My basket is full of finished objects:
I should wash and block each piece
I should take pictures
I should blog about these knitted items
I should send the gift
I should already be preparing this year's Christmas presents. Did you know Christmas was so close? (Thanks Annie for reminding us)
I should also write down the pattern for the test knitters (this is number one on my to-do list!)
I should do a lot of thing but I'm very slow....
Maybe the sweater episode is still too vivid...
(I also have a lot to do at my new work and in my new home. Having a new life is tiring.)
My sweater was ........... in the freezer.
Yes, it's true.
It was the only place I had not looked at.
And before you start thinking I'm completely crazy, I had a very good reason to store it in the freezer. A few days ago, I thought, maybe I had a moths attack on my beloved sweater (and everyone knows that a 3 days stay in the freezer will kill those undesirable hosts)
My only mistake is to have forgotten about it.
Now, you can laugh. Go on, I deserve your mockery.
Brown tweed sweater, long sleeves, contrasting hems
French japanese (Fonty & Noro)
Very warm and cozy,
Treated against moths (lavendar)
Loves to sleep in a drawer and be hand-washed.
Last seen on 18/09/11.
A broken-hearted knitter
Can you believe it? I lost a handknit sweater!
I'm sure I haven't left it somewhere outside (it's to chilly to take off a sweater), nor at work....I'm almost sure I've never worn it outside since I arrived in this place (2 weeks ago)
I looked everywhere at home and can't find it....
Is it possible to lose a pullover in a 50 square meters apartment?
And it was my only sweater with long sleeves....
Moths (even an army) could not eat it entirely in 48 hours isn't it?
And it was tweed.... :(
Isn't it incredible? I'm completly puzzled.... :s
So I bought yarn. Yes. Again. Yes. It seems I can't stop myself.....
But you surely know what I mean? No? (
Tell me I'm not the only one)
Last week, at Lil Weasel, Paris.
The Shop Owner: "Hello! What would you like today?"
Me: "Oh, nothing in particular....I saw this linen on the shop's blog, and I wanted to have a closer look...."
Then, begins the Monologue of the Knitter in a Yarn Shop: (abbreviated version)
Oh! this beautiful colored yarn! It's even more beautiful than on the pictures.
I have never tried pure linen...
Linen is great.
But it's a bit pricey.
I should crochet for my new home....I'm sure I'd feel more "at home" if I crocheted something for my kitchen.
It's pretty cheap, considering the usual pure linen prices...
And the yardage is great....
It's really a bargain!
What color should I choose? They are all so beautiful!
I should stick to only one. This grey is my favorite.
Oh wait! This yellowish green is lovely too!
Grey or Olive? Olive or Grey?
At this price, I could buy both.
But then, they might not match together....
Maybe I should also add a neutral color....
Let's see, 100 grams of each should be enough.
100 grams is hardly half of a cone. If you don't buy a whole cone, it may not count as stash afterall....
The Shop Owner:"Is there anything else you need?"
Me: "No thank you, I'm done. I was just watching."
Oh, this new colorway of one of my favorite sock yarn!
This blue is quite manly, and I have a gift to knit....
I don't really need to stash more sock yarn, but who knows what tomorrow will bring?
I don't have manly colors in my sock yarn stash.
Sock yarn does not count as stash.
Who knows when I'll be able to come back to Paris by the way?
If I buy this yarn now, I won't have to buy it later.
Me: "I'll have this skein as well"
The Shop Owner: "Ok. ## euros please. Thank you! Happy knitting!"
Me: Thank you! See you soon!
See? I'm weak.
This year in France, Father's Day was in June. Since a long time, I wanted to spoil my dad with hand knit socks but I never dared to try. Knitting for my mum is easy (we are the same size) and I know her preferences. But this time, it was different. My dad has (very) big feet, with a (very) high instep, and has preconcieved ideas on hand knit socks (itchy, fragile, bulky, too hot...and so on) It was quite a challenge to choose the right pattern & size for him. I first bought the baby blue yarn (one of his favorite and best suiting color) and then chose the pattern.
Yarn: Main Color: Cascade Heritage Solids, Baby Blue 5651
Contrasting Color: Shibui Knits Sock, Pebble 3001
Needles: Addi Turbo Circular, 2.75mm
Size: To fit US 10.5/Eur 44.5
Mods: Casted on 72 stitches (added one pattern repeat). 7" leg (18 pattern repeats) before heel. Slipped stitch heel flap: 48 rows (!) Picked up 25 stitches. For my size (which is also big) I usually pick up 19 or 20 stitches. Heel & Toe in contrasting color and slip stitches for both.
About the Pattern: Well, the Retro Rib is one of my favorite go-to sock pattern. Suitable for both women and men, it's easy, stretchy, and classic. It's the fourth time I knit them. They are great as a gift when you don't really know the recipient's shoe size.
|You may notice that he is wearing his newest blue jeans for the photoshooting! ;)|
About the Yarn: I chose the Cascade Heritage because it wears very well (75% merino, 25% nylon), is very soft and has great yardage. Shibui is soft and perfect, and will felt just enough to wear pretty well too.
Verdict: My Dad seems to be happy with them. He says they are soft, warm and very comfy. The fit is great, and I'm planning to knit him more. I even suspect that he had fun during the photoshooting! ;)
Bonne fête Papa!