Mutti’s Cushion

Exactly a year ago today another Angel joint the heavenly realms – my Mum.

Fondly called Mutti by me and my siblings and Mimi by my daughter, she now spreads her wings over the sky looking down on us.

Around the time of her passing, I received a package from South Africa containing beautiful yarn sent by Carle (the owner of Nurturing Fibres Yarns) for me to try out.

As a professional player with yarns working from my studio in North Wales, I love trying out new yarns and cooking up new things for you to make. Every day when I work in my studio I can feel Mutti’s presence by my side, her voice speaking softly to me, sometimes telling me to stop dreaming and getting on with the job in hand.

Mutti was a lifelong lover of crafts of all kinds and I can’t ever remember a time when her hands weren’t busy making something. When she was young she made her own clothes and then, when my sister and I where little, she would spent hours making beautiful clothes for our dolls, sitting up late into the night before Christmas, putting finishing touches to little doll’s dresses. However, knitting was her real passion and she created many beautiful things with a pair of sticks and some string.

With that in mind, being able to cope with my overwhelming grief and the knowledge that my hands needed to make something in memory of her, I decided to use the beautiful yarn from South Africa and Mutti’s cushion was born. She had always wanted to visit that amazing country, but in the end she ran out of time.

Using two shades of the super soft Nurturing Fibres Super Twist DK, a 100% Merino Yarn, I decided that I wanted to do some stranded colour work for the cushion and living in the British Isles, what better than using traditional Fair Isle patterns. Traditionally Fair Isle patterns use only two colours per row or round and limit the length of a run of any particular colour. Even though many use the term Fair Isle for any stranded knitting, it is actually reserved for the characteristic patterns of the Shetland Islands.

Initially when I showed Carle photos of the finished cushion she liked it very much and suggested to offer the pattern as a KAL (knit along), unfortunately this never happened.

Today is the first anniversary of Mutti’s passing and I need to commemorate this day with something special.

I have decided this is the perfect day to release the pattern for the cushion for free and offer it as a download PDF via my Ravelry Store https://www.ravelry.com/designers/heike-gittins .

It would make me so happy to see many cushions being made around the world helping me to spread my Mutti’s shining light across the globe. I ask you to please share your photos by tagging #muttiscushion on social media.

Please stay safe and well during this difficult time 🙂

Sending love, Heike xo

tulip tam – new year new pattern

Hello friends, wishing you all a very happy new year!

Can you believe that we are already almost half way through January! Christmas is fast fading into memories, very happy ones for sure, but time flies by so quickly doesn’t it.

I had promised myself just selfish knitting during the holidays, but somehow I don’t seem to manage that very well. Without pre planning I started a project that has turned into my first pattern release for 2018 and today, together with my friend Claudia from Wollsinn in Germany, I am proud to introduce my

T u l i p  T a m 

#tuliptam #einrumyarn #wollsinn #madewithloops.co.uk

The inspiration for this Tam o’Shanter (Tam) came to me during a recent visit to Amsterdam. Visiting Museums and the flower market, seeing all those beautiful Delft tiles and hundreds of different kinds of Tulips made me want to try and incorporate both into a new design. Add to this the stunning Einrum Yarn, 80% Icelandic Wool (for warmth) 20% Mulberry Thai Silk (for drape and sheen) and you will end up with a stylish accessory that keeps you warm during the colder months of the year.

I have already worn my version every day since I finished it, it really keeps me warm and toasty when out walking my dog.

All you need is the following:

100g Einrum E+2 Yarn – 80% Icelandic Wool/20% Mulberry Thai Silk – 50g/208m

The Sample uses 50g shade 1001 (white) – 50g shade 1014 (blue) – Tip: The Tam works best when choosing 2 contrasting colours – one light & one dark.

Set of 2.75mm Double Pointed Needles

2.75mm short Circular Needle

Stitch Marker

Darning Needle

50cm Rib Band circumference, but it will stretch to fit up to 57cm head circumference.

#tuliptam #einrumyarn #wollsinn #madewithloops.co.uk

The entire Tam is knitted in the round which means that the only time you have to purl ist at the beginning when knitting the Rib Band. This is also a great project for someone who is still fairly new to stranded knitting.

Claudia has put together some beautiful colour combination kits which also include the pattern and you can choose between two languages, English or German. Just click on the link HERE to go straight through to her online shop.

If you prefer to purchase the pattern only you can do so via my Etsy shop here or Loveknitting here.

#tuliptam #wollsinn #einrumyarn #madewithloops.co.uk

Keep warm and happy knitting!

X.

 

 

 

astrid shawl – a new design introduction

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

Hello friends, it’s been a while.

Today I would like to introduce you to my latest design, the Astrid Shawl. This shawl is a  wonderful collaboration with my friends from Nature’s Luxury (www.naturesluxury.com) and I am truly and totally in love with this one.

This is a triangular shawl inspired by the colours and patterns of Scandinavian folklore and culture. The shawl is worked from the top down with increases worked every other row at outer edges and centre spine. The use of striking colours and textured, as well as simple Scandinavian stranded patterns, set the scene for some fun knitting hours for the experienced knitter or knitters wanting to explore new techniques.

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

colours I used from left: le coq rouge, barbar, cote d’ivoire, edelholz

Astrid, meaning divine strength, is showcasing Nature’s Luxury Alpacas Bliss, a chunky hand-dyed 100% Alpaca Yarn, so so soft and snuggly, making it perfect for a total comfort knit. The yarn is available in a stunning array of colours, all hand-dyed by Danica of Nature’s Luxury.

Four 100g hanks is all that’s required to make this shawl and Danica has put together beautiful colour combination kits to choose from. You can mix colours together yourself if you prefer and the kit contains the pattern of course. This makes it a perfect addition to your Christmas wish list or to treat yourself right away.

Take a look at the available colours and kits HERE.

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

If you rather just purchase the pattern and use yarn from your stash you can do so via my Etsy shop here .

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

Whatever you decide to do I can promise you this, the shawl is 100% comfort knitting, worked up in no time at all and ready to give you a blissful hug whenever you need all winter.

Enjoy! X.

 

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!

X.

knitting retreat diary – day two

Day 2 Collage 1

Day 2 Collage 2

After sleeping like babies everyone was ready to embrace a new day, and what a fabulous day we woke up to! We were greeted with bird song, blue skies and bucket loads of sunshine.

After a hearty breakfast with, what seemed like gallons of coffee, everyone set to work almost immediately eager to finish colour swatching to begin the actual project. Another mornings hard work gave us a feast for our eyes, just look at all those amazing colour combinations! I think you will agree that they are all pretty spectacular…n’est-ce pas?!?

Other hotel guests were looking on in total awe as ‘the girls’ nimble fingers worked their magic with needles and yarn, and were most puzzled by our language as they couldn’t make out if we were German or in fact Welsh…quite funny at times!

Lunch was soon upon us and then Sian arrived with boxes full of books. Books about Llangollen, the general area, Wales, stories about sheep, paintings, song and poetry, and…surprise…books about knitting!! Isn’t it fantastic when the book shop comes to you? No surprises then when I tell you a good number of purchases were made.

Day 2 Collage 3

Free time afternoon meant that Claudia and I bid everyone farewell and taking the scenic drive home took in some blustery fresh air with some breathtaking scenery saying hello to some of those lovely creatures that provide us with a never ending supply of woolliness!

I might do another sun dance tonight just in case!

X.

 



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