Thursday, 3 January 2013


 The Old and the New sharing a similar colour theme: 
1. A hand-stitched instrument case hastily put together when I received my Baroque oboe in 2008 wrapped up in newspaper!  For the smattering of readers who have been following me since I started Millefeuilles in June 2011 you will perhaps recall that I used a detail of the embroidered flowers for my first header.
2, 3, and 4. My twelfth and last pullover for the 12 Sweaters in 2012 over on Ravlery which has now become 13 Sweaters in 2013.  I remain undecided about whether to participate this year for the simple reason that I have set myself some other challenges which I am so very excited about.  Very excited indeed!  I cannot wait to share them with you.
The pattern for this little knit is Bella by Dani Sunshine which, should you wish to purchase it, comes together with Beck in an ebook called Small Streams.  The yarn is from The Uncommon Thread in the Confetti colourway: flashes of bright colours on a muted celadon.  A match made in Heaven which made for an amazing knitting experience.  As I type these words little Angélique, who is running around on her tiptoes (why isn't she wearing her slippers?), is wearing her new cardigan and it fits her beautifully.   It is also the softest knitted garment in her wardrobe to date. I am so happy with it as she is too.  Her eyes lit up when she caught sight of her completed Winter Confetti.  What a perfect image to celebrate the New Year with.  A multitude of coloured pieces of paper dotting the sky and ground at celebrations and at carnival.  (The origins are from the Latin confetti the plural of confetto, a small sweet. Interestingly, the Italian word for paper confetti is coriandoli which refers to the coriander seeds originally contained within the sweet.)  Confetti captures perfectly the way I perceive life: small, perfect, magical moments gently falling upon our everyday existence in plentiful quantities.  May each day of your new year have a generous dusting of confetti moments.  Which would you prefer?  Bright or muted colours?
The Uncommon Thread is filling her shop with a generous supply of new yarns tomorrow January 4th!  Be warned: this BFL wool is dangerously addictive.
Happy 2013 to you all!
A bientôt,


  1. Dear Stephanie,

    A Happy New Year to you and your family too! I can imagine why Angelique is happy with her new cardigan. It's lovely! It must be such a joy for a girl to have a creative mother like you. The little rim of confetti is very pretty as well.

    Looking forward to hear more of your challenges for the new year!

    Madelief x

  2. Happy 2013 to you Stephanie, may it be filled with creativity and joy! :) x

  3. Happy New Year Stephanie,
    I shall look forward to seeing what you come up with this year. I am sure it will be as delightful as it always is. x

  4. Happy New Year to you, you alway do such lovely work.

  5. Gorgeous, sweater. I love the lines of pink, very cleaver.
    Hugs to you,

  6. I love the sleeve and hem detail on your new sweater creation. The yarn is just beautiful. Great header picture!

  7. The cardigan is gorgeous, perfectly chosen colours and the design sets them off beautifully.

    I love the header, you are clever! Happy New Year Stephanie, hoping for lots of liove and laughter for you and yours in 2013.

  8. Hello there - thank you for your lovely comment.....I love your blog too so am following you right back! Happy new year! X

  9. Happy New Year Stephanie!
    13 sweaters.... wow!
    I'm loving your header with the cross stitch mice.

    1. Thank you Ellie! Sweet, happy new year to you too!

  10. It's beautiful Stephanie, I love the little cables. Well done on achieving 12 in 12!!
    I'm looking forward to hearing about all your other challenges. :)
    Wishing you many confetti moments in 2013 too (I'm a muted girl myself)!
    Vivienne xxx

  11. So perfect Stephanie,just a gorgeous outlook on life I love it, have a wonderful 2013 filled with love and light xox Penelope

  12. Dear Stephanie,

    Love the sweet little cardigan, such gorgeous colours and can see how happy little Angelique must be.
    Wishing you and your family, all the very for 2013 and may all your dreams and desires come true. Look forward to hearing about your challenges. The answer to your question I normally prefer muted tones.


  13. Happy happy New Year to you!!! I'm so happy, I'm about to start on your book! And I've created a post all about my lovely package in the mail....:)

  14. Happiness in the New Year to you Stephanie! Lovely little treasures and the sentiments to accompany them, all the best wishes, N.xo

  15. This is such a sweet, sweet cardigan! I love your outlook on life. I need to remember the magical moments more in our world today. Hau oli makahiki hou!

  16. The little confetti sprinkled cardigan is perfection, I will pop on to ravelry and see if I can find you there.............13 sweaters in 2013 sounds interesting too.

    Happy New Year to you and your family Stephanie.......how exciting and exhilarating to contemplate a brand new year filled with crafting adventures.

    kim x

  17. Wishing you and yours a heathy and creative 2013... thanks for the wool link too!

  18. what a pretty sweet cardigan so sweet! also a happy new 2013 for you and your familly greetings leon10

  19. Good morning precious Stephanie! All of your color schemes and textures just go so well together my friend! I know that you will continue to soar to new heights with your designs and orders! MUCH LOVE, Anita

  20. What beautiful things! Comme toujours Stephanie! I love that pale duck egg blue colour so much - it's ethereal and suits every time of year - reminds me of pale sunshine in winter, new blossom in spring, early wild roses in summer and skeins of mist in autumn even though not all those things are that colour! Happy knitting for 2013! E x

  21. Your needlework is so beautiful, Stephanie! I can't wait to see what plans you have for 2013! :)
    Happy, Happy New Year to you and yours,

  22. I LOVE this little cardigan! What a beautiful creation. You are so talented with your knitting!
    Wishing you a happy 2013, and hope your little pup is doing well!

