Its not everyday that we can have our cake and knit it too. What that means to a knitter, is very seldom do we find a truly innovative array of textures and colours in one single ball (or cake) of yarn. South African designer, Adele, is a visionary who has been handcrafting her very unique line of luxury yarns for the past thirty two years as a cottage industry following strict fair trade and eco standards. Spun from locally sourced mohair and merino wool, these art yarns are currently being introduced in Canada.
Let’s chat with Adele and discover more about her enchanting yarn creations-
MM: Hi Adele! Your yarns are exquisite and we are super excited to welcome this Thick ‘n Thin collection to Canada. What got you started on this creative path?
AC: It was an expansion of my hobby. Both of my grandmothers taught me to knit and in my early childhood I developed a love for it.
MM: Can you remember your very first project?
AC: Oh yes! A scarf for my grandfather knitted in leftover yarns, of varying thicknesses, and bless him he wore it til he died.
‘What you see on the outside of each yarn cake is a mere fraction
of the delightful surprise that you will find
as you knit your way through to the centre core.’
MM: Did you know at a young age that you would find your passion in the yarn business?
AC: Well…. After doing a BSc degree I traveled and worked in the UK, visited woolen mills, and on the Isle of Harris I met the lady who wove tweed for the queen, a Mrs McDonald. She collected the wool off the fences and went on to spin, dye and then weave. This blew me away and I decided that this is what I wanted to do.
MM: So you literally fell into producing designer knitting yarns, accessories and home textiles headfirst!
AC: Just about. The craft developed through my passion and where I needed a skill I turned to books or guilds, friends and experimentation. I have no formal training at all.
MM: Your workshop is located in a rural area of South Africa, between East London and Port Elizabeth. Do you draw inspiration from the landscape for your brilliant colour palette?
AC: I live on a farm where abundant wildflowers grow, and I love the outdoors, so yes, that’s where it comes from. Also, from travel and the world around me….. alas nothing fancy.
Finished Size: 81 cm/ 32 ins x 20 cm/ 8 ins
Needles: 6.50 mm – 80 cm circular
Tension: 11 sts and 16 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st
Cast on 88 sts, join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle. Place a marker on first st.
Round 1 to 4: Purl.
Round 5 to 6: Knit.
Round 7: [Yo, k2tog], rep [to] across row.
Round 8 to 9: Knit.
Round 10 to 12: Purl.
Rep Rounds 5 to 12 twice.
Knit 2 rounds.
Cast off loosely.
Sew in ends.
Design by: Michele Meadows