Sunday, February 3, 2019

FO: Mini Purl Ridge Scarf

Here is another small project I knit for my daughter.

She loves it and wore it right away! Success!

It is a modified version of the Purl Ridge Scarf from Stephen West. It is knitted with yarn from the Alpagas de la Petite Côte.

The scarf rolled quite a bit while I was knitting it but after blocking it, it is all resolved. Good news!

Here are a few pictures:


See my project page on Ravelry to learn about the modifications I made.

I wish you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

FO: Fond of You


I can't believe that my last post was in April. Time flies. And this is going to be a short post since I want to continue putting my FOs here but at the same time, I prefer knitting to writing long posts :)

So, last summer, I've decided to knit a sweater to my daughter who definitely enjoy knitted garments. But this one, not so much unfortunately. I don't know why. She was really happy the whole time I've knitted it for her and when it was completed, she didn't want to wear it. Maybe this year, who knows!

Here it is. It was a nice and quick knit. I loved the color. I've based it on the pattern Fond of You. However, since the yarn is already quite textured, I've knitted it in stockinette and also, my daughter insisted that it should have short sleeves.

Here it is:

See my project page on Ravelry for more details.
Today is a snow storm here in Quebec. That green grass seems unreal!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and happy knitting!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

FO: Simple House Slippers


Spring has finally arrived in the Montreal area. It is about time! Summer is my favorite season.

This winter, I have finished my Simple House Slippers. They are knitted with some gorgeous red Icelandic wool. A good high school friend thought about me during her trip in Iceland. When she visited me after many years of not seeing each other, she gave it to me. It was a lovely surprise!

I don't know if I will wear them much. I will most likely keep them for when visitors come.

See my project page on Ravelry for more details.
Since then, I have started again this sweater for my daughter. The result was a little tight so I switched to larger needles and it is much better. It is based on the pattern Fond of you but it will be quite different in the end as I am not making the stripes, nor the stitch pattern and my daughter says that if it a summer sweater, it has to have short sleeves. So, be it :) If all goes well, it should be ready for the summer as it is mindless knitting and no sleeves! 
What are your summer projects? I'm thinking of casting on a Cadence to use some yarn my mom gave me. It would be for the next winter.
I wish you all a lovely Sunday and week!

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!