Saturday, April 24, 2010

Off to Paris

All right, I am off to France. I will tell you everything about my trip when I come back. Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Things are looking good!

Things are looking better today for my trip to France on Saturday. I am keeping my fingers crossed. I have picked a project to take with me on the plane. I will show you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

SockPixie is Getting Ready

Well, friends, there will be no new colorways this weekend, as I am getting ready for my trip to France, hoping that my determination will convince the ash cloud floating over Paris to clear.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ripple Crochet Blanket

Yesterday, after I posted about my crochet ripple blanket, some of you asked for more information on it.

This is basically my version of a ripple blanket and I am sure there are many similar ones on the internet. Ripples are created by adding and removing stitches. For my blanket I chose to create the decreases by skipping 2 stitches thus creating a decorative hole, and the increases by putting 3 stitches in a single stitch. I am using a double crochet throughout. My blanket is very large at 334 sts (a multiple of 11+4). I want to make sure that we can all fit under it!

  For the yarn I picked Brown Sheep's  Cotton Fleece, an 80% Cotton, 20% Wool blend, in a worsted weight, perfect for summer crocheting.

The orange is Wild Orange, the green Willow Leaf, the yellow Gold Dust, the plum Hearty Merlot, the darkest red is Salmon Berry Red, the lighter red is Barn Red, and the fuschia is Cherry Moon. I am just crocheting 2 rows of each color, and once I am done with the color sequence I start over.

I still have a long way to go. But the trick with these large projects is just to sit back, relax, and crochet without rushing, just enjoying the process, and from time to time pausing to appreciate the colors, and the dimensional qualitites of the blanket.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Knitters are the Best

This morning when I logged into my blogger account I found a comment by Marie-Odile from Paris inviting me to come join her knitting group when I am in Paris. You have no idea how happy that made me!

Their Tricot cafe meets at Le Pain Quotidien on place du marche St Germain from 6 to 10 p.m. I will be coming back from Deauville, and heading directly there.

Which reminds me, what knitting will I be bringing to France? 6 hours on the plane, plus a couple hours of waiting at the airport... I could make a lot of progress on a very exciting and secret project...

I am very tempted to bring my crochet chevron blanket too... It is bright, and cheery, and it makes me think of my family, I picked one color for each one of us, the deep red for Miss SockPixie, the fuschia for Little Miss SockPixie, the Plum for Mr. SockPixie, the bright red for Young Mr. SockPixie, the green for Little Mr. SockPixie, the Orange for me, and the sunny yellow, for Tiny Pixie the little baby that left us so quickly, but is still in our hearts.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Paris, Here I Come!!!

Paris! Here I come! I am so happy, I am going home to celebrate Miss SockPixie's birthday!
I have not been back to France in 12 years!

 I was crying with joy when Mr SockPixie said he would take time off to be with the children so I could go, and when my parents offered me the plane ticket.

I told them this was the best present that anyone could ever get. Being with my girl for her birthday makes me the happiest woman on earth.

I will arrive on the 25th of April, the exact day of her birthday!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Paris in the Spring

You know that my oldest daughter is in Paris at the moment. My thoughts have been with her in Paris with her. And I have to admit, I miss Paris... So this week, I created colorways that remind me of Paris, and in particular spring in Paris.

In my memory, Paris is full of colors and songs in the spring. I sang songs by Piaf and Yves Montand while I was creating the colorways...

Here is the Spring in Paris Collection. I hope you will enjoy the visit.

Friday, April 2, 2010


This weekend, Mr. SockPixie and I will be celebrating our marriage anniversary, and Mr. SockPixie has planned a surprise little trip for us which means that I will not be able to update my new colorways. (It will be done on Sunday April 11.)

March and April are busy months for us, with birthdays, anniversaries and departures for France!