Step into Spring and Spring into Step

Whether walking inland trails, trekking up mountains or spelunking along the coast, avid hikers will agree with naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir when he wrote: ‘In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.’ As the weather warms, a host of trails beckon those eager to enjoy nature’s abundant gifts.   As any seasoned hiker or trailblazer will tell you, when taking to the trails being well equipped from head to toe is vitally important. Your feet take the worst beating so worn-in boots and comfortable but durable socks must be a priority. The Mohair Mill Shop’s MHR Adventure socks and Trek and Travel sock range  will take care of the latter. See our featured items for detail on our top picks!   Range and features: MHR Trailrunning Socks:    17% Mohair, 17% Wool, 37% Nylon, 19% Elastic, 11% Bamboo Ideal for Trailrunning! These MHR mohair running socks are cushioned underfoot with breathable and lightweight mohair, together with merino wool or advanced blister protection. The elasticised mesh design on the top of the foot allows for a perfect snug fit and the band at the ankle keeps the sock in place. Mohair is the leading fibre for blister protection and stops chafing as the skin stays drier for longer. The ultimate trail running sock.   Walker socks:  33% wool, 33% mohair, 18% bamboo, 16% polyamide. With a fold-over bamboo top for comfort, mohair terry cushioned foot and flat toe seam, these are ideal for walking or hiking with low boots or trail shoes.   Classic Mohair boot socks: 40% mohair, 40% merino wool, 20% polyamide. Ribbed...

Stay under wraps this winter

The scarf is the undisputed hero piece for this season’s winter wardrobe, and the luxurious natural fibres of mohair products ensure durability, comfort and warmth, along with a classic look that never dates.   Locally made mohair is world-renowned, and it’s good to know that investing in a statement mohair scarf equals supporting sustainable fashion. Known as the ‘noble’ or ‘diamond’ fibre, mohair is a renewable natural resource that boasts the fine qualities of lustre, resilience and colour reflection.    Have, hold and wear your own   The Mohair Mill shop’s new range of warm winter neckwear – your latest wardrobe must-haves – are handcrafted by Adele’s Mohair, a rural business based in the Eastern Cape. The range includes extra-fine mohair scarves made from kid mohair, fluffy shawls and ponchinis in a range of colours that will enhance any ensemble while keeping you warm, cosy and elegantly in style!   Extra-fine mohair scarf    Available is subtle neutrals – black, fawn, light blue and natural – these classic, extra-fine scarves can be worn draped over the shoulders for simple effect, or knotted in a variety of ways to add interest and flair. And don’t be shy to double up on accessories by using a classic brooch to secure your scarf to the side. The tassels will add a lively touch to any look you choose. Fluffy shawls   Thick, fluffy and tasselled for the ultimate in insulation, these rectangular shawls can be styled in a variety of ways: simple chic involves draping it loosely over the shoulders like a shawl (you can opt to secure it with a belt...

The Crags – Fun for the whole family outside Plettenberg Bay

No visit to the Garden Route is complete without stopping by the gem of the Tsitsikamma that we call home; the Crags. The Crags is a beautiful rural area nestled in-between Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley and surrounded by stunning mountain vistas.  With an abundance of wildlife and activities, if you are holidaying in the Garden Route this winter, a visit to the Crags is definitely recommended! Here are some of our favourite, fun and family-friendly activities at the Crags: Explore the abundant wildlife Go on a monkey safari at Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary where you can see more than 550 primates, including capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys and more!  Birds of Eden has a unique two hectare domed aviary (the World’s largest) which spans over a gorge of indigenous forest including a walk-behind waterfall. It is home to a mixture of exotic, as well African birds, including over 60 different parrot species. Alternatively you can take a guided tour through Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary.  Home to a variety of big cat species including, tigers and lions, the sanctuary gives you wonderful insight into these creatures and their lives in the wild. The guided tours on foot through the Elephant Sanctuary and hands-on educational elephant interactions offer guests a close encounter with elephants that is truly one of a kind. Take the Puzzle Park challenge The Plett Puzzle Park is home to a life-size 3D maze and a unique forest puzzle walk. It has been designed for visitors of all ages to exercise their bodies and minds in...

Autumn Knitting trends

As the days get shorter and the evenings get cooler there is nothing better than dusting off the knitting needles to create something warm and comforting for autumn and winter. Here are some of our favourite autumn knitting trends to give you some knitting inspiration: Pantone Greenery Pantone’s colour for 2017 is Greenery  . Fresh and vibrant, it is designed to evoke flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors. Green is always a fun and versatile colour which can be used effectively as an accessory or a statement piece. With hundreds of shades and tones there are endless creative ways to add it to your wardrobe this autumn.   Texture This autumn, the chunkier the texture, the better! Whether it’s cables, brioche, bobbles or patterns of knit-and-purl, anything goes. You can use our cosy and insulating merino wool knitting yarn  to create a variety of delightfully textured effects!   Extra-long scarves This trend has the added bonus of being delightfully easy to knit or crochet. It is also a fun way to experiment with patterns or bold colour combinations. The only rule is make it extra-long! You can make scarves as long as you want and wrap yourself up this winter or, for something extra special, why not use our kid mohair yarns to create something unique and personal? Wonderfully luminous, lusciously brushed, and boasting 80% kid mohair, our kid mohair yarns are light, luxurious and the softest on the market. The natural tones of our beige and our charcoal kid mohair yarn can be used to create a classic look. Or for something more vibrant combine...

Black and brown as a combination

Not always the first choice. Yet these two tones work so well in these images we couldn’t help but share. Black doesn’t have to be as ‘dark’ as it’s made out to be. It’s clean, stylish and has a timeless appeal. Team it with a worn leather couch or rattan cane chair,  add a few indoor plants or ferns, and the result is a cocoon of inspiration. Our marsala blanket with its warm rust tones is a treat with black velvet, or throw a charcoal plaid blanket  over a shiny tan leather armchair for chanel tartan twist. And the best thing about browns and blacks? There’s no need to worry about stains and dirt . . . ideal for kids and dogs! Images: designsponge | homelife.com | capemohair.co.za  domino.com...