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21  2 years later : Vesty SKB in Knitting: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: June 04, 2008 06:42:46 AM
HI ! So 2 years ago I started my Simple Knitted Bodice from Stitchdiva, along with the knitalong here on Crafster, I chose white mohair from my stash and finished the body pretty fast and smoothly.. I made a size S, with just a couple added increases. Also, changed the lace pattern for my Isabeau lace pattern.

But when I tried it on I was dissapointed by the fit (made size S), which actually is not surprising seing how I had given birth to my 2nd daughter only a few months before and was still breastfeeding her..but ahem, I disgress !
I was also unsure about the sleeves. I knew I didn't want the lace panel but wasn't sure it would look right sans-lace.. So somehow it got tucked in a bag, you know, until I had decided what to do... ;-)

Anywho. Then this week-end I set my foot on the bag where this WIP had been set aside for so long. I wondered whether to just frog it all and reuse the yarn, decided to at least try it on, and surprise.. Ha !! Now it fits me just perfectly ! :-D
I also realised it would actually be best without sleeves, more like a vest.
I tend to wear my vesty sweaters tons lately ! Plus it's a lovely superwarm mohair, and would probably end up too warm with long sleeves...!!

I started right away, ripped a few rounds of the started sleeves, added 2 garter ridges on each sleeve. Then picked up all those darn stitches for the collar (it wasn't as bad as I feared though), finished the last couple rows today..

And Ta da !! My sweater is done !! And I love it and will wear it tons !! :-D

One thing I don't like though: the little whiter diamond at the bottom of the collar.. :-/   I might rip the seams and do some cutting/fixing...

( Oh and in case you're wondering, the weather is SO crappy here in France these days that YES I am wearing it as I type, all cozy and warm in my new sweater !! :-D  )


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22  A blankie for Lucie around my grandma's last 2 squares in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: March 27, 2008 06:36:57 AM
My grandmother used to knit a lot, I remember seing her often with needles and yarn, knitting stuff for her numerous grandchildren.
Then she got Parkinsons desease and gradually could not do a lot of the things she used to. But she wanted to keep doing something. The lady who takes care of her showed her how to crochet granny squares and she started to make baby blankies for her great-grandchildren. Always the same colours, same design. She gave us one when my frist daughter was born, and I loved using it because I was never afraid the babies couldnt breathe if they were under the blankie. My second daughter still sleeps every night with it.

Now my grandmothers sickness has gotten worse and she says she cant crochet any more. A few months ago she gave me a little bag with the last 2 squares she had made and the leftover yarn. I was happy to have it, knew Id have to make something special with it although I wasnt too sure what.

Then last month my niece Lucie was born. They live far away on a sunny island (yeah, lucky them !) and are here this month to visit. Suddenly I realised she needed a little blankie, which would be the perfect use for those 2 leftover squares. I didnt take the time to plan ahead and just crocheted away. If I did I would have thought of something prettier but oh well..

I hope it will look less crooked after I block it.

I really enjoyed making it anyway, I see a lot of granny-squarish projects in the near future... :-P

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23  Re: My latest FOs: Violaine top for me and a beret for her in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: March 16, 2008 10:56:57 AM
THanks.. i've actually just finished a second one, with kureyon I got real cheap on Ravelry..  :-)
I made a small this time, but it may be a bit too fitted this time...

I love it already anyway, I'm sure I'll wear it a lot ! :-)
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24  My latest FOs: Violaine top for me and a beret for her in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: March 06, 2008 01:14:04 AM
After making child's tops for my daughters, I have just finished an adult version for myself, woohoo !! :-)

I'm really so happy of how it turned out, after, let me see... ripping it 3 or 4 times !!  ;-P
Here's the final result:

And here are the in-progress pics, in between each ripping and restarting..  :-P

(it closes in the back with 2 oversized buttons, as seen in last pic)

I'm also really surprised that I only used 3 hanks of Malabrigo merino worsted for it !!  :-D

And next, here's a little beret I finished yesterday, claimed by my little girl. She just looked too cute in it, plus she really needed a new hat ! (It's a little loose so it'll fit her great next winter)

Hope you like them !

