We are so excited to introduce AfriYarn - our new online shop on Etsy selling the best of South Africa's hand dyed, handspun yarns.
After spending a year sourcing and planning, we've gathered together a few suppliers who are absolutely passionate about their craft!
The AfriYarn shop is growing every week, with pure merino handspun wool, hand dyed brushed kid mohair, and the most gorgeous art yarns already in store!
Soon, unique patterns will be added as well! So now you can create your own Afri-inspired items...
We are so excited about this new venture!
Low shipping worldwide, with free shipping in South Africa. Reasonably priced, and only the very best of quality.
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If you will be traveling through the Western Cape area of South Africa, consider making a stop in the small town of Hermanus. Stunning beaches, unspoilt nature and small-town charm makes this one of the best spots in the Overberg District.
Here's what to pack...
- Hoodies/light knits even in summer: The days can be scorching hot, but early mornings and evenings tend to be on the chilly side.
- Comfortable shoes: You can count on finding a parking spot at the farthest possible point from your destination, so be ready to walk everywhere. Not that this is a bad thing! The town is famous for its scenic cliff paths that wind along the coast, leading from one beach to another and passing along the best of restaurants. Also, the many alleyways and hidden corners of the town offer great treasures fro the shopper on foot.
- A Wetsuit: The brave and the... let's call them 'less-prepared', often swim and play in these frigid waters, but be warned... Except for the very rarest of days when the water is over 12'C, the ocean here is COLD. If you are planning any scuba-diving, surfing or boating adventures, make sure you pack a wetsuit. Local diving companies also offer suits for hire, if you want to pack light.
- Binoculars: Hermanus is the spot to whale-watch in South Africa. The activity is seasonal, with Southern Right Whales and their calves visiting the area in August/September, but birds and other sea-life remains abundant throughout the year.
- An Extra Suitcase: The Market Stalls at the Old Harbour offer some intersting and fun curios, and the weekly Country Market will have you drooling over local produce and great food! If art is your thing, Hermanus is a hotspot for some of South Africa's best artists. The local monthly Art Walk attributes to that, with galleries keeping their doors open at night so enthusiasts can stroll from one exhibition to the next, all the way through town!
- A Petrol Piggy-Bank: You will be doing minimal driving in the town itself, but the surrounding areas will soon beckon... The Hemel en Aarde Valley boasts excellent food stops and wine estates, and Cape Town is just over an hour's drive away along a stunning scenic route.
There's loads to explore in and around this small twon, and it definitely gets the AfriHooked seal of approval!
PS AfriHooked does not own any of the images used.
If you're into chicken, coffee, and... surfing... Afro's Chicken is THE best food stop you can make in Durban, South Africa.
Unmissable in its bright yellow container on the Durban beachfront, this food shack's simple menu draws queues even on the rainiest of days.
The friendly little shop is perched right on the promenade, across from some of the best surf spots in the Durban area. Surfers can even leave their car keys at the shack, and stack up their boards on the special shelving while having lunch. Oh, and there's a shower for those sandy feet too.
The menu offers the simplest of choices. Chicken burgers (lemony or spicy) or chicken strips (ditto). Chips or coleslaw. That's it.
But my word, it's the best chicken strips you will ever have! And I'm not joking. There are enough reviews and Afro's Addicts out there to prove my point.
I do think that a lot of its charm comes from its atmosphere. The ocean breaking before you, the shared benches and tables, longboards whirring by on the pavement, and the spectacular Durban weather.
The original Afro's has now branched out, with eight shops in total throughout the Durban area. But my favorite is still the yellow container on the beach.
Spicy chicken strips, with your feet in the sand and a hot cappucino to add some spike to that burning tongue. You can't go wrong.
If you'd like to know more, visit their website here. You'll thank me later.
PS I do not own any of the pics featured here.
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Here's to a new adventure!
After much speculation, imagination, and strategization (I'm sure that's a word), herewith the official launch of the AfriHooked blog.
Here, from time to time, I aim to give you some behind-the-scenes looks at the developing and making of products. I'd like to share my inspirations, any new product ideas, and secret projects with you, the reader.
I'd also like to create a platform for feedback and fun - so feel free to comment and join in!
A newsletter will be made available soon, so keep an eye out for that.
Now, without further adieu, off we go!