Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Crochet madness!!

Crochet madness! Yes! I say madness because just a few months ago I had never crocheted before!! As I found myself on bedrest a while ago, to challenge myself I decided to try something new! I watched many youtube tutorial, and started to crochet! Here are some of the finish product and a few useful links if you want to learn!

First off I strongly recommend Crochet Geek to learn! The youtube video are easy to follow and offer clear instruction.
For patterns, I strongly recommend signing on Ravelry. It's free and offers more patterns that you will ever need!

A little pair of overall. I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I had to improvised here. In the end, I am very happy of the results!

This little sweater is a mix between 3 different patterns. It was fairly easy to do and took about one afternoon. It turned out a bit big so it might not fit until baby is 1 year old.

This little outfit is a mix of two pattern. The pants and hat are from Mint Green Set. The sweater is from SandiAngels.

This is a basic double crochet blanket! Nothing fancy here.

This blanket took for ever and leaves so many holes, I am unsure if it will ever be useful ;-) It is from a learn to crochet little booklet.

These two hats are from the same pattern which can be found on Ravelry. I had to learn to do a double post crochet which can be complicated if you don't know what you are doing. But I am really happy of the results! Both these hats were given as gift.


This was one of my very first project!! Amigurumi are easy, fast and fun little things to do! There are hundred of patterns available on Ravelry from cats, to octobus... There are even some Starwars ones to be found.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October is pumpkin time!

34 weeks pregnant, defending my thesis on campus!
October is pumpkin time! Yes indeed! Halloween is fast approaching. The houses in my neighborhood are slowly putting up their spooky decorations. Outside the air is getting colder and the trees are shimmering in all the variation of red, orange and yellow. A month ago I defended my master thesis! 

It went great and I am now officially done. Out of school and no work, you might wonder what exactly I am doing? Well after miscarrying just over a year ago, I am now 39 weeks pregnant with a girl! This pregnancy was everything but pleasant. Complications after complications, morning sickness until 26 weeks... but now we are getting ready to welcome our baby girl before the end of this month!!

This will bring many new challenges, more occasions to cook, different ways to travel and hopefully many wonderful afternoon of crafting together. As a matter of fact, I should say, during this pregnancy (since I was on bedrest for about 9 weeks) I learned to crochet! I am now addicted to the web site Ravelry for all its wonderful patterns!

I still have to up-date my blog, fix a few of the broken pictures and finish transferring the Japan 2009 trip post from my old blog. I will try to get as much done as possible in the next few days! Until then, wish me luck, my life is about to change!!!

Forum des jeunes ambassadeurs de la Francophonie des Amériques - FJAFA

This is a very long overdue post! Just over a year ago, I was part of a life changing experience, as I made my way to Moncton New Brunswick as a Ambassadeur de la Francophonie. For 10 days we took part in conferences, debates, cultural activities and tours. Together, we explored the meaning of being francophone in the Americas, we forged new friendship and developed tight connection with french speakers from South America to Canada.

Ambassadeurs de l'Ontario

During our stay, we also got to participate in Le Grand Tintamarre de Caraquet! A unique experience where for an afternoon, people gather on the street, in colorful attires and makes noise. This once a year event has a profound signification for the Acadians.

From wikipedia : Tintamarre is an Acadian tradition of marching through one's community making noise with improvised instruments and other noisemakers, usually in celebration of National Acadian Day. The term originates from the Acadian French word meaning "clangour" or "din". The practice is intended to demonstrate the vitality and solidarity of Acadian society, and to remind others of the presence of Acadians. It originated in the mid-twentieth century, likely inspired by an ancient French folk custom