Shawls in Summer

Summer fun for many means getting outside, enjoying warmer temperatures, and vacations. While we enjoy many of those activities, knitting and crocheting still remains at the top of our list. Shawls are a wonderful project for summer as they are light in your lap, easily portable, and can be put to use when finished to keep chills from an air conditioner at away. In this blog post we want to shine a spotlight on several shawl projects in YarnSisters and Zealana yarns!

The Colliers Wood Shawl (left), in Black Pearl Fingering, is a beautiful design from Jill Wolcott. Featured as part of Love of Knitting’s Knit Accessories issue, with a focus on skill-building, this is a project that is appears more complex than it actually is.  This one is done in ”Blue Lagoon” but would also look fantastic in Tahitian! Tahitian is actually the colorway of Black Pearl Fingering used in the Cotton Candy Wrap (right). Nathalie O’Shea designed this interesting crochet shawl that is sure to bring color and elegance to any occasion.

The Mesh Shawlette, by Ellen Liguori, in Zealana Performa Rimu, draws a lot of positive attention when people see it on display. A quick check of Ravelry for more shawl inspiration in Rimu led us to bayes001’s Traveling Woman (center) and surly’s Rhodocrosite.

Air Laceweight is something extraordinary—an ultra soft, durable, pill-resistant yarn that is lighter and warmer than 100% cashmere. Here are two shawls we just love: Melissa Leapman’s Aimee Shawl, in Natural, and the Paisley Leaf Stole, in Olive, by Lois Young.

Big Flower Little Flower, by Mary-Anne Mace, is a brand new design for Zealana Kauri. This easy top-down crescent shaped shawl has a little bit of everything and is a sure show stopper! As we continue to enjoy the summer days that are sure to turn into fall all too quickly, we are excited about Nathalie O’shea’s design in the Fall Love of Knitting, the Burlywood Wrap. Wavy stripes and a lovely lace pattern give this beautiful shawl some edge.

We’d love to hear from you on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group! Let’s see your stylish shawls!

Colliers Wood Shawl

Designed by Jill Wolcott; knit with Black Pearl Fingering yarn.

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New Kits!

Summer is just around the corner, are you ready? If you are planning a road trip or just a fun day out in the park or at the beach, don’t forget your knitting! The Yarnsisters are pleased to bring you several new kits that are perfect grab and go projects!


Each kit includes the yarn and pattern, packaged in a reuseable hat box. This is a great time to make something special for yourself or get a jump on holiday projects! Shown here are the AIR Chunky Mitts (top left), AIR Marle Headband (top right), and Cable Gloves Kit (bottom) knit in AIR Laceweight.

Accessories are a great way to make the most of the luxurious fibers in Zealana yarns. We also have ready for you the Lattice Cowl kit (top left), Steam Punk Mittens kit (bottom left),  and the Teggala Hat Kit (right). There is something for everyone and every style!

The hardest part will be deciding which kit to purchase and cast on first! We’d love to hear from you as you work on these kits and take them with you on your summer adventures. Share your photos to our Facebook page, Ravelry group, or tag us on Instagram (@tys_warehouse). Happy knitting!

Lattice Cowl Kit

Accessorize with this versatile cowl! Kit includes 1 skein of Zealana Heron yarn and pattern, all packaged in a reusable hat box.

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Steam Punk Mittens Kit

These mittens are more than meets the eye, combining stockinette stitch with a pretty picot edging. Kit includes 1 skein of Zealana Heron yarn and pattern, all packaged in a reusable hat box.

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AIR Chunky Mitts Kit

These sophisticated mitts are a must for any season! Kit includes 1 skein of Zealana AIR Chunky yarn and pattern, all packaged in a reusable hat box.

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AIR Marle Headband Kit

This embellished headband was is a quick knit for Zealana’s luxurious AIR Marle yarn. Kit includes 1 skeins of Zealana AIR Marle yarn and pattern, all packaged in a reusable teal hat box.

