A weekend of discounted shopping

Hi there, at last it is Friday! Youpi! If you are in the USA you are probably on vacation as it is Thanksgiving but for those of us living elsewhere there is no holiday so we are just thankful that the weekend is almost here!

So yes this is a weekend of good buys everywhere! And I want to be part of the fun so I’m offering -20% off all my in stock items as of now and until midnight Sunday 29th of November in my Etsy shop. Just use the coupon code BLACK20 upon check out.

And today, Friday 27th of November is the last day of the Indie Designer Giftalong 2015 on Ravelry so you should definitely check out the patterns there if you haven’t done so yet. I bought a ton of patterns the first day and since then I must admit that I have been back a few times and even as I’m writing this, I have a few more patterns in my cart that I’m going to purchase before the end.

So you could buy a few gorgeous patterns on a discount today and then buy the yarn/stitch markers/needles you need to make those, from my shop this weekend:)

 

I have finished one of my Giftalong projects- the Fernie hat by Kate Bostwick. I used a worsted weight yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns.

 

I really love the hat and I think I might do another one for myself.

I’m going to cast on for a few more Giftalong patterns in the coming weeks such as more hats, mittens, socks and at least one shawl.

Today’s post is short but sweet. I just wanted to remind you of the Giftalong coming to an end if you haven’t had the time to check it out yet and also let you know about my special offers in the shop this week if you want to try out my yarns or other items I offer in the shop.

 

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you make lots of good shopping deals (if that is on your program). Take care and enjoy your weekend:)

 

No FOs but a few in progress

Hi there, how are you today? Have you been knitting like crazy?

I have not done as much knitting last week as I would have liked and so I have no FOs to show but a few works in progress. I have a ton of patterns that I want to cast on but for some reason I haven’t gotten around to actually doing so.

So I’m currently still working on my Christmas gift knitting but making good progress. Once my two in progress gifts are done, I’ll only have 3 mittens and 1 tam to knit which should be fine as I have a month to do so.

So first up is a pair of mittens I’m knitting using one of my hand spun yarns. It’s a super simple pattern, I had actually found a number of nice looking patterns and cast on for two but each time I ended up ripping everything back. Don’t know why, it just didn’t feel right and I was getting frustrated so I decided it would just have to be a plain stockinette mitten, no patterning and so far I’ve done one (minus thumb) and just cast on for the second.

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a mitten using hand spun yarn

 

 

And then there is this hat I’m knitting using yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns. The pattern is called The Fernie hat and I bought that as part of the Indie Designers Gift-a-long.

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the Fernie hat

 

I’m also working on a pair of Christmas socks for my youngest. The yarn is one I dyed and is available in my Etsy shop. The colours are not quite as bright as I would have liked but the patterning is nice and I love that the patterning is quite regular. It’s a self patterning and it does not pool and the stripes are small but it works out nicely I think. I’m almost done with the first sock so I should be casting on for the second one soon.

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The Christmas sock

 

And last but not least, there is the Stephen West Mkal, the Doodler. So I’m on clue number 3 and there is only one clue left which will come out next Friday. I’m still very happy about my colour choices and this third clue is smooth sailing although by now each row is super long but I’m hoping I’ll be at the end of clue 3 when the last one comes out.

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The Doodler

 

This shawl is going to be gorgeous. The shaping or rather the way it is knit is original and perfect for the mystery Kal because each clue is a surprise.

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you are doing great and wish you a wonderful week:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pattern bonanza or the Indie Designer Gift-a-long 2015

Hi there, last time I posted about the Indie Designer Gift-a-long 2015 on Ravelry which I was excited about participating in for the first time this year. Well the Indie GAL was launched last night. I had already taken a peek at the 325 designers participating this year and added a number of patterns to my cart. Some of the patterns, I realized, I had only just purchased which was a bit of a bummer as I could have waited a few days for the discount but hey… that’s what I get for being impatient! Especially when I know that I’m buying because I MUST have the pattern and not because I’m CASTING ON immediately.

Anyway, I’ve totally indulged myself these last 2-3 days because I’ve not only participated in the Indie designer GAL but I’ve also joined Curious Handmade Knitvent 2015.

