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.

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.



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