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Friday, October 2, 2015


On this day last year, I put on my feet my very first pair of hand knit socks. And fell in love. With the colors, the comfort, the warmth, the "oh thank you I made them myself!". I knew it was the beginning of something. So I started a little challenge: a year of socks. And you know what? It was fun! 

In that year, I have made 10 pairs of adult socks, 2 baby ones, and I have two more currently on the needles. I tried cuff down, then toe up, discovered the magic of short row heels, designed my very own sock pattern, and started a pair out of leftovers from previous ones (Inception style!). A good year I'd say! Funnily enough, my favorite and most worn pair is still the very first one I made.
Seriously can't believe I used to be that girl who said "why would I even want to knit socks, I don't even wear any!" One year older me is laughing hard right now. Hand knitted socks are the best! So here's to many more years of knitting socks!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015



Let's talk about books today :)

There are two in particular that I am very excited to read in October: The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball and Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel! (I talked a bit about them both in my book haul video which you can see here)

To make things a bit more fun, I decided to organize on my Ravelry group a little READ ALONG! It's super simple, you pick one of both books (they are different enough that everyone should hopefully feel drawn towards at least one!) , and then find a few minutes here and there to read during the month of October. Personally, I almost always read before turning the lights off at night, mostly so that the last thing I do in the day isn't stare at a screen ;) If you need to commute to go to work, reading a bit might also be an option then (although I'll admit, I've been known to miss my subway stop because I was that into the story I was reading!). None of the books are too new, so it should be pretty easy to find them in your local used or new bookstore or your library!

If you'd rather join on Instagram, I've set up the hashtags #TheDirtyLifeRA and #StationElevenRA over there ;)

Hope you like the idea! And that you'll like the book <3
Sunday, September 27, 2015


“I can't say when you'll get love or how you'll find it or even promise you that you will. I can only say you are worthy of it and that it's never too much to ask for it and that it's not crazy to fear you'll never have it again, even though your fears are probably wrong. Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It's the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive. It's worthy of all the hullabaloo.”

Cheryl Strayed, 
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Monday, September 21, 2015

You may say I'm a reader

But pretty sure I'm not the only one!

Yesterday I introduced a new series of videos on my Youtube channel, this time all about books!
I first thought I could simply add a reading section to my knitting podcast, but I quite like the 45 min average length that I have going so I figured I would record completely independent videos, still hosted on the same knitting channel. Knitting and reading are two of my favorite things so it makes sense I guess! 

Anyway, for this first video, I have a book haul for you! I'm basically going through the books (hard copies + Kindle) that I got in the last month. Hope you will enjoy it, and maybe be inspired to go to your local bookstore and grab a copy for yourself! 
I will record a second video at the end of the month that will be a review of the books I have read in September (5 so far, hoping for 8!). 

Let me know what you think! 

ps: of course I had to find a Beatles pun for the name! ;)
Monday, September 14, 2015


Back from a quick but super lovely Summer trip with lots to tell, a few new projects, a shawl design, and a few videos from London. Also an announcement about books which I'm very excited about! (ps: there's now a book thread on the Ravelry group, and of course it's been named after a Beatles song!)

And now for the show notes:
Vertices Unite - Stephen West
Quill - Jared Flood
Cabled baby booties - Epipa

My shawl design, Les rêveurs, is all finished and written up. I'm now looking for test knitters before releasing it, hopefully at the beginning of October. More details on the Ravelry thread! Hope you will like it :)

Mina - The Knitting Expat
Kay - Bakery Bears