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

woolfest in germany and vintage mandala

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Hello Friends, what a beautiful day it is here in Wales today and I hope it’s the same for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend I was teaching at the Oppenheim Wollfest in Germany, meeting old friends and making new ones. What a fabulous time I had, especially as some of my knitting group friends travelled with me and my “little” sister and her knitting group joined us too. I taught two shawl workshops and launched a very special design whilst there too…

The Oppenheim Wollfest Shawl!

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This shawl is the first in a series of designs especially created for this Festival and very year there will be a special design created and launched at the Wollfest.

This year’s shawl was inspired by the many Mandala’s we see around us and to make it even more special, a yarn colour with the same name was dyed for this shawl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This semi-circle crochet shawl is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. It has just enough lace sections to make it a little fancy, whilst still retaining a firm body structure. Worked from the centre top down, with increases on the sides only, it can easily be adjusted in size by adding or subtracting pattern repeats.

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The gradient yarn used for this shawl is 100 Farbspiele 4fädig, available from Claudia at Wollsinn. As an alternative to this yarn I suggest Scheepjes Whirl, a beautiful gradient yarn, 60% Cotton/40% Acrylic and with the same running length as the original yarn used.

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

I hope you enjoy making it just as much as I have enjoyed designing it!

OX.

granny bloom and thoughts on easter

 

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What does the Easter weekend remind you of? Chocolate eggs and rabbits wrapped up in coloured foil, hot cross buns, a dash to that favourite holiday or camping spot, a good rest and a bit of fun with the family?

If we look back in history to the events that Easter commemorates, we see a weekend that stands out as a beacon and it was no holiday!

The usual Christian emphasis at Easter is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. As Christians we celebrate Easter and the story of a God determined to rescue a planet that is out of control.

We hardly need to be reminded that we live in a troubled world, as watching the nightly television news gives us a dose of the world’s woes. Easter speaks to us of rescue, of renewal and of the way to peace, it tells the story of a God who made the world, saw it crumble and proceeds to put it back in shape.

Believer or not, Easter is about a new beginning, a fresh start. Spring is finally here and everything is coming back to life.  After the cold and dark Winter months there is sunshine and warmth and soon fresh green leaves will sprout, flowers will bloom and colour will be everywhere.

Whatever it is that makes Easter a special time for you, hunting Easter eggs, baking delicious cakes or coming together as a family, I hope you will find a special moment to rejoice in new beginnings and maybe find some time for a little crochet.

Here is Granny Bloom just for you…

 

All you need is some Yarn and a hook. I used DK Yarn and a 4.5mm hook

(UK Terms used)

Ch8, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made, *3tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made; rep from * 6 times, ss to join (8- 6ch-sp’s)

Fasten off. Join new colour at any 6ch-sp.

Rnd 2: *12tr in 6ch-sp, skip 1tr, ss to next tr; rep from * around, ss to join (8 petals)

Fasten off. Working from behind petals join new colour by ss to st just fastened off.

Rnd 3: Dc into same st, *5ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd, 3ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 4: SS to first 5ch-sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same sp, 3tr into 3ch-sp, *[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp, 3tr in next 3ch-sp; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 5: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] into corner sp, *1tr in each of next 9sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] in corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 6sts, ss to join.

Fasten off. Join new colour (I used first colour) at any st.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in corner sp.

Weave in all ends.

Pasg Hapus – Happy Easter wherever you are!

XO.

 

hippie stag – a crochet gift

Watercolour by @annagittins95

A little while ago I was inspired by my Instagram friend Robyn (@crochetgirl99) who had beautified a simple card board stag head. When I saw how amazing some simple crochet had transformed a boring brown head into a work of art, I knew I had to try this too.

You see, my dear friend Julie adores stag heads and is collecting as many different original specimens for her Chalet in France as she can lay her hands on. So it was obvious that I had to give a card board stag the crochet beautifying treatment and little did I know how addictive this process would be.

First I sourced a brown head online from the big A….n shop that sells everything!

Next I applied gold paper mache to the face and ears…

…now the crochet could start in earnest……and before long I had covered on set of antlers.

I was really enjoying this and got quite hooked (excuse the pun)!

I couldn’t really share any of my progress online as this would have spoiled the surprise, but last week I went on my annual trip to Julie’s Chalet in the French Alps. This is always a treat and special time spent with great friends walking, knitting, watching old movies, eating good food and enjoying a glass or two. I took a printed photo of the finished stag head with me as I couldn’t transport the real thing on a plane, and I am happy to say that Julie loved her gift as much as I had loved making it for her.

I can finally share the finished item with you. He was christened “Hippie Stag”, what do you think? I hope you like him too 🙂

 

I can’t wait to see him hanging in his special place next time I visit the Chalet.

Have a happy week all and keep warm!

X.

christmas wishes

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Dear Friends,

2017 has been another year full of surprises and lot’s good things for me and you have been part of it in many ways. Being part of this wonderful, worldwide knitting and crochet community is one of the best things of my every day life. All the sharing of stories, the chatting and support, here and on my other social media, shows that our crafting community is one of love and big hearts. It restores some faith and hope in the otherwise often gloomy outlook we see on our televisions weekly.

I hope the next few days will be peaceful and joyous and you get to spend them with the people you love. Find some time to snuggle up and read a good book, make yummy food, knit or crochet and have a relaxing time.

For 2018 I wish you good health, stress only in small doses and a huge amount of happiness.

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!

X.

 

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