The First Cape Town Yarn Festival has come and gone – we can report that it has been a most wonderful experience for the Mukuti Team.
Thursday, the 8th of August, we made a late start to be just in time for a fish lunch at the Fish Hoek Beach Restaurant. Memories of our years in the Southern Suburbs and the lovely weather contributed to a relaxed drive afterwards to our abode in Kommetjie.
But wait … there were the marches and some unfortunate incidents on the road ahead. The call for more housing by Ocean View back yard dwellers unfolded into a major risk and some very dangerous situations, preventing us from driving the direct route to Kommetjie. We had to take the scenic route via Simons Town, Red Hill and then landed, past Misty Cliffs and Scarborough late afternoon in Kommetjie. The wonderful route, mostly along the Ocean, made up for the delay.
We made a brief detour to familiarise ourselves with the setup of the hall at the Kommetjie Primary School and then had a very relaxing evening, enjoying home made Butternut Soup next to the fire place. The wind was howling, real cold and wet Cape Storm …
Early Friday morning, Women’s Day: from 6.30 we were allowed to start setting up our tables. The vibe was awesome – yarn vendors from as far as Gauteng and KZN put up their stalls. Many know each other via the media; it was good putting faces to names.
When we arrived, there already was a double que of excited visitors waiting for the doors to open at 8:30 – braving the cold, sunny morning.
We never experienced such masses of people at a Fair – from when the doors opened until about 3 in the afternoon we could hardly breathe, take a brief rest nor drink or eat. All vendors and participants were overwhelmed by the number of visitors, buyers, interested people asking numerous questions and buying.
In the Church Hall, opposite the School, workshops for Tunesian knitting, crocheting, weaving and other crafts were offered. The Cape Guild of Weavers, ever so happy to show their crafts, got rave comments and compliments from many an aspiring spinner on the lessons presented.
We proudly kept people interested and informed about the South African Alpaca ventures. – Many calls and mails after the Festival proved that we must have done something right.
By the time we started packing up we were truly exhausted, elated and so very happy about such a successful and vibrant Festival.
The organisers, Carle Dehning and Gina Ross and their team of helpers, have outdone themselves.
Hope to see you all next year at the Cape Town Yarn Festival
Cape Town has a new event on it’s calendar – the first Cape Town Yarn Festival is taking place on the 9th of August 2019
MUKUTI alpacas has been invited to participate in this exciting gathering of South African yarnies, yarn crafters, dyers and creators – we are delighted and honoured.
Preparations for this event are in full swing – do watch this space. We’ll update you via facebook and here as we go along. See the banner for details.
Looking forward to meet you