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Trader Bios

Here is some more detail of some of our traders, in no particular order!

Otaki Dye House

My names Samantha Kellaway and I’ve been working as a textile artist and dyer in the film industry since 2011.  I’ve worked on Spartacus series, The Hobbit trilogy, The Light Between Oceans, Ghost in The Shell and most recently Mortal Engines.

I studied Costume at Toi Whakaari and have a very strong background in sewing, but my passion is dyeing and everything yarn.

I work from a studio in my home in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast where I have lived for just over four years.  I have a 3 year old daughter, a husband and a staff called Ruby.

I started my business so I could cut out commuting to Wellington every day and be a part of the wonderful creative community here in Ōtaki.  My plans for 2018 are to expand in to pattern designing and continue to explore weaving.   I’m also hoping to be able to offer more bases of yarn and produce bigger quantities in established colourways.  For now I’m enjoying offering up colourswats that inspire me and bring me joy.

Jumbuck Carding

Sharon and Warren Dooney are happy to be the managers of Jumbuck Carding.  We have been in business for the last thirteen years.  We wash and card other people’s fleeces, including all sheep, alpacas, llamas, possum, dogs, rabbit, goat and silk.  We have a good supply of Polwarth sheep fleeces and a regular amount for sale that are natural or dyed.  We also have some other sheep fleeces and alpaca fibres.

Sharon enjoys all crafts relating to fibres.  She regularly spins her fibres and makes them into unique articles.  She is part of three spinning groups in Auckland. 

Warren has been Sharon’s slave in our carding business for the last 12 months and is still happy to be working here.

We look forward to meeting new clients with their distinctive ideas for their fibres.

Harnie Hoolie's Designs

Harnie Hoolie's Designs is a husband (Paul) and wife (Julie) team of hand dyers specializing in luxury cashmere, silk, mink and fine merino yarn and roving blends. We also stock a number of lovely lace knitting patterns designed by Julie as well as size 6 glass seed beads, perfect for adding bling to your project. Operating out of their home in Auckland they open their studio to the public on Saturdays between 10-2 where all are welcome to swing by for a squish, a cuppa and a chat. You'll often get a behind the scenes look at the dyeing process or a sneak peak of the latest knit design on the needles. We can also be found online at  as well as Instagram and Facebook.


My name is Rebecca and my passion for indie dyed yarn started after I taught myself to crochet and knit about 4 years ago. I very quickly found the world of hand dyed yarn and felI in love. It didn't take me long to try dying myself, needless to say I was hooked.  Creating my own colour ways, and sometimes custom orders, is what I’m thriving on. I love making people happy with what I have created.

KiwiYarn-a proudly supports the New Zealand wool industry buy only selling New Zealand made yarn. To complement Chiaogoo products and other knitting and crochet accessories are sold on the website also.

Darn-Knit NZ 

I am a mother of four children and grandmother to two grandchildren. After many years of being an at-home mum and working in childcare, it was time for a change. I have always enjoyed crafting, sewing, woodworking, but especially knitting.   Through that, Darn-Knit NZ was born. I love playing with different colours and techniques, and anyone who has been to my home will agree that I am always trying to come up with new ideas.  If I'm not in the dye pots, I am in the shed with wood, hammer and nails, but most importantly duct tape, putting together another wacky invention.

At our Caveland Farmstay we run a small flock of Purebred Gotland Pelt, and Finnish Landrace sheep, along with some angora goats.  All these breeds are amazingly friendly and inquisitive so make for a fun flock to look after and be enjoyed by our farmstay guests. We complement our commerically carded fibre with a selection of wooden buttons and needles.

Happy Go Knitty

Ever since Happy-go-knitty started I have strived to go my own way and source high quality yarn with a difference. My gorgeous NZ spun lambswool is very suitable for garments. I have a few versions of luxury yak/silk/merino that are amazing for shawls and several different sock yarn that I dye in self-striping and gradients. In addition, I stock ChiaoGoo needles, JUL Designs shawl accessories, leather wrist rulers and DualGauges.

Purple Sprouting

Purple Sprouting is an independent hand dyeing studio run by Paula from her home studio in semi-rural Whatawhata, Hamilton. Our yarns are dyed in small batches which means every skein is unique

Paula has been crafting for over 40 years, learning to knit at an early age and then at 10 years of age being taught to crochet, which she’s been passionate about ever since.

Paula loves colours and hopes the creativity and joy that goes into producing every skein of yarn is reflected in the finished skein.

Anna Gratton Ltd

We have a unique fleece to finished product business in New Zealand, being one of the last boutique Mills to fully process New Zealand wools on a fully worsted line, we spin mid micron wools into a huge range of ''knitting yarns'' from Fine 2ply to Super Chunky at the other end. Many of these yarns are hand dyed multi colour and there is also a huge range of plain colours in a range of textures. 

We provide an extensive range of ''spinning fibres'' for the ever growing number of hand spinners and crafters world wide, there is a choice of Greasy fleece and Combed natural or dyed or blends with silk and mohair, there is no noil or vegetation in our Combed fibres. These quality fibres and yarns are all totally made in the Manawatu.

The Anna Gratton Ltd. Mill and shop is located on farm, it offers a full selection of knitwear, accessories, yarn, fibre and fleece at factory prices.

 We are open by arrangement, the shop can be opened at any time any day with prior arrangement and can accommodate groups.

Newtown House

Newtown House is an online store and storytelling website. We focus on stories and items of craft + passion - including cookware, cutlery, glassware, linens, textiles, and other stylishly functional home wares. We also source products to support you in your own creative endeavours, including knitting wool and sewing patterns. Yarn range includes organic Manx Loaghtan and Shetland yarns and Retrosaria Rosa Pomar from Italy.

DunCraig Black & Coloured Sheep

My name is Irvina Lunt & I was born & raised on my parents sheep, beef & cropping farm in Otane.

From there, I trained as a Community Nurse, became married and lived in the back blocks of Dannevirke, and that’s where my interest in “Black Sheep” originated. I would tag the black sheep that came through our white flock as “mine”. Then I learnt to spin and the knitting came naturally to me as my mother had taught me when I was little and I was then able to spin, dye & knit my children’s jerseys and now for my 8 grandchildren.

My husband and I now have a lifestyle block on Drumpeel Road Otane, where we now have a very good flock of Black & Coloured Sheep – breeding especially for the handcraft market of spinners, weavers & felters.

Ripping Yarns - Promoting New Zealand Alpaca Yarns

2011 saw the start of a new venture for us - the start of our small alpaca farm, in Miranda. We have 47 beautiful alpacas - a mixture of Suri and Huacaya. And of course we have lots of alpaca contacts around New Zealand.

New Zealand produces some of the finest alpacas in the world, and alpaca is one of the finest fleeces for producing yarns. Suri adds yet another dimension - it's silky, and adds a beautiful lustre and softness. And alpaca has a higher comfort factor than most sheep yarns, and no lanolin to annoy sensitive skins.

Ripping Yarns is a new venture for us. We will be concentrating on the sale of yarns that are produced from New Zealand alpacas, and processed at New Zealand mills. In the future, we will be using some of those mills to process a mixture of Suri and Huacaya fleece, from our own and local herds.

Ripping Yarns is also about producing beautiful hand dyed yarns for the craft market.

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