Category Archives: Yarn review

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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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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Handspun gorgeousness | Mystery Yarn Pack

I might be a digital junky and live with one thumb on a smartphone, but I’m also an old school romantic in love with the beauty of hand made effort. Letters are one of my favourite things – beautiful handwriting, the effort of each word, stamps, envelopes and waiting for the mail. It adds time, and some mystery, to communication. It’s the opposite of a Whatsapp and leaves room to ruminate in the pauses.

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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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Irene Market photodiary and One of a Kind yarns

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.

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The beaded animals are a bit cliche, but some are quite breathtaking and the hours that go into these creations is often ignored. I loved this friendly, me-sized giraffe at the market.
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Bunting everywhere!
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They also sell lovely flowers at the market.

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).

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A new yarn crush

One thing I love about my country is the fantastic local yarn scene. South Africa has a creative yarn landscape and an incredible natural resource of high quality wool, and great bamboo-cotton blends. Vinnis is one of these excellent local producers and are even shipping their yarn to places like Australia!

I always thought it was a crocheter’s yarn because of the many crocheters that use it, but there are actually just more crocheters than knitters in South Africa.

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