Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FO: Aviatrix Hat

My first FO of 2016!  Will there be more in 2016?  We will see...  My next objective is to knit my sister the pair of socks that she chose the pattern and yarn for last year.  She's been hinting for quite a while that she would like me to knit some socks for her :)  I hope she can have them next Christmas!

I've had the Aviatrix Hat in my queue for a long time!  I finally bought it as I thought my Manos del Uruguay leftover yarn would look nice in it! But then, I realize that it was too small for my daughter. I was getting ready to start it again in a larger size when...

... I got a few invations on Facebook to join 25 000 tuques!  A "tuque" is a winter hat in French. This is a super cool project that has gathered a lot of knitters in the province of Quebec (the project was initiated in Montreal) but also everywhere in the world to knit a hat for all the Syrian refugees that have and will arrive in Canada during the awful war that is ravaging their country.  In Canada, every newborn is welcomed into the world by receiving a little knitted hat to stay warm.  Local knitters provide them to the hospitals.  My daughter received one when she was born!  All knitters who knit a hat have to attach a personalized message.  And it works so well so far that they are talking about continuing it for all people who arrive in Canada!  Everyone thinks it is a great and very human gesture!  Those people are like you and I.  They wish to live in peace and give that gift to their children.  I'm sure you can join whereever you come from!

All of this to say that this hat will go to a little Syrian boy or girl.  So touching... And I will give a few other hats I've knitted but kept in a drawer.

Oh, one funny fact.  The Musée McCord in Montreal is hosting some events.  Visitors can see the knitted hats that are deposited at this museum.  I've read somewhere that someone said that these hats could not be hand knitted because they were so beautiful :)  I thought it was really funny!

OK, enough about that.  You can see my project page on Ravelry for more details.  Basically, I chose a color very similar to the pattern main picture and did not make any modifications.  When you like a pattern, you just like the pattern :) The pattern is well written and it is interesting to see how it turns out.

Finally, I also finished the Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat today but it was too late to take a picture outside.  It will be in a separate post!

Have a lovely end of the week!  I hope it is not too cold where you are. Here it is freezing... brrrr! xx

Sunday, September 27, 2015

No FO :)

It's been a while since I posted without having an actual FO to show.  That was before my daughter was born.  Lately, I've had a little more time to knit.  Not that much more time but maybe I will also have more time to blog!

I'm not saying this is going to be a long post!  I still have to get up early tomorrow morning :)

So, recently, one of my high school friend visited me.  Last year, she went to Iceland and as she knew I love to knit, she bought me a beautiful skein of yarn!  I have no idea what it will become - probably a winter accessory - but I really like it.  Thank you so much Isabelle (she is not even a knitter and we don't see each other very often either)!

Then, last year, I gave away all my yarn leftovers to a lovely lady in Alberta.  I was really relieved because I do not like to keep things that I don't use.  In that same order of idea, I also try to knit all my yarn.  This is why I started the two following projects:

1. Aviatrix Hat with the leftovers from this shawlette:

2. Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat with the leftovers of these recently completed socks:

3. I did not cast on for this one yet, but my sister has asked me for a pair of socks for quite a while.  The other weekend, we chose the yarn and pattern. Here is the colorway:

I can't wait to cast on. I'm debating whether I should finish the two projects above before or at least finish one or knit all three projects at the same time :)

Well, this is all I have for now... and my bedtime has passed.  Sorry for ending this post so abruptly.  I hope you understand... Good night :)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

FO: Plain Vanilla Socks

Summer is still here, in September... I love it!

And it allowed me to finish these socks and show them before fall comes.  These are the Plain Vanilla Socks in the not so plain Watermelon colorway:

What a simple pattern. Almost too simple!  Perfect for this fun yarn!  I've always wanted to knit socks in that colorway from Biscotte & cie.

It was fun to take pictures in the grass. We've had such a beautiful summer. 
Here are my socks sunbathing:

 See my project page on Ravelry.

I hope you all had a nice summer and that you can also continue to enjoy it for a few more days! 