And before I tell you all about my GAL patterns let me just touch on the the KNITVENT. I think this is the second year that Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade launches a Christmas collection called Knitwent where she publishes one pattern per week for 6 weeks and of course there is a KAL going on etc. Here is how Helen describes the Knitvent on Ravelry:

“The 2015 Knitvent collection is inspired by the special radiance of winter. As the days grow shorter, light becomes something precious. Imagine the dazzle of sunlight on snow and the gleam of firelight through the frosted windows of a log cabin. Think fairy lights twinkling behind a row of icicles, and the glow of candles on the dinner table. I’ve tried to capture all that glimmering brightness and warmth in this year’s designs.

Knitvent is the Curious Handmade community’s beloved holiday tradition. Together we enjoy the sweet suspense of an advent calendar and conjure up the community spirit of a mystery knit along, with a new design to discover and knit each week. All of the patterns are ideal for gifting, but chances are you’ll cast on at least one for yourself (you deserve it!)

  • The collection will feature six beautiful accessory patterns.
  • The first design will arrive on the 5th of November, and you’ll be sent updates each Thursday as each pattern is released.

There will be chatter, fun, support, and prizes in the Ravelry group. It’s really exciting, and a brilliant way to bring an extra bit of magic to your holiday knitting”

So far 3 patterns have been published, all gorgeous, and I’m going to try to knit at least one of the 6 patterns during the KAL to actually be able to say that I did join in the fun. Are any of you participating in her Knitvent this year? If so, are you already knitting on one of the patterns and would you like to share a picture with us here? That would be super nice 🙂

And now on to the Indie Designer Gift-a-long 2015. I don’t know how many designers participated last year but this year they are 325 and I find that super impressive. You have a mix of both well known and established designers as well as totally unknown (to me at least) designers. You can choose from both knit and crochet patterns and they span all possible projects imaginable. So if you are dreaming of a new pattern or looking for something special to knit this is definitely the time to check out and join this GAL. I’m going to knit some of the patterns I just bought now so I can join in the KALs and be eligible for a prize because there are a number of incredible prizes to be won and those will be drawn at random from FOs from participants in the KALs.

Now what did I buy? Hm, actually quite a lot… more than my wallet had accepted but….what’s done is done so I’m not going to scold myself and just enjoy all these gorgeous new patterns!

I bought 1 sock pattern – 5 hat patterns – 2 shawls – 1 mitten pattern – 1 pullover pattern or a total of 10 patterns.

Some of these I’m going to knit asap to gift for Christmas and at the same time join in the KALs.  I’m going to knit at least 2 hats and 1 pair of mittens before Christmas and maybe some more but not sure because I have recently bought so many incredible patterns that I’ve already got lined up and am anxious to cast on for.

I’m just going to list the names of the patterns and designers I bought from and then later as I knit them I’ll share pictures with you.

Jump to the left socks by Fiona Hamilton-Maclaren

Riparian shawl

Nougat pullover

Sand bank hat   –  all three by Justyna Lorkowska

Loop shawl by Casapinka

Fernie hat

Kicking Horse Mittens by Kate Bostwick

Tempano hat

Coriander hat both by Carol Feller

And then one last hat which was actually not part of the GAL but I bought it anyway because I want to knit it for my grandmother for Christmas

Flavia tam by Beth Kling

That’s all 10 just from today! Wow! I think I have outdone myself in pattern purchases this month! So what about you? Please tell me you too have gone overboard buying patterns this month or that you are just about to. I’d love to hear if you are joining the GAL and what patterns you have purchased or are thinking of buying. So please do share 🙂

 

That’s all for today. Just one more thing before saying goodbye, the Birthday gift-a-long I’m organising, I’m going to work on preparing the questionnaires for the participants this weekend hopefully so if someone wants to join in it’s still time.

That’s all for today. Happy Friday to you! Enjoy your weekend, if you are knitting on the Doodler like I am then happy knitting clue nr 3.

Take care:)

 

FOs and new acquisitions

Hi and thank you for stopping by today. I haven’t had a lot of time lately to knit so much, I think. But I still have 3 finished objects that I can share with you today.

