Playing with potplants

I’ve been doing a bit of holiday spinning and crocheting and made this potplant holder as my Secret Santa contribution for a Christmas Eve party … it’s kind of an interesting experiment and one I may have to explore a little further at some point.

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Spinning wheels?

Holidays are great for rest and relaxation and opening the mind to allow new creative thoughts in … like could this be the beginning of a new spinning wheel design?  I won’t know until I’ve found a willing engineer to play around a bit, but I’m hopeful!

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On the road

It’s holiday time and I decided to take the back route to Knysna to see some new scenery, slow down a little and try and avoid the holiday season traffic.  Driving up Route 62 was so much fun I’m not sure I’m going to take the mainstream N2 route ever again. I got to see […]

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Zinzi at the spinning wheel

Learning to spin

Zinzi had her second spinning lesson this week, and her first on the wheel.  It’s not the easiest thing to learn but she’s amazingly dedicated and enthusiastic and I’m very impressed with her results.  I don’t think I picked it up that quickly! It’s interesting learning a new skill as an adult if you’re conscious […]

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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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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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