Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friendship and a FO!

Friendship is one of the best thing in life. When you add knitting to it, it just can get better :) Yesterday, a group of us met for a brunch and a cowl exchange. It's been the most pleasant encounter (as always)! And to make it even better, I think that a new tradition is born: make an exchange of a knitting item every Valentine's Day. Doesn't it sound like a good plan?

Here we are (and our group is even bigger), all smiles, with our new cowls. Each one being perfect for each one:

Here is the vibrant and cozy cowl I received:

The pattern is Getting Warmer by Espace Tricot. A pattern that I was considering knitting myself :) Thanks Michèle!

Here is the pattern I chose to knit for my friend Chantal:

This one is Mira's Cowl by Mira Cole. It is a pattern that is very nice to knit and simple. This is what I need to knit right now. It was very relaxing.

Of course, for this exchange, I wanted to knit from my stash. I chose the beautiful Red Label Cash Silk Single by Tanis Fiber Arts in the Smoke colorway (not currently available) that I had since 2012. However, I've decided to knit it doubled with some incredibly soft Shibui Knits Silk Cloud. It is a very good combination and makes for a very interesting result (soft, soft, soft... and still so light). However, for some reason, we miscalculated the amount needed and I bought two skeins of Silk Cloud which means one of the two is now in my stash (unused) and my stash is still the same as before! Does it also happen to you when you try to knit from your stash?
Finally, I dared the following while knitting this project. Believe it or not, I've been knitting since 2006 and I have never done this. When I started knitting, I remember reading about this basic technique in books and thought it seemed so complicated and risky. Hmmm, not difficult at all and saves so much time. I'm so glad I tried it...

See my project page on Ravelry for more details.
One last thing, I have some yarn to give on my Will Trade or Sell Ravelry page. Please let me know if you would like to have it by sending me a message on Ravelry.
Happy knitting!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

FO: Multnomah

Hello! How are you?  I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. I love summer!

There hasn't been much knitting for me during the nice season, except I did a KAL: Le KAL de l'été (the Summer KAL in French) which was organized by Colorista.  Colorista is a new local hand dyer and she creates colorways that are definitely beautiful. They look so cozy. I knit my daughter's Peppa Scarf last winter with it and I look forward to knit with her yarns again.

This being said, the KAL was for fun and we didn't need to use Colorista yarn to participate. So, I used some yarn that I had in my stash. I really want to empty my stash, if that is possible, and never buy again any yarn that I am not going to knit right away. That's me!  I think it is possible, as you can see...

And the pattern I chose has been in my queue for years. It is Multnomah. It is a very easy pattern to follow. I haven't made any mods, except I knitted it with light fingering with the exact gauge. I also chose this pattern because it is a very small shawl (the project for the KAL needed to be a shawl) and honestly, I was not sure that I could knit a shawl in two months (July and August). So, it was realistic and I made it.  I was glad that I was on vacation at the end of August though :)

So enough said, here are some pictures...

 See my project page on Ravelry for more details.
I wish you all have a great Fall! Happy knitting!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

FO: Not Resisting Hat - Small version

Hello!  How are you?  How is your spring so far?  Mine is not bad at all as I am always excited when summer is just around the corner. 

But before that, I'll just mention my last knit of the winter. As soon as I've finished my Not Resisting Hat with stash and leftover yarn (and still had leftovers), I've casted on for a mini version for my daughter. It was a fast knit! I've measured her head and adapted the pattern accordingly. When she tried it on, it was fitting perfectly! And look at that smile!

See my project page on Ravelry for more details on the modifications.

So, for a few days, there was nothing on the needles. On Sunday, I casted on for the Simple House Slippers. The idea came from the very inspirational podcast by Espace Tricot. They have such lovely samples and they are based in Montreal.  Every time I went to their store, I've loved it. They are very good at giving advices and the store is just beautiful with a great variety of yarns! 

