Cloth love

English (français plus bas !)
I am guessing we probably are a good number here loving linen cloth, aren’t we? I actually think I discovered them the time I discovered the beautiful blogs Local Milk and Food Stories on instagram (@_foodstories_). When we launched Biches & Bûches around a year and a half ago, along the knitting-starting and discovering all those talented makers on instagram, it was a whole new world opening up to me! Talks about materials, slow living and slow fashion, beautiful garments and clothes... 
I have been enjoying so much every minute of it. Last year, we came across this shop, 
« Not Perfect Linen », on Etsy and immediately fell in love; we finally ordered some table cloths as well as a dress for Astrid. It’s that blending of rawness and softness, isn’t it? I am looking so much forward to using them for photographs <3

xx Caroline

Français
J’imagine qu’on doit être un bon petit nombre par ici à adorer les tissus en lin, non ? Je pense en avoir découvert l’existence au moment où j’avais découvert les superbes blogs de Local Milk  et Food Stories sur instagram (@_foodstories_). Quand on a lancé l’aventure Biches & Bûches il y a un an et demi, et que j’ai commencé à tricoter et à découvrir toutes ces talentueuses créatrices, toutes ces conversations autour des matériaux, du "slow living" et "slow fashion", ce fut un nouveau monde qui s’ouvrait à mes petits yeux. Et quel bonheur. L’année dernière, nous avons fait la découverte de la boutique « Not Perfect Linen » (« Lin Imparfait ») sur Etsy, ce fut le coup de foudre immédiat et nous avons enfin passé commande il y a quelques semaines : des nappes ainsi qu’une robe pour Astrid. C’est ce mélange de naturel brut et de douceur non ? J’ai bien bien hâte de faire des photos avec <3

xx Caroline

Louise & Caroline's trip to the Nordic countries


English (français en bas !)
Last year, during the summer 2015, Louise and I travelled by train and boat around Scandinavia to visit our family. We got to visit our Norwegian part of the family for the first time, which was an incredible adventure. We started in Copenhagen and weren't so luck with the trains as it took us 19 hours from Paris, which is much much longer than by car. We stayed there for around a week before heading to Göteborg, Sweden, walking slowly around the sunny city for 4 hours, before taking the next train to Oslo, sleep the night, and then head to Bergen, on the other side of Norway! That 7-hour train ride was definitely one the most beautiful I had ever experienced, even though at times difficult because we didn't have any seats, I was sick, and the ticket lady wasn't happy about us often seating in the cafeteria, drinking lots of tea. We went through forests, going up to 856meters high, through mountains, lakes and snow. We spent a week in Bergen, visited our Norwegian grandpa's family on other islands, who drove us around showing us a tiny part of the country, discovering where our grandpa spent his childhood, the island on which lived his mama, and so much more. It really was a moving and incredible journey. We took of course some Biches & Bûches sweaters to stay warm and take some photographs. I look at these photographs with nostalgia, and start mentally preparing a next trip to the Nordic countries, where my heart always
seems to be.
xx Caroline
 


Français 
L'été dernier, Louise et moi avons fait un petit tour des pays scandinaves en train et bateau, pour visiter la famille. Ce fut la première fois que nous sommes allées visiter la partie Norvégienne de notre famille, ce qui fut une sacrée aventure. Nous avons commencé par Copenhague, après un long trajet qui nous a pris 19 heures depuis Paris, ce qui est bien plus long qu'en voiture. Nous sommes restées une semaine avant de partir en direction de Göteborg, en Suède, où nous avons pu flâner dans la ville à la découverte, mais seulement pendant 4 heures avant notre prochain train pour Oslo, Norvège. Encore une fois ce n'était qu'un arrêt, une nuit en airbnb, avant de partir pour notre destination finale : Bergen, de l'autre côté de la Norvège. En arrivant à la gare, on a eu la bonne surprise d'apprendre qu'il n'y avait plus de places dans le train, et que le prochain était deux jours plus tard. Ce qui n'était pas possible pour nous, étant donné qu'on avait de la famille qui nous attendait. Nous avons donc réussi à négocier avec la contrôleuse du train de pouvoir être à bord sans avoir de sièges. Sur un trajet de plus de 7 heures, c'est long. Nous avons donc alterné entre être assises par terre entre les wagons, et boire beaucoup beaucoup de thé pour pouvoir être au bar, ce qui nous a valu pas mal de réflexions de la part de la contrôleuse. À part ça, le voyage était incroyable, véritablement un des plus beau que j'ai vécu. Nous avons traversé forêts, admiré les petites maisons typiques en bois, nous sommes montés jusqu'à 856 mètres, traversant montagnes, lacs et neige. Nous avons ensuite passé une semaine à Bergen, la ville, les montagnes et les fjords aux alentours, des petites îles au sud où vivait la famille et où notre grand-père a grandi. On a également découvert qu'il portait le nom de l'île où il habitait, très étonnant de voir notre nom de famille écrit sur des panneaux comme ça en se baladant ! On Nous avions bien sûr emmené quelques pulls Biches & Bûches, pour rester au chaud ainsi que pour faire quelques photos. Ces photos me rendent bien nostalgiques, j'ai du coup entamé la préparation mentale d'un prochain voyage aux pays nordiques. 

