meet marbly

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Hello friends, how have you been? Well I hope and enjoying the wonderful summer weather we are having, well here in the UK anyway. I can’t believe it’s three weeks since my last post already, time has just flown by as I have been so busy, but today I have a fabulous gift for you:

Meet Marbly” 

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You can download this pattern for free until Sunday 1st July 2018 and this “Marbly’s” story:

A few weeks ago I received my first KnitCrate box. KnitCrate is a fairly new kid on the block in the world of monthly yarn subscriptions and is packed with beautiful, specially selected yarn as well as two free patterns. Every box gives the option of one crochet and one knitting pattern, keeping both sets of makers happy and everything arrives in a pretty box. As well as a monthly yarn subscription you can find tons of other fabulous stuff on the KnitCrate site and anyone who fancies to subscribe can get 20% off by adding – MADEWITHLOOPS20 – at Checkout, just click here.

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On receiving my first box I immediately fell in love with this yarn! Two hanks of naturally dyed marled fingering weight yarn, a combination of Merino and Peruvian Highland Wool with a little added Nylon for long lasting wearability. Two hanks of 400m each…I was very happy and all sorts of ideas were beginning to spin around in my head. Of course I could have made the beautiful patterns that came with the yarn, but you know me by now…!

Here is what I did instead:

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I wound one hank of yarn into a lovely cup cake, added another mini cup cake leftover from my stash, started work on “Marbly” and transformed the yarn into a beautiful shawl.

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“Marbly” is special due to its classic shape and simple lines. A garter stitch centre hugged by a contrast knit/purl border gives you the opportunity to use a special hank of yarn that you might have in your stash, or seek out and purchase yarn to work with a coat or outfit in your wardrobe. For me it doesn’t get better than classic black and white as it is timeless and stylish, but this shawl works equally well in brighter hues. You can use fingering, 4Ply, double knit or any yarn you fancy. Plain, striped, speckled or create a marbled effect by holding two strands together.

Make it your own – the sky is the limit!

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Of course the best bit for you guys: You can download the pattern absolutely free until Sunday 1st July 2018 by clicking here. From Monday it will be available via my Etsy Shop, Ravelry and LoveKnitting.

What are you waiting for, get downloading! I hope you like “Marbly” as much as I do.

Happy Knitting – Enjoy!

XO.

 

This post contains a sponsored link. By subscribing to a KnitCrate box you will receive a discount and I will receive a small commission.

 

getting our house in order

#houseinorder #gdpr #madewithloops

Dear Friends,

please bear with me as I write this rather dry, but necessary, post about new EU regulations called GDPR coming into effect on the 25 May 2018, when it supersedes the UK Data Protection Act of 1998 (DPA).

So what exactly does GDPR stand for?

Sadly it does not stand for…

“Get Dancing Perfect Rumba” and not even for “Great Day Purl Ribbing”!

Instead it stands for General Data Protection Regulations.

There is an awful lot to read and find out about, but what it means in a nutshell is that the new law brings a 21st century approach to data protection. It expands the rights of individuals to control how their personal data is collected and processed, and places a range of new obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection.

As I don’t sell anything from this blog I don’t actually collect any data from you and hold nothing on any files or servers apart from your e-mail address that you signed up with to receive updates for new blog post when I publish them.

You have already been asked to agree to our Cookie Policy – if you are unsure what this means you can read about it by clicking HERE

Today, with plenty of time still to go until the new law comes into effect, I want to give you the opportunity to decide if you still want me to keep your e-mail address on the secure server of my website host.

I hope you will, as I will never disclose them to anyone and, as you know, I don’t bombard you with constant updates either.

If you wish to be removed please send and email to me at heike.gittins@gmail.com and I will make sure that you do not receive any further e-mails from this blog until you decide otherwise and re-subscribe.

To find out more about GDPR please visit the Government website at ICO.org

There it is…boring but necessary post over!

XO.

wanderlust – a new pattern

#wanderlustjumper #einrumyarn #madewithloops

Towards the end of last summer postman Eric dropped off a rather large parcel all the way from Iceland. To my delight it contained many gorgeous colourful balls of Einrum yarn, you can imagine my joy!

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Designing something using this beautiful yarn had been on my list for a while, now I had no excuse and so I set to work.

A jumper it was going to be, that was obvious from the start. I could see it clearly in my head and before long “Wanderlust” was born.

