my first personalized pennants: cars

Last Wednesday (last week) was boring- I slept most of the day, then hung out with Yannick and watched TV at night.  This past Wednesday (yesterday) was boring- I worked most of the day, then hung out with Yannick and watched TV at night.  Nothing more to say about the Wednesdays.

Last Thursday (last week) I met with my surgeon for the ultrasound results.  The good news: I’m cleared for surgery!  My rectus muscles on both sides of the abdomen are bruised, but that will go away with time, and there’s nothing to do for it, and no reason not to get this hernia fixed once and for all.  We’ve rescheduled it for April 4th, which was both the first available date, but also far enough away for any swelling to go down.  That delays me by about a month, but at least that’s all it is.

I always leave the surgeon’s office feeling beat up, what with all the pushing and poking he needs to do to feel his way around my belly, so I went back home and took a nap until it was time to pick up the kids.

As for this Thursday (today), nothing special’s going on.  My mom picked the kids up from daycare and we got to hear all about Jakob’s trip to the Cabane à Sucre (sugar shack).  My aunt (who I knit the hat for) is in town, and came by to visit with her foster daughter.  And now the boys are in bed and I can finally get a chance to share my latest pattern with you!

my first personalized pennants: cars

This pattern is a great way to dress up a child’s bedroom or playroom with a fun, personalized touch.

It takes less then a ball of yarn per car, and you have the option of making them with or without windshields.

The pattern is available through Ravelry (even for non-members).  More information here (my site) or here (Ravelry page), and also through Knit Pick’s site here, where you can put the pattern together with yarn to make your own customized kit.

I hope you like it!  A girls’ version is coming soon!

(All photos except the dangling one are by Maaike Sears)


Lullaby Blanket

I know this was officially published last Summer, but for those of you having a hard time finding a copy of the Spring/Summer 2010 St-Denis magazine, I am now able to get you the pattern directly!

Lullaby Blanket

Photo by Veronik Avery

The pattern is available through Ravelry (even for non-members).  More information here (my site) or here (Ravelry page).

On a separate note, I’ve was home all last week with a sick Henri, so have got NO knitting and NO studying to show for my time.  He had a double ear infection – I know, AGAIN.  He just had a double on Jan 4th, after having a single on Dec 17th.  😦  Anyways, he also had a small infection in his lungs, not quite a pneumonia, but a little bit, and a TON of phlegm with a deep hacking cough.  So though he missed the official PJ day at school, we had a PJ week at home together.

I spent every nap time and bed time working on my KP pattern (that I feel like I’ve been talking about forever…though it’s “only” since last Summer).  I’m almost done!  The pattern itself is all typed up and set into my pattern template, all the notions and details and instructions and such all properly laid out.  All that’s missing is to work up some charts in Knit Visualizer (‘cus it imports looking better than my working charts in Excel) and it will be done!  I’ll mail the finished sample off to Knit Picks and then it will be out of my hands.  I’m really glad it looks like I’ll be true to my plan of getting it mailed off before my surgery.


My First Costume: SuperHero

Presenting my latest pattern, now available both through Knit Picks or Ravelry.

My First Costume: SuperHero

Some of you may remember the Superman costume I’d knit for Jakob when he was a baby.  This is my update of that pattern.

The pattern is knit toe-up, in (mostly) one piece.  The legs are knit first then joined for the briefs, then the sleeves are knit and finally the body, which is knit in one piece from the yoke up.  I included short-row shaping in the diaper area to give more room and a better fit.

There are photo instructions on how to make the optional cape.

The Power Princess chart is included…

as well as the chart for your little SuperStar.

Not only that, but I provided a blank chart and instructions on how to personalize the pattern, so you can put your own image, your child’s initial or anything you like!  (That’s how I made the original Superman version…I’m just saying…)

I was very lucky to have my friend’s daughter Maya model for me, and her father Avi take the photos.  (If you like his work, he is an amazing Montreal-area photographer.  You can see more of his work on his website).

I hope you like the pattern.  I have been having requests for it ever since Jakob’s version came out, but life got in the way and it wasn’t until now that I was able to get it out into the world.  I would have loved to have had it ready in time for Hallowe’en this year, but at least now it is out there and ready, early enough for next year.  (So you’ve got a whole year to knit!)




Good news!  I’ve added my Felted Poker Coasters and the My First SuperHero patterns to my Ravelry store, so now you can purchase them as Ravelry downloads!

Felted Poker Coasters

My First SuperHero

You can still purchase the patterns through Knit Picks, but now you have the option of going through Ravelry too, if you prefer to keep all your PDFs together in your library.

And don’t forget, you don’t need to be a Ravelry member to purchase the pattern through them.




Today is photo day at the boys’ daycare.  I can’t wait to see how the pictures come out!  Lately Jakob’s “say cheese!” face has a big grin but tight, squinty eyes…I’m hoping for a photo that’s not too silly looking.

Speaking of daycare, I’ve been thinking about what to make for the teachers this year.  I enjoy making something for the teachers, and they’ve told me that they appreciate it too.  Now that Henri is there, that’s a second class with another set of teachers to craft for.  Plus I make something for the owner too…so this year I wanted to find something small but that would still be appreciated.

