Friday, 29 January 2016

Happy New Year! (I know I'm very late to the party)

Hi everyone!

First of all, I wish you all a happy 2016 and hope that 2015 ended well.

My last entry was almost two months ago. It's the time it takes me to take some pictures and come back around here. In my defence, I can argue that the days here are way shorter than what I'm used to and I still need to adjust (after two years) to limited day light to take pictures.

Anyway, no sweaters today (at least in adult size), I'm here only to show you two shawls. First is my Paris toujours shawl. The design is by Isabell Kraemer and it was an easy and fast knit. I am very pleased with it :)


The yarn is from Ice Yarns, I used leftovers from my stash (and didn't finish everything yet, so I think I'll make myself a hat with the last ball).
Since I've knitted this shawl, I've been wearing it everyday, I really love it.

The second shawl was a present I knitted for a good friend of mine who came to visit me for my birthday. I improvised the design and used almost two balls of Holst Supersoft. It wasn't the hugest shawl ever but she was pleased and very happy to have it as an extra layer when it got colder (needless to say I was beaming with pleasure inside myself when she told me that).



Finally, here is a little sweater I knitted for my 2 years old niece's Christmas. The design is  Coquelicot from Hel et Zel and it's available for free. I used some Holst Supersoft (as often), I think it took less than 2 balls of yarn to make the whole sweater.



I added cute little whales buttons that I bought some time ago at Textile Gardens (I highly recommend this shop, I had trouble at the checkout and the staff was very helpful and super nice, I'll definitely order more from them. Plus the choice they have is insane!).
It seems that when she received it, my niece did not seem very interested in it, but she then decided it would be a good idea to wear it on top of all the other layers she was already wearing, I guess that means she liked it in the end :)

So that's it for now. I'll come back soon (meaning in 2 months most probably ;) ) to show you some sweaters (if I managed to take pictures).

See you!


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Coming back

Hello all,

It seems like I am a sporadic blogger. It's been month and month since I posted here. Not because I didn't knit anything (quite the contrary) but because I have been extremely bad at taking pictures. I think that on this regard it's getting worse and worse.
Anyway, today I finally found the time to take half of my latest knitting in pictures. The weather here is terrible so the quality of the pictures is not top one, you've been warned :)

First, I'll talk to you about a nice test I've been in, one for Connie (yellowcosmo on ravelry). I tested her pattern called "When skies are grey" and it couldn't fit my version better (as it is... grey).

I got the yarn for Christmas last year and held it double to knit the sweater.
The construction is very smart and I really enjoyed knitting this project even though I am not naturally encline to much bottom up knitting (I am tall and usually I need to add a couple of centimeters at the bottom of my sweaters in order to avoid wearing crop tops only, that's why I mostly knit top-down).

This little digression leads me to the next projet. I participate (yes yes I'm still knitting on some projects there) in the ongoing KAL in Isabell Kraemer's group on ravelry. When I joined, I had just began working on "A hint of summer" so it was perfect timing.
Yes, you could almost believe that I am warm and that summer is still there. Well no it's not, it's freezing cold here lately.
I used Holst Coast in black and silver grey. I love this sweater except that:
  1. I knitted it with 2.75mm needles in fear of knitting too loosely and in fact I could have used 3mm needles for a looser fabric.
  2. I should have lengthened the sleeves and the hem because I'm always pulling them dowm.
All in all I'm still very pleased with it but I'll keep these two details in mind the next time I'll knit one.

Then, my second finished project in the KAL was my Ravello. Remember, once I told you about another KAL and my Ravello project. Well I finished it now (yes I can be inconsistent in my knitting sometimes, especially when sleeves and a changing in seasons are involved at the same time). Anyway, NOW was the perfect time to be done with it as it is COLD. I can wear my sweater all the time (which is actually what I've been doing since I blocked it).



I love it! I love the colours, I love the yarn (Drops Alpaca). It's soft, it's warm, it's PERFECT!
The pattern in itself is like any of Isabell's, straighforward and quite easy to knit with a little twist here and there to make you learn something and be proud of your work in the end.

Now I'm planning to finish another of Isabell's sweater for the KAL (but I still have one sleeve to go and Christmas is right around the corner so... no promises) and her Paris shawl (I'm almost done here too but the need of a nice shawl is really there as my current scarf is not very effective with the dropping of the temperatures).

