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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ballet-stye Toddler Dress on: June 04, 2008 10:13:50 AM

Koigu KPM Merino wool in HOT, HOT Pink
size 3.5 hook
Ballerina Wrap Sweater pattern from Coats & Clark "Just Kids" pattern booklet, with an added skirt of joined "Willow" blocks from "200 Crochet Blocks" by Eaton.

I just finished this for my 3 year old niece, hope it fits!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Silk Cami on: June 07, 2006 11:04:42 PM

yarn: The Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Silk Delight/Cantalope (!!)
hook: 3mm
pattern: Crochet Magazine "Blackberry Camisole" March 2005

This one is all about the yarn! Hand dyed SILK, I just HAD to have it, especially for the colors. It was a birthday gift for a friend, and very well received. All silk is soooo slippery to work with, but the result was worth it.

I still have a skein left, need to find the perfect lacey scarf pattern so I can enjoy this yarn for myself. Any ideas?
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Cold Shoulders, modified on: June 07, 2006 10:56:40 PM

yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze (mohair/silk) color: Elegance 577
hook: 3.25mm
pattern: Cold Shoulders with added rows (repeated row 12 an additional 12 times) and change in gauge, changed pom tie to ribbon.

I gifted this one, to a friend who lives in sunny California, because it's so lightwieght--almost a whisper in weight.  I'm sure she'll be able to wear it even on summer evenings. This mohair/silk yarn is like a pet----incredibly soft. Tricky sometimes to work with, but the overall effect is gorgeously soft and lucious.

The pattern is pretty simple, I can imagine already a number of different takes on it--a longer cape with arm slits, different looks with dramatic yarns and gauge and on and on...would love to see how other people have adapted it!

4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: My not so Short but oh so Sweet Bolero on: May 09, 2006 11:07:32 PM
I love the length, it looks great as a little cardigan, well done!
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: NEED HELP ON SHORT 'N SWEET BOLERO, PLEASE on: April 25, 2006 09:12:28 AM
I think I ripped out the RT front three times before I got this part right too! So, hang in there and let us know how it turns out  (finally forgoing the written instructions and following the chart ---sketching out my own including the increase was the only way I managed in the end, but once I did that it all came together...)  Good luck!

6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: short 'n' sweet bolero on: April 25, 2006 09:04:34 AM
Gorgeous! Great job on this...I agree that the pattern is totally brilliant insofar as the lack of seaming, though I was stupid and didn't read the whole pattern and was wondering wher ethe rest of the back went...I'm working on this in a beigy color and hopefully with long sleeves. Did you make it in a size without the front gap?
P.S.  I love your hair! What a fabulous action shot of you!

I made the Large size, and it worked out that on me (size 14-16 busty with a big back) that it provides excellent coverage for the girls--and nearly meets in front (I could add a tie or a pin when I wanted), which is what I was after.  And thanks for the hair comp--it's tough getting a decent shot of yourself! Smiley  Are you going to do full length or 3/4 sleeves? I wonder how you might do a bell sleeve, increase a shell pattern maybe?  Post pics when you're done!
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: short 'n' sweet bolero on: April 21, 2006 07:28:16 PM
Wonderful!  Interesting with the sc rows at the bottom too.  Good job, looks good on you as well!  I used the same stitch to create a capelet in this color, great color. 

I can't wait to see who is adventurous enough to make it as a duster with long sleeves and knee length and a tie at the front shaping. Any brave souls? 

Thanks for the great compliment...and I completely forgot to mention that I added the sc rows at the bottom (all the way around, neck edge around bottom continuously)--it just looked more finished to me that way. And I want to be the brave soul who does the duster version!! only the yarn I covet for that (and it would take ALOT of it) is not YET in the budget...!!  Smiley

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Lilacs & Blueberries Granny Square Afghan on: April 19, 2006 11:55:26 AM
It's BEAUTIFUL!  And I love the joining by single crochet, looks crisp, might have to steal that idea on my next granny blanket.

Well done!

9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: short 'n' sweet bolero on: April 19, 2006 11:11:17 AM
Lovely! It turned out really well and the color is gorgeous.

I've been wanting to try this pattern but am still a tad intimidated. I was thinking of making it up in some of my old icky yarn just to get an idea if I am capable of it. DO you have any idea about how long it took you to complete it?

Thank you! It took me about a week to complete (I don't go out much!), one evening just working out the gauge--very important on this one, and I recommend taking an accurate chest measurement.  Once you get the hang of the repeat, it's quite easy --though I must add that I found some of the second phase instructions confusing--until I just studied what I had done already and followed the logical pattern visually. 
10  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / short 'n' sweet bolero on: April 19, 2006 10:32:46 AM

pattern: Stitch'n Bitch Crochet, the Happy Hooker 'short 'n' sweet bolero'
yarn: Rowan Wool/Cotton in color 964 'Still' (an indescribable mossy brown green)
hook: 3.5mm (to obtain gauge with substituted yarn, pattern called for 5mm)

I've finally made something for MYSELF!  Spring is still chilly here, so I think I'll get alot of use out of this little, lightwieght sweater.  The pattern is brilliant--all worked without seams, arms are worked on as you go! It's also a cinch to make it any length you like, even long sleeves could be easily done. And the yarn was well worth the splurge.

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