So the first one is a hat that is part of a Christmas gift. The yarn is a DK weight 100% merino that I hand dyed in black.

www.knittinginfrance.com     www.knittinginfrance.com  Here you can see front and side view. The stitch pattern is not easy to photograph as the yarn is black but this is a sort of broken rib pattern. It is slightly slouchy but one could also fold the brim to have it snug. I’m quite happy with the outcome. Now I just have to make matching mittens.

The second finished object is also a hat. I also knit it using my hand dyed yarn in a worsted weight. The yarn is a blend of merino, alpaca and silk so it is super soft and slightly fuzzy.

www.knittinginfrance.com Here you see a collage of different views of the hat. The pattern is called Fairy Snowcap and is by Romi Hill. This is a for sale pattern on Ravelry and it really is super nice and a quick knit. The pattern calls for a pompom but I’m leaving it as is without a pompom as this too is a Christmas gift and I’m not sure the recipient would like a pompom.

 

And the third and last finished object for today is a pair of mittens, the Meristem mittens by M Montzka on Ravelry. The pattern is easy to knit and beautiful but I do feel the sizing is small. I knit the larger size and I think I’ll have to gift it to another person than I originally planned on because it’s just too small. That was disappointing but I’m going to try and do a second pair and make it bigger by adding stitches on either side of the lace panel on the back of the hand as well as on the palm side and I’m also going to make it longer.

www.knittinginfrance.com They are almost too small to put on my mitten blockers…. The pattern is gorgeous though so it will be ok.

As for my WIPs, I’m working on 2 pairs of Christmas themed socks for my youngest daughter and a pair of mittens that I have just cast on but might frog back because I’m not sure the pattern is right for me. What I want to share with you is my progress on the Doodler kal – the Westknits mystery kal that is going on now and maybe you are part of too. So I’m a few rows from finishing clue nr 1 – hopefully I’ll do that today and then I’ll go right ahead and do clue nr 2. I don’t want to end up way behind in the kal so I’m going to get some more knitting done on this one.

www.knittinginfrance.com So far so good. I really like the yarns I chose and the construction is interesting. I think I should start weaving in all those ends as I go or else I’ll find myself with an entire shawl and a gazillion ends to weave in which does not sound very enticing.

And then on to new acquisitions. I’m so terrible when it comes to buying patterns and yarn. I just want it ALL! And I know I have enough yarn to last me a few years and I know I have enough patterns to last my entire lifetime but….I keep buying more! This weekend I totally went overboard and bought some hugely exciting stuff but I’m going to hold off from telling you about those until I actually receive them. So today what I can share is a project bag and some yarn.

The project bag is from A Homespun House from Molly who runs an online shop and a podcast by the same name. I enjoy watching her podcast and I’ve loved seeing her bags online and heard about people rave about her bags so I decided to go ahead and buy one for myself. I also actually purchased 2 of her patterns at the same time to be honest:) She has two patterns on her website, a pair of mittens called Foraging and a shawl called Whispering pines and I bought both and those were instant download. And then I purchased one of her project bags. I must admit that I thought, from watching her podcast, that she had a huge selection of bags but when I went online there were only a few models available and all were her sweater size bags. This is the one I got

www.knittinginfrance.com It is very nice BUT not as nice I had imagined it to be. Now this may be not very nice to say but if I’m reviewing a product I have to be honest. So the sewing is very nicely done and the bag is cute but it is not as amazing as I had imagined after seeing her podcast and seeing and reading other blogs and podcasts rave about her products. It is nice and it is medium big but I do think the price was a bit stiff. I have so many gorgeous project bags that are just as nice or even nicer and bigger and their price was less hefty.  Of course, I only just got this bag so I don’t know how it will work in the long run, it might outlive all my other project bags and end up being my absolute favorite but at the moment I’m a tiny bit disappointed but that might be just my fault for imagining this to be something other than it really is. Anyway it is cute and I’m glad I did make the purchase:)

My other acquisition that arrived a few days ago is yarn from Knit Circus Yarns. Earlier this year they launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new studio space and brick and mortar shop and I backed them up and now I have finally received my rewards!

I got a shawl pattern by Jaala Spiro called the Grand Canyon shawl

www.knittinginfrance.com and then I got two skeins of gradient yarns

www.knittinginfrance.com Not sure which one I’ll use to make the shawl with just yet.

