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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bois de Rose wee cardi on: April 08, 2006 04:38:07 AM
So I have this huuuuge stash, and there was lotsa boring white yarn in it.  I started dying it a couple weeks ago (with food-colouring, no Kook-aid here in France) and now it all screams "me, me, me!!".  

I made this wee cardi yesterday with some soft pure wool. The colors remind me of "bois de rose" for some reason...

Now the only problem is I made it for my daughter but for some reason she won't let me approach her with it !! (not that it's scratchy or anything !!)
42  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My WIP crate on: March 15, 2006 06:54:35 AM
So I recently got me new shelves to store all my stash. But I still needed something to store my works-in-progress at night without always running after needles and scissors ect..

So I made this "crate" with real nice yarn (don't you love the colours?!) but soooooo scratchy !!! And to think I once envisioned to make a sweater with it... !!

Anyhow, it worked perfectly for this. I made it so it fits nicely in the shelves, AND I can store any project inside including my notebook and magazines and whatever...

I took me several attempts to find the right way to finish the handles, but all in all I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. And the "seams" on the side really help giving it a more structured look (I crocheted in the round so it looked a bit like a blob before that)

... Also, I'm happy: that was stashbusting big time !! Still have lots of the pink yarn though, will probably be one of my next crochet projects... Am thinking of a round bucket-thingy... my mum said she liked that one, and I just taught her to crochet : she could use it to store her  projects..  ;-)
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Red daisy crossover on: February 22, 2006 10:59:58 AM
..can you believe I made TWO sweaters for myself this year ?!!! Anyhow, this one was also a quick knit, used this big cone of red mohair that I've had forever and happened to be spot on gauge !
The pattern is from an issue of this french mag called "fait main". It fits well, although I regret a bit not doing the S size. (I figured the M was a sure bet, especially being preggo this winter !)
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 8 sk of kureyon : enough for a (small) cardi ? on: February 15, 2006 06:05:15 AM
 So I've been drooling over the Kureyon for months and months now, and have just splurged on 8 skeins (color 138: pic on the blog).Looks like I should have bought one or 2 more, but I was kind of already over my budget... So I'm just wondering, do you think I'll have enough  ?
I'm like a size small, and want a rather plain cardi, probably all st. st, maybe with a scoop neck (which might help)..

What do you think ? Any opinion / experience appreciated. Thanks

45  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Xmas beaded scarves on: December 31, 2005 12:49:52 AM
So I had grand plans of all these things I wanted to knit for gifts.. and ended up having time only for those 5 scarves ! ..but I'm still happy with how they turned out, and I think the recipients liked them. (I put them in a basket and let the ladies choose their favorites)

..and sorry, that last one is crocheted, but I'd just rather post them all together..  Wink It's after a pattern I found in that french I just bought. Seems my sister in law loved it !

Sylvie, aka "small projects queen" ;-)
46  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Prune's hat on: November 23, 2005 09:59:08 AM
Here's a little hat I just finished for my little girl prune (a pretty name in french).
It's just a basic hat, finished with 3 rows of i-cord on top. Then I picked up the stitches along the bottom  and knit one more row with some short row action for the earflaps. I'm just too lazy to make earflaps the "right" way...   Wink

As for the yarn  it's a single ply yarn, 100% wool I think but very soft. Unfortunately I lost the labels so I have no idea of the name and brand of the yarn, but I really like it.
I still have 2 skeins of the same yarn, but in turquoise (& brownish) tones. Don't know yet if I'll use them for another hat for prune's cousin, or maybe some fingerless mitts...?

47  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / weirdo "scarf" on: November 17, 2005 12:49:03 AM
Here's a scarf I finished like a week or two ago. I used a "ball" of mixed yarns initially prepared years ago for another project (a toddler sweater for which I didn't swatch =>disaster!). I made it mostly in the train, and it was a fun project.

Despite my initial fears, I even think it would be wearable.. !  Wink  But it wasn't for me...
I might make another one in this really soft angora yarn I have. It's just the perfect project for train commutes.

48  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Isabeau purse (w/ link to free pattern) on: August 17, 2005 06:09:24 AM
Here's a little purse I made a few weeks ago (to match a shrug I made for a friend's birthday). It's a real small purse, I used less than a skein of "cotonina", a cotton-acrylic blend only found here in France. Was a real quick knit too. It would hold like a wallet and cell phone.. (as shown in beige purse)

You'll find the free pattern here: http://www.chezplum.com 

EDIT: You'll now find a Tutorial for the single crochet seam (recomended to join sides and handle) at the same adress (look in the sidebar)
I've also added a pattern for bigger versions of this purse.
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What's your most ridiculous FO ? on: July 19, 2005 12:31:54 PM
Here's mine : My new "Kenny" remote control...!!!

I really needed to "baby-proof" the remote as one of my one year old's favorite game is to throw it on the ground (then batteries out = not very cool for a baby). So I had grand plans for a really chic cozy with a nice pompom and all...
And look what happened ! Somehow I couldn't find the right yarn in my stash (ie beautiful, bright colored, and yet not THAT beautiful that I could sacrifice it for a remote cozy..), and then couldn't get it to look right, and didn't want to work on it forever..
I might try to redo it later,  but at least it works, baby tested  and approved today  Wink.
Plus it's so bright  I won't loose it so often any more...  Grin

Anyone else ever did a super kitsch / ridiculous FO ? Like something you'd be hiding under the couch if somebody ever asked to see "some of your knitting" ?
50  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Shrug pattern testers needed on: July 12, 2005 02:13:24 AM
Ok, I'm not sure this is the right place, but there's this lacy shrug with slightly flared cuffs I'm designing right now, and I thought I could make it in 3 sizes. I'm finishing the smaller size for myself (kind of S size), but would love it if somebody else wanted to test one of the larger sizes, which I guesstimate would be M-L, and XL sizes.

You can see a pic of the baby version of that shrug on my blog (scroll down a bit to the june 30th post)

You'd need basically around 4 - 5 balls of Rowan "all seasons cotton", or same amount of debbie Bliss  "cashmerino aran", and straight needles ranging from US8 to US15. Probably for an intermediate knitter.

Then I'd be sending you the first draft of the pattern (for your eyes only please!!!) around sunday (I'm away until then), and hope for quick feedback, as I'd like to release that pattern before the end of the summer...  Wink

Anyone interested ? Please PM me, & by Sunday I should be able to send you a photo of the final result and you can tell me if you like it/want to test the pattern..?   
(You'd get a free copy of the final pattern, obviously.)

Oh, I also wrote the pattern for a 12-24 month baby, if someone wants to help me write the 3-4 year size (ie give me measurements, and then test the pattern I write according to that)..?
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