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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cup of Joe Sunday

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On this cold winters day, a hot cup of coffee, and some knitting is what's in store for today. :) Hope everyone is having a cozy Sunday as well! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ruben's Bumper

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!! My husband and I had our first Christmas together as a family, just us. It was absolutely lovely. :) 

Since yesterday evening, I have already been back to working on the designs! Here is The very first design I did...the one that was put on hold, waiting for more yarn. 

Ruben's Bumper

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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

When I was designing this piece I was thinking, 'Circus'. It originally was going to be named the Balloon Jumper, resembling something that of clown pants, but it is not exactly a jumper. It's a mix between a soaker, jumper, and overall's. My Husband came up with the name Bumper, and it stuck. :) 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

What Inspires You?

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This morning I was brainstorming more ideas for designs, and it got me thinking...what inspires a new design? Where does the inspiration come from? Well, there could be many answers to those questions! ;) I am going to try and keep my answer simple. 
I really love the many different textures, colors, and shapes that can be found in nature, architectures, animals, and food. I also love a touch of classic and simplicity. For me,  these things so often apply to my knitting, art, and photography. 

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What about you? Where do you draw inspiration from for your passions? 
Please share! :D


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ella's Boots

My second knit design is finished! Here is Ella's Boots...


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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

I wanted the boots to be warm and durable with some texture. I designed Ella's boots with a high cuff, which can be rolled down, giving it a different look/style. I used genuine leather for the soles, making the bottoms durable and skid-free. 

I want to bring fun, vibrance, character and warmth to each design. So, I was thinking that a cute animal  illustration paired with each garment would add a nice touch, making each design more unique and personal, especially for little ones. What do you think?!

This is putting together all 3 of my passions: photography, knitting, art, and design. :) 



Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lavender and Leather

Hi, guys! :)

The designs are coming along. They will have their first debuts soon! Today I got some genuine leather for part of my second design. 

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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard




Monday, December 10, 2012

K1, P1, take bite of a sugar cookie

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Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great weekend! 
I am allllmost finished with the first design. :D I have the pattern all typed up and just have a small amount knitting left to do, which is going to have to be put on hold for a short while. I am practically out of the colorway I am using for that design, so I needed to get more...that is a long story I am not going to get into, but after much searching I wasn't able to find what I needed. A couple days later a special someone(you know who you are) found it for me!!! Thank you!!! I just ordered it yesterday. It may not be in for a few weeks, so for the time being I am moving on to the next design. 

A little peek of what is to come next...

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and I am filling the house of the aroma of this yummy, deliciousness...

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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

MmmmmM.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bow Ear Warmer Tutorial

Being up here in the cold Canada weather I have learned a lesson...always cover your ears and hands when going outside. Haha. I have a hat to wear, but I often wear my hair up, so I made myself an ear warmer. 
I decided to turn it into a tutorial, my first tutorial! 


 

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To start off I checked my gauge. I used a worsted weight yarn on size 4 double pointed needles. The gauge is 5 sts per inch, and  9 rows per inch. I decided I wanted the ear warmer to measure 21" in length, and be 3 3/4" wide

*Note: I found the ear warmer could have been slightly tighter fitting, so if you find that your head is on the smallish size I suggest only knitting the band 18-20" in length. 


Cast on 20 sts(stitches) 

Knit in Garter Stitch until piece measures desired length. 

For connecting the two ends, instead of casting off, I picked up 20 sts on the cast on edge(a equal number of stitches that are on your current needle;cast off edge). 
Graft the ends together using the Kitchener Stitch Method. I find this pictorial to be very helpful when using the kitchener stitch.

Small Band to Create Bow:

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I used size 3 double pointed needles to get a tighter gauge. You can just as easily use the same needle size you used to make the ear warmer. 

Cast on 10 sts

Knit in Garter Stitch for 38 rows.

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Cast off, leaving enough of a tail to sew with it. Thread your tail with a tapestry needle. 

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Take the ear warmer and find a spot where you would like to make the bow. I chose the area where I grafted the two ends together. Pinch and flip over(so that the under side is facing you), making sure the 3 layers are evenly lined up together. 

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Taking your small band, wrap around the pinched area(under side facing you), still making sure the folds are evenly lined up. 