I also recently got a package from a company called Yarn Valet and I’ll soon be sharing their items with you AND there will be a giveaway with that so stay tuned!

That’s all for today, thank you again for taking the time to share my knitting and ramblings. I’ll be back soon but until then, enjoy your crafting 🙂

 

 

 

The Indie Designer Knit A Long 2015

Hi there, yes it’s me again. I did tell you at the beginning of the week that I had a gazillion things to share with you! So this time it will be short and sweet!

The Indie Designer Knit A Long – have you heard of that? I first heard of this while listening to an audio podcast but I can’t for the life of me remember which one. Anyway it sounded like loads of fun and so I recently remembered about this and went on Ravelry and lucky me, it hasn’t stared yet! So I decided to share it with you just in case you were not yet familiar with this event.

Basically, once a year for a limited time, a number of indie designers offer their patterns at up to 25% discount to the participants in the Indie Designer Knit a long. So you buy one or more patterns and then knit and join in the relevant KAL ( cowl, hats, shawls etc). You have until Dec 31st to finish and share as many of your projects as you wish (of course only projects you made from patterns you bought via the KAL) and at the end there will be a massive giveaway with winners in each KAL and from what I heard about previous editions, the prices are super enticing.

So far the participating designers have yet to be announced but the KAL/event will launch on November 19th and here is a link to the Ravelry thread to join in the fun.

I’m quite excited about this and I look forward to learning who the participating designers will be and to hopefully get good deals on lots of new patterns. I also plan on participating in at least one KAL as I’d love to win something (I never win anything but who knows, maybe 2016 will be the year of change).

Have you participated in this before? Did you enjoy it and are you going to join in this time around? I’d love to hear from you if you have done this before or if you are joining like me for the first time.

That’s all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog which I hope you enjoy. Until next time, take care:)

A Birthday gift along/swap – would you be in?

Hi there, this is an idea that I’ve been toying with in my head for a while and I’d really like to put to you and see if any of you are interested in doing this.

The history or back story is that a few years ago I participated in a birthday gift along and it was so much fun.  This was a big group of knitters that was divided up into smaller groups of 10-12 knitters and so basically each month I would send a birthday gift to someone in my group and then in September when my birthday finally came, I got all those knitting related gifts. I think I haven’t had so much fun or gifts on a birthday since I was a kid!!!

And so I’d love to do this again. I’ve been on Ravelry and I didn’t find any I could join nor did I find a Christmas swap or mystery Santa swap I could join either. I guess I’m a little late waking up to this as everything seems to be already closed for entries. So I thought maybe I could organise this myself.

So the idea would be for a birthday swap/gift-a-long for 2016.

How would this work? Well to begin with, anyone interested in joining please leave me a comment below and hopefully we’ll get enough participants to do this. Don’t worry about having to send out multiple gifts each month as my blog is still fairly unknown and read only by a select few knitters such as yourself:) Also, if I did manage to round up a huge number of participants I would divide them up into groups of 10-12 so you would be sending a gift a month on average. You would have to accept international shipping as my readers are from all over.

So if enough people are interested in joining, the next step would be for me to send out a mini questionner for each one of you asking for: your full name and postal address, information about your crafty life (are you a knitter/crocheter/spinner or maybe all three), do you have a favorite fibre/yarn/yarn weight/color? What sort of projects do you mostly do? Are you a gourmet (would you enjoy a little candy maybe with your knitting)? Do you read books and if so what type of books (mystery, thriller, sic-fi (we could include a paper back with the gift) ? Are you a geek? (Dr Who, Star Wars? etc

So a questionnaire so that the other participants can get to know you a little and better chose your birthday gift. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on each gift. You could gift a yarn from your stash, a paper back you’ve enjoyed but won’t be reading again, a set of stitch markers you made yourself and so forth.

I think we could maybe decide upon an approximate amount for each gift so we all “give equally” sort of. Also I could either open a thread on Ravelry to keep track and let you share pictures of your birthday gifts or we could do it here on the blog.

So what do you think? Would this be something you’d enjoy? Let’s say I give you until November 20th to think about it and then I’ll see how many are interested and could go on to making and sending out the questionnaires. (I admit that even if there are less than 10 interested I just might go ahead with it anyway just because I enjoyed it so much that I really want to do this again).

