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Daylight Shawl

My latest pattern is released today! Two releases in two months, I'm quite happy with this pace considering that being Élizabeth's mom is my main and favorite activity right now. Designing is definitely my second favorite activity though, so I have a couple of designs currently building up, and they should be ready when the cold season comes back. Meanwhile, today's release is a summery pattern, just perfect for the weeks and hopefully months of summer that are still left for us to enjoy. This month, I'm teaming up with Yarn Crush! This pattern will be included in the box their subscribers will receive, as well as the gorgeous yarn required to knit it, and other yummy goodies. If you don't know about Yarn Crush, make sure to check out their website. But please don't hold me responsible for cheating on your yarn diet!

Daylight Shawl

Summer is so enjoyable, with its gorgeous daylight and its sweet breezes that are just cold enough to put a little shawl over our shoulders. Daylight shawl is the perfect shawlette for those cool summer days or fresh evenings. This one-skein wonder combines lace, cables and garter stitch. With its easy sideways construction and short yardage you'll be ready to warm up those shoulders in no time! And if you prefer bigger shawls, the pattern is easily adaptable and more than one skein can be used for a larger shawl to wrap up in. Get it on Ravelry at bit.ly/daylightshawl [gallery link="file" columns="5" ids="2078,2077,2076,2075,2074,2073,2072,2071,2070,2069"]abc

Fox Tails Shawl

I have new pattern out today. YAY! It's not easy, designing, when you're moming 24/7, but I did it! And, you know I'm not one to brag much, but I am so happy with this design, it is one of my all time favorite <3 Fox Tails Shawl This 3-color, asymmetrical triangular shawl is an addictive and beginner friendly knitting adventure! With stripes of garter stitch, a simple color layout and a surprisingly easy lace pattern resembling fox tails, you'll want to knit just one more row, and just one more row again. Get it on Ravelry For the little story, I started knitting my shawl just 5 days before being induced, and I finished it when my baby was 2 months old. My delivery took 40 hours, and I sure knit a few rows of it between two contractions. I also knit it while nursing, rocking and holding the baby while she was sleeping. I hope that wearing this shawl will remind me of these precious moments for many years to come, and I hope knitting it will bring you joy and serenity. I hope you're having a beautiful spring with plenty of knitting time. [gallery ids="2055,2056,2057,2058,2060,2061,2062,2063,2064"]abc

Shawl KAL Spring 2016

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.
Repeat as many times as you like! Every week, I'll be drawing a coupon code for a free pattern - the more you chat, the more chances you have of winning.  And during the week of June 13, I'll be drawing physical prizes (one finished object = one participation). Prizes We have generous sponsors who are giving away AWESOME handmade prizes, and I can't believe how lucky we are!!!  Let me show you... The Chilly Dog Ellen from The Chilly Dog is once again offering one of her handmade roll-up knitting needle cases!  She's using a gorgeous variety of fabrics and the winner will get to choose her favorite from her shop.
Marianated Yarns Let me quote Marian from Marianated Yarns: "My yarns marianate in colorful marianades while waiting to join your stash."  And believe me, all of her "marianades" look delicious!  She is offering a skein of Practicality 75/25 to one lucky winner who will get to choose her favorite color!
Maple Moose Fibres Michelle from Maple Moose Fibres will offer one of her handmade project bags!  She's using a great variety of fabrics, from delicate flower patterns to fun pop culture prints. The winner will get to choose her favorite bag from her shop.
Buffalo Girls Ludmilla creates gorgeous cards using photographies and vintage images.  Her Etsy shop is filled with an impressive variety of cards of all kind that are sure to please anyone, especially knitters as her shop includes a gift for knitters section! The winner will get to choose between a set of greeting cards or a box of knit care tags, featuring her own sheep!
frisenvang I am falling head over feet for Frisenvang, a Danish company with a double mission: providing quality yarn to the Danes, and supporting 265 families from Peru by getting their alpaca wool directly from the communities. [Read more about their mission here.] Their yarns are so lovely that they are now offering them worldwide. And for our KAL, they are generously offering a kit to knit their Frisenvang shawl, including two skeins of baby alpaca yarn and the pattern.
Stitch markers The more winners, the happier I am! Therefore, I am adding two sets of my homemade stitch markers. They are light and cute, and can be used on needles up to size US 10.5 / 6.5 mm.
  I hope you are as excited as I am by this knit-along!  I can't wait to see your projects and chat with you all! ♥︎abc

