Crochet Nordic Wrist-Warmers

With Advent season in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, I have been busy getting ready, just like most of you.

Earlier in September my good friend Emma of The Little Grey Sheep invited me to take part in her Christmas open weekend from 6th to 8th December at her Farm in Hampshire. As many of you know, Emma and I have worked on a number of collaborations together and it’s is always a pleasure to visit the farm, so when Emma asked me to teach some crochet, I said yes immediately.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on some workshop preparation using Emma’s beautiful Hampshire 4ply yarn and I am looking forward to teaching this weekend, having fun meeting lots of yarn-lovers, eating delicious cake and getting into the festive spirit.

There is the option of learning how to crochet a traditional granny square or my variation on the African Square, as well as hearts and snowflakes.

I have also designed these wrist-warmers ready for the cold season. This is my little Christmas gift to you for being such lovely and loyal followers of my blog and other social media channels.

Keeping your wrists warm gives you warm hands and I hope you enjoy making them ๐Ÿ™‚

They take not much yarn and can easily be made during a weekend. You can download the FREE PDF pattern by clicking this link HERE.

Wishing you all a very calm and relaxing advent season.

Until soon, Heike xo

golden times

You may have noticed a distinct absence of mine here over the last few weeks and I am not going to dwell too long on the reasons why. Let me just say that, even at my ripe old golden age, I still question my ability to judge people’s character. I believe I go the extra mile for anyone in my family and circle of friends, as well as putting in extra hours and hard work for anyone I collaborate with in my working environment. Being let down by people I thought very highly of feels twice as bad and like a huge kick in the stomach. Having taken a step back for a while I think that the best way forward is to scale back and concentrate on what is good for me and if that means going it alone…so be it.

Please do not think that it has been all doom and gloom here as I have also had some wonderful times exploring new places.

At the beginning of September we visited the beautiful West Wales Coast. These places had been on my wish list for so long and I am so grateful that I was able to visit at long last. The incredible and awe inspiring Cathedral at St. David, traditional Welsh weaving at Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill, Tenby with its colourful houses and glorious beaches and, as special treat, The Boathouse and Writing shed at Laugharne, where one of my favourite writers, Dylan Thomas, penned many of is well known and loved words.

I feel so blessed that I was also able to visit the island of Fanรธ in Denmark for this years Strikkefestival. My friends and I had a stop-over in Copenhagen before going on to Fanรธ, visiting the wonderful Tante Groen shop in Odense on the way. The festival can only be described as an amazing place of friendship and Christel Seyfarth, the organiser, gave us three days of exuberant exhibitions full of colour, texture, music and much laughter. It was evident at every corner how much hard work had been put into this to make it a happy experience for everyone.

My hands have not been idle either and I managed to fit in quite a bit of knitting and crochet. The Nightshift Shawl by Andrea Mowry turned out better than I imagined and I am quietly in love with my Penguono, another super clever construction by Stephen West. I have also finished the Gwyrdd Jumper since this photo was taken, but more about that in another post.

Autumn has arrived here in Wales, with leaves slowly turning in colour and the air filled with chill first and last thing of the day. Evenings are drawing in earlier every day, the air is crisp and the light is golden.

My favourite time of year.

Many blessings, Heike xo

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

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 โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

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