Hi there, how are you these days? I’m sorry it has been so long since I last posted but life has just gotten in the way somehow. I also feel I haven’t knit that much and so have less to share with you.

These past two weeks I have mostly worked on two projects. I should have finished my 6th pair of socks for Marie Curie but I’m still one sock away from that objective! I have finished 5 1/2 pairs and I have knit the cuff of the very last sock so I really just need to get my act together and finish asap! I would like to send my socks over to the UK beginning of November.

The two projects I have been working on lately are my Flea cardigan and the new Stephen West mystery knit a long:

My Flea cardigan is a joy to knit and so is the Holst Supersoft yarn. It is just such a fun pattern and the yarn is very nice so this project almost seems to knit itself.

This time I am not doing the “flea” patterning on the body because the giftee asked me not to. And I think it is just as nice without the patterning on the body.

Since those pictures were taken I have finished sleeve one and I just started on sleeve two this afternoon. So I am close to being done. Just a sleeve, the steek and the button bands. I should be done well before my mums birthday end of November.

The other project I’m working on as I said before is the new mystery shawl pattern by Stephen West. Each time he comes up with a mystery kal, thousands of knitters join in. I have joined before but have not always finished as sometimes part through the knit I find I don’t really like the item enough to finish.

Because of that I did hesitate about joining this time. But when I saw the yarn kits that had been put together for the shawl I felt they looked a little more sophisticated than usual and so I thought this one might not be as “out there” as some of his designs and so I went and bought the pattern.

Clue 4 will be published tomorrow and I am well behind schedule. I’m not even half done with Clue 3. I feel that the clues are either a little complex (like clue 2) or involve a lot of knitting (like clue 3) and so if one is not a monogamous knitter or does not have a lot of knitting time, it is easy to fall behind. But maybe that is just me looking for an excuse:)

I’m hoping I will be close to half done with clue 3 tonight. I really don’t want to fall too much behind or I’m afraid I might not make it to the finish line.

The construction for this shawl is very unconventional and unexpected. So far it is difficult to imagine the end result but I really like the yarns/colours I chose so I think I will like it anyway.

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For once I was serious and got yarn from my stash and just dyed up the two mohair skeins. I feel these yarns go well together. There is not a lot of contrast between the different yarns but that does not bother me. I think they look nice.

I have decided not to show a picture of my progress here as there are knitters who want the shawl to be a true mystery and avoid seeing any spoiler pictures and so I don’t want to accidentally ruin their suspense. If you follow me on Instagram  you will able to see pictures as I do share there ( I just put in a picture of the yarn first and warn that picture two is a spoiler).

Are you also doing the mkal? What do you think so far?

I am planning a new cardigan to knit for maybe December now. I came across this new amazing brioche cardigan pattern by Lesley Anne Robinson of Knit Graffiti called La Brioheme. As soon as I saw the pictures I knew I had to knit this. It is a challenging pattern I think as there is some patterned brioche but I feel like taking on a challenge and knitting something special.

I immediately went and dyed up the yarn for this. I chose a non superwash BFL in Aran weight.

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This is not a great picture but you can see I chose a mustard yellow for my main colour and a light silvery grey for my contrast.

I can’t wait to get started on this one!

Now before I leave you for today, I have been thinking about doing something special for the blog this December as we count down the days till Christmas. A lot of dyers have Advent Calendars that are amazing but not everyone can afford to buy such calendars. So I was wondering if we could do something fun together that doesn’t cost anything but brings us all joy.

I personally love learning about knitting, knitting history and traditions and how knitters in other countries live. I was wondering if some of you, my dear readers, would be willing to join me and take an active part in the blog this December and share a little bit of your lives with us.

I could start off with an article on knitting and knitting traditions in Iceland and France and then maybe, hopefully, someone else will share some stories from their country. You could tell us if your country has a long knitting tradition and what that is, you can tell us about your favourite yarn shop, about how knitters in your country learn to knit etc. Anything that brings knitting and life in your country together. You can share pictures of you and your knitting, pictures from your hometown or LYS etc.

I think this could be such fun and depending on how many people want to join, we could have these new stories every few days on the blog in December.

I hope some of you are willing to join me. We don’t have to have 30 people join, even if just a few want to share I still think that would be fun.

If you are interested please send me an email at knittinginfrance@gmail.com and we can discuss further if you like.

That’s all for today. I need to get back to my mystery shawl knitting if I want to come somewhere close to half done with my clue by tonight.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing you time with me. All the best and happy knitting 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 🙂

My first ever Mkal participation

Hi there, so like I told you last time, I’m going to join in this new mystery kal and this is the first time ever I do a KAL and so the first time ever I do a mystery one as well 🙂

This is The Doodle MKAL by Stephen West and it begins on Nov 6th. I saw the pattern page on Ravelry and looked at the pictures of the proposed yarn combinations for this shawl and I fell in love with all the yarn and the idea of knitting a shawl in 3 colors. So I decided to join in.

