Hello March

Hello March! The month when we welcome spring and also celebrate St. David, the patron saint of Wales. The first of March sees celebrations of his life here in Wales, where I live, with flags, decorations and good wishes abound. Daffodils, the national flower of Wales, are bringing joy to our homes and soon there will be fields of yellow everywhere.

I had a colourful start to the month too. Firstly I got my colour report from the lovely peeps @yearofcolour over on Instagram

I get one every month and love this way of keeping track of which colours I have used throughout the year. The report is absolutely free, all you need to do is visit their profile page on Instagram and request one.

I also started my Memory Cushion a couple of days ago.

This is a crochet along hosted by my friend Carle of Nurturing Fibres in South Africa. The pattern is absolutely free and can be downloaded HERE 

The crochet along is called The secret Garden CAL and I have chosen colours that remind me of my childhood in Germany and flowers I picked with my dad when I was a little girl. This will become my memory cushion (my dad passed away just before Christmas last year) and will live in my studio.

Using Nurturing Fibres Eco Cotton Yarn I so enjoyed starting and working on this that I have finished Part one already and now eagerly await the next part to be published.

I am also making good progress on my Jumper that has still No Name! (Any ideas please let me know).

My aim is to finish the jumper in time and ready to wear to Edinburgh Yarn Festival in just over two weeks – fingers crossed.

One last thing I want to share is this painting which I absolutely love:

Many of you know my husband is a very talented artist in his spare time. He doesn’t get much time for his creative hobby, but from time to time he creates art works that make my heart sing and his latest watercolour painting of Snowdonia’s Mountain Range is one of those. This is a keeper!

Wishing you all a colourful creative week!

Heike xo

#strickenmachtglücklich / #knittingmakesyouhappy

It’s here, it’s finally here and I can hardly contain my happy excitement! After waiting months to be able to speak about it and show photos, I finally can and today I am so thrilled to introduce you to this fabulous new book.

A book jam packed with beautiful designs by twelve well known Knitters from Instagram…and I am so proud to be one of them.

Last summer I was contacted by the lovely people from EMF Verlag in Germany with the request to design something for a new book idea they had. A book in the style of Instagram photos representing Knitters who are present on this social media platform and who would offer a wide variety of projects. Was I interested? Of course I was!

I chose my yarn, beautiful Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy in the shades above, set to work and here is the result.

#aurelie – a large crescent shaped shawl incorporating all the things I like: colour, stripes, simple lace and i-cords.

The book is published in German only at the moment and available from all the places that sell books. If you like the look of this and want to try your luck, you can go over to my Instagram (@madewithloops) where I am running a give-away. Two lucky people will win a copy of the book plus the yarn to make my shawl in their own choice of colours. (Due to shipping costs Europe only – sorry)

I hope you will help me celebrate my joining in the fun.

Good luck! xo.

number two – cape point

Half way through February already, doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!

How exciting it was when I received my Christmas Yarn box from Nurturing Fibres at the beginning of December last year. Filled with the most beautiful yarn, a yarn so soft and pretty…the brand new Eco Lush! Just look at these colours…

…and adding to my joy, it also contained pretty Eco Bamboo Bonbons.

I knew I had to come up with something very special for this new baby in the Nurturing Fibres Eco Yarn Family and today I am feeling proud and happy to introduce you to my latest design.

Meet Cape Point – a lofty and light large crochet shawl for all occasions, named after a spectacular place with towering stone cliffs, breath-taking views and rolling green hills just a short drive outside Cape Town. It may not be the southernmost point of Africa, but Cape Point certainly makes you feel as if you are standing near the edge of the world with crashing waves hitting the jagged cliff coastline.

I used Nurturing Fibres Eco Lush Yarn for my sample but Eco Bamboo would work just as well. Both yarns are delicate and soft next to the skin and have a beautiful drape. Eco Bamboo also has just the right amount of sheen for a little added glamour.

