Hello, my name is Gina Ross I am the founder of Natural Yarns, a South African online store which stocks a wide range of local and international natural fibre yarns, as well as fibre craft tools. Whether you're a knitter, a crocheter, a spinner, felter or weaver, you will find a wide variety of supplies [...]
I am back from my trip to the UK and the Edinburgh Yarn Festival which took place last month (in snowy Edinburgh!) to see what yarnie fun people in the UK get up to! It was an amazing experience to see so many yarn producers, dyers and knitters under one roof! There are quite few photographs and [...]
On the train from London to Edinburgh, Gina met London based Allison from Yarn in the City and was interviewed about Natural Yarns and Knit and Breathe on the Yarn in the City podcast! You can listen to the interview here (from approx. 18 minutes)
Knit and Breathe had a fabulous retreat in the Magaliesburg in March! Besides the fabulous knitting workshops and mindful relaxation, our participants were spoiled completely as always with a beautiful venue, great food and goodies from our amazing sponsors!Have a look at the event photographs here. #labyrinthretreat You can find out more about the upcoming events and links to the [...]
Hello Natural Fibre Lovers! I trust that you are all well rested over the festive season and that you are inspired for a wonderful year of fibre-crafting! The year kicked off to a lovely start! Let me share some of the exciting things are happening here at Natural Yarns: […]
Hello Natural Fibre Lovers! “Spring day” has come and gone and the season is slowly changing towards warmer weather in the usual “one step forward..two steps back” kind of way here in Cape Town! Natural Yarns HQ has successfully moved and I am having SO much fun in the new space which is much easier [...]
Hello Natural Fibre Lovers! There is snow capping Cape Town’s surrounding mountains ~The icy wind has been carrying the cold straight off those mountains and the sea, making for a very chilly time here on the Cape Peninsula. This means much fireside knitting and spinning so it’s not all bad! Natural Yarns HQ will be [...]
Dear Natural Yarn Lovers The Winter cold has almost given way for warmer weather, but there are still some cool days ahead! Read about our new products, some information towards learning to spin on a drop spindle, and which yarns are on sale in our Spring Sale! with your coupon code below! […]
Needles are one of those things that is all about personal preference – some people prefer steel, others carbon, bamboo, wood. (Note that I haven’t included plastic needles on the list. No knitter prefers plastic needles.) Those first beautiful needles I bought had me devoted to wood. I have 2 pairs of tips which are carbon [...]
It was a particularly marvelous day when I discovered that you could actually use circular needles to knit back and forth and not just in the round. One of those knitting epiphanies. Changed my life. No losing needles, no dropping stitches, no poking the lapdog in the eye. I don’t think I could ever go [...]
Knitting isn’t what it used to be. In the good old days when all the grannies were knitting – there weren’t all the brilliant little tricks and ways of doing things that we have now. There was one way to increase, and one way to decrease. Without youtube, most people pretty much only used one [...]
As much as I absolutely love Winter, January is quite magical with it’s late sun, balmy evenings that go on and on, and the odd cooler night that a light shawl does the perfect job of keeping me just warm enough to enjoy being out in the evening air. […]
I am a failed perfectionist. It has taken me most of my life to come to accept this about myself. I have brilliant ideas about what and how things should be done, but I’m crap at follow-through. The combination of chronic procrastinator and uncompromising perfectionist is a recipe for disaster. A friend recently summed it up well for me – it is easier to give up on our own impossible expectations, rather than to achieve them...
We all have our secrets. Everyone’s hiding something. I know you’ve all got project bags stuffed in the back of a cupboard somewhere. I’m not the only one. We all natter on about the projects we have on the needles, those we’re busy knitting. But we rarely talk about those projects we’re not knitting. We don’t often admit to KAB - Knitting Avoidance Behaviour...
My most perfect project to date. You’d never suspect the drama involved just getting it on to the needles. It started off just like the odd Sunday evening often does: on my Macbook, searching the Ravelry database. Normally this is just the internet equivalent of window shopping, but this time I had a plan: I had [...]
Non-knitters seem to have the idea that knitting is a linear process. A knitter chooses a pattern or project. They then purchase the required yarn. They knit with it. The project and the yarn is finished. They choose a new project. They don’t have a stash, they only have one project on their needles at a time, they are not concerned with the next project...
I’ve always liked the idea of shawls. They are so very elegant; they feel like white gloves, lace fringe, or opera glasses. They feel like a period piece. I picture myself at a high tea, swanning about draped in glorious soft warm goodness. However, like most other affectations of past eras, the reality seems much [...]