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We can accommodate both individuals and groups on YarningSA, with a maximum of 10 people. You will have as much knitting, crochet and sightseeing as you like! YarningSA team members can bring their husbands, partners or friends that don’t knit and we can find alternative touring options for them during workshops and classes. Please review the itinerary for more information and travel dates. Please do get in touch with us if you would like additional information. We will explore major attractions, the most scenic locations and meet experts associated with yarn and knitting in South Africa. YarningSA includes craft demonstrations and many knitting workshops
03-17 Nov 2019
YarningSA takes us from the landing place of the 1820 Settlers who started sheep farming in Africa all the way down to the very tip of Africa – Cape Town, the buzzing creative heartland of the country. You will fly into East London on November 3 2019 to a superbly located hotel on the city’s Eastern beach promenade. East London is a small town with a long connection to the knitting and yarn industry. You can chill and relax for an early start the next day. We then start with a visit to Karoo Moon followed by a drive to Port Alfred to see one of SA’s leading Mohair production units – a unique blend of farming, knitting and craft.
Next stop is a real South African game reserve where we will enjoy an early morning game drive before setting off to Port Elizabeth. Mohair SA will host us in the “Friendly City” and here we have planned a number of workshops together with some local Yarnies.
Next is a leisurely drive to a quaint seaside village, St Francis Bay, to meet the men and women at Nomvula’s Knitters, working in a hand-knitting factory.
The drive onwards leads us to some of the most beautiful countryside towns and resorts on the way to George to meet the locals knitters, crocheters and Yarnies at a special surprise demo by Steven Be. You might even get in a round of golf on one of the world-class courses.
From George, you will fly over land and sea to Cape Town where you be immersed in the creative charming atmosphere, meet the Alpacas, cableway up the mountain, see the meeting of the Two Oceans, and above all stay in the V&A Waterfront, and then have the most exciting and stimulating workshops and demos.
Nov 4: Karoo Moon in East London.
Judi Sheard and her team live to source and spin the most beautiful natural yarns that you can imagine. During the journey from lamb to yarn, their fibers pass through many hands, each adding their unique contribution to the magic of Karoo Moon.
In the afternoon, you will take a drive down to Adele’s magical hideaway and stay over in the near-by lodge.
Nov 5: Adele’s Mohair, East London
The next morning you will visit the factory, wine-tasting and lunch. You will meet the wonderful ladies who spin, bead, brush and knit the fabulous mohair creations. Steven will use some of these mohair yarns to make one of his sparkling creations.Adele Cutten and her team run a production workshop employing local women and use South African raw materials (Wool and Mohair) of the highest quality to make unique and truly 100% South African items that are exported all over the world.
“Come and see what we make and how we make it and meet the ladies. They love meeting new people and sharing their skills,” says Adele.
Nov 6 and 7: Game Reserve
The Game reserve beckons with game drives in the evening and early morning complete with viewing the Big Five. A night of knitting with Steven will be the crowning glory. The private reserve is malaria-free located 75Km from Port Elizabeth ( our next stop) offering an exciting wilderness setting on their game-drives.
Nov 8 and 9: Mohair SA Port Elizabeth
YarningSA is on the move to Port Elizabeth – home to the major yarn manufacturers in the South Africa. We will have 2 days of workshops, farm visits and exciting yarn demos. You will be accommodated in a superior hotel overlooking the beach front.
Nov 10 and 11: Nomvula’s Knitters, St Francis Bay
We say good-bye to the Eastern Cape and drive to the quaint seaside village of St Francis Bay to visit Nomvula’s knitters – a hand-knitting factory by the sea. You will pass through some of the most beautiful countryside towns and resorts on the way to George to meet some local knitters, crocheters and Yarnies in George at a special demo by Steven and friends.
George is in the heart of the Garden Route with three Gary Player golf courses ( for the golfers amongst you all). it is also home to Linda’s Treehouse.
Nov 11: Linda’s Treehouse, George
Linda’s Treehouse yarns are hand dyed using rainwater and a lot of thought and care. Irregularities in the colour are intentional and add to the charm and uniqueness of these yarns. They are to be handled with care and are meant to add to the joy of creating unique hand crafted pieces.
Nov 12/13: YarningSA takes to the air and finally brings us to the Mother City but first we visit Wellington, the heart of the dried fruit and cheese industry and much else besides.
