Ani Laine - Beautiful Wool, Quality knitwear handcrafted from 100% handspun merino wool.

About Us

Ani Laine is located in the heart of sheep country near the Free State town of Smithfield in central South Africa, a region which is renowned for the quality of its wool.

All Ani Laine knitwear is made from 100% Merino wool which is hand spun and hand crafted.  Our designs are modern and fresh making Ani Laine's knitwear unique and different.

WHERE TO FIND US

Shops

Our knitwear is also available from the following shops:

  • The Nail Bar, 52 Louw Wepener Street, Dan Pienaar, Bloemfontein
  • Yarn Stash Collection, Preller Plein, Bloemfontein
  • Love Wool, Victoria West

Markets

Ani Laine attends various markets in South Africa throughout the year.  Please visit our Facebook page for more information about upcoming events.

Some of the main markets we attend are:

  • Bloem Show (Bloemfontein)
  • Villa Avianto markets (Bloemfontein)
  • Nampo (Bothaville)
  • Bloemfontein Art Festival

Please come and visit us!

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Direct orders

Direct orders and enquiries can be placed via our contact form.

Groups

If you are interested in learning more about the wool and spinning process and would like to visit us on the farm as a group, please feel free to contact us.

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Products

Beautiful and unique products, handmade from 100% Merino wool.  There are a wide range of colours and styles available for each product.

  • Beanies & Gloves
  • Boot Cuffs
  • Scarves and Snoods
  • Jerseys and Ponchos
  • Throws
  • Wool

The Process

Creating an Ani Laine garment is a six step process...

1.  Firstly, the sheep are sheared.

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2.  The wool is then cleaned and washed.

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3.  The wool is combed using special wool combs.

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4.  The is wool is then spun using a traditional wooden spinning wheel and a lot of technique!

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5.  After the wool is spun, it is dyed by hand.

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6.  The beautifully coloured wool is then used to knit and crochet unique, handmade products.

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Making a Difference

The biggest drive behind the start of Ani Laine, was to make a difference in the lives of the women in our area.  The many work opportunities created, help empower women living on our farm as well as the talented local ladies with wonderful knitting abilities.

By learning new skills and techniques, the women can enhance the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.

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"I love inspiring people, and if I can make a difference in one person's life,
then that is a success for me."
 –  Sasha Azevedo

Annette's Story

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I would never have thought that marrying a farmer would change my life the way it did.  Growing up against the foothills of Table Mountain, I have always had a strong passion for creating new things.  Even during my student years in Stellenbosch, the inspiration from the ever present mountains and the autumn oak leaves filled my head with new ideas.

I fell in love and my inspiration came, unexpectedly, from the endless colours of the open Free State grass fields, the blue blue skies and the warm wool of the Merino sheep on our farm.

From my three children and wonderful husband I have learned that it is important to appreciate the simple things in life.  Quality time with loved ones, A warm fire in winter, rain...

Sometimes the simple things are the big things.  From all my inspirations, "Ani Laine" was created combining all the things I love. People, creativity, simplicity and wool.

Get in Touch

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Contact Person: Annette Vogel

Telephone: 082 785 1997

Email: avogel9966@gmail.com

Website: www.anilaine.com

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