Thursday, 28 April 2011

FO: Calligraphy Cardigan

Hi guys! Guess who's modelling Hannah Fettig's new design, the Calligraphy Cardigan?

Hehe you guessed right, me! Yes, the famous Hannah Fettig asked me to knit her the sample and model the cardigan!

This cardigan is done since the end of March, but I couldn't talk about it for obvious reasons. And I have 3 things to say:
  1. I love the yarn (Madelinetosh tosh DK). It is incredible, soft and the subtle color changes are gorgeous.
  2. The pattern was really well written and the fit is amazing.
  3. Hannah Fettig is a very, very sweet person!

Since it is a sample knit, I had to send the cardigan back to Hannah. I was a little bit sad, I liked it so much... maybe I could knit another one...

Friday, 22 April 2011

Interview : Skein yarns

Hi guys! I am really, really happy to post this interview of Kristen from Skein Yarns. I absolutely LOVE her hand dyed yarns, and I am not the only one! She opened her Etsy shop for business in May 2010, and she has already over 2000 sales! This is pretty impressive, but not so much if you look at her gorgeous yarns. I mean, they sell themselves! Check her Etsy shop as fast as you can when she updates it, because you might miss it! Let's hear what she has to say!

How would you describe your work in three words?

Colour Infused Yarns/Fiber (I know thats technically 4 words, but I couldn't resist :))

Where to you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from everywhere films, blogs, magazines, landscapes. Sometimes even a word or phrase that I hear sets my mind to thinking about a certain colour or colour combination. I have a small notebook that I carry around so that when I get an idea I can jot it down...otherwise I tend to forget.

What is your favorite hand made gift to give?

I love giving little crochet tea mats/pot holders away..they are so handy and colourful and are really quick to make, plus they use up spare yarn.

If you had an extra hour in a day, what would you do with it?

I wish! I would probably use it to teach myself how to spin. I brought a spinning wheel months ago and I think I've used it 4-5 times, so if I had an extra hour a day I would be using it to spin.

Is there other crafts beside fiber crafts that you like?

I sew, in fact I have a pile of gorgeous fabric ready to be cut into squares to make a simple patchwork quilt...I'm intending to hand quilt it, which will probably take years. And of course I knit, which I absolutely love.

Are you a perfectionist?

Yes, which is a real pain at times because I will spend hours on something trying to get it right when I really should have been satisfied hours ago! I seem to loose a lot of my time this way.

Favorite sense: sight, hearing, smell, taste or touch?

Sight, definitely sight is my favourite sense....taste is a close second.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

I got to the point in my previous career where I just fell completely out of love with what I was doing, my Etsy store had started to pick up and I had a really good feeling that maybe I could turn this into a full time job. I was talking to my mother about what I should I stay with the 'stable' job or do I take a gamble and leave my job (and steady income!) to pursue what I loved mother said 'Do whatever makes you happy'. Of course a few months later I left my job and I haven't once regretted my decision. That was the best advise ever.

What do you wish for yourself and your business?

That my business continues to grow and that I continue to enjoy what Im really is the BEST job ever!

Thank you so much Kristen for taking time to answer my questions! You can also read another awesome interview of Kristen at 1000 Alpaca blog. And go check her Etsy shop! (Quick, I know her update was today...)

Oh, and I'll be patiently waiting for some Skein yarn... for an exclusive pattern! I can't wait for the yarn to arrive! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

What's Hot: Ravelry (21)

It's hot hot hot and it has just been listed on Ravelry! Every week or so, I show you the finest recently added patterns on Ravelry! Don't worry if you've missed it! Click on the image and queue it! Please note that all the images are not mine. They belong to the designer. You may need a Ravelry account (free!) to view the pattern profile

Monday, 18 April 2011

Random : Giveaway winner!

Hi guys!

It's here! It's here! My notebook!

Yes, the Freewheelin' one! A lot of you liked the Bridges & Ballons and the Black Bird one. I almost want them too...

