From the Tropics to Tassie
After a move from the tropical climate of Darwin, Northern Territory to cool climate Tasmania in 2014, Karina Moore opened Louie & Lola Yarns in July 2019.
Living at the bottom of Mount Roland in rural Tasmania, I quickly recognised the need to stay warm and grew to appreciate the thermal and breathable properties of wool clothing in the cold Tassie winters. I picked up the knitting needles after some encouragement from new-found Tassie friends and quickly developed a love for the craft and passion for all things yarny related, especially hand-dyed yarns. This opened up a whole new world of colour, design and hand crafting for me, shared through the world of Ravelry and knitting podcasts and Instagram.
For the love of colour and mini Dachshunds
Living in such a beautiful and pristine rural location, I am surrounded by colour inspiration on a daily basis, so the natural next step in my crafting adventures was learning to hand-dye (which I did in late 2018), with the aim of bringing the beauty of Tasmania to life in my dyepots. The inspiration for the name Louie & Lola Yarns comes from our new mini dachshunds, Louie and Lola. All yarn bases are sourced from ethically produced farms and woollen mills in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, where the producers are committed to maintaining sustainable practices and do not practice mulesing. My aim is to be as environmentally conscious as possible in my business practices, from my dyeing habits to my choice of fibre, dyes and packaging. My supplies are sourced from eco-friendly, sustainable partners where possible. When I'm not crafting, I'm working as a shopping centre manager or attending to our rural property where, with my Scottish fiancée, we keep highland cows, ducks, geese, chickens, an orchard and a sizeable veggie patch...all of which Louie and Lola 'help' with too!