Knit Together – the square

I kept my promise and finished quickly this square, although I can only publish this today as I was away on vacation. You do not a break every now and then. In the last post, I showed you where I found the idea for the pattern, and the choice of colors came quite naturally, as soon as I saw the little skein of yellow yarn Shirley sent me.
Bon, promesse tenue, j’ai terminé mon carré assez vite même si je ne peux vous en parler qu’aujourd’hui car j’étais en vacances. Ca fait du bien de temps en temps. Dans mon dernier billet, je vous ai montré où j’avais trouvé le motif, et le choix des couleurs est venu assez facilement, dès que j’ai vu le petit écheveau de laine jaune que Shirley m’avait envoyé.

Image result for october 2017 yellow sky and red sun

I guess I was inspired by the Ophelia storm from last fell. The heavy winds brought sand from the Sahara desert, and with the smoke rising from the wild fires in Portugal, it created an eerie atmosphere over France and English. The sky became yellow and the sun turned red. It was really surreal. So this yellow cloud is a sand-filled cloud dropping sand particles over a stormy sky.
Let’s have a look at the yarns I used for this small project.
J’ai dû être inspirée par la tempête Ophélia de l’automne dernier. Les vents violents charriaient du sable provenant du Sahara mélangé à la fumée des incendies du Portugal, ce qui avait créé cette atmosphère un peu sinistre au-dessus de la France et de l’Angleterre. Le ciel était devenu jaune et le soleil rouge. C’était assez surréaliste. Alors ce nuage jaune est rempli de sable qui tombe sur un ciel d’orage.
Voyons quels fils j’ai utilisés pour ce petit projet.

I found this gorgeous dark grey yarn in the Toronto Frolic, three years ago. It comes from a flock of black sheep from northern Ontario that the owner had sold at the time of the event, so this batch was the last of this particular yarn. It is kind of unique in that respect.  The yarn is not dyed: isn’t that color simply gorgeous? I could knit an entire sweater in it. And it is surprisingly soft. I should have picked up some more. The weight sits somewhere between aran and chuncky, so it is not really tight once knit with the US11 DPNs that were provided.
J’ai trouvé cette magnifique laine grise au Toronto Frolic il y a trois ans. Elle provient d’un troupeau de moutons noirs de nord de l’Ontario que le propriétaire venait de vendre, du coup ce lot était son dernier. C’est une laine unique dans ce sens. Elle est non teinte : cette couleur naturelle n’est-elle pas simplement magnifique ? Je pourrais me faire un pull entier comme ça. Et elle est très douce aussi. J’aurai dû en acheter bien plus. Au niveau de l’épaisseur, ce n’est pas dans les plus grosses, donc sur les aiguilles de 8 mm fournies le jersey est plutôt souple.

On top of that, I added this lovely sample from Shirley, a mustard yellow yarn from Stonehedge Fiber, Shepherd’s Wool Yarn in the Autumn Gold, with which she knit her own square.
Ensuite, j’ai ajouté cette belle laine jaune envoyée par Shirley, la Shepherd’s Wool Yarn de Stonehedge Fiber dans la couleur Or d’automne, avec laquelle elle a tricoté son carré

The shiny droplets are a few yards of Berroco Captiva Metallic, doubled. I thought it would be nice to have a hint of shine. I used this yarn for a summer cardigan, the yarn is quite funky but not very comfortable. I still have a skein that I am keeping to knit a necklace, or another accessory. Any idea for some knitted jewellery is welcome.
Les goutelettes dorées représentent quelques mètres de Berroco Captiva Metallic, doublé. J’ai pensé que ce serait joli d’avoir un soupçon de brillance. J’ai utilisé ce fil pour un gilet d’été, c’est un fil assez original mais pas très confortable. Il me reste une pelote que je garde pour tricoter un collier, ou un autre accessoire. Toute suggestion de bijou tricoté est la bienvenue.

Instead of knitting this in intarsia (which I should probably have done) I followed the instructions to work this in a duplicate stitch. Embroidery over the knitted square: why not? So why does it feel so amateurish? I’m not crazy about the final result. All I hope is that there will be enough beautiful squares in the final product and no one will notice that one too much.
Au lieu de tricoter ce motif en intarsia (ce que j’aurais peut-être dû faire), j’ai suivi les instructions et brodé le motif au point maille. De la broderie sur mon jersey : pourquoi pas ? Mais je ne suis pas fan du résultat, cela a trop l’air d’un travail d’amateur. Du coup, j’espère que ce carré ne se fera pas trop remarquer dans l’ensemble final.