And the winner is ....

KathyR! "The City Sleeps notebook - I like the pocket inside the covers."

Congratulations! Contact me at fallingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com to claim you prize, one pattern of your choice from my Ravelry pattern store!

Friday, 15 April 2011

On the needles: Wispy Cardigan

Hi guys!

First things first. Yesterday was my last exam. Which means... I finished school!!! I am done!!! Finally, after 5 years of studying at University, I can now say that I am a graduated student, and that I have 3 diplomas: one minor in translation, one minor in German studies and one major in Linguistic. Hello world, here I come.

And now something more title related, my Wispy cardigan. Oh, how much do I love it! Malabrigo lace, stockinette stitch, ingenious shaping... It is really a pleasure to knit. Yes, lace weight sweaters can be scary, but this yarn is a bijou and all that Stockinette stitch keep it oh so simple.

I was planning on bringing it on our 3 weeks vacation in Europe, but I guess I'll have to find another project... I'll have it finish way before we head to France!

Don't forget to participate to my "Guess which notebook I bought" giveaway! I thought my notebook would be in the mail by now, but no... still waiting... so participate!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Random : Villeray FOs

Hi guys! Today I want to show you some fabulously gorgeous FOs of my spring scarf pattern Villeray. As a designer, it is always heartwarming to see what knitters come up with our patterns. The colors they choose, the fiber, how they style it... And I have to say that the knitters who knitted my Villeray nailed it!

Villeray by Ellemme

Villeray by Azélie

Villeray by ittybitty

Villeray by maanel

Villeray is the perfect Spring and Summer scarf. It is light, airy and feminine. The lace detailed is really easy to memorize and it requires only one skein of sock weight yarn! Perfect for that special skein you didn't know what to knit with...

Buy it here on my blog , on Ravelry or you can find it here in my Etsy shop!

Oh and I almost forgot... there is still time to participate in my Guess which notebook I bought giveaway (one winner will win the pattern of his/her choice from my Ravelry pattern store!) Everybody can win!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

What's Hot: Etsy (2)

I bought myself a new notebook. Guess which one I picked!
One winner (randomly drawn, even if you didn't find it!) will win a pattern (of his/her choice) from my Ravelry pattern store... Check back here to see if you've won! The giveaway ends when I receive my notebook...

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

What's Hot: Ravelry (20)

It's hot hot hot and it has just been listed on Ravelry! Every week or so, I show you the finest recently added patterns on Ravelry! Don't worry if you've missed it! Click on the image and queue it! Please note that all the images are not mine. They belong to the designer. You may need a Ravelry account (free!) to view the pattern profile

Hi guys! This week's What's Hot on Ravelry is short but certainly sweet! Enjoy!

Friday, 1 April 2011

On the needles : knitting is my outlet

Hi guys!
Although school and homework are eating all my time, knitting keeps me sane. In stressful situations, knitting is the perfect outlet. But things need to stay simple!

Do you remember my knit worthy friend? The one I was talking about in this post? Well his birthday was in February, and I didn't know what to give him, until I saw that he only had one dishcloth! The morning after I was casting on for some simply simple garter stitch dishclothes. Perfect on-the-go project.

I'm waiting for some secret stuff for secret projects, so in the mean time I casted on the Wispy cardigan from Hannah Fettig. I bought the pattern and the yarn a while ago, so I decided it was the right time. Yes, stockinette stitch is simple, but in Malabrigo Lace? That is for the days I feel good...

Finally, last night I was having a startitis crisis. So not me! I usually finish a project before I cast on for another, or I don't mind having one small project and a bigger project. But last night, I was tired of working on my Wispy cardigan and the dishclothes weren't really appealing. I casted on Aidez cardigan from Cirilia Rose, but I was feeling so bad that I left the cast on row like this. I just couldn't knit another project without finishing my WIPs ...

And you guys, what are you working on? Do you mind working on more than one thing?
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