Twizel woman diversifies from tourism to yarn

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It is a yarn borne out of Covid-19.

With the tourism industry facing economic uncertainty, Canadian expat Kate Jones believed it was the right time for financial diversification.

At the beginning of June, Jones was working a reduced and subsidised 20 hours a week for Mt Cook tourism company Alpine Guides while continuing plans for life on a Mackenzie lifestyle block.

Bought last year, the 4ha property just outside Twizel would become home to herself and Kiwi partner Chris Mackie.

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“Everything is uncertain right now but particularly the tourism sector.

“My partner and I were discussing how to build financial security and, out of Covid-19, the idea for Alpine Yarns was born.”

Jones had been knitting for three years before establishing her small business. With a career background in interior design, she enjoyed the idea of creating quality products from natural fibres, and bought wool from local Twizel shop Southern Alps Outdoors.

Her creations feature a range of headwear inspired by a blend of traditional high country wear and modern flair.

“Everything I make is locally sourced and made with 100 per cent New Zealand wool.

“I think it is ridiculous to buy a product like merino from Italy when we have it here.”

The couple’s vision was to be as self-sufficient as possible, growing their own food, making some of their own clothes and living off the grid.

“I think there is a push within my generation to move towards organic food and handmade items – knowing where your meat and vegetables come from, thinking locally.

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“There is no shortage of sheep in New Zealand so definitely not a shortage of wool either. While I do not know anything about shearing sheep or spinning wool, I am looking into it.”

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