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Hi Agnes, This sounds really dumb, but since I'm not used to taking taxis, I don't know which number taxi or company I used. I've tried calling taxi lost and found departments but finding those numbers has been quite challenging with my limited French.
Next time, Andrea! You must be up to your ears in work from the move. Good luck with it all!
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I have been lucky enough to spend some great time knitting in Paris, with somewhat mixed results. On the one hand, I lost half of a sweater in a cab ride on the way to a knitting meetup with my Anny Blatt friends. (Sob!!!) On the other hand, earlier I got to join a knit night at L’oisivethé, presided over by the owner, Aimee, and later, I visited her store. So the positives have at least balanced out the negatives! L'oisivethé If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s how ephemeral life and even my projects can be. That’s the whole... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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I’ve gathered two bowls full of Fuji apples from my tree and can’t wait to make them into pies! There’s something joyous about eating the fruits and vegetables from the garden outside, in spite of local varmints. It’s funny how I used to be on the side of the pesky animals in cartoon days until I started gardening myself. My babybear peach tree produced 3 fruits this year and I only got one due to ahem competition. Can you believe that in the early evening, as I stood sipping a cup of tea, a cheeky little rat streaked along my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
The rhythm of brioche is very relaxing, isn't it, once you fall into it? I've really been enjoying it. I guess brioche knitting is so new in the US that everyone is happily using superwash yarn to knit it and perhaps only later will the problems with the slippery yarn emerge. That is really smart of you to use laceweight yarn to limit the weight of your shawl. I'm looking forward to seeing it when its done!
I totally agree with you, Kelly! Wooly wools don't have the same instant appeal, but they last forever and you can do anything with them!!!!
Thank you very much, Agnes! After all that hard work knitting the body of the shawl it was an enormous relief that the fix worked for the border so all that time wasn't wasted!!
Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear about your experience. Let me know how it goes this time!
Thank you so much, Virginia! I really appreciate hearing that something I wrote was useful. It keeps me going! So glad to hear your brioche project is going well with the great wool you chose. Sorry to hear about the superwash misadventures. It can be very confusing sorting out which fibers to use when, can't it?
Thank you for your support, Agnes! I learned so much from this experience that I don't regret any of the mistakes I made. It became a mini workshop for me on what does and doesn't work when trying this new technique!!! It's opened my eyes to the importance of fiber choices in projects for sure!
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A round of applause for Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift! It saved the day! Here is what happened: My Briochealuscious shawl, that I had labored over, was in distress. Panicked, I searched for a savior, and found it in the guise of Shetland yarn! You see, I was acting on advice from Nancy Marchant about the slipperiness of superwash wool. She has designed tons of brioche, and when comparing the durability of projects knitted in normal wool versus supwerwash, she discovered her brioche garments made with superwash or silk had lost their structure, lengthening to the point of ridiculousness. Alas, such is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you for your input, Caroline! I really feel this was the best nugget of information I learned at the whole conference, apart from the inspiration of looking at all the things, of course!
Hi Jennifer, Thanks for sharing your experience. I got the impression that this information is not in Marchant's book. She seemed to indicate in this class that she has come to this conclusion recently after looking at what happened to the garments knitted for the book in superwash or silk blend yarns over time. She recommended mohair and wool instead and said that those projects had held up really well. When you think about it, Marchant learned the brioche technique in Holland, where they use it as a traditional stitch knitted in grabby wools so it makes sense that it is proved to work in those yarns. I think it is only more recently with the brioche trend in the US and spreading elsewhere that we have been using the technique in the new "hot" yarns with superwash....
Thank you so much for your comment! I do recommend the yarn and will definitely knit with it again. :-)
That is an interesting idea to try ironing it. I had not thought of that! Perhaps with a press cloth...
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Have you ever spent weeks or months executing a complicated project in expensive yarn, only to see it dissolve over time? I am hoping to share information that will prevent this from happening to you in the realm of brioche knitting! Knitting Fresh Brioche Book Two weekends ago, I attended Nancy Marchant’s class on Fresh Ways of Knitting Brioche. It was an amazing class, and I am truly grateful to Vogue Knitting Live for hosting a yarn event close to me, in San Francisco!! I had only knitted a brioche hat and was insecure in my brioche increases and decreases... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Last March, I was lucky enough to attend the Edinburgh yarn festival with my husband and some of his family. While at the EYF market, I purchased only one batch of yarn for a garment, as my stash has been piling up of late. I had heard lots of wonderful reviews of Blacker yarns and the company founder, Myra, helped me pick out my yarn at her stall —what fun! I have always adored this mint green color for spring/summer, and I have been trying to knit more in warm-weather-friendly fibers since California has become so hot. So I chose... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Indigo Leaves by Joji Locatelli Many visitors think of Paris as a city of major monuments—the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe. But we walkers know that it’s the small moments discovered by chance that are the most beautiful. The incentive to lose yourself in Paris is huge because you never know what you will find when you turn a corner—a neighborhood arch? A twelfth century tower around the corner from your favorite bistro? Or a statue, like La Flamme de la Liberté, that you discover when emerging from a metro stop It is not just the buildings... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Two color gradients on the opposite side of the spectrum! What a genius idea to combine them in one shawl! Because of the way the two gradients overlap each other, this became the most fascinating shawl pattern I have knitted to date. The designer, who I believe was an artist before delving into knitwear, was clearly inspired when she created Inara! I used two gradient sets of Miss Bab’s 2ply Toes yarn in grey and red focused colorways: I must say that the instructions to this shawl are a bit bare-bones and I was stumped by how to overlap the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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My obsession with the discontinued Rowan yarn, Calmer, has not diminished. When I decided to knit a simple tee for summer, it was the first yarn I reached for. I used Sarah Hatton’s pattern, Emma Tee because I feel Sarah Hatton is really at the top of her game right now in designing wearable garments with fun designs. The skirt it's paired with is my funsie from Paris, a skirt and top set with lace/metal grommet trim I bought at Maje. Although there is no waist shaping written into the pattern for this tee, I did add in a bit.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you for the great suggestion, Agnes! If you have the Knit Stars 1.0, it sounds like it would be valuable to watch first--I have seen some wonderful video tutorials by Weisenberger and I would guess that with visual accompaniment her approach would be very clear. Also, Caroline just commented below that she had a good experience with at least one pattern in the Cocoknits sweater book. It sounds like those patterns, at least the pattern Emma, is easy to follow. :-)
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Emma! It is great to hear it is a straightforward knit, as I had purchased the cocoknits Sweater Workshop book along with the standalone pattern and was hoping the book patterns were easier to follow. It sounds like they definitely are so I will prioritize Emma especially as a future knit. Both my KAL partner and I felt that, as you said, we would have been much better off if we had started with at least one pattern in the book first before we tackled a standalone design. I agree with you that would probably have made the whole process easier!
Yes, small comforting projects are the core of the joy of knitting, right? Thank you for your words of praise about the hat. It is just such a gorgeous pattern. I have now embarked on fingering weight socks. They are not as hard as I thought they would be but I do notice some finger pain. Not sure why. Perhaps because of the yarn management, since the yarn is so fine I am gripping it more tightly?
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That is such a clever idea!!!
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2018 on Dreaming of Peerie Flooers at Fashion: Yarn Style
Hi Kerrie, Yes now you can just print out the chart and voilà presto, it will be easy to knit the sleeves. The yoke instructions are fine but there is no chart for that section, it is words only, which might be a bit challenging for some. Anyway I think this cardigan would suit you, and the yarn is great.