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Swap #1

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In our very nice fellowship of seamstress-knitters :D , swapping is something that I discovered recently and which I find very nice and exciting. There are no established rule, it depends on the people who organise the swapping event. Basically, you send something to someone (who you know or not), in connection with your common creative hobby (yarn, fiber to spin, fabric, embroidery pattern or threads, etc.), with some goodies added (card, buttons, gadgets, etc.), and sometimes, with some snacks (specialities from where you live, sweets, chocolate, etc.) ; and all of this in a friendly mood ! Indeed, I’ve noticed that people are quite respectful and very often, packages are really really nice and mysterious ! I loved that and I wanted to be in ;)

And by chance, someday talking with Julia (wuepfi on Ravelry) about her last Banana Leaf shawl, and especially talking about the beautiful blue yarn she hand dyed, she suggested we may have a swap, the 1st one ever for both of us :) If you don’t know her yet, have a look on her Instagram account, or watch some episodes of her podcast “The Happy Knitting Podcast“, where she talks about knitting, spinning and now sewing ;)

So, the swap.

Julia was really fast to send my package and I receive it only a few days later ! She gifted me a beautiful hank she hand dyed (Merino Aktiv Fine, 550m, 75% Merino / 25% Polyamid), several small hanks (3 sock yarns, 1 merino lace left from her Banana Leaf shawl, 1 mystery hank from the yarn she bought when she went to Viêt-Nam), a pinky postcard because she knows I love pink, some handmade stitch markers, a rubber, some tea (I already told her that some flavors are kind of weird for me :D) and a big sweet which my boyfriend liked, especially for the reindeer shape :P

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I sent her 2 packages because I wanted to give her some caramel from where I live, but my order was kind of delayed… Nevermind, she received everything so it’s fine.

I bought some French sock yarn from Les Jolies de Milie (2 hanks of 50g), with nice shades of blue. I also added some goodies I bought on La Cerise sur le Nuage e-shop ♥

Source : Instagram profile of TheHappyKnittingPodcast

You can see the chocolate and caramel sweets in her 9th episode ;)

I’m really happy to have done this 1st swap with Julia. It’s always pleasant to receive a mystery package ! Right now, I’m looking forward to going to Paris, for the Créations & Savoir Faire event next November, in order to buy some items for my next swap (and of course, for me too ♥), the “Swap de fin d’année” event, settled by Mélina, alias Letipanda on social medias. The hardest is to stay mute because I know who is the person I will send something to ;)

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Have you ever been taking part in a swap ?

If yes, feel free to share your experience :)

If not, are you willing to try someday ?

Knitting ¤ A grape Meringue

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Some more knitting stuff on the blog : my Meringue hat is done ♥

As I said before, Christmas has already started for me, and thus my next articles for the “knitting” category will mostly be about Christmas gifts I am making.

So, my 2nd gift made is this lovely hat, with its beautiful lace pattern, by Justyna Lorkowska. Moreover, the pattern is only in English.

I used the remaining yarn from my 3 Color Cashmere Cowl, finished recently : the Malabrigo yarn sock, colorway Velvet Grapes.

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I tried a new technic to cast on, the « tubular cast-on » method, which gives you a very stretchy edging (video I watched to help me).

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Thanks to this project, I could be part of a KAL called KALnouveau, opened by Moïra from the French podcast Les aiguilles du nord, which I advise you to watch if you’re comfortable with French talking ;)

About Meringue, it is a very fast knitting project, except for the ribbing part at the beginning : 2 inches of ribs 1×1 with 2.5 mm needles well… it is so long !!

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But once this “difficulty” overtaken, the lace pattern grows fast (I think it is my project the fastest finished!).

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For the blocking part, I used a balloon ! I saw that tip on Thread&Needles, a French website : it is very useful, cheap, and it makes the lace patterns revealed.

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And there it is : a grape Meringue ready for Christmas :D

Knitting ¤ Longing for Mailin

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For those who follow me, I started a while ago (end of May!) the famous Mailin sweater by Isabell Kraemer, logical knitting after my 1st sweater knit, the Il Grande Favorito…But, once the sleeves reached, summer was here, and motivation gone. But today, I’m proud to show you my Mailin on the blog ♥♥

Once my 1st sweater was finished, I wanted to knit everything ! But, to avoid scattering (dispersing ?) and keep my impulse, I started my Mailin full of confidence because I already knew that it has a similar shaping with the Il Grande Favorito.

