Friday, April 30, 2010

Knit & Crochet Blog Week

Day 5: Location, Location, Location

Where do you like to indulge in your craft?

Most of the time, I knit in my living room. Sometimes watching TV, sometimes not! Yes, sometimes I like it when it's all quiet and peaceful!

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, we go knitting in a cafe! We are Tricot Rive-Nord (North Shore of Montreal). It's always very inspiring to see what everyone is making and learn all sorts of things!

Here is a photo of our group 2 days ago! From left to right: me and my second sleeve of Thermal, Chantal, Audrey and Valérie!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Knit & Crochet Blog Week

Day 4: A New Skill

Hello! As I answered on day 2, the new technique I would like to learn is color work or Fair Isle. And so, the new skill I would like to acquire is knitting with both hands to do color work.

As a first step, I've watched a short tutorial. That's a start!

Here are two more patterns that I love:

Have a great evening all!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Knit & Crochet Blog Week

Day 3: One Great Knitter

OK, this one isn't easy... However, if I vary it just a little bit it changes everything. I change it to: "Great Knitters"!

From this, I can simply say that all you have to do to find the answer is look at my blogroll. Yes, I read all the posts from the bloggers that are on my blogroll. At the end of the day, after a long day at work, I sit down with a glass of wine, a guacamole or whatever I'm having for dinner and I go through the blogs that rolled at the top of my list during the day! I follow their adventures, discoveries and everything they share because I think that the are very great knitters and they all inspire me!

So many "chef d'oeuvres": FOs or WIPs!

It's also amazing the friendships that you can develop from sharing a commun passion! And well, knitters, in particular, are great people don't you think?

I'd like to add that there are surely many other great knitters that I have yet to discover! Feel free to drop me a line if you have a favorite knitting blog that you cannot find on my blogroll!

Talk to you tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Knit & Crochet Blog Week

Day 2: An inspirational pattern

Had it been a few months earlier, I would have said: Monkeys, Jaywalkers, socks in general! However, it was already my goal during the Ravelympics! It's not as complicated as it may seem! I loved it and will knit other ones soon for sure!

Hence, my next goal is to learn color work! And one of the most beautiful pattern I find is Autumn Rose Pullover by Eunny Jang. It's not in my queue because quite frankly, I don't think it would be a good idea to start with this pattern, but admit that it is gorgeous.

Then, I love Anemoi Mittens and Endpaper Mitts, both by Eunny Jang also.

Hint: Endpaper mitts are already in my to-do list... If I think it's fun, Anemoi mittens would be a good continuation.

Good night!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Knit & Crochet Blog Week

It seems like a new tradition is starting as we speak. The first Knit & Crochet Blog Week!

Today's subject (day 1) is how and when did we begin knitting?

I started knitting again in February 2006. I say "again" because I learned to knit when I was a kid: knit and purl. My mom would cast on and I would go on. Also, in high school, I took knitting and knit a whole sweater! Again, my mom would cast on for me and I would do the knitting. There was no shaping for this sweater, the yarn was not really nice and it stayed in a drawer until it disappeared I can't remember how... Also, I did not feel like knitting anything else after that semester.

Then, one morning in 2006 (a Saturday) I woke up thinking about a lady I worked with who told me a few times that she enjoyed knitting. I wondered if I could remember how this was done. For no reason, I felt like I had to go to a book store and buy a knitting book. It was Knitting for Dummies. I thought that it ought to be perfect! Then, I went to a sewing store and asked for beginner yarn and needles! The lady recommended a skein of Partner in blue and 4 mm needles!

Since then, it has become a great hobby for me! I think that the more I knit the more enthousiastic I get about it!

Have a great Knit & Crochet Blog Week!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I woke up yesterday with a mild sore throat, so I decided that I would relax all weekend to ensure that I will be fine for this week.

That means that my little shawlette is coming along really well. I've almost completed the main lace part - although every row gets longer and longer.

After this post, I'll write up the rest of the pattern because I'm not yet ready to knit a lace project only by looking at a chart. I still prefer text instructions!

Then, as strange as it may sound, I've opted for Bella's mittens for my next project. I've bought the yarn Friday at Mouliné on my way to having dinner with friends!

What's best than buying new yarn ? Hum, I guess it would be looking at it, touching it, looking at it again, casting on, etc. ;-)

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Home sweet home

I was away the last couple of days. First, I visited my family for Easter, and then, went in a couple of days out of town for business. I was really happy to be back home yesterday. I enjoyed simple things you do at home like taking a nap, reading and knitting!

Last Friday, I've visited my cousin and met little Elliot for whom I have had so much pleasure knitting the Striped Baby Sweater. The parents liked the colors and seemed to really appreciate all the work that a knitting garnment represents! What I didn't know is that my cousin had tried knitting during her pregnancy. I have a feeling that she may give it another try ;-)

I finally bought a kitchen scale to weigh my yarn. I like it! It's pretty cute too with its egg shape. It will be useful.

Finally, I started the Blish Shawlette. I really enjoy knitting it so far although it is not something I can knit while watching TV. I'm using a life line and counting the stitches every row. So far, so good!

Have a great weekend everyone!