Winter is almost upon us again here in South Africa, and we have been busy bees with lots of new and lovely products & yarns added to our site in 2014 so far!

I hope you’ve already dusted off your needles/hooks, organised your yarn stash & started planning your Winter-woolies!


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At Natural Yarns, we believe in supporting yarn suppliers who, where possible, support local workers and particularly the empowerment of women from economically disadvantaged communities. Vinni Nielsen of Vinnis Colours is one such producer, and we are happy to stock colourways from the Nikkim (100% cotton) and Serina (100% bamboo) ranges.  Our Vinni’s colour ranges have been carefully selected to suit a variety of colour tastes & combinations for various projects:

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Serina


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KnitPro crochet products, along with the existing selection of KnitPro interchangeable needles and accessories – have recently been added to the Natural Yarns online store!

There are three types of crochet hooks available:

  • Waves which have colour code grips unique to each size  and have proven to be very popular,
  • Soft Handle: aluminium silver hooks with a soft handle and the
  • Steel hooks with gold tip which are available in the smaller sizes, 0.5mm -1.75mm.
View our range of crochet hooks by clicking on the category links on our KnitPro Crochet Hook page…and if you have any doubts about moving to a soft handle crochet hook, you may read “Hooking” – A review of the KnitPro Waves crochet hooks by Carle’!

prizeWe had such an overwhelming response to our recent Facebook giveaway that we bumped the crochet hamper giveaway from one prize draw to two! Two lucky Facebook ‘likers’ each won:

…and now we’re almost at 500 ‘likes’ so look out for the next giveaway which should be coming soon!


HartlamNatural Yarns launched our exclusive Hartlam colourway range at the beginning of 2014! Hartlam imports quality bases, and dye them with care and creativity to produce unique, luxurious yarn that will have you loving every stitch!

We have chosen 2 Sock weight (4ply/Fingering), 2 Double Knit and 1 Lace weight for the Natural Yarns Hartlam bases:

  • Calvinia Sock:
    Calvinia is a high twist yarn, made up of 80% Fine superwash Merino and 20% Nylon
  • Franschhoek DK and Franschhoek Sock:
    Franschhoek are plied yarns, made up of a luxurious 50% Fine Superwash Merino and 50% Silk.
  • Sutherland DK and Sutherland Lace:
    Sutherland are a plied yarns with a subtle sparkle. It is made up of 75% Fine superwash Merino, 20% Silk and 5% silver Stellina fibre.

New stock will be released next week!
Watch Facebook & Ravelry for announcements.


GUEST BLOGGER: BETH BURKE

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As crafters/knitters/crochet-ers, we all have different approaches and criteria when it comes to our projects; whether they pertain to our choice of yarns, the endless options of patterns and designs that appeal to us…and why we enjoy creating hand-made.

We have asked a few fellow crafters to share their personal experiences; tribulations and trials – as guest bloggers on our site. Today we would like to introduce Beth Burke!

You can read Beth’s first guest blogger post “Small Stitch Marker – Big Difference” – a review of our awesome stitch markers at Natural Yarns.

Zero to Hero” – is Beth’s account of how she got pranked in a Coke Zero ad (which she was AWESOME in – be sure to watch the viral video!), all because of a pair of shoes!

Beth has just posted her third post on our blog, entitled “Puppy Love“- a wonderful story about someone in her life, who Beth considers totally ‘knitworthy‘!


logo_NurturingFibresNurturing Fibres has a new and awesome SUPER CHUNKY yarn called “The Big Easy” which they recently launched.

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BIG EASY:
150g |  96m | 100% Merino | Super Bulky | Needle: 8mm – 10mm | Price: R 160

Wondering what the gorgeous colourway of the Big Easy skein above is?
It is “Imhoff’s Gift” which is in The Nurturing Fibres Colours of the Month – April 2014 – These absolutely stunning colourways are orderable in any NF yarn bases until the 12th of May! Click here to go to the page!

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We have lots of Adele’s yarns (plus some new ones!) on their way in the next month and we’ve had so much fun (well it was difficult fun!) trying to narrow the choice of colours. We will stock their 4ply DK as well as a couple of other new yarns! Watch Facebook & Ravelry for details!


I know you are going to have lots of fun planning projects for these lovely, lovely yarns, hooks, needles & other goodies to help you craft & keep you cosy for the colder months ahead!

Keep well (and warm!)
Gina and the Natural Yarns Team x

Gina Ross

About Gina Ross

I am the founder & owner of Natural Yarns at www.naturalyarns.co.za. Passionate about knitting, crochet & natural fibres. Come and join me on my Raverly Group!