a perfect day

Hello friends, how have you been? Good I hope and maybe you have missed me just a tiny teeny bit?

It’s been a long while since you have heard from me, but a lot has happened since my last post way back at the beginning of March. More on that another time.

Today I want to introduce you to my brand new design – “A perfect day”.

This shawl is my second collaboration with Fibre Artist Chrissie Day. You may remember our collaboration of the “Walk the line” shawl last year. Chrissie lives in the bleak, but oh so beautiful, North Pennines, from where she writes, designs and enjoys the amazing landscape she lives in.

Chrissie creates her own range of yarns from the marvellous Blue faced Leicester sheep roaming the fields where she lives, achieving some some stunning earthy colours by adding beautiful chocolate and peat colour from the Zwartbles breed. All the yarn is from the same flock and same clip which adds immense beauty to the fibre.

It was with great pleasure I agreed to design a new shawl for her when she asked me and it is with great joy that I introduce this new design to you today.

The shawl uses two stunning colours of Chrissie’s 100% British Moorland Yarn, powder pink denoting Summer sky pink and dusty inky blue for a stormy Pennine sky. It is worked from the bottom up starting with the lace border and the crescent shape is achieved by working short rows, with the result being a long shallow shawl that is very easy to wear.

An accessory to make every day into a perfect day for you.

The shawl is available in kit form directly from Chrissie HERE  and will include the yarn you need to make it plus the pattern.

Wishing you a lovely bank holiday weekend. Until very soon.

Happy knitting, Heike x.

#strickenmachtglücklich / #knittingmakesyouhappy

It’s here, it’s finally here and I can hardly contain my happy excitement! After waiting months to be able to speak about it and show photos, I finally can and today I am so thrilled to introduce you to this fabulous new book.

A book jam packed with beautiful designs by twelve well known Knitters from Instagram…and I am so proud to be one of them.

Last summer I was contacted by the lovely people from EMF Verlag in Germany with the request to design something for a new book idea they had. A book in the style of Instagram photos representing Knitters who are present on this social media platform and who would offer a wide variety of projects. Was I interested? Of course I was!

I chose my yarn, beautiful Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy in the shades above, set to work and here is the result.

#aurelie – a large crescent shaped shawl incorporating all the things I like: colour, stripes, simple lace and i-cords.

The book is published in German only at the moment and available from all the places that sell books. If you like the look of this and want to try your luck, you can go over to my Instagram (@madewithloops) where I am running a give-away. Two lucky people will win a copy of the book plus the yarn to make my shawl in their own choice of colours. (Due to shipping costs Europe only – sorry)

I hope you will help me celebrate my joining in the fun.

Good luck! xo.

three thousand miles – a new pattern

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It’s taken a while…but I am so happy to be able to share with you my latest design today 🙂

The ‘Three Thousand Miles Shawl’

A big old distance lies between ‘The Rainbow Room’, where this shawl was created and Magpie Fibres, home of the yarn used. Over three thousand miles in fact.

Earlier this year I started ‘talking’ with Dami, the owner of Magpie Fibresover on Instagram. I took a very big liking to all of her beautiful yarns and when she posted photos of some amazing sets of her swanky sock yarn, I instantly fell in love.

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Hand-dyed in the city of Frederick in Maryland USA, this yarn sang to me immediately and when Dami brought some hanks for me to try to Edinburgh earlier this year, I knew I had to do something special.

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The shawl is worked in three sections and uses just over 1000 metres of yarn. Multiply the two and you get the distance between my studio and the home of Magpie Fibres, hence the name.

You start by working the cabled section, followed by the large main section and finally the opposite long section. All of it is finished off with one of my trademark favourites, an I-cord cast off. The result is a pretty large (Width 165 cm x Depth 70 cm), super soft shawl, which, I am sure, will become a firm favourite in no time.

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You can of course use any yarn you like, just make sure it is soft and squishy and if you want to achieve the same size as my sample, I urge you to use a fingering/4ply yarn. Here is what you need:

Magpie Fibres Swanky Sock – 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon (or yarn of choice)

115g/345m – Sample uses:

1 x shade Baby got Black – Col A

2 x shade Love & Rockets – Col B

1 x shade Paint it Black – Col C

4 mm Knitting Needles (at least 100cm long circular for main body of shawl to accommodate stitches)

Cable Needle

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The pattern is now available as instant download from all the usual places to which you find links on the right hand side of this blog.

