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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

A Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

The Conscious by Chloé 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

2022 Christmas and Holiday Gift Guide by Conscious by Chloé
This year, I'm very excited to publish a gift guide!

I've been gathering inspiration all year keeping in mind the fact that I wanted to highlight useful gifts and support small makers as well.

These "Gift Rules" I came across inspired me:

  • Something you want

  • Something you need

  • Something to wear

  • Something to read

What's hard though, is organizing all these ideas into themes.

So far, here's what I think the lists look like:

In the meantime, this alternative gift guide might inspire you.

As always, feel free to share your ideas in the comments and give your fave small shops and artists a shout-out!

See you later!

6 Books on my December Reading List to Start 2023 on the Right Foot

Self Care Reading List for 2023 by Conscious by Chloé

I've been thinking about the upcoming year way earlier than usual. I'm already brainstorming my word of the year, I started writing down ideas for my 23 for 2013 list, and I started writing a list of things I look forward to.

In order to start 2023 on the right foot, I figured I'd read (or re-read) books that would get me inspired and motivated to do great things next year.

I'm so excited to get ready for the new year, plan fun activities, and implement new habits.

Visit your local library, support your favorite independant bookstore, let's get reading!

Oh and please share your recommendations with me. The days are getting really short, and I'd rather be reading than watching TV (though I've doing a lot of that lately... and that's OK)!

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin for Conscious by Chloé

1. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

You may or may not know that I've been listening to the Happiness podcast with Gretchen Rubin since 2015! I talk about my experience reading The Happiness Project in my 2016 new year article. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a month of the year, starting in January, so now is the perfect time to get it or borrow it from your library!

Atomic Habits by James Clear for Conscious by Chloé

2. Atomic Habits by James Clear

I'm currently reading this one, which has been recommended to me countless times. The examples illustrated really well the points the author makes in every chapter. I haven't finished reading yet, but can already imagine the systems I'm gonna put in place to implement new habits. Start small, be consistent is my takeaway so far...

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz for Conscious by Chloé

3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Be Impeccable With Your Word. Don't Take Anything Personally. Don't Make Assumptions. Always Do Your Best. That's all there is to say!

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert for Conscious by Chloé

4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

A beautiful testimony on how to live a creative life. I read it a couple years ago but remember the inspiration and motivation I drew from it, even though I do not consider myself a typical creative person.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown for Conscious by Chloé

5. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

When I think about Brene Brown, the first word that comes to ming mind is vulnerability. But after reading Daring Greatly, courage now also comes to mind. The title sums it up: "How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead".

10% Happier by Dan Harris for Conscious by Chloé

6. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

I tried to listen to the 10% Happier years ago but never stuck to it. I never managed to stick to a meditation practice either. Let's see whether "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story" helps the wheels inside my brain stop spinning so fast. It is next on my reading list!

Self Care Reading List for 2023 by Conscious by Chloé

I'm excited about my December reading list! I usually don't reread books, but these are really calling me right now!

What books are you inspired to read right now? Anything that has made you rethink how you live your life in the past?

The Conscious List

Onion Soup for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna spend an evening with fellow Frenchies and we're gonna eat a soupe à l'oignon! This week's Conscious List is, for some reason, very clothes-centered...

Picture by sheri silver

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Knitting and Hacking the Rice Jumper by We Are Knitters x La Casita de Wendy

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Last year I decided to become a knitter and bought 2 patterns on sale. One was the Russell Beanie (I chronicled my chaotic experience in this article) and the other one was the Rice Jumper (use code MGM2CZMZJ for $12 off).

While I pretty much started the beanie right away, it took me a minute to start the sweater as I wasn't sure I'd finish it before the end of winter 2021.

Cut to January, when my friend Maren suggested a knitting evening at her mom's house to get started on our respective knitting projects. Sue is a very experienced knitter and I'm so grateful she was patient enough to teach me how to get started and accepted I come to her house one more time when I couldn't troubleshoot an issue. She even suggested the hack I'll share below!

It is now October and my sweater is drying on its mat as I type these words. No, it didn't take me 10 months to knit a sweater, I just took my sweet time, made mistakes, got frustrated, took breaks, and eventually realized it was gonna be sweater season and I should seriously get back to it.

