15th November 2018

Simple linen knit T.shirt,
plastic on our beaches and I'm so sad.

Peek of the store
  The photograph above serves two purposes. Firstly, for those of you from out of town, or overseas it gives you a little peek of our store. We like to think we are a modern wool shop, but that we also have character, history and integrity. All our shop fittings, the shelving, the sofa, display tables and interesting knik-knaks are all are recycled, re purposed, acquired or inherited. Even Harry, my Labrador is recycled.
November 15, 2018 by Fran Stafford

1st November 2018

My Dog Has A Drink Problem and Rowan Summer Instore

  This super cute photograph is of Harry my adorable Labrador. Many of you will have spotted him in his basket under the counter. Harry is a hit with young children and happy to be cuddled and patted, he is better than any toy box.  Harry is an extremely special little fella. 
November 15, 2018 by Fran Stafford

28th September 2018

I'm back from Blighty... great parents, great pals and a fantastic bottle of Dubonnet! 

Isn’t Jet Lag a wonderful thing? I've  been back from my trip ‘home’ to England a couple of weeks now. I landed back in  Auckland at 4 O' clock in the morning. Given the ungodly hour my husband had instructed me to get an Uber. To my surprise, and immense gratitude,  Neil was waiting for me in the arrivals hall. I  guess, that after nearly 30 years of marriage,that's his way of saying  'I have missed you'.

September 28, 2018 by Fran Stafford

7th August 2018

I’m packing my bags and leaving for England...

  Next week I am off to visit my parents in England. Mum and Dad live in a beautiful village on the edge of the Peak District. They are fiercely independent and live in a cosy little bungalow, with a beautiful garden.
August 10, 2018 by Fran Stafford

19th July

Crazy Wool Lady Abandons Dog At Devonport New World!

 I can’t decide whether yesterday was a good day or a bad day. It all started rather well, it was my day off work and I planned to take Harry, my dog, to Takapuna Beach. Harry is a ‘change of career guide dog’. After 18 months of training it was apparent that he was just not cut out for the pressure and responsibility of being a Guide Dog.
July 20, 2018 by Fran Stafford

18th May 2018

Nuptialem Horrobilis 

  Her Majesty is not amused. She has an important engagement this Saturday and all is not going according to plan.
May 25, 2018 by Fran Stafford

22nd February 2018

Charlie's Angels, ABBA, & All Things Groovy

Classic 70's.... Cork platformed sandals,
flared jeans and twisted ankles

  I was an extremely solitary child, not really very lonely, but happy with my own company and able to entertain myself. Having extremely frugal parents it’s probably a good job that I was able to make my own entertainment.
   The 1970’s spanned most of my primary school education and some of my secondary school years. The 1970’s was a decade like no other, it was packed with innovation and excitement and for ‘most’ children it was simply fabulous. 
February 22, 2018 by Fran Stafford

2nd February 2018

Free pattern & Ramblings of a Middle Aged Woman 

A huge box of wool arrived earlier last Tuesday. It was my day off, my lovely colleague Marya was working. Marya knows me well, she left the delivery untouched, apart from having a little peek.  It’s my shop, I’m the boss and I get first dibs.  First thing Wednesday morning I speedily unpacked bag after bag of the finest and most glorious New Zealand merino wool. No shopkeeper relishes a store devoid of customers but thankfully for me, and probably for anyone who dared to cross the threshold, I was totally alone. I fondled, snorted, cuddled and stroked ball after ball, of the probably the best merino wool in the world.
February 02, 2018 by Fran Stafford

12th January 2018

 And the winner of the knitting needle roll is...

Thank you very much to all of you who took the time  to our new website and select your favorite shade of Indiecita Baby Brushed Alpaca. Congratulations to Brenda, your name was drawn out of the knitting bag and we will be sending you one of our hand made knitting needle rolls. I have now grabbed a whole lot of this yarn off the shelf and will be starting my new project over the weekend.
January 14, 2018 by Fran Stafford

5th January 2018

Wild and Woolly is officially in the 21st century!

Edward Llwyd, probably the last old man to
knit stockings in Bala, North Wales c. 1875

Wild and Woolly Yarns have existed for nearly 40 years, I have owned the business for the past 15 years, and I am excited to announce the next milestone in the history of our lovely wool store; The launch of what we feel is the best website for any knitting store, ever!
January 11, 2018 by Fran Stafford