I was also part of a couple of other tests (but I need to take FO pictures there too) and plan on some Christmas knitting (2 sweaters, a hat, and some fingerless gloves... I'd better get started). I'm also testing new things right now so this means you'll hear from me again. As to when, well, you know.... I can't promise anything here either :)



Sunday, 26 July 2015

A little bit of what I've been up to lately

The resolution of last post didn't really last. I have tons of things to do and little time to show off what comes out of my needles.
I have finally finished my Definitely Susan, although I still need to sew on the buttons. The thing is that I can't do that for now because the sweater is in another country and the buttons are with me. I'll only be able to show it here in about a month or so. Shame on me I only notice now how long I've been working on this project!!!
Anyway, I do have a couple of things to show you!
First of all, I finally finished my dad's Christmas present which turned into a birthday present
The Pastiche Sweater, personal pattern, yarn BC Garn Baby Alpaca




 He wanted a copy of a sweater he had and liked very much but that was on the verge of getting very holly so I selected a nice yarn and began thinking of the best way to copy the pattern.
After some time, I realized that the easiest way for me and the less time consuming as of course, I was already late in knitting it would be to use Tuulia Salmela's The Tailored Sweater method.
I had already used it to knit a couple of sweaters and I knew it would work out just fine. 
So I began knitting and it took me ages! The curse of the loose knitter! In order to have a nice fabric that wouldn't show everything that is underneath it, I had to use 2.5 mm needles (the yarn tag states you can use 3mm needles (even 4 mm !) but with my way of knitting, it wouldn't have looked like anything).  It took the time but it was worth it. The sweater is great! The yarn is a wonder, it's super soft and with a wonderful drape. I'll probably use it again when I have some time before me. My dad loves his new sweater too bad, I would have kept it more than willingly and he's eagerly waiting for colder times to come so that he can wear it.
You can see it modelled here by yours truly in a little oversized style. My dad has a proper fit on him.
 Apart from that, I was at the Berlin Knits festival and it was great fun. I bought some wonderful yarn and met or rather watched from afar being the super shy kind of person lots of people I chat with on Ravelry. Of course, I didn't take any good pictures (but I'm sure you've already seen tons of them so...).
I was at Rililie's class and it was great. We got to learn some nice knitting tricks and got to knit with a very nice yarn from Nice & Knit. I'll have to order some more from this company.
It was also the first time I was in Berlin and in Germany, airports do not count and I liked it very much. We had quite nice weather so visiting was very pleasant. And the apartment we rented was 10-15 minutes away from Alexanderplatz and maybe 2 minutes away from the festival venue (even less), which was great! I'm really looking forward to the 2nd edition!

The second Revamp KAL was also running and I won a prize! A discount for some gorgeous yarn from Snail Yarn. I had a hard time choosing between all the beautiful colours and bases, but finally opted for some merino single.

Colours: cloud and peach

I'm already planning to knit a sweater with it (and it will be striped). Hopefully I'll be able to make a pattern out of it. We'll see.

I am currently working on a couple of testknits. One for Connie  and one for Judy. I should be able to show some pictures of these soon. I am also working on other things so keep on coming around to learn more about it!

As for now, see you all hopefully soon but I'm not promising anything...

That's the goodbye picture :)


  edit: I realize it's been a huge post, sorry for that! ;)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

This blog is not dead*

It's already been two months since my last post!!!
I hope I haven't lost all my readers in the meantime. Now Spring is there and I can try to come out of hibernation (at least for one little post, I don't know when the next one will be written though...).

One good reason for my non-blogging is that I have been a very bad knitter lately. I finished a test BUT did not take any picture yet (I'll try to get this done before the end of the month though I am not sure I'll be able to make it). Apart from that, I have lots of works in progress but that is the problem, they are in progress (and I already blogged about the mentionned progress before beginning something else so they are not really progressing right now...)

Anyway, I DO have finished something AND took picture (which is already amazing).

The finished project is another test for Isabell Kraemer (lilalu on Ravelry). I had the great chance to test her latest pattern Hanami.

