In a bit of a stand still

Hi there, how are you feeling today? I hope you are feeling good and having a nice start to your week. I’m feeling a bit…not really under the weather but just not in a great place for some reason.

Knitting wise I have been concentrating on a few projects. One is a sweater test knit that is top secret. I’m knitting it out of Holst Garn Tides which is a wool/silk blend. So far so good. I think I will finish the body today and then get on to the sleeves.

Then there is Sock Madness round 2! And this is a clear sign I’m not quite myself but I think I’m going to quit. Yes, that’s right! What happened?

Well, so I got the pattern just after it was released and cast on immediately. This time the pattern is a mix of brioche and stocking stitch. This combination makes for a very loose fitting/elastic fabric so as I went on it just felt too big. And I’m sorry to say I did not like the pattern/outcome much.

And then I made a mistake! In the gusset section and discovered my mistake just after finishing the heel turn. So not long after but it did mean I had to rip back to the end of my flap and continue a few rows only ripping back a heel that is partly in brioche…well that did not sound so enticing. And I just wasn’t “feeling it” for some reason.

So before going to bed that night, I ripped out THE ENTIRE SOCK! And I haven’t cast on again. This is not like me but I think I’m just not in the right frame of mind at the moment and adding stress to my life is not a good idea right now. So I decided to just stop and only knit on things I truly enjoy working on.

I do have 2 pairs of socks on the go but haven’t worked on them this past week. I have just been working on my sweater and a new shawl.

I don’t wear a lot of shawls, I have a few favorite ones that I use a lot and the others just linger in my wardrobe. But I have a feeling this one may become a new favorite. It is the Girl’s Best Friend shawl by Isabelle Kraemer. I’m sure you have seen it lots of time. A lot of knitting bloggers/podcasters have made some. For extra pleasure I’m knitting mine with mostly new yarns, two out of three that is AND they are from my stash so good for me!

I still have plenty of knitting to do and I really enjoy working on this and I’m really happy with the yarn/colors. The grey is a singles I dyed. The pink is a singles too I got from a destash on Ravelry but don’t remember the yarn brand. The brown contrast color is a Madeleine Tosh Sock yarn. So pure luxury for this shawl.

Once this one is done I’m hoping I will finish my Across the Pond shawl by the Knitting Expat before I cast on for the Baubles shawl by Andrea Mowry.

So that’s all I have for you knitting wise. I am getting ready for a new Maker of the Month feature. I also am thinking about doing a giveaway when I reach 300 subscribers to my blog which should be soon. Amazing I know ! Who would have guessed that I would be able to maintain a blog for over 2 years now and grow a following of people that actually enjoy reading my blog! I’m so grateful for all those that follow and support my blogging adventures. I’m planning something nice, a giveaway that you will hopefully enjoy.

And one other thing. In February I talked about starting a Spring Challenge this April to organize my yarn and other crafting supplies and some of you expressed interest in joining me. The more the merrier and frankly if you are anything like I am, the support of others will be a big bonus.

So I haven’t forgotten. Life has just gotten in the way. I have family from Iceland visiting at the moment so I won’t be able to really get started till this weekend. I’m going to open a new page here on this website just for the challenge so that we can share ideas and progress. I’m thinking I should keep the challenge somewhat separate as not everyone may be interested in that and I want to continue blogging as usual and discuss other topics. I did think about opening a Ravelry thread in my group for this but after some consideration m I think I will keep everything here. What do you think?

I have started working on this and have a Pinterest board where I pin storage ideas to share with you for example. I so desperately need to organize not only my stash but also my many wips so I really look forward to getting started for real and if you are joining too, I hope you are gearing up as well.

That’s it for today I think. Thank you again for stopping by today for a chat. I wish you a great rest of the week and Happy Knitting

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Miniature Sock Earrings

Hi there,  yesterday I was reading one of the blogs that I follow. It’s called Littleblackdogsa and I read her post on a knitting swap that you can read here.

One of the gifts she received from a swap buddy was a miniature hand knit sock mounted into a stitch marker and I thought that was such a  cool idea! The more I looked at the picture, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do something similar. So I went online and found a free pattern for a miniature sock on a blog called Life’s a Stitch! and this morning I went to work. I made a pair using lace yarn, hand dyed by myself 50% xfine merino and 50% suri alpaca. I used a circular knitting needle in size 1mm/ US size 5-0. I then mounted them into earrings and now I’m thinking I just might make some more and even sell on my stand at the I Knit Fandango show in London this May.

