April 17, 2019

Come work with us!

With Kate due to go on maternity leave in June, we are looking for someone to join our team!

Holland Road Yarn Co isn't just a shop, it's a place where we build a community of knitters and crafters. We really love our customers and bend over backwards to bring them the best possible yarn buying experience. We are a 21st century business who use all the technology at our disposal.

Elliott sits on a black chair, wearing head phones, on a chunky rainbow crochet blanket


Our ideal colleague is:


- a true yarn-lover, a passionate knitter and well-versed in all things woolly

- can talk about knitting and projects until the cows come home

- knows Ravelry backwards and believes technology is essential to daily life

- can wrangle google docs and share inspiration in 140 characters

- crochet and /or spinning skills would be a bonus

- constantly looking to learn more about the craft

- comfortable with money handling and sales

- and, most importantly, have amazing people skills.


Our kaupapa is:

- We take care of the environment and work to be as low-waste as possible

- We are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming environment for Māori, Pasifika and people of colour, LGTBQI+, disabled, and those new to crafting

- We receive feedback with humility and always strive to improve 

There is one position available, on a fixed term 6 month contract to cover maternity leave. There is potential for it to become permanent, depending on how 2019/2020 turns out for us. The role is sole charge, so we need someone who can take the initiative but isn't afraid to ask questions if unsure about something.


The role:
Lyall Bay store
Wednesday and Saturday OR Friday and Sunday 10am - 4pm
with the potential for extra hours in winter, school holidays and as required
We pay the living wage!

General Duties:

  • Provide excellent customer service, both in-person and online.
  • Pack and ship customer and wholesale orders
  • Maintain a tidy and well-organised store
  • Receive and process stock
  • Knitting / crochet expertise

Administrative Duties:

  • Complete rolling stocktakes as required
  • Schedule classes, liaise with teachers and students
  • Responsibility for ordering from specific suppliers
  • Enter accounts payable invoices in Xero
How to apply:
Send your CV and cover letter to by 5pm Wednesday 1 May. Interviews will take place on 7 & 8 May and position commences (with training) Wednesday 22 May.

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March 07, 2019

Ease into knitting - fingerless mitts

If you're new to knitting, or need a bit of a refresher, these fingerless mitts are a great project to start with. I recommend giving mitts a go over a scarf as a first project; they are (relatively) instant gratification and give you the chance to practice without a huge commitment in terms of materials. 

Bandit mitts

I've included links for each technique mentioned along the way, so get set up with your laptop or device, somewhere nice and comfortable. If you get frustrated, it's good idea to put your work down, walk away and come back to it tomorrow. 

What you need:

1 ball of Bandit DK (or about 50g of 8 ply yarn)

4mm knitting needles

Darning needle


The making:

Cast on 30 stitches

Knit every row until the fabric measures about 17cm long.

Cast off 30 stitches, leaving a long tail of yarn after you cut it. 

Make a second identical rectangle. 

Using a darning needle and the long tail of yarn, sew 10cm of the long sides together. Leave a 5cm gap, then sew together the remaining 2cm. This gap is for your thumb!

Repeat on the second rectangle.

Weave in the ends and wear!

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February 02, 2019

Kanga Kiwi KAL - Shawls!

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

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 beautiful shawl pattern and yarn ideas we think would make for great projects to take part - be sure to pop by the Ravelry group and post your project!

If you fancy coming to hang out with us to share your projects or gain some inspiration, join us 1.30pm - 3.30pm on Wednesday 6 February (Waitangi Day) in the shop. It'll be lovely to see you!

Downpour by Handmade by Smine

Downpour by Handmade by Sminé - would look fantastic in Knitsch Sock


Deco City Shawl by Amy van de Laar

Go for stunning geometry with Amy van de Laar's Deco City Shawl 

Mad Blood shawl pattern by Mary-Anne Mace

Sticking with the drama, we still love Mary-Anne Mace's Mad Blood shawl (we even have Mad Blood Stirreth Knitsch in stock at the moment!)


and i'm going to be casting on Cetus Knits' Starry Nights using Dark Harbour Yarn from stash, plus something else once I have a hunt!

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January 10, 2019

2019 toy CAL / KAL: Butterflies, moths and things with wings

Our 2019 CAL / KAL is one of whimsy and delight!

I have decided to take a break from blankets, and instead do some small little things that add up to one big thing. The bonus of this type of project is you can either indulge in new supplies, or use up those little bits of scrap yarn you have floating around - the choice is yours!

Here's the plan:

Each month we will have a theme, and make some suggestions. Feel free to explore beyond our ideas, and make whatever takes your fancy. For every completed toy per month that you share in our Ravelry thread, we will enter you in to win a $20 HRYC gift voucher. 

In November, we will make a call out to gather all your toys (if they haven't been otherwise homed) at the shop. We will make up a fantabulous display of your creations, and do a combo of auctioning them off and donating them to a worthy children's charity. If you'd like yours on display but wish to keep it, that's perfectly ok by us too. 

January's theme, despite us starting off a bit late, is:

Butterflies, moths and things with wings!

I know lots of you have copies of Making magazine (yes we will have more soon), which always has a toy pattern. Here's a couple of them with wings:

Butterfly and cocoon by Susan B Anderson

Butterfly and Cocoon by Susan B Anderson from Making issue 2 - Fauna


Flower and Leaf Sprite by Susan B Anderson

Flower and Leaf Sprite by Susan B Anderson - from Making Issue 1 - Flora


And for other winged whimsies:

Tiny Chickens by Anna Hrachovec

Dirk the dragon by Lydia Tresselt / Lalylala


Lalylala Brimstone Butterfly  

Songbird by Sara Elizabeth Kellner

Boo the bat by Anna Hrachovec

Tawny Owl by Ella Austin

Bonny Puffin by Yanina Schenkel

and last but not least, I have to have my favourite animal in here: a penguin!

Pinglewin by Anna Maltz


Do join us, we can't wait to see what you make!

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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!

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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