For your information, the website says the Rice Jumper is an easy pattern and should take about 28 hours to knit...

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Equipment

Your package should include: the pattern, 8 skeins of wool, a pair of 8 mm (11 US, 0 UK) knitting needles, 1 sewing needle, and a We Are Knitters tag.

I decided to buy a knitting register to keep count of my rows.

Colors

You're gonna have to choose 4 colors for this pattern. I chose Spotted Mauve Cinnamon, Ivory, and Olive. #ricejumper and #wakxlacasitadewendy on Insta were great sources of color inspiration!

Colors are referred to as A, B, C, and D where color A is the bottom color and color D is the top one. It might be obvious to some but wasn't to me for my first multi-colored knitting project.

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Sizing

I'm very impatient and obviously did not knit a tension sample (don't be like me) and decided to knit a size M after checking out #ricejumper and #wakxlacasitadewendy on Insta and asking other knitters what size they chose.

Know that you'll be able to play around with the size when blocking your sweater after knitting and piecing it together (I'm totally making excuses).

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Techniques

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Clarifications

I don't know whether it's a pattern or translating issue but a number of things weren't really clear in the pattern (and I saw on Zendesk that some people had the same questions).

  • Colors: As I mentioned before color A is the bottom color and color D is the top color

  • Sleeves: The sleeves only have 3 colors (A, B, and C). It may look like there are 4 colors, but it's actually because the shoulders drop and the color D from the front and back panels "cascades" toward the sleeves.

  • Neck: The pattern says "pick up 58 stitches with color D around the neck" but should really say ""pick up 29 stitches with color D from the front panel to knit the front of the neck, knit 14 rows in 1x1 rib stitch, cast off and then repeat the process one more time for the back of the neck, then join the side seams of the front and back neck panels to create a collar". This actually only applies to size M (73 stitches = 22 + 29 + 22).

  • Blocking: This crucial step isn't mentioned in the pattern, but don't skip it!

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Troubleshooting

  • How to unravel knitting the right way - I've had to do this way too many times but got better at identifying mistakes earlier without having to unravel too many rows and consequently losing count of rows.

  • How to join yarn seamlessly - You shouldn't need this technique unless your yarn breaks or you switch colors and cut your thread too early).

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Hack

For a smoother transition between colors, Maren's mom suggested I knit all the stitches of the first row of the new color instead of alternating between knits and purls. The result is so perfect, I felt like such a pro for hacking a pattern. Thank you Sue!

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Mistake

As you'll have noticed in the pictures, I made a mistake in the back of the sweater (or what I chose would be the back). When I switched colors, I didn't pay attention to the fact that I was one row short (probably due to unraveling so many rows to correct mistakes) and I ended up with the color switch on the front side rather than the back.

I noticed my mistake late in the game and didn't have the heart to unravel half of my work. I looked for ways to fix it but ended up following the advice of my knitter friends of owning my mistakes.

This allows me to tell the front from the back now, haha! I'm still thinking about using a crochet hook to cover the mauve row with cinnamon...

Rice Jumper Tutorial We Are Knitters x La Casita De Wendy by Conscious by Chloé

Outfit details / Sweater: Rice Jumper (use code MGM2CZMZJ for $12 off) (DIY), Pants: Pomona Pants (DIY)

Final thoughts

I'm so happy with the result. After such a long time, I started wondering whether I'll ever finish it in time, whether the sweater would fit, and whether I'd still like the colors I chose. I tried it on a couple of hours ago and cannot wait to wear it all winter!

While I need a short break from knitting, I'm already wishlisting patterns for future sales. Octave got me a beanie pattern for my birthday. It seems small enough to get back on the saddle and learn a new technique: using circular knitting needles. I'll report back!

If you're interested in getting a kit or wool from We Are Knitters, you can use my code MGM2CZMZJ for $12 off (copy and paste this code upon checkout in "Discount codes").

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Did the knit the Rice Jumper? How did it turn out? Do you have more tips and hacks to share?

The Conscious List

Madeleines for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna bake madeleines.

Picture by melanie boers

This post is not sponsored, but it does contain affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase via one of my links, I may make a commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!