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What do you think?

Socks and more socks

Hi there, this morning the weather here in Normandy, France is just beautiful! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and its slightly warm. Weather like that always brings my spirits up, even though I do have to work and won’t be able to go to beach! In the last two days I’ve made some progress on my latest knits and so I decided to show you some pictures – please not I did not knit all this in 2 days its just to show you that one thing is finished and the rest almost there:)

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the pair of 2 in 1 socks I’ve been working on lately and as of this morning I just finished! The yarn is gradient yarn from Knitcircus and this pair was actually knit using the rest of a skein that I had used to knit another pair of socks. So from this one skein, I actually got 2 pairs – one medium sized and the second in a child size for my youngest daughter. Would you believe that both pairs came from the same set of gradient striping skein?www.knittinginfrance.com Also both pairs were knit using the 2 in 1 method I learned from a pattern by Kate Atherley. I must say that I have totally fallen for this method of sock knitting. What I need now is to discover how to use this and knit patterned socks, like with lace panels or something because so far, I’m only able to knit plain stockinette socks using this method and I’ve lately discovered a million gorgeous sock patterns online that I’d love to knit but am bothered because I can’t use the 2 in 1 method to do them! On that subject, I’m going to prepare a post soon about all those free and gorgeous sock patterns I’ve discovered lately and maybe you will see something you too will want to knit.

So, one pair of socks done! On to the next 3! Yes, I said 3! Good (or not) that they are all “in progress” so should not take long to finish. So first off, there is my pair of Regency Socks by Heatherly Walker. I’m knitting those using one of my own hand dyed sock yarns in a gorgeous blue colour www.knittinginfrance.com

Then there’s my pair of Philosophers Walk socks by Lesley Melliship  and I’d like to  add that I sell kits for those online and will also offer kits at the I Knit Fandango show in London 15-16th of May 2015. I’ve completed one sock and the second one is almost done so this really should become my priority now as I’d love to show them in London to show people that are interested in buying the kit. So here are mine www.knittinginfrance.com  I really love how purple and yellow go together.

And then the last pair of socks that I have going at the moment, and I’m planning on writing  a post on these later on, are socks knit from a sock blank. A sock blank is a piece of machine knit yarn that is either knit double or single and then you basically “unknit” it as you knit. No need to wind into a ball, you just get going immediately. This is also a fun medium to try with regards to handpainting yarn. This particular blank was a test on my part where I did 2 different colours and dots and the knitted result is rather fun. The pattern is just simple stockinette and ribbing.

www.knittinginfrance.com You see how I inverted the colours- half is dark with dark green dots and the other half is light with dots the colour of the other side’s MC. Hm that sounds complicated but I hope you get the idea 🙂

So, I’m still hooked on sock knitting as you can see. Now before I say goodbye for today, I want to let you know of an update in the shop. I just received the NEW version of the Sock Ruler – the new version has measurements both in inches and centimeters so no matter what pattern you want to knit, the Sock Ruler will be perfect! If you are not familiar with this new awesome tool, then let me explain. The Sock Ruler is a Ruler like the name indicates and you use it instead of a tape measure. It is made out of rigid plastic and has the shape of a sock on one end. It makes measuring the different parts of your sock a breeze as your sock can lay flat so it is way less fiddly than using a tape measure – not to mention I have not lost one Ruler so far where as my tape measures have  a tendency to disappear into thin air making it necessary to have a gazillion on hand all over my project bags and house basically.

This is what the new ruler looks like – On the left side you have the CM and on the right side the IN. IMG_3127

The Sock Ruler www.knittinginfrance..com Here you see how I measure the length of my leg for example. So if you too would like to give this tool a try, here’s a link to it in my shop

Thats all for today my friends. Have a wonderful day and I look forward to writing to you again soon:)

ps- my last post on a Pin It Win It Contest has got quite a few likes so I’m still thinking about maybe doing one just for the fun. Someone mentioned that “small bloggers” would not have a chance to win due to lack of followers but my blog is small too and this is a way to draw attention to my blog as well as my shop and I think it could also draw attention to your blog if you have one. And also no need to have a blog to participate, if you have a Pinterest account you could participate and share on your Pinterest. I’m not expecting the winner to have a 1000 shares of the board, I’m guessing more like 10-15 so this would basically be more for the fun of it for all of us. So this is still working its way in my head, I’ll let you know what I decide and if you have further thoughts on the matter, do share 🙂

A Pin It – Win It contest – what do you think?