Nov 12: Quenti Alpaca & Mill, Wellington
The name Quenti is a South American Quechu word meaning “sunbird” – a particular favourite in the Quenti garden.
Stephen and Linda live in an old restored Cape Dutch homestead dated around 1715 near the town of Wellington about 100km from Cape Town. Their first 12 alpaca arrived from Chile in 2009 and the herd has now grown to around 150 animals. They have three rescued donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor and a motley collection of chickens.
After a tour and lunch, Steven Be and Kirsty will give a demo using some of the amazing Alpaca yarns.
We leave Wellington and drive towards the setting sun, and settle into the famous Cape Town Waterfront precinct, in a uniquely crafted hotel.
Nov 13 – 15: Time will be allowed to soak up the unique Cape culture, shopping and food. Workshops will be held in various venues including:
Nov 13: Nurturing Fibers in Philadelphia
Carle chose the name Nurturing Fibres for her Indie-dyeing label because she nurtures colour into the yarn allowing you, the knitter, crocheter, or weaver to nurture the yarn into a garment. Finally, the garment nurtures and comforts the person lucky enough to wear it. Carle is dyeing to share her unique skills with us. These yarns are kind to the earth, they biodegrade and feed the soil.
Vinni’s Colours is right there too!
Nov 13: Vinni’s Colours, Philadelphia
“We hand dye, hand ball and create unique colour in our yarns.”
In 2004, Vinni was desperately looking for local cotton yarn and and so was I – we connected and she became my go to cotton yarn person. She specialises in hand dyed cotton and bamboo yarns with a palette of over 200 colours. When we first met she was dyeing up yarn in her kitchen and hanging it the garden to dry and soon Vinni’s Colours was born. The business moved from the kitchen to the garden shed, and in 2013 finally moved to two factory buildings near Cape Town. She now supplies the world!
We drive back to Cape Town in time for a sunset cable car ride up Table Mountain (weather permitting of course!)
Next morning, a workshop will be held and time at leisure for shopping will available.
Nov 16: Natural Yarns, Kommetjie
We take off again on the magnificent scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula visiting the sea-life along the way – seals, penguins, whales if we are lucky and see the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. The drive ends in the tiny seas-side village of Kommetjie with its naturalistic wholly local and indigenous shopping village with its wonderful woolly treasure trove to feast your eyes!
Gina and The Natural Yarns shop tucked away in a corner of the Imhoff Farm is where we will have the last workshop.
We will have a lovely lunch and workshop before driving back over the mountains that form the backbone of the Peninsula to the fishing village of Kalk Bay for a seafood dinner in the Harbour before crashing out at the lovely old Chartfield House. The next day we will wrap-up the tour and head back to Cape Town.
You can of course stay longer if you wish! That can easily can be arranged.
Please note accommodation, flights, and workshops will be finalised once deposits have been paid and numbers confirmed. Deposits must be made on booking – see details on the booking page
Steven Be Workshops
Please note: Yarns (you will certainly be able to collect some new and interesting yarns along the way) should be chosen and wound prior to class so we can begin immediately. More yarns can be added during class.
Choose a colour palette when bringing your stash to make it cohesive – maybe add a colour you would not normally use.
• A variety of needle sizes from US 6 to US 15 will be needed so bring a good selection (we recommend an interchangeable set)
• Steven’s goodie bag of most preferred notions, including stitch markers, tapestry needle, tape measure, and scissors–Steven recommends the Knit Kit.
• A work-in-progress or finished project for show and tell (the desire to be admired is not required—but it is recommended!)
Ponchini 101, 3 hours, Up to 22 students
The ponchini is the shawl that doesn’t fall off–a versatile garment with so many design possibilities. This is your chance to cast on a ponchini with the help of the Ponchini Master himself. Experience the magic of mixology: taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique ponchini.
Use one of the patterns from Ponchini Vol. 1 or the newest of the ponchinis from Steven’s Ravelry page and learn the structure, seaming, and wearability of the ponchini. Steven will teach you his favourite tips and tricks as he guides you through your first ponchini.
What to Bring in Your Knitting Bag
• The Ponchini Vol. 1 book, can be acquired in class, or one of Steven’s ponchinis from Ravelry
• Minimum 3 yarns to work with: including a fingering weight and a lace weight each in different fibers like mohair and silk to be combined into a heavier weight, as well as a chunky weight.
