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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.

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May I introduce my latest design – Walk the Line Shawl 

This is my first collaboration with Fibre Artist Chrissie Day, using her beautiful 1 Farm – 1 Flock – 1 Clip yarn.

The colours are inspired by Chrissie’s home high and remote in the Upper Dale where Winters are hard, Spring brings rejoicing and Summers are sublime with the sound of the returning birds chattering and flying and peewits swooping. Colours from wild meadow flowers, heathers and the lichen on the old gates and fences and the sky changing through multiple colours in one hour.

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Showing off two of my favourite design elements, stripes and I-cords, this shawl is worked on the bias. You start with only three stitches at one corner, work increases on one side every row and decreases on the other side every other row, thus working a long flat triangle which is extremely versatile and can be worn in many ways.

The I-cord edging on two sides hides all colour changes and will give the shawl a clean and well finished look.

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In the words of Chrissie: “A harmonious melody of colour and texture, creating a wonderful individual piece”

This is the perfect accessory when the Spring sun fails to warm or the Summer sun is losing her strength.

The really good news is that for a limited time only kits are available via Chrissie’s website HERE , but when they are gone…they are gone. 

You can of course also purchase the shawl single pattern from all my usual places (find the links on the right hand side of this page) and this yarn can be substituted with any yarn of your liking. Singles, sock, lace weight yarns or even thicker yarns if you prefer. But please be aware that if using a thicker substitute, you may need more yarn.

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Finished Measurements of this shawl are: Width 208cm at top edge – Depth 36cm at widest point, making this a very versatile shape and size with endless possibilities of how to wear it.

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed designing and making it.

XO.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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