Hand-spun wool vest crocheted in an open weave with adjustable (and detachable) ribbon tie

Bowtie Vest

Handspun wool vest crocheted in an open weave with adjustable (and detachable) ribbon tie. Details: ≈65cm nape to hem, ≈40cm underarm to hem, ≈275g, various plain colours. Made to measure on request. R795...

South African protea flowers

Sometimes it’s pure joy

One of the things I love about this business is the adventure. Something interesting and exciting seems to happen every single day, and usually it's unpredictable. Sometimes the adventure is in the fascinating people I get to talk to, like...

Sculptural steelwork by artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks

What is real?

I've been spending my Friday afternoons in Conrad Hicks' blacksmith workshop pounding steel and learning to wield a hammer, I'm even learning to make a hammer! It started as a need to work through a lot of anger and strong...

Stylish merino and mohair knit purse

Design Indaba kicks off

The Design Indaba conference kicked off yesterday and by all accounts it was a full and interesting day, as expected. If like me you're not attending you can follow the chirping at #designindaba on Twitter. But for more insights and a summary...

Finding the freedom to create

Sometimes things do not go according to plan. Like creating on command! Like yesterday: the beginning of my "creative week"; a making day; a day of abundant, inspired, creative work. NOT! More like a day of feeling stuck, constrained, dry, hot and bothered...

Label-making meditation

Lots of aspects of this business are done by hand, not just the making of the actual product. I print my own product labels (both the swing tags and the sewn-in ones), which means that occasionally I have to sit...

Plant portraits

One of my new year's resolutions was to take more pictures, and since I seem to have acquired a new camera I've switched from my old Nikon D70 to a newer model D80 (not entirely sure if the loan is...

A weekend away in the Tankwa Karoo

I was lucky enough to get out of town last weekend, and head up past Ceres into the Tankwa Karoo. It's not a part of the world I've been to before but I'll definitely be going back that way as soon...