21 mai 2010

*10 shawls in 2010* : Mum's La-Lavender shawl

Pour le 4e châle du défi ravelryesque *10 shawls in 2010*, j'avais deux impératifs :- Du coton parce-que-dans-le-Lot-il-fait-plus-chaud-qu'à-Paris- Un modèle de châle simple et rapide à faire pour pouvoir l'offrir à temps pour la fête des Mères Après... Well, comment vous dire? J'ai poussé la porte de la caverne d'Ali Baba de Lil Weasel, j'ai humé, touché, papouillé les pelotes de coton. Et aidée par Carine (qui devait se demander si tant d'indécision devant son mur de laine ne relevait pas de la pathologie) mon choix s'est porté sur... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2010

Happy mercredi

- Imagine si t'étais, ch'sais pas moi... vendeuse de poisson sur le marché de Vanves par exemple. Ou bien... si tu devais fourguer des assurances vie par téléphone à des-gens-qu'ont-juste-envie-de-regarder-Pékin-Express-et-qu'on-leur-foute-la-paix...T'imagines ? Alors tu vas quand même pas te plaindre de tes conditions de boulot tout de même... - Euh... t'as raison! Je vais arrêter de m'épancher sur les humeurs d'Amber-aka-l'Abominable Garce (j'assume mon côté Dr House addict). Mais je vais quand même me faire un petit plaisir...... [Lire la suite]
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09 mai 2010

Un dimanche à la campagne... encore!

Merci Mister Météo ! Oui, merci de m'avoir laissé croire toute la semaine dernière que mon week-end serait pourri et que je ne pourrais mettre le nez dehors sans avoir enfilé bottes et KWay...You were kidding, weren't you? Parce que j'ai d'autant plus apprécié mon dimanche à la campagne ! Les pieds dans l'herbe fraîchement tondue...Le nez chatouillé par le parfum du lilas en fleur... Ma marinière avance point après point... mousse !J'avais repéré celle de Stéphanie (aka enviedautrechose) à la mi-mars, quand l'hiver n'en... [Lire la suite]
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02 mai 2010

What a yarn

I really do love yarns. Especially soft yarns as I can't stand scratchy yarns on my skin.If you asked me about my favourite yarn I would answer: Baby alpaca ! This yarn is so soft that it really feels like a cat's fur... But the yarn I've chosen as my paradise is : Malabrigo sock.This yarn is very special : 100% merino, it is as soft as a kiss.When I received my first Malabrigo skein from Gwenola, I couldn't stop putting it on my cheek. It was so soft, I think I could purr !I used it to knit a spring shawl... and I haven't left this... [Lire la suite]
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01 mai 2010

All tooled up

At home, I have this very old drawer from the 40'S in which I keep my favorite knitting tools. My favorite needles : the Knitpicks wooden circular needles I received at Xmas. My Ipod touch with my 2 favorite Apps : Knitcounter and Knitconverter (very useful to calculate the right gauge when you knit an English pattern in French size !) A measure ribbon that belonged to my mother-in-law. My wip's gauges. Now that I'm all  tooled up, I can go on knitting...And on this 1st of May, let me present you with these... [Lire la suite]
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30 avril 2010

Location, location, location...

Where do you like to indulge in your craft? This is my favourite place to knit...Let me explain: I live in Paris (France) which means that I live in a rather small flat. The red Ikea couch is a cosy place to knit on but... I don't have much place for my stash, all my wips... But I'm fortunate! I also have a small house in the Picardy countryside where I spend saturdays and sundays... A tiny red brick house with a nice flowered garden. And from April to September, this is my favourite place to knit : under my cherry tree! ... [Lire la suite]
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29 avril 2010

One new skill

Socks, socks, socks...Socks are among favorite projects of knitters I admire : I stay mouth open in front of my computer each time my "Ravelry friend" Lori from New-York knits a new pair. Each time different. Each time gorgeous. But it seems so spectacular to me that I'm still waiting to get started.Of course I bought the Ann Budd's essential : Getting started knitting socks. But learning about socks in a language tha'ts not mine.... arrgh ! Fortunately, my friend Gaëlle published a book in French a few weeks ago :... [Lire la suite]
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28 avril 2010

One, two, three... great knitters

Who knows me (n'est-ce pas Gaëlle?) won't be surprised to hear that Jared Flood is THE knitter whose work I enjoy. And I'm pretty sure I won't be the only one to place him on a piedestal today. Jared is a knitwear designer that loves fiber.Jared is a damn' good photographer.Jared makes me love winter evenings of knitting.Jared...Well, I'm fascinated (look at this Juneberry triangle and try to resist to seek your teeth into!) But there are two other knitters whose work I admire. Let me introduce to you... Alice Kathryn and her... [Lire la suite]
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27 avril 2010

An inspirational pattern... my Everest!

Blog about a pattern or project which you aspire to...This cotton traditionnal French afghan is my Everest. My "traversée du désert"...It is knitted with a 2.5 hook and a fine natural cotton. The pattern (which could be inspired by the Great American Afghan don't you think ?) was published in the late 70's in a French yarn book. Who remembers "la laine Pingouin" (the Penguin yarn) nowadays...Anyway. I started to crochet this cotton Afghan during the summer holidays when I was 17. Yes : more than 30 years ago !... [Lire la suite]
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26 avril 2010

Knitcroblo week : Starting out

I started knitting as a kid... that is to say ages ago! My mum was definitely crafty then, and she taught me how to knit for my fashionable dolls. My very first knitting project wad a pink garter stitch scarf for my favorite Barbie doll. When I grew up, I decided I was more interested in knitting jumpers. Nothing but jumpers. In soft and bright acrylic yarns ! Each year I was waiting for the Bergere de France book of patterns and yarns and I chose 2 or 3 projects  I would knit during the school or college year. Unfortunatly, as... [Lire la suite]
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