Hand knitted wool and mohair Valentina shrug

Valentina does Vogue

Vogue Knitting magazine has just run a Magic of Mohair competition and I’m excited to show off my design! I was all a little last minute – I heard about it last Thursday and closing date for entries was today.  And while it would be awesome to win a competition, it wasn’t my most motivating […]

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knitted bears

Sewing school session 3

Noa and India came over for another afternoon of crafty activities.  And they brought friends!  So our group doubled in size, and I had the joyful experience of entertaining (and being entertained by) FOUR little girls this time.  It seems knitting is really in as Noa decided it was time she learned also.  The “teddy […]

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Blacksmith forge

The art of blacksmithing

Hot on the heels of my shoot with Kay I went to an Obs open studio at the Bijou and was struck by the incredible work of Conrad Hicks, the artist blacksmith.  In the hopes of persuading him to swop sculpture for pictures of it I got to wander around his workshop and admire his […]

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hand knitted, hand spun, baby, children, newborn

Baby Shoes

I’m spending a lot of time at my computer at the moment, and not nearly enough with wool, knitting needles or crochet hook in my hands.  It’s one of the challenges of trying to turn your hobby or passion into your business – in the beginning (and only the beginning I hope!) you spend a […]

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Kay Almitra at Casa Labia

Last Thursday I did a photo shoot of ceramicist Kay Almitra who is exhibiting her work for the first time as part of the Africa Nova exhibition at Casa Labia Kay and her work are equally beautiful and shooting them was such a pleasure.  It was also a fascinating process – the first time I’ve […]

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Crochet wool handbag for every day use

Everyday Handbag

This cream and brown-flecked shoulder bag is crocheted in wool with braided ribbon handles and has a red heart stitched design. The bag is lined with velveteen fabric and has an inside zip pocket on one side and three open pockets on the other, and closes with a magnetic snap. It’s the perfect size for […]

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Afro knit purse

This fun and frivolous knitted wool purse is the perfect accessory for a fashionable outing, will hold money, phone and lipstick, but you might have to leave your knitting at home! Loop-knit in various wool and mohair combinations.  It has leather handles and fabric lining with a metal snap closure, zip available on request. Details:  ≈25cm […]

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Blooming marvellous

I stopped in at the Grand Daddy hotel yesterday to peek at the Daddy Bloom entries and was particularly inspired by these two beauties. Jesse Breytenbach had a crochet flower collection on printed fabric.  Nuno’s felt creations were fantastic and they had a lovely little flower garden.  But Natalie Billings’ flower shower was my personal favourite […]

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