We will see how many pairs can be made with one skein!

Then, for Easter, we went to visit my parents and my mom showed me some yarn that she has and will not use. I chose the following. Here is what I plan to make with each one - maybe I'll change my mind :)

With these 745 meters of Phildar Castel (I believe it is discontinued), I plan to make Cascade in size 4T.

With these 280 meters of Coton Fifty, I'd like to knit a little Blue Sea Beach (12 m will be the most likely size with the amount of yarn available). This will be a great baby shower gift!

And finally, with these 560 meters of Ondine (also discontinued), I think it would be pretty as a Fond of You in size 6 (if my calculations are good).

So, this is what I have in mind for the near (or not so near) future. Maybe I will knit them in that order, maybe  not!

How about you?

Happy knitting?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It's winter!

And I who thought that I had finished my hat too late to wear it this winter! Think again! Winter is not over yet!

But cold ears are gone now that I have knitted my very first tuque for myself! This one I keep!

You can see my project page on Ravelry for more details. I've modified the pattern to be less slouchy although I haven't knitted the slouchy version. I really like the end result.

I haven't washed it yet either. I'm always a bit scared that the size is going to change or the colors will be altered.

I've already made my calculations to knit a mini version for my daughter with the remaining yarn.

And since there will be more yarn left at the end, I may add some pom-poms...

To be continued :)

Good night!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

FO: Peppa Scarf

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2017 is treating you well so far! I'm doing good. It's just that... time flies!

Last December, I've started a scarf for my daughter.  I bought the yarn from a new independent dyer who also happen to be a friend in my knitting group.  On Facebook, you may follow her as Colorista. The yarn I bought from her is really soft and the colors were amazing!  I recommend it!

Also, for the first time, I've knitted something without a pattern. I know, a scarf is just a scarf but still, I'm quite proud of myself. I searched for a simple scarf pattern for a baby/toddler on Ravelry and I was not able to find one I liked (maybe there are just too many patterns on Ravelry).  Just to know how many stitches to cast on and how long I should make it.  So, I've decided to write it down and share with anyone who does like to simply follow a pattern, no matter how simple the knitting is.

I have to say I really like it.  It is pretty and practical, soft and warm! I named it the Peppa Scarf if you would like to look for it on Ravelry!

You can see my project page on Ravelry for more details.

I hope that winter will come to an end soon.  Scarves are great but summer is better!  Happy knitting (and mostly good night)!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

FO: Hedgerow #2

Hi all!

My first and maybe last FO of 2016.  Life is going fast!  These socks are made for my sister and I wanted her to have them before the end of the year.

It started pretty well.  In June, I was already turning the heel of the second sock.  I'm a perfectionist most of the time and... I wasn't happy with how different the two heels were when side to side.  I could only imagine how the toes would end differently too - when I so carefully started the second sock with the same colors as the first one.  So I had to tink :)  That's fine!  I almost love it as much as knitting, knowing that I will be satisfied in the end.


You can see my project page on Ravelry for more details.

Towards the end of the project, I was no longer able to access the pattern.  Fortunately, I had a printed copy from the first ones I made.  That's too bad because I think it is a great pattern.

Have a good week! xx

Friday, March 18, 2016

And the winner is...

I'm so sorry it took me so much time to come back and tell you who is the winner of the Baby Llama Illimani Yarn from my previous post.

First, thank you so much to all of you who stopped by and took the time to leave a message!  I enjoyed reading each and every one of them!

Among the 13 comments I've received, the Random Number Generator picked #1: Celestial!  Congratulations!

You may send me a private message on Ravelry (I'm anyonecanknit of course!) and I'll be more than happy to send you this soft skein of yarn (this time, I'll try to not take too long!) :) 
I'll tell you, giveways are great!  Hosting one is just as good as winning!

Here is my Aviatrix Hat going to a happy home with the 25,000 Tuques!

I wish you all a great weekend! xxx