In the search of the perfect bento bag patterns

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Lately, I have been obsessed with two things; First, I have been obsessed with bento bags. They are pretty, convenient and perfect project bags. After buying one from Fringe supply and made by Ambatalia I was thinking of making some myself which will give me great freedom in the conception of the bag. My second obsession is beautiful fabrics from Australian designers using Aborigines drawing techniques printed by M & S textile Australia. The fabrics are bright, alive and inspiring. You can buy these at Morris and Sons however I could not find them on their website so it looks like that you have to go to the shop to get these pretty fabrics.

PS: At the end of this post there is a Giveaway !

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Askews me, do you like Brioche?

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Brioche, dear brioche if Stephen West did not whispered your name through his creation I would have never meet you. I would have lived a life without knowing how you play with the colours, how clever and warm you are. So thanks Westknits.

Brioche knitting is different than normal knitting, the big differences are that you knit twice the same row and that you do a lot of yarn overs. It took me a bit of practice and false  starts before I felt comfortable with brioche. The truth is that when you start understanding the technique, it gets very addictive because it is an amazing way to play with colours or showing off your favourite yarn !

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Creamsicle de pompom quarterly revisited

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Voila! Creamsicle as a jumper! it is finished and I love it ! J’adore le petit look de ce petit pull de couleurs inhabituelles !!!

The original pattern from issue 9 of Pompom Quarterly by Sarah Hurwitz was written for the making of a cardigan. There is nothing wrong with the cardigan at all. The only reason for the mini change was that  I am not a small cardigan kind of girl.  I went wild on the yarn choice as I used a variegated yarn from one of my favourite yarn dyer the one and only Countess Ablaze. The soul of the jumper which is for me the yarn, is called “How can anyone can live without an occasional snack” it was part of the 12 caesar collection.

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A loop coffee caramel

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I am back to normality, back to Australia, back in our house, back to our comfort zone. The heat in Australia is not as inspiring as the colder weather of New Zealand. It is very hard to knit when 36 degrees is knocking on your windows and that the wind has decided to go on holiday somewhere else. As I am very addicted, the heat did not stop me to cast on and finish some projects :) and finally to block the little Loop caramel coffee.

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Lost in the ocean of tears there is a little light

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Nigeria nous sommes avec Toi !

Nigeria we are with You

Cher toi,

J’ai une histoire a raconter, une vraie histoire. Je viens d’une toute petite île perdue dans l’océan indien, l île de la Réunion. Je suis née a Saint-Denis la capitale. J’ai passé 19 ans la-bas. Pendant ces années, j’ai appris quelque chose de merveilleux, parce que j’ai été  assez chanceuse de la voir tout les jours, la tolérance de la différence. A la Réunion, nous somme Tamoul, Malabar Africains, Chinois, Vietnamien, Indien, Européens, nous avons different religions ou pas de religions, nous sommes ensemble et jamais une mauvais pensée nous a déchirer les uns des autres. Nous fêtons le deepavali, le nouvel an Chinois, le Ramadan ….Nous somme une entité entière, nous somme une Réunion, nous somme le métissage

Ainsi, j’aimerai dire de ne pas oublier de rester ensemble en face de l’extrémisme car ce n’est pas une religion c’est de la pure folie! Je ne suis pas religieuse, je ne crois pas en dieu ou dieux Mais je respecte l’Autre avec qui je respire et partage,  et avec qui j’apprend

Dear you,

I have a story to tell, a real story. I am from a small french colony lost in the indian ocean, Réunion island, I was born in Saint-Denis the capital. I spent 19 years there. During these years, I learned something marvellous, because I was lucky enough to witness it every day, tolerance of the differences. In Reunion, We are Tamoul, Malbars, Africans, Chineses, vietnames, Arabic, Indian, European, we have different religion or no religions, we are all together and never  a bad thoughts had teared us apart. We celebrate the Deepavali, the chinese new year, the Ramadan…. we are together as a whole as a reunion, we are the métissage

So I would like to say that we should not forget that we have to stay together in front of extremism as this is not a religion, this is madness ! I am not religious, I do not believe in god or gods But I respect the Other with who I am breathing and sharing, with who I am learning

Parce que j’aime le tricot et que Anna Maltz nous a tricoté des beautés, je partage

Because I like knitting and because Anna Maltz knitted some beauty, I am sharing (from her instagram)

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Picture and creation by Anna Maltz @sweaterspotter

and another one from @knitsforlife using the lettering chart by sweaterspotter and inspired by image of @ericsalch on twitter

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Picture and creation by @knitsforlife

We can not shut or break the liberty of expression as not only it has different form but it also traverses time, space and lifes

Bonjour 2015

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2014 is gone and to be honest I am glad it is :0) I am ready for a new year of learning, creating and sharing. The reality is that we live but one day we go and the “we go” is not as great as we live. So instead of being stuck in blackness and negativity, it is better to make life a fun ride ! right?! follow the thread and knit the happiness up !

