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Hello Friends, what a beautiful day it is here in Wales today and I hope it’s the same for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend I was teaching at the Oppenheim Wollfest in Germany, meeting old friends and making new ones. What a fabulous time I had, especially as some of my knitting group friends travelled with me and my “little” sister and her knitting group joined us too. I taught two shawl workshops and launched a very special design whilst there too…

The Oppenheim Wollfest Shawl!

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This shawl is the first in a series of designs especially created for this Festival and very year there will be a special design created and launched at the Wollfest.

This year’s shawl was inspired by the many Mandala’s we see around us and to make it even more special, a yarn colour with the same name was dyed for this shawl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This semi-circle crochet shawl is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. It has just enough lace sections to make it a little fancy, whilst still retaining a firm body structure. Worked from the centre top down, with increases on the sides only, it can easily be adjusted in size by adding or subtracting pattern repeats.

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The gradient yarn used for this shawl is 100 Farbspiele 4fädig, available from Claudia at Wollsinn. As an alternative to this yarn I suggest Scheepjes Whirl, a beautiful gradient yarn, 60% Cotton/40% Acrylic and with the same running length as the original yarn used.

The pattern is now available to download from the usual places to which you find the links on the right hand side of this blog.

I hope you enjoy making it just as much as I have enjoyed designing it!

OX.

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May I introduce my latest design – Walk the Line Shawl 

This is my first collaboration with Fibre Artist Chrissie Day, using her beautiful 1 Farm – 1 Flock – 1 Clip yarn.

The colours are inspired by Chrissie’s home high and remote in the Upper Dale where Winters are hard, Spring brings rejoicing and Summers are sublime with the sound of the returning birds chattering and flying and peewits swooping. Colours from wild meadow flowers, heathers and the lichen on the old gates and fences and the sky changing through multiple colours in one hour.

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Showing off two of my favourite design elements, stripes and I-cords, this shawl is worked on the bias. You start with only three stitches at one corner, work increases on one side every row and decreases on the other side every other row, thus working a long flat triangle which is extremely versatile and can be worn in many ways.

The I-cord edging on two sides hides all colour changes and will give the shawl a clean and well finished look.

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In the words of Chrissie: “A harmonious melody of colour and texture, creating a wonderful individual piece”

This is the perfect accessory when the Spring sun fails to warm or the Summer sun is losing her strength.

The really good news is that for a limited time only kits are available via Chrissie’s website HERE , but when they are gone…they are gone. 

You can of course also purchase the shawl single pattern from all my usual places (find the links on the right hand side of this page) and this yarn can be substituted with any yarn of your liking. Singles, sock, lace weight yarns or even thicker yarns if you prefer. But please be aware that if using a thicker substitute, you may need more yarn.

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Finished Measurements of this shawl are: Width 208cm at top edge – Depth 36cm at widest point, making this a very versatile shape and size with endless possibilities of how to wear it.

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed designing and making it.

XO.

 

 

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Sadly all too quickly the last day of our retreat week had arrived. We were all wondering where the last 5 days had gone and there was already talk and anticipation about next year.

Last minute speedy knitting was done as everyone got themselves ready for show and tell after dinner.

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Certificates and Medals where handed out to everyone who took part and for one last time everyone retreated to the cosy corner for some relaxing time with their yarn and needles…

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…and all too soon it was time for me to wave good bye to everyone.

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On another glorious morning in this beautiful corner of North Wales we hugged and hugged, some tears were shed and promises of returning next year made.

It has been a fabulous week of friendship and laughter, good food and drink, fabulous weather every day and KNITTING of course!

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The next retreat will take place from 25th September to 2nd October 2019 at the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen (more information will follow).

Hope to see you there.

XO.

 

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