Sunday, 29 October 2017

The different stages of a knitting project

Here is my creative process when it comes to knitting.

I've just seen a new pattern - I really like it
I want to make it now

But

I won't have a chance to wear it
And I have enough projects already on my needles

Yes, but it's really pretty
Look how other people have made it
I'm sure I'll learn something new
And my friend wants to knit it too

Ok, yarn and pattern have been ordered
I can't wait

Yarn has arrived, it's so beautiful
Let's take some pictures for Instagram
I can't wait

Before I start let's swatch
Or I can wing it
No let's swatch first
Swatch is good, casting on

Frantic few days of knitting

One sleeve done, let's work on the second one
Feeling good, both sleeves finished

But the yarn is so thin, it's taking forever
Getting bored

I shouldn't have chosen this color
Am I knitting too tight
I'm bored

Meeting friend to keep motivation
Her project looks so much better
Have I pick the right size, I'm sure it's off
Let's try it, I'm sure it's too small
Oh shoot stitches have dropped off the needles and unraveled

Hum! not that bad
I want to see it finished now
Some more frantic knitting
Another meeting with my friend
Almost there

Knitting is done
Need to bury those loose ends
Finishing touches boredom
Do I really need to block it
It takes so long to dry from wet blocking in humid Florida

The big reveal. I love it 😍
It's so pretty
I was right making those adjustments
The color is perfect
And my friend's pullover is perfect too.


I finished my PurlSoho Lightweight raglan pullover. It was an easy knit, on the boring side, lots and lots of stockinette…. I knit it as instructed, just added some shaping at the sides as I was worried it would look too boxy on me.


Finished a while ago too, 3 hats: Debutant hat from Karen Temple. The first one was finish at Squam where I took a class with Karen. The second one on the plan on the way back, they are fast to wipe out. Inspired by Amelia’s hat, a fellow Squam camper, I’ve added a few more twisted on the cables. The third hat was a special request from wintery New Zealand. Marie-Pierre needed a wooly-soft-squishy hat for winter. I knitted Fidra in raspberry Cascade Alpaca Chunky.


Finally, this last one, Waiting for Rain. I started it more than a year ago, frogged it at least 5 times, I couldn’t follow the pattern at first, then I was not pleased with the lack of contrast in the dark section. In the end, the shawl is beautiful, light. I might knit it again.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sunday Finds [SF4]

Good morning friends,

Hope you’re all having an enjoyable Sunday. I’m spending mine in New York where the weather is absolutly beautiful. Here are my Sunday Finds for today.


Kitchen knives
I love to cook, but strangely enough I am not into kitchen gadgets. I do not own a Kitchen Aid, I do grate my cheese on a cheese grater, and julienne my veggies manually and I am fine with this, but my julienne is not (fine - got my joke :0). So the other day, I was asking my friend whose husband is a chef what kind of knives he would recommend. Guess what, better than advice, Chef Larry came with me to choose my set of knives. And now I am the proud owner of 3 Shun knives and they are game changers. Why, oh why hadn’t I invested in proper knives before? When it comes to crafting, I always make sure I invest in the best equipment I can afford, I should have done the same in the kitchen. So now my julienne is extra fine and easy to chop. In addition to being super sharp, the knives are also very beautiful with their pakkawood handle, and they come with a complimentary lifetime sharpening service.

Recycling old prescription glasses
I am pretty annoyed that my insurance does not encourage re-using frames for prescription glasses, the cost of a new pair of glasses with frame is almost the same as using my old frames. As a consequence, I do have plenty of old frames, in good shape. I’ve been researching for a way to recycle them, and have found that the Lions Clubs have a program to recycle those unwanted glasses. The Eola Eye is participating to the Lions Club drive. So you know where my frames are going now and if you want me to drop yours too, just let me know.