2015 in numbers

2015 is now behind us.  For me, it's been a year rich in creations, projects, ideas, dreams and realities.  Here's my summary! I ended the year with big bronchitis.  No cool.  I spit my lungs during a month and a half including Christmas and the New Year celebrations, while I've been given all the caring comments (but quite heavy) saying "you're-gonna-die-if-you-don't-take-antibiotics" and so I had to explain again and again (between two coughing attacks) that antibiotics are useless against a degenerated virus.  To say the truth, it really was a dirty virus but my antibodies won!  Hooray for the white cells and ginger tea! I did 2 trips.  The first one was in Seattle where I spend a week with my best friend who's been living there for a few years.  The second trip was in Corsica, far far away from home, where I really enjoyed the change of scenery. I survived major heat waves in 3 countries, for a total of 6 consecutive weeks of temperatures between 95 and 115°F... And I'm the kind of people who's confortable only between 72 and 78°! I published 13 new patterns, including one in the magazine Interweave Knits Summer 2015.  I started and ended the year by publishing shawl patterns that seem to be quite loved already (Country Song Shawl and Roads of Corsica). I participated in the 100 days project, for which I published a daily photo on Instagram during 100 days... I caught the bug, and I ended up publishing... 295 photos in 2015!  I like it soooooo much!  And I ended the year with... Over 4000 followers!  I am completely amazed!  I never thought for a single second that my knittings could be liked by so many people!  It gives me an incredible push to keep doing it in 2016.  And honestly, I love this idea! To end up this beautiful year, here's a mosaic of my new patterns.  And I'm already working on many nice things for 2016! [gallery link="file" ids="1833,1834,1835,1321,1692,1430,1837,1838,1839,1691,1840,1841"]  abc

Creating in 2015 – Summer!

I have a nice active summer. I'm knitting, working, walking and traveling a lot. I'm in love with my husband, my pets, my family and my friends; my knitting, my garden, my walks to the park. This is great. I don't remember being that much happy and I try to taste every sweet bite of my present life. I love my knitting activities. I love the small community growing around my designs, I love every single person who takes part of it in any way. I am so motivated to create more and more designs as I get the feeling I'm not alone in my adventure. I released two new patterns in the last few weeks, and more are coming soon! The first one is a shawl named the Storm Shawl.  It's inspired by the weather, starting with rain that becomes small snowflakes and then large snowflakes, and ends up being a snowbank at the bottom of the shawl. Storm Shawl knitting pattern The second one is a sweater called Grain of Sand.  It's made with worsted weight and oversized needles, so it's very light and easy to carry around on summer nights. Grain of Sand Sweater knitting pattern I'm offering 20% off these two patterns along with Country Song Shawl and Silky Fairy Shawl until July 27th, just to share my happiness :-)  I really hope I'll see some projects popping on Ravelry!abc

Creating in 2015: April

April was overwhelming. I had a busy winter, I'm now in the middle of a busy spring and I feel exhausted. I'm still trying to effectivly split my time between work, working on my patterns, my flooded basement and the music school my husband, a few friends and I are going to open. Plus the routine - cleaning, cooking, doing the groceries and trying to have a social life - and my high maintenance dog who asks for an hour and a half of exercice daily. I can't seem to find a minute for myself in all of that. I tried to take a night off last weekend. I just sat on the couch wondering what to do. I couldn't think of anything else so I ended up knitting. It reminded me it's even more enjoyable when it's not part of the routine. I haven't released a pattern in April because I made a reflexion about the seasons and the patterns to release. I released patterns of a hat and of a pair of mittens in late March, I had a very good response in the tests, a few testers even told me it was their favorite hat ever and they were planning to use this pattern for all their go to hats. That's a wonderful compliment! But I sold none. Here in Quebec, in March and April, it's -20°C until it's 20° and no one understand what happened but all of a sudden summer is here. (By the way, summer isn't here yet and I just can't stand winter anymore!) But I should not base my pattern releases on Quebec's temperature because for everyone else in Canada, USA, Europe, etc, spring arrives many weeks before it does here (and I am totally jealous)! So I decided I should work on lighter patterns from now on and to keep my warm patterns ready to release when fall comes back. And because I can't keep a resolution for more than 10 minutes, I made a cardigan and a headband...   Amazing cardigan Gabrielle Vézina headband I think I'll wait until fall to release both patterns if I don't change my mind ten times before then. Meanwhile I'll slowly get them tested. I also finised knitting a stuffed dog based on my pattern Gustave the dog for my friends who are going to have a baby boy very very soon! Gustave the dog And I had a one night stand with my sewing machine and did 19 squares for a future quilt (even if I'm not quite done with my cabin log quilt...) Quilt blocks I published no patterns in April, but someone did published one of my patterns! Yep yep yep, I have a tiny tiny pattern in the Summer issue of Interweave Knits! It's a light headband called Olympia and it's just perfect for summer! The magazine is available for preorder now, on the Interweave website. [caption id="attachment_1321" align="aligncenter" width="592"]Olympia Headband Photo credit: Harper Point Photography Olympia Headband
Photo credit: Harper Point Photography[/caption] When I feel overwhelmed and exhausted like I do now, I love knitting even more. It's my everyday absolute relaxation.abc

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