• Fresh start: I’m coming back home!

    Good morning from a very cold Worcester in the Western Cape of South Africa. We are currently in mid winter and it is freezing outside at the moment. The mountains surrounding our towns are white with snow and it has been raining non-stop for a week. We are not complaining about the rain or the cold (in Africa you don’t complain about water), but right now, I am grateful to be sitting under my blankets while writing this post. There are many out there who don’t even have a bed, let alone a blanket. On that note, on to the actual topic: I have a HUGE announcement to make. I…

  • Meet Rose’s Yarn Garden

    ose’s Yarn Garden is owned and run by Rose Saunders, a 25 year old, up and coming hand dyer. She moved from Johannesburg to the Western Cape a year ago, where she started her own hand dyeing company. She currently  hand dyes cotton yarn suitable for knitting, crochet and other cotton related crafts. Rose specializes in vibrant, modern colors that speaks to the younger generation as well as the older adventurous crafters. She does all her dyeing by herself and from scratch. She mixes her own colors and has also started experimenting with different techniques to create variegated colorways. Rose supplies to single customers on order as well as wholesale…

  • Meet JanJac Wool

    A warm welcome to JanJac wool.  Elize Farre is a passionate yarny living in the Western Cape, South Africa. Her business name is derived from the names of her son and daughter, whom she loves dearly. She spins and weaves with both bought in, ready processed fleece as well as raw unprocessed fleece straight from the sheep. Elize sources her unprocessed fleece from local farmers. She processes(cleaning, combing and carding) the raw fleece by hand, taking extreme care to produce a high quality product. She currently uses dark merino and Awassie (milk sheep) wool that she was able to source to spin and weave wearable and usable products. She also…

  • Changes and Things that stay the same.

    At last I am putting up a blog post again. I think my last one was about two months ago. Needless to say it has been a hectic couple of weeks. Anyone who follows me on Instagram or Facebook, will have noticed that I have started working full time. The most common question I have received from my yarny friends has been ” I hope you don’t stop dyeing” and my answer is “no, I won’t, but there will there are some changes” So here are the changes: I won’t be doing markets for the long run. I work retail hours, so that won’t be an option. Dyeing will happen…

  • May in all it’s glory

    Hallo again from Worcester, Western Cape,  South Africa! My last blog post was in April. That is very very bad, I know, but in my defense, the markets have been keeping me very occupied. I have been vending at two of the local farmers markets for the last month and although I am happy that I am doing the markets again, it is quite time consuming. I am now busy preparing for  two bigger June markets and a proper yarn festival in August. May in the Southern hemisphere is the last month of Autumn and it is always beautiful to see the changes in nature. We are also grateful for…

  • Upcoming and current products

    Hallo from Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa. Today is the last day of our Passover weekend. ( Monday is still a holiday on our side). It is a very important 3 days for us as we celebrate the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We don’t do the bunny/easter egg thing , since it has absolutely nothing to do with Him, but wet take time to just honor and remember His sacrifice. We spent most of the weekend building a kitchen extention in our backyard,  vending at the Montagu farmers market on Saturday and visiting my mom on Sunday in Gansbaai. We finished the roof of the kitchen extention this…

  • Shop Update!

    Hallo from a coldish Worcester, South Africa.  I know 24 degrees Celsius classifies as hot in some other countries, but if you live in Africa, that classifies as kinda on the verge of getting cold. I also have to mention that many South Africans will disagree with this statement. On that note, I have the wonderful news that my shop is up and running again! YAY! After a serious yarn drought, I am now able to source the yarns I need to dye. Two of the categories are still empty.The cottons and the accessories are not available as yet, but should be soon. As I mentioned on Instagram, I struggling…

  • Workshop Bliss

    Hallo from Worcester, South Africa. It is the 5th day of March 2019 and we are moving towards autumn in South Africa. Isn’t it amazing how seaons change so quickly? The sun is already starting to come up a bit later and going down a bit earlier. The air is cooling down at night, but we still have a couple of really hot days coming. My two favorite seasons are autumn and spring when everything in nature goes to sleep and wakes up again 6 months later. Of course, for those of you who are winter knitters only, it is time to start unpacking the stash and for us year…

  • You Tube Video Fail = Blog Post about spinning and workshops

    Hallo from a still very hot Worcester (the one in South Africa). I hope everybody has been having a good week so far.  I have,after trying to record a You Tube Video for nearly two hours and ending with a “floppie” every time,  decided to rather move on to a blog post before my phone ended up in a ditch (I record from my phone, if anyone was wondering) I have quite a bit to share about fiber stuff, so off we go. After finishing with the Heart Sideways Tank test knit ( link for pattern below) I went straight back to my spinning wheel. Heart Sideways Tank https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-sideways-tank  …

  • 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…