xx Caroline
 

Grandma's pick


English - I made these shots of my Grandma aka "mormor" during the summer 2015, when she came to visit us on the countryside in what started to become our atelier. I remember she was sewing the name tags into our sweaters, as we were getting ready for our first knitting festival. Honestly she remembers things just like the blue fish in The world of Nemo, the far-away events that have been part of building her life are intact, but nothing from the short-term remains. That summer, I asked her once which of our sweaters she preferred, and she replied "Oh but they are all so marvelous! (pause) But I actually really like this one." The day after, or maybe two days later, I asked her again, wanting to see if with that sickness, you are still able to have your favorite things, a particular attachment, or if everything is just blurry. So I asked her again which of our sweaters she preferred, and she replied "Oh but they are all so marvelous! (pause) but I really like this one." I was surprised and moved by her second answer, and decided to take that moment into photography. She chose the no. 21 both times. 
Happy 86th birthday to my grandma, she is a brave pal.
 

xx Caroline

The Woolful x Biches & Bûches Knitalong!

Français - Un "Knitalong" ou KAL comme on le voit souvent abrégé sur les réseaux sociaux, c'est un moment où l'on tricote tous ensemble un même projet ou avec une même laine, pour découvrir ensemble à travers le monde, un modèle, une marque, une laine, où l'on peut suivre le projet de chacun et en discuter ensemble grâce aux réseaux sociaux ! Ce fut un immense bonheur lorsque nous avons appris qu'Ashley de Woolful voulait lancer avec nous un knitalong annuel ! Celui-ci commence aujourd'hui, mardi 1er novembre ! Et on vous donne quelques détails ci-dessous :

Comment participer //// Tout ce que vous avez à faire, c'est choisir avec quel kit de tricot vous souhaitez vous lancer, dans les pulls et/ou les accessoires, et on vous envoie votre kit ! Il n'y aura alors plus qu'à vous lancer et utiliser sur instagram le #woolfulxbichesKAL pour qu'on vous retrouve !

Quand //// Quand vous voulez ! Le lancement a été fait aujourd'hui mais vous pouvez vous accrocher quand vous le souhaitez ! Il dure toute l'année jusqu'à novembre prochain, et vous décidez vous-même si vous souhaitez mettre 1 semaine, 3 mois ou toute l'année pour tricoter votre kit Biches & Bûches :)

Les prix, les cadeaux //// Si vous partagez bien vos photos de votre kit, votre projet en cours, votre modèle terminé avec le #woolfulxbichesKAL sur instagram, vous aurez peut-être la chance de gagner un kit ou de la laine Biches & Bûches, ou de la laine du "Woolful Mercantile", la petite boutique d'Ashley en direct de l'Idaho aux États-Unis !
On vous partagera aussi des "Behind the Scenes", des histoires de Woolful et Biches & Bûches, des futures collaborations...!


Nous avons hâte de voir toutes vos photos ! Bon tricot à toutes et à tous ! <3
xx Caroline

English - A "Knitalong" or a KAL, as we often see written on the social networks, is an amazing time when people from the knitting community knit together a same pattern or with the same wool, to discover a brand, a model, a yarn together throughout the world. We can follow each other's projects and talk about it, it is just another amazing opportunity to get knitters tight together in this lovely community, and to get our name out there in the world! So we were crazy happy when Ashley from Woolful wanted to launch a year-long knitalong with us, which starts today, November 1st! You can read all you need to know on Ashley's blog, www.woolful.com, and if you have any questions, you can leave a comment, on her blog, ours here or on instagram, or send us an email at info@bichesetbuches.com.

We're so excited to see all your WIPs with the #woolfulxbichesKAL!
Happy Knitting!
xx Caroline

 

The little Biches & Bûches Scandinavian tour!

