Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Knit August Nights 2016 (KAN)

Knit August Nights is one of two major knitty retreats held annually in New Zealand. It is held in the stunning art deco city of Napier an hour south by plane.

We won't mention THAT airline who c-a-n-c-e-l-l-e-d my flight on Friday morning, which left me scrambling to get another (and they were all sold out Friday and flights on Saturday would have arrived too late for y classes). So I shelled out $350 odd dollars to fly on a reputable airline to get down there late Friday night and missed my first class. I heard of other women hiring cars and driving 6 hours to get there... and this afternoon I was overweight with my hand luggage, but in their words "we've had a horrible few days, so will let you go"... I informed them that they had cancelled my first flight, so a few kilos overweight was not going to bother me...

It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend, meeting up with someone I didn't know particularly well (I used to frequent a wool shop she worked at years ago) and hanging out with crazy for knitting/yarn buyers just like me (man, I truly think we are like a tribe in how we dress etc too!).

I did a tour of New Zealand's LAST woollen mill - what a fascinating experience! I was totally blown away by the entire process and never knew how much went into producing a ball of wool!! Staggering. They produce most of the brands in the entire country - I thought a job in the labelling room would be fab! I'll show photos another time - I really cannot remember the process but realise even more how important it is to buy New Zealand produced yarn as much as possible. (I do anyway m-o-s-t of the time).

Tonight I'll leave you with my purchases - I have never seen Malabrigo wool before in my life and it is so divine. The rest is all New Zealand producers/independent dyers.


  1. Soooo glad it all worked out in the end ..and you have some beautiful purchases there xx

  2. How frustrating for you, I'm so glad it worked out and you were able to go on your trip. Gorgeous yarns! I'm not sure if my email got through to you (seem to be having problems) I received your swap package and thank you so muc I love it all. The tea is divine. I shall do a post soon xx

  3. I hate to fly. I have skillfully avoided flying for almost 22 years and then our daughter moved to the west coast and we flew. I dislike standing in lines for security and our return flight home was delayed an hour and then the lady next to me used the arm rest for the 5 1/2 hour flight...ugh!

    However, I did fly where I wanted to and the plane did not crash so I guess I had a good trip.

    Your yarn is beautiful and I'm glad you were able to enhance your collection!!!