Élizabeth, my baby girl, came to the world on December 18, after an endless delivery (40 hours of active labor!) but overall uneventful. She was weighing 6 lbs 1 oz, measuring 19" and she was and still is in perfect health. Since then, she is at the heart of my little happy and loving universe. I do miss my knitting community a lot, and I also miss designing and even knitting. Time is flying so fast and my days are busy like they have never been before, my nights are sleepless, my house is messy but my heart is filled with so much love! I knew what was coming, but I never could really imagine how much of a loving mama bear I would become. Nothing matters to me anymore, except for those big blue eyes that are looking at me like I am her whole world, and so she is mine. Today, I'm releasing a pattern that I call Betty's Blanket. It's a very sentimental pattern for me as I knit this blanket while pregnant with my little love. I finished knitting it just a few days before she was born and she's now spending her first winter wrapped up in it. The pattern is meant to be warm, cuddly and colorful. My sample required 5 colors of DK weight yarn but it can easily be modified to use more or less colors. For example, you could use one main color and a different color for each row of bubbles, making a great use for all those leftover yarns from other projects. You will find the pattern at r bit.ly/bettysblanket [gallery link="file" ids="2048,2049,2034,2033,2032,2030" orderby="rand"]abc
in collaboration with Lolo Did It Cupcake Shawl is a two colors crescent shawl, meant to be knit with a variegated yarn and a contrasting solid or semi-solid color. Its size is fully adaptable and the lace top and border are gorgeous and fun to knit. The pictured shawl was made using Lolo Did It Everyday Socks in the colorways Pretty Young Thing and Blue Tourmaline. It was very exciting to collaborate with Lauren on this project, she's lovely and so is her yarn! I enjoyed knitting with her yarn so much that I just couldn't resist ordering a second set to knit a second Cupcake Shawl...! [gallery link="file" ids="1976,1977,1978,1979,1980,1981"]abc
Today, I'm reviewing a very fun yarn I've been trying lately. I must say I went out of my comfort zone with this one. It's nice sometimes to be pushed to explore new things, isn't it? I probably would never have tried it if I hadn't been kindly asked by yarncanada.ca to review it with honesty... and I'm so happy I got to discover it! So here are my thoughts about Red Heart's Scrubby. First thoughts So, this is a yarn meant to knit dishies? I was really curious about it. But it's not love at first sight for me, it's such a different yarn from what I'm used to knit with! It's not really cute and it's not really soft. If I ever saw it in a store, it's so far from my taste that I probably passed my way without even noticing it. It's 100% polyester and there are little twists of fibers coming out of the main strand. It's not itchy at all and even if I wouldn't say it's soft, it's quite pleasant to touch. I have a very sensitive skin but I can picture myself washing one full week of dirty dishes with it without any problems (other than thinking hubby is not doing his job). And when you touch it, you can tell it's a very sturdy yarn meant to go through things no other yarns ever went through! [caption id="attachment_1943" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Red Heart's Scrubby in the colorway Duckie[/caption] The colors I got are gorgeous! I got Duckie, Lime and Ocean. They are joyful, oversaturated colors and I really like how bold they are. I want to find a way to knit them together, they are pretty separately but I like them even more all together. Knitting with Scrubby It's not a walk in the park to knit with this yarn. I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner. It's hard to recognize the stitches on the needle and they don't slide easily, even on metal needles smaller than the recommended size (I used 4.5 mm / US 7 instead of the recommended 5 mm / US 8). On the other hand, it's meant to be knit loosely so it's knitting up quickly even if my pace with this yarn is slower than usual. Unexpected result While knitting my first, plain dishcloth, I was amazed to see the fabric it was creating. It was so interesting that I couldn't resist rubbing it against my skin. I rubbed a small section of my foot where there was a bit of corn and dead skins and it became perfectly soft in seconds! I'm not a fan