Hi there, I was reading up on my social media last night and in this book I’m reading about Pinterest I came upon a concept that could work great in getting the word out about my shop and also be fun for the participants. Before launching into this contest, I’d like to hear your opinion on the question and if you think that you and your followers might be interested in such a game/giveaway.

So here’s my idea:

Each participant creates a board on his/her Pinterest profile called Things I’d like to buy from Knitting in France

They would then pin 10+ items from my Etsy shop to this new board. The board that would then subsequently get the most repins would be the WINNER. So you could engage your followers asking them to check out your board and repin items from it in an attempt to win this Pin It Win It contest.

The winner would be announced after a period of 8 days – I would decide on a day the board can be published and when I will take the stats to see who the winner is.

I’m thinking the winner would get the following: 1 skein of sock yarn, the new Sock Ruler (a new and totally indispensable tool for sock/mitten knitters, and some handmade stitch markers. That would be a gift of about 25Eur worth of supplies which I think is quite nice.

Have you ever done something like this before? If so did you like it? Do you think a contest give away is a good method of promoting a small business such as mine? Would you participate if I did go ahead and launch this contest?

Please let me know and if you have other suggestions for doing this or for a different price for the winner do share your thoughts 🙂

Until next time, as always take care and enjoy your crafting

Does a new project equal new yarn for you?

Hi there, I hope you had a great weekend. I did – this weekend was spent with family that came to stay with us for the weekend so not much knitting got done. However last night I learned of yet another baby due this year in our circle of family and friends, bringing the total of new babies to 3. This means I most definitely need to get going on some baby gift knitting. So I’m thinking of doing a blanket with a softie per baby. I shared some of the blanket patterns I like with you the other day. I’ve also found another pattern that I quite like and think I’m going to use for at least one blanket. That pattern is called Heirloom Diamond Baby Blanket by Colleen Dragon Knits and here’s a picture of that www.knittinginfrance.com

Of course I had to look in my somewhat consistent stash for a compatible yarn and despite a rather large stash I of course did NOT find the ideal yarn! Isn’t that just typical? So what to do? Should I go online and buy some? Or should I dive into my stock of undyed yarn and dye some myself? Well I went for the second solution and as I’m writing this I’m dyeing a merino/nylon/cashmere blend yarn in turquoise. I think turquoise is such a beautiful and happy colour and that it can be used both for girls and boys. Do you agree or do you think turquoise is definitely a “boy colour”? Once the yarn is ready I’ll show you the pictures before actually casting on for the blanket.

And then there is the softies that I want to make. A few years ago, I crocheted and sold softies in a baby shop in Iceland. I used mercerised  cotton for those and they were really nice I thought. But this time I was thinking of something really soft to cuddle up to so for the first softie I chose a merino/alpaca blend. This was not in my personal stash but rather in my stock of yarn for my shop. I used to sell commercial yarns and that is where this yarn came from (Rooster Almerino DK). The idea is to crochet or knit a blanket square and then sew on an animal head for a cute cuddly toy. I started doing my typical crochet square – I’m not an advanced crocheter and it’s been a while since I last crocheted anything, so I’m using dc (double crochet) for the square. Then for the head, I actually bought a pattern. For the next softie, I’m planning on using the entire pattern I purchased instead of doing my own square for the base of the blanket. The pattern is called Sleepy the Owl and is sold on Ravelry. Here’s a picture of that  www.knittinginfrance.com Isn’t that super cute?

So far I’m not quite finished with the crochet square but I hope to finish that today. This is what I have done so far www.knittinginfrance.com

So tell me, when you take on a new project, do you 1) invariably go online to buy new yarn because you already know that you don’t have exactly what you want in your stash?

2) Take a serious look at your stash and choose yarn that fits your pattern, maybe compromising on colours just to be able to use what you already have?

I’d love to be a serious crafter, using what I have before investing in any new supplies or even better, look through my stash and THEN choose a pattern according to whatever I have in my stash and feel like using. Even though I have a large stash and access to even greater supply of undyed yarns, I still have this urge to BUY yarn just for this particular pattern. And even if that is how I function when taking on new patterns I still continue to buy yarn just because I love it, even if I don’t have any pattern in mind for that yarn. So this is sort of a vicious circle for me and I don’t see myself getting out of that pattern any day soon.

Do share how you function. Do you only buy yarn when you have a particular project you want to cast on for? Do you buy yarns just because and then when you find a pattern, maybe buy even more because none of those you already have fit? Have you ever done a “yarn diet”? Did it work? Did you have a plan for that?

