Wednesday, 13 August 2014

On The Needle : Flowing Lines

These days, knitting is keeping me mentally balanced. Yep, adjusting to motherhood is hard (and sometimes harder than I thought). Parents keep telling me that the first 6 months are the hardest, and yet others say it's between 1 and 2 years old that the "party" really begins... So I guess I'll just keep on knitting!




I started this sweater (Flowing Lines by Veera Välimäki)just before getting pregnant. In my baby knits frenzy, I put it aside. Now that my belly is back to its almost normal size, I feel like I can work on it. After all, I kinda deserve it ;) Plus, it will be a great sweater to wear this fall.



I didn't have any problems to hop back into the cable pattern, even after this several months break. Plus, Veera's pattern is really simple and well written, so even though the cabling requires a bit of concentration, the Malabrigo Worsted (colorway Dark Earth) and big needles make it go fast!






Monday, 21 July 2014

FO : Tobias II

No, I do not have the time to knit that fast... This FO was knitted before little M. arrived. I hope you can understand that there weren't occasions to take pictures!



This hat is another take at my pattern, Tobias. I knitted the brim longer to really cover the ears, and the bodylonger to give it a slouchier feel.



I had some leftover Malabrigo Worsted in Mineral Red from my Oscar cardigan, and a skein of Malabrigo Worsted again in Azul Profundo (if I remember correctly). I knew these two colors would look great together. I'm so happy with the result! 


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Eyelet Infinity Scarf and a little baby

It's been months since I last posted something on the blog. I have a good reason (and barely time to knit). I present to you my little wonder, Maxence.


He was born on April 7th, so he is a little more than 3 months old now. He is super curious, joyful and really funny. He loves songs, baths, to dance and his toys. He already lets his parents sleep at night.

He insisted on posing with me for my lastest (and only) FO of the last few months, an eyelet infinity scarf. Generic stitch pattern, I simply changed skein when running out of yarn. I had two skeins of Phildar Partner baby in gray and one skein in white. Just enough for an infinity scarf. Mindless knitting is a must now.

**As per request, here is the stitch pattern from the book Knitting in 300 stitches:

Multiple of 5 sts + 3 sts
Slip the first st and K the last st. They are not included in the instructions below.
Row 1 (RS) : *P1, K1 through the back loop (TBL), P1, K2, repeat from * to last 3 sts, P1, K1TBL, P1.
Row 2 (WS) : K1, P1TBL, K1, *P2, K1, P1TBL, K1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3 (RS) : *P1, K1TBL, P1, K1, YO, K1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, P1, K1TBL, P1.
Row 4 (WS) : K1, P1TBL, K1, *P3, K1, P1TBL, K1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 5 (RS) : *P1, K1TBL, P1, K3, pass the third st of the right needle over the two first sts (so basically, the first K st of the 3 you just knitted over the other 2), repeat from * to last 3 sts, P1, K1TBL, P1.
Repeat rows 2-5 over and over!












Sunday, 16 February 2014

On the needles : Baby Knits

Oscar by Lili comme tout in Malabrigo Merino Worsted

Binic by Solenn Couix-Loarer in Indigo Moon Merino superwash

Raking Leaves (handspun) in Wollen Mills St. spinnin fiber (Merino superwash/Nylon)

[WIP] Ella Funt by Pamela Wynne in Anny Blatt Baby Blatt

[WIP] Evrim by Teresa Cole in Blue Moon Fiberarts Socks that Rocks Heavyweight

[WIP] Little Ivanhoe by Lena Gjerald in Fleece Artist Trail Sock, Earth colorway

I tried to post last week but a nasty, nasty cold took over our household (thanks to all your nice comments on Twitter!). Glad to feel better and to be able show you some of my baby knits!

I almost forgot to tell you that you can now follow me in Instagram. Lots of knitting and cats on the menu!






Sunday, 2 February 2014

On the needles : some of my WIPs

Even if we have been in our new place for over a year now, almost all my yarns and WIPs were stored in cardboard boxes. Many many boxes stored in the office, aka the "storage room".

Over the holiday break, we decided to empty the office and convert it in a nursery. We manage to get everything out without cluttering the other rooms. Let's just say that many trips to IKEA were made.