I haven’t made a project page on Ravelry yet but I intend to do so one of these days. I’m not one for KALs and I don’t know if I will be very present in the Ravelry thread dedicated to this KAL but I wanted to join in just for the fun.

So he recommends using Hedgehog Fibres yarn. I could of course have gone through my stash to find nice substitution yarn or even just hand dyed some yarn myself but…. after seeing all the pictures of these gorgeous Hedgehog Fibres yarns that was just asking too much of the knitter in me.

So off I went and ended up in the online shop of A Yarn Story in England. This is the first time ever I buy yarn from Hedgehog Fibres and I must admit that I could have bought at least 10 skeins! I just totally love their speckled yarns! They are all totally gorgeous. But seeing as I do not have a limitless cash supply for yarn I had to ONLY buy 3 skeins. i went with a blueish theme. And here are my yarns:

www.knittinginfrance.com Don’t you just love the speckled one in the middle?

The colors are (from left to right): Ink, Lupi, Wish

Are you going to join in this KAL? If so, have you chosen your yarns? Would you like to share a picture of your yarns with me by posting a picture in a comment below? I’d love to see what others have chosen yarnwise for this KAL.

So next weekend i’m going to wind my yarns into cakes and choose a project bag, find the appropriate needles and necessary accessories and I’ll be all set when the first clue comes out on Nov 6th.

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting:)

I think I’m ready for a SWEATER!

Wow! That is an unusual statement coming from me! But I really think I am. It’s been a while since I last knit a sweater. My last sweater was the Mesa by Stephen West. I had a bit of a sweater mojo in the winter 2013-2014 and actually knit 3 or 4 sweaters. Unfortunately I don’t remember which patterns I knit for the first 2 and I apologise for that but maybe the pictures will help you recognise the patterns. They all come from Ravelry and I believe all were paid for patterns.

So here is the first one, all are modelled by my beautiful daughter Anais.

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com this was a rather simple sweater but with lovely neckline details

Then came the asymmetrical cardi. The middle picture shows a nice design/construction detail

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And then I did the Mesa by Stephen West and I actually did 2 of those one for me and one for Anais. The above sweaters were both for Anais. So the Mesa was a really quick knit and Anais liked mine so much that I went ahead and made a second one for her but as I’m writing this I can’t seem to find the pictures of her Mesa so I’ll have to share those with you later but here comes mine, modelled as before by Anais.

First the yarns which are different types of yarns and from different yarn companies as well.

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And the sweater

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And like I said at the beginning I’m feeling the sweater mojo coming back. I’ve taken out 2 sweaters worth of yarns from my stash. Yarns that I bought as kits with Craftsy classes and now I just need to cast on and take the classes as I knit. But I’m not feeling those at the moment so I’ll share them later when I do feel like getting them going. No, now I feel like doing

Snowflake by Tin Can Knits This is a paid for pattern on Ravelry and I’ve seen lots of pictures of finished Snowflakes and they all look gorgeous. The only question I have is, should I make the button placket or not? I’ve seen both versions and both look good. Leaving the buttons out means knitting in the round from the beginning and that is appealing. Also, I don’t have any buttons in mind and this really does call for some nice and color coordinated buttons. So I need to think on that.

Here is a link to the project page of one of my virtual knitter friends, LazyBene and I really love her version and colors of the Snowflake.

If you are not familiar with this pattern, here’s a picture.www.knittinginfrance.com

I love the fact that the pattern exists in a large number of sizes from 0-6 months up to 4XL so no matter what size you are looking to do, it’s there! I also love the fact that you can do a 2 color knit. Of course you can do this in one color only but the 2 color version really looks good I think. And you can play with that idea and either do 2 tones of the same color or do 2 contrasting colors.

This is knit in a DK yarn so I’m thinking maybe I’ll do my DK sparkling yarn for the yoke and then my Cash’merino DK for the rest of the body. Both are gorgeous and squishy yarns. Of course, I do NOT have any yarn in my stash so I’m going to dye some for this project. So I need to find some nice color combinations. I’m thinking maybe doing greys or grey with pink or grey with turquoise.

Have you knit this pattern? Would you like to share a picture of your knit Snowflake and tell us about your experience knitting that? Or would you maybe like to knit along with me? Maybe we could do a KAL out of this and either use whatever yarns we like OR I could dye up some yarns for you – if you just give me your colors, that could be arrainged. What do you think?

And if not, if you are just too busy or simply not interested, do you have ideas for good color combinations or maybe have a picture of a finished Snowflake you particularly like colorwise? that might help me make my choice before I dive into the dyeing. Knowing myself, I’m not going to be able to wait very long and as the weekend is just around the corner, I’m guessing I’ll be doing some dyeing this weekend:)

Well that’s all for today. Thank’s for stopping by:) I wish you all a wonderful weekend and look forward to hearing from those of you who wish to share something with me and my readers on this subject:) Take care and knit on!