celebrations and a free pattern

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I received the news that I had been chosen to become one of Nurturing Fibres Brand Representatives whilst on holiday in Guatemala and as you can imagine, I have been giddy with joy and excitement ever since.

On my return from holiday I found my first Yarn parcel waiting for me, carefully chosen and wrapped by Carle, it had come all the way from South Africa.

Cheering myself up coming home to gloomy weather and in the midst of unpacking suitcases I couldn’t wait to delve into my parcel and was greeted by a ray of exploding colour. I felt like a child in a sweet shop and found it almost impossible to restrain myself from getting out my hook immediately. Yesterday I couldn’t wait any longer and thinking of the many inspirational impressions from my holiday, I spent the day hooking away.

This was the result

The Maya Cross Square – inspired by my visit to Quirigua in the Peten Region of Guatemala and the many Mayan Stone carvings found there.

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What you need:

Nurturing Fibres Eco Cotton – 10g = 25m per square – I used colours Emerald, Old Gold and Ruby Pink for samples.

4mm Crochet Hook

Darning Needle

How To: (UK Terms)

Start with a magic ring and then work:

Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 5ch, [3tr, 5ch] x 7 into ring, join with ss to beg. ch.

Pull magic ring tightly to close.

Rnd 1: Ss to first 5ch sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 2ch, 3tr] in same sp, *5ch, skip next 5ch-sp, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp; rep. frpm * twice, 5ch, skip next 5ch-sp, join with ss to beg. ch.

Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch corner, 1tr in each of next 3sts, 5ch, **1tr in each of next 3sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

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Rnd 3: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 4sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch corner, 1tr in each of next 5sts, 3ch, 1dc in missed 5ch-sp from magic round and at the same time enclosing ch’s made in rnds 1 & 2, 3ch, **1tr in each of next 5sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

Rnd 4: Ch2 (counts as htr), 1htr in each of next 6sts, *3htr in 2ch corner, 1htr in each of next 7sts, 2tr in 3ch-sp, 1dtr in dc from prev. rnd, 2tr in 3ch-sp, **1htr in each of next 7sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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At this point your work will be a bit uneven and wobbly at the edges so it is important to block in order to achieve beautifully shaped squares. I use a granny block station that I purchased in The Netherlands HERE , but you can use any other method that you might prefer.

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I will write about my holiday another day and share some of the many photos I took with you. For now I hope you will enjoy trying out this new square and celebrate my wonderful news with me.

Happy hooking!

XO.

news round-up

Goodness, is it really three weeks already since I last posted? Time really goes too quickly!

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I thought I pop in today just to give you a quick update on what I have been working on during these past few weeks. Having to spent a bit of time resting under doctors orders, I was able to catch up on some sock knitting.

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First a pair for ‘my girl’. These are from Kerstin Balke’s (@stine_und_stitch) Soxx Book and were a lot of fun to knit. Currently her book is not available in English, but I think there are plan’s for that in the future.

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Next up a pair for ‘my man’. My first pair of #scrappyhappysocks using up bits of sock yarn left over from other knitted pairs. I used my trusted Omas Socks pattern for these, it is totally fool proof and is the perfect pattern for anyone wanting to try their hand’s knitting socks for the first time. You can download it HERE.

I got so hooked on scrappy happy socks that I started another pair almost immediately, these may well be a present for someone (Christmas is approaching fast).

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At the end of September I went to Yarndale. I hadn’t been for a couple of years and it was fun to catch up with old friends, chatting with new vendors and soaking in the yarny atmosphere.

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As well as sock knitting, I have also been busy working on a new design. Remember my Everyday Sweater (Here, there will be a Everyday Cardigan next. This is going to be a series of items that can be made fairly quickly, is simple, yet stylish with a twist and will become your go-to items all year round.

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Looking at all of these photos I can see why the last three weeks have flown by, I was just a wee bit busy.

During the next few weeks I will be going on my great adventure traveling to Guatemala. This trip has been a long time coming and as you can imagine, I am so excited. My cases are packed, just a few last minute things to finish and then we are off. We are staying with family and here is one of the gifts I made for the daughter of one of my cousins. All little girls like pink right?!?

You can follow my travels over on Instagram where I will share photos and maybe even the odd video on my Insta Stories.

My travel project will be a new shawl design I have in my head and yesterday I wound the yarn into yummy cakes, ready to take on board the plane to get started. This is beautiful squishy yarn from Antonella of Cosy Posy Yarn in Canada in colours Amber, Siren and Coffee Date. I can’t wait to get started and share photos of progress with you.#madewithloops.co.ukI hope you all have a great October and chat again soon.

