#knitalong #isager #knitting #madewithloops

Hello my lovelies, how have you been? Sorry for my absence and not posting earlier, but it’s been a very busy couple of weeks here at Made with Loops HQ.

Today I can finally show you this beauty of a blanket which has been a secret since the beginning of the year. Back in December of 2015 my WoolyLoops partner Claudia and I invited people to take part in a secret knitalong. A knitalong using beautiful Isager Merilin yarn where participants would receive two new square patterns each month over a period of ten months, with the end result of a beautiful blanket. Two squares per month seemed a realistic amount for even the busiest of people to achieve without stressing anyone out, this was supposed to be fun!

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The response to our initial call out was amazing and working on this project has been much fun. Initially participants chose the colours for their blankets from the palette of Isager Merilin, two colours in most cases. Claudia then used the chosen colours as a guide and dyed the yarn for the blanket border, which gave the finished blanket a very personal and unique touch. Originally there were going to be twenty squares in total, with two new designs being e-mailed out to each person every month. However, I could not resist to give everyone a little surprise and added four bonus squares to the project, which have just been mailed together with two suggestions for the border.

Throughout the knitalong the final look of the blanket has been a secret and it has been very difficult not to share anything of the progress with you. Finally the wait is over and the big ta-dah moment has arrived…

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…happy happy happy me!

Soft and cuddly, a truly cosy warm hug!

X.

PS: If you fancy making one of these beauties (a perfect Christmas gift), you can order a kit from Wollsinn’s website or drop Claudia a note (wollsinn@t-online.de)

#moyastarshawl #madewithloops

Hello dear readers, I am home from my travels to Andalucia. I got home on Wednesday night after what can only be described as the arctic flight home. So cold in fact, that I am now suffering a number of infections as a result and feeling a bit sorry for myself.

On a cheerful note however, I am over the moon that you all seem to like my Moya Star Shawl. It was received very well during it’s launch in Germany at the weekend and I have received many lovely comments via various social media channels.

THANK YOU!

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#moyastarshawl #madewithloops

As promised in my last post, the pattern is now available as a digital download via my pattern store here . Launching online today, this pattern can be purchased in three languages, English, German and Dutch. A huge big thank you goes to my lovely friend Marianne (www.marrose-ccc.com) for the Dutch translation and my wonderful co-producer Claudia (www.wollsinn.de) for the German version.

The Moya Star Shawl is also available as a kit via Claudia’s web-shop as of today. Just visit it here, select your colour choices and soon a lovely package will arrive for you to make your very own beautiful version of the shawl.

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Please share photos of your finished shawl, I really would love to see your colour combinations. Why not post on Instagram #moyastarshawl or send me an email attaching some photos. Most importantly…

Enjoy! X.

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First Day 2

Day One of our Knitting Retreat arrived and Wales started to show itself best foot forward with almost sunshine! Claudia and I, up early, set off for the airport to meet our ten eager ladies and after a short bus ride everyone soon settled into their new surroundings of the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen.

We started the afternoon with fresh scones, Welsh cakes and tea/coffee which was swiftly followed by Claudia and my talk about stranded knitting. We covered techniques, traditional and modern implementations and stories on various motifs and their meanings. Claudia covered the use of hand painted yarns in stranded knitting, and I talked about the process of designing your own fair isle piece.

We showed Moodboard, colour samples and various garments and accessories to demonstrate how different styles and patterns look and work in reality, and then we finally showed them the project for the week.

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The option is to knit this design and make it into a bag, cushion or cowl which was greeted with a lot of oohh’s and aahh’s so we think it’s fair to say that everyone was happy.

The remainder of the day was spent knitting small samples to see how various colours and shades work together. This was followed by a most delicious dinner, a lot of laughter and a few beverages, and then finally falling into bed after a fabulously colourful and joyful day.

Refreshed we will approach day two…hopefully the sun will really shine today!

X.

 

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