a week of making

It’s been a busy week for us here at Made with Loops…

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…filming in Snowdonia National Park.

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Sorting out and starting new…

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…preparations for a surprise…

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…Valentine’s day bunting for ‘my girl’.

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Who say’s romance is dead…Valentine’s day flower’s from ‘my man’.

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A little gift for a special hooky friend…

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…a lovely lunch with my friend Heather from The Patchwork Heart. We met last year via Instagram, and now meet regularly to exchange new crochet ideas, have lunch and generally enjoy time together.

Today it’s back in the studio working on some new ideas which will involve quite a lot of this…

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I hope you are all having a lovely week too.

Enjoy! x

the shawl of many colours

dear diary,

a couple of months ago my ‘little’ sister came to visit. She lives in Germany (as does all my family), and we therefore don’t see each other anywhere near enough. We both like many of the same things: crochet, knitting, sewing and crafting, as well as cooking and gardening, and it is always such a treat to spend some time together.

This time she came to stay with me for just over one week, and I can promise you we made the most of it. We went shopping, we did lots of crafting, knitting and crochet, and we did lots of cooking together too; and all of this whilst chatting and laughing a lot.

One of the highlights of that week was a visit to Colinette yarns in Mid-Wales, about an hour and a half drive from where I live. We both bought some yarn (of course), some for a cardigan each (more about that another time), and a pack of 5 small hanks of Jitterbug in different colours, which I thought would make a lovely long multicoloured shawl.

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This is how ‘the shawl of many colours’ was born, and today I would like to share the pattern with you. The shawl is a very simple design, a combination of garter stitch stripes and some garter stitch eyelet rows worked in. The shape is quite narrow, first you increase on one side only, and after a while you decrease on the opposite side only.

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The Jitterbug yarn is a beautifully soft Merino yarn and is available in about 125 shades. It is perfect for all manner of knitting and crochet, lending itself especially to make beautifully soft and drapey accessories.

My aim was to design something that could be knitted fairly quickly and without too much fuss. This is a project perfect for using up left-over sock yarns, a project that can be taken to knitting group or would be perfect for TV knitting, and  I am very happy with the result. At over 250 cm long, the shawl wraps around your neck a few times, caressing your skin and keeping you snug and warm while at the same time cheering up even the dullest winter’s day.

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This is a FREE pattern and you are very welcome to download it HERE. I know my ‘little’ sister will and next time we see each other we can have a wonderful outing wearing our matching shawls. I hope it will be very soon.

Enjoy! x

the two way cardigan

dear diary,

this coming Saturday a few friends and I are embarking on our long awaited Colinette outing and I am looking forward to it very much indeed. What could possibly be better than spending a day in the company of like-minded yarn-obsessed friends visiting a place that can only be described as yarn heaven.

Knowing that it will be impossible for me to resist one or two purchases, I thought it might be a good idea to use the yarn from my last visit almost 3 years ago…

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colinette zanziba – colourway mist

…to finally make a cardigan inspired by a garment I saw during one of my visit’s to Germany.

Knit Notes 1

design notes for two way cardigan

This is basically a cardigan made up of three rectangular sections using two different stitch patterns which, when assembled, can be worn both way’s up. This means that the original collar can also become the lower back by wearing the cardigan the other way up. Confused?!? Here are some photos to help…

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first option with collar being collar

Two way Cardigan 2

first option with original lower back

…and now turn it upside down…

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second option with original lower back now as collar

Two way Cardigan 4

second option with original collar now as lower back

I am quietly chuffed that my idea, subsequent scribbles and math’s have worked. The two way up cardigan will have it’s first outing on Saturday to visit it’s place of birth in mid-wales. 🙂

impressions of an exhibition – woolfest in backnang

After a long long wait it was finally time for me to get on a plane to Stuttgart and then onward to Backnang where the third Wollfest was going to take place this past weekend. Counting myself very lucky indeed for having been invited for the third time, I was looking forward to a couple of days of yarn heaven, teaching workshops, helping at my friend Renate’s stand, catching up with old friends and making lots of new ones. The event takes place at the Walldorf Schule, and by the end of the two days 1800 visitors had enjoyed the fruits of five peoples (the organising team) hard work over the past twelve month’s and the total dedication of the school caretaker. More about workshops etc. in a later post…

today I give you impressions of a fabulous weekend…

Backnang Town

Wollin Stand

Dibadu Stand

Filz und Mehr Stand

Holz und Stein Stand

Felt and Fun

Spiro Stand

Danica & Gabi Stand

Natures Luxuries Stand

Wollerey Stand

Wollsin Stand

Spiro Yarn

Filz Coat and bag

Walliser Blacknose from CH

Sheep Stand

Spinning Wheel

The Hall

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Just wait until you see my purchases…:)

A sunny week

dear diary,

for the first time in ages I have enjoyed my daily walks with Max this week. Lately the fields around me have been water logged and very soggy to walk in, no fun at all. All change this week, we have had frosty mornings…

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Where I live (you can just see my house)

…with bright sunshine.

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Max and I have really enjoyed feeling the crisp air in our lungs and the warm sunshine on our backs…

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Max enjoys the warm rays

Boots

First time in ages my boots aren’t muddy

…and all this warm sunshine has encouraged first signs of life in my garden.

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First sign of Spring in my garden

This week has also seen the birthday celebration of a dear friend held during our knitting group…

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Yarn filled Candy Jar – Gift for my friend

…and what would a week be without a little crochet 😉

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Crochet Spring Flower Keyring

Best of all…the weatherman says it’s going to be lovely for another week. Fingers crossed! 🙂

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