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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YARN ALONG // DEADLINES

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn along. 
I love to read. I love to knit. Here's a little bit about both.


So it would seem I have a big issue. I love to read and to knit, but I haven't found a way to do both at once! And because I have been way too obsessed about the Outlander series (just started book 8!!), I haven't been able to knit as much as I wanted. Today is the 29th and I only have 2 days left to finish my October pair of socks and my Shwook hat, both part of a knit along. Maybe I should stop sleeping? Or move on to audio books? Hmm I guess I'm lucky it's my biggest problem at the moment right :)


You might think my Shwook hat looks kind of different from the last time I talked about it. It is. The color work just didn't work for me and I knew i would end up not wearing the hat. So I started over! SO glad I did! I'm super in love with my Shwook 2.0! I'm pretty sure I will finish it today since I have 10 rows or so left only. Will share the final result here next week!
As for my pair of October socks, number one has been done for 2 weeks and I have the foot portion left on sock number two. Not sure I will be done in time! Wish me luck? :) 


Reading! So, Outlander (of course!). I also got a copy of a magazine I've heard a lot about. It's called Frankie, it's a lifestyle, craft, photography and art Australian magazine and it's awesome! You should check it out!

Monday, October 27, 2014

LIFE RIGHT NOW // OCTOBER 2014


loving my long random walks in Paris. Fall is the prettiest season to wander. 
thinking about this blog, words and stories.
eating porridge every morning. still trying to perfect my recipe! 
wondering Where does the good go?  
listening to Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez.
enjoying my sister new obsession for natural beauty care products. I gave up chemical shampoo and my hair is loving it!
making slow progress on my christmas knitting. need to learn continental!
struggling with food temptations. croissants anyone?
feeling inspired by minimalism. I've sold/gave so much of my stuff and the empty shelvess feel so full of possibilities  
dreaming of Christmas Season! it's not to early right?
finding it hard to believe it's already been two years since Canada!
celebrating the cold coming in! I finally can wear my knitwear!
watching Reign. I'm way too obsessed with historical fiction at the moment!
hoping that Thursday will be a good day.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WHISPERING PINES



I made a shawl!! So much fun to knit! I'll confess to being a bit scared at first. I mean, just the word lace kind of sounds tricky right? But really it was a pleasure to knit! I would most definitely recommend it to a beginner knitter looking for a simple yet full of new techniques pattern!

A bit of details maybe. The shawl is called Whispering Pines, partly inspired by the loveliest poem ever, Stopping by Woods on a snowy evening and is the first design of Molly from A Homespun House podcast (which I highly recommend!!). It uses around 420 yards of fingering weight yarn or light sport yarn. I chose to knit mine with some Quince & Co fingering yarn in their Cypress color way. I honestly knew right away that this shawl would have to be in forest green and it turned out even better than I expected! I have two more projects planned using Quince & Co wool so I will give you my opinion of it a bit later! 
Blocking it was a bit trickier than actually knitting it because I don't really have any proper equipment for it, so it's not quite as big as it could be. But I can always block it again so it's no big deal! 


So basically, shawls are awesome. Let's knit some more! Seriously though, I feel like I need shawls in every color and every thickness of yarn there is now. And I already have a few in mind of course! 
Like Henslowe, Brill, Drachenfels, Hansel, Aeris, Winterberry and Campside.
Which one do you like best?



The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Friday, October 10, 2014

1 PHOTO & 20 WORDS // NEW EYES



That moment you waited 5 years to get new glasses and it feels like you're seeing the world clearly for the first time in a while. Also, new face (sort of).

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Joining in with Abi over at Creating Paper Dreams for A photo & 20 words. Sort of a day late, but let's ignore that fact. Also, she's awesome.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

YARN ALONG // GREY SKY PINK YARN

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn along. 
I love to read. I love to knit. Here's a little bit about both.


The sky is grey, leaves are falling and it's raining. So obviously I'm knitting pink socks! The pattern is called My Cup of Tea and it's just the right mix between girly and classy I think. Can't wait to wear those during the long dark hours of Winter. The pattern is actually very very easy to follow, and I am just about to make the heel flap. The yarn is by Oh Loops, it's 80% merino and 20% nylon and I am in love with it! I'm so glad I have two more skeins of their beautiful yarn!

This week is also Shetland Wool Week and so I have cast on my Shwook hat along with Melody and a good many other people. All those color combos are super inspiring, I feel a love story with fair isle starting (fair isle sweater anyone?). I'm of course knitting it with Shetland wool from Jamieson & Smith, and I picked the color combo that you guys recommended a while ago! Clearly you have great taste because it's knitting up beautifully! If you're feeling like giving it a try, you can still join us on the KAL, you have until the end of the month to knit your hat (and J&S will be giving away yarn to a lucky knitter!). 


Reading wise, I just finished Book 5 of Outlander! I felt like it was time to start eating and sleeping regularly again so I haven't started book 6 yet but oh my those books! Best thing I have read since Harry Potter I think! There's adventure, history, love, epicness, Scotland, romance... And Jamie Fraser. He's my new Mr Darcy. You need to read Outlander. And watch the show. 
But read them first. It's amazing! 


So, what are you working on?


PS: I finished my first shawl! Blog post with photos and all the details next week on the blog :)