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.

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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.

Haf Collage

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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.

dear diary,

Last weekend ‘my man’ took me to the cinema to see The Great Gatsby. This re-make of one of my favourite movies is full of glitzy special effects using current music styles somewhat jazzed up and stars Leonardo Di Caprio, one of my favourite actors. In my opinion this version doesn’t come close to the 1974 film starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, but that’s just my humble view and I let you decide.

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daisy buchanan scarf – 100% silk

I am a great fan of the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and  the Great Gatsby is probably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest novel. It is a book that offers damning and insightful views of the American nouveau riche in the 1920s.

Fitzgerald seems to have had a brilliant understanding of lives that are corrupted by greed and incredibly sad and unfulfilled. This novel is a product of its generation, with  the powerful character of Jay Gatsby at it’s centre. Gatsby is rich, powerful and world-weary, but ultimately really nothing more than a man desperate for love.
F. Scott Fitzgerald paints a picture of a lifestyle and a decade that is both fascinating and horrific, and he  captures a society and a set of young people that is on a downward spiral of decadence. Fitzgerald was part of that high-living lifestyle, but he was also a victim of it. He was one of the beautiful but he was also forever damned. In all its excitement, pulsating with life and tragedy, The Great Gatsby captures brilliantly the American dream in a time when it had descended into decadence.
All this makes for great movies with fabulous backdrop styling and costumes,  and I am a huge fan of the style and designs of the Art Deco period. I simply adore all those floaty flapper dresses worn with masses of long strings of pearl necklaces, fabulous head dresses and the fact that women made an effort on how they looked every day. (No sloppy baggy track suit bottoms in sight!).
With this in mind I wanted to design something that Daisy would have been proud to wear.
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I present the ‘Daisy Buchanan scarf’ –  knitted using gorgeously drapey and soft 100% Silk in soft summer shades. This is a FREE pattern and you can download it  here or by going to my Ravelry page (link in right column).

Enjoy feeling floaty all summer! x

 

 

dear diary,

Finally, after many weeks of sketching, mathematical work-outs, lamenting about yarn choices, knitting all the items, writing (and testing) patterns and a fun photo shoot, Lola Loops for Spring & Summer 2013 is ready.

Just like the first, this second Lola Loops book has been a true labour of love and I couldn’t have done it without the help and kindness of many people. So this is my official big – HUGE – Thank You to:

‘My man’, the artist Mark Gittins, who spends endless hours of his valuable free time sketching Lola Loops illustrations. Without them the books wouldn’t be the same.

Steve & Helen, of Stash Fine Yarns, who have been enormously kind and supportive, and I am so very grateful for their sponsorship of all my yarn needs for this book.

The stunning photos were taken by the very talented Amelia Gale-Hasleham on location at Pen y Bont Touring Park near Bala in North Wales.

Thank you, thank you to ‘my girl’ Anna-Maria, who did a fantastic job modelling with beauty and good humour in sub-zero temperatures – you are gorgeous.

A special thank you to my dear friend, Jackie Donovan, who yet again gave up many hours in her busy schedule to test knit my designs.

A big big thank you to all of you, I could not have made this book happen without you xx

I will introduce the designs over the next couple of posts. Here are the first two:

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GWENDOLEN – REVERSIBLE SHAWL

Keeping the chill off during the first days of spring and cool summer evenings, this shawl uses the short row technique to give a cresent like shape and is presented in two verions. The first using Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend for a warmer hug, the second is knitted using Fyberspates Vivacious for a loftier drape.

 

Haf Socks still 1

HAF – LACE SUMMER SOCKS

Stepping out in one of summer’s main colours, these socks are pretty enough to wear in open toed shoes. The delicate lace pattern can easily be accomplished by knitters of all abilities. Perfect socks to put your best foot forward.

 

Lola Socks Sig

I hope you will enjoy knitting these designs as much as I loved creating them. x

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