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Happy first Advent friends!

I hope you get some time today to enjoy a little slow-motion. Maybe put a few decorations up, sit by the fire sipping a nice cup of something and doing some crafting.

After the very cold weather these past few days, today is a gloomy day…perfect for staying indoors with my current project and spending some time telling you about my gifting plan for you over the next 4 Advent Sunday’s.

This year has seen some up’s and also quite a few down’s and it has been quite challenging at times. I am not one for broadcasting my personal life on social media, I don’t think it’s the right place for that. There is already so much doom and gloom being spread, so no need for me to add to that. This little space still gives me joy, and as a little thank you for all your support during this year I have decided to gift a little something every Advent Sunday.

Starting today with the latest Sticka book and some beautiful Hampshire DK yarn by the Little Grey Sheep

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…packed full of stories, recipes and of course fabulous patterns, this latest instalment of the Sticka book series is just the thing for keeping you company during long and dark winter evenings. I have two copies and two hanks of gorgeous Hampshire DK to give-away…

This fabulous new yarn from The Little Grey Sheep is another truly British yarn. With a passion for all things woolly the team have worked with Hampshire farmers to produce a scrumptious lofty yarn. Utilising their own fine wool shorter fibres, along with some of their neighbours, this woollen spun yarn has real heritage. Sheared by Susie and selected for softness and colour, washed and spun in Yorkshire, and still hand dyed by Emma back at The Little Grey Sheep HQ, Hampshire DK showcases all the best of British.

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sticka 2 plus hampshire dk in misty eyes

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sticka 2 plus hampshire dk in natural grey

Each hank is 100g – 230m and uses 4-5mm needles

If you would like to win one of these, here is what you need to do:

  • subscribe to Made with Loops Newsletter
  • tell me what you would make with the yarn if you should win
  • let me know which colour you would prefer to win

This give-away is open to UK and European readers only due to postage costs (I know you will understand), and the winner will be drawn next Sunday when the new give-away will be announced.

Good luck to you all!

X.

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Hello lovely friends!

Some of you might have seen on my social media that last week was a rather exciting time for my friend Claudia and myself. A week ago I was on a plane to Frankfurt, accompanied by two of my friends from knitting group, for the launch of my second book…

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…A little Book of Shawls – Eight cosy shawls for strong women – another fabulous collaboration with Claudia.

Surely there is nothing more fabulous than draping a soft warm hug around your neck and shoulders. Who doesn’t like the feel of luxurious fibres enveloping your body, giving that extra bit of warmth or simply finishing of an outfit giving it that special little ‘je ne sais quoi’.

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A shawl on your needles or hook is the comfort food of knitting/crochet. A shawl lets you forget about the rigors of gauge and always fits its wearer, whether it ends up an inch shorter or wider than intended. Works of art can be created with a little effort and a few basic materials and of course nothing makes a better gift than a hand knitted or crochet shawl – a virtual hug to the recipient with our carefully constructed stitches.

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In our first book, “A little book of Sox”, we dedicated each pattern to some of the world’s most dangerous mountains. In this second instalment in the “little book” series we decided to pay homage to some of history’s most notable and strong women. Each one of these women was a Pioneer in her field and own right, and each one, we are sure, would have loved wearing one of our shawls. Shawls in all shapes and sizes – Some are knitted and some are crochet, there is a shawl for everyone.

Currently the book is available in German only from Claudia’s shop with the English version being printed in the coming days. Keep your eyes peeled on my social media and here for announcements about the release date.

The launch in Germany was a very happy day with many lovely people attending, lots of cake and champagne and much much laughter and fun.

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A day to remember!

X.

 

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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)

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

Hope you like it!

X.

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

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