Know Your Colours, Know Yourself 3 hours Up to 22 student
Longtime knitter and professional yarn whisperer Steven Berg is here to tell you what your knits and colour choices say about you. He will guide you through a quiz that will show you which colours you should be working with to truly represent yourself and then discuss the motion of colours.
You will explore techniques to create gradients using your own colours and methods of combining colours to their greatest effect.
Bring your favourite hand-knit (or crochet) and share it with Steven for a peek into your personal fiber future– he knows all, sees all, tells all!
What to pack in your knitting bag
• An open mind
• A pen or pencil and a notebook or design sketchbook to keep notes
• 5-7 yarns in a variety of colours, including a fingering weight and a lace weight each in different fibers like mohair and silk to be combined into a heavier weight, as well as a chunky weight.
Be Basics: Short Rows 3 hours Up to 22 students
Steven introduces another popular knitting technique that will take your projects to the next level. If you’ve ever admired any of the fabulous shawls that use short rows to create sweeping curves of colour or texture but felt intimidated by the technique, this workshop is for you! Steven will make you comfortable with the basics of short rows with his signature Lazy Short Rows in a cowl pattern that will give you plenty of practice!
Besides the terrific workshops with Steven Be all the other participants will be offering
- Breakfast in East London with Judi Sheard, doyenne of the Eastern Cape wool industry
- Dinner and keynote address featuring Steven be and Kirsty Glass hosted by Mohair SA
- Lunch with Quenti Alpaca with Stephen and Linda Nessworthy as they share their work
- Creating Beautiful Colours with Carle Dehning of Nurturing Fibres as she shares her dyeing secrets
- Learn how to knit or crochet with the Made in Manenberg ladies
- Free time in Cape Town and the picturesque Kalk Bay
- Meet the local Cape Town Yarnies and visit some outstanding creative sites
- Wine tasting if requested
- Game drive and wilderness exprience in the Eastern Cape
- Meet the Garden Route ladies for a show and tell
Nov 3: Own arrangements: Arrival in South Africa into Johannesburg or Cape Town . Fly to East London
Accommodation – Promenade Garden Court East London 3*
Bed and breakfast included.
Check In: 03 November, 2019 Check Out: 04 November, 2019
Superbly located on the city’s Eastern Beach Promenade. A popular location with two dining venues available to choose from and an in-room dining. The 173 rooms offers remote controlled TV and a host of DSTV channels, in –room dining service between 18h30 and 22h00 daily and individually controlled air conditioning all part of the facilities to make you feel welcome and relaxed. Smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request.
Visits include Karoo Moon, the Shweshwe factory and a craft museum
Adele Mohair Excursion
Includes Tour of the Factory, Wine Tasting and Lunch with Adele Mohair, Mohair workshop
Accommodation – Port Alfred
Bed and Breakfast
Check In: 04 November, 2019 Check Out: 06 November, 2019
Nov 6: Drive to Game reserve
Accommodation – Shamwari Game Reserve or one of the many similar in the area
Check In: 06 November, 2019 Check Out: 08 November, 2019
Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. It is a place where your soul can rejuvenate and rest in supreme peace and comfort whilst the vibration of authentic Africa dances through your being. The Villa mirrors a traditional African ‘kraal’ which is enclosed by breath-taking views. The sanctuary encompasses a range of holistic therapies to enchant and stimulate the senses. Wildlife activities vary from guided game drives, guided game walks, camping under the stars, picnics, sundowners with scenic views and informal wildlife presentations.
The Villa has focused on utilising suppliers and guest amenities who uphold green initiatives and who practice responsible and conscious living. The Villa also supports community development programs where possible. Certain decor items in the Villa have been locally made by ladies from the nearby village and going forward to initiate projects whereby these folk can be incorporated. The sanctuary at the Villa encompasses aspects of Zen.
4 x Superior Tent Single Room for 2 night/s
All meals included, and a Game Drive
Located on a malaria free private game reserve, 75km from Port Elizabeth Airport. The Tented Lodge offers exciting wilderness setting on game-drives in quest of the ‘Big Five’ and some endangered species such as the wild dog. Dine in a cosy dining room or beneath the stars, and stay in a choice of stylish air-conditioned accommodation in authentic African surroundings. Each lodge has a central swimming/plunge pool, lounge and bar. ‘By-ye-ti’, the welcoming salutation you will receive on your arrival at this splendid stone walled and thatch-roofed Bayethe Lodge. The Tented Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, in accommodation. ‘Bayethe Nkosi’- ‘I salute you great one’. The lodge has twelve secluded tents surrounded by rich vegetation. Each tent opens onto a private deck with a plunge pool surrounded by a romantic paradise. End a perfect day at the Bush relaxation retreat overlooking the waterhole.
