wales retreat 2018 – arrival day

 

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The sky was blue, the sun was shining and North Wales was showing itself in it’s best light. After month’s of planning, a lot of organising hard work, the arrival day of the Wales Knitting Retreat 2018 had finally arrived!

Most of our 20 guests flew from Frankfurt airport, where even Herr Goethe was approvingly looking down on them as they got their needles and yarn out to knit before take off.

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After a smooth flight and transfer, the arrival at the beautiful Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen was accompanied with the usual joy and returning guests were greeted by staff like long lost friends.

Soon everyone settled into the usual relaxed routine…

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and after a delicious dinner Marion started the week off with a fabulous and very informative talk about the story and history of Bohus Stickning, our theme for this week.

I hope you will join us for a week of colour, yarn, traditions, fun, laughter and a lot of fabulous sisterhood shenanigans.

XO.

pin cushion mini mandala

#pincushion #mandala #madewithloops

Hello friends, how have you been? It’s been a busy old time here at Made with Loops with preparations in full swing for our upcoming Knitting Retreat starting on the 8 May. We still have two places open, why not join us for a fabulous week of yarny fun in beautiful Wales. Find a link to all the details in the right column of this blog.

#knitting retreat #wales #madewithloops

Not long now and we will be starting our Crochet Along. We are thrilled that so many of you have already signed up for this, but just in case you have missed what the excitement is all about, you can find all the details here.

#crochetalong #turkishdelight #madewithloops

To get you into the crochet mood and to practice your FPDtr (Front Post Double Treble), here is a wee free pattern for a

Pin Cushion Mini Mandala

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You will need some leftover yarn, 4ply mercerised is best (I used By Claire No 1)

3.5mm Crochet Hook, a darning needle and some toy stuffing.

UK Terms used

Start: Ch5, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 15tr into ring, ss to join (16tr) – change colour

Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr in each st around (32tr) – change colour

Rnd 3: Ch1 (counts as dc), FPdtr into tr from rnd 1 directly below, 1dc behind FPdtr just made, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, *skip 1tr from rnd 1, FPdtr in next tr from rnd 1, 1dc behind FPdtr just made, 1dc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around, ss to join. (8 FPdtr made) – change colour

Rnd 4: Ch1 (counts as dc), 1dc in same space, 1 dc in next st, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around, ss to join.

Make another the same.

Finishing: With wrong sides together, dc crochet together leaving small gap. Fill using toy stuffing and then close the gap.

These make great little gifts or just spoil yourself.

Enjoy! X.

knitting retreat – the week that was

Retreat Collage 1Retreat Collage 2Retreat Collage 3Retreat Collage 4Retreat Collage 5It took seven months to organise. A lot of work but so much fun, and then it was over in a flash. Here is a roundup of the Wales Knitting Retreat 2015…

1. We played with colour and yarn…a lot.

2. We visited some fabulous places.

3. We learned a lot of new things.

4. New friendships were kindled, old ones re-affirmed and a lot of fun was had by all.

5. A huge and stunning achievement is clear to see.

We were sad to say goodbye, but are ecstatically  happy to announce that we have booked new dates for next year…

Wales 2016 CollageWales Knitting Retreat 2016

Sunday 8 May – Saturday 14 May

More details to follow soon.

We hope you can join us!

X.

knitting retreat diary – day five

IMG_4853Colinette Collage 1Colinette Collage 2

 

The morning of day five greeted us with wind and rain, how wonderful that we are all knitters and have a small selection of woolliness in which to wrap ourselves in to keep warm. Dennis our trusted bus driver was waiting for us and soon we were on our way to Llanfair Caereinion and a visit to Colinette Yarns. I had saved the best for last, and the only thing everyone knew was that they could expect some colourful woolly goodness. If any of you have ever visited Colinette, you will know what awaits when stepping through the entrance…it is simply yarn heaven! There were a lot of joyful outbursts, fondling of yarn hanks and cuddles with blanket or jumper samples. Coffee, tea and biscuits awaited us and we had an informative talk about all things Colinette before spending a good few hours shopping. The highlight was surely meeting Sam, son of Colinette, who showed us around the dying rooms, giving us an insight on how it all works…what a special treat that was.

IMG_1892Projects Collage 3Last evening Collage

 

This was also our last evening together and after another deliciously prepared meal by the hotel kitchen we settled down to enjoy each other’s company one last time. We had a show and tell session during which everyone shared their experiences and project journey, from choosing colours, holding the yarn and incorporating own ideas into the pattern. Claudia and I gave out certificates and everyone received a crochet medal for taking part and doing so well. This was greeted with a loud cheer and immediately pinned on and worn proudly.

I am so so proud of what everyone has achieved, the samples above show what amazing work everyone did and I love every single one of these combinations. The one I totally fell in love with…

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…these shades together are simply stunning and my head is full of ideas and possibilities.

X.

 

knitting retreat diary – day four

 

IMG_1797Project Progress Collage

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.

Chester Collage

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?!?

X.

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