Wanderlust was inspired by my love of travelling and discovering new places and the jumper is entirely knitted in the round starting with the Yoke and thus travelling around the world. No sewing up at all and finished with an applied I-cord at the neck-line, for which full instructions are given, completes a relaxing knitting experience.

Even if you have never knitted a top-down jumper before, you can easily manage this project, as long as you can knit and purl…you are on your way.

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The beautiful Einrum+2 Yarn from Iceland, 80% Icelandic Wool/20% Silk, is simply gorgeous to work with. Warm, yet lofty, with just the right amount of drape and a little sheen, makes garments snug and cosy and will see you right though the cooler months of the year. Equally, this jumper will become your go-to for cooler evenings in the summer.

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The pattern comes with full instructions and is available to download in either English or German from the usual places, with all links in the right hand column of this blog.

The Yarn is available from Claudia at Wollsinn, just click on this link HERE 

I really hope you like it and I would love to hear your thoughts on this, my very first published garment design.

Wish me luck!

X.

 

 

some of my favourite things

Hello friends, how have you been? I hope you are enjoying summer and making the most of this gorgeous warm weather we are having here in the UK.

Time seems to be flying by and I never seem find enough to write about all that’s been happening lately, so I thought I share some photos of some special moments from the last few weeks with you…

#schwabsburger wollfest #madewithloops.co.ukwork & play at schwabsburger wollfest in germany

#knitted blanket #madewithloops.co.ukkaren’s birthday blanket made by my knitting group

#brugge #madewithloops.co.ukmagical weekend in brugge

#madewithloops.co.ukpainted by ‘my man’ especially for me

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festival season with special people

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an amazing day with ‘my girl’ at her work place

morning walk with best buddy

Last but by no means least, I have written a guest blog post over at my friend Freddie’s blog. It’s all about my wonderful experience of dyeing my own yarn. If you are interested, you can read it by clicking HERE.

Enjoy!

X.

#12monthsofhappy – june 2017

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Hello dear friends, it’s been a while 🙂

Where does the time go? Half way through the year already, it’s hard to believe!

After a week of beautiful sunshine we are now back to continuous rain with temperatures that remind more of autumn than summer, so what better way to spend an afternoon than with yarn and hook in hand making this month’ dishcloth.

When I was in Germany recently I came across a Cotton Yarn I had not tried before, so I thought what better way to give it a go than for my #12monthsofhappy feature. The yarn is by a Norwegian Company called Sandnes Garn and is called Mandarin Petit. It is so so soft and was a pleasure to work with, so why not give it a try.

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But now without further ado, here is this month’ pattern, a little crochet for a change:

What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 70m of soft yarn in various colours – I used Sandnes Mandarin Petit 50g/180m

Ungefähr 70m weiches Garn in verschiedenen Farben – Ich nahm Sandnes Mandarin Petit 50g/180m

3.5mm Crochet Hook – 3.5mm Häkelnadel

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

Finished size of the cloth: 20 cm diameter

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 cm Durchmesser

How to – So gehts

Ch5 and close to form a ring

5 Lftm zu einem Ring schließen

Rnd 1: Work 6dc into ring

Rnd 1: 6 FM in den Ring

Rnd 2: Work 2dc into each dc from previous round

Rnd 2: 2FM in jede Masche der Vorrunde

From here mark first stitch of every round with a marker or safety pin

Von hier markiere die erste M der Runde mit einem Markierer oder Sicherheitsnadel

Rnd 3: *2dc in first st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around

Rnd 3: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächste M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Rnd 4: *2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 2dc; rep from * around

Rnd 4: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächsten 2M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Rnd 5: *2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 3dc; rep from * around

Rnd 5: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächsten 3M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Continue in set pattern increasing the gap between 2 dc’s in each round until you have worked 24 rnds or the dishcloth is your desired size.

In diesem Muster weiterarbeiten, den Abstand zwischen den 2FM in jeder Runde vergrößern bis 24 RND gearbeitet sind oder das Spültuch die gewünschte Größe hat.

For edging work: *ss, [htr, 2tr, htr] in next st, ss in next st, skip 1 st; rep from * around.

Change colour as desired.

Für die Kante: *1KM, (hlbStb, 2Stb, hlbStb) in die nächste M, KM in die nächste M, 1 M überspringen; von * für die Runde wiederholen.

Enjoy! X.Viel Spaß X.

As always, you can download a PDF of this pattern by clicking hier – Wie immer kannst du ein PDF runter laden indem du auf diesen link klickst.

 

 

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