#watercolourpainting  #studio59 #markgittins

original watercolour by mark gittins

I am off on an adventure very early tomorrow morning! An adventure with my creative soul sister and co-producer Claudia. Together we are going on a knitting adventure in the far north of Denmark, near Skagen. We are staying in a beautiful Danish holiday house very close to the beach, a beach with beautiful white sand and natural dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. With the North and Baltic Sea only a thin stretch of land apart, we are sure to enjoy some fabulous walks and beautiful sunsets. We will go in search of treasure washed ashore, shells, pieces of colourful glass, and maybe we will even find a little piece of Baltic Gold (Amber).

photo found on google images

photo found on google images

High on the agenda is research and inspiration gathering for future projects together, and I will be taking part in a three day workshop learning how to use natural, as well as synthetic dyes to hand paint yarn. This workshop will be taught by Claudia, who is the creative master behind all the Wollsinn hand painted yarns, and will take place at the headquarters of Isager Yarns.


To say that I am just a little bit excited is an understatement, I have been looking forward to this for ages. My case is packed, boarding pass printed and all I need to do is change some money at the airport.

As always, I will keep a travel journal, and providing there is WiFi at the holiday house you will be able to get an update most days here on the blog. Watch out for an interview with Marianne Isager and her daughter Helga coming soon too.

I leave you with a sneak peek of my latest design, “Santorini”, fresh off the needles. Pattern coming soon!

#knitting #shawl #design #madewithloops

Enjoy! X.


… and so the story continues…

Isager Alpaca 2 and swatch, Karen Blixen's farm MBagathi in Africa, Her home Rungstedlund in Denmark, sample of design - photos all author's own

Isager Alpaca 2 and swatch, Karen Blixen’s farm MBagathi in Kenya, her home Rungstedlund in Denmark, sample of design – photos all author’s own

Shetland meets Africa and Denmark!
Launch date tomorrow 9 April 2015
All will be revealed!


Hello my lovely readers, how have you been? Well I hope and keeping warm during these very chilli days and nights!

It’s hard to believe that February is almost over and in only 6 days time here in Wales we will be celebrating St. David’s day.

Saint David, or Dewi Sant as he’s called in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales and celebrations take place on the 1st of March every year around Wales. There aren’t many facts about St David; but here are a few undisputed ones.

  • He really existed
  • He was at the heart of the Welsh church in the 6th century
  • He came from an aristocratic family in West Wales
  • His mother was a saint, Saint Non
  • His teacher was also a saint, St Paulinus
  • He founded a large monastery in West Wales
  • He was one of the early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of Western Britain
  • He became Archbishop of Wales, but remained in his community at Menevia (now called St Davids)
  • He was active in suppressing the Pelagian heresy
  • His shrine became a great place of pilgrimage; four visits to the shrine at St David’s were considered the equivalent of two to Rome, and one to Jerusalem! (source: BBC)

The most famous story about Saint David tells how he was preaching to a huge crowd and the ground is said to have risen up, so that he was standing on a hill and everyone had a better chance of hearing him.

Every year we celebrate St. David’s Day in our homes, schools and churches with fabulous Daffodil displays, song and general happy get-togethers.

This year I thought I do something special and after conversing with my dear friend and co-operator Claudia (www.wollsinn.de), we came up with our latest shawl design. Claudia set to work dying the most delicious colours of yarn, I got my calculator out to work on stitch counts and together we came up with Cariad.

Cariad, the welsh word for sweetheart or darling, a term of endearment is a semi-circular shawl giving you a warm and endearing hug, using Isager Alpaca 2, lovingly hand painted by Wollsinn and Isager Tvinni for a lace edge.

Just look at these colour combinations…


…aren’t they just unbelievably beautiful! Choose from any of these combinations or e-mail Claudia with your own special wishes. The Kit comes with all the yarn necessary to make the shawl and includes the pattern in either German or English.

It can be ordered directly via Claudia’s website here.

Enjoy your week and for St David’s day I wish you…

Dydd Gwŷl Dewi Sant hapus!




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