I’d love to hear from you on this. So until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting:)

What would you like to buy at I Knit Fandango this May?

Hi there, as you probably all know I’m preparing for the I Knit Fandango craft show that is being held in London 15-16th of May. It is tough to decide what to pack and how much of each especially when like this time, I have to travel by air and then take a taxi to the hotel ALL ALONE! So I have to pack wisely as there is just so much I can carry by myself. But then I also do not want to spend my money and time on doing a show if my booth is half empty from the beginning as missing out on sales is NOT an objective. Going home with tons of stuff is not an objective either so the balance between too much, not enough and just right is a tough one to find.

This is why I thought maybe you could help me out. If you are planning on attending the show what would you like to see/try/buy? And even if you are not coming, when you do attend shows, what do you tend to look for? Are you more on the look out for yarn? A particular yarn type? Knitting accessories? All inclusive kits?

And as I mentioned yarn, what are your favorite colours at the moment or colours you’d like to knit this summer?

I’m done, I think, almost, with the dyeing. This weekend I did dye for a crochet shawl kit that is going to be very nice. This kit uses 778 m of yarn and rather than doing 2 skeins of 400m each I decided to do  1 huge skein of 800m. This ensures that the colour is consistent throughout the project and that you only have to ball 1 skein instead of 2 – even though it is huge).

And as I found this was a rather brilliant idea (if I say so myself) I decided to do a few more and sell individually as this is a good size for many shawl designs. What do you think? Do you knit shawls yourself? If so you knit mostly with fingering weight or do you use lace weight?

I also did some sock blank dyeing, both kettle dyed and hand painted and here are some pictures. At the bottom of the drying rack you can see some balls of yarns, this is yarn that came in a wound ball and I dyed as was for a sort of varigated effect. The only problem is once it’s been dyed I need to undo the ball and wind into a skein for it to dry properly and that is not much fun):

hand dyed sock blanks and balls of yarn www.knittinginfrance.com hand painted sock blanks www.knittinginfrance.com

Well thats it for now. If you feel like sharing and helping me decide what to bring or not to bring, what to dye or not to dye, all constructive advice is appreciated 🙂

Take care and enjoy your crafting

Rip it, Rip it as if it that were all I know how to do! ARG

Arg, sometimes there just are those horrible “rip it” days,  Yesterday was such a day for me! It was as if I was just unable to knit normally!

I had some leftover yarn from my Knitcircus gradient yarn club and I think I have enough for a pair of socks for my youngest. I decided I’d make up a pattern, just looked up the number of stitches to cast on. I tried doing them 2 in 1, cast on, knit a few rounds and then… ripped it all out! Why? I discovered I had made a mistake a few rounds ago – just one tiny mistake but that meant that my socks were now siamese twins and not 2 separate individuals. So off the needles it went. Frustrated I decided to do it differently the second time around so I cast on for just 1 sock at a time. I knit a few inches and then… ripped it all out…again! This time because it felt “boring”. I was doing a simple 2×2 ribbing and although the yarn is beautiful it just felt unexciting so off the needles it went too. And then I cast on AGAIN, still using the same yarn and the same needle, still knitting socks for my daughter and this time I’m doing TAAT, top down in 3 x 2 ribbing. Ok yes it does resemble the former 2×2 ribbing I ripped out but…guess the inspiration had abandoned me whereas my stubbornness had not 🙂  So here I am now:

my TAAT socks in progress www.knittinginfrance.com I’m taking it “zen”  so slowly but surely and this time NO RIPPING 🙂

And remember my post about knitting a pair of mitts from Shannon Okey’s newest book Aurora Borealis mitts? Well, as you may remember I started those and then ripped them out as I felt they were too big and also I felt that the colours did not work well in that configuration. Well, I ripped those out an additional 2 more times! Not all yesterday no but I ripped out once more for some reason I don’t remember and then the 3rd time because now instead of being too big I felt the mitten would be too small! This was just too much for me so I set out to cast on for the fourth (and hopefully last) time, using the same yarns as always, same needle as always, same book as before BUT I changed the pattern! So I cast on this time for a pair called Freydis and so far so good! I think I got the size right and this time the colours work well- neon pink in MC and gray in CC. I also changed the cuff and this time around I’m doing a picot edge cuff. I’m not far along but this time I’m confident I’ve got it right.

