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Summer 2017 Newsletter

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Newsletters|

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: […]

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Spring 2016

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Newsletters|

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 [...]

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Winter 2016 Newsletter

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Newsletters|

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 [...]

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Spring 2015 newsletter

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Newsletters|

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! […]

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Discovering new needles ~ Part 2

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Guest Blogger Posts, Review|

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 [...]

Discovering new needles ~ Part 1

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 June 19th, 2015|Guest Blogger Posts, Review|

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 [...]

Increasing – the risk and the rebellion

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 March 6th, 2015|Guest Blogger Posts|

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 [...]

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Start as you mean to finish

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|Guest Blogger Posts, Knitting Techniques|

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...

A Skeleton in the Cupboard

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Guest Blogger Posts, Other|

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...

Guilt-Free Stashing

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 May 29th, 2014|Guest Blogger Posts, Other|

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...

All The Shawls

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 May 16th, 2014|Guest Blogger Posts|

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 [...]

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Puppy love

By | 2017-07-26T09:46:26+00:00 April 25th, 2014|Guest Blogger Posts|

These fingerless gloves were knitted using less than a skein of Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend (Café), from the very popular Fetching pattern. It was about 10 days from start to finish, and probably took about 20 hours of knitting time. (In stay-at-home-mom-of-a-4-year-old-boy-time, that’s about 105 hours.) It’s a small project, yes. Normally nothing to [...]