November News

News from Kenana Knitters:

Did you know that all Kenana Knitter critters are designed and made in Kenya by the Kenana Knitters?

More often than not, the idea for a new critter comes from a photograph. The critter is first drawn up by Paddy, the founder, then tested by the sample knitters to see if the pattern works. If it works, bingo! If not, it's back to the drawing board for another try. Sometimes even reducing the size (scale) of a critter can take 3 or 4 goes. We are very fortunate to be the recipients of these wonderfully imagined and made critters.

Some of the earthy colours (plants and veggies) for the hand dyed wool.

Some of the earthy colours (plants and veggies) for the hand dyed wool.

October News

News from the Kenana Knitters:

Glasses making things clearer at the Kenana Knitters.

Having instituted a simple reading test for all the ladies, the Kenana Knitters have been able to give 12 ladies much needed reading glasses which they had no idea they needed. Knitting has suddenly become much clearer for them!

Christmas top up!

If you need stock please let Bev or me know as soon as possible. We want you to have the opportunity to offer the lovely critters to your customers between now and Christmas, especially as we have our last shipment arriving late October. Once the back orders have been filled we will have limited stock until 2018.

Bev: ethicalagencies@bigpond.com or on the phone - 0421 042 144
Di: kenana-down-under@onecolour.com.au or on the phone - 0430 487710

 

Christmas Top-up! 

How cool are these Christmas Decorations - Kenyan style!

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September News

A Big Welcome to the new stockists around Australia and in New Zealand.

Here's a quick update on the Kenyan General Election (held 8 Aug). Uhuru Kenyatta was announced President however the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, submitted a challenge to the outcome with the Kenyan Supreme Court. On 1 September the Supreme Court found that there had been irregularities in the outcome of the election and Kenyans will go back to the polls within 60 days.

This is the first time in Kenyan and African history that a Court has upheld the challenge against the outcome of an election.

Things have stayed reasonably calm in Kenya and people can get back to their daily lives. For our knitters it means they can continue to come to work in safety and for us it means we can secure one final shipment, due to arrive early November. 

If you need stock please let Bev or I know as soon as possible. We wouldn't want you to miss the opportunity to offer the lovely critters to your customers between now and Christmas.

Bev: ethicalagencies@bigpond.com or on the phone - 0421 042 144
Di: kenana-down-under@onecolour.com.au or on the phone - 0430 487710

P.S. We've jazzed up the home page at Kenana Down Under and you can now view our instagram feed.

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August Fair Fall Out!

So wonderful to be in Melbourne again for the AGHA Gift Fair. Bev, Kate and I had a fantastic time with the critters, meeting new people and catching up with familiar faces.

Big Sean made his first appearance and kept us entertained by sitting without moving each day. He's so clever and patient.

Big Sean and friend

 

Thank you so much for once again stocking the Kenana Knitter critters. Such a privilege to work with you and to be part of the thread that joins us all together - Kenya and Australia.

And a couple of our happy snaps.

Colourful Cottons
Rascal Lion

Our new Kenana Knitter family members!

It's very exciting to introduce these new Kenana Knitter critters to the range. Take a look at these adorable, hand made and organic cotton critters. They will be available to order at the Melbourne Trade Fair, or you can pre-order now.

Rascal Range

Rascal Range - Elephant, Lion, Monkey, Zebra

Penguin and Seal

Penguin and Seal Friends!

Kenana Down Under On Social Media

We have a nice little presence on social media and invite you to follow us either on facebook www.facebook.com/kenanadownunder or instagram www.instagram.com/kenanadownunder.

If you are a stockist and want to tag us at any time via instagram, we will endeavour to share your post to the Kenana Down Under instagram page then on to facebook. We really love being able to share your pictures of the Kenana Knitter critters because we love sharing the Kenana Knitter story as far and wide as we can!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2017 is happening now! We have lots to share with you over the coming months, not least the introduction of a new range of little critters, the Bush Babies (see pic below), at the Sydney AGHA trade fair 18-21 February at Homebush.

We will also be bringing you new catalogues, with new pricing as the Kenana Knitters have issued their new pricing for 2017. We believe that the Kenana Knitter brand remains strong, however, given its unique, hand made, fair trade foundation, which is unchanged.

Bev and I continue to be very grateful for your support and commitment to the Kenana Knitter critters, bringing them to you customers week in week out. THANK YOU!