft nature of the event. Handmade is wonderful in that it presents a whole range of crafts - from knitting to sewing, cooking to zine-making. 

For knitters, I think the best part of the weekend is that you can try out things you've always wanted to have a go at, but needed the gentle push in order to get started. You might fall in love with an entirely new making process, or decide that spinning isn't really your thing. Until you try, you won't really know.

One of my biggest problems is that I want to DO ALL THE THINGS. I want to make, make, make. And play with beautiful colours and fibres and fabrics and immerse myself in the pleasure of creating. Events such as Handmade fill me with so much joy and an overwhelming sense of just how much I love craft. 

Holland Road Yarn Co may well be a yarn shop, but that doesn't mean we're all just knitters. Sewing was my first love, until I discovered that knitting added a new level of portability. I adored weaving on the rare occasion we were able to do it at school, and have seen some incredible examples of fabric woven from the yarns we sell. Now I can also officially say I'm a spinner (more on that in another post). I've also been known to dabble in cross stitch, I can crochet, i've made use of tiger tail and beads to make jewellery, and pretty much anything that involves turning a material of some sort into something new gets me all in a fluster of excitement.




Add in there baking and dyeing yarn and it's a pretty much complete list of my loves. 

'So tell us about the giveaway!' you say...

Right! We have a Twice As Nice pass to giveaway! This pass gives you access to two masterclasses and two lectures. Hooray! A Twice As Nice pass gives you the chance to try out some things, hear a couple of great speakers, and leaves you time to relax with us in the Knit Lounge or head out for a fantastic coffee in our great city. 

How to enter:

Comment on this post - tell us about your many and varied crafty habits, or if you're a one-craft-only kind of person

Entry closes 5pm Wednesday 8 May
Prize drawn 5.05pm Wednesday 8 May

Oh! And we'll do a few spot prizes in this draw too! Three little parcels of surprise Holland Road Yarn Co treats will go to three runners-up who will be advised by email. Hooray!

Small print: Winner will be notified by email. Class selection is subject to availability and the pass may not be shared with another person. 
Winner must make their own way to Wellington if they are not a Wellington resident. Prize will be re-drawn if the winner does not respond by 5pm Friday 10 May

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  • Pam

    So I follow HRYC on ravelry, facebook and the website (in the least stalkerish way possible), and have just googled to find out what Handmade 2013 is. Oh. Em. Gee. Nearly wet myself I want to go soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. I love knitting and yarnbombing, would definately be keen to go and learn some new techniques at Handmade like the beaded knitting class and the cable without cables (although, I am going to start coming to Sat sit & knits and learn to actually cable too). If I won, I would make loud excited noises and jump up from my desk like the people on the nz tax refund woohoo adds!!!

  • Karen

    I have dabbled in other crafty things over the years, but have always come back to knitting – it’s so portable. Great for destressing (well, as long as I read the pattern properly!) too. Still do some sewing, mainly for repairs and alterations. Would love to have a go at spinning, felting and anything else yarny.

  • Jess

    At the moment I really love Knitting! So mainly I knit, if I had more time I would love to learn to sew properly and get back into woodwork and spend a bit more time mastering crochet! Last year I went to a class at handmade where we hand stitched hexagons which was really fun and did some free lance quilting on the sewing machine I really enjoyed this and bought a sewing machine but its still in the box, while I spend my spare time trying to complete one just one knitting project before I get distracted by the next. This year I would love to learn to spin!

  • Kristina

    ALL THE CRAFTS! Well, several. Most recently fibrecrafts – knitting, some crochet, drop spindling, getting up courage to do the ‘wheel thing’. But I’ve also done origami, calligraphy, jewellery making and other things I can’t think of right now. For someone who hates sewing (it starts with trying to thread the needle and only gets worse) I seem to have to do a lot of it to finish my projects! I <3 you, magic loop knitting in the round!

  • Ms T

    sigh So many crafts, so little time. Knitting takes up most of my time at the moment, but I’ve also been known to do cross-stitch (sometimes very cross stitch when I’ve miscounted squares), needlework, and drag costumes for a Hulk Hogan doll I inherited (don’t ask). I also occasionally wrangle beads and tiger tail too, and make random objects out of paper (the last one turned post-it notes into a floral lei). I’ve tried and loved wood-block printing and spinning, and I really, really want to get to grips with sewing (for my size rather the Hulk doll’s) and crochet. Plus I have my eye on one of those looms in the store. And I miss drawing and painting…I think you get the picture! :)

    If you can describe my job as crafting indexes, I think I can sneak this reference in too. (Tash, you might appreciate this.) I came across the following reference when I was trawling through the Speaker’s Rulings:

    Knitting, in Chamber, 15/6
    “Knitting is permitted in the Chamber except by a Minister in charge of a bill in committee.”

    (I don’t think I’d be able to get away with it though!)

  • Clare Haig

    At this time of year I’m all agog with crafting possibilities, but being self taught my projects both in knitting and sewing always fall short of my expectations and so Handmade looks like a good way to learn a skill or two to make my projects more satisfying.

  • Anna

    Ooh! So much craftiness attempted here… I knit, cross stitch, hand sew, machine sew, do crewel work, wooden bead dying and threading, paper mache, jewellery making, felting and even a little wood carving all to varying degrees of amateur to average :-)

  • Anna

    Ooh! So much craftiness attempted here… I knit, cross stitch, hand sew, machine sew, do crewel work, wooden bead dying and threading, paper mache, jewellery making, felting and even a little wood carving all to varying degrees of amateur to average :-)

  • Sarah

    I love anything that I can potter around with am make something with and like yourself enjoy that knitting is a very portable craft. I’ve even been known to knit in fields and race event centres after my race. I now have a knitting bag that says “{gasp} she knits in public!”.

  • Kathryn

    I’ve been engaged in knitting, crochet and embroidery for many years. I learnt from my mother and my aunt and I’m currently passing on my skills to my daughters and their friends. They call me on the the ‘Knitty helpline’. I’m still learning myself(joy!) and I think if we can all take the opportunities that come our way and share our skills we can make our world a better place.


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