Hi, I'm sylvie and I'm finalising the writing of a pattern that uses a stitch described in that book (The crochet stitch bible) that I own, ..but french version !!!
In order to make it clearer and everything, (+ give the exact page reference in the english book), I'd rather try and quote the exact instructions than just translate them.
So if somebody had this book (which I highly recomend btw!!!) and wouldn't mind helping me with that, I'd highly appreciate. (will send you a copy of the pattern too if you want, it's for a baby shower gift set, pics there ) (scroll down a bit, pics are clickable)
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 !!)
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.. ;-)
..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 !)
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
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.. It's after a pattern I found in that french I just bought. Seems my sister in law loved it !
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...
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...?
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.. ! 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.
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)
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 . Plus it's so bright I won't loose it so often any more...
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" ?