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The New Life of a Club Monaco Christmas SweaterLa nouvelle vie d’un gilet de Noël du Club Monaco

Dear 40% cashmere sweater from Club Monaco,

You were a passable Christmas sweater, obviously never worn and discarded too soon. Now you are socks, you will live in sweaty army boots and do Club Nagaika this spring. Soon you’ll also be other cozy things too!

You’re welcome.

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This pattern is the same as my previous pair of socks. I expect to complete 3-4 other pairs with this patterns before I try something more complex.Cher gilet en cachemire à 40% du Club Monaco,

Tu étais un gilet pas trop kétaine, qui n’a malheureusement pas été porté et ainsi abandonné. Maintenant tu deviens des bas pour passer ton printemps au Club Nagaika. Bientôt tu seras aussi plein d’autre choses utiles !

Bienvenue!

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Subversive Cross Stitch

I love making badges. Scout badges mostly. But this one is for my daughter. And since it is subversive, it’s going on the inside of her instrument case.

Making small badges takes almost no time… Technically. Finishing the badge ‘s border is quite frustrating the first time around. I have developed a method whereby I fold the border and baste it. The wider your seam allowance is, the sharper the result will be. I have tried many method to reduce finishing frustrations. The best order of business is to seal the work with fusible webbing after the whole badge is finished. However if you have lots of issues with the corners and edge fraying, you may find it simpler to add fusible webbing before preparing the corners for finishing. This tends to make it much harder to pierce your aida cloth though.

For this badge I used Pinterest and Buzzfeed posts as a guide. However, This pattern is mostly improvised. The unrecognizable lotus flower is from a repetitive pattern.

I am espescially happy about the silver threat outline, done with a single strand of DMC silver. It gives the writing a convincing 3D effect. The dew drops on the flower are Miyuki silver lined glass beads.

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IMG_7932.JPGI love making badges. Scout badges mostly. But this one is for my daughter. And since it is subversive, it’s going on the inside of her instrument case.

Making small badges takes almost no time… Technically. Finishing the badge ‘s border is quite frustrating the first time around. I have developed a method whereby I fold the border and baste it. The wider your seam allowance is, the sharper the result will be. I have tried many method to reduce finishing frustrations. The best order of business is to seal the work with fusible webbing after the whole badge is finished. However if you have lots of issues with the corners and edge fraying, you may find it simpler to add fusible webbing before preparing the corners for finishing. This tends to make it much harder to pierce your aida cloth though.

For this badge I used Pinterest and Buzzfeed posts as a guide. However, This pattern is mostly improvised. The unrecognizable lotus flower is from a repetitive pattern.

I am espescially happy about the silver threat outline, done with a single strand of DMC silver. It gives the writing a convincing 3D effect. The dew drops on the flower are Miyuki silver lined glass beads.

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Embellished Vintage Scissors with Silk Crochet FlowerCiseaux de broderies embellis avec de la soie

I have wrapped the handles in 100% silk yarn and attached it to an embroidered flower in the same yarn. The center of the flower is a stunning vintage glass button. The flower fob is attached to the scissors using a vintage ribbon. The downside is that I cannot fully close the blades because of the thickness of the yarn on the handles… Doh! But it’s okay since I have other scissors better suited for detail embroidery work.

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Harvesting Yarn From Discarded SweatersRecyclez la laine de vos vieux chandails

I wrote many years ago about the process of unraveling sweaters made of precious fibers. The sport weight (2-ply) alpaca yarn from that Liz Claiborne sweater made such great pieces and I have a tiny ball left. Oh how I wish I could find more. Since I recently completed a pair of socks, I decided to hunt form wool sweaters and found some nice ones. I have bought about 15 sweaters recently and they are all kinds of awesome. Today I am sharing with you my experiment with two good finds. I hunt for sweaters in the men’s department where I found two great pieces which were on sale at CAD 3.50. They will yield amazing results I am sure.

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First, there’s a broken Zara sweater in black and white cotton. The pattern is lovely and dazzling but it is quite hard to unravel because it is made up of fours strands. This yarn will be incredibly useful. I need black to complete an afterthought heel on a pair of house socks. The white yarn can be died any color! Imagine all the projects that could come from this yarn! I will soon share my first completed project in black and white. But for now you can see a knit sample below

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The second sweater is a fabulous 80’s grandfather vest containing an interesting mix of synthetic and natural fibers. The label says MD4101 by Perry Ellis. It is 37% Ramie, 29% Linen, 18% Cotton, 16% Acrylic. This one is a bit more easy to unravel, one vertical stripe at a time.

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I knit a test swatch to see how these fibers can all be mixed together. The bottom is white cotton dyed in some delicious homemade chai latte concentrate. Yes, it smells very good and I love the color. Second is the beige mix with cotton and ramie I think. The bits of cotton make for an interesting texture. Next up is the white cotton. This is knit on 3.25 mm needles. The next variegated yarn is acrylic spun with a rough and sturdy linen thread. And the last is the black cotton.