So think this over and let me know if you want to join. And remember, yes you do have to send a gift every month or so but think of all the fun picking the items for each new friend and last but not the least, think of YOUR birthday and all the goodness you can expect to get 🙂

On this note, I’ll leave you to contemplate my offer. Take care until next time

FOs and WIPs

Hi there, it feels like it’s been ages since my last post and thus I have a gazillion things I want to share with you but I won’t be able to fit everything into just one post so hopefully I’ll have some more time this week so I’ll be able to blog more and share all my stuff with you. It’s difficult to have a lot of ideas and things to share and not have the time to actually do so. Just as frustrating as having the time but not much to share! But hey, I’m not going to complain about actually having loads of stuff to share with you so here goes:)

First FOs and this week I have two so far, both socks. So the first pair has actually been ages in the making. Not because it is particularly difficult or anything I just got side tracked and cast on a number of things between sock one and sock two. So now that I’m done, I’m super happy about my pair and I’m going to gift them to someone special (not saying who just in case the recipient actually read this post). The pattern is called The Lady of Lallibroch and is by CC Almon or JavaPurl on Revelry and this is an Outlander inspired pattern. I used Cascade Heritage Sock yarn and I think the solid color really compliments the pattern. I feel that for the cable to shine, you really need to use a solid, semi solid or very lightly variegated yarn just so the cable really shines.

www.knittinginfrance.com The design focus is this gorgeous cable that works its way from toe to cuff. Super gorgeous and as there is “just” one cable and every other row is “knit as stitches present themselves” the pattern is not too complicated or time consuming although you may want to knit the first cable repeats away from any distraction. I really love the outcome.

The second FO is also a pair of socks and this is just plain vanilla, nothing fancy. I knit them toe up with a  short row heel and they went real quick. The yarn is Holly Jolly by the Cozy Knitter and I really love the yarn. This is one skein and I started both socks at the same place in the color repeat pattern and I got identical socks which is just great, plus the colorway just screams CHRISTMAS.

www.knittinginfrance.com Don’t you just love this colorway? I got a second set of yarn from her and I’m going to cast on for a new pair of socks soon, also in the holiday spirit.

So two socks done and I’ve cast on for a new pair using my own hand dyed christmassy yarn which is a muted, variegated yarn. I’m doing tube socks for my youngest. I just cast on so I’m not showing them here but as soon as I make some real progress I’ll show you.

I’m also working on my Meristem mitts and I’ve got one done (minus the thumb) and I’ve started the second (I’m just past the thumb placement) so hopefully by the same time next week those will be done.

And, then there is the Stephen West mystery knit-a-long called the Doodler. I’m sure you’ve heard about that, if not from social media then from Revelry or just on my blog. So I decided to join and the first clue came out last Friday November 6th. I wasn’t able to cast on immediately but I did this weekend of course and now I’ve only just begun wedge 10. In this first clue there are 17 wedges and I hope I’ll be able to finish those before the next clue comes out this coming Friday. A bit of pressure here to stay on target as I don’t want to fall behind or I’m afraid I’ll never finish. So far I really love how the yarns are knitting up and I’m very happy with the colour choices I made. I’ve seen lots of pictures on Instagram from others and so far I think mine is perfect.

www.knittinginfrance.com This looks a lot like a butterfly wing at the moment. The only thing that bothers me, is that every X row I have to add and then cut off yarn B so I have a lot of loose ends as you can see. Otherwise, so far so good.

Are any of you also knitting this KAL? I’d love to see your progress. I really should make a project page on Revelry. I don’t know why I’m so lazy about actually putting pictures of my FOs on Revelry to share, especially knowing that showing off my hand dyed yarns all knit up would be a plus for my business…Maybe one day I’ll muster the courage and energy to set up a number of project pages to show my works. Do you use Ravelry a lot? Do you maybe even use it to keep track of your stash and so forth? I’d be curious to hear how you use Ravelry and if you think it impacts your knitting life.

Well, that’s all for today. I’ll be back soon with some more because like I said at the beginning I have loads of stuff to tell you about.

So “see” you soon 🙂

The Stephen West Mkal

Hi there, I have just watched Stephens promotional video for his upcoming Mkal which begins tomorrow Friday 6th of November and I just have to share it with you.

