What should i look for.
I am fairly new to knitting, 1 1/2 years. I usually make things with acrylic yarn from Joanns or Micaels. We are going to Australia and New Zealand in January. When I have mentioned it, people say that I will have so much fun buying yarn there. I usually only buy when I have a project in mind. I do like to make socks for myself and sometimes have bought sock yarn when it is on sale.
What would you buy? If you don't have a project in mind, how would you know how much to buy? It would be nice to get myself some yarn from there and make myself something to remember my trip with, but I don't know what.
Any ideas of what to buy, or suggestions of what I could make appreciated. (I hope this makes sense).
Choose 3-4 patterns that you like, take a note of the yarn weight and quantity and maybe a picture on your phone of the pattern and then you have some options when a yarn dances off a shelf in your direction.
A favourite hat and scarf/cowl pattern. A shawl, mittens if you find some of our fabulous merino/possum wool.
I understand they have many many sheep there, so anything you would like to make in wool as opposed to acrylic. Warm socks, sweaters, etc.
If you have never made yourself a sweater, look at some patterns and pick out one you really like. Take a copy with you. I love my sweaters. If not a sweater, maybe a cape or scarf. Anything really. But do take a couple of patterns with you.
If I were going to Australia or New Zealand I don't think I'd do anything but admire the scenery, the people, the food, and culture.
If you must, look at some online sites from those places and see if there is something special that you would want to bring back with you. In Utah, you could always use a nice winter hat or scarf, something that can be knit with a reasonable amount of wool.
Enjoy the trip.
I agree with Hilary4, buy some merino /possum yarn! It's not common in the states, and is so,so very soft...
I would say to have a look at Bendigo Woollen mill if you are going anywhere near to Melbourne....but you can order online, they have some Beautiful yarns to pick from
Lucky girl, I agree with everyone else, check some patterns to get an idea of yardage. If you like socks it's a little easier, 100 grams of pretty yarn and you're good.
Or, find a yarn shop, browse their patterns and select something special. New Zealand and Australia have designers that we don't know about.
I worked for a government contractor many years ago. One if the men from my office went to New Zealand and offered to bring back yarn. Neither he nor his wife knits. I was tickled pink by the offer and said anything he wanted to bring back would be wonderful.
He ended up bringing me 2 skeins of Opal sock yarn. Which is made in Germany. I thanked him sweetly and have enjoyed the gesture.
It will be mid summer...not the best time for woollies.
When it's 115 degrees in the summer here our LYS still sells wool yarn...It's a staple!
I would also recommend Bendigo Knitting Mills if you visit Melbourne/Victoria.
I am fairly new to knitting, 1 1/2 years. I usual... (
It depends on the areas you'll be visiting. I will add Bendigo Woollen Mills, as others have, and also wool/possum blends. There are also some wonderful spinners who spin and dye their own wool, which is beautiful. They often sell in shops in tourist areas.
There are also some gorgeous alpaca yarns available from various growers/spinners.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday in Australia and New Zealand.
How lucky you are. Enjoy the trip! I'm sure you will find some beautiful yarns there.