Have you heard of Phildar? I first saw one of their patterns on Pinterest, and determined to check them out when I visited my friend in Paris. Although I've read on other blogs that this is a cheaper brand (maybe similar to Lion Brand?), I have loved everything I've seen from them.
I found the yarn on a floor in Les Printemps, a world famous department store. Can you imagine picking up a few skeins of yarn while you're browsing the designer collections at Nordstrom? I think this shows a difference in the cultural perceptions of knitting, and crafting, in general. The French value the process, and encourage it as a part of high fashion.
Phildar designs garments that are cute and practical, so I bought a few kids catalogs and several skeins of yarn. Once I got home, I realized that, of course, the catalogs are in French! I found a great site that shares the translations of French knitting terms, and so far I haven't had any problems. Well...
...until I ran out of yarn in the middle of this dress.
This will be for my 18 month old daughter, Aline. The yarn is Phildar Coton 3, and although it's 100% cotton, it has such a beautiful shine! I'm using size 3 needles, and the smaller size makes the dress feel more delicate and special. Knitting stockinette can get boring, but the stripes are fun! I love these colors together! So sweet and girly!
I can't wait to see my baby toddling around this summer in her striped dress! Fortunately, I have a special order of that pretty orange coming in! (Perk of having a friend who lives in Paris!)