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.
Nigeria nous sommes avec Toi !
Nigeria we are with You
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
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
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
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 !
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:
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 !
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!
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!
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.
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! :)
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 :)
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 ?!
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 :)
I signed up to the lucky dip club not long ago. The concept of receiving a surprised little parcel each month with different lovely themes is just too tempting. The October box was the lucky Dinner box . It was a homage to retro diners food: cheesy pizza, salty greasy hot dogs and sweet lovely donuts. The cheery on top of the knickerbocker glory was that you had a golden donut necklace ! you should have a look here to see how pretty it is !
It is very mysterious so mysterious that you should not read any further if you want to knit exploration station from westknits and do not want to see what is behind clue 1 and 2 .
I chose madelinetosh merino tosh light for this KAL with 4 fingering weigh yarns, holi festival, farmhouse white, neon peach and cardinal. I can almost write a mini quote with the name of the yarns. It will give the soul of my future shawl I guess … :)
———————The neon peach was high up on the tree, it was therefore a perfect start for the holi festival in the farmhouse white, the cardinal was pleased ———————————
I left warm Australia for two weeks to visit my collaborator with who I learned so so much. My mum came to join me as always when I am overseas and we had a great time together!
I took my addiction for knitting with me of course, so there I learned a new technique with my mum. Cable knitting! I had a simple and fast goal, which was to make a beanie “apple pie” from tincanknits. I chose a variegated yarn from malabrigo (merino worsted) ! when I saw this yarn at the lovely yarn shop Mind’s eye yarn on Porter square , I had to buy it !