A look back on 2013

After feeling for a long time that I should just give a final send-off to this old blog, I’m realizing that I still get a lot of visits (hey, I’ve been around for 6 YEARS, which is pretty unbelievable). It’s also nice to have a record of what I’ve made and where I’ve been. I’ve lived in 4 different states/countries since starting the blog!

I’ve also been inspired to start blogging again by Lauren and Rae, who are both very cool and driven ladies (not that I know them IRL, but I feel like I do! You know how that goes). They also have managed to get their ducks in a row with 2 young children at home, so I feel like I should get more organized and give this a try. Here’s a good resolution for 2014! More blogging, more regularly.

Rae just had a great Top 5 for 2013 post, and boy, she’s been busy! Things haven’t been exactly quiet around here either, but since I haven’t documented much of the behind-the-scenes stuff, I though this post would be a good way to catch you up!

#1 Thing That Happened in 2013:

I had a second child! She is my little knitting assistant from the previous post. She was born in late September after a pretty exhausting but uneventful pregnancy and a lightning-quick labor — although she was technically born inside the hospital, I didn’t make it to the delivery room, ha!

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I have to admit that I am still a little traumatized by my new mom-of-two rhythm (or should I say total chaos) but I vow to do all I can to get it somewhat under control.

#2 Thing That Happened in 2013:

I’m more than a little bit proud to say that the money I earn from my knitting pattern sales can now be considered an actual income, and things really took off in 2013 for me, with a few patterns that became “hits” and a serious increase in sales overall. My Entrechat, Latte Baby Coat and Tiered Baby Coat patterns have been especially popular.

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I no longer feel a bit embarrassed/stumped for an answer when people ask me what I do besides take care of my kids (which is of course a very respectable and busy-making occupation in and of itself).

It’s so rewarding to make real money from something you absolutely love and I’m so grateful for every person who supports this little enterprise by buying my patterns.

#3 Thing That Happened in 2013:

I started treating my knitting pattern business like an actual business. Much progress could still be done here, but I’ve started doing things I had previously neglected:

- I’ve started selling my patterns in places other than Ravelry, I now have an Etsy and Craftsy stores and this has been a great experience for me so far. Craftsy especially has worked out great.

-I’ve started paying more attention to social media to get more connected to my customers and people who appreciate my patterns in general. So I now have a Facebook page, a Pinterest and an Instagram. I don’t think I’ll do the Twitter thing for now though, but I will definitely emphasize blogging more.

- I’ve gotten a couple of my patterns professionally translated, to test the waters, and it has been a positive thing, so I think I will get a few more translated at least in French over the course of the next few months.

-I’ve started thinking of knitting-related purchases as business expenses, and I’m so happy I don’t have a nagging sense of guilt when I buy yarn anymore :)

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Lovely lovely yarn

#4 Thing That Happened in 2013:

I now put a lot more thinking into which designs I publish. I have notebooks full of ideas and it would be nice to have the time to turn a lot of them into patterns. But the truth is that I still have precious few hours every week to devote to knitting and pattern writing, so I have to be ruthless. I have a few strict conditions that a design has to satisfy in order to be selected, but this will be the subject of another blog post :)

What about you? What is your roundup for 2013?

Back to the chopping blog

So I’ve decided to resurrect this good ole’ blog… It’s easier to keep the crafty bits over here, and the personal bits over at Baltic Baby. A little layout overhaul and it’s as good as new :)

Since our big move to Europe last Christmas, I have been sewing, knitting, designing lots of things ( I’ll show you over the next few weeks what I’ve been up to.)

I’ve also been trying to keep my Pinterest addiction in check, I just love the visual bookmarking and how everything is organized in one place. You can check out my Pinterest boards here if you are so inclined.

Are you on there? If so, leave me a link in the comments and I’ll follow you

Ok, gotta feed the monster my 10-month old… Be back soon!

Jupiter me gâte!!

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Regardez le superbe cadeau que j’ai reçu de Marie, du blog Jusqu’à Jupiter:

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Trop trop beau!

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Un magnifique châle tout doux et une jolie pochette pour le ranger avec un appliqué Liberty. Merci encore Marie, je suis ravie!!

PS: Et bonne année à toutes! Je vous souhaite des millards de bonnes choses pour 2010!

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I received a wonderful present from Marie, the author of the blog “Jusqu’à Jupiter.” A soft and gorgeous shawl and a pretty pouch with a Liberty appliqué… I feel very lucky!

PS: Happy 2010 to everybody! I wish you and yours the very best!

Busy bee

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Fouhlala, comme dirait l’autre, ça fait un bail, hein? J’ai fait plein de nouveaux trucs! Je les ai envoyés dans une boutique à Los Angeles, avec un peu de chance j’en vendrai un ou deux… Et j’ai ravitaillé ma boutique Etsy, ou on peut passer commande!

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Et je ne vous ai même pas encore montré mes tricots de Noël — la maman de Gabe m’a demandé de tricoter plein de choses qu’elle va offrir à ses nombreux frères et soeurs…Bon… ben je retourne au turbin!!

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Seriously it’s been a while, hasn’t it?? I’ve been busy, making lots of baby stuff for an L.A. store, and updating my Etsy shop with some new made-to-order items… And I haven’t even shown you the Christmas knits that I made for Gabe’s mom yet… Wow, I’d better get back to work!

Mama Mia!

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Liberty joli

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Comme il n’y a (toujours!) pas de Droguerie aux US, ma maman est venue à la rescousse et m’a envoyé un petit ravitaillement de Bruxelles… Mais, me direz-vous, il n’y a (toujours!) pas de Droguerie à Bruxelles non plus!

