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Hello friends!

How have you been? I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing break and I am sending every best wish for 2016 your way.

Christmas here was a quiet affair, just the three of us (and Max of course!). It rained almost continually the whole time, which meant that we couldn’t spend much time outside as everywhere was totally water logged. Reading, knitting for pleasure and watching movies was how we spent our time…Bliss!

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I knitted this jumper for ‘my girl’ in just 3 days – So soft and cosy!

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We spent a week in Germany, celebrating New Year with family. What fun and so lovely to see everyone,we even had snow which was a big bonus and enjoyed by us all.

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Today it’s back to work! I am actually looking forward to being back in my studio as lots of new ideas have been swirling around my head during the holidays. There are two new design releases over the coming weeks as well as my first published book, all co-productions with my friend Claudia of Wollsinn.

As you can see, a lot to look forward to and very exciting!

Have a great week.

Enjoy! X.

dear diary,

This week saw the return of winter with arctic temperatures at night, frosty mornings, snow blizzards and icy winds from Siberia. No signs of spring left apart from bright blue skies and sunshine amidst wintry showers.

Frost

jack frost

I took this opportunity to take some photos of trees. I have always loved trees. In summer to lie under them looking up into their amazing canopy and dreaming of places far away, in winter I love their starkness against blue skies and winter sunshine.

Tree 3

beech

Tree 4

oak

Tree 5

oak

Tree 6

gnarled branches

Whilst on this photo shoot with trees I also found plenty of other inspiration which I applied to sample knitting when I was back in the warmth of my studio later.

Gate Inspiration

gate inspiration – honey comb texture

Trunk Inspiration

tree trunk inspiration – rib and welt texture

Tyre Inspiration

tyre inspiration – chevron stripes

As you can see, even during this rather stark and colourless time of year one can find plenty of inspiration. Always walk around with eyes wide open and having a camera with you helps of course.

I have also been busy making more squares for ‘my girls’ blanket. I leave you with this weeks fruit of crochetnesses…

Squares week 2

blanket squares – week two

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