I hope you like it and enjoy making your very own, perfect for winter, squishy shawl.

XO.

news round-up

Goodness, is it really three weeks already since I last posted? Time really goes too quickly!

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I thought I pop in today just to give you a quick update on what I have been working on during these past few weeks. Having to spent a bit of time resting under doctors orders, I was able to catch up on some sock knitting.

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First a pair for ‘my girl’. These are from Kerstin Balke’s (@stine_und_stitch) Soxx Book and were a lot of fun to knit. Currently her book is not available in English, but I think there are plan’s for that in the future.

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Next up a pair for ‘my man’. My first pair of #scrappyhappysocks using up bits of sock yarn left over from other knitted pairs. I used my trusted Omas Socks pattern for these, it is totally fool proof and is the perfect pattern for anyone wanting to try their hand’s knitting socks for the first time. You can download it HERE.

I got so hooked on scrappy happy socks that I started another pair almost immediately, these may well be a present for someone (Christmas is approaching fast).

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At the end of September I went to Yarndale. I hadn’t been for a couple of years and it was fun to catch up with old friends, chatting with new vendors and soaking in the yarny atmosphere.

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As well as sock knitting, I have also been busy working on a new design. Remember my Everyday Sweater (Here, there will be a Everyday Cardigan next. This is going to be a series of items that can be made fairly quickly, is simple, yet stylish with a twist and will become your go-to items all year round.

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Looking at all of these photos I can see why the last three weeks have flown by, I was just a wee bit busy.

During the next few weeks I will be going on my great adventure traveling to Guatemala. This trip has been a long time coming and as you can imagine, I am so excited. My cases are packed, just a few last minute things to finish and then we are off. We are staying with family and here is one of the gifts I made for the daughter of one of my cousins. All little girls like pink right?!?

You can follow my travels over on Instagram where I will share photos and maybe even the odd video on my Insta Stories.

My travel project will be a new shawl design I have in my head and yesterday I wound the yarn into yummy cakes, ready to take on board the plane to get started. This is beautiful squishy yarn from Antonella of Cosy Posy Yarn in Canada in colours Amber, Siren and Coffee Date. I can’t wait to get started and share photos of progress with you.#madewithloops.co.ukI hope you all have a great October and chat again soon.

Heike xo.

everyday sweater

So happy to be able to show you my latest design today. I am calling it the Everyday Sweater, because it is just that, a sweater that will become your very best friend, a cosy hug, a go-to item for everyday.

For a long while I wanted to design a jumper in a relaxed style, a super comfy wearable garment to keep hanging over the edge of the sofa, the sort of jumper you want to wear all the time. I had been looking for just the right yarn to knit with and when I saw the new shades Emma (the little grey sheep) had dyed in her signature yarn (Stein Fine Wool 4 Ply), I fell in love and knew this was it.

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As I already had a style in mind, swatching began immediately. I really didn’t want to waste any time and was so eager to start knitting.

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Soon the sweater was well under way and as I was knitting each row I loved it more and more. The feel of the soft wool running through my hands and the gentle rhythm of the stitches, I didn’t want to stop. As the sweater grew I suddenly thought that I wanted to add something special to this pattern. I feel cold very easily, especially around my neck, but I don’t always want to wear a shawl or scarf. I also love Polo neck jumper’s, but sometimes they feel just a little too tight and hot around the neck. Solution…

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…a detachable short cowl style polo neck that can be added as when needed. 🙂

The sweater features visible seams and deep mistake ribbing and the pattern has detailed notes on how to adjust it to different sizes and change some of the design features. There are many beautiful colours available for Stein Fine Wool 4ply on Emma’s website (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk) and we are currently running a give-away over on our respective Instagram pages to win the yarn and pattern to make your very own #everydaysweater as well as a mini skein kit for a friend.

Why not hop over and try your luck! You find us on Instagram as @madewithloops and @thelittlegreysheep

The pattern is a available as an instant download from all the usual places, just click on any links on the right side of this blog.

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Hope you like it.

Until soon, Heike xo

 

 

 



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