The knitting adventures of a French Canadian girl in exile

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Asymmetrical studies

Hi again!

We planned a nice trip in the Adirondack park for the Veteran's Day weekend and this leaved me with a 3.5 hours drive of knitting time, back and forth! I had a lot of enthusiasm after the first prototype of Dichotomy, and I thought a variation on this theme may be a very good way to show off the nice colors of my two balls of Chroma in the Mesa colorway.

Here is a picture of the yarn in question:

I like asymmetrical pieces and I wanted to bring the best of the self striping yarn, so I decided to try a very asymmetrical triangular scarf. I used both the variation in gauge and different rate of increases to create the strong asymmetry of the scarf.

The project was fast and rewarding and the yarn is so soft I can't wait to wear it around my neck!

As of 12/12/2011, I am knitting the second sample of this design, along with the test, in another Knitpicks Chroma worsted colorway: midwinter.

today, 12/18/2011, I finished the second sample of Asymmetry, to be sent to Knitpicks for their IDP. Here are some pictures I took on my dress form:

Pattern now published on Ravelry here: Asymmetry

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Hi all!

I was a bit tired of the long run projects I was working on: a women's cardigan in a DK weight (that I kept secret in order to present it for Knitty) and a large throw for my grandparents, called Les Epinettes. Altough both large projects are in good heatlh, my motivation was starting to get low and I was hungry for a smaller, instant gratification project.

So I started swatching and head scratching in the car this weekend, while my husband was driving in our way to Bear Mountaint state park. I wanted to use some worsted weight yarn, and I have plenty in my rater large stash.

I finally picked both the pattern and the yarn from my stash and here is what I came up with, in about 2-3 hours!

The yarn I used was Thaki Yarns New Tweed, but I had to grab two label-less balls from a lot I purchased long ago, so I have no idea of the colors! I even think the yarn may be discontinued, but I am not sure.

Anyway, this was both fast and rewardingly fun, and this will be a very soon to be released pattern!

Edited on 11/18/2011

I finished the second prototype of this shawl with 3 other odd balls from my old Thaki Yarns New Tweed stash. This time, I made it a little bigger and I do love this size better. The pattern is under construction...

Ouff... I decided to knit this design a third time, to show it off in a more easily available yarn and a solid color. Surprisingle, I did not mind knitting this for a third time, so it must be a fun and fast project, because I hate knitting twice the same thing! Here it is, in Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lana D'Oro, in a bright lime color:

Edited on 11/21/2011: Testing begins today in the Ravelry Free pattern testers group!

Edited on 11/25/2011 to add the solid colored sample! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011


After some time off blogging, it is time I present my newer pattern even if it does not insert in the stash war. It is indeed an excellent stash buster and I may use it to use up some odd fingering weight yarns that I have somewhere in the older boxes.

Here are some pictures of the design:

Link to the pattern: Annette


This is a pattern published in the Knitpicks IDP, which I enjoy thoroughly because it is both fair to the designer and advantageous to the yarn company. And I like their yarns a lot, particularly Gloss Fingering.

The pattern is very easy and there are three sizes to choose from, and off course you can just use up all your yarn for a true stash busting! I made both the small size and the large myself, and I wear the small everyday as a scarf and will give up the large one as a Christmas gift.