Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Has it really been 9 months ??

Hello all,

Anybody there ? - I feel I lately start this way when writing in this little space of mine.
I always have the intention of being  more regular, but then life gets in the middle of it.

It's been a good while, since October 2016, really ???? that long ???

Ok, so lots happened, some knitting happened too, not much though.

Ok, so I'll tell you a bit of the highlights of all this time.

At Christmas we went to France (as we usually do since my husband is French), and we stopped at Lille for 1 night before going to my in-laws. Of course and as every time we go somewhere, the first thing I look up is yarn shops. . . I guess every yarn loving person does, I don't feel I'm the only one.
And so I went to La Droguerie and bought these beauties:

It is Alpaca yarn, and even though I mentioned in my YouTube channel a few times I do not consider myself someone who would gravitate towards blue, well, I think I need to rethink that because I have for the most part of 2016 and 2017 gone straight for blues 😏

I bought it to make a cardigan for my son but then in the end it was too fine, and so I;m saving it to make something for myself, maybe a shawl or a fingering weight cardigan, I'm not sure yet. I have a few favourites saved in Ravelry.

In February I had my birthday and my husband got me a few lovely things. Amongst those where these sock blockers (finally 😍) and the amazing Anne of Green Gables DVD set, which he ordered from Canada, no less. I cannot tell you how I adore Anne of Green Gables. I watched it when I was 12 years old for the first time and loved it since. I always felt a bit like Anne, and also the part of me that was not like Anne admired her and wanted to be like her. . .

I managed to finish these socks too. They are the Mercury Socks. It is a great pattern and it's free ¡¡

I is perfect for knitters that want to try lace knitting as the lace pattern in it is easy enough for adventurous beginners I'd say. If you are an experienced knitter, it is also lovely to knit this pattern since it is quite enjoyable and mindless. I love the result and really love how the socks turned out. 
The yarn used is Bergere de France, their Goomy 50 line in the Imprime Beige colour way. 

Well, that it for today. 

Oh, and if you are interested in cotton yarn I'm doing a Clearance Sale at my Etsy Shop of the Natura Just cotton. I really need to clear all the stock I have so that I can begin new ventures with my own hand dyed yarn ¡¡ 

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer ! 



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Country Maison Podcast - Episode 3 is now up on YouTube !

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I have started a YouTube Podcast . . .

Hello all ! and thanks for hanging in there during my long periods of absence.

After a long time wanting to do a video podcast I finally took the plunged and beat up that fear that

was keeping me from doing it.

Now you can see all things I'm currently making but it will be me showing them to you, in my channel (click above).

Please subscribe if you like it and like the video to show me some love, which is much needed in this new beginning.

After giving it a lot of thought I decided to do it in English since I wanted my international friends to also understand it, I'm sad my mother won't be able to understand it but she has me in real life to explain things to her and she has seen everything in the planning, making and the finished objects.

I have to plan a structure for the podcast yet and show notes will follow.

Please feel free to ask me anything you want to know about what you see in the podcast in the meanwhile. Remember you can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Easy. I'm CountryMaison everywhere. . . .

I look forward to your feedback on my first episode !!

Thank you all in advance,


Friday, April 22, 2016

Evolve. . . . knitting, hand dyeing, new projects...

Hello !

Anybody there ??

First thanks for the followers that have not clicked the 'unfollow' button :-) and the ones who have, well, I totally understand them.

I have been away from my little space here for so long. . . so much has been happening in my little creative and crafty mind. . . I have evolved into so many things. I still feel I 'm trying to find myself if that makes sense ?

I like trying everything I get my eyes on, I'm curious by nature and want to know how things work, how is it done, I like solving misteries. . .

I learned to knit socks because it was an utter mystery to me. . . often times once I resolve the mystery of it I go on to something else. . .

Crochet stayed in my life for a few years and in fact all my life on and off. . . and knitting seemed to be just out of reach. I learned to knit when I was a child, I must have been 10 or 11 ? I can't really remember but I remember it not being a nice experience. I knit a scarf in 2x2 ribbing. . . how did that happen ? I wonder when I rescued the scarf from a bag with old things. . . .

The thought that I could not get passed knit and purl stitches stayed with me and so the idea of doing just that bored me.

Anyway, I picked up my knitting needles again 3 years ago and knitting has stayed with me and crochet was abandoned there and then (not forever though) but 3 years on I just can't put knitting down. . .

I have made cowls, hats, a cardigan, 3 shawls, socks. . . not very much to be honest as I'm a slow knitter and I spend more time ripping back than actually knitting on something :-)

I have now started the so called 'cozy memories blanket' although for me is not about memories but about using scraps or 'minis' I have dyed myself. . . I have been experimenting with dying yarn (yet this is another mystery solving for me). . . . the colour creation has proved fascinating for me, so much fun (I need to write a post about this). And yesterday I could see this also reflected on my kids.

Yesterday we had one of those nowadays rare free afternoon . . . .and we all needed calm and a quiet time. We made 'homemade' painting using corn flour, water and food colouring. My kids loved mixing the colours and try to get as many different colours as possible. Once the colours were mixed they were done with it, the fun was over. Mixing the colours is supposed to be only the preparation so that they could paint with them afterwards, but no, no painting happened.

I leave you here a few pictures of my blanket and the newest shawl I have started, and also the plan is to start this week this cardigan for my daughter.

Above is the French Cancan Shawl I have made for my mum

These are my first hand dyeing experiments, using food colouring which I will talk more about in the future, as I have also now have started selling full hanks hand dyed by me in my Etsy Shop

This is green ball is one of my favourites, the colour is not as bright as it looks on my screen, it is bright but not as much

 This is how my hand dyed yarn blanket is looking . . . so far

This mini here is also one of my favourites. . . .not sure why but I got lots of these pink/lilac minis, my hands and mind just seemed to mix the colours into these most of the time. . . 

And this is the new shawl I've casted on. . . I started this 3 times so far. The yarn is lace (2 ply) and I'm not used to working with such fine yarn. I was knitting with 3.5mm needles but the project did not call me, I was being put off . 
I changed needles to these zings 2.75 mm and I'm loving it !!

the pattern is this one

And just yesterday I bought this pattern in Ravelry to make it for my daughter. . . .

That is it from me for now, hope to post sooner this time :-)

Thanks for reading !


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