News & Events

Official KAN Traders List for 2018

I know you have all been waiting for this this, because one of the elements that makes KAN so special is the SHOPPING!
I am so delighted with the mix of traders this year – I worked very hard to create a blend of seriously talented artisans who will entice, excite and enthrall you with their offerings.

Trading will be in THREE locations this year: East Pier, The Box and Skeinz

East Pier KAN Hub
This is the trading location that we know and love.  I have now determined the number of traders that give us a ideal blend of shopping but still allow us enough room to sit, chill, knit and relax.  This years East Pier traders are below.

Full Weekend Traders Sunday Only Traders
Vintage Purls NanaCindy (New)
Dark Harbour Yarns Hanging Rock Roost (Ne
Frances Stachl Jeweller Stephens Crafts
Holland Road Yarn Company Denise Best Fibre & Craft (New)
Bleating Art Yarns
Orange Tail Yarns
Truly Myrtle
Maniototo Yarn
Stray Cat Socks (New)
Darn-Knit NZ
Natural Star
Man Made Fibre
The Yarn Queen
Harnies Hoolies
Revive Designs (New)

Knit N Stitch

Saddle up on the Outlaw Stagecoach Express
Skeinz will continue to trade off site at our mill store – just a 5 minute drive away. Skeinz is also the home of Outlaw yarns this KAN – with a full range of Outlaw Yarns in store.  Deb will be in store teaching on Saturday and on Friday will be running the Outlaw Stagecoach Express between the venue & Skeinz, with our two regular KAN drivers taking over on Saturday.  So fear not – if you don’t have transport – we will be able to ferry you across to Skeinz!

This is a BRAND NEW trading location this year for KAN and is a fabulous unique location situated immediately adjacent to The Crown Hotel on The Village Green.  It is converted shipping container and will be providing trading for three wonderful traders who will be open ahead prior to the East Pier market & will be open all weekend, not only to KANnannites, but also to members of the public.  If fine, The Box and Village green is a lovely quiet green space to hang out, grab a coffee and get some respite from the intensity of the KAN Hub.

The Box Traders
Wool on Wheels – Julie will have a diverse selection of indie yarns from those not trading at KAN, so if your favorites aren’t in the main Hub, you are likely to find them with Julie.
Kiwiyarn-a – A newbie to KAN, Kiwiyarn-a as a beautiful selection of hand dyed yarns
Yarn HB Yarny Army – I am thrilled to be able to donate this spot to Sandra and her team in the Yarny Army. They do tremendous work keeping babies and children warm in Hawkes Bay. Sandra will have some printed cards, calendars and other items for sale to fundraise for this incredible cause.  They will also be at The Box chilling and stitching – so if you need an escape from the hustle and bustle, call down and see the Yarny Army.

I will be running an onsite Eftpos cash out service (debit cards only) at East Pier and there is an ATM just a few minutes away from The Box – so you may wish to start planning your purchases now and what ever budget you had in mind for shopping… double it!

I hope you take every opportunity to get out and about to the off site trading locations and explore the Ahuriri Village, which is a wonderful shopping destination in itself & in up coming correspondence I will bring you some of the hidden gems we have in our midst.



Sockmatician Tour of New Zealand and Australia

Knit August Nights

Thursday Aug 23rd – Nathan Taylor Day (Sold Out)

Fri Aug 24th – 26th – Knit August Nights

Limited Classes spaces available

Nathan is teaching his Introduction to Double Knitting class, as well as his Shaping in Double Knitting class & his brand new Strandtarsia class.  If you can’t make Knit August Nights you have the change to cath him and these classes at various locations around NZ and Australia.




Arrowtown & Dunedin

Contact James Herbison for ticketing information:

Class 1: Demystifying Double Knitting

Date: Wednesday August 29th

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Location: The Stitching Post Handcraft Emporium, 25 Buckingham Street (the Main St), Arrowtown


Class 2: Strantarsia

Date: Thursday August 30th

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Location: The Stitching Post Handcraft Emporium, 25 Buckingham Street (the Main St), Arrowtown


Class 3: Demystifying Double Knitting

Date: Friday August 31st

Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Location: Valley Project Rooms, 262 North Road, Dunedin (TBC)


Class 4: Next Steps in Double Knitting

Date: Friday August 31st

Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Location: Valley Project Rooms, 262 North Road, Dunedin (TBC)



Contact The Holland Road Yarn Company: or visit for more details

Sunday 2 September

9.30am – 12.30pm: Demystifiying double knitting

1.30pm – 4.30pm: Strandtarsia

Location: Ngake Room, ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie


New Plymouth

Wednesday 5th September – details TBC



Hosted by Happy-go-knitty:

Saturday 8 September
9am-12pm Demystifying Double-Knitting with Nathan Taylor

1pm-4pm Demystifying Double-Knitting with Nathan Taylor

Level 1, Shed 19, Princes Wharf, 137 Quay Street, Auckland

Sunday 9 September

9am-12pm “Strantarsia” – Stranded Intarsia with Nathan Taylor

1pm-4pm DK Shaping – The Future of Double-Knitting with Nathan Taylor

Stitch & Bitch Lounge Cafe, 225 Parnell Rd, Auckland



Knit August Nights – General information

These are still open – but are selling up FAST – please book ASAP
These are now LIVE.  Visit the Workshop page for full details.
Traders will receive invitations to attend KAN from me in early 2018.  I will be fixing the weekend trader numbers to 20 only with another 6 Sunday places becoming available.  The fewer traders over the weekend meant more social space for participants, less cramped conditions for traders and on overall more relaxed energy.
I have  had a few inquiries about forward planning for goody bags.  These will be fixed to 270 bags for 2018.  My team of KAN Angels do the great giant bag stuff the Wednesday prior to KAN, so please have you items to be before that date.
I will have the EFTPOS again this year and the venue is providing free open 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.
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.  The special KAN menu will be running again – this was wildly popular last year.  I also will have a special menu running at Milk and Honey – the restaurant for our other venue, The Crown hotel.


This is being moved to Friday night so everyone can enjoy this whilst they are still fresh.  I have yet to confirm any details for this, but I have taken feedback from the survey to help this become even better. Tickets for this event will be LIMITED.

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.

 KAN 2018 August 24th – 26th