Grannies Summer Folly – A Free Pattern

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Hello my lovely friends and readers! Summer has finally arrived here in North Wales, and as I was just catching a ray or two in my garden over a cup of tea, I thought what a perfect time this would be to introduce you to my latest FREE Pattern…

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…Grannies Summer Folly – A Crochet Basket!

What do you think? Do you like it? I do so hope you do and might want to make one too. It’s really not difficult…no honestly, even a beginner can achieve it. Every detail on how to make it is included in the pattern, and I am sure you all have a ball of yarn…or two…that would be perfect for this project. It really truly is a fairly quick project that can easily be made over a weekend…maybe whilst sitting in the summer sunshine in your garden or local park.

This is how it all started…

 

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One day I was playing around with colour and the traditional granny square…

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…I made twenty seven of them and thought “What next”! That’s when the idea of a summer basket struck me, so I continued…

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…and the whole time I was enjoying myself and getting just a little excited, and then I finished…

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…and I am loving it!!

Immediately I thought that you will love it to, and that you might like to make one. So today I want to give you the opportunity to make your very own Grannies Summer Folly basket, because we all need a little folly in our lives now and again…don’t you think!

You can download the pattern, which contains everything you need to know, by simply clicking HERE!

I hope you will make one and share it with me by sending me a photo to my e-mail (in the right hand side bar), so that maybe I can share it in a post at a later date.

My basket is going on a lovely summery trip this weekend…I will tell you all next time.

Enjoy! X.

celebration give-away

My little blog is two years old this week!!!

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I can hardly believe it, but this week sees the second anniversary of Made with Loops. This morning I checked my diary to make sure I have in my head all important items for this week, and there it was…a circled entry reading:”Blog – 2nd anniversary!”.

From humble beginnings writing the first post in April 2012, this little space of mine has evolved into a place where I share my many studio moments with you, as well as traveling adventures and many other snippets from my life, sometimes important and other times totally trivial. During the past two years I have met many like minded people, have made many new friends, and this little creative place of mine couldn’t exist without all of you lovely and faithful followers.

So, I am thinking these celebrations need a little something to spruce them up…

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…yes they do…

To celebrate two exciting years of yarn adventures I will have a yummy scrummy give-away feast…

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…here is what you can win:

2 x 50g each of Debbie Bliss Prima in blue and turquoise – this is 80% Bamboo/20% Merino Wool – plus

2 x 50g of Louisa Harding Mariposa – 52% Viscose/48% Cotton – plus

Easy Crochet Flowers by Nikki Trench – 30 projects to make for your home and to wear

Well,…what do you think?

Would you like to be in it to win it?

Here is what you have to do:

Subscribe to the blog and leave a comment telling me what it is you particularly like about this blog and what you might like to see more of. That’s it – Easy!!!

I will draw the winner next Monday, 28 April 2014, when I return from my workshop trip in Germany.

Well, what are you waiting for, go and leave that comment right now, and don’t forget to include your e-mail address so that I can get in touch with you should you win.

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Thank you again for you ongoing support, and here is to many more yarny ramblings!

Good luck to you all!

X.

daisy buchanan scarf

dear diary,

Last weekend ‘my man’ took me to the cinema to see The Great Gatsby. This re-make of one of my favourite movies is full of glitzy special effects using current music styles somewhat jazzed up and stars Leonardo Di Caprio, one of my favourite actors. In my opinion this version doesn’t come close to the 1974 film starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, but that’s just my humble view and I let you decide.

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daisy buchanan scarf – 100% silk

I am a great fan of the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and  the Great Gatsby is probably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest novel. It is a book that offers damning and insightful views of the American nouveau riche in the 1920s.

Fitzgerald seems to have had a brilliant understanding of lives that are corrupted by greed and incredibly sad and unfulfilled. This novel is a product of its generation, with  the powerful character of Jay Gatsby at it’s centre. Gatsby is rich, powerful and world-weary, but ultimately really nothing more than a man desperate for love.
F. Scott Fitzgerald paints a picture of a lifestyle and a decade that is both fascinating and horrific, and he  captures a society and a set of young people that is on a downward spiral of decadence. Fitzgerald was part of that high-living lifestyle, but he was also a victim of it. He was one of the beautiful but he was also forever damned. In all its excitement, pulsating with life and tragedy, The Great Gatsby captures brilliantly the American dream in a time when it had descended into decadence.
All this makes for great movies with fabulous backdrop styling and costumes,  and I am a huge fan of the style and designs of the Art Deco period. I simply adore all those floaty flapper dresses worn with masses of long strings of pearl necklaces, fabulous head dresses and the fact that women made an effort on how they looked every day. (No sloppy baggy track suit bottoms in sight!).
With this in mind I wanted to design something that Daisy would have been proud to wear.
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I present the ‘Daisy Buchanan scarf’ –  knitted using gorgeously drapey and soft 100% Silk in soft summer shades. This is a FREE pattern and you can download it  here or by going to my Ravelry page (link in right column).

Enjoy feeling floaty all summer! x

 

 

Colour Affection – my take!

dear diary,

having just finished my latest design, the Rügen Shawl, I needed a rest from mathematical formulars, tension squares and lace samples.

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I remembered Angelika, a German friend of mine, wearing a lovely shawl at Wollfest in Backnang and writing down the name of the design on a piece of paper. Of course I couldn’t remember where I put piece of paper in question but I had a vague recollection of Angelika’s mention of designer’s name and after Ravelry came to the rescue I found what I was looking for: color affection by veera välimäki. I realised that this was clearly one of those ‘MUST KNIT’s’ as approx. 12800 people have favourited it and about 2300 projects have been listed by Raveller’s.

I rummaged in my Stash and found plenty left-over yarn from my Baltic Coast Shawl,

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beautiful Old Maiden Aunt Merino/Silk Mix 4 ply. I also found a couple of hanks of Debbie Bliss’s Andes, a lovely soft Alpaca/Silk mix, which I knew would be perfect to complement the two other colours.

I started knitting a week or so ago and the shawl grew quickly. As I never seem to be able to follow a pattern completely, always getting the urge to change at least one or two things, this project was no different.

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I didn’t do stripes and I changed the short row shaping slightly, but apart from that I was a ‘good girl’ and followed the pattern. The shawl was a joy to knit and is a great shape to wear, I can wrap it around my neck a couple of times due to it’s length.  As the weather is not set to be improving any time soon I should get quite a bit of wear out of it before summer arrives here in Wales.

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