Kid mohair magic

Hi friends

It’s been a busy few weeks since my last post so I thought it’s about time for an update.

Ines’ hand spun silk and machine spun kid mohair bobble yarn is a great hit. We’ve been having a lot of fun developing fun things that show it off to full advantage. Here are some examples…

Extra long scarf

Extra long scarf

Loose knit shawl

Bobble yarn Shawl

Working with the Kid Mohair has been a revelation. I really love the way the fibers catch the light and the soft halo around the finished garment like this one:

Shawl close up

Shawl close up

kid mohair hoodie shawl

kid mohair hoodie shawl

And here are some new pics of our favorite goodies:

Kid mohair striped sweater

Kid mohair striped sweater

handspun schmoo loose knit

hand spun schmoo loose knit

bamboo poncho

bamboo poncho

bamboo poncho

bamboo poncho

And finally:

wool sweater

wool sweater wool sweater

wool sweater

wool sweater

Well friends, pop in for a visit again soon, we’ll be showing some of our newly developed yarns. Seeing as we no longer are able to get the imported tussah silk,  we’ve decided to develop yarns that are as purely local as possible, hand dyed and eco friendly. I can’t wait to show you.

See you all soon,

happy knitting

Lance

The tale of two socks (via Kiwiyarns Knits)

And this post from one of my favorite, always-learning-something-new, knitter friends…

The tale of two socks Things have been a bit distracting recently.  On top of the arrival of my daughter, I’ve been ploughing my way through a bit of learning: Reversible cables Jumper design Lace Kitchener stitch (I’ve finally mastered it!) Top of mind has been the socks.  After I messed up yet another pair of toes on the last pair of socks (how eight tiny stitches on the end of one’s project can cause such misery!!) I was so mad about it that I sat and practised tha … Read More

via Kiwiyarns Knits

The Days of Spring Dyeing (via Ecologicalartist’s Weblog)

What fun these kids are having… After reading this post I’m really looking forward to our natural dyeing trials next week.

The Days of Spring Dyeing The spring dye season began at the Filoli Estate in Woodside this year.  Expansive meadows, riparian ecosystems, oak studded woodlands… a perfect place for our first and semi-rainy day of dye work. We painted with crushed stone and fruit inks… and then immersed our work in dye vats of the season. The water laden plants created a soft palate whose tones looked so much like our surroundings. The experiments continued throughout the afternoon, t … Read More

via Ecologicalartist's Weblog

Winter- Day 1 (via Crochet with Raymond)

You just have to love a person this obsessed with knitting, crochet , wool , socks and Puddy cats :-)

Winter- Day 1 There's nothing like a trip to the beach on the first official day of Winter!  I'm in the middle of a very quiet week after last weeks hectic hustle and bustle, so KB and I decided to go for a drive out to Titahi Bay for a bit of beach energy…. We also had very important business to attend to… the photographing of my latest pair of socks!  A few posts ago, I showed you the socks I had made with Knitsch Yarn which were soooooo fun and fabulous … Read More

via Crochet with Raymond

Opening Night at the Studio

Green is More Than Just a Color (via theblackstitch)

So nice to see people around the world doing things that uplift, appreciate and enhance our experience of life…

Green is More Than Just a Color The whole world has become infatuated with global warming and the concept of their carbon footprint. So, it is not unusual that this phenomenon has also affected the yarn industry. Whether its yarn, projects, or color, the eco- friendly obsession has definitely found its place in the knitting community. Many non- knitters tend to view hand knitting as "green" on its own. Crafts, in general, seem to get the "hippie" reputation, but there are still … Read More

via theblackstitch

Inspiration

Bunny suicide and hand spun silk

sad bunny ends it all

sad bunny ends it all

We arrived at the market stall today to find that Bunny had decided that life was just not the same without his dearly departed (recently sold) friend. He Jumped!

Investigators into the incident found a note describing his sadness and loneliness after his good friend departed. The note claims that Bunny’s only hope of an afterlife is to find a kind and loving home…. Bunny, our prayers are with you.

:-)

I thought I’d post a few pics of some new variations and close up details of some

of our goodies:

merino/silk scarf

hand spun merino/silk scarf , mohair silk edging

Hand spun Silk/merino scarf

Hand spun Silk/merino scarf

And here is a close up of the detail on the hoodie shawl, with a crochet rose brooch:

kid mohair shawl and crochet rose

kid mohair shawl and crochet rose

This work in progress is going to be a very colorful, large stitch shawl.

I’m using Ines’ latest colorway with size 20 needles, nice and simple and fun.

kid mohair bobble yarn shawl

Ines' kid mohair bobble yarn shawl

The market has been a lot of work and long hours so we’re really going to enjoy this sunny afternoon off.

Happy knitting ,friends.

See you soon

A very sweet and happy client

A very happy client

A very happy client... Hand dyed kid mohair boucle and Ines' knobbly yarn fringe

I thought these pics needed posting straight away. This was a commission we got on Monday and the lady arrived today to pick it up. She was so pleased she just hugged Ines all the time…. man I love this work.

A very happy client... Hand dyed kid mohair boucle and Ines' knobbly yarn fringe

A very happy client... Hand dyed kid mohair boucle and Ines' knobbly yarn fringe

Ini’s new kid mohair

 

kid mohair, alpaca and silk, smurfy hat

kid mohair, alpaca and silk, smurfy hat

The night Day market is great fun and we’ve been enjoying the response from everyone who’s come by. Surprisingly, the kid mohair has been an absolute best seller… Ines’ hoodie shawl has attracted great attention and one lady insisted on buying not just for herself but but for her friend and daughter too…. I do love the market:-)

Kid mohair hoodie shawl

Kid mohair hoodie shawl

Ines finished the shawl with a silk and mohair picot edge in a contrast color and a billion little bobbles attached after knitting the main panels, so beautiful…

And here’s her extra cute 3- flower hat…

3-flower hat

3-flower hat

Very exciting, we just received a WHOLE box of a brand new yarn from one the spinners in Port Elizabeth  do do samples on and it is unbelievable beautiful. Fingering weight, and sooo soft. It’s so new, I don’t even know the composition details or anything except that it has superfine kid mohair as one of the fibers in the blend. I’ll be posting pics of the yarn dyeing as it develops.

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