Podcast and Slow Fashion October
It is not the first time (and probably not the last) that I mentioned how much I enjoy Sandy Hazelwood’s Podcast, Crafty Planner. Even better this week, she interviewed Karen Temple from Fringe Association. I had the pleasure to take a class with Karen at Squam last June and she is a lovely person with a very detailed oriented approach to knitting. Their discussion focuses mainly on the Slow Fashion movement and how to be more mindful with our wardrobe. I would recommend watching the Unravel video about what become of our unwanted clothes; it made me question my choices and made me smile too.

Friend's Finds
Last week, I’ve asked whether you have something to share. My friend RenĂ© sent me this link to a beautiful paper piecing pattern. I could almost have EPP envy right now. What do you think? In Liberty prints, or fussy cutting of novelty prints?

I hope you enjoy this, and would love to see what you have to share.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Altura - the many miles quilt

I’ve shown this quilt before. It’s started with a few precut charm packs of batik fabric. I am not overly in love with batiks, I found them to difficult to read, somewhat muddy. Still those had caught my eyes with their happy colors.

I only work of those blocks when I am travelling, and preferably in flights. And since they are needle turn appliquéed, I am not expecting to finish this anytime soon. So far I have 64 squares done.

Slow progress is still progress. And I like the idea of associating this quilt with some holiday memories (some of the blocks have been literally around the world).

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday finds - SF 3

I did plan to do a Sunday Finds last Sunday, but obviously it did not happen. I was not prepared, I hadn’t not collected all the things I wanted to speak about, and honestly if I want this post to get out on Sunday, it really needs to be written by Friday night. Lesson learnt, I will aim to be better organized.

So here are my finds, some are new, some are old.

Meat free Monday
Do I see some eyes rolling? Where do I start? I am not a vegetarian, nor a vegan, but I am concerned by the state of our planet, by the state of our health… Years ago, I heart the McCartney’s campain, and to me everything they are saying make so much sense. Please go and read the About on the website. Then last week-end, I listened to a French podcast On va dĂ©guster: Cuisine vĂ©gĂ©tale et bienfaisante (sorry, my non French speaker friends). I was in shock, a whole one-hour programme on vegetarism and how it is beneficial for the body and the planet on a French radio. I could elaborate on how this is surprising coming from French foodies. But I’d rather encourage you to give it a try. At first, it might feel like you have no idea what to cook (and that when you go to the Meat Free Monday recipes tab), then hopefully it will become a way of life. At first, I was very intentional about it, then I extended the Meat Free meals to my #craftytuesday gatherings (thank you my Friends to going along), and now it is part of our diet. I don’t think in term of what can I cook to replace a chicken casserole for example, but more in term of which flavors do I fancy today. Please, please give it a try and let me know what you think.

News stands
Have you notice all the christmas magazine covers on the news stands. It is too early, far too early and it makes me despise those holidays. Having said that, I pick the first issue of Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s magazine. First, let’s talk about the cover photo. Actually, I don’t know what to think about it: Gwyneth almost naked covered in mud with obvious nipple patches… Have I lost you already? It’s a wellness publication. The first issue goes from ’the power of healing and transformation of crystals' (?!) to some interesting lunch box recipes, to articles like ‘Find your inner sex goddess’ or ‘Adore your pelvic floor’ which is actually a hot subject for Gwyny (do a search on her site and see by yourself. Warning - you might want to do the search in a private setting)… netherless to say that the jury is out, just let me read it, and if you want to have a look at it ask for my copy.


Gladdening Light
Now I am not going all ‘guru’ on you with this Sunday Finds, but I want to point your attention to an upcoming event: The Gladdening Light Symposium on January 25-28, 2018 at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. The keynote address is Krista Tippet, the one from the podcast On Being. This will one more step in my soul searching journey.

Brioche
Now something very light. I want to learn how to brioche. I have seen this book recently: Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant, and I am obsessed by this stitch. I’ve done mono-colour brioche in the past, but it was very basic. This bi-colour technic is intriguine and the final results are gorgeous. I have two patterns in mind: the River Rock Scarf, which could be a perfect Xmas gift, and Carmine and Rocko in varigated yarn that give even more depth to the project. Those will have to wait, I currently have two major projects on my needles.

Have a wonderful week, and if you have a ‘thing’ to share, please let me know.