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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Hello lovely friends!

Some of you might have seen on my social media that last week was a rather exciting time for my friend Claudia and myself. A week ago I was on a plane to Frankfurt, accompanied by two of my friends from knitting group, for the launch of my second book…

#alittlebookofshawls #madewithloops

…A little Book of Shawls – Eight cosy shawls for strong women – another fabulous collaboration with Claudia.

Surely there is nothing more fabulous than draping a soft warm hug around your neck and shoulders. Who doesn’t like the feel of luxurious fibres enveloping your body, giving that extra bit of warmth or simply finishing of an outfit giving it that special little ‘je ne sais quoi’.

#alittlebookofshawls #madewithloops

A shawl on your needles or hook is the comfort food of knitting/crochet. A shawl lets you forget about the rigors of gauge and always fits its wearer, whether it ends up an inch shorter or wider than intended. Works of art can be created with a little effort and a few basic materials and of course nothing makes a better gift than a hand knitted or crochet shawl – a virtual hug to the recipient with our carefully constructed stitches.

#alittlebookofshawls #madewithloops

In our first book, “A little book of Sox”, we dedicated each pattern to some of the world’s most dangerous mountains. In this second instalment in the “little book” series we decided to pay homage to some of history’s most notable and strong women. Each one of these women was a Pioneer in her field and own right, and each one, we are sure, would have loved wearing one of our shawls. Shawls in all shapes and sizes – Some are knitted and some are crochet, there is a shawl for everyone.

Currently the book is available in German only from Claudia’s shop with the English version being printed in the coming days. Keep your eyes peeled on my social media and here for announcements about the release date.

The launch in Germany was a very happy day with many lovely people attending, lots of cake and champagne and much much laughter and fun.

#alittlebookofshawls #madewithloops

A day to remember!

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#fireballshawl #madewithloops.co.uk

It is with enormous pride that today I can introduce a brand new shawl design

Fireball!

I am so very fortunate to be working with many talented professionals in my world of knitting and crochet, as well as meeting a host of new people every time I teach a new workshop either here in the UK, in Germany or during one of the fabulous knitting retreats I have the pleasure in organising. However, once in a while some of us are extremely lucky to meet an extra special person, you know the sort of person I am talking about, the one that you connect with after just a few minutes and feel you have known all your life. The one that touches your heart in that special place and you feel a kindred spirit with.

For me that person is Claudia. We met, we chatted and the rest, as they say, is history! Claudia and I have the relationship were we don’t have to say a lot or explain a lot as most of the time the other knows exactly how..what..when..where! We compliment each other in every possible way: She has a yarn shop…very handy for me and all the designs that whirl around in my head. She is a magician in the dyeing kitchen…very handy for me as she will whizz something new up for me whenever I have one of my special requests. She organises one of the best Wool Festivals in Europe…very handy for me as I get invited to teach there every year.

You see what I mean! and because this is such a great partnership we decided about a year ago to make it official and started WoolyLoops  together. WoolyLoops means that we can co-produce our knitting retreats (always sold out before they go live), publish books together (our Little book of Sox almost sold out now) and work on individual designs together. At the same time we can keep our individual businesses separate and work on joint ventures with others. It’s truly perfect!

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With this design we have taken it a step further. An acquaintance of Claudia has dyed this special limited edition colourway for us. A gradient yarn which is dyed using a special technique with long slow subtle colour changes, 4 threads – 500m per ball. We called it Fireball, and I have designed a special shawl of the same name.

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The yarn and pattern are available via Claudia’s website – www.wollsin.de – as a kit and you can specify if you need this pattern in either English or German. Pre-order starts today with shipment from 8. November, but you better be quick as it is flying off the shelves and when its gone…it will be gone.

The shawl starts from the lace up and uses short rows to shape it into a crescent style accessory which is easy to wear in a range of different ways.

Fireball is a glorious colour explosion making even the gloomiest of winter days into a happier occasion!

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