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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / downsizing my babouches for babies on: November 02, 2010 04:08:05 AM
Last summer I made Babouches slippers for myself and loved them. And then suddenly the other day while hiking with my husband I thought "I should make some in baby size!!!" ha !!!

Baby Babouches by sylvchezplum, on Flickr

BabyBabouches1 (2) by sylvchezplum, on Flickr
So that night, once the girls were in bed I took my hooks and yarn, and it just flowed ! I had a small babouche... but not really small enough for a baby, rather for a toddler.

Baby Babouches row by sylvchezplum, on Flickr
Following that, I changed yarns, and tried lots of different tricks to make them smaller while retaining exaclty the same look which I loved so much. (you can still see the loose ends on some...) I think I got it now... and it's fun to see all those wee slippers lined up  !!! Now I just need to visit my cousin to try them on their baby's feet   :-)

Hope you like them ! :-)

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny square based slippers: a long process on: June 20, 2010 12:08:23 AM

Here are my newest slippers. I call them "Babouches". I love them, they fit really well following all the natural curves of the foot...  kinda was a long process though :-P

It all started with an idea. I started my first prototype sometime this winter, with bulky wool and really it was all wrong. Wrong yarn (super heavy slipper!) and wrong construction, it just didn't work out the way I liked. So that one stayed in a basket for months and months while I worked on other things.

Finally, about a month ago while talking to my daughter and staring at a granny triangle, I had a sudden inspiration for a totally different construction for this Babouche. I started right away, and that was the blue sample. I could see that it was "right", yet not perfect yet.
So I changed the size of my hook, refined the shaping of the heel, and Ta da... this time it was PERFECT!! :-D

I'm so proud of those, I made 2 more pairs since (including smaller ones for my daughter). And will probably make more... :-P

I hope you like them too  :-)
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / a skirt for my daughter's friend on: April 15, 2010 03:12:11 AM
Last week-end, my daughter was invited at her friend's birthday party. I recently started sewing again, so I decided to sew a skirt for the friend.

But, how to decorate it with ? You know, for that little special touch that will make it really special ? ;-)

I didn't have much time left (ahem, I'm your typical last-minute person) and whipped up a nice crocheted triangle from a japanese book, with some pretty contrasting cotton. I figured it would make an unusual pocket to her skirt :-)

I sewed in on with the sewing machine, but I didn't like the result that much. Next time, I'll probably sew it by hand, at least so it doesn't distort the shape and cuts the yarn in places when the sewing machine gets caught in the stiches. :-P
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / a story of hoods, and granny squares on: April 15, 2010 03:03:25 AM

I bought this jacket a couple years ago, the hood was soooo cute and I loved the cheery colors too. Both my daughters wore it, and the youngest still does. It makes me happy whenever she does. :-)

So when I started thinking about making them a new cardigan, I thought long and hard about how to  make a similar hood. AND to incorporate as well my current favorite crocheted feature, the granny square (& its variations)

After numerous sketches and ripping and recrocheting, here's the result. I'm so happy with it :-D
Only flaw is the hood is actually the right size for my oldest, while the body fits perfectly my youngest.. Ahem. Please pretend you didn't know ;-)

Then I made another one for my older daughter, this time without the hood. What I love is the feminine look of the flare given by the triangle grannies around the hips.

Now I totally need one for myself too. :-D

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty elf slippers, ... or princess shoes ? on: November 14, 2009 09:01:19 AM

I first discovered this very clever pattern via french blogs I follow, and couldn't resist. They're called "peter pan slippers", but I think they look like elf slippers, and to my daughters they're princess shoes ! :-D

I made 3 pairs already (for each daughter, plus for a friend but didn't take pictures) and there will most probably be many  more in the future !
I love them because you can adapt it to any yarn and any size, and my daughters wear them every day. Perfect to use up stash yarn, esp. the yucky acrylics... :-D And what's better than a handmade project that actually gets worn ?!! :-D

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crazy octopus hat on: November 14, 2009 08:46:34 AM
We have this crazy friend, we call him "poulpy" ever since he came to a party with a dead octopus on his head ( poulpe = octopus in french).

So when he invited us to his birthday, I knew I had to craft him something really special.
I made him this hat with old superbulky stash yarn, in his favorite colors !  Everybody had a good laugh, and the octopus is detachable so he can wear the hat without it for a more casual look :-D

I hope you like it :-)

17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby blankie and matching hat(s) for my niece(s) on: November 14, 2009 08:41:59 AM
So my grandmother has been making crochet blankies for each of her grandchildren when their first babies were born. We got one when I had my first daughter was born, and we used it a lot and I'll cherish it for ever.

But now my grandmother has Parkinson's desease and however hard she tries, she just can't crochet anymore. But I have a lot of cousins. And one just was due with her first baby this month. So I was really glad when my grandmother asked if I still crocheted (Of course !!!) and if I would make a blanket for my cousin. I jumped at the occasion of course.

The first step was to find suitable yarn as the yarn she originally used was no longer available from Phildar (yep, we're in France). Then I started to crochet the squares, and I used that fantastic join-as-you-go technique which saved me tons of time (totally love it!!). I'm now weaving in all the ends, before I can send the blanket to my cousin who has just given birth to her daughter.
And I made a little matching hat so that I could give her also a little something "from me" with the leftovers of the same yarn.. :-)

I also made another little hat btw, which I'll send soon to another cousin, who also gave birth to a little girl recently. Lots of cousins, lots of babies !! :-D

18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Starting my own Handspun/Fiber 2009 wall calendar on: December 04, 2008 01:48:45 AM
So I never managed to buy a calendar for 2008 and really missed it this year, missing all sorts of meetings and generally never really catching up on things. So I knew Id have one hanging in my kitchen this year no matter what.
I bought 2 yesterday (including a beautiful one for Rebecca Dautremer, just because its beautiful!). But I also looked around (ahem, meaning on Etsy) for a pretty fiber-oriented calendar but didnt find any. And tought why not make my own ?

Heres what I got to show for  yesterday nights work. What do you think ?
I kind of really like it, although I may change the background color. Its still a work-in-progress.. ;-)

Also, I now need to work on all the other months... :-)

Details and access to the full size size pic (if you'd like to print yourself a copy) are on my blog :

19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Out of my current fascination for granny squares : The Granny Mitts! on: October 22, 2008 01:22:03 AM
I'm currently in a granny square frenzy, making a comfort blankie for my friend, started a granny square hooded cardi and a capelet..

And then I had this idea for Granny square Mitts: once I decided on the design I actually crocheted them really quick, using 2 skeins of Noro silk garden in contrasting colors and my favorite 5 mm/ H hook.

I'm really happy with how they turned out.. :-D And my friend has already called the second pair her own ! :-)

I also made a third pair with some stash dk yarn and a 4 mm hook to add step-by-step photos in the instructions, and they fit my 4 yo: she was SO excited when she saw them !! :-)

I hope you'll like them..

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 years later : Vesty SKB 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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