The shawl features two colours (two oceans) and simple pattern repeats, all finished with a stunning border (jagged cliffs).

Available as instant download in my Ravelry Store with a 20% Discount until midnight on Sunday 17 Feb. 2019 (GMT) – Just Click HERE 🙂

Hope you like it xo

february

I can’t quite believe it…January is over already, where did it go? It came and went so quickly that I only managed a couple of posts; so much for my aim to post once a week! Oh well, it can only get better from here, keep your fingers crossed 🙂 One good thing though, I managed to finish a few Wip’s and just as soon as the light is better I will take photos to share.

Right now we are in the depth of Winter here in North Wales and everything is covered in a pretty white blanket of snow with temperatures well below freezing, even during the day.

I love this weather! Perfect if you work from home – heating or fire on, lovely cup of tea by your side, working on something new that makes your heart sing.

Something like this shawl! This will be my next pattern release, crochet this time. Big and soft, it is the perfect thing to make ready to wear in spring. I’ll have it finished and tested in the next couple of weeks, so watch out for it here, on Ravelry and on Instagram.

The other exciting news is that I will be appearing in a brand new book full of gorgeous patterns showcasing creative designers who are well known on Instagram.

This is a German publication and I am so thrilled to feature in the midst of this group of talented designers. Being published in my mother tongue makes it already one of the highlights of 2019 and working with this Publisher has been a total joy.

the featured designers and their Instagram names

The book will be published in mid-February which is when I can reveal my contributory featured design. There will be give-away’s by everyone featured and these will be announced via Instagram. We will give away free copies of the book and also some super gorgeous yarn to make a design from the book. Keep your eyes peeled!

I am off to feed the birds and then it’s time to settle down with some lovely knitting. I wonder if I can get this one to join me outside? I think he is way to cosy where he is!

Max in his favourite place

Stay safe and warm wherever you are! xo.

number one – kimberley shawl

Meet Kimberley – a shawl so light, yet cosy and warm and the perfect shape to keep you snug on cold winter mornings or cool summer nights.

Kimberley is like a precious diamond to me. It is my first design in 2019 and sits perfectly within the changes for the coming year. It is also the first design as a Brand Representative for the lovely people of Nurturing Fibres.

Nurturing Fibres is a Indie Yarn Label based in South Africa. Started by Carle Dehning in the mid- 2000’s, the company now employs more than 10 local people who contribute with their varied skill base to the growing success of the label.

Being extremely conscious of their environment, the dye house at Nurturing Fibres was designed to run with lowest possible environmental impact, using solar power to heat the water for dyeing which is gravity fed instead of being pumped. Yarns are dried naturally either in the sunshine or over the Aga Stove and all skeining and balling is done manually.

All wool used for dyeing is from local free ranging sheep that are non-mulesed, the cotton is locally grown and while not certified organic, it has been farmed with these principles.

I was overjoyed when Carle chose me to be one of her global Brand Representatives and it gives me the greatest pleasure to introduce you to this, my first, design using her beautiful yarn.

The Kimberley Shawl uses Nurturing Fibres Super Twist Sock Yarn. A 100% Merino Wool available in over 30 colours, this is a super soft yarn perfect for shawls as it is beautifully drapey and can be worn next to the most delicate skin.

Kimberley is a three-colour shawl, worked in garter colour blocks and basic brioche stitch bands. The pattern is easily adjustable to suit your individual preference and style.

The beginning and end of each row contain increases and decreases, which create the shape of the shawl – a triangular, sideways and bias knit shawl with a curved top edge which fits nicely around the neckline.
The basic brioche stitch bands are easy to achieve, even for someone new to this technique, and there are plenty of video tutorials on YouTube if you are at all unsure.

The pattern is available from today in my Ravelry store, just follow the link on the right hand side menu and as a special thank you, receive 20% off this pattern between now and mid-night Sunday (13th January 2019).

I hope you will love making it as much as I have loved creating it for you.

Warmest wishes, Heike xo



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