What’s with all the changes?

Hallo from a very hot Worcester in the Western Cape of South Africa.

I haven’t written a blog post for a while, but seeing as my new YouTube video is on hold untill I have finished the project I am busy with and actually have content to show, I thought it a good idea to just write something.

As you may have noticed, some changes have been made to the site and my shop is currently  closed and under construction. This, I want to assure you, is not permanent. I am busy building up stock for the handspun series that I am adding to the shop (time consuming, but worth the effor), as well as looking for ways to be able to buy in smaller  amounts of the sock and lace weight ready spun yarns. It seems that I may just have an open door or two for the ready to dye yarns, but I won’t be adding any news untill I am sure.

The other exciting news is that I am starting 2019 with  teaching workshops. The first one will be in Simonstown on Saturday, 2 March. That will be a one day natural dye workshop. The next one will be the weekend of the 5th of April. It is a 3 day workshop at The Place Guest Farm in the Little Karoo which will include spinning on a dropspindle, hand dyeing with natural dyes and making something out of the yarn produced. This is more of a weekend retreat and I am so excited about it! I also have another 3day workshop lined up in June. Part of the  plan is to offer workshops for the local women in my town that will include wheel spinning, hand dyeing, creating with the handspun/handdyed yarn and selling the end product. These are all my major plans for the year. I will, of course, still be dyeing, spinning and selling yarn, but more about that when the shop is open.

 

Handspun yarn for the Heart Sideways Tanktop testknit

As far as other creative outlets go, I am nearly at the end of the Heart Sideways Tank testknit. As with the previous pattern designed by Zellieknits, I am so impressed with the pattern and very excited to start wearing it. I am also starting to draw and paint again, I think. I have been inspired to start up again, simply by watching artists on Instagram like Lydia Aggenbach and even designers like Caitlin Hunter (she uses ink drawings in her designs) I have to admit that I am a bit on the rusty side, but once an artist, always an artist…it’s only the medium that differs.

Phew! Enough written for now. I will try and add a blogpost or vlogpost every week from now on, though, so keep an eye out.

I have been thinking about the whole news letter idea. Please let me know if you would be interested. If I see enough interest I will deffinately start sending one out.

Thanks for reading this post. I hope to see you again. If you like it, please share with your friends.

Be blessed and take care

Elmarie

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