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Why I prelave my sons

Have you ever found yourself with large dye stains that have dripped onto your knitting or your fingers? Me too! I had a few “surprises”. So now I systematically pre-wash my wools.

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Choose your colors

Sometimes colors “speak” to me and I immediately know which ones to use. And sometimes this is far from the case. I’d originally chosen colors that looked good together “on paper”, but clashed when knitted together. I was pretty sure of myself every time and almost started knitting straight away, without making any samples. In the end, I’m glad I took the time to test them out, and it’s proof once again that making samples can save many hours of work!

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A selection of my favorite sweaters and cardigans from this year's Indie Designer Gift-A-Long (= the GAL).
It’s the sparkliest time of the year: the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry started yesterday evening and I’m one of 262 participating indie designers this year! 🎉
For this first cardigan pattern, I chose a very simple base. As with all my favorite sweaters and cardigans, here it's all about the little details: the folded collar for a snug fit, the tubular bind-off to keep the ribbing edge clean and elastic ... and the little extra pocket(s) that can be embroidered.
When I'm asked which is more useful, I usually reply: the ball winder. I know it's often advisable to buy a swift before you have a ball winder. But for me, the opposite is more practical.
My life as a designer, one stitch at a time 🧶🐑🐤 The most-read posts of the month, my reading of the moment, and a behind-the-scenes look at what's coming soon.
I promise, knitting is not a criterion when I choose books for my little chick! However, we did get some nice surprises when we opened some of the books, with a bit of knitting hidden here and there. Always gentle and full of kindness, no cliché of the bitter old grandmother knitting a scarf full of holes, thankfully!
I don't have many baking tin in my cupboards because I like all-in-one ones. A bit like the interchangeable circular needles that can be used for knitting in the round, flat knitting, putting on hold, provisionnal cast-on, can be disassembled and reassembled as needed, and some have little holes for threading a life-line through. Handy all-in-ones, aren't they?
It doesn't sound like it because I've been talking about it for a long time now, but I've been upset with brioche for a long time. I had resigned myself to the fact that brioche was just something I ate. But everything changed the day I realized these two things.
Two years after my first Pommes de Pin shawl, I wanted to knit a new version and chose the cowl version to highlight the light and delicate speckles. As much as I love the wide, cozy version included in the pattern, that's not what I wanted for this yarn. I wanted something lighter. So I had to face the facts and frog to start again.. Narrower.