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At this point I am wondering how I can use these to make a giant circle crochet vest. They look awesome in bold colors but I would like to make something a little bit more office appropriate. In any case, I am on my way to SABLE…

“SABLE- A common knitting acronym that stands for Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee from Yarn Harlot

IMG_7569.JPGJ’ai déjà écrit il y a longtemps que j’aime défaire des chandails chinés au Village pour en récupérer la laine. Maintenant que je tricote des bas et que je n’ai pas les moyens d’acheter de la laine pure, je me suis remise à la chasse! J’aimerai bien retrouver des fibres luxueuses comme le pull en alpaca de Liz Claiborne qui a donné deux foulards adorés. Mais, cette fois-ci je vous montre deux chaindails achetés pour CAD 3.50 un jour de soldes à l’armée du salut. (J’ai acheté une quinzaine pour des années de plaisir à démonter et remonter!)

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Premièrement, voici un gilet absolument chou de Zara Homme. Il est brisé au dos mais son patron est adorable. Je dois absolument le documenter pour une création future. Ce gilet est très difficile à défaire car il est composé de 4 brins. Je suis un peu décue du temps requis pour obtenir les fibres mais j’ai énormément d’utilité pour du cottom noir ou blanc. Et puis le blanc peut être teint de n’importe quelle couleur ce qui veut dire qu’il servira à tout tout tout! J’ai d’ailleurs fait un essai plus bas.

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Le deuxième chandail est une veste grand-père typique des années 80s par Perry Ellis, une marque très en vogue à l’époque. Les fibres sont 37% Ramie, 29% Lin, 18% Cotton, 16% Acrylique. Ce chandail est très facile à défaire et donne une quantité phénoménale de fibres très originales.

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J’ai tricoté un morceau test avec mes fibres sur aiguille de 3.25mm pour voir comment elles se marient. Au bas il y a du cotton teint avec un restant d’une recette délicieuse de chai maison (Merci Sea Lemon!) En deuxième le mélange de cotton et ramie beige. Le petites boules de cotton blanc donne un effet intéressant. Ensuite le cotton blanc. Puis le mélange d’acrylique mélangé à deux fils de lin. Ensuite le cotton noir.

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Il semble que j’aurai assez de fibres pour construire une veste circulaire au crochet ou un nouveau foulard en fleurs de type Noro comme on retrouve dans cet excellent livre.

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Socks! Socks! It really is SOCKS!Des Bas! J’ai réussi à tricoter des bas!

One this that has always eluded me as a knitter is the process of knitting socks. Oh, I have everything I need and there are plenty of people ready and willing to spill the beans on Youtube but I have never really been able to make socks. As a practical knitter, I want to make something that will be useful and nothing is more useful than… Socks! So a few weeks ago I went all the way to Wal-Mart to pick up some socks yarn. The selection was dismal and I walked away with 100g of Red Heart Heart and Sole variegated yarn in Razzle Dazzle. This superfine yarn is very pleasant to work with. Also, my cat wants to eat it.

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I decided to knit my daughter a pair of socks for her birthday. I also decided to use yarn I had left from my previous project for the heel and toe. The colours matched beautifully.

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So I used the Top Down Sock pattern for Dummies and got going. Each step was excruciating BUT I looked at various videos to help me along. The first time sock is an embarrassment and the second one is satisfactory. Of course yarn is very forgiving and my daughter cannot really tell the difference. I am beyond happy and full of satisfaction over my accomplishment. The only thing that bugs me is that sock yarn (which should be at least 75% wool) is expensive. I will be shopping for high end sweaters made of sports weight yarn to re-purpose into socks, socks, socks!

Socks are a perfect project to carry along on the way to work. Of course I work from home but my newest start-up, Cryptomen, has been invited to reside and accelerate at the Bitcoin Embassy in Montreal!

IMG_7398.JPGOne this that has always eluded me as a knitter is the process of knitting socks. Oh, I have everything I needand there are plenty of people ready and willing to spill the beans on Youtube but I have never really been able to make socks. As a practical knitter, I want to make something that will be useful and nothing is more useful than… Socks! So a few weeks ago I went all the way to Wal-Mart to pick up some socks yarn. The selection was dismal and I walked away with 100g of Red Heart Heart and Sole variegated yarn in Razzle Dazzle. This superfine yarn is very pleasant to work with. Also, my cat wants to eat it.

I decided to knit my daughter a pair of socks for her birthday. I also decided to use yarn I had left from my previous project for the heel and toe. The colors matched beautifully.

So I used the Top Down Sock pattern for Dummies and got going. Each step was excrutiating BUT I looked at various videos to help me along. The first time sock is an embarrassment and the second one is satisfactory. Of course yarn is very forgiving and my daughter cannot really tell the difference. I am beyond happy and full of satisfaction over my accomplishment. The only thing that bugs me is that sock yarn (which should be at least 75% wool) is expensive. I will be shopping for high end sweaters made of sports weight yarn to repurpose into socks, socks, socks!

Socks are a perfect project to carry along on the way to work. Of course I work from home but my newest startup, Cryptomen, has been invited to reside and accellerate at the Bitcoin Embassy in Montreal!