8 November: drive to PE for workshops and dinner
Accommodation – Humewood – Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine 4* hosted by Mohair SA
Bed and breakfast
Check In: 8 November, 2019 Check Out: 10 November, 2019
Among the superior hotels in Port Elizabeth, the Protea Hotel Marine is situated in the upmarket suburb of Summerstrand overlooking Pollock Beach. Located 5km from Port Elizabeth Airport.
The 77 standard bedrooms are in the Tower Block, all of which have air-conditioning, telephone, satellite television, 18 hour-room service and hairdryer. Rooms are elegantly decorated with soft creams, greens and blues. The 25 luxurious executive rooms, suites and loft apartments, all have electronic door locks, electronic safes, air-conditioning, mini kitchenettes with microwave, a sitting room area with settee and armchair. 3rd floor rooms are duplex loft-style, with the bedroom on the upper level.
Protea Hotel Marine is unparalleled. Overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Pollock Beach, with sweeping views of Algoa Bay. This hotel is in the heart of the Friendly City and is renowned for its quality facilities, personal service and luxurious atmosphere. Facilities at the hotel include 2 restaurants, swimming pool and a gym.
10 November: Drive to George
Accommodation – George
Fancourt Hotel 5* or similar
Bed and breakfast
Check In: 10 November, 2019 Check Out: 12 November, 2019
Fancourt is located in the heart of the magnificent Garden Route, at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. 7km from George Airport. Fancourt’s original homestead, built in 1859, now finds itself rejuvenated as a new luxury boutique hotel, “the Manor House at Fancourt”, which consists of 18 luxury suites offering personal, butler-style service. Fancourt has 117 guest rooms on offer which comprise of luxury rooms and one-bedroom suites including air-conditioning, satellite television, mini-bar, direct dial telephone and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Set in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, with its three Gary Player-designed golf courses and the only taylormade Performance Lab in Africa, Fancourt is a premier leisure and business destination. This five-star resort has 133 luxury rooms, great children’s activities, conference centre, luxurious Spa, and a variety of restaurants, guarantee enjoyment.
12 November – fly from George to Cape Town. On arrival we drive to Wellington for lunch with Alpacas
Then on to Cape Town with a sunset Mountain trip (weather permitting)
Accommodation – V&A Waterfront – Queen Victoria Hotel 4* Plus
Deluxe Single Room, Bed and breakfast
Check In: 12 November, 2019
Check Out: 15 November, 2019
Set in a renovated dock building with the Table Mountain as background, Queen Victoria offers world-class accommodation overlooking V&A Waterfront. It features a 35-mt yacht with charter options for guests. Crystal chandeliers, white marble and a dramatic spiral staircase create the hotel’s opulent interiors. Facilities include a state-of-the art gym with personal trainer, and a designer spa with hot tub and pool. The 35 rooms are individually decorated and come with padded headboards, concealed lighting and velvet ottomans. They are all fitted with luxury Egyptian cotton sheets and deluxe bathrooms with bathtubs. Breakfast is served outdoor and matched by views across Cape Town’s harbour from Portswood Rd. Professional child care and secretarial services are available at the Queen Victoria Hotel. On-site parking is free.
Accommodation – Kalk Bay
Standard Single Room for 1 night/s , bed and breakfast
Dinner at sea food restaurant in Kalk Bay
Nov 17: back to Cape Town and goodbye
Costs: Hotels and land arrangements-03-17 Nov 2019
Please be aware that once numbers and arrangements are finalised; accommodation might change but comparable places will always be used.
Price per single: R60 000 – approx. US$ 4 500 (subject final booking costs and rate changes)
Price per double: R85 000 – approx.. US$ 6 200 (subject final booking costs and rate changes)
20% deposit required on booking and balance to be paid 40 days prior to arrival.
Price includes breakfast and a meal at the venue of the day. Game reserve and Fancourt are full board. Dinner in Kalk Bay and PE.
All land and travel costs in South Africa are included but not flights to East London or from Cape Town.