This is the front of the hand    Freydis front side of mitten www.knittinginfrance.com

and this is the back  Freydis mitt, back side of mitten www.knittinginfrance.com what do you think? I rather like it so far:)

So no more ripping! I’ve done more than my share this week so from now on it shall be success from the get go:) Lucky for me that I really enjoy knitting so once over the original frustration of not getting things right, I’m ok – after all what I enjoy most is the actual knitting:)

And before I say good buy this evening, let me share a picture with you. As you know I’m now preparing for the I Knit Fandango show that is coming up in May. Here’s a picture of the sock yarns that I have dyed for my Philosopher’s Walk sock kits for that show. Do you like the colours? The pattern is in two colours so each kit will include 2 full skeins of yarn and the knitter can then choose which to use as MC and which to use as CC.

The yarns all rewound into skeins and labelled. Just waiting for the rest of the kits to be preparedyarn for future sock kits www.knittinginfrance.com

And a picture of a finished sock from this pattern just in case you were not familiar with this pattern. The Philosophers Walk socks knit by www.knittinginfrance.com

Thats all for today folks. Thank you for stopping by. Take care and enjoy your fibre crafts this week as always and I hope there is not much ripping in the air for you 🙂

Sock knitting kits in the making

I’m currently dyeing like crazy for the show in London (I Knit Fandango) and now I’m working on sock kits. These will be for the Philosophers Walk Socks by Pleximo who has graciously given my authorisation to include her pattern with my yarn.

I’ve almost finished a pair of these myself and I find the pattern both amusing to knit and a beauty to look at. It is great for two colour knitting and I think that stark contrast colours work great for this. I’ve already done kits like this before for my Etsy shop. There is one kit left there – for the shop the kits included 2x 50gr skeins of the main colour and 1 x 50gr skein of the contast colour. This time I will be doing 2 x 100 gr skeins, one of each colour so you can decide yourself which will be the MC and which will be the CC. You could even do one set up for the first sock and then do the opposite for the second sock. Either way the choice will be yours 🙂 The yarn I’m using is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon which is just perfect for socks.

Here are is picture of my first sock – I really love the look and I’m quite proud of the work I did there even though on close inspection I did notice some errors on the sole side but hey, that just makes them more unique 🙂

The Philosophers Walk socks knit by www.knittinginfrance.com

I really love the way purple and yellow come together so I decided to do more of those and here you can see my first batch of yarn for these kits

hand dyed yarn for future sock kits www.knittinginfrance.com hand dyed yarns for my sock kits www.knittinginfrance.com So there will be: purple and yellow, blue and orange and today I’m doing some pink and grey and maybe some coral and light blue/green sort of colour. The kits will be in their own coton project bag and will include some hand made stitch markers as well. I think those will be quite nice and hopefully a success at the show.

Well, thats all for today, I have some more yarn dyeing to do not to mention all the reskeining and tagging etc so I better get to work. I wish you all a wonderful weekend with some quality crafting time 🙂

Guest posting – would you like to contribute to my blog?

Hi there, I was just listening to my favorite podcast aimed at yarn industry entrepreneurs and they were talking about “guest posting” on blogs and I thought that might be something interesting to explore. It could be fun for someone to get a featured post on a different blog and that both the blog owner and the guest poster would enjoy a larger exposure and so forth, so a sort of a win-win situation. What do you think? You don’t have to be a blogger just want to write an interesting piece knitting related and want to share it with others. I have a few ideas here for possible post topics for you:

1) How you came to be a knitter – when and how did you learn, what do you knit most, do you have a preferred knitting needle (circular, spn, dpn), where do you find your patterns, pictures of a finished item…

2) Have you ever knit an exceptional piece – a special shawl, your first large garment, something for a charity, share pictures and story around that particular project

3) A fun story around your life as a knitter

4) Your favorite how to books, knitting books or magazines, knitting pattern websites or websites/blogs which have great resources for knitters be it beginners or confirmed knitters, something you would like to share with the rest of us

5) Tell us about knitting in your country of origin or residence, is knitting a big cultural thing, do most people there knit from a young age, use a special technique, knit a particular traditional piece, or is knitting looked at as something only old ladies do, do you participate in any social events for knitters in your area etc

6) A knitting vacation – have you ever been on one if so tell us all about it, where and when, what you did, what you thought of it, what you learned, the people you met, will you be doing this again, any ideas for a future knitting vacation

7) Knitting to heal and stay sane – have you experienced the healing powers of knitting be it for a physical illness or a mental one? Explain and share your experience, did you do a knitting therapy, did you knit during chemo therapy, have you taught knitting to someone that is ill, have you seen the healing powers in someone close to you, do you know of charities or knitting groups particularly aimed at this aspect of knitting etc

8) Are you a ______ knitter – tell us why you mostly/only knit shawls/socks/baby items/charity knits etc, tell us about your favorite pattern/s, your favorite material/wool, favorite designer, favorite technique etc

9) Do you maybe have an original idea for a blog post? Something dear to your heart you would like to share?

