Granny Throw

Gidday Everyone,

Here is my first Granny throw, and certainly not the last one as I have another big batch of Granny Squares of the same colors, ready to seam for another blanket. I’m happy I found a good use for those leftovers. Blue is not my favourite colors, and doesn’t inspire me much, most of the time. Granny Squares were definitely the best way to get rid of them 😀

I crocheted DK yarn with a 4mm hook, wool, acrylic, and blends.

This throw will keep my Grandma’s knees warm at Winter.

Upcycling an old Jean's phase 1: A Doiley

Hi Everybody,

We all have a pair of Jeans that sleeps in our wardrobe for ages and that no one in the family would never wear again.

Let’s see what we can do with that leftover.

Today, I cut the bottom of a leg, drew a circle and cut a round in the fabric. A picture worth a thousand words so here is a short and easy tutorial for you.


For those who forgot how to work blanket stitch, here is the “how to”:

blanket stitch





I have picked up 120 stitch with my crochet 3.5mm.

Working the edge:

GE DIGITAL CAMERARow 1 (foundation row): ch1, sc in same stitch, pick up a multiple of 10 sts

Row 2 : ch3 (count as first dc) 1dc in next 3 sts, *ch2, sk1, sc in next st, ch2, sk1, (dc, ch3, dc in same stitch), ch2, sk1, sc in next, ch2, sk1, 1dc in next 4 sts* repeat till end of round, join with sl in 3rd ch of first ch3.

Row 3: ch3 (count as first dc), 1dc in next 3 sts, *ch5, 7dc in the ch3 between the two dc from the previous row, ch5, 1 dc in each 4 dc* repeat till end of round, join with sl in 3rd ch of first ch3.

Row 4: ch3 (count as first dc) 1dc in next 3 sts, *ch2, sc in the ch5, ch5, sc on the 4th dc from the group of 7, ch5, sc in the ch5, ch2, 1 dc in each 4 dc* repeat till end of round, join with sl in 3rd ch of first ch3.

Row 5: ch3 (count as first dc) 1dc in next 3 sts, *ch5, 1sc in the ch5 from the previous row, ch5, 1sc in the next ch5 from the previous row, ch5, 1 dc in each 4 dc* repeat till end of round, join with sl in 3rd ch of first ch3.

Row 6: work as row 2

Row 7: work as row 3

Blocking: soack the edge in a sirup (1 volume of sugar for 6 volumes of water – pour the sugar in the boiling water and let it cook slowly until the water reduced by 1/3) – and pin your work on a flat surface (the iron board is a good place). Let it dry.




Upcycling: Lamp Oils with glass bottles



Would you fancy some new deco ideas for your summer night tables? These lamp oils made from scratch are also a great gift idea.

For the left one, I used a tin can that I painted in red.

Then, I patched a piece of the patterned layer of a tissue and fixed it all with Mod Podge.

I attached a ribbon around the top.

Inside is a beer glass bottle. A long wick goes down the bottle. When time comes, I’ll fill the bottle with half water, half olive oil, and light the candle.

The right one is much more simple. It’s a very old bottle that I found on a boot fair, it doesn’t serve any more work to have character. I just inserted the wick…

I have prepared more tin cans to support lamp oil glass bottles. I hope you like it, come back later or keep an eye on my Facebook page for more pictures and inspiration.










Stylish scented candles, upcycling jars and candleholders

Hi Everyone,

Here a bit of upcycling for your old jars and old tatty candle holders. This is a great gift idea.

You will need:

– Color spray of your favourite color

– A clean jar

– A wick,

– Scented oil

– Beeswax

– A candle holder,

– Strong glue, or glue gun

Jar Candle

First, paint the candle holder with your spray, and let it dry.

Jar CandleMeanwhile, prepare your beeswax. Measure the quantity you’ll need to melt by filling the jar at the height you want your candle. Pour the pellets into a pan and let it melt genty in a bain-marie.

Measuring wax Jar Candle: melting waxPut a dot of glue on the basis of your wick and fix it at the center of the jar. Then, fix the with on a wood stick as shown below.

Fixing the wick Fixing the wick

As soon as the wax has melted, pour the scented oil (I used around 8ml). Then, keeping the wick as straight as possible with your wood stick, gently pour the melted wax into the jar.

Adding scented oil Pouring the wax into the jarTake it outside to make it cool down faster. Your candle holder should be dry now…

Let it cool down gently outside

Glue generously the top of the candle order, and paste your candle jar. Tadaa….. (I pasted some plastic balls to the lid and sprayed the whole, to make a useful addition. You might want to cover your candle when you don’t use it)

I made a more elaborated one with black lace and creamy ribbon on which I sewed some vintage beads. I sprayed the candle holder in black.

Candle Jar Candle jar - details

Candle Jar














Entrelac Cape (Pattern)

Dear All

I hope you’ll enjoy this Entrelac Cape. Dare the try ! The pattern includes the tutorial for backwards stitching.

You will need:

Yarn: I made it with Aya by Noro , col 25, 50gr = 135m, 9 balls (= 450 gr)

Assorted ribbon: around 100 cm, for the yoke


2 needles 4.5 mm( US: 7) for the set up rows, you can use a circular needle 4.5 mm (US : 7) for the rest of the cape.