Happy fall knitting!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

FO: Gespeg

Hello everyone! I just wanted to drop by with an FO I finished in February.  It has been a while since I posted. Some of you have sent me emails to know how we are doing.  Thank you so much!  
My little girl has been with the cold most of winter. She's very brave. I've returned to work in early January. Work and the routine keeps me busy.  This is great!  My sweet little girl makes me so happy!
Since my bedtime has already passed, I will go directly to the point.  Here is the Gespeg hat from Ariane Caron-Lacoste.  She has beautiful patterns!
This hat was knit for my friend Mélanie who is the owner of the Alpagas de la Petite-Côte.  Of course, the hat is knitted with alpaca yarn that they produce.  It is such a warm and soft hat.  I have enough yarn to knit one for myself for... next winter now!
It was the perfect pattern for someone who does not have as much knitting time as she used to :)

See my project page on Ravelry.
I've been reading your blogs.  I do not comment as much as I used to but I certainly enjoy seeing what you are up to and admiring your beautiful pictures.

Have a wonderful end of the week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

FO: Little Oak

This morning, I finished the Little Oak cardigan that I started last January. It's always nice to finish a project, isn't it? 

I had bought the two skeins of Madelintosh Tosh DK for a scarf.  However, following a few rows, I changed my mind (like I always do!) and started to look for something else I could make with this beautiful yarn. I thought about the Little Oak cardigan. 

I thought the colorway Kale was neutral enough because we didn't know whether we were having a boy or a girl.  Also, although the gauge was definitely not working for this pattern, I tried the following: made a 6 months for the count of stitches and a 2 years for the lengths.  It seems to have worked!  Although at some point, I thought I would not have enough yarn (but I have 4 g left!), I now have a 2 years old little cardigan.

Don't get me wrong, it is a nice cardigan.  However, I would not really recommand two things.  First, I would say that you should not use this yarn.  It is a little dense.  I suppose it will be warmer, but probably not as comfortable as with a lighter weight of yarn.  Second, although the pattern itself is shown in a similar color, I think that a lighter color would be best to show the details of the yoke and would also be more suitable for a child.   

All in all, the pattern is very well written.  That, I definitely recommand!  I really like it when the instructions are detailed and e.g. you don't need to look up the internet to find how to make a M1R or M1L, etc.  Also, it contains the chart and the written instructions for the yoke.  Finally, it even has some graphics for the lenghts in each size.  Good work, Alana Dakos!

Although it is difficult to see, I really like the yoke!

 I really look forward for my daughter to try it on.  Probably next Spring or Fall.

This pattern is part of the MSK Tackling WIPS KAL/CAL.  It is not too late to join it if you have many WIPs!  Also, you should definitely visit My Sister's Knitter blog regularly!  It is one of my favorite!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer 2014

I hope you are all having a great summer!  I'm not knitting much,  just a few rows here and there... but I thought I could write a short post to say hi to you all...

I have two WIPs. First, Plain Vanilla Socks in Biscotte's Felix sock yarn. The colorway is Watermelon! This is the perfect summer knit!  I've wanted to knit this colorway for years and indulged a few weeks ago!

Also,  I'm knitting the first sleeve of the Little Oak for my daughter. It would be great to finish it soon so that I can start something more "girly" for her :-)

They are going slow. Even when I went to a knit night with my daughter,  I was so busy catching up that I did not knit at all! 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FO: Baby Vertebrae

It is going to be a short post :-)  My beautiful baby girl is sleeping and mommy wants to do the same thing!

Still, I wanted to update my blog and post about a little gift I made while looking after my daughter when she was learning to be on her belly :-)

It was a rather quick knit for the first baby of one of my knitter friend!  It's a boy!  I'm glad I could make it - it was sent I think two weeks after he was born! 

It is a little larger than the pattern and shorter too.  I thought the vest looked better that way!

See my project page on Ravelry.

I have about half of the Little Oak knitted. 

I also started some leg warmers for my daughter!  I don't really follow a pattern for them.  We will see if they fit.  If not, it is really easy to start again.  Let me know if you know of any well fitting leg warmers for a 9-12 months baby in fingering weight!

I hope you are all doing well and I'm really glad if you are still reading :-) 

Have a beautiful rest of the week! xx