Here is my version.
 I knitted mine in Holst Supersoft (for a change ^^). My main colour is Oatmeal and then I used, Sugarsnap, Sunrise, Burnt Orange, Clementine, Poppy and Bokhara. Of course, being the loose knitter I am, I had to go down a needle size (and use 3mm).
At first, when I swatched, I was a little afraid it would look over kitsh (I do like over kitsh sometimes though) but in the end, it turned out very casual. My advice if you knit this sweater will be this one: make a big swatch with the complete stripe repetition to see how the stripes are going to look with the main colour.
Apart from that, as always with Isabell's sweaters, the pattern is clear, the sweater is gorgeous and it has little details that makes it unique, and I learned new things (like the I-cord  neckline, now I'm obsessed with it). I love it!!! (but if you didn't know by then, I'm partial to Isabell's designs) 
 
The back, in a kind of action picture...

 Nothing to say about the yarn, as always, I'm very happy with it, the colours are gorgeous and the quality is great. I wasn't sure about my colour choice so I ordered more (and more) yarn so you'll probably see more Holst Supersoft items around here in the near future.

And a last front picture because I couldn't choose :)


HOPEFULLY, I will finish some of my projects soon (and take pictures) and I'll be able to show them here (at least one...). I can't make any promise though (but I'll try real hard).
If not to show projects, I'll most probably blog about my weekend in Berlin! I'm going to the yarn festival and I hope to be able to buy tons of yarns (fingers crossed for having saved enough money). I'm also going to attend the workshop of Rililie on Sunday, I'm sure it's going to be great fun and that I'll learn tons of things (fingers crossed for finishing my FIRST revamp during the last days of the SECOND one so I can wear my cardigan at the workshop, though somehow, I doubt I can make it...).

Now I'm off to work so I can show you some stuff soon ;)
 

*I've just been very busy...

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Work in progress

As I told you in my last post, I am currently part of a KAL. It's the celebration KAL in Isabell Kraemer's group on ravelry. I had some Drops Alpaca in my stash and I decided that I would knit myself a Ravello. I had be looking at a good deal of projects with great envy, so I decided to make myself a gift and bought the pattern (with the nice discount that Isabell gave for the anniversary of the group).
So, here is my progress on my sweater:

pattern: Ravello by Isabell Kraemer, yarn Drops Alpaca

I hope I'll be able to reach the body section tonight ( I should because I have knitted a little more than what is shown on the picture now).

More on this project soon and on other things too :)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Meanwhile

Hi everyone!

A little post with an old project so that this blog doesn't hibernate while I'm waiting for a day when I'll have time to take pictures and the weather will be fine enough to do so of  my ongoing projects.

So here is a hat I made around the time I was knitting my Heathering Height. It's an easy stranded hat using the remains of the Cascade skeins I used for the other hat.

yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, personal pattern

I wanted to design a pattern for it but I saw that:


1- there was one exactly like that, for free, available on Ravelry
2- there was one better than this one knitted by Alex Tinsley

So, no pattern from me for this hat :)

That's all for today, I have quite a lot of projects to come (some KALs and other things) so I should add some posts in the following days!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Plum Rain

Today, I finally have time to blog about the great pattern by Yellowcosmo "Plum Rain".
I had the opportunity to test the design last October and I was (and still am) really happy with this sweater.

My Plum Rain in Ice Yarn Morbido Alpaca.




The sweater really knits up very fast (stockinette stitch in the round might be one of my favourite stitch ) and at the same time you have very interesting finitions with the sleeve pattern and the bottom of the sweater that is shaped with short rows.
You end up with a sweater that fits with almost everything and the details allow it to stand out very nicely.





The yarn was a first time for me. I wanted to order some alpaca from Ice Yarn for the Definitely Susan I'm knitting. At the same time, I thought that I would make the most of the shipping costs in ordering some more yarn.
First of all, I was a little surprised when I opened the parcel because the balls of morbido were all small and I had thought they would be big because they seemed so on the website picture
. Apart from that, the yarn is quite good. It was very cheap so, to me, it is definitely worth it :) The yarn is very soft and I like the colour a lot.
I also have some left so I'll be able to knit up a little something with it (maybe fingerless gloves or a hat...).
If you ever feel like trying this brand, I would say go for it. And the staff was super nice and helpful because, as usual, I couldn't finalize my order without making a mistake choosing the shipping option...
We'll see how the yarn will live but so far so good.

So my Plum Rain is definitely a winner, I like everything about it and I'm very happy I had the possibility to test it :)