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Hello friends! I can almost not believe that it’s that time of year already when we announce all the details for our next knitting retreat. So exciting!!!

Claudia and I have been working hard, together with my friend Julie, and we are so happy to announce that next year’s retreat will be in the beautiful French Alps. Here is everything you need to know about it:

Date: Sunday 7 May – Saturday 13 May 2017

Venue: Chatel Portes du Soleil, Abondance Valley, France

Workshop Theme: The possibilities of short rows, incorporating shape and surface design

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Inclusive in price:

6 nights in 5* accommodation plus Breakfast and dinner

We will be staying in two privately owned 5* Chalets

www.chalet-blanc.co.uk

www.chalet-blanc.co.uk

www.chaletmontdegrange.co.uk

www.chaletmontdegrange.co.uk

6 x Dinner (3 courses incl. of vegetarian option) prepared from locally sourced ingredients by private Chef

Transfers to and from Geneva Airport

Daytrip to the Medieval Town of Yvoire on the shores of Lake Geneva

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www.yvoire-france.com

All tuition fees plus yarn pack – We will be working with top quality yarns, learning how to utelise short rows in shape and surface design. There will be more information nearer the time for all of those who book a place

Knitting Gymnastic and fabulous walks in beautiful surroundings

Complete Tour organisation plus assistance on site

Total Cost:

Single: Euro 870 per person

Double: Euro 770 per person based on two people sharing

Not included

Air- or Train Fare, any entrance fees or other activities you may want to undertake whilst there, all lunches, drinks or other foods. A Supermarket is within walking distance.

Travel:

Transfer from Geneva airport will be leaving at 14.00 hours on Sunday 7 May and departing at 11.00 hours on Saturday 13 May 2017 from the Chalets.

Please make sure to book your travel accordingly.

To book a place

Please send an e-mail to heike.gittins@gmail.com stating clearly if you would like to book a single or double room and who you are sharing with. Please also advise if you have any special dietary requirements.

Upon receipt of e-mail you will receive a bill which can be payed via bank transfer into Heike’s German Euro bank account (bank charges if any to be paid by you) Upon money received you will receive a booking confirmation.

Payment

30% deposit upon booking your place

70% rest amount no later than 31 March 2017

Cancellation:

In the event of a cancellation the following applies:

Up to 31. March 2017 – 20% deposit refund

No refund after 31. March 2017

We will pay a total refund if a replacement participant is given.

The Programme:

The detailed programme will be announced nearer the time and you will receive a monthly newsletter with updates and general information from January 2017 onwards.

Good general knitting knowledge is required, workshops will be held in English and German.

There are 5 double and 3 single rooms available and early booking is highly recommended!

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WoolyLoops is a Co-Production of:

Heike Gittins – www.madewithloops.co.uk and

Claudia Baumann-Ruegg – www.wollsinn.de

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Best wishes

Heike and Claudia

 

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Hello friends! How have you been, well I hope.

The past few days I have noticed that there is a distinct feeling of autumn in the air! The heather is in full bloom on top of my mountains, straw bales are appearing, and in some cases towering like ‘Great walls of China’, the first leaves are falling and evenings are drawing in earlier. There are still some signs of summer to see in the garden and these past few days the weather has been unusually warm. I was able to enjoy a glass of sparkly sitting outside admiring my view a couple of evenings ago – how wonderful.

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As I am looking forward to a week away with my girl friends, I wanted to leave you with a little something to do whilst I am gone. How about my new square design reminding us of faded summer glory. I am calling it “Esprit de Fleur”.

It starts with yarn in faded vintage colours, I used Scheepjes Stone Washed DK

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Ch5, ss to close to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 8dc into the ring, ss to join.

Round 2: Ch3, work (htr, 1ch) in each of next 7 sts, ss to join.

Round 3: * ss in first 1ch-sp, (ch2, 2tr, 1ch, ss) in same sp; rep. from * in each 1ch-sp, ss to join. – 8 Flower Petals

Change colour and working from behind the petals just made continue:

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Round 4: Attach new colour behind first petal, *4ch, ss 2 sts along behind same petal (use photo as guide); rep from * around – 8 4ch-sp’s.

Round 5: ss into first 4ch-sp, 3ch, 2tr in same space, *(3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in next 4ch-sp (corner), 3tr in next 4ch-sp; rep from * around.

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Round 6: Work 1tr in each tr around and (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in each corner.

Fasten off and weave in ends. (or continue working extra rounds to make the square larger)

#espritdefleur www.madewithloops.co.uk

I think it is perfect for a blanket to snuggle under when evenings are getting colder.

Hope you like it!

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PS: Show me your colour combos by using #espritdefleursquare on Instagram or Twitter – I would love to see them!

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I know I know, it’s not Friday today but Tuesday! We can wish though can’t we, and anyhow, I was going to post this last Friday but somehow time ran away with me and that’s why you are reading this post today instead.

Now, you may know that I have a real thing for a bit of vintage, and something that reminds me of my childhood are tartan kitchen towels and dishcloths. These were everywhere when I was a child and in constant use in my mum’s and grandmother’s kitchens.

I found these photos on Google Images

I found these photos on Google Images

There is something about a tartan pattern that just screams rustic, country and homely to me, and I do still have some of these tea towels in my linen cupboard. It is pretty difficult to find good quality tartan dishcloths these days though, and anyhow, I have become a bit of a snob and only like using the ones that are knitted or crochet.

Enter super soft Vinnis Colours Nikkim! A 100% cotton yarn from South Africa and now available in approx. 80 shades from Black Sheep Wool , super soft and an absolute treat to work with.

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That was the yarn sorted! All I had to do now was coming up with a way to emulate and copy those traditional old towels from my past as best as my crochet skills allowed.

www.madewithloops.co.uk

www.madewithloops.co.uk

What do you think? I tried to copy the way the old traditional colours worked: Mostly the background was white, and then there would be one strong shade and a softer sub-shade to make the checkered pattern. I first worked the horizontal stripes using UK treble crochet and when the dishcloth square was completed I worked surface slip stitches in vertical lines.

www.madewithloops.co.uk

I have to admit that I am really chuffed with the way they have turned out and really hope you like them as much as I do. Maybe you like to have a go and make some for yourself. The pattern with detailed instructions on how to work the surface crochet stitches can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Have fun and enjoy!

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