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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Banjo bag and tons of Roselette tops !! 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..  :-)

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dancing poppies scarf and scarflette 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 !
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finally some Cactus Mitts for myself !! 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

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What do you use double ended hooks for ? on: September 02, 2007 12:24:37 AM
Hi, I just found a (long) double ended crochet hook yesterday at my local thrifstore, and being still quite a novice crocheter I don't know what you use those for..

A quick googling seems to suggest it'd be reversible tunisian crochet, but a lady said she could do a scarf in no time..

Any idea/suggestion would be appreciated, thanks !!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My striped Baby Bolero from One Skein 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 !
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some Aussie fauna on: August 03, 2007 05:01:44 AM
I finished those a month or two ago, all from patterns by Crochetroo.


They were really fun to make, and I still want to make a Salty Croc, maybe a full pair of the super cute Koala Booties.. Oh and I need to make another Gecko for my SIL too..  ;-)
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Plumetis or the "finally-it-fits" cardi ... on: August 03, 2007 04:40:29 AM
oops sorry for the huge pics, if sbdy knows how to make smaller clickable icons on blogger..? (haven't used them for ages :-?)

So about a year and a half ago I started working on a green cotton blend cardi. I decided on a lace pattern, basic semi-cropped shape, deep square neckline... and cast on.

At the time I was 6 months pregnant. I don't know what I was thinking but I figured I'd make it somehow a bit larger so it'd fit for the last stages of pregnancy + nursing..

But.. as always it took longer to knit than first planned and by the time I was finished my baby girl was born... And the cardi came out HUGE, didn't look nice at all (my partner said it looked like a potato sack on me..and I agreed despite the hard work !! ). Even the sleeves (meant to be nice 3/4 length) looked by butterfly wings.. but not in a nice way !

So this spring I frogged it all and started again, this time carefully taking all my measurements, decided on another shape & style in between... and TaDa !! This time it fits like a glove, I'm so happy !!
I think it's my favorite handknit garment ever..!!  :-D

28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Any empty needles to test a cardi pattern ? on: June 02, 2007 01:29:01 PM
Hi, once again I turn to my fellow Crafsterites and I hope it's ok to do that with all the new (good) rules..

I'm looking for a couple more testers for my Plumetis cardi, ideally in the larger sizes (M to XL).

Theres going to be 5 sizes, S, XS, M, L and XL (Bust 30/32, 34/36, 38/40, 42/44, 46/48 inches (76/81, 86/91, 96/101, 106/111, 117/122 cm)) and the original yarn is Gedifra Wellness, Gauge 18 stitches and 25 rows to 4/10cm over stockinette st. on US 8 (5mm) needles.

For more details you can look at my blog (in signature).. leave me a comment or PM me ... Thanks !!

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern testers/proofreaders for mittenettes on: January 31, 2007 11:55:39 AM
So Ive just finished editing the pattern for my Cactus Mittenettes, and although I've already used this pattern tons and have already corrected many mistakes, typos ect  Id love to find a couple people willing to test the pattern again to get their feedback & catch any leftover typo plus tell me about any incorrect writing (english being not my native language )

The pattern includes instructions both for Malabrigo Merino worsted or Handpaintedyarns Colonia 140″, but you'd be free to use whatever yarn matches  either gauge options.
Only 85 m of yarn needed .. a real stashbuster !! Knit flat for the most part, youll only have to deal with dpn for 8 little rounds for the thumbs.
Believe me theyre quick to knit !!

Please PM me if you're interested.. or leave a comment on my Blog.  Ideally I'd like very quick feedback...   Tongue
Thanks !


EDIT: HUGE Thanks to all the people who offered to help, I've now found enough testers... You guys Rock !!  Grin Kiss
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kureyon beret and colonia mitts on: January 04, 2007 05:52:10 AM
Those were Xmas presnets for my SIL and MIL. I like to knit/crochet stuff for them, although I'm usually always late (my SIL got only ONE mitt in her stockings..  Undecided  )
Anyhow, here's the beret, made after a pattern published in Marie Claire Idees (that's a french mag). I thought I'd be ok with only one skein of Kureyon, but Ha ! .. Had to order more so it took much longer than it should have. (modeled here by my girl..)

And then here are my fingerless mittens, kind of assorted to a cardi I'm knitting as well. I loved making them, actually made a second pair with the same yarn (colonia 140), and then started a third one with some Malabrigo... So quick to make too. (I knit them flat, then sew them, so much faster in my book than having to juggle with dpns..)

(nb: please don't ask why one pic is larger than the other..resized them the same, and yet.. Ha the great mysteries of computing ! and no time to invetigate that now..)

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