Hello friends, wishing you all a very happy new year!

Can you believe that we are already almost half way through January! Christmas is fast fading into memories, very happy ones for sure, but time flies by so quickly doesn’t it.

I had promised myself just selfish knitting during the holidays, but somehow I don’t seem to manage that very well. Without pre planning I started a project that has turned into my first pattern release for 2018 and today, together with my friend Claudia from Wollsinn in Germany, I am proud to introduce my

T u l i p  T a m 

#tuliptam #einrumyarn #wollsinn #madewithloops.co.uk

The inspiration for this Tam o’Shanter (Tam) came to me during a recent visit to Amsterdam. Visiting Museums and the flower market, seeing all those beautiful Delft tiles and hundreds of different kinds of Tulips made me want to try and incorporate both into a new design. Add to this the stunning Einrum Yarn, 80% Icelandic Wool (for warmth) 20% Mulberry Thai Silk (for drape and sheen) and you will end up with a stylish accessory that keeps you warm during the colder months of the year.

I have already worn my version every day since I finished it, it really keeps me warm and toasty when out walking my dog.

All you need is the following:

100g Einrum E+2 Yarn – 80% Icelandic Wool/20% Mulberry Thai Silk – 50g/208m

The Sample uses 50g shade 1001 (white) – 50g shade 1014 (blue) – Tip: The Tam works best when choosing 2 contrasting colours – one light & one dark.

Set of 2.75mm Double Pointed Needles

2.75mm short Circular Needle

Stitch Marker

Darning Needle

50cm Rib Band circumference, but it will stretch to fit up to 57cm head circumference.

#tuliptam #einrumyarn #wollsinn #madewithloops.co.uk

The entire Tam is knitted in the round which means that the only time you have to purl ist at the beginning when knitting the Rib Band. This is also a great project for someone who is still fairly new to stranded knitting.

Claudia has put together some beautiful colour combination kits which also include the pattern and you can choose between two languages, English or German. Just click on the link HERE to go straight through to her online shop.

If you prefer to purchase the pattern only you can do so via my Etsy shop here or Loveknitting here.

#tuliptam #wollsinn #einrumyarn #madewithloops.co.uk

Keep warm and happy knitting!

X.

 

 

 

#christmastree www.madewithloops.co.uk

Dear Friends,

2017 has been another year full of surprises and lot’s good things for me and you have been part of it in many ways. Being part of this wonderful, worldwide knitting and crochet community is one of the best things of my every day life. All the sharing of stories, the chatting and support, here and on my other social media, shows that our crafting community is one of love and big hearts. It restores some faith and hope in the otherwise often gloomy outlook we see on our televisions weekly.

I hope the next few days will be peaceful and joyous and you get to spend them with the people you love. Find some time to snuggle up and read a good book, make yummy food, knit or crochet and have a relaxing time.

For 2018 I wish you good health, stress only in small doses and a huge amount of happiness.

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!

X.

 

 

With Christmas almost upon us, today sees the release of my final design for 2017.

May I introduce the

K Y O T O  S H A W L

#kyoto shawl #kokon yarn #sadnes yarn #www.madewithloops.co.uk

#kyoto shawl #kokon yarn #sandnes yarn #www.madewithloops.co.uk

A triangular shawl inspired by the delicate Cherry Blossom petals of Kyoto in Japan. The shawl is worked from the top down with increases worked every other row at outer edges and centre spine. The use of delicate lace weight yarn, either alone, or held together with a strand of Silk Mohair set the scene for a light, yet warm accessory keeping you warm on cooler days and evenings. It also makes for a perfect travel accessory.

The simple garter stitch body of the shawl is finished with a super striking lace border, showing off the beautiful Kokon Yarn to its full potential and making it the perfect project for any knitter who is looking for a relaxing yet a little challenging knit.

#kyoto shawl #kokon yarn #sandnes yarn #www.madewithloops.co.uk

This has been a wonderful collaboration with Michelle of Kokon Yarns and I have enjoyed every minute of this process. From receiving the beautiful yarn, swatching various ideas and then knitting up the final design, it has been a pleasure to work with Michelle. Her beautiful Kokon Yarns are available via a number of Retailers, online and in shops, just visit her website to find the most suitable to you.

The pattern is available now either via my Etsy shop or LoveKnitting and will also be available via some of the Kokon Retailers soon, just click on the link to view more details and how to purchase.

I hope you will enjoy knitting this shawl just as much as I have enjoyed designing it for you.

#kyoto shawl #kokon yarn #sandnes yarn #www.madewithloops.co.uk

Enjoy!

X.

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