Lazy Summer

Almost two months of no writing…how did that happen?

It’s not because I haven’t done anything or made anything or generally had nothing to say, the last few weeks have just gone by so quickly.

I finally finished my toe-up socks…

…and even though I loved the yarn (Hedgerow Yarns), I didn’t really enjoy the experience of knitting from the toe up.

Sock knitting has always been my go-to relaxing project – when I am in between projects and not sure what to start next, or when I just want to chill in front of the TV. Socks also make the best in-car knitting projects…ever! Toe-up didn’t really do this for me as I constantly needed to look at the pattern. I know I could memorise this over time, but I just don’t want to spend time doing this and even though I really love the way the socks have turned out…

…it’s back to my trusted Oma’s Socks 🙂

I have already started a new pair!

This is a pattern by my sister (Buntes Schaf) and it is available in both German and English via Ravelry and Lovecrafts. Ellen (my little sis) gifted me the yarn from Germany and I am already loving the gentle rhythm of the pattern.

In other news – I have recently been to the French Alps with one of my best friends. Just as soon as we were allowed, we booked a shuttle ticket and drove across. We were sooooo ready for a change of scenery after the long lockdown period. The weather was fabulous, we hiked every day, had boat rides on Lake Geneva and spent lazy evenings chilling with a glass or two and our knitting.

I hope your summer is full of loveliness too and you are keeping well!

Until soon…I am off for some more chillin’! xx

#retreatlog2017 – day six

All too soon the last evening came to a close, but not before we had given out certificates, brooches for taking part and tipped our wonderful chef Tomas and his lovely wife Miska handsomely for all their hard work.

Claudia was the very happy recipient of the give-away pack of my Shetland Wave Hap pattern and The Little Grey Sheep yarn, and we were all completely bowled over by Marion’s ability of 3D short row shaping (see the cat in top centre collage).

A little bleary eyed we enjoyed a last breakfast together before everyone was collected to be taken back down the mountain to Geneva airport for their journey’s home in various directions.

One last knit-in at the airport and we say:

Safe travels and thank you for being part of an amazing week of colour, yarn and friendship.

Auf Wiedersehen – Good Bye – Au Revoir … see you at our 2018 Retreat in Wales!

Big Hugs, Heike and Claudia

X.

#retreatlog2017 – day five

Surely not…it can’t be…the last day already!!!! The week has flown by, here are some more impressions of our fabulous week…

Days one and two…getting acquainted and the beginnings of short rows.

Days three and four…hiking, medieval towns and working on projects.

Day five…colour theory and how to make chosen photo into knitted fabric.

Soon we will all get together for our last evening, starting with canapés and champagne, followed by last delicious meal cooked for us by our wonderful chef Tomas.

This will be followed by a show and tell, and I can’t wait to see and hear what everyone has to say and show about the past week.

I know one thing…

…Claudia would like to drive home in this!

X.

#retreatlog2017 – day four

Day four and the day started with one on one lessons of new found friends helping each other.

Soon we were all back in the classroom learning about our body measurements and how to apply these to working out our own knitting patterns.

Even the maestro was hard at work planning a lovely jumper using Emma’s Hampshire Yarn (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk). The sleeves are almost done!

Our lovely guests have been hard at work and the cowl project using short rows is coming along really well.

I love how every cowl uses the same pattern but looks so different because of the different colour combinations.

After such hard work we all appreciate the delicious meals our fabulous chefs Miska and Tomas prepare for us every evening. Today I had to go on an 8 km power hike just to make sure that all these calories don’t attach themselves to me too much.

But how could one possibly resist this!

Until tomorrow!

X.

#retreatlog2017 – day three

 

#retreatlog2017 #madewithloops.co.ukOh what a glorious morning we woke up to! The sky was blue and the sun was shining, nothing could be better for our day trip to Yvoire right by the shores of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva).

Everyone was in a jolly mood as we set off down the mountain and, as I knew, Yvoire did not disappoint. The cobbled streets, old houses and beautiful plants and flowers made for a stunning backdrop for a great day.

#retreatlog2017 #madewithloops.co.uk

#retreatlog2017 #madewithloops.co.uk

I was looking forward to an extra treat…meeting up with a special friend…

…Annette from @myrosevalley blog. Over the past three years we have managed to meet up in the French Alps once a year for a catch up, exchange of ideas and general knit/crochet experience and we have become firm friends and true soul sisters.

We spent the day chatting, knitting and laughing a lot…perfect!

Another wonderful day filled with friendship and colour came to an end way to quickly!

Let’s see what tomorrow brings!

X.