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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Long pixie hooded capelet on: March 18, 2011 05:04:39 AM
Thanks... and actually I also thought I wouldn't feel "brave" enough to wear it often, but it turns out it's MUCH more wearable than I thought, and highly practical... so I wear it all the time :-D
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stash-Busting Beanies on: March 18, 2011 01:53:19 AM
I think they are very cool. Love that style, and the mix of colors :-)
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Long pixie hooded capelet on: March 18, 2011 01:41:57 AM
After making similar cardigans for my daughters a couple years ago, I finally made a larger version for myself this year, yeah !! I figured working out a full cardigan AND the hood at the same time would look too daunting and split the work in 2: First I worked on the hood for an "easy capelet", and then would work out the second project, this time focusing more on the cardigan part.

It ended up working out pretty well. Of course the capelet wasn't as easy-peasy as I thought, and the process meant a lot of ripping/starting all over again, in order to get the perfect fit I wanted.


But I'm so happy with the result that it was totally worth it !!! :-D  I added 2 granny triangle inserts, one in the hood and the other sligtly off-centered to flare the edging of capelet. And after trying several edging versions, I added a bobble edging to balance it all. I end up LOVING those bobbles, think it really makes the charm of the piece.

All in all, I'm totally in love with this capelet, have been wearing it every single day since I finished it, both inside (we live in the french alps, and when you work in front of a computer all day, it can get chilly) and outside to get the girls from school ect... It ends up being a perfect layering piece for spring, and I love feeling that loooong hood in my back !!!

Hope you'll like it too :-)


34  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Strange Stylish Crazy Harem Pants Sarouels with pattern (lot of pictures) on: November 29, 2010 11:48:48 PM
These are SO cool, and I'm amazed at your idea !! Very smart, and the sarouel does look very comfy and cheery with those bright colors, love that !!

Will PM you about a special request right away :-P

35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: downsizing my babouches for babies on: November 02, 2010 08:15:58 AM
Thanks :-)

For the little baby ones, I used Debbie Bliss "Baby cashmerino" which is sport weight. My first try, with Dk weight, gave me toddler sizes :-P
36  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Yet another Swirl from the Swirlalong! on: November 02, 2010 04:19:05 AM
So cool !! Love the different colored sleeves, the concentric stripes in the back and the pretty buttons in the front !
I usually am not a huge fan of this shape, but you're tempting me !! :-P
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Granny Square Bag on: November 02, 2010 04:16:28 AM
I love everything related to Granny squares, and this is very pretty ! I especially love the colors you chose, they go together very well ! Cheesy
38  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mamegoma seal in bunny suit! on: November 02, 2010 04:14:38 AM
Oh, this is just soooo cute !! My daughters would probably kill for one ! ;-)

(I just won't let them look :-P)
39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / downsizing my babouches for babies on: November 02, 2010 04:08:05 AM
Last summer I made Babouches slippers for myself and loved them. And then suddenly the other day while hiking with my husband I thought "I should make some in baby size!!!" ha !!!

Baby Babouches by sylvchezplum, on Flickr

BabyBabouches1 (2) by sylvchezplum, on Flickr
So that night, once the girls were in bed I took my hooks and yarn, and it just flowed ! I had a small babouche... but not really small enough for a baby, rather for a toddler.

Baby Babouches row by sylvchezplum, on Flickr
Following that, I changed yarns, and tried lots of different tricks to make them smaller while retaining exaclty the same look which I loved so much. (you can still see the loose ends on some...) I think I got it now... and it's fun to see all those wee slippers lined up  !!! Now I just need to visit my cousin to try them on their baby's feet   :-)

Hope you like them ! :-)

40  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Granny mystery on: August 14, 2010 12:37:56 PM
In my book, The Great Granny Crochet Book circa 1979, it says that in Europe "the technique of making granny squares is called "American crochet."

I am french, and I've seen granny squares refered to as "carrs old america" (= old america squares) in some french crochet books. Not old ones mind you, I think it was a translation of a current american crochet book by Erika Knight.

Still, I find it interesting, and wonder if many people would call them that way here in France. :-P
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