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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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