Immortalizing 2018

If you are wondering where my banner comes from, it’s from a piece I’ve made that is very dear to me. It’s the first blanket I ever knitted and also the first time I ever bought new yarn to make something. It’s a temperature blanket for 2018. That means that each day, I knitted in the colour corresponding to that day’s highest temperature. Here is what it looks like:

The beginning of the year
The end of the year

It’s really long for a blanket but I wanted something to decorate our very white bed, so it’s more a bed runner than a blanket.

It took me forever to choose the yarn but I finally found a brand that is certified Oeko-tex. What that means is that it’s certified by a third party to not contain any harmful chemical residues. It’s arguably better for the environment but I chose this yarn because I’m sensitive to smells and chemicals and they often give me headaches. My end choice was Drops Muskat which is 100% cotton. I was a little bit worried about the bad reputation that cotton yarn has but I love this yarn so much! It’s super shiny and soft and really easy to knit with. I can’t really afford to make something this big in wool so I was super happy to discover this great cotton yarn. Drops has many cotton yarns but to be honest, I chose this one because it had the most colours I liked. It’s hard to know the true colours with a computer screen though and most colours are really not what I thought they were. I still like the end result very much.

Here is what the colours were supposed to look like:

I checked the daily highest temperature for 3 years (2015, 2016 and 2017) before buying the yarn but last year’s weather was so weird, I still can’t believe I had enough yarn to complete the whole thing!

If you are interested in the pattern I used, you can find it here. I thought chevrons would be less boring to knit and less plain to look at. I chose to change the stitch for each month, alternating stockinette with garter stitch. That way, it’s very easy to know where the months begin and end. I like my choice very much!

A new adventure

I’m finally ready to open my first store! It’s so exciting!

I will sell mostly fruits and vegetables filled with soft wool. It’s what I like to knit the most and it doesn’t take too long to make or take too much yarn. I really like to knit so many different things, that way I will never get bored. I have to admit though, the most fun was designing. It was so thrilling to get exactly the shape I wanted on my first try! But it was fun to improve things too. In fact, it’s hard to stop improving things sometimes.

Here are almost all the produce I will sell at first. I plan to add to it little by little.

Fruits
Vegetables


How fabric can be plastic


I have a problem. I call all synthetic fibres plastic. And nobody understands me. Most people think about plastic bottles or plastic bags but not fabric. Fabric is soft and breathable and plastic is hard and waterproof. Nobody wears clothes made out of plastic bags, right? Actually, many people wear clothes made out of plastic bottles. Polar fleece, a popular outerwear fabric to keep yourself warm is often made with clear plastic bottles.

Synthetic fibres is just plastic in a different form. It was not moulded into a certain shape but spun into long tiny filaments and then woven or knit exactly like you would knit any natural fibres. That’s why it feels so different. But it’s still made with petroleum and it will not degrade for about 500 years. In fact, clothing made with plastic fibres is one the sources of the microplastics we now find everywhere. The tiny plastic filaments I was talking about earlier have the bad habit of breaking in our washing machine and getting released in the waterways because most water plants are not able to deal with it correctly. That’s how we end up with microplastics in the fish we eat, the water we drink, and the sea salt we shake.

That’s why I try to avoid them as much as possible and prefer to buy 100% natural fibres. It’s not always possible, like when you want to buy socks or underwear. But I certainly will never buy any to use for my hobby or even for my store.

Here are the most common synthetic fibres that are made of plastic:

  • Acrylic
  • Microfiber
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Poly-fil or fiberfill
  • Rhovyl or chlorofibre
  • Spandex, elastane or Lycra
  • Thinsulate

It would be so much easier to avoid synthetic fibres if I could knit my own socks! I’m a knitter and I can’t knit my own socks? Yes and no. I can knit them but I can’t wear them. It seems that my feet are too sensitive for that, they prefer store-bought socks and their smoother texture. Talk about spoiled!