I’m an auntie! Time to get back on the needles!

As you noticed there has been a long silence on this blog… Time to undust, remove the tumbleweeds and spiderwebs that cumulated around. And what a better reason than : I am now an auntie, so I have some new projects on my needles and tons of update to share !!! 😀

Things have changed a lot since the last post, so after losing everything (motivation included), I had to find a way to get back on the horse. I finally put back my life together and after about 2 years: I got a new job, bought a new flat, I am fixing my foot (oh yeah I sprained my ankle and it’s been almost 2 years I am having issues walking with it, it’s almost finally healed!), I am finished with my divorce (yep that also happened in the meantime), and mainly I extended my family: two cats (who are loving all the yarn around!), an amazing SO with his adorable twins and his dog, and now to top it all up my sister just gave birth to my beautiful niece Eleyna.

I’m getting ready to visit Eleyna in next coming weeks back in France. So I started some new projects and wanted to share them with you 🙂

First when I visited my sister last Christmas, I had already prepared some matching knitted hats for my sister, her boyfriend and the baby to be born with a very cute pom-pom. And mind you, even the baby hat had a smaller pom-pom matching the adult one. Actually the baby hat turned out a little too big, but since you can roll it up and it’s quite flexible, she will be able to use it for years 🙂

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During that visit, my sister gave me some yarn and a baby vest pattern she struggled with. She loved the yarn but couldn’t figure out how to knit the pattern, she then gave it to my mum who had the same struggles. So they gave it back to me to give it a go. Being the most patient and stubborn one in the family, I eventually managed to finish it!!! Ah! The satisfaction 🙂 And it looks really nice 🙂

I’m missing a picture here of the vest, but will edit the post as soon as I have one…

Later on, my sister saw some white blanket for summer and really liked the idea. So I’m currently working on a baby cotton white blanket. I found some hearts pattern and decided to create my own blanket. It still is a work in progress and I need to find what edge to do to make it a bit larger. But this is what I have so far:

I also started a new carpet, I’m already half way. I’m using three yarns together that I change at the end of the ball. Here is the over look of the color mix I’m using – I love it 🙂 :

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Spoiler alert! Another reason for me to get back behind the keyboard: my new partner has decided to tackle one of my pet peeves in knitting: pattern instructions that are driving me nuts… and so he is helping me out building a knitting calculator or rather an app to help me with distributing stitches when adding or decreasing them, because yeah “Increase by 35 stitches” on paper sounds easy, but in real life: where the heck am I supposed to put them within those 97 stitches on my needle!?  And I need visuals and something interactive, and we are no longer using Windows 95, can I get something a bit more modern?!

I’ve been looking for a bunch of apps, websites, but nothing was satisfying me, so we are tackling that one at the moment 🙂 and it’s fun! Ok, it’s also sometimes doing my head when I am working with all the maths, but at least it’s really interesting and I’m going back to my programming roots that I studied at university many moons ago. So I’m learning, we’re having fun coding together and on top of it I will have an app to help me! Ultimate Win-Win!!! 😀 Since I’m expecting I’m not the only one having issues with this, we are gonna make it available on a website called http://woolassistant.com. I am actually quite curious how it will turn out. I will let you know once it is available!!

 

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Hmmm… 21 days without any post… 21 days where again so much crap happened that I fell I lost everything, really everything, even my “craftivity”. But eventually, last weekend I bumped on a how to video on youtube about these hats that transforms into shawls and the pattern was the most simple possible that there was no way I could fail. I’ve tried so many things last few weeks, nothing worked, I kept unraveling everything I was doing. So this was the quick win I needed to feel better.

I did the first one in about an hour using the Crazy sexy wool from Wool & the gang. I used the whole skein.
 

Successfully (finally!). I really like how it looks from close up:

  

So next day I did another one using some brown Wool ease thick and quick metallics from Lion Brand.

Here are a few pics with all the variations on how they can be worn as hats or shawls.

  
    
 
Meanwhile we just arrived yesterday in Copenhagen with Big Mama as both of us needs some fresh air from all the craps happening. Hopefully this will help. We’ll see…

Loved that picture with Alice’s rabbit in bottom right corner and the cat in top right corner… 😉

  

Hmmm… 21 days without any post… 21 days where again so much crap happened that I fell I lost everything, really everything, even my “craftivity”. But eventually, last weekend I bumped on a how to video on youtube about these hats that transforms into shawls and the pattern was the most simple possible that there was no way I could fail. I’ve tried so many things last few weeks, nothing worked, I kept unraveling everything I was doing. So this was the quick win I needed to feel better.

I did the first one in about an hour using the Crazy sexy wool from Wool & the gang. I used the whole skein.
 

Successfully (finally!). I really like how it looks from close up:

  

So next day I did another one using some brown Wool ease thick and quick metallics from Lion Brand.

Here are a few pics with all the variations on how they can be worn as hats or shawls.

  
    
 
Meanwhile we just arrived yesterday in Copenhagen with Big Mama as both of us needs some fresh air from all the craps happening. Hopefully this will help. We’ll see…

Loved that picture with Alice’s rabbit in bottom right corner and the cat in top right corner… 😉

  

November WIPs and projects

Ouch… It’s already November! Time flew this month… 

Here is the list for November:

– finish black jacket

– finish reupholstering the chair

– sew the curtains

– gift for my dad in law (yeah now he’s next)

I shrank it on purpose, since I want to start my new business this month, I need to be more realistic.