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Small Cable Collar With Buttons

This simple scarf is knit in my favorite simple cable pattern with 200g of Louet Gems yarn in green. I purchased this lovely yarn with a pattern for socks over 5 years ago but never really got the hang of knitting socks. Fortunately, I was able to complete my project even though I didn’t have enough yarn to make a scarf. Instead of joining the ends into a continuous loop, I decided on an overlap finish with buttons. It can be work as a neck or head warmer. The heavy scratced metal button are a wonderful vintage find from the thrift store. I hesitated because each button is solid brass and really heavy but their look complements the green yarn so well.

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IMG_7411.JPGThis simple scarf is knit in my favorite simple cable patten with 200g of Louet Gems yarn in green. I purchased this lovely yarn with a pattern for socks over 5 years ago but never really got the hang of knitting socks. Fortunately, I was able to complete my project even though I didn’t have enough yarn to make a scarf. Instead of joining the ends into a continuous loop, I decided on an overlap finish with buttons. It can be work as a neck or head warmer. The heavy scratced metal button are a wonderful vintage find from the thrift store. I hesitated because each button is solid brass and really heavy but their look complements the green yarn so well.

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Hunting Capelet Back

Outlander Clothing Photos: Episode 4, The Gathering

Stills from The Outlander: Episode 4, The Gathering. I will likely grab some more stills of the previous episodes for inspiration as well. I discovered Terry Dresbach’s 18th Century Life the other day and wow, how lovely it is to see the costumes in their drawing stage. I can’t figure out how they prepared so many stunning pieces in so little time.

Capelet

Capelet

Surgery

Surgery

Hunting Capelet Top

Hunting Capelet Top

Monkey Vest

Monkey Vest

Jamie Sleeve Cuffs

Jamie Sleeve Cuffs

Hunting Capelet Back

Hunting Capelet Back

Monkey Vest

Monkey Vest

Hunting Capelet Front

Hunting Capelet Front

Large Stitch Scarf

Large Stitch Scarf

Jamie Shirt Collar

Jamie Shirt Collar

Felted Capelet

Felted Capelet


Capelet

Capelet

Surgery

Surgery

Hunting Capelet Top

Hunting Capelet Top

Monkey Vest

Monkey Vest

Jamie Sleeve Cuffs

Jamie Sleeve Cuffs

Hunting Capelet Back

Hunting Capelet Back

Monkey Vest

Monkey Vest

Hunting Capelet Front

Hunting Capelet Front

Large Stitch Scarf

Large Stitch Scarf

Jamie Shirt Collar

Jamie Shirt Collar

Felted Capelet

Felted Capelet

New York City

Waterlogue TravelogueWaterlogue Travelogue

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Short Unisex Cable Scarf – 70cmShort Unisex Cable Scarf – 70cm

I am currently knitting a second short cable scarf. I own a fantastic winter jacket with a double closure that zips up high so I cannot have a very long scarf. This super simple unisex scarf is thick and awesome. I am using louet Gems fingering weight yarn. This scarf is super easy to knit because all the cables go in the same direction. The cabled edges make a very pretty shape.

FREE PATTERN

200g of sock weight yarn will knit up to 70 cm

Cast-on 86 st. (multiple of 8 – 2)

Knit 6 purl 2 (repeat top end)
Purl 6 knit 2 (repeat top end)
On the 7th row, cable 3 forward, purl 2 (repeat)

Repeat the previous three lines until you run out of yarn!

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Cable Knit Scarf

Winter is a time for knitting!
Je travaile présentement sur un deuxième foulard court unisexe avec des cables. J’ai utilisé la laine louet Gems fingering weight yarn. Ce foulard est très facile à exécuter car tous les cables vont dans la même direction. La bordure est aussi cablée ce qui fait un joli effet.

PATRON GRATUIT

100g de laine avec les aiguille appropriées
(100g de laine pour bas donnera un foulard de 70 cm)

Monter 86 maillles (multiple de 8 – 2)

Tricoter a l’endroit 6, à l’envers 2 (répéter jusqu’au bout)
Tricoter a l’envers 6, à l’endroit 2 (répéter jusqu’au bout)
Sur la 7ième rangée, cabler 3 maillles devant, tricoter à l’envers 2, répéter jusqu’au bout.

Répéter à l’infini!

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Cable Knit Scarf

Winter is a time for knitting!

Downton Abbey Style

I’m a bit miffed at the last season of Downton Abbey. I’m not going to go into the details since it has barely started showing on PBS but maybe it’s jumped the shark. My favorite character remains Mary, but it is Cora who wears the clothing I want to get ! I have taken to capturing my favorite glimpses of fashion on Downton Abbey.

And as a bonus, here’s Martha Stewart wearing a modern version of the kind of clothing Cora likes to wear.

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20140106-192907.jpgLa saison 4 de Downton Abbey n’était pas vraiment super… Cependant j’ai continué à capturer des vêtements pour mon scrapbook d’idées. J’adore Mary mais c’est Cora qui prte les vêtements que j’aime le plus.

En bonus, voici Martha Stewart portant récemment une chemise digne de Cora dans Downton Abbey!

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