In the genes?

I spent a bit of holiday time experimenting with some ideas that I’ve been mulling over for a while, but that needed a bit more of a relaxed environment to allow them to percolate. They also needed a workshop and

Churchyard photo outing

I went on a photographic outing with a new friend in Knysna and we ended up at the Brenton churchyard on the edge of the Knysna lagoon. I hadn’t visited it before, and it felt more like the kind of

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

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

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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