Imagine a yarn shop that is a haven for savvy shoppers with discerning taste.
Imagine such a shop belonging to two yarn whisperers who are not only able to match the right yarn to the right project, but who inspire local knitters and crocheters to instinctively know what yarn wants to become through holding, looking, smelling, touching and listening to it.
Imagine being able to purchase top South African produced plant and animal fibers along global brands such as Rowan and Pierrot.
Imagine attending various crochet workshops or joining in for a craft share, a cup of great coffee and a piece of cake that is almost too nice to slice.
This is "I Love Yarn" and imagine my luck as I live less than 2 km away from this shop located in the leafy suburb of Baileys Muckleneuk in Pretoria, South Africa.
Imagine, just imagine Stephni and Elaine decide to hand dye and hand ball their own label.
They did! They imagined a wide range of colours to inspire knitters and crocheters in a fiber that can be used for a plethora of projects. This is IMAGINE, a 70% bamboo-30% cotton yarn that is hand dyed and hand balled with the assistance of previously disadvantaged South African women.
IMAGINE just what will be hanging from my hooks at some point!
I bought 21 skeins in colours Guava, French Affair, Butterscotch, Mustard, Windswept, Abyss and Granite.
But first I am making their heirloom blanket (available as a kit from their shop) in my own preferred shades of coal, cement, mud and milk. I bought the kit a month ago and imagine my patience as I will only start working on it next month.
|Lovely crocheted items on display in the shop|
Where can I find I Love Yarn?