Vintage treasure 


I found this beautiful vintage blanket at the Milnerton market recently. It's so neatly crocheted (is that really the past tense of crochet?)! Makes me think that we should try out a crochet gym ball next...
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Finland, have a ball! 


These beauties are headed for Finland. Our new! improved! crochet balls and one beautiful Mielie'ed ball in purples and pinks. It took quite a bit of head-scratching to get the pattern perfect, but the C-Team did not disappoint - that's C for Crochet, if you were wondering. They fit around a gym ball and make a fabulous computer chair/tv-watching footrest/excercise ball/sculptural piece when not in use.
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Nifty shoppers in the shop 

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What more can I say? 

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Moving the mountain to Khayelitsha 


Because there is very little work at the moment, we've decided to save the weavers' transport money and send the Mielie-mountain to the mammas, instead of asking them to come to the Mielie mother-ship in Newlands. Everybody met at Zanele's and soaked up some rays of sunshine while waiting their turn to get their week's work. It was also great to see all the children and grandchildren.

Finally, you may notice that I've reactivated the comments field because this blog was just becoming a one-sided affair. So please leave me a comment, and please don't tell those spammers, ok?
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Check it out 


We've just popped these tartan cushions into the shop. They came out so nicely, I think I might try the tartan designs on some bags.
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Colour therapy 


A jumble of knots and spaghetti... a pile of balls... wait... a new product!
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Meet imbi - ugly little critter 


I've been having fun with some super thick knitting needles and our Mielie strips. The result is Imbi, Xhosa for ugly. His ears make perfect handles so you can lug him about with you and get up to mischief together... or just have a cuddle.
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Hello, Autumn 


Hey, I'm back after a wonderful Easter, Labour day and Freedom day break, filled with choccies and friends from afar. In Cape Town we're all loving the beautiful autumn days - the golden sunsets and crisp, often foggy morning walks with the dogs. We've had a couple of rainy days already, but the summer was so hot and dry that the rain is very welcome and the world is already looking much softer and greener.

Time to unpack the knitting needles, methinks!
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MORE speckled delights! 


Look what one very creative knitter has designed with our Mielie T-shirt yarn! Cathy Carron used red-and-white striped t-shirt yarn to make this gorgeous tissue box cover.

To download the pattern go to http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ka-choo . You'll have to sign up to Ravelry to become a member - it's free, and oh so worth the trouble if you like to knit and crochet. The best part is that the t-shirt yarn knits up so quickly, you can knit this project under an hour!

Mielie's t-shirt yarn is exclusively marketed by Be Sweet in areas other than South Africa. Visit http://besweetproducts.com/yarns/t-shirt/ for more.
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