Thursday, March 8, 2012

Update Time

Just in time for tomorrow's Fee-Fi(ber)-F.O. Friday, I bring you several updates from chez Voie de Vie.

Initially, remember I wrote about getting these fiber servings out the door to their intended destination? Well, I'm happy to report that the FOs will be published in August. I'm super thrilled about that. Be on the lookout for a potential bloggy give-away around that time. (Of course, we won't discuss what I owe a different editor next week - eep!)

I am also currently participating in several Ravelry CALS (crochet-a-longs, for the fiber uninitiated) to celebrate National Crochet Month - yes, March is indeed crochet's month to party hardy. I'm using this laceweight (a gift from a fellow Ravelry mod) to craft a La Poetique Infinity scarf for myself:

I'm also using some linen fingering weight fiber from Germany (received in a previous swap) to make a Kristin Omdahl shawl (the Gali pattern) (a side note: Kristin is blogging about this CAL over here; I coordinated the CAL in the 12 shawls in 2012 Ravelry group); and I was using all of this to make a scarf from Crochet in Color:

however, I've switched my fiber up just a bit, but don't have a new photo. That will make it to a blog post next week.

Finally, I know several of you have commented on the lovely Blog Hub swap gifts I received. Well ... I'm so thrilled to be able to reveal my swap partner, since her box has finally arrived - it's Vivianne over at Kismet's Companion (the swappy organizer, no less). One could have gotten old waiting for the package to clear U.K. customs. It arrived in country on February 29th, and didn't get out of customs until March 7th! What were they doing all that time with Vivianne's poor swappy box? We'll never know, although it probably just sat in a corner, all forgotten-like. Pfft.

Enough about crappy customs offices, though. While you should check out Vivianne's blog entry to see her photos (complete with interested dog and a cat's butt), here are a few photos I snapped of her Day 1 gift before I packed it off on a jet plane - it's a box I made especially for her:

The outside is a print from one of my tulip paintings in some of her favorite colors; the inside are reprints of things I've saved from various travels - the map is from The Big Sur campgrounds where I rented a cabin for a few days back in 2005 (the best night's sleep I've ever had) and on the sides is a copy of the menu from a Paris bistro where I had one of my most memorable meals when I visited in 2009. The place wasn't fancy, but the food was good, stick-to-your-ribs fare and I loved it.

The box is a generous 8" in diameter and can easily hold several skeins of yarn, or a project in progress, or a host of several other things. I've been contemplating this box for quite some time, so seeing it out in the wild is rather exciting.

I hope each of you are experiencing excitement - fiberous or otherwise. Definitely check in with Andrea's blog, ok?!!!


  1. Your box is totally amazing - and I love the stories behind it. Thank you ! :-)

  2. That box is wonderful! Hooray for being published. I can't wait to see your projects. I am looking forward to your CAL projects too.

  3. Oh yes, I concur, your collage box is really super wonderful and in addition to being thoughtful, it is very useful!!!

  4. Love the tulip cover on your box. You are so talented!. So many knitters excel at other crafts as well.

  5. Love the yarns you laid out for the shawl, they look very pretty all together.

  6. You are so fun to participate in all of these CALs. I would like to relax and be able to do that one day.

  7. What a lovely chair-full of yarn!

  8. Ha, I read Vivianne's blog post just before this and I was like, hey...that box looks familiar!