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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Foliage Capelet

This will probably be my final FO of 2005 (maybe). I saw this beautiful yarn in my LYS the other day and had to have it. It's done in Berroco Foliage. Really simple... only took two evenings.

A couple of you have inquired how I am able to produce FOs as quickly as I do. Good question. Well, I guess I'm just a fast crocheter, not Lily Chin fast, but pretty fast. Plus, I'm always crocheting. I can't sit and watch TV without a hook and yarn, my hands have to always be going!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Beaded Bolero

This is the Lion Brand Romantic Bolero. The pattern suggested Lion Brand Glitterspun which is around $8.99 per skein for 115 yds. Not that I'm cheap, I just like what I like and I'm not a fan of "novelty" yarns. If I want to pay that, I'll get something great that feels wonderful against the skin. So, I decided to go with Cascade 220 - $7.00 (Yeah!). I thought this would be a difficult project because of the beads but it wasn't at all.
Made a few changes:
For long sleeves, the directions stated to continue in pattern until row 25. Tried on, still 3/4 length. Had to take the sleeves to row 33. I omitted the buttons, I didn't feel the need for them. For the edging around the front and neck, I did 3 rows of single crochet. On the third row, I decided to add more beads in a picot stitch. Wore it out today when I went to my LYS and the ladies really liked it. They told me I should start teaching crochet in there. That's a thought I will consider!

Monday, December 26, 2005

Anthropologie Inspired Midnight Capelet

This little capelet/shrug was inspired by the "First Frost Capelet" from Anthropologie's Gift 2005. Very simple, done in raglan form form the top down. I have seen knitted versions of this on Craftster and on Jewell's blog. This was done in Bernat Soft Boucle.

Cool Crochet's - Fiona Dress

This is my version of the "Fiona" dress from Cool Crochet. I had done this dress a while ago, but I was never satisfied with the straps. I removed the first set and re-did them and now I'm quite pleased.

BTW, I guess you all can tell that I got a new digi cam for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Black & White ZigZag Scarf

Another scarf that is the product of de-stashing. Made this one from Lionbrand Wool-Ease.

Bohemian Scarf

This scarf was done in Patons Bohemian - wandering wines and Flutter - black.

Beaded Fringe Scarf

I was looking for an idea for a scarf for a Christmas gift, so I decided to de-stash. I used TLC Cotton Plus in black and Dazzle, one strand of each held together. I did the fringe in Dazzle only and added ruby red glass beads.

Technicolor Cardigan

This was a fun project to do. This was loosely based on Kristin Omdahl's Swirl sweater. I made a few changes:

  • Single yarn color - Berroco #3144- Technicolor.
  • Added several more rows to the body.
  • Changed the sleeves... worked the pattern's version first but they looked awful on me. The came out 3/4 length! Not a good look on some one of my stature. Worked the sleeves seperately in DCs and sewed them to the body. I love seams because they give the garment a more tailored look.
  • Decided to go with an "off-the-shoulder" double-breasted look. Used 6 wooden buttons positioned in an arc.

Overall, I was pleased with the way it came out. What I didn't like about the original pattern is the fact that it did look like it would give a tailored look and that's a must with me because I have a 28" inch waist and 42" hip (yeah, I know). Also, I don't think the designer had the tall woman in mind when she wrote the pattern.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Can't they tell the difference?

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As I flipped through my stack of holiday greetings, bills, catalogs and magazines, I came across the January issue of Elle magazine. I always flip frantically through major fashion mags looking for just one glimpse of a crocheted garment when low and behold in the "ElleFirst Trend" report I spot the caption -- Crochet Club! Wow! How excited was I? Very! O.K., I read on and see "knit pieces"? WTF?!?! Are the writers and editors at Elle, you know the ones that sit front row at runway shows, that stupid unfamiliar with the fiber arts that they can't tell the difference? These are the people that fashionistas look up to as a guide on the latest trends and this is what they serve me? Let's see, from the title, one can assume that the article is going to represent crocheted garments, but yet they continously describe them as knit! This is the main reason why I have to always explain to people the difference between knitting and crocheting and how they are not the same thing.