A wonderful, wool-filled secret

If you’re based in Cape Town and are new to knitting or crocheting, I’ll tell you a secret that’ll help you fulfil your crafty ambitions…

I’ve joined the weekly Stitch n Bitch crochet circle at the revamped A Touch of Madness in Observatory. (Have you been recently? My friends Olivia and Richard Andrews have done it up so it’s less of a scruffy student spot, but still very eclectic. On any given night you’ll see people of all types listening to live music or shooting the breeze over cards or boardgames. Take a look at their Facebook page for events, like film nights, silent discos and so on.)

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A Touch of Madness, 12 Nuttall Road, Obs

So I needed wool – not so easy to find these days, especially in the City Bowl. But thanks to this blog post by crafter Jill Goldberg, the other day I discovered that I needn’t drive out to Woolworld in Woodstock – or further – for supplies. Orion Wool & Crafts in Oranjezicht is just round the corner. It’s tucked away in a residential road, though, in an unassuming little house among large angular houses, so you can easily miss it.

Pass the Engen garage, go up Orange Street towards Table mountain, turn right at the DeWaal “dog park”, then left up Molteno Road beside the reservoir, and when the road
gets very steep near the foot of the mountain, turn right into Woodburn Crescent. At the road bend, on your right you’ll see a little white house with a small sign, like those used to alert you to a hush-hush outdoor trance party, which directs you down a narrow flight of stairs to the basement.

There you’ll find a teeny-tiny super-clean shop filled with wool and thread and hooks and needles and embroidery and buttons… a delightful dinky cave full of fluff and colour.

You’ll be served by a tall and kindly gentleman who looks like he knows how to make
a really good cup of tea and is able to decipher what you need from your pattern. Roger read what I needed for my beginner snood pattern, found the closest types of wool in stock and just generally made my day. (Take a look at what I got – pretty, right?)

progress

My progress so far. The wool comes from Turkey:
DiMeks Candy Floss in 305, Lot 02

To find a knitting group or crochet circle in Cape Town, visit the Facebook page for
South African Crafters for Good.

For workshops related to weaving, spinning, knitting, felting and dyeing, try the
Cape Guild of Weavers.