Last weekend saw me traveling to beautiful Backnang, near Stuttgart in Germany. I had been invited to the annual Woolfest gathering to teach a couple of workshops, and had been preparing for it for a few weeks.

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This was my third teaching visit, and I was looking forward to seeing old friends, making a few new ones, and I was not disappointed.

After a long day traveling I arrived in glorious sunshine and almost summer like temperatures, being greeted by my friend Renate with big open arms. I can’t describe the warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I touch down in my homeland, knowing that I will be spending time doing what I like best, teaching some wonderful new techniques to eager students.

We started setting up Renate’s stall that first evening, finishing off first thing the next morning…

here it is in all it’s glory, with Renate eager to get started.

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I had a little wonder to see what other eye-candy I could find and to say hello to many friends from years passed.

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One of the highlights was meeting Konrad and Ute, two Rowan Yarn Ambassadors in person. We had become friends over Facebook and our blogs, but this was to be our first meeting in person. What fun to learn that both were going to take part in one of my workshops, truly wonderful. Lovely to catch up with what goes on in the world of Rowan Yarn (I used to work for them until I went free-lance), and fun to have these two very accomplished knitters join in the fun of crochet.

 

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Here we are after the workshop having had a wonderful time (Ute on the left, Konrad and I).

Time, as always, went far too quickly. Before I knew it I was back on the train and then plane homeward bound. Many happy memories came with me and can be treasured until next time.

I leave you with this happy photo of four ladies from the USA. Two are living in Stuttgart and the other two had travelled especially at this time not to miss this wonderful yarny experience. How amazing is that!

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

X.

 

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As you know, I recently spent a week away with some really good girl friends in the French Alps, in a place called Chatel. It has become somewhat of a tradition that I design a little something for these occasions, usually something small that everyone can work on and finish during our time away. Last summer we did a lot of crochet, but this time we agreed on something knitted.

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So as soon as the Christmas rush was over, I got my thinking cap on…I thought small, warm, a little bit of glamour, a little interesting stitch definition and most of all do-able in one week, so that everyone could wear the finished item on the way home.

That is how the “Chatel Warmers” were born. A pair of fingerless mittens, or pulse warmers, whichever you prefer. They can be customised as you wish, your yarn choice and also how long you want them to be will make them uniquely your own…

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…most importantly, and here comes the best bit: You can download the pattern absolutely FREE by clicking HERE.

Please post photos either by e-mail or Instagram, linking back to me. I would love to see what combinations you can come up with.

Enjoy! x

dear diary,

a while ago I made a small bag using some Araucania Nature Wool. The yarn was lovely to work with and the little bag turned out well and was the perfect size for taking a small project, like socks, on the Go.

The pattern is simple but effective, knit and purl repeats spiralling around the body and when lined the bag really is a joy to use. So when thinking about what FREE pattern I could offer you next, I thought…why not make it again using cotton yarn this time.

Here is the result…

Using the exact same stitch count as before, the bag has turned out slightly larger which is even better as now I can fit a shawl project inside. I used Rowan’s All Season Cotton for this bag which is beautifully soft, shows off the stitches really well and is sturdy enough too with the added bonus of being easily washable.

Best of all, this bag can be made in just one afternoon 🙂 ! Go on, what are you waiting for, download pattern here.

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