So you probably have heard or seen something about his KAL on Ravelry and other social media. I have knit a few things by Stephen West but this is the first time that I join a KAL with him. I had seen a few podcasts where people are going to participate so I wanted to join in the fun.

I chose Hedgehog Fibres for my yarns which is the brand he suggests although I’m pretty sure you can use whatever fingering weight yarn you already have in your stash. I just bought some because….well, BECAUSE.

www.knittinginfrance.com These are the yarns I chose just in case you forgot 🙂

Are any of you joining? I’d love to know and maybe follow your progress here or on Ravelry. I’d also love to see the yarns you’ve chosen to use. And if you have not yet joined, maybe you will once you’ve seen his video. I must say, I think he is the only knitwear designer in the world that does a promotional video for his KAL like this. Anyway, wether you choose to join or not, I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching.

I’m winding my yarns today and preparing my project bag with the necessary needle and any notions I think I may need so I’ll be ready to go as soon as he publishes the first clue tomorrow.

Take care 🙂

Hand dyed yarns and a sneak peak into my “dye studio”

Hi there, today I’m going to show you my latest hand dyed yarns. These were born out of an idea I had one morning and decided to try out. Maybe this is a technique that other hand dyers use I don’t know but for me this is  a first but definitely not the last! I’m not going to reveal how I did this (shh professional secret) but I’m so in love with the results that I have to share some pictures with you.

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com All four pictures are of the same skein of Cash’Sock yarn. This is the first ever skein I dyed this way and I used 12 colors! Yes that’s right 12 colours! And it was love at first sight! And now I have to cast on…. probably a pair of socks…I was wondering about a slouchy hat like the Sock Head hat….not sure. I really want to show off this yarn so maybe a hat would  be a better choice, what do you think?

And so once I saw the results I had to dye some more so the next day I dyed up 3 more skeins and this time I used my SOX base which is 75/25 superwash merino and nylon.

www.knittinginfrance.com The first skein on the left is the Cash’Sock skein I showed you above and the others are the 3 I dyed the following day. So skein number 2 I’m calling the colour “Goth” because when I looked at it all done that’s the first thing that came to mind. The colors are a blend of black, mauve, burgundy and browns. The picture does not do it justice, it really is a fun colour. Skein nr 3 I’m calling “Butterflies”, the colours are purples, blues, turquoise and mauve. A gorgeous combination I think. And skein nr 4 is a rainbow sort of skein. I only used 6 colours so it is less “crazy” than the first one. So all 4 skeins are super nice I think and hopefully I’m not the only one to feel that way. I have not had the time yet to put them up in the shop but if you are interested in buying one, you can always leave me a message here or send and email in the meantime.

Also, I will be featured as an indie dyer in ASK winter edition – if you are not familiar with ASK it stands for Addicted to Sock Knitting and they have a huge group on Facebook which is highly addictive and Debra who runs the group also publishes a digital magazine on sock knitting which I highly recommend if you enjoy knitting socks and using indie dyed yarns. You can find her website for the magazine here and I have the privilege of being featured in the next issue. So there will be an interview with me and some pictures of my yarns and some of me working in my “dye studio”. I say “dye studio” because it is not really a studio but it is actually my washing room. It’s not big but I do have the space to stock all my undyed yarns and fibres and also do my dyeing. I usually don’t like being pictured but I had to send in a few pictures of myself so I thought I might include some here for you to see.

knitting in france dyeing 2 www.knittinginfrance.com So you see I have a small counter space with a sink where I wash and prepare my yarns and in the background you can see one of my dye pots. On the second picture you see me working on one of the skeins I showed you above. When I hand paint yarns I work on top of my washing machine and dream of having a real studio –  a small garden house ONLY for me and my hand dyeing business. Maybe one day…..

And my youngest, Ines, who is 9 loves to participate and dye with me. Here is a picture of her from last weekend

www.knittinginfrance.com Who knows, maybe she will follow in my footsteps…..