Heike xo.

delicious crochet shawls

A few weeks ago the ever so lovely Lisa of @lisasattik asked me if I fancied being part of a blog tour comprising of the current and most prolific Crocheters around to talk about her first book. I thought about it for about 10 seconds and said yes.

Today is my day and gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Lisa’s first book

Delicious Crochet Shawls 

(21 Stylish Crochet Shawls)

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This is a beautiful glossy book with a cover flap that serves as a handy page mark. In it you will find 21 Shawls all inspired by Lisa’s family caravan jaunts around the Northumberland coast line and Lake District in the UK. The shawls have lovely names like Blueberry Muffin, Neapolitan Ice and Queen of Tarts and as soon as I received my copy of the book I decided to make a shawl called Banana Split.

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I had the perfect yarn in my stash, Aglow Singles by Lottie Knits  and Farouche by Nature’s Luxury

I love the fact that the book has both written instructions and diagrams for each pattern, which makes it suitable for every ability of Crocheters, from beginners to advanced, there is a pattern for everyone.

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The book also includes useful info at the back on techniques, different shawl shapes and blocking methods.

My Banana Split was a joy to make and I loved every stitch. There are two sizes to choose from and I opted for the small size which is just perfect to wear right now when days are still warm but mornings and evenings can get a bit chilly.

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If you love crochet and you love shawls, this is the book for you. Triangular, Crescent, Rectangle or Half Hexagon, there is a shape to love for everyone. Large or small, there is a size to make for yourself or as a gift for a friend or loved one (start now, Christmas is only 3 months away). You can purchase your copy here.

 

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I am pondering which one to make next and already looking forward to see which shawls all the others have been working on. Why don’t you join me and follow along with the blog tour, next up is Emily who you all know as The Loopy Stitch , find out what she is making tomorrow.

See you very soon.

Heike xo

everyday sweater

So happy to be able to show you my latest design today. I am calling it the Everyday Sweater, because it is just that, a sweater that will become your very best friend, a cosy hug, a go-to item for everyday.

For a long while I wanted to design a jumper in a relaxed style, a super comfy wearable garment to keep hanging over the edge of the sofa, the sort of jumper you want to wear all the time. I had been looking for just the right yarn to knit with and when I saw the new shades Emma (the little grey sheep) had dyed in her signature yarn (Stein Fine Wool 4 Ply), I fell in love and knew this was it.

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As I already had a style in mind, swatching began immediately. I really didn’t want to waste any time and was so eager to start knitting.

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Soon the sweater was well under way and as I was knitting each row I loved it more and more. The feel of the soft wool running through my hands and the gentle rhythm of the stitches, I didn’t want to stop. As the sweater grew I suddenly thought that I wanted to add something special to this pattern. I feel cold very easily, especially around my neck, but I don’t always want to wear a shawl or scarf. I also love Polo neck jumper’s, but sometimes they feel just a little too tight and hot around the neck. Solution…

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…a detachable short cowl style polo neck that can be added as when needed. 🙂

The sweater features visible seams and deep mistake ribbing and the pattern has detailed notes on how to adjust it to different sizes and change some of the design features. There are many beautiful colours available for Stein Fine Wool 4ply on Emma’s website (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk) and we are currently running a give-away over on our respective Instagram pages to win the yarn and pattern to make your very own #everydaysweater as well as a mini skein kit for a friend.

Why not hop over and try your luck! You find us on Instagram as @madewithloops and @thelittlegreysheep

The pattern is a available as an instant download from all the usual places, just click on any links on the right side of this blog.

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Hope you like it.

Until soon, Heike xo

 

 

 

a perfect summer

Hello friends, I am back!

My summer has been fabulous, full of colour, visits and surprises. I hope your’s has been fabulous too?

At the end of July my ‘little’ sister (Buntes Schaf) came to visit. We did Yarn…

… and sight seeing in London Town.

A visit to Loop and a River Cruise accompanied by fabulous weather, what a great day spent with one of the closest people in my heart.

This year summer in the UK has been hot hot hot and I have been enjoying the garden more than ever.

My hubby’s wild flower garden has given us joy and colour, making for a lovely backdrop enjoyed with cool drinks and knitting.

I have published some new designs (more about this next week or so)…

…finishing it all off with a visit to my homeland.

As you can see, a jam packed couple of months full of colourful fun and joy. It has been great to be able to share with you some of the snapshots of this precious time.

As the evenings draw in and a slight chill is in the air, my favourite time of year is approaching. I am back at work in my studio and look forward to working on new ideas and sharing them here with you over the coming weeks.

Which reminds me…thanks to my hubby, I am now working from my new and made over studio, The Rainbow Room!

See you soon and happy knitting!

XO.

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