  23. Bonne Annee 2013 to you, Stephanie.

    Angelique's new cardigan is so perfect for a pretty little girl with all its delicate feminine touches. Your creative aesthetic is marvelous to behold!

    I am glad to know so much more about the origins of confetti. Merci!

    What fun it will be to visit here through this new year unfolding before our eyes.


  24. oh Stephanie, that little sweater is just the sweetest little thing! what a wonderful way to cap off your 12 for 12!!!! That is one little one that must get put in my queue.

  25. happy new year stephanie! congrats on completing 12 for 12. a lovely little cardi for the little lady. i cannot wait to hear of your new plans and wait with bated breath to hear all about it:)

  26. Well that is very pleasing - I came to see if you had by any chance blogged thinking you might be having a break and find two blogs with much knitting inspiration too. I am impressed that you managed the 12 sweaters in 2012. I wonder if I would have more chance if I tried knitting for my three year old grandson? Mind you, still have a number of projects on the needles! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  27. Happy New Year to you and your family! The cardigan is so lovely!!!

  28. Muted colours, most definitely!

    Your Confetti is beautiful. And again we sing the same song ... I wrote about the sugar 'plums' that are in fact confetti just the other day.

    Happy New Year my friend, and may you easily meet all you goals in the year ahead!

  29. What a sweet sweater - I love that little pop of pink against the softer tones.

    Muted colours or bright? Probably bright. :)

    Happy New Year to you, and good luck with your 2013 goals.

  30. Such a beautiful little cardigan. Happy new year!

  31. Yours is a lucky little girl to have another lovely sweater knit with pretty yarn and love.

  32. It's simply beautiful. The soft flecks of colour are heavenly, and I am glad that the recipient likes it as much as you do.

    Happy new year to you Stephanie!

    Gillian x

  33. Bravo lovely Stephanie...12 sweaters in 2012 and each and every one so beautiful and I know that little Angélique will look so very pretty in her new cardigan!
    I'm so looking forward to hearing more about your plans too Madame Millefeuilles and hope all your wishes come true in 2013...It's always such a treat to visit you!
    Speak soon,
    Susan x
    P.S I love confetti in any shade..it's just so magical!

  34. That particular colourway is simply lovely. The little cables that cross the coloured borders are just so effective. Bright or muted? Surely there's a time and place for each. I hope so because I could never decide.

  35. Happy New Year Stephanie, wishing you continued success in 2013. I am completely in awe of your twelve sweaters, I imagine your needles will have been red hot after all that clicking during 2012. I am just about to start a short knitting course and bought my yarn yesterday, I fought SO hard against the greys and have achieved it .. muted again though!
    Looking forward to hearing all your plans xx

  36. Hello sweet Stephanie! I have missed so many of your beautiful posts! I must begin by saying I am so thankful to the Lord that your darling Gaspard is doing better! I was so heartsick when I read he had a peach stone blocking his intestine! Like you, I cannot stand to see animals suffer! I have three darling doggies and understand the fear and heartache you and your dear ones were feeling. I am so relieved the surgery went well and he is hungry and eating again! Bless him! The bunny and cat you made are gorgeous! You always make such sweet and beautiful things! Your sweater is beautiful and you are gorgeous my friend! It was so wonderful to see you! The color of your sweater suits you perfectly and you are an amazing knitter! I love your beautiful face, your sweet spirit shines through! I love your pretty embroidery and confetti sweater! The colors are so cheerful! You did a beautiful job my friend! I wish we lived closely too dear heart! We would have so much fun stitching and chatting together! Yes, we both feel very happy we we are making and dressing dolls and little creatures! You inspire me so much and I would learn so much from you my friend! I wish you a very happy, creative, peaceful and healthy New Year and all things that bring your heart joy. Please kiss Gaspard for me! Love you, Paula xoxo

  37. A wonderful new year and a perfect sweater for a lucky girl to wear to celebrate it. SO happy about Gaspard

  38. I love the pink and grey together! Happy New Year, and may it be calm and peaceful.

  39. Such a cute little cardi and i love the colours.
    Oooh I can't wait to hear all about your new chalenges!
    wishing you a happy new week
    love jooles x

  40. Looking forward to hearing about your plans for the coming year!
    Thanks as always for visiting my (new look) blog :)
    Have a beautiful week!

  41. I just adore that confetti yarn...subtle yet fun!

  42. Your cardigan is absolutely gorgeous Stephanie, as is the yarn. I think I prefer muted colours but sadly my children prefer bright colours which is always the problem when making them things as I want them to love wearing what I make so I let them choose but I also need to love making it! I am so impressed you did 12 Sweaters in 2012 and even more impresses you would consider doing 13 this year. I look forward to seeing what your plans are for the year. Have a wonderful weekend! Mel x

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