I am starting a new adventure this week, after a bliss full two week break on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. I've come back energised and invigorated and can't wait to get to it.
I've been a graphic designer all my working life and love every minute of it, but today I take on another career as well. WHOLESALE WOOL DISTRIBUTOR!! My favourite past time - playing with yarn - is about to become part of my working day. Graphic design will be my main job but there'll be yarn thrown in each day too!
For quite a few years now I have followed the beautiful blogs of some really creative crocheters and kept noticing a particularly lovely yarn being used. Vinnis Colours. After lots of searching for it online, I hit a wall. It wasn't available anywhere in Australia, New Zealand, or the Asia Pacific region, and the cost from online suppliers in South Africa or Europe was too expensive once the shipping had been added. I contacted Scaapi the wholesale distributer based in the Netherlands and after a bit of correspondence back and forth she asked me if I would like to become Vinni's wholesale distributor in Australia. The rest is history so they say.
Today I have received my first box of yarn! I'm so excited. I think the courier man thought I was quite mad. The yarn from Vinnis is beyond what I was thinking. It feels so soft, you just want to smoosh it into your face, and when you do, it smells so good. Sandle wood soap come to mind as well as far off exotic places. Sensory overload, sight, touch and smell. The colours across the three types - SERINA, NIKKIM and TORI, are beautiful. The hand dyed process gives a slight variegated or marbled effect which will add another dimension when worked up. SERINA has a beautiful shiny lustre, NIKKIM is quite matt and the TORI has flecks of both spiralling through the yarn.
What really comes across straight away is the 'hand made factor'. This yarn has been made with love. It has been hand dyed and balled by women from an economically depressed rural area of South Africa. You can see which staff member has balled the yarn by the 'Proudly balled by...' sticker on each packet. I'm sure this care and love will show through in every garment, blanket, home accessory that is made using it!
Guess what I'll be doing tonight - hooks at the ready!