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It’s here! “Hello Summer Shawl” – My latest pattern has been released and it’s a good day for it!

This has been another fabulous and fun collaboration between myself and Emma from The Little Grey Sheep (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk). This time we decided to make something super soft and super lush using British Hand Dyed Stein Fine Wool.

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Like all Emma’s yarns, this wonderfully soft and lofty yarn also comes from her own farm on the Surrey Hampshire borders. There, Emma together with Susie have developed their own range of fine 100% wool yarns. All the yarns come from their pedigree flock of gotland, shetland and merino sheep, raised on conservation meadows, and shorn by Susie at Christmas for the best quality fibre. Washed in Yorkshire and spun in a traditional mill in Devon, then back to the farm to Emma for dyeing. This must be one of the finest lustre fibre now in the UK.

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Hello Summer was inspired by walks on balmy summer evenings through flowery meadows on the farm and surrounding country side. This is a symmetrical triangular shawl knitted on the bias, increasing outwards from one point for a long flat triangle. The finished measurements of 180cm x 95cm is the perfect size for wrapping you into a halo like hug keeping a chill off your shoulders.

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Emma has put together some beautiful colour combination kits for this shawl, or you can make up your own combinations…the sky is the limit as there is a multitude of colours to choose from, all gorgeous. Just visit The little Grey Sheep to view in detail.

All you need is one hank (100g) of the main colour and a set of mini hanks for the colour work lace.

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I really hope you like this labour of love as much as I do, and if you fancy having just the pattern to completely do your own thing, that’s fine too. The pattern is available to download in both my Etsy Shop and via the LoveKniting website.

Have fun and Enjoy!

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Hello friends, how have you been? Are you enjoying the glorious weather we are having?

I have been back from Chatel in the French Alps for ten days already…goodness, how time flies! The last few days have been spent tidying and sorting out bits and bobs left over from the retreat and finalising invoices and other boring paperwork. We have started planning the 2018 Retreat already and to my joy we are returning to Wales next year.

I have started my #jojimysterykal and happy with my chosen yarn and colours, I am just about to start knitting clue number two.

This is the progress so far after clue number one…

I also managed to knit a pair of socks during my travels, and they have now gone to their happy new owner. I hope they will keep his toes snug and warm. Here I am wearing them and as you can see, they are way too big for me!

Right now I am working on May’s #12monthsofhappy dishcloth, finger’s crossed I have it finished very soon and will post the pattern at the beginning of next week.

Until then…enjoy the sunshine and happy bank holiday!

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All too soon the last evening came to a close, but not before we had given out certificates, brooches for taking part and tipped our wonderful chef Tomas and his lovely wife Miska handsomely for all their hard work.

Claudia was the very happy recipient of the give-away pack of my Shetland Wave Hap pattern and The Little Grey Sheep yarn, and we were all completely bowled over by Marion’s ability of 3D short row shaping (see the cat in top centre collage).

A little bleary eyed we enjoyed a last breakfast together before everyone was collected to be taken back down the mountain to Geneva airport for their journey’s home in various directions.

One last knit-in at the airport and we say:

Safe travels and thank you for being part of an amazing week of colour, yarn and friendship.

Auf Wiedersehen – Good Bye – Au Revoir … see you at our 2018 Retreat in Wales!

Big Hugs, Heike and Claudia

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