Hello friends, how have you been? I hope you are enjoying summer and making the most of this gorgeous warm weather we are having here in the UK.

Time seems to be flying by and I never seem find enough to write about all that’s been happening lately, so I thought I share some photos of some special moments from the last few weeks with you…

#schwabsburger wollfest #madewithloops.co.ukwork & play at schwabsburger wollfest in germany

#knitted blanket #madewithloops.co.ukkaren’s birthday blanket made by my knitting group

#brugge #madewithloops.co.ukmagical weekend in brugge

#madewithloops.co.ukpainted by ‘my man’ especially for me

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festival season with special people

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an amazing day with ‘my girl’ at her work place

morning walk with best buddy

Last but by no means least, I have written a guest blog post over at my friend Freddie’s blog. It’s all about my wonderful experience of dyeing my own yarn. If you are interested, you can read it by clicking HERE.

Enjoy!

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#12monthsofhappy #madewithloops.co.uk

Hello dear friends, it’s been a while 🙂

Where does the time go? Half way through the year already, it’s hard to believe!

After a week of beautiful sunshine we are now back to continuous rain with temperatures that remind more of autumn than summer, so what better way to spend an afternoon than with yarn and hook in hand making this month’ dishcloth.

When I was in Germany recently I came across a Cotton Yarn I had not tried before, so I thought what better way to give it a go than for my #12monthsofhappy feature. The yarn is by a Norwegian Company called Sandnes Garn and is called Mandarin Petit. It is so so soft and was a pleasure to work with, so why not give it a try.

#12monthsofhappy #madewithloops.co.uk

But now without further ado, here is this month’ pattern, a little crochet for a change:

What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 70m of soft yarn in various colours – I used Sandnes Mandarin Petit 50g/180m

Ungefähr 70m weiches Garn in verschiedenen Farben – Ich nahm Sandnes Mandarin Petit 50g/180m

3.5mm Crochet Hook – 3.5mm Häkelnadel

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

Finished size of the cloth: 20 cm diameter

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 cm Durchmesser

How to – So gehts

Ch5 and close to form a ring

5 Lftm zu einem Ring schließen

Rnd 1: Work 6dc into ring

Rnd 1: 6 FM in den Ring

Rnd 2: Work 2dc into each dc from previous round

Rnd 2: 2FM in jede Masche der Vorrunde

From here mark first stitch of every round with a marker or safety pin

Von hier markiere die erste M der Runde mit einem Markierer oder Sicherheitsnadel

Rnd 3: *2dc in first st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around

Rnd 3: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächste M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Rnd 4: *2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 2dc; rep from * around

Rnd 4: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächsten 2M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Rnd 5: *2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 3dc; rep from * around

Rnd 5: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächsten 3M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Continue in set pattern increasing the gap between 2 dc’s in each round until you have worked 24 rnds or the dishcloth is your desired size.

In diesem Muster weiterarbeiten, den Abstand zwischen den 2FM in jeder Runde vergrößern bis 24 RND gearbeitet sind oder das Spültuch die gewünschte Größe hat.

For edging work: *ss, [htr, 2tr, htr] in next st, ss in next st, skip 1 st; rep from * around.

Change colour as desired.

Für die Kante: *1KM, (hlbStb, 2Stb, hlbStb) in die nächste M, KM in die nächste M, 1 M überspringen; von * für die Runde wiederholen.

Enjoy! X. – Viel Spaß X.

As always, you can download a PDF of this pattern by clicking hier – Wie immer kannst du ein PDF runter laden indem du auf diesen link klickst.

 

 

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Recently we have seen an influx of publications cashing in on the term of “hygge”. From cooking and baking to decorating the home, and now even in the knitting & crochet world, the band wagon is getting longer by the day. But why the sudden infatuation with a word that roughly translated means nothing more than “cosy”, “clyd” (in Welsh) or “Gemütlichkeit” (in German).

In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life. The warm glow of candlelight, spending time with friends and family, eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life.

Originally Norwegian, hygge meaning ‘well-being”, first appeared in the Danish language at the end of the 18th century and has been embraced by the Danes ever since. Winter seems the perfect time for a large helping of “Gemütlichkeit” in our lives as days are short and long dark evenings lend themselves to lots of cosy time spend in front of the fire.

To me it also means spending some relaxing time with beautiful yarn knitting simply for pleasure! No deadlines, very little time spent in front of the computer, but rather diving into my stash, picking up my needles and enjoying the peace and quiet, working my own thoughts into every stitch I make.

No matter if we call it “hygge”, “clyd” or “Gemütlichkeit”, we can all create our very own by making the ordinary special and meaningful. Everyday activities can become special simply by putting technology to one side and embracing simple practices such as lighting candles, purchasing flowers or brewing real tea in china cups.

Photo taken from Mollie Makes Calendar

I wonder what you first think of when hearing the word “hygge”?, whatever it is, embrace it and enjoy!

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