Autumn Vibes and a Free Pattern for you

Autumn has arrived – my favourite time of year !

The time of year when life slows down a bit and we like to sit in front of the fireplace on wet and cold days, sipping tea relaxing without feeling too guilty. Just taking a break from everyday life, doing something we love, enjoying, experiencing the moment.

It is a pity that we often do this only in the cold months, when there is less self-inflicted pressure of other work to be done. 


As Yarn lovers we can spend many cosy hours in peace and relaxed concentration with a woolly project in our lap. Hygge time has arrived in full and we can look forward to taking it easy without a guilty conscience, just taking a little more time for ourselves, a good book, a lovely cup of tea and of course our beautiful projects.

Recently I was gifted some lovely yarn by Wool and the Gang, their new Glitterball Sock Yarn. This is a 95% Blueface Leicester/5% Lurex Yarn and like most other sock yarns, can be used for a multitude of projects.

With colder mornings on the horizon I decided to make a pair of fingerless mittens, perfect for walking the dog and it’s never too early to wear a bit of sparkle!

I used a variation of my favourite sock pattern for these – here is what I did:

100g Wool and the Gang Glitterball Sock Yarn (390m)

2.5mm Double pointed needles

2 Stitch Markers

Cast on 64sts and divide between 4 needles

Work *K6, P2; rep. from *around until work measures 10cm from cast on.

Start Thumb shaping
Rnd 1: K3, yo, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from *to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 2: K3, k1tbl, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 3: K7, *p2, k6; rep. from *to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 4: K3, place marker, yo, k1, yo, place marker, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 5: K3, slip marker (sm), k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 6: K9, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 7: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 8: K3, sm, k1tbl, k to yo, k1tbl, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 9: K3, sm, k to next marker, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rep. rnds 7-9 until there are 15sts between markers. End with a rnd. 9.

Next Rnd: K3, slip15sts from between markers on to scrap yarn, cast on 5 new stitches, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2.

Work one rnd in pattern and then:

Rnd 1: K2, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog, k2, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 2: K9, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 3: K2, k2togtbl, k1, k2tog, k2, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 4: K7, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 5: K2, k2togtbl, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Now work *k6, p2 pattern for 4cm and then work 5 rnds of k2/p2 rib.

Cast off.

Thumb:

Slip 15sts from scrap yarn back onto needle and pick up and knit 1st from left side, 5sts from cast on edge, 1st from right side.

Divide onto 3 needles and knit 1 rnd.

Rnd 2: K15, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog

Rnd 3: Knit

Rnd 4: K15, k2togtbl, k1, k2tog

Rnd 5: Knit

Rnd 6: K15, k3togtbl (16sts)

Work 5 rnds of k2/p2 rib.

Cast off. Weave in all ends and work second mitten the same.

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I hope you have fun making your own pair with whatever sock yarn you can find in your stash.

Enjoy some autumn vibes. 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 Fanø in Denmark for this years Strikkefestival. My friends and I had a stop-over in Copenhagen before going on to Fanø, 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

Sisterhood Wrap – a new pattern

This is the story about two sister, living in two different countries but trying to earn a crust doing the same thing and sharing the dream to publish some designs together.

Sometime last summer when I visited my sister in Germany, during one of our usual yarn shopping days, I bought the most beautiful merino / silk yarn aptly named: Seidenstrasse or Silk Road in English.

Anyone who knows me a little, knows about my wish to travel the old Silk Road, following in the footsteps of Marco Polo. Places like Samarkand and Tashkent, full of folk tradition, beautiful silks and carpets, and colourful patterned tiles, invite you to visit and gather inspiration.

The purchase of the yarn also coincided with the delivery of Cecelia Campochiaro’s incredible book: Sequence Knitting, a book of over 190 fabrics, many of which are reversible.

The next few days were spent by two sisters thinking and swatching and finally the “Sisterhood Wrap” was born.

Ellen and I have wanted to publish a pattern together for a long time and today you hold the first of many happy sister collaborations in your hands.

The Pattern is available in English and German via Ellen’s Ravelry Store HERE or my LoveCrafts Store. All links can be found on the right column of this blog.

This is a very relaxing and rewarding project which will keep you warm and snug for many years to come. The repetitive stitch pattern is very soothing for the soul and the wrap is totally reversible.

Enjoy and happy knitting! xo.

where is summer

According to my calendar, summer should be around the corner and temperatures rising to the mid twenties (Celsius that is). So far there is no sign of it and right now the rain is lashing against my windows with a very strong wind howling outside and my heating on to keep warm.

Time for pots of tea, blanket over knees and knitting in my hands 🙂

Why not knit yourself a shawl while waiting for Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter on the Southern Side of planet Earth.

Today sees the release of my A Perfect Day shawl single download version. Up to now the pattern was only available as part of a kit but as of now you can download just the pattern from my Ravelry Store HERE.

The shawl is worked from the bottom up starting with the lace border. The crescent shape is achieved by working short rows and the result is a long shallow shawl measuring 180cm x 40cm after blocking. It is a perfect size that is very easy to wear.

You can use yarn from your stash or any yarn you prefer. Singles, sock, fingering – whichever you prefer. Make it your own!

A 10% discount will automatically be applied when purchasing this pattern during the launch promotion from today until midnight Sunday 9th June 2019.

Happy weekend and hope you like it!

Heike xo.

waves – a summer design

Living in Wales one isn’t often inclined to knit short sleeved summer garments. Even at the height of summer the weather is pretty unpredictable and even on a sunny day a light, but long sleeved garment, is often the most sensible option.

Last year however we were all pleasantly surprised by prolonged hot sunny days and we are of course hoping for a repeat this year.

Meet Waves, a lightweight short sleeved T-Shirt style jumper, featuring a fun, yet simple and elegant large lace border. The perfect garment for spring and summer, it pairs beautifully with a summer dress, shorts or lightweight jeans. The length can easily be adjusted for a change in style and if long sleeves are more your thing, you can easily adjust the sleeves too. Just remember: Changing the length might require more yarn.

This is a speedy garment and a keen and motivated knitter , with enough knitting time at their disposal, can easily finish this in a weeks time.

I used a beautifully drapey Cotton/Viscose/Linen mix yarn by Sandnes for my sample, but any soft summer yarn in your favourite colour will work.

The pattern is available from my Ravelry store now and an automatic discount of 10% will be applied until midnight Friday, 31. May 2019.

I have taken the difficult decision to offer my patterns in one size only from now as I can no longer sustain the expense of having test knitters for all different sizes. As I cannot afford to pay a Technical Editor I have to carefully work out the Maths for 7-8 different sizes and that alone is very time consuming and then there is the worry that it might not be correct. As a one-woman show I have to think hard about every penny spent and rather than increasing the price for each of my garment patterns I have decided to offer all my new patterns to fit bust sizes 38/40 only, starting with this design.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support for my little business.

Heike xo.

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