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HANDMADE IS BEAUTIFUL

Monday, April 20, 2015

IN WHICH I SAY ADORABLE A LOT

Episode 02!!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone you has watched, subscribed or left me a message here, on IG or on Youtube. You all are the sweetest <3
Hoping you will like this one too, it's a bit longer and was slightly less weird to record so this might be the beginning of something fun :)



Show Notes!

FINISHED OBJECTS
Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes - Pompom Quaterly Spring 2014
Yarn: Drops Baby Alpaca and Silk

Garter Ear Flap Hat - free on the Purl Bee website
Yarn: Quince & Co Lark in the Belize colorway

- Basic worsted weight baby hat
Yarn: Cascade 220 in white + Malabrigo Rios in the Indiecita colorway

WORKS IN PROGRESS
Elske socks by Merrian Holland - Pompom Quaterly Spring 2015
yarn: Drops Fabel Uni Colours

- Battersea by Valerie Miller - free on her blog
Yarn: We Are Knitters The Cottons Yarn

- Textured Shawl yet to be named by me.
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the Shire colorway

STASH LOVE
The Wool Barn !
BFL lace in the Jeans colorway + Stardust sock in the Pink Speckles colorway

NEXT ON THE NEEDLES
April Come she will by Annalisa Dione (the pattern is free until the end of April)
Docklight by Brooklyn Tweed

PODCAST I MENTIONED AND LOVE
Maria - Stitched in Sweden
Molly - A Homespun House
Dani - Little Bobbins Knits
Saturday, April 11, 2015

In which I recorded a short and awkward video

Realized I had the voice of a 5 years old, hoped my english was understandable and then went for it anyway.


Show Notes!

Works in Progress:
Elske socks from Pompom Quaterly Spring 2015
Waterlily from Pompom Quaterly Spring 2014
Mrs Weasley blanket

Finished Objects:
Vanilla ankle socks - made with Drop Fabel Print
Regn mittens - made with (Vi)laines Delicates

Stash Love:
Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the Shire colorway
Socks that Rock in the Fluemarket Find colorway.


You can find me on: Ravelry / Instagram / Youtube

Thank you for putting up with my weirdness <3
Thursday, April 9, 2015

1 PHOTO & 20 WORDS: the simple things


Flowers gathered by my nephew for: his mama, his grandma and his auntie. 
The simplest things are the most precious. 

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Joining in with Abi from Creating Paper Dreams for One photo & Twenty words. 
Monday, April 6, 2015

ME ON MONDAY



A weekend love list: Moroccan mint tea / socks / pastries / meeting other crazy knitters like me / chatting about yarn for 4 hours / a new episode of Outlander / more sock knitting / JAMMF / a finished project / chocolate / reading stories to my nephew / a comfy handmade sweater / watching Cinderella on TV / singing along.

And here we are now, on a cold but sunny Monday morning. Hiding under a plaid, watching Harry Potter and you guessed it, knitting some more socks! That's me, on Monday :)


Joining with the lovely Sian today.
Friday, April 3, 2015

A YEAR OF SOCKS: blues and pinks


This is most definitely the year of socks. I think I'm already onto my 4th pair this year, and my 7th total. What can I say, socks are the best. And between patterns, heel techniques, toe up vs cuff down… the possibilities are endless. For my two most recent ones, I tried a few different things. And, spoiler alert: I love them both!


First is my first self-stripping pair! Isn't that yarn gorgeous? It's Drops Fabel long print in the Rose Mist colorway. Since the colors were so soft and pastel I decided to punch it out a bit by using my favorite sock pattern: Hermione's everyday socks. Which yes is the pattern I used for my first ever pair of socks (remember?). I did them cuff down and slightly longer that the first pair so I can wear them with boots for instance. I also changed the heel because I'm not super into the heel flap and gusset technique and I wanted to protect my stripe sequence. So I used a modified version of the afterthought heel, using P3tog instead of the usual ssk + K2tog combo. You can see what my heel looks like on my project page on Ravelry if you're curious :) Love them! I bought a whole lot of Drops sock yarn in March because they were having a sale, I love the yarn and it's super cheap (like 4€ for a pair of socks cheap).


My second pair is Irish Oats by Cabinfour and unlike most sock patterns calls for Sport weight yarn instead of fingering. Which is awesome if you want winter / very cozy socks and bonus point: they knit up faster! The yarn I used is some Regia Fashion that I actually found on Amazon! The pattern can look a bit impressive with its cables and texture panel but is actually a pleasure to knit and super simple to memorize! 
I made them toe up (the pattern is written for cuff down but easy to adapt to your style). I just adore the look of toes when made toe up! I just haven't found a bind off that I like half as much as my twisted german cast on for cuff down so I just switch from one style to the other. 

What's your take on cuff down vs toe up?