I absolutely love markets, and one of my favourites, from childhood, is Irene Market in Pretoria. I remember going there as a young child and getting thumb-sized porcelain dolls that I loved briefly and passionately, and climbing over the tanks they have parked around the edge of the market with my brothers . Every year, they host a collection of fantastic Christmas markets, with incredible food (try the mango ice-cream!), great, handcrafted products and just a wonderful vibe.
Now that I’m older, and my interests have changed, I’ve fallen completely in love with the comparatively new yarn stall called One of a Kind. The name is quite precise since the yarn is, quite literally, one of a kind. They are all dyed once off out of a passionate love for colour on quite spectacular, well priced yarn bases (bamboo, merino – their one-ply merino is something else, and cotton amongst others).
Whenever I see them, I go full Viking berserk, and end up spending far more than anticipated. It’s so hard to choose, and knowing that you’ll never have another chance to get them…! Though I have a lot stacked away in my yarn stash, I often find I’ll have a project in mind and the gorgeous, uniquely coloured yarns from One of a Kind will flit into my mind.
I picked up some fantastic yarns from the market yesterday, some with specific projects in mind, others just for their beauty. There is so much to choose from – and I wasn’t even there at 8am when the stall is absolutely chock-a-block.
Here are some of the beauties I picked up.
And here are some more snaps from the market! Head there if you’re near Pretoria/ Johannesburg, it is a lovely day out.