Hello friends near and far, I hope you are well!

Hard to believe but it’s almost spring. Last week we had the big freeze here in Wales with more snow than I can remember having for a long long while…

#snowday #thebigfreeze #madewithloops.co.uk

…luckily it’s almost gone now and today the sun is shining and spring is in the air.

Last week I started my posts for #marchmeetthemaker over on Instagram. This is a month long challenge hosted by Joanne Hawker and strives to be bigger and better than ever before this year! Basically you challenge yourself to do a creative post on Instagram every day for a month and hopefully making some new friends and discovering an incredible amount of new talent to follow. Most of all it will be a month of fun, telling the world about ourselves and what we make.

There is a daily prompt and it all kicked off last Thursday (1 March) and here is the story so far:

Day 1 – Y o u

As you all know me already I wont bore you with what I wrote that day, you can always find out more on my About Page.

Day 2 – W h e r e

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I live and work in a small Market Town in North Wales, close to the Snowdonia Mountains and only about 20 Minutes from the sea.

Day 3 – H o w  y o u  s t a r t e d

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Moving to Wales in 2004 gave me the chance to turn my lifelong hobbies of knitting & crochet into a business. It all started with a chance meeting of the brand manager of a well known yarn company. I worked for said company for 5 years before I decided to go it alone. It’s been a long slow road with up’s and many down’s, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Day 4 – F a v o u r i t e  M a k e

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This was a difficult one as I like to make many things, but in the end designing shawls won.

Day 5 – P h o t o g r a p h y

#paintboxyarn #chunkypots #lovecrochet.com #madewithloops.co.uk

I mostly use my Smartphone to take my photos and VSCO, Fotor and ColorStory are my favourite apps for editing. Various backgrounds depending on time of year, mood I want to create and subject I want to photograph come in handy and recently I bought myself a studio lighting kit as the light here in Wales is often pretty dark.

Day 6 – W o r k s p a c e

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This is a snapshot of my desk. I like to work in a fairly tidy environment and almost always work with mood boards.

Day 7 – R o u t i n e

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I am an early bird and get up between 6 and 6.30am when all is quiet and still. A cup of tea and catch up with my Instagram friends followed by walking my dog. Shower, breakfast and then some housework before working in my studio for the rest of the day.

Phew!!! That’s the first week done 🙂 If you aren’t too bored and want to find out more about me and my work, I invite you to come back next week for the second instalment.

I am now also part of Makelight where the theme this month is colour and yellow for the next few days. I leave you with some Spring Flowers.

#makelightcolour #yellow #madewithloops.co.uk



#wanderlustjumper #einrumyarn #madewithloops

Towards the end of last summer postman Eric dropped off a rather large parcel all the way from Iceland. To my delight it contained many gorgeous colourful balls of Einrum yarn, you can imagine my joy!

#wanderlustjumper #einrumyarn #madewithloops

Designing something using this beautiful yarn had been on my list for a while, now I had no excuse and so I set to work.

A jumper it was going to be, that was obvious from the start. I could see it clearly in my head and before long “Wanderlust” was born.

Wanderlust was inspired by my love of travelling and discovering new places and the jumper is entirely knitted in the round starting with the Yoke and thus travelling around the world. No sewing up at all and finished with an applied I-cord at the neck-line, for which full instructions are given, completes a relaxing knitting experience.

Even if you have never knitted a top-down jumper before, you can easily manage this project, as long as you can knit and purl…you are on your way.

#wanderlustjumper #einrumyarn #madewithloops

The beautiful Einrum+2 Yarn from Iceland, 80% Icelandic Wool/20% Silk, is simply gorgeous to work with. Warm, yet lofty, with just the right amount of drape and a little sheen, makes garments snug and cosy and will see you right though the cooler months of the year. Equally, this jumper will become your go-to for cooler evenings in the summer.

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The pattern comes with full instructions and is available to download in either English or German from the usual places, with all links in the right hand column of this blog.

The Yarn is available from Claudia at Wollsinn, just click on this link HERE 

I really hope you like it and I would love to hear your thoughts on this, my very first published garment design.

Wish me luck!




Watercolour by @annagittins95

A little while ago I was inspired by my Instagram friend Robyn (@crochetgirl99) who had beautified a simple card board stag head. When I saw how amazing some simple crochet had transformed a boring brown head into a work of art, I knew I had to try this too.

You see, my dear friend Julie adores stag heads and is collecting as many different original specimens for her Chalet in France as she can lay her hands on. So it was obvious that I had to give a card board stag the crochet beautifying treatment and little did I know how addictive this process would be.

First I sourced a brown head online from the big A….n shop that sells everything!

Next I applied gold paper mache to the face and ears…

…now the crochet could start in earnest……and before long I had covered on set of antlers.

I was really enjoying this and got quite hooked (excuse the pun)!

I couldn’t really share any of my progress online as this would have spoiled the surprise, but last week I went on my annual trip to Julie’s Chalet in the French Alps. This is always a treat and special time spent with great friends walking, knitting, watching old movies, eating good food and enjoying a glass or two. I took a printed photo of the finished stag head with me as I couldn’t transport the real thing on a plane, and I am happy to say that Julie loved her gift as much as I had loved making it for her.

I can finally share the finished item with you. He was christened “Hippie Stag”, what do you think? I hope you like him too 🙂


I can’t wait to see him hanging in his special place next time I visit the Chalet.

Have a happy week all and keep warm!


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