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31  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
32  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..)

33  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.

34  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 !

35  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


36  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...
37  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
38  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:

39  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
40  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.  ;-)

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