of loofah and other rubbing gloves because they are too harsh for my skin but this dishie washcloth is PERFECT! And just like that, I became addicted to this yarn. [caption id="attachment_1944" align="aligncenter" width="350"] My first plain dishie, in the colorway Ocean[/caption] Color knitting I should have known it wouldn't be the best choice for a mosaic stitch pattern but I wanted to try it out. The result is fun but the pattern is not really showing. It's no surprise as this yarn is not meant to have a good stitch definition. However, the stripes are really showing and they create a funky result compared to a plain dishie. It could also be a good choice for bolder color techniques such as intarsia or large blocks of Fair Isle. [caption id="attachment_1941" align="aligncenter" width="350"] My second dishie combines stripes and a mosaic pattern (colorways: Duckie and Lime).[/caption] Comments from non-knitters As usual, I've been knitting it at the dog park and I never had so many comments about my yarn! It's been a conversation starter that night, everyone had a comment to make about this yarn! - Wow, that's a funny yarn! - What are you knitting? Dishcloths? Now that's the perfect yarn for this! - I would wash my back with it! - It's pretty, it reminds me of fluffy yarns, I would wear it as a sweater over a small layer! I'm thinking about making a washcloth to all my closest dog-park friends, I'm sure they'd be thrilled to get one! I'm also adding these easy project to my Christmas gift ideas list. You can buy Red Heart's Scrubby on Yarn Canada website for $5.95 CAD for a 100g ball.abc
Lately, I've been extra tired, sick and not so well in general and I've been seeing myself doing only the bare minimum. I worked just enough to fill my clients' requests and I posted some pictures on Instagram but not as many as I'm used to. I haven't even been able to knit much! But don't worry for me, the truth is that I'm actually doing very well despites those little health problems and that my energy is slowly coming back. I have many projects coming soon, all more awesome than the others, including a few very thrilling collaborations! Stay tuned! And today, I'm releasing a new pattern, YAY! This is one of those awesome collaborations! Rainy Night Shawl pattern was made using Red Umbrella Yarns Champ de Mars in the colorway Storm Cloud, big thanks to Megan who generously offered me a skein of her lovely yarn to create a pattern. Champ de Mars is a soft and sturdy fingering weight and it was so perfectly hand-dyed. It was a charm to work with this yarn! It inspired me a delicate shawl pattern, with a body featuring a leafy stitch pattern and a lacy border reminding raindrops. It's worked top-down and ends with a i-cord bind-off for an easy wearing. It is fully adaptable as the charts can be repeated as many times as desired, making it the perfect choice for any yarn and yardage. The pattern is now available on Ravelry if you want to take a look at it! Talk to you very soon! [gallery link="file" ids="1901,1904,1903,1902"]abc
Spring is the best season for knitting and wearing shawls! Who's up for a knit-along? Let's sum it up:
- Choose a shawl pattern from the ones listed here. You can work from a pattern you already have if it's on the list, from the free pattern available there or get one for 20% off using the coupon code ShawlKAL2016 (it will work during all of the KAL period).
- Go to my Ravelry group and say hi in the KAL thread.
- Until June 13, knit your shawl, post pictures of your progress, cheer and chat in the chat thread.
- When you are done, create a project page on Ravelry and share a final picture in the FO thread.
I am happy to be the designer of April's Classic Yarnbox! I must say Yarnbox is one of my favorite businesses in the yarn industry and I was thrilled to collaborate with them on this project. They are awesome. Inglenook Shawl was made using Kollage Yarns Happiness DK in the colorway Lapis. I loved working with this yarn, it is squishy and soft and everything I like. I used an interesting textural stitch pattern for the body of the shawl, followed by a simple garter stitch border and ending with a picot binding. I love DK weight shawls because they are so warm and enveloping, but I made sure the pattern was fully adaptable so you can use any weight and any yardage. As of today, the pattern is available on Ravelry! ...and it's 20% off for a limited time with coupon code ShawlKAL2016 [gallery ids="1872,1873,1874,1875"]abc