new pattern releases


Image from Mollie Makes Calendar 2016

Image from Mollie Makes Calendar 2016

Hello friends, how have you been? Well I hope.

Sorry I have been so absent from here, no excuse really apart from the usual…

too busy, writer’s block, family issues…you know what I am saying!

Truth is, I am having a bit of a think about what direction I want this space to take.

What do you my lovely readers really want to see here and how often do you actually have time to read what I have to say?

Any feedback will be gratefully received, so leave me comments and say it as it is.

Whatever the case, a re-vamp is going to happen in the not too distant future! 🙂

But on to some good news…

My creative partner in crime Claudia and I have been working flat out on some new ideas over the last few weeks, and today it gives me great pleasure to introduce two new designs to you: #shawlpattern

First up is the Solveig Shawl.

Named after the central character in the play Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, she sings the famous “Solveig’s Song” in Edvard Grieg’s musical suite of the same name, which has been a favourite of mine for a long time.

This slightly semi circular shawl uses simple yarn over’s to maximum effect throughout the main body, becoming more detailed in the lace section of the shawl. You can choose from two different cast-off’s depending on the look you want to achieve. The shawl is large enough to give you the warmest hug just when you need it.

Finished size: Width 160cm – Depths 60cm

#madewithloops, #colourwave

The second new design is this Colourwave Wrap.

A lovely long Pashmina Style Shawl. Perfect make to use up all those soft yarns living in your stash, or make it using the yarns suggested in the pattern.
A must have for journey’s taken by car, train or plane. This accessory will keep you snug, warm and feeling cosy at all times.

Finished size: Length 180cm – Width 48cm

Both patterns are available in English and German and can be purchased via my Etsy shop here.

I can also tell you that ‘The little book of Sox’ is almost finished. Claudia and I are putting the finishing touches to the layout and then it’s off to the printers. With a bit of luck I will be able to show and tell you more before too long. Here is a wee small snippet…, #little book of sox

Enjoy! x.

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!


isager – a danish success story

#isager #denmark lovely readers, have you missed me just a tiny bit? I am home, after 12 days of travel I am back in the comfort that is my messy studio. Here I sit, drinking tea and reminiscing about my trip to beautiful Denmark, meeting a bunch of wonderfully kind and creative people, learning to dye yarn and being part of the launch of some stunning new knitwear collections.

I spent most of my time at the Isager Yarn HQ, a Danish company who has been supplying beautiful quality yarns made from natural fibres for almost 40 years. Both loved and appreciated by knitters from around the globe, the yarns and patterns are sold in selected shops internationally. Classic yarn qualities made using only the best in natural fibres, in a colour range that rarely changes, and loved by knitters, weavers, embroiderers and crocheters alike. The yarns and colours have been created to work well together both within and across the qualities, and can be mixed to create unique pieces.

#isager #yarn #denmark had the privilege to spent some time chatting with both Marianne and Helga Isager about yarn, inspiration and forthcoming events, and I would very much like to share some of it with you.

Both Marianne and Helga are very much inspired by Japan and the Japanese culture. Marianne, who divides her living between Japan and Denmark finds lots of inspiration by living in Tokyo and visiting other cities and their markets. Helga, who studied Japanese in Japan and still travels there a lot, is influenced by Japanese style, their cities and culture. Young people and their individual style is also a great source of inspiration to Helga, and in contrast to Marianne for whom inspiration is followed by yarn and colour choice, for Helga colour and yarn comes first. Helga told me that the start of a new collection is the hardest thing and a lot of swatching is done before the first design is done to perfection. After that everything flows and a collection is put together with Helga almost always hand-finishing every piece herself.

Always full of enthusiasm, Marianne told me about the start of a very exciting new project. Having rescued the Old School in Tversted from demolition (the town Isager is based), she is going to set up a Textile Centre for knitting, weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting and much more. Here school children can come and learn everything about these old and traditional crafts, being taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers. There will be workshops for adults too and the programme for next year is being worked on as I write. #denmark #tversted #isager

Keep your eyes peeled on the Isager website for information about new developments as they happen. I can highly recommend a holiday combined with workshops in this beautiful landscape with never ending skies and light that is unique to this part of Denmark.

I had a truly magical time and have come home with a book full of sketches, inspiration and photographs. Marianne and Helga are both highly creative and inspiring designers. Both with their very own style and identity they have created a heaven of colour and tranquility that is the home of Isager…

…and the best news…they are coming to Ally Pally this year! (The Knitting & Stitching Show )

For the first time they will bring their beautiful yarns and designs to this great event. A great chance for you to come, feel and see all the yarns yourself and meet Helga Isager in person. I would love to meet you too, so go on and book your ticket now.

Hopefully see you there!



schwabsburg day four – relaxing



After a few very busy days in scorching heat, we spent yesterday resting our tired bones in much cooler air not doing very much at all. A little time spent at the stables, followed by a glass of ‘bubbly’ eating scones and then some gentle crochet. Just perfect!

Soon I will have to pack my case, say a sad farewell to Claudia and then hop on another plane. Another chapter of my adventure begins with a flight to Amsterdam where I will spend two days with my lovely and creative Instagram friend Marianne (

I am so excited, it will be so much fun!


knitting retreat diary – day four


IMG_1797Project Progress Collage

Chainbridge CollageDay four was greeted with blue skies and sunshine, perfect for a little early morning knitting outside whilst watching brave people in canoes go by. First things first meant teachers inspecting progress so far now that everyone is working on the actual weeks project. Some beautiful colour combinations are emerging and even Seamus, the handsome kind owner of the Chainbridge Hotel, joined in the jolly good banter and fun we had this morning.

After a good hearty lunch we set off to Chester.

Chester Collage

People CollageI truly love Chester on a beautiful day like today. The architecture and cobbled streets never lose their magic and I can visit the Cathedral and Cloister Gardens over and over again. After a little retail therapy the tranquility was just what we needed before finishing the day with a visit to an Italian Restaurant, sampling delicious food and a little vino.

I think it is fair to say that day four went far too quickly and everyone had fun again today. I wonder what they will think of tomorrow’s surprises?!?