moya star shawl – now available to download

#moyastarshawl #madewithloops

Hello dear readers, I am home from my travels to Andalucia. I got home on Wednesday night after what can only be described as the arctic flight home. So cold in fact, that I am now suffering a number of infections as a result and feeling a bit sorry for myself.

On a cheerful note however, I am over the moon that you all seem to like my Moya Star Shawl. It was received very well during it’s launch in Germany at the weekend and I have received many lovely comments via various social media channels.


#moyastarshawl #madewithloops

#moyastarshawl #madewithloops

As promised in my last post, the pattern is now available as a digital download via my pattern store here . Launching online today, this pattern can be purchased in three languages, English, German and Dutch. A huge big thank you goes to my lovely friend Marianne ( for the Dutch translation and my wonderful co-producer Claudia ( for the German version.

The Moya Star Shawl is also available as a kit via Claudia’s web-shop as of today. Just visit it here, select your colour choices and soon a lovely package will arrive for you to make your very own beautiful version of the shawl.

#moyastarshawl #madewithloops

Please share photos of your finished shawl, I really would love to see your colour combinations. Why not post on Instagram #moyastarshawl or send me an email attaching some photos. Most importantly…

Enjoy! X.

crochet design launch – moya star shawl



After a long time dreaming about it, my very special friend Claudia opens the doors to her wonderful yarn shop, Wollsinn, in Oppenheim/Germany. For many years Claudia has been cooking up a storm, dyeing beautiful yarns and selling them via her website. She is also one of the largest stockists of the gorgeous Isager Yarns I know, and when not dyeing or selling yarn, organises the Schwabsburger Wollfest with a friend and Knitting Retreats in Wales with me. We also work on many design collaborations together, and have come up with something very special for the opening tomorrow.


May I introduce my brand new design, Moya Star Shawl! This beauty of a shawl is made up of 40 crochet stars, specially designed to show off the gorgeous yarn from South Africa. The yarn is organically produced by women co-operatives, hand dyed and is the softest cotton I have ever worked with.

The shawl has been test crochet by my lovely friend Marianne and Claudia’s friend Manu just to make sure it is error free for you.

From tomorrow until next Wednesday, 24 September, the pattern will be exclusively available in Wollsinn’s shop, after that you will be able to purchase it from both Claudia and my website’s (more details will follow). We so hope you will love this shawl as much as we do!

Please join me in wishing Claudia many happy and successful years in her new stunning and welcoming yarn emporium.


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!


schwabsburg – day one – arrival




Leaving Manchester and 14C behind, I was greeted by 34c on arrival at Frankfurt. Bright blue skies, lovely sunshine and Claudia’s wonderful mum Ruth greeted me. I was instantly whisked away and driving along picturesque roads beside the mighty river Rhein, we soon arrived at Claudia’s house. I am staying in the most perfect room of all…the wool room! Slightly empty of yarn, as everything has been packed for the Woolfest, I can still feel the presence of much woolly gorgeousness that normally lives here. There is however the sample wall to be admired and on my pillow I found this fun card that by pulling the tab turns from sheep to wolf…such fun!


Another lovely surprise was seeing Ruth’s finished project from the Wales knitting retreat. Isn’t her cushion simply beautiful?!

Tomorrow will be a long day! I am teaching first thing and then helping out wherever I am needed.

Better turn the lights off..Nosta all, see you tomorrow!