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!