Picnic Excursions and Finding Wool.

Here is one of my first InShot video/slide shows which I created especially for you to view here on WordPress. It shows some of the landscape where we drove this weekend as well as some of the wool/yarn I saw at Natural Yarns, Imhoffs Gift.

This weekend we enjoyed a picnic along the near by coast. Derek has been working crazy international hours: fitting in with Hong Kong, Australaisia, East America and West America time zones. It means that he is doing demonstrations morning, noon and night sometimes. This week was particularly busy which is why I suggested getting out the house and going for a drive and picnic. We find it a gentle relaxing thing to do. We drove via Simon’s Town, over Redhill to Scarborough and eventually headed to Misty Cliffs. We enjoy watching the wave jumping and surfing along that coast there. I wonder if you can spot the surfers in the water?

It was interesting that there was a lot more wind at Scarborough which is suitable for the wave jumping and Misty Cliffs was almost becalmed and so was suitable for surfing. I love being at the beach and close to the sea. I feel most at home where I can experience the surf breaking over the rocks and hearing the roar as the waves break.

After our picnic we drove to the picturesque farmstead, Imhoff’s Gift, which offers horseback rides, camel rides, animals, shops and restaurants. It is a lovely peaceful place and quite an attraction. The main attraction for myself and my daughter, Ellie, is the yarn shop. It is called Natural Yarns and supplies lovely hand spun and hand dyed yarns. The South African yarn works out at about half the price compared to overseas hand dyed and hand spun yarn. So it is well worth the visit as Ellie loves to knit and I will see her in Scotland in the middle of the year.

If you are interested here is a blog Ellie posted about the socks she has knitted: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/112600208/posts/6245

Although it was primarily a scouting expedition I chose some sock wool by Lily Rose. If you follow the slide show you will see I chose two skeins. The one is a brighter yellow as I like my socks to make a statement especially when they are handmade by my daughter. I then looked at the eco-cotton: which is hand spun and hand dyed. Ellie loves knitting things for the family so I might ask her to make me a short sleeved polo shirt from the eco-cotton when I get to Scotland.

In all we had a lovely relaxing day yesterday. I hope you also got to relax this weekend.

Take care and have a good week,

40 thoughts on “Picnic Excursions and Finding Wool.

  1. Sounds like such a lovely get away. I loved the photos…… It makes me realize I need to take myself on a get away soon! Good for the spirit and soul. Thanks for sharing a bit of your trip, Morag.
    Looking forward to seeing a photo of the statement socks!

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      • It looks like a wonderful life!!! And it looks like the kind of life I would love, too. In fact, it reminds me a bit of my previous life in Norway.
        It’s a gift to have experienced so much beauty, and to have had access to environments which communicate peace and tranquility.

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      • Yes you are so right it is a gift, and it is a wonderful life here. I think that’s why my father decided to remain in South Africa after moving from Scotland. He was a ships captain and had been all around the world. You sound like you have experienced many parts of the world too. I hope to visit Norway one day as part of my mother’s family come from Norway.

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      • We have Norwegian friends with roots in South Africa. They moved back there for a few years when they retired and posted the most amazing pics of hikes, and mountains and flowers. What a gorgeous country. However, they’ve now moved back to be near their children and grandchildren in Norway (Stavanger – where we lived). These are difficult choices we have to make.
        I’m sure you will love the Norwegian fjords, We travelled the whole country and loved it! Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

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  2. Beautiful views and so scenic. I love the accompanied music too. I can see why it brings so much calm to you. I visited your daughters blog, I love the colours of the socks, they do make a great statement, she is very creative. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I love your video, what beautiful scenery and gorgeous, inspiring yarns. How exciting! Your daughter’s socks are fantastic too! Good luck with your projects – looking forward to seeing them! πŸ§¦πŸ§¦πŸ˜ƒ

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  4. Morag, the ocean video part was so soothing with the music too. My sister in law has a spinning wheel and knits and crochets a lot of things. They are all so warm and durable. Thank you for sharing part of your beautiful coast!

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  5. I feel happy for you, Morag! You had such a lovely weekend. Video is superb and reminds me of my mom, who had knitted a number of sweaters for me. I still have three or four of them. Have a great week aheadπŸŽ‰πŸ’πŸ™

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  6. Such a lovely video Morag (and love the calming music). That’s a beautiful part of Cape Town to enjoy … maybe we should go in that direction next time we visit Cape Town. I have seen Imhoff’s Gifts on previous trips, but we never stopped there … a great place to buy wool for my mom it seems πŸ’Œ.

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  8. What a wonderful day. I love that type of wool. I also love that you wear statement socks too. What a lovely thing your daughter does. You must be very proud of her. Your video and choice of music was lovely. β€οΈπŸ€—

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    • Thank you, that is wonderful! Do you wear anything that makes a statement πŸ˜‰ yes I am immensely proud of her and she reminds me so much of my mother who also busied her hands with knitting πŸ˜πŸ€—

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      • That is so nice. I am sure your daughter is proud of you too. Yes I make sterling semi precious stone jewelry. I do it for special projects like to raise money for care of animals and fund raisers and I give it away to friends and my daughter. I often wear own jewelry to events or just out on a special evening. Thank you for asking. Have a blessed evening. Big hugs, Joni

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      • Hi there, hope you enjoyed your weekend. That sounds absolutely wonderful. I imagine making jewelry for family friends and fundraisers must be very rewarding. Do you have an Instagram account where you display your jewelry?

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      • I do have an Instagram account but I don’t sell my jewelry. You are thoughtful to ask. It takes so long to make a piece by hand so I give them to loved ones. I use my Instagram account for poetry only. @JoniCaggiano. Hope you have a blessed day and an amazing week. Hugs, Joni

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  9. Morag,
    So lovelyβ€”your words that took me on your excursions with you, and your photos that look like paintings.
    I had fun watching the quilt colors and patterns coming together too! πŸ™‚
    (I could spend all day here getting caught up but need to get to work. I’ll be back!)

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