The Weasley Jumper #1

Ever since I started knitting I have been dying to make myself a Weasley jumper. And, honestly, who doesn’t? I keep wondering why I haven’t done earlier and the truth is I have no idea. But here it is, my precious little Weasley jumper. I felt like Molly knitting it (minus the magic part, unfortunately) but I experienced a little bit of magic when I blocked the second and last sleeve; finally, it was done. After years and years (and years) of saying « I’m gonna knit a Weasley jumper« , I had done it. And I must say I am damn proud of myself. DSCN2049**

Alright, it wasn’t all easy and nice to knit this piece, especially (you know what’s coming) the letter part. I spent two days trying to figure out the right size of it, and where to begin, adjust my pattern for it to fit in the middle, but oh, the joy of putting it on in the end! To my delight, it fits perfectly. The body is long, but not to long and large just like I wanted it to be. The sleeves are big enough to feel extra cosy and long enough to cover half my hands which is, well, pure perfection.

Apart from being able to add a new emblematic item to my ever-growing Hp collection, I now feel like an accomplished knitter.

And for the first time, I am gonna share my very own pattern.
Hope you’ll enjoy it!

Weasley Jumper
English – French

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Keeping myself warm

 

DSCN1656*The weather has gone cold and snowy here. Just what I like. I’m not used seeing snow, we, unfortunately, don’t get to see much of it in south France. I couldn’t be more thrilled knowing there will be snow all winter in Montreal. And it will be my very first snowy winter. Not that there’s NEVER any snow where I used to live, it simply very rarely stays, which always saddens me.

A believe a curse has been following me ever since I first came here: Indeed, I keep loosing my beanies in the metro. It was only fair to treat myself a little. I grabbed my needles, found some 100% wool yarn, and there you go! Brand new, handmade beanie. It is big, and fluffy, and softJust what I needed to keep me warm and comfy. I better be careful not to loose this one as well.

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Keep me warm

The sky is grey, the air is colder, a spiced hot chocolat, Harry Potter on the tv and a blanket to keep my warm. How I love the end of the year and its cold weather because it means I will take the knitting stuff out again.
Among all the things I love about cold weather, blankets are my most appreciated. There’s nothing better than watch (or re-watch) my favorite movies, or grab a good book, and through myself under a soft and cosy and warm blanket. The ones I knitted/crocheted are not huge blankets, but they’re big enough to cover my whole legs and belly when I lay (ahem,allday) on the sofa.

The first one was knitted with a limited yarn from phildar that I bought two years ago. I used 10 sized needles for this one and is pretty simple: the periphery is ribbed (1×1) and the inside is a basic garter stitch. Took me only a few hours to knit the whole blanket for it is quite small. The wool is very soft and doesn’t scratch at all despite the shiny strings inside.
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The second one is slightly bigger than the other and was, this time, crocheted rather than knitted. I planned to knit it at first but I figured a double treble and a size 9 crochet would make it grow faster. The yarn comes from a local shop I spotted near my appartment named La Bobineuse de Laine ; once again, the yarn was a « limited edition ». It was made out of 12 differents yarn which give the camaieu in the end. The wool is less soft than the phildar, but as it is pure wool, it is far warmer.

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I just love blankets so much, I wish it could be cold all year round.

Le pull de la flemme / the lazy sweater

Je voulais un pull bleu. Je le voulais désespérément. Maaaaaais, je ne voulais pas m’embêter, il me fallait un truc simple. ARCHI SIMPLE, et du point mousse évidemment.
Je fouille donc l’internet à la recherche d’un modèle easy, à tricotable en 5 (un truc archi simple j’ai dis, pas de petites aiguilles pour moi, merci), avec un col rond. Et là, pas moyen d’en trouver un! Jusqu’à ce que je pense à Garnstudio. Dieu merci, en deux clics sur le site, j’avais mon modèle, un échantillon qui colle à celui donné, et jolie laine qui ne demandait plus qu’à sauter sur mes aiguilles.
Il s’agit donc du White Sand, proposé par Drops Design.
De l’ultra basique; des côtes 1×1 pour le bas/col/bas des manches, et du point mousse en veux-tu en voilà, 3 arrêts de mailles pour les emmanchures, on fait tous les morceaux, on coud (c’est la partie que j’aime le moins, béni soit l’individu qui à inventer les aiguilles circulaires et les modèles fait en un morceau) tout ça, et voilà!
Seul le col se tricote avec les aiguilles circulaires, on relève les mailles et le tour est joué.
J’ai aussi modifier les manches, que j’ai fais en 3/4, pour le style parce qu’il me manquait de la laine et que j’avais la flemme (encore!) de me mouvoir pour en acheter.
Il est donc bleu et noir, il est doux, il est loose, il tient chaud.

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I wanted a blue sweater. I wanted it desperately. Buuuut, I didn’t something complicated, I needed something easy. SUPER DUPPER EASY, garter stitched of course.
I searched the whole internet for this pattern, needle 5 (something easy I said, no tiny needles for me, thank you), round collar. Impossible to find one, until Garnstudio came to my mind. thank God I thought about it, and in no time, I had my perfect pattern. All I had to do was to take out my yarns, patiently waiting to jump on my needles.
Let me introduce you to White Sand, by Drops Design.
So very basic; 1×1 ribs, garter stitch, just need to knit all the parts, a bit of sewing (I hate this part, god bless the one who created circular needles and pattern you can knit in one go) and tadaaaaam!
Only the collar is knitted with circular needles.

I changed the size of the sleeves that I decided to stop 3/4 because I like it better I was missing some yarn and was too lazy (yep!) to go buy some more.

It’s black and blue, it’s soft, it’s big, it’s warm.

 

hmm, angora!

Il y a quelques temps, le frère de mon copain m’a rapporté deux pelotes d’une laine de laine angora incroyablement belles. Une jaune et une orange. ll m’a fallut une bon moment avant de trouver quoi en faire. Il y a deux jours, j’ai finalement décidé quelles deviendraient une écharpe.
Quelle idiote j’ai été de faire uniquement du jersey endroit, qui a fait rouler les bords de mon écharpe la rendant un peu trop fine à mon goût.
MAIS, il s’agit toujours de la laine la plus douce que je n’ai jamais touché. Et c’est la meilleure raison pour déjà aimer mon écharpe une peu trop fine.

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A while ago my bf’s brother brought me some amazingly beautiful angora rabbit wool. Two yarn, a yellow one, and an orange one. It took me quite a long time to find out what i wanted to do with these. 
Two days ago, I finally decided to knit a scarf. 
So stupid I was to use a stitch that made the sides of my scarf roll and make it a little too thin. 
BUT, it is still the softest wool I have ever touched. And that is the best reason to love this a-bit-to-thin scarf anyway.

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