a christmas wish

A big thank you to all of you who have supported me this year, have left lovely comments (I love reading them), purchased my patterns (watch out for many more), joined me in my ‘homely blanket quest’ (I hope you have loved it as much as I have) and generally made my inspirational journey more fun.

Baubles

Sing hey! Sing hey!
For Christmas Day;
Twine mistletoe and holly,
For friendship glows
In winter snows,
And so let’s all be jolly.

–Traditional

Christmas Wish

I hope you visit and share more inspirational colour, knitting and crochet with me in 2014!

x

festive inspiration

dear diary,

Sometimes we can all get stuck for some great colour combination inspiration, and sometimes we just don’t feel brave enough to explore and step out of our comfort zone. There are times when we simply need a little help, and here is where I go to get fresh colour ideas…

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www.design-seeds.com

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Created in 2009 by Jessica Colaluca, the concept of Design Seeds is a unique approach to design blogging through her passion for colour.

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Jessica began creating colour palettes at art school, collecting her ideas in journals, and Design Seeds are an interpretation of her original colour journals.

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I subscribe to Jessica’s daily inspirational design seeds mail, consisting of two ideas. The ones that particularly catch my eye and imagination I pin to my Colour Board on Pinterest, so that I can refer back to them at any time.

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To find out more and subscribe, visit design-seeds and never suffer from colour block again. x

christmas preparations

dear diary,

Dried Oranges

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The festive preparations are well under way around here at Made with Loops, and I am loving every minute of it. To me there is nothing more exciting than Christmas time…getting all the decorations down from the loft…

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…and lovingly waking them from their long sleep. Finding them perfect places around the house, so that they can shine and sparkle in all their finery, whilst all the while Michael Buble is singing in the background. What could possibly be better?!?

Inspiration 3

I have almost finished all my handmade gifts, that’s a first for sure, just a few ends to sew in on this Nordic Shawl…

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…a gift for a vsp (very special person). After that I am done and can start thinking of ‘me’ knitting or crochet…Yay!!!

We won’t have a tree this year as we are not going to be here. I am so excited, as in…

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…days we are going to Germany to spend Christmas with my family. So so soooo looking forward to staying with my ‘little’ sister, chatting, knitting, drinking tea, crocheting and more chatting…what could possibly be better. The whole family will be together on Christmas eve to celebrate the traditional German festivities and to me there is nothing better than that.

I can almost smell and taste all the delicious festive treats already…

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Are you enjoying your festive season as much as I am mine?, I hope you are x

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 34

dear diary,

3rd Advent

It’s the third Advent weekend and time for the second last square of the ‘homely blanket’ quest. Only one more square to go…almost impossible to believe I know, and then comes the dreaded sewing up.

I thought we stay with the festive theme for this week’s square. I have called it “A Christmas Rose”, I do so hope you like it. The square is made up of two separate pieces, this gives you the opportunity to make the Rose in different colours and use as a brooch, or use to decorate your Christmas gifts.

Quest Square 34.1

The Square:

Using A ch 4, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch5 (counts as 1tr+2ch), [3tr, 2ch] 3 times into ring, 2tr into ring, ss to 3rd of 5ch.

Rnd 2: Ss to 2ch sp, 7ch (counts as 1tr+4ch), *2tr in same sp, 1tr into each tr across side of square, **2tr into next 2ch sp, 4ch; rep. from * twice and from * to **once more, 1tr into last 2ch sp, ss to 3rd of 7ch.

Rnd 3: Ss to 4ch sp, 7ch (counts as 1tr+4ch), *2tr in same sp, 1tr into each tr across side of square, **2tr into next 4ch sp, 4ch; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, 1tr into last 4ch sp, ss to 3rd of 7ch.

Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 3 – Fasten off A

Rnd 5: Join B at any tr of prev. rnd. – 1dc in each tr across sides of square, [2dc, 2ch, 2dc] in each corner – Fasten off B

Rnd 6: Join C at any dc of prev. rnd – 1dc in each dc across sides of square, 3dc’s in each corner – Fasten off C

Quest Square 34

The Rose:

With B ch48

Petals 1-3: Miss 3ch, 1tr in each of next 2ch, 2ch, ss in next ch, [3ch, 1tr in each of next 2ch, 2ch, ss in next ch] 2 times

Petals 4-8: [4ch, 1dtr in each of next 4ch, 3ch, ss in next ch] 5 times

Making up: Starting with smaller petals and stitching as you go, coil the row of petals and sew into shape. Attach to square by stitching it down or attach a pin.

Have a lovely crafting weekend. Enjoy x

Totally hooked…

dear diary,

A couple of weeks ago I discovered Instagram. After my daughter and various friends had been telling me how brilliant it is for a very long time I finally thought I had better check it out for myself. Now I am totally hooked (that is the non-crochet variety!)!!!!!

I can’t stop taking photos, tweaking them with InstaEffect and making up collages with InstaCollage. All these apps are free and can be used on Apple or Android technology. Totally addictive but such such fun…

From the Studio

 

Christmas Sparkle

 

Simple does it!

Festive Cheer!

 

You can see what other snaps I took by clicking on the Camera button on the right hand side and why not sign up, follow me and get lots of inspiration send to you for free. Look forward to meeting you there. 🙂

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