Saturday, September 19, 2015

a u t u m n

My a u t u m n cowl modeled by my gorgeous sister. I knit it out of some leftover Knit Picks Swish DK from a friend. It was my first time using Swish, and I loved it! Nice and squishy and soft.

These are pre-blocked pictures. I ran out of time to block the cowl before I took pictures. I'm a total procrastinator.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Change is in the Air

I've decided to expand this blog to include all of my yarn and knitting adventures. I've updated my blog description and profile to reflect this. This blog is now "the ongoing saga of a slightly nerdy girl and her love for all things yarn and knitwear". So you'll be seeing more of my non-designing knitting projects, random posts about pretty yarn I've acquired (or want to acquire, I suppose), and other thoughts on knitting. I'm excited about this change! It will be nice to have all of my knitting thoughts in the same place, and hopefully, it will make this blog more enjoyable to read!

I have quite a few non-designing projects going on right now, but I don't have any good pictures of them to share. It's the time of year where I really start to think about knitting sweaters and all those lovely cold weather accessories. I knit a lot of those in the summer too, but the cool weather and the promise of autumn makes me think about them even more.

Right now, I'm working on a shrug in a many-hued hand-dyed cotton/silk yarn. I started it back in May and planned on wearing it at my high school graduation, but it's still not done. :) Also on the needles is a striped blanket for a baby cousin of mine that is due in October. I have a few projects that have been sitting around for quite a while as well. One is a cabled shawl I started last September that I haven't touched since and a swatch for a textured tunic-my first true sweater! All of the other garments I've made for myself are sleeveless or short-sleeved. I'm hoping that this season will be the season of sweaters for me. I have several sweater quantities in my stash and patterns picked out for them, so all I need to do is cast on! Makes me happy just thinking about it!

Well, that's about it for now. Next time, I hope to have a few pictures of a cowl I finished last week. I need to weave in the ends and block it before Sunday...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

An Interview of Me

Sarah Gomez, a 14 year old designer (who's been published in Interweave Press magazines!), sent me an email earlier this week asking if she could interview me on her blog. Of course I said yes, because I love doing interviews! I always enjoy reading other people's answers to my interview questions, but figuring out (and sometimes finding out!) your own answers can often be just as interesting.

You can read the interview here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Midnight Fog

Pictures of my hat as promised...I love how this turned out. I'm so proud of it!!

Hat's in testing right can I wait several weeks to release this?!?!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hello 2015!

It's a new year, which means new designs, but not quite yet. I can't wait to bring to life all of the wonderful ideas in my head. If only I could knit and design all the time.

I finished winding up yarn today for a design that I'll show more of in the coming weeks. For now, you can admire the loveliness of Elena's Colour Adventures yarn:

Unfortunately, I can't quite capture the beauty of this color. I'll keep trying, I promise. This will be paired with a subtle light gray for a colorwork project. That's all I'll say for now.
And I see that I failed to mention one of my interviews for the GAL, by Akua Lezli Hope. I probably spent an hour writing up my answers, but I had a great time doing it. I really had to ponder some of the questions.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Interview with Denise Voie de Vie

Forged Joy Shawl
Moody Bleu Pullover
Pommi and Pearls Shawl
All pictures © Voie de Vie

Introduce Yourself!
Hi, I’m Denise and I’m the creative force behind Voie de Vie, where design + craft = an artful way of life (at least for me). I design in crochet (mostly) as well as knit, and I dabble in painting and mixed media art whenever I get the opportunity. I also write a lot, mostly on my blog at and also the Tweety thingy @DeniseVoiedeVie.

How would you describe your style?
My style is an eclectic mix of updated classics with touches of bohemia and romance. (I did say it was eclectic.)

What inspires you?
Many things: music, myth, literature, flowers, cars (preferably vintage), art, color, color, color. Oh, and did I mention color?

What is your favorite item to design?
Boy, that’s difficult to answer because I enjoy designing whatever it is I’m designing at any given moment. I expect my favorite item is the next one I haven’t yet thought of.

What is your favorite aspect of designing?
Definitely realizing the concept. I love everything about seeing an idea take shape – and of course, the ability to play with wonderful fiber is an added bonus.

Is there a design of yours that you are particularly proud of?
They are all my children; how to choose just one? (smile)

Describe your experience participating in the Gift-A-Long.
I am absolutely enjoying myself! I missed it last year, so I’m savoring it like an excellent bottle of wine (preferably of the bubbly kind). I loved helping put the Pinterest boards together; I’m super excited about the shawl patterns I purchased. Most importantly, I’m enjoying seeing how crafters are putting patterns and yarns together, and I’m meeting and getting to know new-to-me designers.

What is your favorite part of it?
Other than the above? (smile)

Were there any specific patterns that did really well in the GAL that you didn’t expect?
Hmmm … of mine? Well, that’s a difficult question to answer, since the GAL is ongoing, and though some of my jewelry and cowls are being made, I’ve had good sales of those designs plus shawls, scarves and sweaters that haven’t made it to the GAL boards.

Any new projects you would like to share with us?
Well, I have a book slated to be published at the end of the year: Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace (, the designs in which are inspired by the early women of flight. I am fairly jumping out of my skin with excitement and fear and anticipation.