Yarn for your Home

These days have been cold and it’s been snowing a little. For me, this means the perfect weather for staying inside, with a cup of tea, the cats keeping you warm and a good D.I.Y. project!

Yarn Projects for your Home

Making your home more cozy is always nice and what better way than by using yarn? (Maybe you’d be best put the cats in another room for what’s coming next… ;-) )

So to help inspire you for your next project (and snow storm!), here’s a few ideas. Continue Reading

How-To Thursday: The picot hem

This week I’ll be talking about an easy way and ever so lovely way to finish you knitting, the picot hem.

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Two steps are needed to create this effect on your borders. First you’ll want to knit a few rows to create holes, then after having bound the stitches off, you’ll fold and sew the edge reavealing your pretty picots. It’s truly a magical experience and one that produce such a nice effect.

Want to try it yourself? Myrtille, my latest shawl pattern, uses this technique but it’s a very versatile one. You can simply add it to any edge (sock, sweater, cowl…) to produce a very cute finish. Let’s try it! Continue Reading

Colette’s Wardrobe Architect 2015

Happy Monday everyone!

This week I’m very excited by a new project I’ve stumbled across!
While browsing the internet this week-end, I found out about the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series on the Colette’s blog. And let me tell you, it’s just what I needed…

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Last year Sarai, the mastermind behind Colette, wrote a series of post centered around what she called the Wardrobe Architect. Her goal? Designing and building thoughtful a wardrobe that truly reflects who she is. Interesting huh? :-) Continue Reading

2014, it’s a wrap!

In December, I wrote about my pre-resolution which became my goal for this last month, getting things done!
Surprisingly, even with the craziness of the holidays, it turned out quite well and now having wrapped 2014, it’s time to see what got done!
I’ll start by saying that I’m very happy with this goal because it motivated me to finish quite a few projects, and I now have a clear space to start 2015.

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How-To Thursday: Increases

Welcome to the first (official) How-To Thursday!

Official because this series had an unofficial start earlier this week with the start of Myrtille’s KAL. But now it’s the real deal! ;-)

How-To: Increases - M1R/M1L1

So let’s talk about increases.

Right after learning the basic of knitting, I’m sure the adventurous you wanted more! Increases open a whole lot of new perpectives with the happy result of not having to only make squares any more!

There’s a lot of different methods to grow the number of stitches on your needles, but the most invisible and neat ones are the “make one right” and “make one left” also known as M1R or M1L. That’s easy to remember, as one seems to lean more to the right, the other to the left. ;-)

Here’s how it’s done. Continue Reading

Starting something new: A Knit-Along and How-To…

Happy New Year everyone!

I wish you all the best for 2015 and hope it’ll be filled with joy, laughters and new projects! ;-)

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Speaking of which, Myrtille‘s Knit-Along (remember the pattern I designed for the Swiss Delights Yarn Kit in December) is starting today! YAY!

During the next month, I’ll be posting about specific tips and techniques, answering questions, and cheering you all to help you knit the perfect shawl.

You’re all more than welcome to join the fun on my Ravelry group!

If you’re not one of the lucky knitter who grabed a kit, fear not! The pattern will be available after the end of the KAL on Ravelry and you’ll be able to follow along afterwards! But to start this off right, I have something special planned!

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Thanks for a great year!

This year is coming to an end and I just wanted to take a little moment to thank you all for making 2014 a great year for Stitch-N-Smile!

Thanks for a great year!

I hope your Christmas was as merry and relaxing as mine and that you had the chance to enjoy some quality family time.

Wishing you a very happy new year and I’m hoping 2015 will bring you what you wish for, I’m sure it’s going to be a great one.

See you all in 2015! We’ll be starting it off with Myrtille‘s KAL on the 6th, join us on Ravelry!

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! ;-)
Nerdy knitting post ahead, you’ve been warned! Continue Reading

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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