… and so the story continues…

Isager Alpaca 2 and swatch, Karen Blixen's farm MBagathi in Africa, Her home Rungstedlund in Denmark, sample of design - photos all author's own

Isager Alpaca 2 and swatch, Karen Blixen’s farm MBagathi in Kenya, her home Rungstedlund in Denmark, sample of design – photos all author’s own

Shetland meets Africa and Denmark!
Launch date tomorrow 9 April 2015
All will be revealed!
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Hello my lovely readers, how have you been? Well I hope and keeping warm during these very chilli days and nights!

It’s hard to believe that February is almost over and in only 6 days time here in Wales we will be celebrating St. David’s day.

Saint David, or Dewi Sant as he’s called in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales and celebrations take place on the 1st of March every year around Wales. There aren’t many facts about St David; but here are a few undisputed ones.

  • He really existed
  • He was at the heart of the Welsh church in the 6th century
  • He came from an aristocratic family in West Wales
  • His mother was a saint, Saint Non
  • His teacher was also a saint, St Paulinus
  • He founded a large monastery in West Wales
  • He was one of the early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of Western Britain
  • He became Archbishop of Wales, but remained in his community at Menevia (now called St Davids)
  • He was active in suppressing the Pelagian heresy
  • His shrine became a great place of pilgrimage; four visits to the shrine at St David’s were considered the equivalent of two to Rome, and one to Jerusalem! (source: BBC)

The most famous story about Saint David tells how he was preaching to a huge crowd and the ground is said to have risen up, so that he was standing on a hill and everyone had a better chance of hearing him.

Every year we celebrate St. David’s Day in our homes, schools and churches with fabulous Daffodil displays, song and general happy get-togethers.

This year I thought I do something special and after conversing with my dear friend and co-operator Claudia (www.wollsinn.de), we came up with our latest shawl design. Claudia set to work dying the most delicious colours of yarn, I got my calculator out to work on stitch counts and together we came up with Cariad.

Cariad, the welsh word for sweetheart or darling, a term of endearment is a semi-circular shawl giving you a warm and endearing hug, using Isager Alpaca 2, lovingly hand painted by Wollsinn and Isager Tvinni for a lace edge.

Just look at these colour combinations…

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…aren’t they just unbelievably beautiful! Choose from any of these combinations or e-mail Claudia with your own special wishes. The Kit comes with all the yarn necessary to make the shawl and includes the pattern in either German or English.

It can be ordered directly via Claudia’s website here.

Enjoy your week and for St David’s day I wish you…

Dydd Gwŷl Dewi Sant hapus!

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Hello friends, how is it all with you? Good I hope…

I have been working hard to get my new Etsy shop, the Made with Loops Bazar, perfectly up and running. It takes a while to get it looking just the way one wants, but I think I am slowly getting there. Have you had a look yet? What do you think? I’d be really grateful for some feedback.

Today I would like to introduce two patterns to you that are brand new in the shop.

Haf Socks still 1

HAF – LACE SUMMER SOCKS

You know my love of sock knitting by now, and it will come as no surprise therefore, that my first introduction is a new sock design. These socks have a delicate lace pattern that can easily be achieved by knitters of all abilities. They are pretty enough to wear in open toed shoes and are simply perfect to put your best foot forward. I promise you…you will love them.

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Meleri Tie still both

Meleri – Neckerchief

The second new design is a cute little Neckerchief. This little beauty bears no resemblance to the utilitarian versions worn by scouts and sailors. Quickly knitted in no more than a couple of evenings, this little frippery will jazz up any outfit and keep the chill off just as evenings turn a little colder. I have made a few using different types of DK yarn, silk for beautiful sheen and drape and soft Alpaca for extra warmth. These make great little gifts…think birthdays or even Christmas (it’s really not that far away)…start planning early!

Meleri Collage

Both these patterns are now available in the shop, as well as some gorgeous new yarns just perfect for these two designs. You can have a little browse just here.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.

Enjoy! X.

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