It's been a long time! I felt unable to post since... I prefer not to count. I won't enter into the details, but not blogging and staying away from the internet is definitely not the solution. Knitting, crafting or blogging will not make the situation any better or even worse, so let's just pretend I haven't been away for so long shall we? If there's still anyone reading here, I hope you are happy in your lives and that you are having a fun time crafting. Please allow me a few weeks to catch up with everyone's blogs.
I have quite a few knits to show since the last time I wrote, but I'll begin with my latest completed projects: Monkey Socks. I knitted two pairs in a row, without even being bored. This pattern is in my opinion the best sock pattern ever. Why? Because whatever yarn you choose (solid, semi-solid or varigated) they will look good. It's the fourth time I knit them and found the perfect fit for my feet. There will definitely be some other monkey socks for myself!
Pattern: No Purl Monkey by CraftyPancakes, the little sister to the original Monkey by Cookie A. I prefer this version for the shameful reason that I don't like purling.
Needles: Addi Turbo Circular 2.75mm, 80cm. (2.5mm gives me a too tight fit) 2.75mm is an awesome needle size, as they *psychologically* knit faster ;)
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Uni, Solid 4-ply in violet (02205) and navy blue (02000) approximately 75grams each. Ravelry link here and here.
Mods: No mods other than a longer heel flap to fit my high instep. Oh!!! and I have an exciting thing to share with you!!! My ssk's have always looked a bit wonky, since I use the improved ssk method, they look much much better. There's also another method by Techknitter but I haven't tried it yet. It might help you :)
About the Pattern: There're of course plenty of awesome sock patterns on Ravelry, but what I like the most on these, is that it's knitted over 11 rows. So I only knit 13 repeats total for my size (6 for the leg, 7 for the feet) and I'm done! Doesn't it sound better than 35 repeats of a 4 rows pattern, or even worse : 143 rows of stockinette? (even if pure stockinette madness can feel good and curiously relaxing sometimes)
About the Yarn: I wanted easy care and dark yarn for my socks this time. I have a pair of black leather boots I adore, but they horribly bleed on my socks. With this easy care, dark and cheap yarn, I thought I wouldn't regret too much if something happened to them...
Since the beginning of my blog, many french speaking readers have requested a french version of my blog. I admire my fellow blogger friends who write each post in both french and english, but I'm not able to do that. I'd like to write only in french sometimes (it's my mother tongue afterall) but my concern is that it might not be as "readable" as my bad english for most of you.... What's your opinion? Should I go all french or stay in english, or even a no-text-only-pics blog?
Depuis les débuts de mon blog, plusieurs lecteurs francophones m'ont demandé si une version française de mon blog existait. Bien que j'admire les bloggeurs qui écrivent chacun de leur billet en français et en anglais, je ne me sens pas capable de faire une telle chose. Parfois, j'aimerai écrire seulement en français (c'est ma langue maternelle après tout) mais je me dis qu'alors, mon blog ne serait plus aussi accessible à tous que dans mon mauvais anglais. Quel est votre sentiment? Devrais-je écrire ce blog uniquement en français, rester en anglais ou encore opter pour une version sans-texte-que-des photos?
Talk to you soon! I promise.
Until then, take care of yourselves and cherish your loved ones...