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31  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Finished 2 Cold Shoulders Capelets for SILs on: January 04, 2007 05:39:53 AM
So I decided to make a capelet for one of my SILs, and the second one was to get a pair mittens. But upon seing it, she asked for a capelet as well... So I made two ! Good it's such an easy and quick pattern, and that I had the same yarn in a lighter shade in the stash..

Anyway, here''s the first capelet modeled by my girl (along with the beret for my MIL). Would you believe I had to bribe her (with a sweet) to take those pics ? !! And then afterwards she asked for more pics... to get more sweets..!!   Grin    Then worn by the recipient, #1 SIL

And then here's the second capelet, just before I added the pompoms (I tried to take more pics after but please don't even ask for them !!  )

As for the specs, I added one shell pattern row for the first capelet, and  two repeats for the second one. Same size hook (actually had to buy a new hook after my plastic one broke after row 4 of first capelet... Ha !)
The yarn was recycled from an ugly frumpy huge coat. I believe it looks sooo much better now !! Grin

I loved this pattern, plus it was my first try doing shells/any sort of lacy crochet. But I just love the book, really I'd recommend it to anyone.
Only thing is there was so many ends to weave in at the end... So I thought I'd be clever for the second capelet and start right away by the top of the collar and do it all at once.. (decrease and then re-increase)/ But Alas, there WAS a reason to do it so: the foundation chain was too tight to achieve the right final look so I ripped it all and started again, just following the pattern.

32  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Cold shoulders question on: December 05, 2006 01:10:44 AM
Okay, probably a dumb question, but here goes: I've started the cold shoulders capelet, and am now starting the shell rows.
I know the directions say skip 6 stitches between each shell, but chart shows 6 dc between 2 shells on the sides, but only 5 dc between middle shells...   Huh Huh?

Does that mean there is a difference between the ones you do at both ends with the half-shells ?

Hope you'll see what I mean...  Thanks for any reply !

33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / handpaintedyarn.com, white undyed spots : normal ? on: October 26, 2006 06:14:13 AM

 I bought off another girl on Destash those 5 skeins of bulky Merino from http://handpaintedyarn.com. I do love that Cuarenta colourway, and the yarn IS very soft, but what about the big white undyed spots ?

Anybody bought yarn from them, did you have the same white spots ? Is that considered normal and to be expected with their yarn ? And what should I do now, try and Kook-aid the white spots, or just leave it as is and hope it doesnt show too much..?
I emailed them and still havent heard back. Id love to hear about other peoples experience with them


34  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / pattern testers, anyone ? Small project. on: September 12, 2006 05:35:54 AM
Hi all, just wondering if anybody would be interested in testing the pattern for one of those little guys (ideally 3 testers, one for each).

In return, obviously you'll have the final pattern, plus a pattern of your choice from chezPlum.
send me a PM if you're keen. Ideally I'd like feedback .. this week (I said ideally!!). They're pretty quick to make. And I don't care what kind of yarn you use, just want to find out typos and such stuff if there are any.

Thanks !


EDITED TO ADD: I've now got 3 testers, thanks all for your help !! As usual, crafsters rock !! Grin

And ... still looking for a name btw, if you have suggestions, leave a comment on my blog ... I'll be giving away patterns/stitchmarkers to people helping me find a cool one...
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Cute baby booties free pattern TODAY on: August 08, 2006 02:30:32 AM
So Annie's Attic has a new free pattern every day. I quite like today's one, and thought I'd share :


It's for t-straps baby booties... in pink, cute ! Tongue
36  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Wee baby booties on: August 08, 2006 01:44:07 AM
Hi !! first time ever I'm posting on that board... I'm usually more of a knitter and crocheter, don't have enouigh patience for my sewing machine ... Wink I hope I posted in the right place..?

Anyhow, I bought that book last saturday (just couldn't resist!!) along with some double-sided polar fleece (is that how you call it ?).

Then I had this one lonesome felt bootie I bought at the op shop a while back because it was sooo cute (but couldn't find the 2nd one, arghhh!)

So anyhow, with all that I got a sudden inspiration, cut the bootie, used the parts as a template, and a bit later.. Ta Da !! Cutie booties !!

I've also made a second pair yesterday night, but one is a  bit crooked.. And the second pair, which I just finished fixing:

37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Toy cars on: August 08, 2006 12:15:37 AM
Here's my first two prototypes cars.. They both have flaws, but will make fine presents for 2 babies born this summer. I'm plannig to make matching  baseball caps for the older brothers / sisters, but I've only started on that.
Oh, and I might redo the light pink wheels. That's one of the "flaws" (I'm now making them less fat) and it disturbs my eye..   Wink so that's why I haven't embroidered the X on them like on the other car.  They both have wee sleigh bells inside.
 My 2 year old likes them, she's already ordered one...  Grin
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little toddler skirt on: July 13, 2006 06:00:10 AM
A long story for such a little skirt..! I had this leftover of unknown cotton, and really liked the color. So I started a skirt for my girl. (even knit a few rows at the clinic after giving birth to my second girl..). Ripped it several times to get the design right. Then  ran out of yarn. So I ripped it all, and started again, till the very last yards. Skirt was nice, but still real short and the top would roll. Yet I really liked it and didn't want all these efforts to be in vain... So, shh ! I got some close-enough light blue yarn, crocheted a few sc rows around the waist and one row around the bottom..
And tada ! now it fits her perfectly, is just the right length and flares like it should !

She even seems to like it...  kept it on (nearly) all day.  ;-)

39  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / (proof)-reader for a pattern needed on: July 06, 2006 05:42:54 AM
hi all, once again I turn to Crafsters for help...  English is not my native language so I always like to have my patterns "re-read" by a native speaker to look for things that sound odd or unclear...  would anybody be interested to help me with that ?
Obviously you'd have the pattern in exchange (final version that is...). I'd like to have that done pretty quick, if possible.(no actual testing of the pattern involved, just need proofreading and rewording if needed)

The pattern is for that baby set. Please send me a word via IM if interested.

Thanks !!!!

40  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My Lucille Peep dolls on: May 31, 2006 04:48:24 AM
So we celebrated the 2nd birthday of my niece and daughter last week-end, and I made them a Lucille Peep each with some recycled yarn I had in the stash. They're pretty quick to make really although all the little parts seem a bit daunting at first...

I did mess up some, like I misread the instructions for the dress and it ended up too short. So I added a few extra rows to the top. (second dress also got longer to match), and I made the legs of the second doll a wee bit short. But hey, who cares, right ?

Oh, and ended up not embroidering faces (buttons were out for 2 year olds)  cause... was too afraid to make a total mess !  ;-P

NB: Because the connection to Crafster was problematic when I tried posting this earlier today, seems it's been misposted already (but blank, only title). So there are 2 posts with the same title, but only one showing images ect... And I can't seem to be able to delete the first one. I've  contacted the board moderator about it, hope she'll be able to fix that !...
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