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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

Sew band together. Weave in all ends. 

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Now your ready to go out and brave the cold...and look cute! :) 











Monday, December 3, 2012

10 Steps Backwards

Well. Here is my first knitted design. Not what you expected, right? 

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I had completely finished the garment, cast off my stitches, and realized I was just not satisfied with the increases and decreases I had made. So, I decided to unravel half of my work from the cast on edge(where I started)...haha, lesson learned. Unraveling from the cast on edge doesn't really work out the greatest. 
I was having to un-weave, rather than unravel. To make matters worse I thought it would  be a brilliant idea to cut a little bit of the work to see if it would unravel better(a result of all those bits of wound scrap yarn in the photo), which I am still going to use, regardless of their short lengths. 
Thanks to the help of Ravelry, confirming to me that unraveling from the cast on edge is not ideal, I was able to move on and instead unravel starting at the end of my work. In end, having to unravel the entire piece. 
In conclusion, I am looking on the bright side, at least I have my design written down. Now it is just a matter of knitting it back together and making a few small modifications. 


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Progress Peek

Good Morning :) 
Here's a peek on the progress of my first knit design...

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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard













Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Moss Wonderland

Hi. :) 
The past couple of days I have been working on constructing my first knit design...so far so good! I will show some peek photos later in the week. 

I wanted to share some photos I took on a trail my husband and I explored while on our honeymoon. 


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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

We came across these awesome golden birches! I mean, I love your classic white birch tree, but a golden birch...love, love, love. The bark had a shiny ribbon like gleen to it, with a golden champagne color. 

Our hike was full of moss wonderlands...

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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

We made sure to grab some moss to take home and make terrariums with. I will blog about the terrariums once I know for sure they are going to survive. 
There was soooo many different mosses to choose from! :D 

I guess there is such thing as fuzzy mushrooms, too...

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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

Fuzzy like the body of a moth or butterfly. So neat. :) 






Monday, November 26, 2012

Let the Work Begin!

Good Morning All! :) 
Got some tea with my honey and ready for this exciting day!

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Ready to finally begin working on my designs and illustrations. My first focus is going to be getting my knit designs in order. 

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My lovely husband modified and built me a work space! Today I am only showing a few details and will go more in depth at a later time. 

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Here is the shelving unit he got me for my yarn stash and supplies. 

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There just happened to be a perfect place on my art table to store my circular needles on. 

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I have it so each hole holds a different size needle. Each hole is able to hold quite a few needles at a time. I love how easy accessible and organized it is. Yay. No more jars holding my circulars and risking them warping. :) 


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You could probably get a piece like this with holes in it at Home Depot or Lowes and incorporate it into your own space! 

Well, it's back to work for me! Have a great day! 







Friday, November 16, 2012

What a Beautiful Day

Hey guys!!! How is everyone? I have been missing my blogging. I shall be returning to regular weekly posts very soon. 



Last week was the most amazing time of my life, so far. Surrounded by friends and family, my now husband and I became a family of our own. I must say, I am feeling quite complete right now.  :) 



David Barnes beautifully captured our wedding day for us. I highly recommend him. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Saffron Skirt & Storm Sandy

Hi! I hope everyone who is being affected by hurricane Sandy is staying safe! As for me, it is an excuse to stay in and get some stuff done. 
Sad to say, that because of the storm I wasn't able to go help out Misha and Puff for the last time today, but on the plus side, as many of you may already know, I am getting married in two weeks!!! I am so ready and so excited! :D  

During this past week, with much a challenge I did get the skirt done for Misha and Puff!


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I would have taken more pictures if I wasn't in such a rush to mail it out this morning. This piece was challenging in the sense that I had a week to get it done, while I was super busy, and I had to frog a couple of times, but you know what, I wouldn't have changed it. I learned a lot and grew patience with my knitting I never thought I had.  

In the next coming couple of months I am going to be working on coming up with my own baby/toddler knit designs, so stay tuned! :) 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ruffles of Cuteness

On my needles at this moment, a ruffle skirt/bloomers. Talk about cute overload! I am knitting this skirt in color 'Saffron'. The skirt in the photo's is a sample skirt of Misha & Puff, knit by another knitter. 


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© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard

© 2012 Heidi Chouinard