Happy, healthy and creative New Year to you all!

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks here in North Wales and I have enjoyed some precious time with my little family. We spent a lot of time outdoors making the most of some fabulous weather going for walks enjoying the beautiful Welsh mountains and coastline, and I indulged in some long overdue selfish ‘Me’ knitting.

Back to work today and I want to introduce you to the long awaited English version of our latest book…

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I am so excited that we decided to have the second installment in our ‘little book’ series printed in English and I must admit a little happy dancing did take place on arrival of the books from the printers.

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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 off an outfit giving it that special little ‘je ne sais quoi’.

Just like A little book of Sox, this was another WoolyLoops production, and just like the first book, it was a labour of love and a lot of fun was had by Claudia and myself.

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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.

Wirebound so it flips open and stays open whilst you work,full colour photographs and beautifully hand drawn pictures, this is not just a book, it also contains a section on Shawlology.

The English Book is available NOW – purchase directly via my Etsy Shop HERE

or at the following stores:

Black Sheep Wools and Yarn O’clock in the UK

Be Inspired in South Africa

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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Happy knitting and crocheting!

Enjoy X.

 

 

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!

X.

 

 

#adventgiveaway #madewithloops #dalahorsepincushion

Happy 4th Advent everyone! A week today and we will all be enjoying festive Christmas cheers with gifts, good food and drink and loved ones by our side. Earlier today the winner of last week’s give-away was drawn, warm congratulations go to Simone from The Netherlands who I had the pleasure meeting last summer when I was staying with my dear friend Marianne.

Today is the last part of the Advent give-away. A last minute gift or small treat for yourself, it takes no time at all and is also perfect for anyone new to stranded knitting.

I love Dala Horses, such a lovely festive Christmas ornament from Sweden. To celebrate my love for these beautifully decorated mostly wooden ornaments, I have come up with a small version of my own in the shape of a pin cushion.

What you need:

Small amount of yarn in two colours, preferably 4ply

3mm knitting needles

Darning needle

Small amount of toy stuffing

How To:

Using colour A cast on 24 sts and work 2 rows in stocking stitch. Work the complete chart once.

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Fasten off colour B and continue in colour A only. Knit 26 rows in stocking stitch. Cast off all stitches. Weave in ends and block lightly to open up the pattern. Close all sides using backstitch, adding toy stuffing as you go.

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I have made mine using traditional red and white, but this will look equally pretty in many other colour combinations. The choice is yours! If you prefer, you can also download the pattern as a printable PDF document by clicking here.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Enjoy X.

 

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