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Beautiful illustration by Dan Page

So for 2015, I would like to finish what I started, the crazy projects at work as well as the knitting ones. So my knitting list for 2015 is:

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Purlbee + Elfin hats = 100% cuteness

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The Purl bee by Purl Soho is like a magic space and beautiful piece of creativity inspiring on the internet, I wish I were in NY just so I can visit the shop in flesh. When they realeased the free pattern elfin hat pattern, I knew that it will be on my double pointed ninja needle very quickly, which it did !

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Apricot

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New Zealand mon amour

For the festive time we headed over New Zealand, the land on which my husband was born. New Zealand is fresh and lush, it is a country where the air tickles your nose for adventure, laughter and great coffee!

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Gisborne is going to cry very soon !

Our son turned 2 and this little man is already half my size …with his copper hear, running in shorts and gum boots pushing a heavy vintage doll pram in the rain, he was so concentrated. I am so proud to have him in our life! I am not going to lie it is not always easy but the great times are so high off the chart that it hides, over powers all the challenging times! I am glad we have his smile!

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Our son doing his workout and his coach maman

We had a hard time during 2014 in term of health in our family, I am hoping that the end of this crazy time is not far. I am hoping that no more crappy things are coming, I am happy and ready to say CIAO to 2014.  During this hard time I drowned and surrounded myself in knitting, in the colours of the yarn and the people around the thread. I know without doubt that knitting helps you to smile and survive the hard periods of your life. It is a world for me in which my brain is set free and feels good. Knitting brought me back from the edge of depression many times.

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Look what I found in my mother in law garage ! maybe it is a sign .. ;)

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Manuka green trunk, look at these colours!! it almost makes me think of republic of wool, grasshopper, that I just bought

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Manuka flowers, honey bee love them and it makes an amazing honey with a smoky flavour !

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Fat and fluffy NZ bumble bee ! with its proboscis out ready to suck the goodness :)

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The rain with the flowers

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Love these colours !

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Pretty cabbage in the rain

To keep up with my knitting finger exercises, I have been working on the loop from Casapinka KAL with Skeinyarn, the pattern is quite easy to memorised, the tension is hard to get right so do not stop this project for a too long period of time otherwise your tension memory will be affected! :)

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Tea in my footrot flats mug and caramel loop ! everything is just perfect don’t you think?

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Details of the loop I have only 5 loops to go ! but the stitch number increases significantly and the speed decrease drastically. You know this inverse relationship …

This is all for now ! I hope you are having a great start in your December and that your advent calendar is spoiling you ;)

Bonne nuit ! fais de beaux rêves ou alors passe une super journée :)

Good nigh! have sweet dreams or have a lovely day :)

xxx

Exploration station with Westknits

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I have knitted a few westknits designs now the Lumpy space, Parachutey, Syncopation addiction and now I have finished my exploration station. I learned a lot during this KAL and more importantly I have fallen in love with Brioche knitting ! It is the best canvas stitch for beautiful yarn!

Madelinetosh fingering weight was used and my choice of colours was not my habitual one. I did not follow my habit and left my comfy black for neon peach ! as you can imagine, it was a pretty significant change ! I felt almost uncomfortable at first …. like I was lying to myself … very strange but as the shawl grew, the colours were also growing on me and my feeling changed. As the lovely ravelerier Theopup said “it reminds me of raspberry ripple ice cream with a hint of tutti frutti. Lovely!”  I had to use her words as it described perfectly the sweetness of the shawl in these colours!

You have to know that Neon peach is bright, so bright that I am pretty sure it will glow under dark light ! I think that it is brighter than edison bulb!  All the colours I chose were not solid colours and I think that non-solid colours give another dimension to a knitted garment.

I should stop babbling away and let the pictures speaking for themselves don’t you think ?!

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phoenix pebble

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And another Pebble from Curioushandmade, it is a fire, a phoenix rising from the beautiful  fall of Ilium from one of my favourite yarn dyer, Countess Ablaze. I loved the colour of the yarn, now I love the fire and  the strength of my new pebble ! It is just beautiful !

The pattern is by far the easiest shawl pattern I have ever followed and it is so FAST to knit ! perfect If you want to make a fast hand knitted christmas present :)

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The manly art of knitting ! I love this little book, it is perfect for beginner !

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