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Artichaut

It’s been a while since the last time I made for my daughter something bigger than a crochet hat and I forgot how nice and rewarding tiny knits can be.

Tomorrow Agnieszka will be christened and I needed something whitish (not white as this yarn is not available in such a colorway) to go with her flowery dress.

Initially I was planning to improvise a shrug myself, but after a couple of days when I couldn’t decide on the construction, I gave up and settled down with “Artichaut”.

I’d love to say that I’m super happy with this little sweet thing but I’m not. I mean it IS a sweet little thing, but actually it was pretty difficult to achieve what you can see in the pics.

I love all the unique details of Aga’s “Artichaut”, like slipped stitches along the neckline, a very interesting construction, single seed stitches all over but unfortunately the instructions gave me a hard time. There were moments when I really had no idea what I should do next. Also I have to second everything Monika wrote about this pattern.

However, it doesn’t mean I will not make it again. I sure will! :-)

Finally, I should say something about the yarn. I made the shrug in Malabrigo Silky Merino and oh my! What a treat! It’s sooooo soft and wonderful to touch. I definitely should make something for myself in it. :-)

So tomorrow is a big day for my Little One. Hope everything goes well…

Have a great weekend too!

Justyna

Little White Something

It’s been a very busy week and I’m really happy today is Friday. I’ve been working a lot trying to catch up with emails, the website and pattern writing, of course. On Wednesday I finally published “Casual Lace” and I must admit this pattern took a lot more time and work than I’d anticipated, but now it’s ready :-) In September I’ll be hosting a KAL with this design, but I’ll write more about that in the future (in the meantime you can head over here).

I’m also working on a new super secret design made in collaboration with a great handdyer. I’m really excited about this one and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Nope, this is not a sneak peek of the design but a new shrug for my daughter. Next week Agnieszka will be christened and I need a little white something to go with her not-so-white dress. Initially I was thinking of improvising something myself but after many hours spent on trying to decide on the construction, I remembered a very cute pattern by┬áSolenn Couix-Loarer called “Artichaut”. I think I put it in my queue the moment it was published but at that time Aga was only 2 months. It’s high time I made it now. I hope it will be as cute as the original one. Fingers crossed :-)

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Have a nice weekend!

Justyna

Playing with colors

Don’t you just love playing with colors? I do!

Every time I have plans to destash odd balls of yarn I start behaving like a child in a toy store. I put the yarn on the floor or sofa and start mixing the colors together.

Blues with yellows, reds with whites, blacks with pinks or greens with oranges.

The combinations seem endless!

And when I get tired I come back to neutrals, which to me are as inspiring as a rainbow :-)

How about you? Do you like playing with colors or do you like to play it safe?

Happy knitting!

Justyna