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Last preparations are under way as the Wales Retreat 2016 is about to start.

One more sleep and everyone will arrive.

I can’t wait to welcome my lovely ladies from Germany at the airport tomorrow taking them to the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen where a warm welcome is waiting for them.

Everyone is looking forward to a week of knitting fun with old friends and new.

There will be laughter and yarn…a lot of yummy yarn!

I hope you are joining us on our  journey throughout the week as I will try and write every day.

Happy weekend! Enjoy! X.

#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.

Llangollen

The waiting is over!

We have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks putting together a fabulous new package for you. A friendly place with yummy food to stay, some lovely and hopefully inspiring visits, a fabulous new workshop programme and best of all the ability to make friends for life.

2015 RetreatThis year’s retreat was a huge success and we have taken all the best bits, added some new bits and improved on a few others, on top of that we have more places available for 2016. There are 14 places available which, if this year is anything to go by, will go very quickly. Don’t wait too long sending your registration.

So without further ado, here are all the important bits

Date: Sunday 8 May – Saturday 14 May 2016

Venue: Chainbridge Hotel – Llangollen (www.chainbridgehotel.com)

Workshop Theme: Texture & Structure in Knitting (more info for those who book a place will follow at later date)

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Detailed Information sheets with programme and costs, are available to download using this link (English Version) or visit the WoolyLoops website to find all the information in German.

What are you waiting for…

Claudia and I are looking forward to welcoming you to our exciting new knitting adventures next year.

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