scheepjeswol diary – day one

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The excitement was becoming almost unbearable as pick up time got nearer! Luckily the drive to Scheepjes HQ was short and soon there was a buzzing sound of about fourteen women chatting. Some of us had met before, but for me it was almost all new faces and new surroundings. We had an exciting first day and I won’t (or can’t) tell you too much. I let the photo’s speak for themselves.

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It may well be hot outside, but I can feel a little stranded knitting slipping from my fingers later!

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knitting retreat diary – day four

 

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Chainbridge CollageDay four was greeted with blue skies and sunshine, perfect for a little early morning knitting outside whilst watching brave people in canoes go by. First things first meant teachers inspecting progress so far now that everyone is working on the actual weeks project. Some beautiful colour combinations are emerging and even Seamus, the handsome kind owner of the Chainbridge Hotel, joined in the jolly good banter and fun we had this morning.

After a good hearty lunch we set off to Chester.

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People CollageI truly love Chester on a beautiful day like today. The architecture and cobbled streets never lose their magic and I can visit the Cathedral and Cloister Gardens over and over again. After a little retail therapy the tranquility was just what we needed before finishing the day with a visit to an Italian Restaurant, sampling delicious food and a little vino.

I think it is fair to say that day four went far too quickly and everyone had fun again today. I wonder what they will think of tomorrow’s surprises?!?

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christmas gift bag – a free pattern

Scheepjes festive blog hop buttonA little while ago I was invited by the lovely peeps at Scheepjeswol to participate in their advent calendar blog hop. Coming up with an idea using some beautiful Scheepjeswol what was not to like and I set to work right away. Today is my day to share my idea with you.

Before I start I would like to introduce you to yesterday’s contributor, Annelies Baes and her blog here Go and check out her cute little crochet snow man ornament, I dare you not to find it irresistible and make a few. All other previous contributors can be found via the Scheepjeswol link here. There are some truly amazing creations there which should keep you busy during the festive season.

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So, a few weeks ago I received my happy mail of yarn from Scheepjeswol and set to work. My idea was to produce a small gift bag using the above colours in a stranded colourwork pattern. I love colourwork in knitting and crochet and have always been inspired by Scandinavian, Estonian and Fair Isle patterns.

What do you think…?

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…I am quietly chuffed with the way it’s turned out. The Scheepjeswol Stone Washed yarn is not only fast becoming one of my favourite yarns to work with, but is also absolutely perfect for this kind of work.

The bag measures 22 cm high x 18 cm wide and is perfect transportation for a small knitting/crochet project, as a gift bag instead of wrapping paper, or simply a gift for someone special.

The pattern is available totally free in three languages. You can download your own PDF version by clicking English, German or Dutch versions.

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I hope you enjoy making this bag as much as I have designing it.  Why not share your version of the bag with us on the Scheepjeswol facebook page or by emailing a photo to me (my email address is on the right).

Tomorrow will be Nerissa’s turn to share another beautiful blog hop advent creation with us. Make sure you visit her blog MissNeriss and see what she has in store for us.

Happy Knitting!

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A Christmas Gift

dear diary,

I had been thinking of a gift from me to all you lovely loopy follower’s for a while, and last week when visiting one of my fave shops, Stash Fine Yarn’s in Chester, I had a light-bulb moment…hurrah!!!

On seeing a basket full of gorgeously squishy Louisa Harding – Thistle yarn, a combination of 60% Merino and 40% Baby Suri Alpaca, I knew exactly what I could whip up for you. Here are the colour’s I chose…

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On returning home I set straight to work and after a couple of false starts I was soon on a knitting roll…

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…and every stitch knitted brought me closer to giving you these (or rather the pattern to make them)…

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A beautiful pair of Mangas!

Mangas (Spanish word for ‘sleeves’), as worn by the people of the Andean mountains, have traditionally always been very colourful and my design is no exception.

A few little stripes plus some simple Fair Isle make these Mangas a fun knit. Using Aran Yarn and 4.5mm needles they can be knitted in a couple of evenings, just in time for Christmas.

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So go on, what are you waiting for!!! Download this special gift from me to you and treat yourself (or someone special) to these squishable, huggable, warmingly beautiful Mangas…or arm-warmers if you prefer.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and see you back here in 2013 🙂 xx

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