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



january – new beginnings

Hello friends, have you noticed something? I had a bit of a clear out and re-style of my little corner of the world wide web. What do you think, do you like it?

Last year was not the best year in many ways and this led me to have serious thoughts about the way forward for me and Made with Loops. I am bit of an old fashioned girl and a promise means just that, a promise to do what you say you will do. Being let down by folks that I thought of as not only collaborators but also friends, was a hard pill to swallow but forced me to re-evaluate and when I lost my beloved Dad in December, I realised that I must spend serious time and think about the way I want to go forward.

The last few weeks have been a time of reflection, thoughts for the future and quiet time with family. Sitting by the fire knitting is the perfect opportunity to clear the mind, think ahead and make some plans for going forward.

My slightly neglected blog had been in my mind for a while and I decided to make this the starting point of my way forward. Using a combination of my love for yarn and nature as a theme produced the new Logo and this was followed by a new and less fussy layout. I am extremely happy with the new look and hope you like it too.

Colour is such an important part of my life and I am looking forward to spending many happy hours working as a brand representative for the wonderful people at Nurturing Fibres using their eco-friendly yarns in the most delicious colours.

I will continue teaching workshops as sharing my love for knitting and crochet is very close to my heart and a big part of what I do and meeting new people that way is always a bonus.

There will be no knitting retreat this year and less pressured commission work, instead I will work on some free patterns which I will share with you here on the blog and most exciting of all will be the ability to have more time for the things I love:

Spending time with family and friends, time outdoors enjoying where I live, travel to new destinations and going on knitting adventures with my dear “knitsisters”. I am confident it will be a very good year to come and I am content and happy with my decisions and looking ahead with excitement.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative New Year, I hope you will be part of this new journey.

love and hugs, Heike

christmas makes

Over the past three Advent Sunday’s I have been sharing some cute and quick makes with my friends over on Instagram. Today, the fourth and last Advent Sunday, is no exception and will see the last Christmas pattern published for this year.

Why not share them here too I thought. So if you need a last minute decoration for your tree, or want to make a special Christmas gift for someone, here are this year’s quick Weihnachtsgeschenke by me.

Simple Crochet Christmas Tree
Knitted Christmas Tree Garland
Crochet Christmas Stars
Christmas Cones

Sorry for the mis-match of text colour and size, but these blocks were done for Instagram and I didn’t want to write it all out again due to time restrictions and I hope you will like them nonetheless.

Thank you for coming along with me on my knitting and crochet journey again this year, I have enjoyed your company.

I will be telling you about some changes in my next post, but for now I want to wish you a very merry Christmas and hope that 2019 will be a good year for us all.

See you soon, Heike xo

three thousand miles – a new pattern

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It’s taken a while…but I am so happy to be able to share with you my latest design today 🙂

The ‘Three Thousand Miles Shawl’

A big old distance lies between ‘The Rainbow Room’, where this shawl was created and Magpie Fibres, home of the yarn used. Over three thousand miles in fact.

Earlier this year I started ‘talking’ with Dami, the owner of Magpie Fibresover on Instagram. I took a very big liking to all of her beautiful yarns and when she posted photos of some amazing sets of her swanky sock yarn, I instantly fell in love.

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Hand-dyed in the city of Frederick in Maryland USA, this yarn sang to me immediately and when Dami brought some hanks for me to try to Edinburgh earlier this year, I knew I had to do something special.

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The shawl is worked in three sections and uses just over 1000 metres of yarn. Multiply the two and you get the distance between my studio and the home of Magpie Fibres, hence the name.

You start by working the cabled section, followed by the large main section and finally the opposite long section. All of it is finished off with one of my trademark favourites, an I-cord cast off. The result is a pretty large (Width 165 cm x Depth 70 cm), super soft shawl, which, I am sure, will become a firm favourite in no time.

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You can of course use any yarn you like, just make sure it is soft and squishy and if you want to achieve the same size as my sample, I urge you to use a fingering/4ply yarn. Here is what you need:

Magpie Fibres Swanky Sock – 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon (or yarn of choice)

115g/345m – Sample uses:

1 x shade Baby got Black – Col A

2 x shade Love & Rockets – Col B

1 x shade Paint it Black – Col C

4 mm Knitting Needles (at least 100cm long circular for main body of shawl to accommodate stitches)

Cable Needle

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The pattern is now available as instant download from all the usual places to which you find links on the right hand side of this blog.

I hope you like it and enjoy making your very own, perfect for winter, squishy shawl.

XO.



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