#treeoflifemittens #madewithloops.co.ukHello friends, how have you been?

Today is International Women’s day 2017 and seems the perfect day to introduce you to a new free pattern and a very special new yarn called “From the Mountain” – Afghan Cashmere. The yarn is distributed by Michelle du Plessis of Scaapi and available from April at Knit with attitude in the UKTrollenwol in the Netherlands and Ekolikka in Finland, with more stockists in the pipeline. It is a 100% Cashmere, Hand Spun & Undyed Sport Weight Yarn available in four natural colours on 100g/250m hanks with a gauge of 22-24 sts using a 3.5 mm needle.

#treeoflifemittens #madewithloops.co.uk

Like all the yarns Michelle supplies, this one comes with it’s own very interesting story.

War torn Afghanistan is home to some 73 million cashmere goats, but only about 30% of them were being harvested for fibre according to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Susan Inglis, the founder of From the Mountain met Abdul Basir Hotak, the owner of a cashmere processing business in Herat, Afghanistan while working as a consultant for USAID in 2011. Contracted by the Sustainable Agriculture Programme to work with him and to bring new opportunities to rural areas, she and Mr Hotak seized the opportunity to invest in building a supply of this premium fibre.

#treeoflifemittens #madewithloops.co.uk

He sourced a network of spinners in remote areas and is now managing a cottage industry that supports 100 women. After over a decade of conflict, many of these women have been left head of their household, with very few safe and socially acceptable ways to earn an income. Spinning this cashmere provides families with an economic alternative to growing poppies for opium.

treeoflifemittens #madewithloops.co.uk

From the Mountain cashmere is available in 4 natural shades. The yarn is untreated and is handspun using a drop spindle. It is deliciously soft and has been described as “absolutely luscious”, “silky as butter” and “incredibly soft”.

I absolutely loved working with this yarn and know that you will too. By purchasing this yarn you will help women and their children who have paid a high prize due to the many conflicts of war in their beautiful country.

#treeoflifemittens #madewithloops.co.uk

#treeoflifemittens #madewithloops.co.uk

For further information please visit the Scaapi website or get in touch with Michelle via e-mail at info@scaapi.nl

The Free Pattern can be downloaded by clicking on this link HERE.

Enjoy and happy knitting!

X.

Note: Some information & photos supplied by Scaapi

#12monthsofhappy #madewithloops.co.uk

#12monthsofhappy – february 2017

Hello friends, how are you? Well I hope and keeping warm.

Time has certainly flown by these past few weeks and it’s hard to believe we are already half way through February. I must admit though that I am not crying about it as January is my most disliked month of them all. So flat after Christmas, and so long dark and wet here in Wales. Half way through February, days are getting longer and friendly snow drops are cheerfully dancing in the wind in my garden. Altogether a happier month!

It’s also that time again for our monthly installment of dishcloth pattern…

#12monthsofhappy #madewithloops.co.uk

…and after a friendly reader from Germany suggested that I should write the pattern out in both English and German I thought; “What a good idea!”…so here goes:

What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 50m of soft cotton yarn – I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran 50g/85m

Ungefähr 50m weiches Baumwollgarn – Ich nahm Rico Creative Cotton Aran 50g/85m

4mm Knitting Needles – 4mm Stricknadeln

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

Finished size of the cloth: 20 x 20 cm when slightly stretched

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 x 20 cm etwas gedehnt

How to – So gehts

Cast on a multiple of 8 sts plus 10 – 50 sts for this cloth

Ein vielfaches von 8M plus 10 anschlagen – 50M für dieses Tuch

Rows 1 + 3 (WS): K4, *p2, k6; rep. from *, end p2, k4

Reihe 1 + 3 (RR): 4Mre, *2Mli, 6Mre; von * wiederholen, enden 2Mli, 4Mre

Row 2: P4, *k2, p6; rep. from *, end k2, p4

Reihe 2: 4Mli, *2Mre, 6Mli; von * wiederholen, enden 2Mre, 4Mli

Row 4: Knit

Reihe 4: Alle M re

#12monthsofhappy #madewithloops.co.uk

Rows 5 + 7: K8, *p2, k6; rep. from *, end p2, k8

Reihe 5 + 7: 8Mre, *2Mli, 6Mre; von * wiederholen, enden 2Mli, 8Mre

Row 6: P8, *k2, p6; rep. from *, end k2, p8

Reihe 6: 8Mli, *2Mre, 6Mli; von * wiederholen, enden 2Mre, 8Mli

Row 8: Knit

Reihe 8: Alle M re

Repeat rows 1-8 six more times.

Reihen 1-8 noch sechs mal wiederholen.

Cast off and weave in all ends.

Alle Maschen abketteln und Fäden vernähen.

Enjoy! X.Viel Spaß X.

As before, a PDF of the pattern (in both languages) can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Hello friends, how have you been? Today I want to introduce you to a new monthly feature here on the Made with Loops blog.

#madewithloops.co.uk #12monthsofhappy

I am calling it #12monthsofhappy

Knit a square a month to use as a dish/facecloth. A simple stylish design every month for 2017 will make a beautiful stack of soft squares at the end of it. Use any soft DK cotton or linen yarn of your choice plus some 4mm knitting needles and you are good to go.

Why?…well, I ask you: “Is there anything nicer than a homemade dish/facecloth?”

Ever since I made my first one a few years ago, I have been totally smitten and have never wanted to use a shop bought one again.

Whether you are just learning to knit or you are a seasoned knitting pro wanting a quick project, a knitted dish/facecloth pattern is a perfect tool for many reasons. This is a perfect way to try out a new stitch, a bit like knitting up a swatch to determine gauge before beginning a larger project.

#12monthsofhappy #madewithloops.co.uk

Another reason for loving to knit these beauties is that they make wonderful homemade gifts. In no time at all, you can create a beautiful and practical gift to give to a friend or family member. Knitted dishcloths are both a practical and fun way to explore and expand your knitting skills. Finally, everyone can use a few extra dishcloths around the kitchen, and in the bathroom a pretty stack of facecloths looks fabulous too.

Please share your beauties with the rest of us by tagging your photos with #12monthsofhappy on social media – you can also tag me in your pictures (@madewithloops on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook).

Can’t wait to see what fabulous colour and yarn combo’s you come up with!

Here is the first pattern:

#madewithloops.co.uk #12monthsofhappy

What you need:

Approx. 80m of soft DK yarn – I used Rowan Lenpur Linen 50g/115m

4mm Knitting Needles

Darning Needle to weave in ends

Finished size of the cloth: 20 x 20 cm when slightly stretched

How to:

Cast on a multiple of 5 sts plus 2 – 47 sts for this cloth

Rows 1-5: *K1, p1; rep. from * – finish K1

Row 6 (RS): (K1, p1) twice, k4, *p1, k4; rep. from * to last 8 sts, k4, (p1, k1) twice

Row 7: (K1, p1) twice, k1, *p2, k3; rep. from * to last 7sts, p2, (k1, p1) twice, k1

Repeat rows 6 & 7 until piece measures 17cm and then work rows 1-5 once again.

Cast off and weave in all ends.

Enjoy! X.

If you prefer you can also download a PDF version of this pattern here!

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...