Interruption

I'm interrupting the marathon of rainbow crochet squares and squeaking in this post to bring you a little update of my day trip to Paris last Thursday.

And now, it's on to the borders!

And now, it's on to the borders!

(Even after living in London for a year and a half I'm still tickled to be able to say that I went to Paris "for the day". If I'm honest, I'm not sure the novelty will wear off!).

Catherine, Alli and Karen ready to catch that 7:01am train!

Catherine, Alli and Karen ready to catch that 7:01am train!

The girls and I were at St. Pancras bright and early to catch the Eurostar to Paris. Catherine and I had planned this for a while but Karen ended up visiting due to work and happily decided to crash our party!

We were traveling down for L'Aiguille en Fete and decided to mix things up a bit this year by not heading directly to the show first thing.

We still haven't figured out how Karen didn't buy anything on this trip. At. All.

We still haven't figured out how Karen didn't buy anything on this trip. At. All.

Instead we decided to introduce Karen to the wonders of La Droguerie. None of us bought anything, choosing instead to save ourselves for the stitching show. I did price out some lovely merino/silk singles to make a wonderful cowl though. Since I'm going back to Paris in April I'm letting that simmer on the back burner for now...

Having a glass of wine while we wait before lunch at Le Boudoir. Have the tasting menu - it's divine.

Having a glass of wine while we wait before lunch at Le Boudoir. Have the tasting menu - it's divine.

After La Droguerie we headed to the trendy Champs Elysee and Franklin Roosevelt area for an extremely leisurely (3 hours!!) lunch. And then we were on to the Porte de Versailles for the show!

Aimee holds down the fort at the popular L'Oisive The et Tricot booth where knitters were two and three deep to check out the lovely yarns.

Aimee holds down the fort at the popular L'Oisive The et Tricot booth where knitters were two and three deep to check out the lovely yarns.

Since it was opening day we knew that the show was going to be a little crazy, but thank goodness it was less so than last year! Our hope that the crowds would have thinned by the mid afternoon seemed to have come true. The show also seemed slightly smaller than last year and one of the vendors said that the aisles had been widened so that likely factored in making a difference too.

I love the subtlety of colour in this French hand-dyed yarn.

I love the subtlety of colour in this French hand-dyed yarn.

Catherine and I were both tempted by some lovely pretties. I got a skein of French hand-dyed yarn and a vest's-worth of Icelandic lopi yarn (the same that I opted not to get last year - I figured if I'd been thinking about it for a year, I should probably get it!) and while I was tempted by plenty else, I stuck to what I had been on the look out for on my mental shopping list.

We even managed to see the Eiffel Tower - sort of...

We even managed to see the Eiffel Tower - sort of...

As the show wrapped up it's first day we headed back to the Gare du Nord with plenty of time to clear customs and purchase a bottle of champagne to enjoy on the train back as we knitted merrily away.

I wonder who will join us next year?

I wonder who will join us next year?

Twoo Wuv

Apologies for the radio silence, my lovelies. My little guy is getting over a cold and hacking cough and in the way that these things go, it looks like the hubby and I will not be escaping this one. I've been trying to rest in advance of my day trip to Paris tomorrow (sorry, but I do love saying that I'm going to Paris. For. The. Day! not anything you'd ever get to do in Canada at any rate!). I'm sure it's going to be awesome. Just as I'm also sure I'm going to need all available reserves of energy!

My darling better half (he really is better!) is sending me to Paris for the L'Aiguille en Fete knitting and stitching show for Valentine's Day. Actually, I think Valentine's Day is purely happenstance - out of the rest of the days that the show is happening (over a weekend), the Eurostar tickets jumped in price considerably!

Since there's no way I could do anything for him that would even begin to compare to that, I knit him a pair of fingerless mitts:

I don't have a better photo than this since the man has made off with the mitts and is wearing them already.
I don't have a better photo than this since the man has made off with the mitts and is wearing them already.

Click the photo to go through to my project notes on Ravelry, but I can tell you that they are the the Garter Stitch Mitts by Ysolda - and available as a free Ravelry download.

Finishing these up meant that I was also able to complete something for the February LOVE KAL/CAL in the Pre-Process Knitters group. This month's directions were to knit something for someone you love, or use something from your stash that you love, love yourself with some selfish stitching, and so on. Any excuse really, that would also allow you to bust out some red and pink yarn.

Since I need a new project like a need a hole in the head, I did a quick search on Ravelry for some fun (and even free!) options in case anyone out there is looking for something red, or with hearts, so that they can feel the love with their own projects for the rest of this month:

1. My Vampire Boyfriend
I *love* Kate Atherley's designs and this one for Knitty is super cute. Red, with cable hearts, on socks. Fantastic combo! Her fave vampire? Spike. Find some Nosferatu-coloured yarn and cast on for these!

2. Geek love
Robots need love too. How adorable is Louie the Lovebot by Rebecca Danger? She designs all those cute knit monsters and this sweet guy would really make a little person's day. Or how about these Love Bytes Robot Mittens by Grace Schnebly? It is February after all, and these colourwork mittens knit in a worsted weight are sure to be super toasty.

3. For Mom
Definitely less painful (and permanent!) than an "I love Mom" tattoo - show mom you care with this Winged Heart Tattoo by annypurls. I'm thinking it would look great just about anywhere - or add some dried beans or rice with the stuffing for some added heft and make it a paperweight!

Do you have any favourite "love" or "heart" themed patterns to share? I'd love to add them to my favourites on Ravelry - please leave your suggestions in the comments!