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Teggala Hat Kit

This colorwork hat was designed by Varian Brandon. Kit includes 3 skeins of Zealana AIR yarn in the colors shown above and pattern, all packaged in a reusable blue hat box.

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Cable Gloves Kit

These cabled gloves were designed by Amy Micallef. Kit includes 2 skeins of Zealana AIR Laceweight yarn and pattern, all packaged in a reusable blue hat box.

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Graphic Cropped Cardi

Designed by Amy Micallef.

One size fits up to Woman’s Large.

Back width 17½”/55.5cm; Length 15”/38cm; Upper arm 13”/33cm

16 sts and 18 rows to 4”/10cm over St st using larger needle

• One size 10½ (6.5mm) circular needle 32”/80cm long

AIR Chunky by Zealana, 1¾oz/50g skeins, each approx 159yd/146m (possum/cashmere/silk) – 3 balls each in #L01 Natural (A) and #L03 Black (B)
• Stitch holders
• Bobbins
• Tapestry needle

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The Re-introduction of Zealana Yarns December 10, 2008

The YarnSisters are all fizzing with excitement since we got word that we’ve been chosen as the official distributors for Zealana Yarns in the US!! Some of you will remember us from a year or two ago, running into your shop to drop off samples of Zealana. Some of you placed orders, but unfortunately, some of you never received them… and then we were canned by the importer. It’s a soap opera too long for this blog, but a very bad experience has now become a fantastic opportunity! Our first shipments of yarn have just arrived at our warehouse in Colorado, and we’ll be at TNNA in booths 1352 and 1354. Please come to see us…

…and if you’ll be at TNNA, we’re having a wine & cheese reception to celebrate: June 7th from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Hyatt Convention Center. I’m not sure which room, but look for signs near the bar or ask at the desk. We’ll have factory representatives and wine from New Zealand.

For any of you who were disappointed when you placed orders before, we’ll knock ourselves out to make it up to you.

Zealana ECO Yarns are ready to ship! December 20, 2008

Now that we’ve all recovered from TNNA and the viruses we caught on the plane, we’re out on the streets again, doing our favorite thing, which is hanging out in yarn shops. If we haven’t called you for an appointment yet, and you’d like to see all of our awesome lines, please call us. We have new Fall yarns from Alchemy, Kollage and Farmhouse, as well as the new Kia Ora line from Zealana. Namaste has a new bag, the Newport, and specials on several. Jill is now representing Bergere de France in part of our territory, as well.

Our warehouse in Monument, Colorado is bulging at the seams with Zealana yarns, and more of the new Kia Ora blends are expected this week. 

The Zealana ECO yarns are sporting new labels, and we’ll have several new colors for fall shipments. We’re extending our TNNA special of 10% off and $200.00 minimums until July 15th. 

Since we didn’t have time to get all of the Kia Ora dyed in time for TNNA, we had some of the Rimu (Merino and Possum) and Kauri (Merino, Possum & Silk) hand-dyed by Valerie Young at Table Rock Llamas, just to show-off the possibilities. Valerie’s colors were so popular that we sold out, and she is doing more. Marilyn Dakan at Royal Fiber Spinnery dyed some of the Willow (Merino Cashmere) for us, which sold-out as well. In fact, we intend to keep the hand-dyeing line going, for a small premium. Those who purchased at the show will get it at the regular price -lucky you!

TNNA San Diego, 2009 February 23, 2009

The Needleworks Industry seems to be functioning normally in this uncertain economy, if attendance at TNNA is any indication. We were very pleased with the amount of customer traffic at our booth and have plans to increase our space for Columbus in June. No record-breaking sales, but we left with several new customers, four new reps and the feeling that possum is getting popular!


 Zealana Yarns include many merino blends, besides very high-quality 100% New Zealand Merino, but the merino possum blends are finally being recognized as the luxury yarns they are, rather than just a novelty. Knitter’s Review picked “Kiwi” as one of the top 5 yarns at the show. They also ran a review of Zealana’s ECO merino Possum (80% Merino 20% Possum), that generated many positive responses from knitters that have tried it.

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