I think I’ve settled on making the teachers each a pair of wristwarmers.  It’s small, practical and even people who don’t get cold enough to wear mittens or gloves can wear them.  They’re stretchy enough to fit a variety of wrist/hand sizes, and hopefully something I can get done in a relatively short period of time.

I didn’t want to rely on stash yarn for this mainly because I figured that the only way to make it fair would be to make everyone the same pair in the same color.  I stopped at Wal-Mart today after dropping the boys off at daycare and on my way to work.  I don’t have anything against chain-store yarn; I think that every yarn has its place in the right project.  (Well…except maybe Phentex.)  All the cotton I use for dishcloths and bath sets is from either Wal-Mart or Zellers, and a lot of the yarn I use for baby projects too.

The selection was really low today.  Either they’re getting rid of the crafts department (I noticed the fabric cutting table was gone), or someone really bought them out.  I did, however, find 4 100g balls of Bernat Satin in black- exactly the color I’d been hoping to find.

I think everyone could use a pair of cute, soft, black wristwarmers.  Hopefully the teachers will think so too!  I’m going to take another look through Ravelry, but I think I’ve pretty much settled on using this pattern– the Ravenna Mitts by Meg White (probably NOT of the White Stripes).  It’s crochet- not knitting- but it looks fast while still being pretty and feminine.

While there I came across this bag of 3 “unknown fiber” balls.  1 lb of “unknown fiber”.  Some of the “unknown fiber” bags you can tell what they are, and I liked this one.  I think it is combined with rayon or nylon…the yarn looks like a woven core wrapped with a shinier strand.  I tried to get a close-up shot to show you:

I’m sure it’s 100% fake stuff, but I love yarn like this, with a silky drape and light weight, for Summer stuff.  I won’t know the exact yardage until I run it through my yardage meter, but I’m sure I have enough for a tank top or lacy shell.

So that’s today.  And lately?

I’ve been working like mad on one special project for the last 2 months.  I had a pattern approved by KnitPicks towards the end of August, and then received the yarn to get started literally the day before my tonsillectomy.  Needless to say…I didn’t get much knitting done for a few weeks.  The one time I tried I knit in the wrong color, and that was enough to teach me that if I was going to finally get this pattern published, I would have to do it right and wait until I was off pain killers.

The knitting has been finished for about a week now, and I had the pattern photos taken last Monday.  I have been spending every night since then working on typing up the pattern so I can send everything off to KnitPicks.

You’d think with this many hours of work behind it, I would feel closer to my goal.  I don’t.  I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get the pattern out in time for Hallowe’en…though I know that my 2 surgeries and work and health stuff with the kids had a lot to do with that, so I’m not beating myself up over it.  Still, now that the knitting is done I’m itching to move onto the next accepted design, but I can’t call this one “complete” until the pattern is written up.

Luckily I’ve finished all the laundry, and have nothing else to do each night for the rest of the week other than to finish the pattern.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can have it in the mail by Friday.


something old, something new

Now that it’s official, I’m excited to announce that I have 2 patterns available through Knit Picks’ Independent Designers Program!

The first pattern is an update of a pattern I’d published in 2008. The pattern was in a calendar, and since it isn’t easy to purchase old, outdated calendars, I have updated the pattern info and made it available again:

Felted Poker Coasters

Felted Poker Coasters

It’s time to go “all in” and knit up a set of felted coasters.

These playing-card-themed coasters knit up so fast that they would make a great hostess gift, and if you start now you can have a set ready in time for the next big game.

This pattern would work well for beginners to knitting in intarsia, as the felting would hide any uneven tension changes for those unfamiliar to color work. One ball of the Cloud (white) and two balls each of the Red and Coal (black) are enough yarn to make a full set of 12 coasters.

Ante up!

You can purchase the pattern for $1.99 US through Knit Picks’ website here.

The next pattern has is one that I’ve been knitting for a while and giving away as gifts.  Now you can make one too!

My First Superhero

My First Superhero

Knit in Comfy Worsted, My First SuperHero is a quick, cuddly knit sure to please kids of all ages!

This pattern is a great moneysaver as one ball of each of the four colors required make two complete toys as shown.

He’s a “super” introduction to intarsia too, making him a good project for beginners looking to expand their skills. There are no loose bits and the cape is knit directly from the back-neck, so My First SuperHero is safe for even the youngest children. I have included a full alphabet and number chart so that each toy can be personalized for the recipient.

Taking only a few nights to complete, you’ll be the hero with this last-minute gift!

You can purchase the pattern for $1.99 through Knit Picks’ web site here.


screwball socks


Screwball Socks

To continue celebrating my new Ravelry store, here’s another one of my patterns.

A fun, playful sock that would work well for both women and men, the Screwball Socks are both stretchy and slouchy, and really comfortable. The reverse-stockinette raised ridge spirals evenly down from the garter stitch cuff to the garter stitch, short-row heel. The heel and stripe blend seamlessly with the reverse-stockinette sole, while on the instep the ridge keeps winding its way along, all the way down to the garter stitch wedge toe.

The Screwball Socks are the pattern I designed for the Robyn’s Nest November 2008 Ultimate Sock Club kit.  Now they are available for everyone!

$4.95 CAD