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.

 

 

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from left anti-clockwise: tryfan, matterhorn, fuji, denali, ben nevis and everest

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After a long wait it’s finally here!!

A little book of Sox has been published and is now available in both German and English.

This book is another co-production between two very good creative friends. For some time now Claudia (wollsinn.de) and I have been working on many fun and fabulous yarny projects together. Our knitting retreats are known by many to be well organised weeks of much fun and yarn shenanigans. Where I am the brains behind the designs, she is the magician in the dyeing kitchen and together that is an awesome combination. Working with Claudia is always an adventure and much fun is had on the way. This book is no exception!

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Sock knitting has been a passion of ours for years! There is nothing more lovely for your feet than a beautifully soft and cosy hand-knitted pair of socks. They lend themselves to trying out new yarns and /or new patterns, are an easy project to carry around with you and they make great gifts.

The inspiration for these designs originated from my love of hiking in fresh mountain air. Living near the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, UK, I have ample opportunity to enjoy fresh mountain air and breath-taking views throughout the seasons. Mountaineering calls for good walking boots, which in turn call for comfy breathable socks. What better comfort and warmth than a pair of hand-knitted socks.

From a chat between friends over a cup of tea, the idea was planted in our heads to not only showcase the beautiful Arwetta Classic Yarn and some of Wollsinn’s own hand-painted sock yarns, but also to present designs that are versatile and fun to knit.

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We are proud to present to you our first six patterns within these pages and hope you will enjoy knitting and wearing our creations.

The printed book is available in German from www.wollsinn.de, where you can also find the Arwetta Yarn in many beautiful colours. The English version is available as an e-Book and can be purchased via my shop HERE. Please spread the word – thank you!

Enjoy and have fun!

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