#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.

#wanderlustjumper #einrumyarn #madewithloops

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!

X.

 

 

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!

X.

#knittingretreat #woolyloops #madewithloops.co.uk #wollsinn.de

Hello friends, I hope this finds you well!

It is high time that I told you about our annual knitting retreat. As in years past I am again organising the retreat with my dear friend Claudia (http://wollsinn.de) and this year we are going back to Wales. This is really great for me as it is virtually on my doorstep and I can make sure that everything runs smoothly. Our theme this year is “Bohus Stikkning” and we will cover everything from History and Tradition to Design and Technique.

Our venue is the beautiful Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen where we will be looked after to perfection and made to feel right at home.

There will be fun and laughter, delicious food, visits to a beautiful garden and to discover new yarn, lashings of divine yarn and most importantly lots of new friends in the making.

 

If you fancy being part of our knitting adventure come and join us from Monday 7th May to Sunday 13th May 2018, but be quick as places are going fast. All details can be found here, or drop me a note (heike.gittins@gmail.com) with any questions you may have.

I really hope to say Croeso i Cymru to you soon.

X.

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