Welcome Wagon PDF – Coming soon….

KAN 2016 – More than just classes…

I’m thrilled to be able to announce another Lights Up movie at The Globe again this year.  It’s on Friday night at 6pm (and yes, your class tutors will let you out early to attend) and is Dough – starring Pauline Collins (aka Shirley Valentine).  A friend has seen this and said it was hilarious.  Book with Louisa directly at The Globe ( and you can pre-order pizza or dumpling from Pizza Pazzi to be delivered to you at the theatre.  The lights will be dimmed enough to view the film and be able to knit as well.

Ahuriri Pharmacy’s Massage Therapist will be onsite at KAN HQ (East Pier) doing neck & shoulder or hand massages for just $10 for 10 minutes and some other free samples as well. Book from Friday at Midday or email the pharmacy ( ) to make an advanced booking.

Angela London will be coming along on Saturday doing yarn/fibre inspired Gel manicures – appointments essential (

Meet, Greet and Knit with Gillian Whalley-Torkler.  Gillian is the author to Hats to Knit and has a second book, Outdoor Knits due in October.  Beattie & Forbes, our local independent bookseller on Bridge Street is just 20 metres down the street from The Crown Hotel, is hosting Gillian and invites you to grab a coffee and your knitting and kick back and relax, chat and browse the selection of craft books especially bought in for the event.  This event is free and bookings not necessary.

SKEINZ will not be trading at the venue this year, but instead will be open extended hours and running FREE shuttles from the shop to the event from opening until closing.  If you have never been to the mill – the tour is a MUST DO.  The shop is also open from 10am until 3.30pm on weekdays.  A discount voucher will be in your Welcome Wagon Update which you can use from Thursday the 25th until Monday 29th if you go to Skeinz outside of KAN Saturday.

SKEINZ Shop open KAN Saturday 27th – 9am until 3pm.  Last shuttle departs East Pier 2.30pm, with return after closing (and we’ve swept the mill to make sure you haven’t snuck in!!).  Tours are 9.15am, 10.15am, 11,15am and 12.15pm – if you are in a morning class, you will have time to go straight to Skeinz for the final tour.

KAN 2016 – Traders List

Here is the current traders list for the entire weekend to help with your shopping plans.

Olivia Riley – Spinning a Yarn
Katharine Gebbie – 2 Minute Needles
Ian Hitch – Man Made Fibre
Tracy White – Inspire Fibres
Alice Best – Bleating Art
Hannah Gordon – Red Riding Hood Yarns
Susan Beale – Darn-Knit NZ
Andie McDonald – Midnight Yarns
Nikki Jones – Dark Harbour Yarn
Mary Furness Weir – Maniototo Wool
Jenna Robinson – Nunnaba
Virginia Burch – Orange Tail Yarns
Brenda Green – Natural Star Patterns and Yarns
Nicola Bota – Knitcola Yarns
Lyn Walsh – fibre2go
Libby Jonson – Truly Myrtle
Deborah Moore – Outlaw Yarn
Frances Stachl – Jeweller
Deborah Wilmore – Knitnstitch
Fiona Wolff – Zippy wippies
Jo Copeland – Meraki Studio
Helene Dehmer – Happy Go Knitty
Nanette Cormack – Yarnz Ltd
Morag McKenzie – Vintage Purls
Kate Oakley – Holland Road Yarn Co
Georgie Nicolson – Tikki Knits

On Sunday Hawkes Bay Creative Fibre, and the Stephens Crafts (the mother and daughter duo with those darling knitted novelties – great for gifts to take home) will be joining in on the fun for the open market

Trading this year is going to be AWESOME!

I will have an EFTPOS facility onsite with cash out and the ATM is situated at Beattie & Forbes on Bridge Street.


KAN 2016 Photo Competition!

To encourage you to get those smart phones and cameras out this weekend I have put together a THREE prize bags for the best KAN photo uploaded from August 26th until August 29th.  You have four places to upload:  Instagram & Twitter using the #kan2016 , the Facebook Page or on the Ravelry Group site.  If you need help with uploads, come and see me or any of our tech savvy attendee’s (I’ll point them out) to help – of you can email your picture to if you get truly stuck.  Judging will take place early the next week and the winner will have their prize dispatched out to them ASAP – I had some AWESOME images entered last year.

The Three Theme’s this year are:

You Wear it Well” – capturing images of some of the incredible hand crafted items that will be worn at KAN – Make sure you check out the designer’s corner with Georgie (Tikki) and Libby (Truly Myrtle), I will have a free standing mirror so you can try on their designs and take photo’s to enter as well.

How did THAT happen?” – those crazy unpredictable, often hilarious moments, that happen at KAN – especially after dark….  Nothing is off limits – the funnier the better!

Colours of Ahuriri” – capturing images of some of the incredible hand crafted items and the wonderful colours and textures that are in and around Ahuriri:  The Sea Walls, Boardwalk, Architecture, Ocean etc.  Please also use #ahuririnz as there will be a guest judge.


KAN 2016 – General information

If you need to send stock ahead of the event – I will happily store, I mean fondle, I mean store your yarns – especially if you are flying.  So either courier it to me at home or Skeinz and I will keep it safe and sound until the event.
I have also had a few inquiries about this years goody bags.  You will need to plan on 240 bags for this year.  My team of KAN Angels do the great giant bag stuff the Wednesday 24th, so please have you items to be before that date.
I will have the EFTPOS again this year and the venue is providing free WiFi all weekend to participants.  However we did find with so many people online this sometimes went down, so topping up your data plans for the weekend may also be a wise idea.
Class Requirements are now listed on the website – most classes require very little outside your regular ‘knit kit’, but also if you forget something, between the KAN traders and Skeinz, you will be able to source what you need once you arrive.
Make sure you bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop because with the WiFi you can download patterns immediately – perfect if you want to purchase from one of our designers trading or see someone sporting a stunning garments & you wish the hunt the pattern out.  Wifi will be available in all the classes.
PDF’s will be posted on the website and I do have printed copies of Class requirements, Class location guide, Class lists (in case you forget where you are supposed to be) Pictorial maps to get to your classes, directions to Skeinz if you are getting there under your own steam.


‘Cash is King’ KAN!  Many traders will have their online stores and credit card facilities with them, but by no means all of them.  There will be an EFTPOS cash out facility on site (whilst my cash reserves last) for a small transaction fee.  There is a cash machine on Bridge Street outside Beattie & Forbes Booksellers.  As past attendees will tell you, whatever you think will be enough cash for the market…. DOUBLE IT!


East Pier is our trading & social hub during KAN.  Dave’s team of Vanessa & support staff are really accommodating & will work hard to make sure you are comfortable, fed & watered.  Trading will able to take place across the entire event this year in the newly refurbished function room.  So there will be plenty of chances to buy or just hang out across the weekend.  This year I have extended our trading space and retreat access.  In both cases your trading spaces will be secure.  Sunday only trading is still available.


I will know by the time you come to register whether there will be additional tickets for the dinner.  I have Vegetarians, Gluten intolerant & pregnancy bases covered. When you buy your dinner ticket and you have a dietary requirement outside of this let me know.  The dinner fare will be quite classical to help favour all dietary requirements.

The Ahuriri village is not only the KAN venue, but also my home.  I live just a few hundred metres away & many of the venues at KAN are friends.  They are genuinely very excited to have you in our ‘home’ & hope you have a wonderful time.

Please support the local businesses and take every opportunity to get your knitting/crochet out to show the locals how we roll.

Until then, make sure you get the important dates in your calendars & I hope to see many of you at Unwind 2017 in Dunedin.

 KAN 2017 August 25th – 27th