Category Archives: Pattern

Spring cowl | Free pattern and MoYa’s new lace range yarn review

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.

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How to make a knitted cactus pincushion

I’m a bit succulent and cactus obsessed, but sadly I’ve come to accept that I’m a plant hospice… I care for them fervently and tenderly before sending them off to the big garden in the sky.

This is what makes a knitted cactus so frikkin’ cool.

I also love the punniness of putting spikes in a cactus, and that made a cactus pincushion an inevitability in my craft area.

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African Expressions Harmony yarn review

A soft, squishy, washable merino yarn is one of best things to knit with in the world, and even better, South Africa has some of the best quality merino wools in the world!

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That’s what I used to make this gorgeous beanie!

With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that one of my absolute favourite yarns is African Expression Harmony. It’s become a staple in my yarn stash for beanies (see the photos below) and gloves and even toys – for several reasons.

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Song of the Sea and a wonderful South African ombre yarn

The great thing about Instagram is that South African crafters love it, and share the beautiful yarns they’re using. There are two enthusiastic Sally’s I’m following – wooldiaries, and PinkHairGirlKnits – and they started posting pics of the stunning sock yarn they were using from a shop called Electric Carnation.

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