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The sun was beaming down on us when we arrived at the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen, our home for the week. Returning knitters and new quickly settled down with some refreshing cups of tea and delicious home baked scones.

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Everyone gathered in the workshop room where Claudia and I had laid out samples, books, other bits and bobs and of course yarn, and the 2016 Retreat Project was finally revealed.

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Claudia and I had prepared a couple of talks on the weeks subject – Structure & Texture – and soon everyone was busy getting out their gathered inspiration, working on ideas.

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What fun to watch the hustle and bustle of helping each other, discussing and drawing, working out different ways to approach the subject. Sample knitting soon started as we all settled in our own private garden space the hotel had made available for us.

A wonderful start to what looks like another fabulous week in Wales.

It’s late, so I say Nosta until tomorrow.

Enjoy! X.

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original watercolour by mark gittins

I am off on an adventure very early tomorrow morning! An adventure with my creative soul sister and co-producer Claudia. Together we are going on a knitting adventure in the far north of Denmark, near Skagen. We are staying in a beautiful Danish holiday house very close to the beach, a beach with beautiful white sand and natural dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. With the North and Baltic Sea only a thin stretch of land apart, we are sure to enjoy some fabulous walks and beautiful sunsets. We will go in search of treasure washed ashore, shells, pieces of colourful glass, and maybe we will even find a little piece of Baltic Gold (Amber).

photo found on google images

photo found on google images

High on the agenda is research and inspiration gathering for future projects together, and I will be taking part in a three day workshop learning how to use natural, as well as synthetic dyes to hand paint yarn. This workshop will be taught by Claudia, who is the creative master behind all the Wollsinn hand painted yarns, and will take place at the headquarters of Isager Yarns.

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To say that I am just a little bit excited is an understatement, I have been looking forward to this for ages. My case is packed, boarding pass printed and all I need to do is change some money at the airport.

As always, I will keep a travel journal, and providing there is WiFi at the holiday house you will be able to get an update most days here on the blog. Watch out for an interview with Marianne Isager and her daughter Helga coming soon too.

I leave you with a sneak peek of my latest design, “Santorini”, fresh off the needles. Pattern coming soon!

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Enjoy! X.

 

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Made with Loops is taking a short break from traveling, teaching, designing and proof reading patterns. Next week I am off to Germany with ‘my man’ to visit family. We are driving this time and that means, yes you guessed right, lots of time to knit or crochet in the car as it is a very long drive from North Wales to the Northern part of Germany. I can’t wait!

This is my travel project…

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…a beautiful shawl designed by my friend Annelies. Don’t you agree, it’s absolutely stunning? and even better…this is a totally free pattern which you can find on her Blog HERE. Go on, I know you want to make one too. I show you mine when I get back.

I am also looking forward to spending many happy knitting and crochet hours with my ‘little’ sister. I can’t wait to sit in her beautiful garden and visit the lovely Wollgeflüster Yarn Cafe again for some yarny goodness.

I’ll be reporting back in a couple of weeks. Happy summer wishes, and may the sun shine for you wherever you are!

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