Gauge: 5 sts = 1″ on 4.5 mm needles (US : 7)

Finished Measures: 220 cm (bottom) x 64 cm – If you want it smaller, use 4.00 mm needles with related thread.


This pattern will be available or sale on Craftsy.

… Have fun !

Plaid Checkered Hat (pattern)

Hello everyone !

If you liked the Plaid Checkers Scarf, you won’t resist the assorted hat. Its thick textured stitch makes it a warm and comfy fabrics, a must for the Winter.

This pattern is great if you want to get rid of your leftovers, and you can combine colors any way you wish.
The pattern has been reviewed and corrected by the ladies of ravelry (free patterns testers group), to whom I say a big thanks !

Not recommended for beginners.

Yarn: DK/8 ply/4mm (the model shown here is made with Cascade Yarn – Cascade 220 Heathers – 100gr/200 meters – 18-20 stitches = 10 cm)

Main Color (MC) : Brown = 100 gr
Contrasting Color 1 (CC1) : Blue = 50 gr
Contrasting Color 2 (CC2) : Green = 50 gr
Contrasting Color 3 (CC3) : Mustart = 50 gr

+ 4 double pointed 4.5mm needles

+ 4 double pointed 5.5mm needles

The pattern is available for sale on my Craftsy Store. Click the picture below, and have fun !

Reversible Striped Scarf (pattern)

Hello everybody !

I was looking at the plaid covering the sofa, just the look of it was feeling cheering and warming up. I decided I would knit a comfy stripped scarf that would remind about the plaid. Slipping stitches here and there gives it the “plaid” look and make it reversible.

The ideal pattern when you wish to get rid of your leftovers.

This pattern is accessible to intermediate beginners.


Yarn:  DK/8 ply/4 mm (the model shown here is made with leftovers from various brands)

Main Color (MC) : Dark Grey = 100 gr

Contrasting Color 1 (CC1) : Orange = 50 gr

Contrasting Color 2 (CC2) : Blue = 50 gr

Contrasting Color 3 (CC3) : Light Grey = 50 gr


2 needles, or circular needle,  4 mm


18 sts. X 20 rows = 10 cm with 4 mm needles


158 cm x 23 cm

Pattern available for sale, click the picture below to be directed to my Craftsy store, and have fun !!

Plaid Checkered Scarf (pattern)


Good day everyone ! 😀

I hope you’ll enjoy the new pattern I just released: the Plaid Checkers Scarf. This is a good warm thick scarf that will keep you warm and cosy in the cold !

This scarf is made of sections of three squares, knitted using Intarsia method on double-pointed needles.

While working this pattern you will be knitting at times a right side row followed by a right side row and a wrong side row followed by a wrong side row. This is very easy to do by just pushing your stitches back to the other end of your needle and picking up the correct yarn and knitting. You might want to use a point protector for the ends of your needle, switching it from end to end as you knit to make sure you stitches don’t fall off.

Notion of Intarsia: Each section of the pattern is worked with a separate strand of yarn. When changing colors, bring the old working yarn over the yarn to be used in the next section. Always twist yarns on the wrong side of the fabric.

If you like this scarf, you’ll probably enjoy the assorted Plaid Checkers Hat which is made the same way, in a thick and warm fabric.



DK/8 ply/4.5mm (the model shown here is made with Cascade Yarn – Cascade 220 Heathers – 100gr/200 meters)

Main Color (MC) : Brown = 200 gr

Contrasting Color 1 (CC1) : Blue = 100 gr

Contrasting Color 2 (CC2) : Mustard = 100 gr

Contrasting Color 3 (CC3) : Green = 100 gr


2 double pointed needles 4.5 mm (or circular needle)

1 double pointed needle 5.5 mm (or circular needle)


18 sts. X 22 rows = 10 cm with 4.5mm needles


21.5 x 146 cm

A great Thank You to the Ravelry ladies who tested this pattern, and improved it by their comments and corrections.

The pattern is available for sale on Craftsy, just click on the picture below and have fun!

Life in York

I tramp the streets of the city of York

Walking down the ways, I’ve walked before

For so many years, the same old route

Never changing or altering by so much as a foot

Though people pass me by, they never see me

But I can see them so very clearly

So totally wrapped up in their everyday lives

Yet young children stop and stare, eyes wide

Dogs bark or growl softly, cats run away

I suppose I must seem frightening, I don’t know why

When I enter a tavern, I’m still ignored

If I sit down beside someone

They don’t acknowledge me or

Offer to buy me a drink

I no longer know where my friends have gone

I’m the ghost of a Roman soldier,

Lost in the city of York

(Marilyn Shepperson)

Backwards Stitching

We work entrelacs with rows, and tiers with triangles, left-leaning and right-leaning rectangles. You will have to turn your work at the end of each row (except the last one) within the tiers. Like me, you may prefer to knit backwards instead of turning your knitting again and again. It’s about knitting from left to right on the right side of your work. When you’re at the end of a row, on the right side, don’t turn but…

Backards stitchingInsert your needle from the left to the right in the back of the stitch.

backwards stitching 2 Wrap your thread from back to front around the left needle

Backwards stitching, entrelacsKnit from the right needle onto the left needle.

backwards stitching The stitch you just knit is on the left needle. Repeat it till the end of the row, and then, without turning work the next row knit wise.


Important : Whatever method you chose (turning your work at the end of each row, or backward knitting) do now work the first stitch but slip it on the other needle.