Hello friends! It’s been a fair long while since my last post and for that I am sorry. It has been a bit of a struggle here as I have been battling with a rather nasty viral infection that doesn’t want to go away. Today is the first day in a long while that I feel well enough to sit in front of the computer and I want to take this opportunity to say hello to all of you.
I also want to introduce you to my latest collaboration design, a vintage inspired baby blanket. This is a collaboration between myself and the lovely Jeni of Fyberspates Yarns. I am sure many of you have worked with some of Jeni’s gorgeous yarns before, this however is a brand new yarn, produced together with Rachel Coopey of Coop Knits. Socks Yeah is a fabulous new yarn in ten delicious colours designed by Rachel. Hard wearing and machine washable at 30 degrees, 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon, this yarn is perfect for baby blankets as it is supersoft and has a very high cuddle factor.
As my brief was to come up with a design inspired by vintage colours I firstly set about researching various Pinterest sites. This was followed by trying a multitude of different crochet stitch patterns which I sent on to Jeni for her to choose her favourite. I am pleased to say we both agreed that small hexagon’s were the the most perfect way to show off the yarn and colours, giving the blanket a true vintage feel.
photo courtesy of fyberspates
The pattern for the vintage hexie blanket will be launched by Jeni via her various channels soon…sign up for her newsletter to be the first to know or check back here on the blog. Hope you like it!
Remember these? A couple of weeks ago I told you about my playing around with flowers. This is what I came up with for my idea of a corsage with a bit of a difference.
I wanted the layout to evolve organically and all by itself, rather than planning it all in minute detail before starting. So I set to work with some yarn scraps from my stash (all worsted weight), a 5mm hook and some beads, and this is the result…
…do you like it? It’s a quick little project! You can whip it up in an afternoon or evening, ready to wear the next day or as a last minute gift for someone special. Do you want to make one?
Here is how:
You need: Yarn scraps and corresponding crochet hook, some beads to decorate and 1 brooch pin.
Ch5, ss to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch1 (counts as dc), work 9dc into ring, ss to join.
Rnd 2: *Ch3, work a 7-st tr cluster in next st, 3ch, ss in next st; repeat from *4 times, ss to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Make as many flowers as you need for you corsage (I made seven for mine), assemble in a way that pleases you and stitch together. For the final icing on the cake (or flower in this case!) add some beads and attach the brooch pin to the back.
Try different yarns for different looks! I would love to see what fabulous creations you come up with, so please mail me with a photo.
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…
…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?!?
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…
…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…
…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…
Are you enjoying your festive season as much as I am mine?, I hope you are x
After our lovely time at the Welsh Quilt Centre it was time to move on down the road to the National Wool Museum in Dre-fach Felindre near Newcastle Emlyn.
In this gem of a museum, housed in the former Cambrian Mills, you can explore the large industry that produced clothing, shawls and blankets for the workers of Wales and beyond.
Carding, spinning, willowing…Pirn winder and Dobcross loom, by the end of your visit they will be more than mere words. Demonstrations on how everything works take place throughout the day and there are many fabulous examples of the work on display.
Especially the wall of blankets is not to be missed…
Kaffe Fassett has come to Wales for sure as there is also a large exhibition of his work to see here. You can take a trip down memory lane with his knitwear designs from early beginnings to almost the present day.
To finish off you can sample some beautiful designs in the Textile Gallery.
One of the displays is a huge wall hanging made by the knitting group that meets at the Museum on a regular basis. Members have individually re-worked traditional Welsh blanket designs into knitting charts, then knitted them and sewn up into this stunning design.
Like the Quilt Centre, I urge you to go and visit the National Wool Museum on your next visit to Carmarthenshire/Wales or the surrounding near area. It is an amazing place steeped in history.
First of all I want to say a big huge thank you to all you lovely people who have already purchased a copy of the latest Lola Loops book. I hope you enjoy knitting many of the lovely designs over the next few weeks.
Today I want to introduce the remaining four designs to you, so here goes…
MELERI – NECKERCHIEF
This cute little neckerchief bears no resemblance to the utilitarian versions worn by scouts and sailors. Quickly knitted in no more than a couple of evenings, this little frippery will jazz up any spring outfit and the styling fits in perfectly with this year’s preppy look.
BRANWEN – VINTAGE BEANIE
Using the 1920s era and the style of the Flapper girl as inspiration I created this vintage beanie hat. Dainty and quite elegant this style is perfect during the day, knit in fine wool yarn. Using fine cotton yarn with a thread of sparkle, it can easily be worn as a glamorous accessory for evening.
ANNA – NAUTICAL BAG
A girl can never have enough bags and this little number says everything there is to say about summer. Bright and cheerful nautical stripes in classic colours are set off by a sharp green top and gorgeous red leather handles. To make it user-friendly the bag is lined and padded, making it perfect to carry all your essentials right through summer.
ALWEN – SPRING LEAVES SCARF
Darling buds of Spring are winding their way up (or down) this light but cosy scarf. Knit in Rowan’s new Soft Knit Cotton yarn, this scarf is super soft and right on trend in this colour too.
As you can see, all the designs can be knitted quickly and don’t require large amounts of yarn either. They make perfect gifts or you could just spoil yourself and keep them all. Whatever you decide, all of them are colourfully perfect for Spring & Summer.
Just like the first book, this one wouldn’t be the same without the fabulous Lola illustrations all drawn by ‘my man’. I think you will agree that they make the book extra special.