It meant that I had to sort, organise and manage my yarn stash. I had dreaded this moment, but I had no choice. I had to do it. It took one complete afternoon : Dear BF was at work, I put some music on, made myself a cup of tea and opened the first box. I sorted yarns, putting some away, donating others, keeping beloved skeins. I frogged WIPs, discovered unfinished yet gorgeous sweater that went in the "to finish" pile. I classified, stored and labeled storage boxes. It was easier and less dreadful that I imagined. It kinda brought my knitting mojo back.

It helped bring it back so much that I casted on for some serious projets that need knitting commitment. 


My Fair Isle baby blanket, using five colors of Knit Picks Palette. I know this one will take forever and might not be finished before baby arrives. Still I really love how it's turning out. Oh, and it's my pattern. AND I'm working a steek for the first time (aaah!).


My beekeeper's quilt by Tiny Owl Knits. Needless to say that this one too will take forever. I try not to think about how many hexipuffs (which are absolutely addictive to make) I will need to make the quilt. I just keep on making them with leftovers and underloved sock yarn skeins. You can see some of leftover handspuns too in the lot.

Don't be fooled, there is plenty of other WIPs on my needles. 


Saturday, 25 January 2014

Hello... I'm back?

Almost a year and a half since my last post. No notes, no explanations, I just kinda... vanished from the online knitting world. 

I just couldn't post or knit anymore. It was just getting out of hand, taking too much place in my life, and my coward solution was to just let it go, to get rid of it all at once. I needed to cut the cord, get away from it. I stopped knitting for several months after that. A feeling of shame? Yes, maybe. It took me 18 months to really want to come back, to reopen this page. To my surprise, it was just as I left it, nothing had change.

I have changed. I became more mature, more calm. I now have a new approche to knitting. It was such a big and overpowering part of my life that I had to really start over to enjoy it again, take pleasure in picking up my needles and casting on. It doesn't stress me anymore. I learned to say "no".

Okay, enough with the explanations. I'm back, and I want to be back, so why dwell and try to justify it? I just missed this blog so much in the last month that I feel at peace now. So, let's look at what happened in the last year and a half.

I got the dream job in a publishing house. Litterature, poetry, intellectual and creative publications. I love my job, my coworkers. My loving boyfriend and I moved in an amazing appartment in a dead end, street level, with a (relatively) big private yard in the back. We've been here for a little over than a year now and we love it. 

In fact, we love it enough to stay here and start... a family. Yes, a family. Here I am, with my 7 months pregnant belly. Our little boy is due on April 12th. We are absolutely thrilled!





Which leads me to what I knitted during my retreat for the online world. You can see me sporting my Elemental Boatneck Sweater, by Hannah Fettig, knitted in Knit Picks Comfy DK. It was knitted over the summer 2013 and got wore a lot. You can tell by the cat hair. 







I've knitted other things, not a lot. I knitted when I wanted to, no pressure. Those projects are for other blog posts. And I played piano (a long love story with playing piano that I don't think I've ever talked about...), started watercolor... I really enjoyed myself.

I plan on blogging more, every week, or as the projects are finished and as I have things to post. I already have ideas, which is a really nice feeling to have. See ya :)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Giveaway : Winners!


You guys are all wonderful. Thank you so, so much for your amazing comments! It feels great to read each and every one of them. Are you ready to know who the winners are? Three lucky knitters will receive some wonderful goodies from Indigo Moon or Fleece Artist yarns through Mont Tricot, EveryPeacocks and Falling Stitches! 

Vous êtes tous et toutes merveilleux. Vos commentaires me touchent énormément! J'ai eu beaucoup de plaisirs à vous lire. Êtes-vous prêts pour le dévoilement des gagnants? Eh oui, trois chanceux(ses) auront la chance de gagner des joujoux d'Indigo Moon ou Fleece Artist par l'entremise de la boutique Mont Tricot, d'EverydayPeacocks et de Falling Stitches!

The winners... and their prizes!
Les gagnants... et leurs prix!!

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#1 Sharmie Taffe-Fletcher!!!
"this is such a lovely giveaway! thank you so much for sharing with us all :D"



#2 Cindyjacobs58!!!
"Love it,Love it,great colors,great pattern,great giveways,Love the reds."



#3 Elizabeth Dhuey!!!
"Love the pattern! Amazing."
  • Aurore knitting pattern in .pdf in your Rav library;
  • Le modèle de tricot Aurore dans votre bibliothèque Ravelry.

Please contact me at fallingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com with your info to claim your prizes!

Veuillez m'écrire à l'adresse fallingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com pour réclamer votre prix!

Congratulations to the winners!
Félicitation aux gagnants!


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