Wool Week: Kate Megaw

We love wool, and this week is Choose Wool Week, so we thought we’d get involved by doing a series of little interviews featuring some of our favourite New Zealanders working with wool.

Wool is a renewable and biodegradable fibre source, it’s beautiful, warm, versatile, natural, local and just plain lovely…

Penny Sage designer Kate Megaw agrees:

How does wool feature in your work?
The first piece I ever produced to sell under my label – Penny Sage was a pair of over the knee socks hand spun from red merino and knitted by my nan. Now I work closely with an incredible family run knitting company in Auckland. They produce fully-fashioned knitwear for my label. I always work with wool to develop key knitwear pieces every season and I also love to work with woven woollens.

What is it about wool you love?
I love how it feels to wear – it’s natural, breathable, and warm. It’s easy to care for , lasts forever and it feels like home when you put it on. My favourite pieces in my collections are always the woolen pieces, because I enjoy working with wool so much. It always has a special texture and form and ages so beautifully.

Can you remember the first woollen item you made?
It was a long woollen scarf that is actually not finished yet! My nan would teach me how to knit every winter when I was little and I would knit about four different blocks of colour, then I would put the needles down and forget everything until the next year. It must be about 3 or 4 metres long. I haven’t worked on it for a very long time but should finish it one day.

What was the most recent woollen item you made?
Some basket weave and moss stitch jumpers with tassels at the bottom. The jumpers were knitted on machines but the tassels were hand made.. I slightly under estimated the man hours for those and was lucky enough to have very kind friends help me make and attach over 2000 tassels!

Is there anyone using wool you particularly admire?
I admire the knitters I work with. They are absolutely magic. They blow me away with their knowledge and skills. They can make anything!

Model: Georgia Pratt | Photographer: Leilani Heather

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