And let’s see what was completed this October:

– Peter’s black and red scarf  

– one pair of socks  

– hat for my mother in law, I gave her this one and she was super excited about it 🙂  

– Lily’s bday bash diys:   

 
– crochet lesson for some new wrist warmers: 

 – one more hat, which I might give to my nephew:

– a headband for a friend:  
– And a gift for my friend’s new baby. I didn’t do the rabbit in the end, but this:  

Trying the gang…

Finally! I got the opportunity to buy some expensive wool from Wool and the gang. Reason: they made their delivery for free. Result: I bought 1 skein of “Jersey be good” and 1 skein of “Crazy sexy yarn” on Thursday, I received them Friday at lunch time, and by 7pm I had made already 2 beanies!

    
Both of the beanies are done using Jersey be good. I really like that yarn. It’s not made from wool but from textile, so I’m expecting it to resist much better than the usual wool beanies I do. Having done 2 beanies I still have quite some yarn from that one skein:

  
The beanies are done using circular needles size 9, then size 12. Bottom is done using K1, P1. 

This one is simply k1, p2 pattern with a few diminutions here and there:  

While this one was using the knit below and purl below stitches (of course I wanted to try a new stitch :)). It looks shorter but since the yarn is elastic and the stitch makes it even more elastic, the size is perfect 🙂

 
Review of the Jersey be good:

Characteristics: 500g (yup! Half a freaking kilo!), 2% elastane, 98% cotton. Hand wash, 30degrees, dry flat (being from jersey textile, I can’t believe you’re not allowed to use your washing machine).

The +: The yarn is elastic, which makes it really easy to knit by creating less tension. Your end result will remain elastic so in case you didn’t do the right size, you still have some margin. Pleasant to knit with. Can make 2 beanies (maybe 3) with one skein.

The -: the price… :/ 10€ for one skein. That’s freaking expensive from my point of view, even if it’s for 500g. I would buy it again only when they have a promotion either on the wool or on the shipping. The lack of information on the label: no gauge on the label, no needle size recommendation! Wtf… And no length as well. >_< If you want more info you need to go to their site, so you can find that the needle recommendation is 10mm to 15mm, and length is 99,5m, but still no gauge (I’m not a gauge freak, but I like to have this type of information available).

Results: a long negative paragraph, but I wouldn’t mind more of that wool… Luckily christmas is coming, right? 😉

September WIPs and projects

I decided that I will list all my WIPs (work in progress) and projects I’m planning to work on at the beginning of each month and see how much I can complete by the beginning of the following month… With obvious challenge to finish as many as possible and to write that post every beginning of the month… Challenge accepted!

So September, here we go:

– finish my dream black jacket (still a lot of knitting hours ahead)  

 – finish the new hat I was working on for my husband during last weekend, but I ran out of wool. So some shopping is needed here but so far I’m not successful at finding that yarn… That wool was a birthday gift from my friend Havran. Such an interesting and playful wool to work with.

  
– and since more wool will remain left over from the finishing of this hat (oh the mischief here), I guess I’m up to work on a matching scarf…

– finish the remote control holder project. For this one, it is some sewing part that needs to be completed. I also need to go and buy some proper textile for this. (I ran out during my last trial)

– (new) knit one or two pair of socks for my husband (oh he made some jokes about it… So let’s have some fun too, plus it’s a good exercise, I’m no expert yet in socks)

– (new) knit one baby blanket. My ex just got a baby and I still haven’t done anything I planned :/ well at least I ordered the wool and it should be delivered soon. And I think I know more or less how I want the blanket to be.

– (new) knit a baby vest and matching hat, still for the same baby

– finish the reupholstering of the chair from our cottage (that’s taking too long, I have to come up with a new approach to finish this one, make it simpler so it’s achievable). I just realized I never posted anything about that project 8-/ I spent so many hours on cleaning it, repainting it and redoing the seating… Argh ok anyway now I’m thinking of instead of using  a new seat in wood and stappling the textile I would saw an independant cushion and that will hopefully be it.

And that’s the only picture I have of that chair… Oh my… it really deserves a whole post…

  
 Here is the textile I want to use: 
– (new) sew that blue and white table cloth. I bought the textile long ago. Come on, it’s not a complicated and long project… I can do it this month too, right?! 🙂

  
– and at the bottom of this way too long list, I have to finish some curtains… I’ve been ridiculous with these. They are hanging for one year in our living room, but they are so hard to manipulate that just putting the pins is mission impossible. This is the project I hate the most at the moment, hence it barely changed for a year, except when my mum came to visit once and helped me to pin 2 more curtains…  There are 4 to do…  Errrrrrhhh I’m seriously considering getting this done by someone else.

 

Thought of the day: Untangling yarn

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I bumped on this picture some time ago, and I have to say, not everybody is up when it’s time to untangle some yarn… I have been lucky early this year my friend Leslie came for a visit and helped me when I was doing a whole collection of hats for my brother-in-law and his family.

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Hmm yeah I also bought some textiles for covering my conference table… Love the coffee cups theme! 🙂 and yes I used gain some wool from Drops, this time Peak.

Now I’m in the midst of knitting a small carpet for my craft room and I’m using three yarns at once, so luckily my husband comes from time to time to help me untangle this crazyness…

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