And since I’m sharing my work place with you I’d like to share my shop with you if you want to take a peak

on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnittinginFrance?ref=hdr_shop_menu and my new independent shop is

www.knittinginfrance.net

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and sharing my passion. Take care and enjoy your crafting until next time 🙂

Three finished objects and more in the works

Hi there, today is November first and it is beautiful outside. The sun is shining and it is almost hot outside which is rather unusual for this time of year here in Normandy, France. I’m not going to complain about good weather but I do admit that grey skies and rain would not have bothered me today as I’m a little tired after last nights Halloween party and just spending my day knitting would be perfect but with weather like this I feel I have to go outside. Well, we’ll see. I know i’ll be knitting today the question is just how much:)

So like the title says I have three finished objects to show you today. One big and one small.

Let’s begin with the big one which is my Snowflake sweater by Tin Can Knits. I knit this using my DK Cash’merino yarn in Grey and Something about CC (bright pink). It took a while to finish even though this is a fast knit. This sounds very contradictory but in fact I finished the body quite quickly and then I put it aside and it took me a while to come back to it but when I finally did I finished the sleeves in no time.

The pattern is easy so if you have never knit a sweater or are afraid it might take too much time, this could be the right pattern for you. The only difficulty was the lace yoke but once I put in my stitch markers (which I should have done from the beginning) it was fine. So I’ve finished all the knitting and I’ve woven in my ends so now I just need to find the right buttons and sew them in and I’ll be able to wear it!

www.knittinginfrance.com I’m super happy about the outcome and even though the pink is  super bright the fact that the yoke is grey makes this easy to wear. When my youngest saw the sweater done she asked me to make one for her in the same colours. I think I might just change the colors and do her yoke in pink and the rest of the sweater in grey. We’ll think about it but I might not get to begin hers until after Christmas because I have so much to knit before Christmas.

I don’t usually give handknit gifts for Christmas but this year I want to and like I’ve already told you I’m doing hats and mittens for everyone. So this week I finished another hat so that makes a total of 4 hats done and 4 more to go.

www.knittinginfrance.com This pattern by Lioness Arts uses 2×2 ribbing, garter stitch and moss stitch and is quite simple and quick to knit in DK weight yarn. This is what I’m knitting for all the kids.

And last but not least, I finished my Strawberries and Cream Frappé socks by CC Almon/JavaPurl. The first ever pattern to be written using my hand dyed yarn! I’m so incredibly proud of this collaboration and now I can actually wear these socks myself. I of course knit them using the yarn I dyed especially for this pattern and that I call Strawberry Frappuccino.

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The pattern is not complicated so even a beginner knitter could do this I think. The pattern is based on knits and purls and there is a little “cable” but you can do that without a cable needle. The pattern is for toe up socks and a short row heel. I love it and I hope to make a few more using my yarns.

And now onto the works in progress. I still have to finish my Lady of Lallibroch socks by CC Almonwww.knittinginfrance.com This is an old picture but I haven’t knit much on them since then. I’m a few rows from the heel shaping so hopefully I’ll finish them this coming week.

And I’m working on a pair of mittens using the same yarn as for the socks above. And both the socks and the mittens will be gifted to the same person at Christmas. The mittens I’m knitting are called Meristem Botanical Mittens by Maria Montzka

I saw these mittens on the designers podcast and immediately went to Ravelry to buy the pattern. I’m planning on doing 3 of these, 2 for Christmas gifts and one pair for myself.

ww.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com I love the pattern. The pattern is only on the back and the palm is plain stockinette so these are not too complicated and I really love this pattern. This will make for a delicate pair of mittens. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Sock.

I also cast on for a pair of socks as soon as I cast off my Strawberries and Cream Frappé socks. I fell for some Christmassy yarn by an indie dyer on Etsy called The Cozy Knitter.

christmas yarn from the cozy knitter The one on the left is called Holly Jolly and the one in two balls is You’ve been Elfed I think. So I cast on using the Holly Jolly yarn yesterday and I really love the result. This is a self striping yarn and my favorite colour is the gold color and I wonder how she was able to achieve that. I’ll have to do some investigating and testing myself because I find that color super interesting.

But like I said i just cast on yesterday so I don’t have much to show you but you’ll get the picture here

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This coming week I’ll also continue to knit my Christmas gift hats and maybe a pair of mittens in a kids size.

That’s all for today. Have a wonderful Sunday and an even better week.

Happy crafting 🙂