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Hello my lovelies, I thought I tell you a little more about the knit along that I just took part in, and which is still going strong over on Ravelry. I don’t often have time to taking part in knit alongs, but as I hadn’t done one for so long, I thought:”Why not!”

This particular knit along was organised by Sarah of Crafts from the Cwtch, who incidentally is the daughter of Lynda who, until last night, was a contestant on the Great British Sewing Bee. Sarah’s Ravelry group had an open discussion about which pattern should be used for the knit along, and it was decided that we would be knitting Miss Winkle by Martina Behm. I am sure many of you know Martina’s famous Hitchhiker design which is one of the top downloads on Ravelry. All of her designs are very much achievable by all standards of knitter’s, are a joy to make, and Miss Winkle is no different.

I quickly decided on the yarn I was going to use, a hank of Natural Dye Studio yarn that I had bought a couple of years ago, and which had been especially spun and dyed in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The colour is called Withy Pool, and the yarn is super soft with a combination of 75% British Blue Faced Leicester, 20% Silk and 5% Steel for a little sparkle.

With excitement I started knitting on the 16 March and got into the swing of the pattern very quickly. It was very addictive and instead of the usual: “Just one more row!”, I found myself saying: “Just one more Loop!”, and soon I had knitted quite a few…

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…and after one week…

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Being part of a knit along is great fun for many reasons, first you can see the yarns that all the members choose, this is followed by updated photos of their progress every so often, and then, bit by bit photos of the finished items appear. Best of all, anyone who is stuck with the pattern or has any other question, can get help from a pool of knowledge and resources. It’s a real camaraderie thing which I totally enjoyed being part of again. Thank you to Sarah for organising it, I will look out for the next one. In the meantime here is my finished Miss Winkle, hope you like it? (much better light for this photo too, showing off the true colours of the yarn).

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Why not have a go yourself, trust me…you will love it!

Enjoy! X

 

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Previously only available as part of a book, and after many request from all of you lovely people, I have decided to make the Gwendolen shawl available as a single pattern and you can now find it on the top menu in the single pattern section.

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Keeping the chill off during the first days of spring, this fully reversible shawl uses the short row technique to give a crescent like shape and is presented in two versions. The first (in top photo),using Fyberspates Vivacious, a fingering weight yarn for a light and lofty drape. The second version is knitted using Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend, a DK yarn for a warmer hug.

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You can of course substitute the yarn used in the pattern with anything that takes your fancy or you already have in your stash. I have made a couple of versions using a single colour only, this gives an altogether different look again.

The beauty of shawl knitting is that the possibilities are endless, and the crescent shape of this design lends itself to playing around with colour and yarn to create ever changing looks and having a lot of fun on the way.

If you have never done any short row shaping, this is the perfect item to have a go. Everything is explained in full detail, making it easy to understand, there really is no need to be scared.

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Go ahead and cheer yourself up by making something beautiful and very versatile, trying out a new technique and having a lot of fun on the way. You can download the pattern here, and when you are finished please e-mail me with a photo of your version. I would love to see all different looks of the same design – such fun!

Enjoy! x

 

dear diary,

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The festive preparations are well under way around here at Made with Loops, and I am loving every minute of it. To me there is nothing more exciting than Christmas time…getting all the decorations down from the loft…

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…and lovingly waking them from their long sleep. Finding them perfect places around the house, so that they can shine and sparkle in all their finery, whilst all the while Michael Buble is singing in the background. What could possibly be better?!?

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I have almost finished all my handmade gifts, that’s a first for sure, just a few ends to sew in on this Nordic Shawl…

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…a gift for a vsp (very special person). After that I am done and can start thinking of ‘me’ knitting or crochet…Yay!!!

We won’t have a tree this year as we are not going to be here. I am so excited, as in…

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…days we are going to Germany to spend Christmas with my family. So so soooo looking forward to staying with my ‘little’ sister, chatting, knitting, drinking tea, crocheting and more chatting…what could possibly be better. The whole family will be together on Christmas eve to celebrate the traditional German festivities and to me there is nothing better than that.

I can almost smell and taste all the delicious festive treats already…

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Are you enjoying your festive season as much as I am mine?, I hope you are x

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