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25  Re: Dancing poppies scarf and scarflette in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: February 05, 2008 11:51:35 AM
Love the first scarflette! Cute design!

Thanks ! I actually made a second one since, still with malabrigo. So warm and soft, I just LOVE this yarn (bought tons of it lately too in a large range of colors... Mmm !)

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26  Banjo bag and tons of Roselette tops !! in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: December 04, 2007 12:11:58 PM
So, here's my semi-annual Crafster post..  ;-)
But I have a lot to show, can't stop crocheting these days !

First is my Banjo Bag, made in a mad rush before a deadline for a french swap (I'm french). I had thought over the design for a couple weeks though, but I'm still glad it all worked out well. Made it in 2 days, it was still damp when I posted it to the Craft fair it was to be showcased at in Paris...  :-P

The strap is just buttoned onto the bag. Funny how I find all sorts of idea to use up all the buttons I've been collecting lately !!  :-P

Then there's this little girl's top (I call it Roselette). I've already made 4 and am working on the fifth right now. They're so quick and enjoyable to make. Plus I LOVE how they look on my girls...   :-D

Hope you like them..  :-)

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27  Dancing poppies scarf and scarflette in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: October 30, 2007 11:33:57 AM
Wow, I still can't believe I have 2 FOs to show, and only a couple weeks after starting or so..
I first had the idea for those several months ago after seing a similar circles motif on a very vintage bedspread. Then started on it, wasn't too sure of the edging I'd use, plus it kind of took forever with the yarn I used then...

Then suddenly this month I had the inspiration for those little "dancing poppies" and decided to use a heavier yarn and larger hook..

And Voil !! I first finished the scarflette, so soft, cozy and warm (I used Malabrigo "worsted merino" for both)

and then scarf took stlightly longer:

I'm just so happy with them !!  :-D  I've even started another crochet scarf now.. I'm just addicted to that "scuplural" aspect of crochet !
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28  Finally some Cactus Mitts for myself !! in Knitting: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: October 18, 2007 01:42:18 AM
I made tons of these last winter, finally a pattern I can't get enough of..    They're just so quick it's more than instant gratification !! Grin

Anywho, the other day I ran into this handspun yarn by our very own Rachel-marie on Etsy and the colors were SO calling my name I had to buy it !!

Then the day I received the yarn I couldn't resist and cast on right away... Of course I started knitting two right  mittenettes so it took a little more.. but Ta Da !! My first winter FO this year !!  Grin Grin
(I'm just so happy because I have so little knitting time this year..  Tongue )

Sorry for the funny look, I was holding the camera remote-control in my mouth..  ;-P

Pattern  : Cactus Mittenettes by ChezPlum
Yarn: Handspun by Rachel Marie at KnittyDirtyGirl.com
Needles: US8 (5 mm) straight needles, + 4 same size dpns for thumbs (that's another reason why I love those so much, they're knitted flat)

They're super warm, and I have one hank left.. so I'm now planning a matching hat !!  Wink

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29  My striped Baby Bolero from One Skein in Knitting: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: August 19, 2007 11:44:42 AM
12 days ago my niece was born and I suddenly felt the urge to knit something for her... I wanted to try the Baby Bolero from One Skein, and after deciding the yarn and a couple days knitting.. Here it is !!

On top of the stipes I made a couple mods on the pattern; Changed the decreases and increases, no eyelet motif of course (busy enough with those stripes!), added some shaping to the sleeve holes (I hated how the original boxy look) and replaced the ribbing with a simple crochet edging...

All in all I loved making it, so quick and a nice pattern, and Love the final result. I'm sending it tomorrow to my SIL, I hope she'll like it too !
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30  Re: Plumetis or the "finally-it-fits" cardi ..(pic heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: August 06, 2007 12:40:18 PM
I don't think I would have had the guts to undo something I spent so much time on, no matter what I thought of it!
Ha, I guess it's become second nature to me.. I keep on unraveling stuff again and again each time I design something new.. like right this moment I'm knitting directly from unraveling my first time..as usual..   Tongue
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