Monday, April 29, 2013

New sock yarn!

I went to Sherbrooke this weekend to visit one of my best friend.  I studied in Sherbrooke 5 years so it is always good to go back. Lovely weekend!

There is a two years old yarn store that moved to a new location (much easier to find!) and that I did not know about before so I wanted to take a peak...  They are Tricot-Thé Serré.  Charming and the owner is very nice!

I bought a little something: a skein of lovely sock yarn from Julie Asselin.

I will not talk too long (I just wanted to show my new stash acquisition!)  The temperature is finally starting to resemble spring so I plan to do a little bit of work outside today.  It is so nice to be off on a Monday!!!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

FO: Saroyan

I finished the Saroyan back in March.  It went to an alpaga fiber competion last weekend although it did not win.  If you have any suggestion on what someone must knit with 100% alpaga for the best results, let me know!  I was a little puzzled when looking for the perfect 1-2 skein project.
This natural yarn was a pleasure to knit. The Saroyan pattern is beautiful.  It is mostly mindless knitting but the leaves on the side keep it interesting and gives a sense of it growing quite fast!

Here is the final result before blocking.

Although the yarn is 100% alpaga, the leaves are showing pretty well!

 I think this is closer to the true color...

It feels awesome around the neck!

Pattern: Saroyan by Liz Abinante.
Needles: US 9 - 5.5 mm.
Color: No color, 100% natural.
Start to finish: February 2013 - March 2013.
For: Mélanie and Fiber Art Competition in Orangeville.
Notes: No modification.
This is a free pattern so there is no reason why you should resist!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Casting on...

Hello!  Yesterday, I casted on two new projects: one is going to be a gift so I will not talk about it and the other one is the Guernsey Triangle by the very talented Jared Flood.  It is the July installment of the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color Club 2012

Here is a sneak peak!  I just completed the first chart of the pattern.  It does not look like much so far.  It has an intriguing provisional cast on that I will need to graft at the end to make the edge straight.  It is the first time I will do that.  This is why I'm intrigued.  I verified on Ravelry and it looks like I did it right.

The yarn is a dream to knit with!  And yes, we had some fresh snow on Friday.  We really are looking forward to spring!

Yesterday, I bought new Knit Picks Sunstruck 16" circular needles.  So far, I really like them, just as much as the Harmony and the nickel needles!  Oh, and a sneak peak of my secret project I guess ;-)

And you, what's on your needles now?

Have a great Sunday!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

FO: Hedgerow Socks

Another pair of socks finished!  And no WIPs! 

I know exactly what I will start next.  It will be a gift so I cannot tell you now what it is...  I'm going to use the 108 grams remaining from this 2009 FO.  I really am planning to knit up as much as possible of my beautiful remaining yarns this year.  I've also started posting them on my Trade or Sale stash tab on Ravelry.  If you are interested, send me a message over there!  I'd be glad to send some of it to a happy home where it will be appreciated!

So here is my latest FO:

Yarn: Blue Label Fingering Weight of Tanis Fiber Arts.
Needles: US 1.5 / 2.5 mm DPNs.
Color: Thrills.
Start to finish: June 2012 - April 2013.
For: Me.
Notes: No modification.

The sock blockers were bought just yesterday at Biscotte & Cie.  This is a nice store on the south shore of Montreal.  They also have an online store.  I did however resist buying new yarn as I already have enough to knit for the rest of the year!  I discovered that they also have very nice buttons!

I wish you a very nice continuation of the weekend and a great week!