Sometimes the yarn calls the pattern, and other times the pattern calls the yarn.
This beautiful purple bamboo called for an elegant pattern and was one of the first natural fibre yarns I fell in love with. So it was somewhat serendipitiously that this yarn was made by South African artisinal yarn dyer, I Love Yarn.
Knitting has been around a long time. A long, long time. It was one of the first ways people worked with natural fibres, and needles and other knitting implements have been found in ancient tombs all over the world.
I love One of a Kind’s beautifully coloured, squishily soft merino 1-ply yarns but never knew how to use them. Knitted or crocheted up there’s a risk the beautiful palette will turn into crushed colour vomit. The yarn in a way struggles to speak for itself when worked alone. (Though this isn’t always the case! Este of One of Kind has made some exquisite things.)
I don’t know about you, but I always prioritise knits for me LAST. I just never seem to make the time, and it’s really frustrating because I’ll spend the winter with nippy ears and blue fingers while everyone around me is cosy warm with my gloves and beanies.
But when I saw this gorgeous yarn from One of a Kind Yarns I just knew this purple, blue and grey variegated merino wool wanted to be with ME. And I wanted a cosy, squishy, beautiful beanie for cold game drives in the Kruger and I wanted a relatively easy pattern that would be a fun and importantly a quick knit.
Light cotton, a beautiful drape, pastel ‘summer garden‘ colours and all with a South African touch – that’s the beauty of MoYa’s Lace Plume cotton range. I designed a simple ombre cowl pattern to go with the yarn and I think it looks rather splendid! I call it the Spring Cowl because it’s a beautiful between seasons knit and has all the colours of a fresh new season.
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a social media junky! But it takes a while to sift through all the suggested accounts and find some great ones that really add value and inspiration to your feed. So I decided to share some accounts that really bring joy and creativity to my life – which then filters down into my craft room!