advent give-away part 2

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Happy second Advent lovely people!

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who entered last weekends give-away. This morning I used an online random number generator to pick the two winners. Many congratulations to Barbara Pankhurst and Annushka12, you have each won a copy of Sticka 2 and a 100g hank of Hampshire DK wool. I have sent you a personal reply and look forward to seeing what you make with the beautiful yarn in due course.

It’s been a very cold week here and every morning we have woken up to a frosty countryside. As I had surgery at the beginning of the week, I spent most of my days in bed, what better time to think up this weeks give-away!



I give you the Christmas Star Coaster!

…and here is the free give-away pattern:

What you need: Small amounts of yarn in colours that you like – Cotton is best, I used Vinnis Colours – you also need a little lurex yarn for that extra little sparkly touch.

3mm and 4mm Crochet Hooks and darning needle

The How To:  (UK Terms)

Make a magic loop and using 4mm hook work as follows:

Rnd 1: Ch1, work 6dc into loop, ss to join and pull loop tight.

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Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in same stitch, *3ch, 2tr in next st; rep. from * around, finish 3ch, ss to join – (6 3ch-sp’s)

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Rnd 3: Ss to first 3ch-sp, 5dc into 3ch-sp and each 3ch-sp around, ss to join. Fasten off.

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Rnd 4: Join new yarn between any 5dc groups. *2ch, skip 2dc, [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next dc, 2ch, skip 2dc, dc in sp between 5dc groups; rep. from * around, ss to join.

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Rnd 5: Work ss around complete star as follows: 1ss in each st, 2ss in each 2ch-sp and 3ss in each 3ch-sp. Fasten off.

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Next: Using 3mm hook and lurex yarn work surface ss around complete star. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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A little Advent crochet for you! I hope you will enjoy making these, to give as gifts or just keep all to yourself to add a little sparkle to your table.



madewithloops studio news

#moyayarn #scaapi #wollsinn #madewithloops

Hello my lovelies, how have you been? I hope your weekend was lovely and bright and you managed to spent some time relaxing with either hook or needles.

It seems that the star theme from last week has been ever present in my studio too as I have been working away on a few new things.

First up a brand new design to be launched on the 19th September during the grand opening of my friend Claudia’s shop in Oppenheim/Germany. Claudia, who has been running her online shop Wollsinn for many years, is taking the plunge and fulfilling the lifelong dream of her own shop. More about that in another post…it will be wonderful!

#crochet #starmotif #madewithloops #turkey

Many of you know how much I love Turkey, and it comes as no surprise that I am always immensely inspired by Turkish culture, people, colour and so on. Over the past few weeks I have been working on a few new crochet motifs, most of them stars. Watch out for a free star design featuring here very soon.

#isageryarn #kontrast #madewithloops

This week however will be mostly about finishing my Kontrast Jumper, a new design by Marianne Isager. A top down design, which has been an absolute pleasure to knit and I am hoping I can announce an English version of this pattern very soon. This design gives the knitter the opportunity to decide which of the beautiful Isager yarns to work with, thus making it extremely adaptable. For my version I am working with Viscolin (50% Viscose/50% Linen) and Palet (100% Cotton), making it the perfect companion on my trip to Andalusia next week, I can’t wait.

Have a fabulous week, enjoy!


it’s all in the stars – spread some paperluck

#good luck charms #lucky stars

Humans have been superstitious for about as long as we have had the capability of higher thinking. It takes a fair amount of brainpower to think you can harness soul-crushing randomness of life, however futile a feat that may be. Many people have lucky objects that mean a lot to them personally, but throughout different cultures and times there have always been objects almost universally believed to bring good luck.

One of the most widely used charms believed to bring good fortune is the four leaf clover. Horseshoe, evil eye and hand of Fatima are other widely used objects, and most of us believe in lucky stars.

The Japanese have long had a fascination with lucky stars and it seems that we are beginning to adopt this fascination in equal measures too. A great idea to spread some good fortune is to give a jar of origami good luck stars to a well deserving person as a gift.

These small, origami stars are originally from Japan. The legend goes that once upon a night, a small girl saw falling stars disappearing from the sky. As less and less stars remained in the sky, she folded tiny paper stars from scrap paper she had on hand and placed them in a wishing jar. Each time she folded a star, a falling star was saved and appeared again into the night sky. Hence, they were called lucky stars. The stars are told to bring luck to the receiver of such a jar! #good luck stars #paperluck

My friend Kirsten of Paperluck is the maker of all kinds of lucky stars. The stars (and DIY kits) you see there are handmade from high quality paper and put together with care. You’ll find instructions on how to fold the stars included. The lucky stars are not only adorable to place inside a jar or vase, but are also wonderful as a babyshower or good luck gift, and can be used in buntings, cake toppings, or whatever a creative mind can come up with. I can think of a million perfect occasions for spreading a little luck about. How about you?

Have a wonderful week!