This is my last post for 2016, and, as another year comes to a close, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support of my little business.

Thank you for reading my ramblings here on this blog…

…thank you for buying my books and patterns…

…for leaving comments and staying in touch, here and via my other social media…

…thank you for participating in my workshops here in the UK and in mainland Europe…

…making the knitting retreats we host so successful and so much fun.

I could not do this without all of you, as working mostly on my own can get a little lonely at times. Your contributions keep me smiling, even when things seem a little tough and frustrating at times.

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Me and my little family

Being so very grateful for all your kindness and support this year, I hope 2017 brings you happiness, good health and joy!

Here is to a creative year ahead for us all!

Enjoy!

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Happy second Advent lovely people!

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who entered last weekends give-away. This morning I used an online random number generator to pick the two winners. Many congratulations to Barbara Pankhurst and Annushka12, you have each won a copy of Sticka 2 and a 100g hank of Hampshire DK wool. I have sent you a personal reply and look forward to seeing what you make with the beautiful yarn in due course.

It’s been a very cold week here and every morning we have woken up to a frosty countryside. As I had surgery at the beginning of the week, I spent most of my days in bed, what better time to think up this weeks give-away!

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I give you the Christmas Star Coaster!

…and here is the free give-away pattern:

What you need: Small amounts of yarn in colours that you like – Cotton is best, I used Vinnis Colours – you also need a little lurex yarn for that extra little sparkly touch.

3mm and 4mm Crochet Hooks and darning needle

The How To:  (UK Terms)

Make a magic loop and using 4mm hook work as follows:

Rnd 1: Ch1, work 6dc into loop, ss to join and pull loop tight.

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Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in same stitch, *3ch, 2tr in next st; rep. from * around, finish 3ch, ss to join – (6 3ch-sp’s)

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Rnd 3: Ss to first 3ch-sp, 5dc into 3ch-sp and each 3ch-sp around, ss to join. Fasten off.

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Rnd 4: Join new yarn between any 5dc groups. *2ch, skip 2dc, [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next dc, 2ch, skip 2dc, dc in sp between 5dc groups; rep. from * around, ss to join.

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Rnd 5: Work ss around complete star as follows: 1ss in each st, 2ss in each 2ch-sp and 3ss in each 3ch-sp. Fasten off.

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Next: Using 3mm hook and lurex yarn work surface ss around complete star. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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A little Advent crochet for you! I hope you will enjoy making these, to give as gifts or just keep all to yourself to add a little sparkle to your table.

Enjoy!

X.

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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!

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