I’m sure you have lots of more ideas, these are just the ones that come to my mind as I’m writing this morning. I think it could be lots of fun to have people share their stories here on my blog and that would enrich my blog and our experience as a blog reader for all of us.

If you would like to contribute a post to my blog, please send me an email to: knittinginfrance@gmail.com

Please include your details:

1) name and country of residence

2) if you are a beginner knitter or a more advanced one

3) what you would like to write about

4) if you have a blog then include a link to your blog or if you have contributed to other blogs

We will then discuss your post in more detail and how to submit and when. Depending on your reactions this could become a regular feature or just a pleasant addition to the blog from time to time. Either way it will be a blast:)

But before saying goodbye, here are two more photos of the latest rovings I did – yesterday I told you about and showed you pictures of the rovings I just dyed for the I Knit Fandango – and here are the two that I dyed gradient style

Hand dyed roving by www.knittinginfrance.com hand dyed roving by www.knittinginfrance.com Nice don’t you think?

More on my preparations for the I Knit Fandango in London this May

Hi girls, how are you today? Fine I hope, I’m doing fine myself. The weather here is really reminding us that summer is just around the corner and that seems to bring more energy and optimism. That is always a good thing I think, gives me hope and increased energy to continue my work on the shop in spite of everything. So, with the good weather and brighter spirits, I did some dyeing last Sunday in the garden. Now the rovings have dried and are ready for me to prepare for sale. I did those by painting on the colours rather than kettle dyeing. I like painting because I can play around with lots of different colours and I hope these will please my visitors at the I Knit Fandango. Here are the pictures

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What do you think? You can spin these as is or you can play around and maybe split in half lengthwise and then ply for a 2 ply yarn or you can split in 3 and make a 3 ply yarn. You can also split per colour if you want to have longer color repeats in your yarn and either split each color 2 or 3 times for a 2/3 ply yarn or you could just spin everything on a single bobbin and then Navajo ply. I love Navajo plying when I spin a multi coloured yarn as it keeps the colours well separated in most cases – except of course if you purposely go for the barber pole style. The 2 last rovings above are mini braids that I did in neon yellow and neon pink, but the colours don’t show so well in the picture I think, at least not on my monitor.

I also did 2 more rovings last night and pictured them while still wet. I’ll show you pictures of them later when dry so you can see the final look. These I did using a gradient method which I think will give a really cool yarn that can be either spun lengthwise or you can split at each colour/shade change  for longer colour repeats. Either way I’m happy with the results. This is what they look like all wet www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com The first one is in a plum gradient and the second one is a sort of turquoise gradient.

Like you know I’m a bit stressed about what to bring to the show and worried if I have enough yarn or way too much. So I went ahead and placed an order from my supplier of undyed yarns and that just arrived today so I will be able to continue my dyeing now. This is what 14kg of undyed yarn looks like when delivered by the mailman www.knittinginfrance.com Yebb! Scary big or exciting big, depends on your mood of the day 🙂

Now for something that has nothing to do with knitting or fibre. I have told you about my work for a local charity for children with cancer. They will be doing a sale beginning of June to raise money for the organisation and my handmade jewelry has been a hit for them so they asked me if I would be willing to do some more for them. Of course I am, I love making jewelry and I love being able to help such a worthy cause. Here are some pictures of what I’ve done so far

www.knittinginfrance.com  These are rings with caviar beads that move around inside a glass dome, super nice

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com I love making earrings and hope these will please potential buyers  www.knittinginfrance.com And then I did a few key rings just for fun with these like small wine bottles, after all we are in France 🙂

Do you dabble in handmade jewelry yourself? Do you buy handmade jewelry? I sometimes wonder if I should add this to my online Etsy shop as they seem to sell well for the charity and also my family and friends love what I make them – but of course family and friends are biased so…

Well that’s all for today my friends. I hope the weather is good where you are and that you enjoy your day and remember, the weekend is ALMOST here 🙂