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

Make your own wax thread!

While patiently waiting for the the official, pretty photos of my wedding dress, I thought I could write about it’s construction.

Dress in progress

When reading about Couture sewing and fine wedding dresses, I was amazed to learn that a lot of the work is done by hand. And if I had to give a percentage of hand sewing for my dress, I would say 90% was done by hand! Which is a lot!
At first I was a bit afraid that it wouldn’t be as strong than machine stitching but after learning about waxed thread from Susan Khalje, I was convinced.

So I learned how to make my own (because obviously it’s such a strange thing to buy, no stores had it…). Continue Reading

A magic ball with magic knots…

As you might know, I’m currently knitting the last MClub Mystery Knit Along: Magmatic.
It’s a very fun knit perfect for using small bits of yarn left from previous projects. Why? Because we are using a Magic Ball!

Magic ball

This special ball of yarn is made using different small skeins and connecting them as you wind them using a Magic Knot. It’s a great technique for mini skeins, left over yarns and gradient yarns in other words, all the things you certainly have but don’t know what to make with. And because the yarns are all connected beforehand, you don’t have a crazy amount of ends to weave at the end. Win-win! :-)

I’m sure a lot of you would like to try your hand at this fun “magically self-striping yarn”, so I’m going to show you how you can create one of your own! Continue Reading

The honeymoon or how to choose knitting projects for the beach!

Recently, I’ve got married to my long time sweetheart in a handmade dress! Everything was perfect and we really had the best day ever. And we are topping it off with the trip of a lifetime!

Ayres Rock Australia

We are living our dream by going on a trip all around Australia and finishing by a week on a island in Fidji. So exciting! :-D
We left last week-end and everything was ready and planned except one thing, what to knit on the beach! ;-)
It needs to be small and light, not too difficult and long enough to last until the end.
So the first thing that comes to mind is a lace shawl. That great because I don’t have enough of them
Well, I delude myself in thinking that I can always gift some of them if I have too much. ;-)

Now here are the three patterns which made it into the top of the list. Continue Reading