English - Last September, Jørgen, Astrid and I packed that little rented truck there, with lots of yarn, the shelves, one bag each, and two chairs. We drove from Cluny, Burgundy, France, up to Denmark. We made a night-stop at my grandma's. It is so lucky for us that she lives close to the border, making the ride a 16-hour trip, as we wouldn't be able to handle an extra minute. After a good night's sleep, some hugs and kisses and "see you next week granny!", we went back into the truck and drove the last 2 hours to the little island of Fanø (or actually to Esbjerg, where we take the 12-minute mini ferry over to the little island of Fanø). I love this place so much! It was an incredible experience last year, when we came and participated for the first time. It is a sweet little knitting festival, with many people making the trip! We are in a big white tent, there is a lot of light, such a good atmosphere, happy curious knitters all over, many workshops, and good cake. And the island itself, is just like a fairy tale! The nature is wild and beautiful, rabbits run around everywhere! The deers and does graze in the gardens, there are lots beautiful horses and tiny ponies. This year we rented a very cute little black wooden house, and were lucky that we could borrow the bikes. Such a dream to just get out of the house in the morning, get on the bike and drive from a place to another to photograph our new lookbook, one day with Astrid, the other with Louise (who had come just for 24hours!) and ride to the beach that very first sunny afternoon where we had the time. We were so happy to see our fellow stand-holders and friends and to meet so many knitters.
xx Caroline

Burgundy everything

English - Today I wanted to share burgundy lovely things, a color of beauty and coming coldness, my color of fall. So here are our Biches & Bûches model no. 25, small violet flowers from the garden and an amazing piece of cake that my sister made. This is the most delicious healthy cake without wheat, added sugar or diary I have ever eaten, made of red berries, dates and cashew nuts. And the great news is, Louise has shared the recipe on her food blog (waiting for you right below), in case you were wondering what delicious treat you could prepare for the week-end. You won't even need an oven, as it is not baked, only frozen! As for the sweater, it is one of my very favorites. I simply love the delicate design with a Norwegian inspiration to the pattern for the neckline and the sleeve cuffs. I love how the Biches & Bûches designs are a blending of traditional patterns with a modern look. I have to add that this sweater is delightfully warm and soft, as it is a blending of lambswool and alpaca. Cosy & elegant.

xx Caroline
 

More about:
The knitted sweater: the knitting kit to our model no. 25
"By Louise Sk" food blog: the recipe to this delicious and raw cake

The Biches & Bûches no. 36 on my needles

English - What is currently on my needles is our very own Biches & Bûches shawl, no. 36, in colors that remind me of the ocean, by the different shades of blue, purple and green which come from the yarn itself.


This shawl is actually what got me into knitting in the beginning of the summer, my very first project. I chose this one because the whole past winter I found myself taking that shawl my mum had knitted on my shoulders over and over again. I used to think that shawls were really a grandma thing but there are so comfy and keep you so warm and cosy! (and okay, maybe I am a bit a grandma before time, that's what my friends tell me anyway).

I find Astrid's design so pretty and simple and elegant, and the yarn is SO soft. It is hand-dyed yarn from the company called Malabrigo (it started with two brother-in-laws who tried dying yarn in their kitchen in 2005, so cute), a family-owned company who have made environmentally-friendly work & sheep herded with tradition and love, their mojo. An ethical company, just what we love and want to work with. My mum's inspiration for this design was to make it very simple in order to reveal the beauty of the changing colors of the yarn. She added the turquoise and the dark blue to enhance it even more and created delicate details in the pattern as an elegant touch.
 

I am really looking forward to being able to have it on my shoulders, I like the idea that I'm getting ready for winter as they did back in the days. You gotta feel that you can do something useful for yourself in order to survive the cold days, right? (a part from eating a lot of chocolate).

xx Caroline


 

More about
The Biches & Bûches shawl no. 36: Our knitting kit to this model
The Malabrigo yarn: A bit more about how they proceed
You can also check out their website right here

Learning new stitches with amazing Norwegian yarn

English - When I was in Norway last August, I bought some Norwegian yarn in a little shop in Bergen and couldn't wait to start knitting with that thick and rustic fiber. The thing was that I had only learnt two or three different stitches and to follow the pattern to one of our shawls. So I could not improvise to a piece of knitwear like that just with some yarn and a pair of needles.

I got therefore the idea of making two little pieces, one for each color, using the whole skein of yarn, and making a little stitch course for myself. In order to learn different ways to knit, to really learn how to differentiate knitting from purling, to have small samples of different stitches that I find are pretty to knit next to each other.

Today I finished this project and I'm looking forward to have them over my desk, fixed on a board. It is so fulfilling to finish one project, look at what you have accomplished, and be able to start the next one! 

Thanks to my mum for modeling with the cutest little pair of scissors

xx Caroline

Biches & Bûches travelling around Scandinavia

English - Part of the team (meaning Louise & Caroline) is on a trip around Scandinavia: we started in Copenhagen, went past Göteborg in Sweden and we are now settled in beautiful Bergen, Norway. We are discovering small wool shops, taking the wildest and most beautiful train rides, discover what a norwegian summer is, going on boats, visiting family... a pure bliss.

xx Caroline