So now we’re reaching the stage where I need to designate a few of my favorite blogs to pass the baton. I’m pretty sure anyone can do better than my little screwy square. Seriously.
Voici donc le moment où je dois passer le relais à une de mes collègues bloggeuses anglo-saxonnes. Je suis sûre que n’importe laquelle d’entre elles fera mieux que mon petit carré un peu tordu. Vraiment.

So I am reaching out to some of my favorite bloggers who might be interested in participating – not sure when Melissa decides she has enough squares, but for now, the challenge is still open:

  • Fashion: Yarn Style – Leah is a sophisticated knitter, a Francophile in love with macaroons and gorgeous yarns. She knows exactly what fits her and does not hesitate to bring some couture-inspired tailoring to her knits, a true inspiration for the fashion conscious. I’m sure she would contribute a very chic square.
  • Holly Knits: Holly is known by Vogue Knitting fans as The Yarnista, and has an incredible hand-knitted wardrobe. She just went through a very difficult year, and I hope she will see this small challenge as a welcome distraction.
  • Autumn Geisha: Tien is a very creative knitter and I wish I could comment on her blog. Somehow the blogpost system does not let me comment, no matter what method I try. Anyway, she just made the most incredible socks for the Fringe Association Log Cabin KAL and I’m pretty sure she would come up with a colorful and original square, like most of her knitting.

OK, girls, the first one to take up the challenge will receive a neat little package with the DPNs and Melissa’s instructions. Are you ready? The first one to raise her hand will be the winner. And if you’re not listed here but still want to join the challenge, feel free to check the guidelines here.

Pour que ce soit plus facile pour le suivi du projet, j’ai désigné quelques-unes des mes bloggeuses préférées aux Etats-Unis et au Canada, la première qui se manifestera recevra le petit paquet avec les aiguilles et les instructions. Néanmoins, si vous lisez l’anglais facilement, et si vous avez envie de participer, sentez-vous libre de le faire. Toutes les instructions sont ici.

 

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13 thoughts on “Knit Together – the square

  1. Lovely post, Agnès! I’m so very thrilled to see that the Stonehedge made it into your square in such a cool and cute way (I love the idea of little embroidered clouds pouring down sand particles!). Your square is so imaginative and evokes such an interesting story, mood, and scene – just looking at the picture of the Ophelia storm (that yellow sky!) makes me feel a big sense of mystery and wonder at how things work. That must have been such a strange feeling to see the world transformed that way.

    The pictures of the yarn you’ve taken are gorgeous (happy to know a Canadian fibre was also used!), and I love the embroidery. The Captivo Metallic is such a great, shiny touch, too. I’m adore this little scene you’ve made in the knitting! I’m positively transported. ❤

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  2. J’adore ton carré tout autant que l’histoire de cette laine au coloris unique. Je trouve ce gris magnifique et authentique et ce nuage ocre sublime (pour ce qui est de la broderie au point de maille c’est jamais évident à faire surtout sur un gros fil). Et les petites touches en fil métallisée relèvent l’ensemble … bien inspirée. Bravo Agnès, joli travail !
    Amitiés,
    Thali

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  3. Agnes, your square is sooo cute! I love your color scheme and the way that you told a story, that is very cool! I am flying out to the UK for the Edinburg yarn festival tomorrow, so will not be around to do this kind of project for a while, but I am so honored that you thought of me!

    Regarding duplicate stitch, it is a very tricky technique and I find it works best on a tweed background where there is some color diffusion in the thread itself so that if you don’t completely cover the underlying color it is not so visible. But I think you did a great job!!

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    • Thanks Leah. Too bad you’re not available to continue on, I might send everything back to Melissa, maybe she has enough squares by now.
      I will check on her blog, she gives regular update on the project.
      Hope you had a great time in Edinburgh!

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  4. What a lovely square, and a really cool idea! I hadn’t heard of two of the blogs you mentioned, so I’m definitively going to check them out right away! I love Tien, I’ve followed Autumn Geisha for a while.

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