About Us

Kiri FitzGerald-Hillier - Yay for Yarn shop owner

I learnt to knit in my early teenage years and have knitted on and off ever since.  It was in my mid 20's that my passion and knowledge of the craft has grown.  Previously I was a high school art teacher, but in mid 2008 I decided to take my hobby to the next level and so Yay! for Yarn was started.

What is your all time favourite yarn to knit with?
At the moment I can't go past Dream in Color yarns, they knit up into a beautiful, very soft squishy fabric.  I also love knitting with cotton. 
 
Your favourite needles?
I've always prefered wood and bamboo needles over metal, I started stocking Knit Pro needles in the shop due to their popularity and have now discovered why....quite a few Symfonie tips have found there way into my needle box!
 
The worst thing you’ve ever knit?
Recently....I knitted up Rosamund's Cardigan, by Andrea Pomerantz from IK Fall 2009, out of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed, the actual result is beautiful - just about 4 sizes too big...I nearly cried when I tried it on.
 
Your most favourite knit pattern? 
Anything with cables, though lately for some reason I tend to knit quite plan items. The favorite items I have completed are two jumpers for my Dad, fairly plan knits but he wears them constantly through winter which I think is the biggest complement a knitter can get.
 
Most valuable knitting technique?
Three needle bind-off for shoulder seams - perfect every time.
 
Best knit book or magazine?
Best knit book - one I found recently in a second-hand book shop in Malany which is a collection of childrens designs based on Beatrix Potter's book, some of the designs are rather 80's but the motifs are beautiful, and a collection of knitting books my Step-Sister surprised me with once that she picked up at Bookfest - I was really touched by the thought. As for magazines I really like Interweave Knits as I find they usually have a good collection of wearable knits in them, and I can't go past Yarn - one of the best magazines to read over and over.
 
Your favourite knitblogs?
Who can go past the Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee)...
 
Your favourite knitwear designer?
I find I'm always drawn to designs by Kate Gilbert and Melissa Wehrle, though I can't say I've knit anything from either designer yet!
 
The knit item you wear the most?
Scarves, I have millions of them....my absolute favorite handknit would have to be a cabled cardigan I made for myself out of some Alpaca which gets a lot of wear during winter.