Concerning the yarn, I used a DK weight wich lied in my stash : Laine et Cachemire de Textiles de la Marque. My 1st impression was good but faded while I was knitting : indeed, the threads of the yarn are not very tighly plyed so it was a little bit unpleasant to knit stockinette in round (because you’re less focused). But well, the price/quality ratio was very good and the final FO is not so bad. However, I’m afraid that the yarn felt and/or pilling quickly :/ Stay tuned

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At first, the knitting grows fast : you can see the raglan and the beginning of the pattern shaping, before separate the body and the sleeves. To put the stitches of the sleeves waiting (I’m not sure here, but I couldn’t find any translation :/), I don’t use waste yarn but my 40 cm cables instead, they are very useful I think ♥

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After several week, I was back to knitting the sleeves which were endless ! Beside, I had to do again my bind off of the body because it was too tight. But the final result was worth it, and even if I was grumbling a lot, my second sleeves went faster :) For the neckline, it was ok : I picked up almost every stitches (except on the shoulders, a bit less) and did a soft bind off.

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Even so, I really appreciate to knit this pattern, with all its little details and very clear explanations (don’t be afraid of the number of pages!!) : the pattern on the front, the ribs larger than usual, raglan. Besides, I forgot to mention that there are several finishing available : you can choose between 2 types of pattern and 2 types of neckline (one which is “open”, and the other is a collar), so you can make an make again this sweater ;) For mine, I chose the second version of the pattern and the “open” neckline (the one on the cover). Moreover, I also replaced the ribs by twisted ribs :)

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Finally, what do you think ? Do you want to knit it ?

Have you ever knit this pattern ? Which yarn have you used ?

Knitting ¤ A Christmas 3 Color Cashmere Cowl

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Be careful, Christmas starts during summer for me ;) This year, I decided to knit almost every Christmas present for our families (almost “women only” ahahah) ; so I’m starting to knit earlier than last year : I knit only one thing (a cardigan), and I offered it very late after Christmas (5 months…). So, I started with an “easy knit“. While talking with my sister, she told me “no more mitts this year“… because, yes, I’ve already given to her 2 pairs of mitts before ! A cowl sounded good to both of us. By chance (!), while checking my Instagram feed (IG the devil :P ) I’ve seen a lot of beautiful 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli : I had to buy the pattern and the yarn… So did I ♥

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I found a beautiful project on Ravelry (among a lot of beautiful projects !), which was a good example for the colours and yarns I may use. And I wasn’t disappointed, great choice ;)
This project is very easy so the knitting is very fast. Although the pattern is in English, I think it is very easy to understand, so I recommand it if you’re a beginner and/or if you want to try an English pattern.I knit this cowl watching the TV during the nights, and watching some podcasts during the days… So, as you can expect, I did a few mistakes. Maybe you can’t call that “mistake” when you knit 3 stripes instead of 4 ;) As a consequence, this pattern is very “adjustable” : if you want a bigger part with lace, feel free to repeat the pattern a bit more :D For my project, I tried to literally follow the explanations.

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However, I did fail a little when knitting the little stripes. I cut the threads instead of keeping them, while changing colours ! Thus, it  was very painful and took me a very long time to have my FO.

Finally I lightly blocked my cowl, using my Soak sample, which was gifted to me when I ordered some yarn from Laine&Tricot :) I was happy to try it and I love it ! I bought a big bottle since then ;) The scent is nice and not too strong (I just use a very few among :D ), and your hands are left smooth !

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By now, « my » 3 Color Cashmere Cowl is ready to be given, but I can’t say if it will come alone or not at Christmas ;)

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Have you already thought about your Christmas gifts ?

Will you give hand made presents this year ?

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Note : Sorry if there are some mistakes in the article, but I’m not used to writing my blog in english… Feel free to tell me if you see some big ones (gently of course ;) ), tell me your opinion if you read my blog in its english version ;) thanks !