Sunday, 31 January 2010

Art Nouveau

I went to Musee d'Orsay last week while in Paris. They have an amazing, and quite unusual, exhibition about Art Nouveau at the moment.

I also had time for some shopping: I went to Championnet Carrelage where I bought some mosaic tiles for a stained glass project...

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Mackintosh style mirror

I finished it in December last year but I didn't take it home before last week.

I am extremely pleased with it :o)

Paris was great, the weather crap and, for the first time, I visited Orsay museum. I'll show you some pictures in the next post... I am having some trouble downloading pictures from my brand new camera, Panasonic Lumix tz65 (fantastic), to my 7 years old computer...

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Schooner socks

I've finally finished the socks I've started beginning of December!
The pattern (called Schooner) is from this book: "knitting socks with handpainting yarn" by C. Sulcoski. I made a few changes though: I used my basic toe-up pattern and then followed the chart for the legs.

I used 100% merino wool from Violet Green, a pleasure to knit and wear.
With the left-over, I made a sock for my phone:

Well, I am off to Paris for a loooong weekend :o)

Cheerio !!!

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Craft Hope for Haiti

To help people in Haiti, CraftHope has set up an Etsy shop where you can give handmade item or buy them! All proceeds from sales will go to Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders.
I am giving nine of my fabric gift bags (3 of each):

If you want to donate some of your hand craft item, follow the instructions here.
If you want to shop, then click on this button:

Thanks for your help :o)

Sunday, 10 January 2010


I need to go on a diet... ;o(

... a very strict one...

Today, I did some winter cleaning and decided to take all my stash out to see where I was up to with it since it is dispatched in several locations in the flat.
I decided to put it all on the lounge floor to have an idea...
it is a bit scary...

I took a picture (I had to climb on a chair to take it):

Well, it would be a lie to say it is a picture of my whole stash... I should say, it is nearly my whole stash (the picture shows you only the untouched balls of yarn). I doesn't include the few balls of acrylic I have for toy knitting and all the left over yarn from all my projects (there are quite a lot actually).

I really need to go on a yarn diet :o(

Saturday, 9 January 2010


This morning we braved the snow to go to Newburgh to our monthly knitting group at Twist.
The landscape was fantastic and Diane took some great pictures.
We had a wee wander to the Tay river before coming back to Dundee.

First time I am seeing ice on the river and so much snow for so long (and I've been here for nearly 9 years!). It is great to have a proper winter!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


Before Christmas I took part to a swap on this French blog: J'ai plus d'un tour dans mon sac.
We had to make a little case and send it along with some bits and pieces. It was a chain so I knew who I was sending it to but I didn't know who was sending me something.
I sent my parcel one day earlier then anybody else because it takes a bit longer from Scotland however, it was the last one to arrive, probably due to the weather conditions!
This is what I received:

A very well made case, lined with liberty fabric, 2 very nice chocolate bars, a lip balm and a row counter bracelet. Thanks a lot Startare!

I sent this parcel to Malilou:

I made the case with the nice wool felt I bought at entrée des fournisseurs in Paris in November, and lined it with some fabric I bought at Créations et savoir-faire fair.

I really enjoyed this swap and I am hoping to do a few this year :o)

Friday, 1 January 2010

Bonne Année 2010

I wish you all the best for this new year!