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Certes, mais il y a Kaléïdoscope!! Je n’ai pas encore eu le plaisir d’y aller, mais dans cette boutique de Saint-Gilles, vous trouverez des tas de choses signées La Droguerie: Liberty, biais, laines etc…  Ils ont même un site web/blog, Kaleidoblog!

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Et moi que fais-je avec tous ces biais*? Tout ce que je peux vous dire, c’est que j’ai du pain sur la planche!!

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*pour celles que ça intéresse, ils s’agit, dans le sens des aiguilles d’une montre en partant du coin en haut à gauche des biais suivants:

Biais Eloïse prune sur beige

Biais Thorpe pivoine

Biais Eloïse rose sur blanc

Biais Capel rose écru

Biais Capel violette

Biais Fairford sous-bois

Biais Wiltshire roses/prune

Et les coupons:

Dessous: Liberty Miranda C

Dessus: ??? je n’arrive pas à l’identifier!!

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Lookie what my mom sent me from Brussels!!! Yummy Liberty bias (which I don’t believe can be easily found here in the US…) Got some work to do now!

Knitmap

Je viens de découvrir un site bien utile pour toutes les tricoteuses qui voyagent: Knitmap recense, grâce à ses utilisateurs, toutes les boutiques de laine/merceries de part le monde, avec un système de notation qui permet au client(e)s de donner leur avis sur la selection, l’accueil etc… Une ressource bien utile!

I just discovered Knitmap, a handy website for knitters who travel and want to check out local yarn stores. You can add stores, give them an overall grade and leave feedback… A useful resource I think!

Movie Knits!

Quand vous regardez un film, si vous êtes distraites par les tricots que portent les acteurs au lieu de suivre l’intrigue, et que vous vous dites in petto “Mmmm ce gilet rustique, il pourrait être faisable, peut-être avec ma laine truc, voyons un peu, la construction n’a pas l’air sorcier…” alors allez voir mon nouveau blog, MOVIE KNITS, un petit délire concocté ce week-end.

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L’idée est de poster une photo du tricot qui m’a (ou vous a) tapé dans l’oeil dans le contexte du film et de trouver un modèle similaire déjà existant. Les suggestions sont les bienvenues, il y a même une addresse email spéciale pour ça: movieknits[at]gmail[dot]com, et promis si votre suggestion est sélectionnée, je poste un lien à votre blog. Par contre, j’espère que vous ne m’en voudrez pas trop, mais je ne pouvais pas faire 2 blogs bilingues en même temps, donc c’est en Anglais, mais bon, il y a la photo, et les liens aux suggestions de modèles si ils existent, pas trop difficile à suivre ;) J’espère que l’idée vous amuse, et que vous serez nombreuses à m’aider à faire cette compilation! (Et bien sûr Frogginette Makes Things continue)

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MovieKnits

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When you  watch a movie, are you distracted by what the actors are wearing, especially gorgeous knits? Do you tell yourself, “Mmm the construction on this rustic cardigan looks pretty doable, maybe I could use my bulky merino/cashmere… Now if they could just show a close-up of the cardigan…”

Then, you should check out MOVIE KNITS, a fun little project I started over the week-end!

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The idea is to post a picture of the knit that struck me (or you) in the context of the film, and to find a similar, already existing pattern. Suggestions are very welcome, there is a special email for this: movieknits[at]gmail[dot]com, and if I select your idea, I will give you credit, and post to your blog. I hope you think the idea is fun, and that you’ll help me build this catalog! (and of course, Frogginette Makes Things continues)

Popknits

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Je vous promets, j’ai des choses à vous montrer, mais avant, je vous signale encore un magazine en ligne avec des modèles gratuits:

Popknits,  dont le numéro Automne/Hiver 2009 vient de sortir, se spécialise dans les modèles “vintage” comme ceux-là:

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I promise, I have new things to show you, but I just wanted to alert you to another online knitting magazine offering free patterns.

Popknits specializes in vintage patterns, such as the ones above.

Their Fall-Winter 2009 issue is out…

Petite Purls

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Je voulais vous signaler un nouveau site de modèles de tricot gratuits pour bébés et enfants, ça s’appelle Petite Purls. C’est un peu comme Knitty, que vous connaissez sûrement, ils sortent un numéro chaque nouvelle saison, pour le moment ils ont 2 numéros disponibles, Summer 2009 et Fall 2009.

J’ai vu pas mal de modèles vraiment jolis, notamment ça, ça et surtout ça… Une belle initiative!

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Do you guys know about Petite Purls? It’s a new website with the cutest free patterns for babies and children… Sort of like Knitty except that it focuses on kids.  A new issue comes out every season (two issues are out so far: Summer 2009 and Fall 2009)

I saw quite a few patterns on there that I love, like this, this and especially this –  you should totally check it out!

I’m baaack: le retour!

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Ouh là là c’est un peu sporadique ces temps-ci chez Frogginette, non?

Pour me faire pardonner, et en attendant que l’inspiration revienne, je vous laisse en offrande deux petites paires de chaussons de garçon (une commande d’une amie):

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Modèle: Le 3ème Bébé de La Droguerie, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

Modèle: Le 3ème Bébé de La Droguerie, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

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Modèle: chaussons Kiholo by Muriel, laine: Rowan cashsoft

Modèle: chaussons Kiholo by Muriel, alias La Pelote Masquée, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

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Pour le modèle (gratuit! Merci Muriel!) on clique ici. A noter que Muriel propose des modèles de tricot pour enfants absolument ravissants sur son nouveau site, Kids Tricot. Foncez-y!

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Oh my, time does fly, has it really been this long since I last posted? Erm. I promise I’ll be better now. To show you that I mean well, here are two pairs of small-teeny-bitty-cute baby booties for two brand new baby boys (this was an order from a friend)