Hello friends, wishing you all a very happy new year!

Can you believe that we are already almost half way through January! Christmas is fast fading into memories, very happy ones for sure, but time flies by so quickly doesn’t it.

I had promised myself just selfish knitting during the holidays, but somehow I don’t seem to manage that very well. Without pre planning I started a project that has turned into my first pattern release for 2018 and today, together with my friend Claudia from Wollsinn in Germany, I am proud to introduce my

T u l i p  T a m 

#tuliptam #einrumyarn #wollsinn #madewithloops.co.uk

The inspiration for this Tam o’Shanter (Tam) came to me during a recent visit to Amsterdam. Visiting Museums and the flower market, seeing all those beautiful Delft tiles and hundreds of different kinds of Tulips made me want to try and incorporate both into a new design. Add to this the stunning Einrum Yarn, 80% Icelandic Wool (for warmth) 20% Mulberry Thai Silk (for drape and sheen) and you will end up with a stylish accessory that keeps you warm during the colder months of the year.

I have already worn my version every day since I finished it, it really keeps me warm and toasty when out walking my dog.

All you need is the following:

100g Einrum E+2 Yarn – 80% Icelandic Wool/20% Mulberry Thai Silk – 50g/208m

The Sample uses 50g shade 1001 (white) – 50g shade 1014 (blue) – Tip: The Tam works best when choosing 2 contrasting colours – one light & one dark.

Set of 2.75mm Double Pointed Needles

2.75mm short Circular Needle

Stitch Marker

Darning Needle

50cm Rib Band circumference, but it will stretch to fit up to 57cm head circumference.

#tuliptam #einrumyarn #wollsinn #madewithloops.co.uk

The entire Tam is knitted in the round which means that the only time you have to purl ist at the beginning when knitting the Rib Band. This is also a great project for someone who is still fairly new to stranded knitting.

Claudia has put together some beautiful colour combination kits which also include the pattern and you can choose between two languages, English or German. Just click on the link HERE to go straight through to her online shop.

If you prefer to purchase the pattern only you can do so via my Etsy shop here or Loveknitting here.

#tuliptam #wollsinn #einrumyarn #madewithloops.co.uk

Keep warm and happy knitting!

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#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

Hello friends, it’s been a while.

Today I would like to introduce you to my latest design, the Astrid Shawl. This shawl is a  wonderful collaboration with my friends from Nature’s Luxury (www.naturesluxury.com) and I am truly and totally in love with this one.

This is a triangular shawl inspired by the colours and patterns of Scandinavian folklore and culture. The shawl is worked from the top down with increases worked every other row at outer edges and centre spine. The use of striking colours and textured, as well as simple Scandinavian stranded patterns, set the scene for some fun knitting hours for the experienced knitter or knitters wanting to explore new techniques.

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

colours I used from left: le coq rouge, barbar, cote d’ivoire, edelholz

Astrid, meaning divine strength, is showcasing Nature’s Luxury Alpacas Bliss, a chunky hand-dyed 100% Alpaca Yarn, so so soft and snuggly, making it perfect for a total comfort knit. The yarn is available in a stunning array of colours, all hand-dyed by Danica of Nature’s Luxury.

Four 100g hanks is all that’s required to make this shawl and Danica has put together beautiful colour combination kits to choose from. You can mix colours together yourself if you prefer and the kit contains the pattern of course. This makes it a perfect addition to your Christmas wish list or to treat yourself right away.

Take a look at the available colours and kits HERE.

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

If you rather just purchase the pattern and use yarn from your stash you can do so via my Etsy shop here .

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

Whatever you decide to do I can promise you this, the shawl is 100% comfort knitting, worked up in no time at all and ready to give you a blissful hug whenever you need all winter.

Enjoy! X.

 

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The excitement was becoming almost unbearable as pick up time got nearer! Luckily the drive to Scheepjes HQ was short and soon there was a buzzing sound of about fourteen women chatting. Some of us had met before, but for me it was almost all new faces and new surroundings. We had an exciting first day and I won’t (or can’t) tell you too much. I let the photo’s speak for themselves.

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It may well be hot outside, but I can feel a little stranded knitting slipping from my fingers later!

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