The Art of Swatching

The holidays are coming up and certainly with it the urge to make some hand-made gifts!

The Art of Swatching - Pin in Swatch

You’re certainly wondering why on earth would I cast on something new with my “unfinished-projects-sorting-month” ahead. Well some people just deserve a special treat, and besides some knits are relatively quick.

However if you’re in need of a reason for swatching, Myrtille, my new pattern for the Swiss Delights Yarn Kit is coming out in the beginning of next year.
If you don’t want to miss out on a fun KAL, with great yarn or simply need a perfect gift for a knitter, order your kit now!
Better hurry, the subscriptions end on December 15th.

Now enough said about future projects, this post is all about the fine art of swatching and how you can easily become a master at it! ;-)
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Getting things done!

I don’t know about you but with the start of the last month of the year, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by things that needs to be done before January.
So much has happen this year with Stitch-N-Smile and I’m so grateful about it. However, it also means that in the mean time, lots of projects piled up, were forgotten or simply discarded.
Not wanting to drown in a sea of unfinished things, something had to be done about it, and if possible before starting even more potentially abandoned projects next year.

Getting Things Done - Trying to finish stuff

Joey the cat agrees! :-)

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Designing Myrtille

Have you heard about the Swiss Delights Yarn Kit?
I’ve teamed up with the lovely Ladies from Siidegarte and Kaya Lana to bring you all some Swiss awesomeness this Winter! :-)

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The idea was to create a large shawl that could also double as a scarf so you could wrap yourself in it during those cold and long Winter days. The asymmetrical triangular design was mean to keep you warm and stylish at the same time.

The Siide-Fideel yarn plays a huge part in making this shawl your go-to-accessory for Christmas. The Merino will protect you from the cold and the silk adds a shine that makes it look classy. Perfect combo!
Plus, as the big bonus point, it’s a joy to knit with. Continue Reading

The Swiss Delights Yarn Kit is here! :-)

It’s been in the works for some time now…

These last weeks, I’ve been working on a secret project… Maybe you even saw glimpse of it on Instagram along with Joey the Kitten. I’ll admit, it was hard keeping it a secret for that long but we are very proud to introduce the first ever Swiss Delights Yarn Kit in it’s Christmas edition!

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Get your Swiss Delights Yarn Kit

This new kit is a 100% Swiss collaboration between the lovely Ladies from Siidegarte and Kaya Lana so be prepare for some Swiss awesomeness. ;-)

So why am I so excited about this kit? Continue Reading

The Dress!

Today is a special day! :-D

I’m very proud to say that today we celebrate our 10 years together with my Honey!

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

I feel like the luckiest girl on earth to have found my amazing husband, my soulmate. To be able to share each day with him is a blessing, I love him very much.

Now, let’s celebrate! :-)

And what would be better than finally posting the pictures of the wedding dress, THE Dress, to make this day even more special?
Prepare yourself, this is a picture heavy post. You have been warn! ;-) Continue Reading

Back from Down Under!

After the craziness of the wedding in August, the very anticipated next step was the honeymoon. :-)
And so in the beginning of September, we embarked on a 4 weeks long journey to Australia. From the green pastoral lands filled with kangaroos in the South, the vivid red landscape in the Center to the humid and luxurious forests in the North, it really feels we visited an entire continent!

It was truly an exceptional and memorable trip.

AustraliaMosaic

But rest assured, even though we didn’t have a lot of time, I still managed to get my hands on some fibre goodies! ;-) Continue Reading

Knitting inspiration: Outlander

I may be in Australia for the time being but something tells me we will soon have to go to Scotland!
Have you heard about THE summer TV show Outlander? Originally a book by Diana Gabaldon , this bestselling series was just released to TV with just as much popularity.

Claire's shawl

You certainly wonder why I’m doing a post on this. Well the story is of a young woman from the 1940s who mysteriously finds herself in Scotland during the 1700s.
While I haven’t read the books yet, what really interested me is because it is set in Scotland, we got to see lots of knits. And what better inspiration for fall? ;-) Continue Reading

How to store digital sewing patterns

Digital patterns are great! Most of the time they are cheaper and the very cool thing is that you can pretty much buy them at anytime of day or night! Great for midnight pattern cravings! ;-)

Digital patterns

After having been printed, assembled and used, a normal (and slightly obsessed with tidying) person will be looking for a way to store it.
That’s when it starts to get messy.
Contrary to store bought one which are neatly folded into a paper folder, printed-at-home ones are not.
So how can you store them efficiently? Continue Reading