Monday, July 19, 2010

FO: Short & Sweet

Fell in love with this yarn when I found it on sale at Ewe'll Love It [Ravel It!] ages ago. Of course I had to wait for it to speak to me about what it wanted to become. Either that or wait for a pattern to call out for the yarn! Whichever way it happened (how can I possibly remember we're talking over 2 years ago now!) the yarn and pattern came together for a great garment!

Project details:
Pattern: Short and Sweet [Ravel It!] by Angela Best [Ravel It!] published in Stitch 'n' Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker [Ravel It!]
Size: L
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton [Ravel It!] in Borealis (love this colorway)
Hook: Brittany 5.0mm H hook, 5.5mm I hook for edging
Pattern Changes: added some overall length, being the amazon woman that I am!
Previous Posts: Last Progress Report and Initial "Startistis" Post

FO: Into the Woods

Well at least it was called it "Into the Woods" when Robyn [Ravel her!] blogged about it back in August 2008!! Yes this is another almost 2 year old project for Robyn. My job was the sweater main body and pocket pieces.

It is still on my queue for my husband.... but not so sure I could finish off the 4 zippers as well as Robyn did. After her amazing finishing job, Robyn took this photo of the vest modeled by her husband.

Since it is now published, I can fill in the details a bit..

Project details:
Pattern: Rugged Winter Vest [Ravel It!] by Robyn Chahula [Ravel her!]
Source: Crochet Today Jan/Feb 2009 [Ravel It!]
Size: L
Yarn: Moda Dea 'Bamboo Wool' [Ravel It!] (now discontinued, but was a great soft wool)
Colorway: Dark Gray
Hook: Brittany 5.0mm (per usual for Robyn's patterns, I had to drop a size)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

FO: Drops 89-15

I love this sweater!! If you've ever read this blog before you know I love Drops Design patterns [Ravel It!]. They are designed well, they use charts, the garments are flattering... you get the picture. I love the subtle designs they create with every day crochet stitches to achieve interesting crocheted fabric. This pattern used BLO dc and cross dc beautifully (IMHO).

Project details:
Pattern: Drops 89-15 "Crocheted cardigan in muskat" [Ravel It!] by Drops Design [Ravel It!]
Size: L-XL
Style: I considered the collar to be optional. I chose to not add it.
Yarn: Reynolds 'Madrigal' [Ravel It!] (discontinued.. a JCA find for me)
Colorway: Speckled Natural
Hook: Addi Turbo 3.5 mm hook
Pattern Changes:
  • Shaping - I started with a longer chain to accommodate wider hips (!), decreased for waist shaping while adding more rows to accommodate my height, the followed pattern to increase for bust
  • Collar - I did not add the collar.

FO: Austen Lace Muffler

One benefit of delayed blogging is I can come out and tell you all about contract crochet projects because publication has already happened! I worked on this project for Robyn almost 2 years ago now and it was published in Interweave Crochet Fall 2008 as Austen Lace Muffler [Ravel It!] The yarn, Blue Sky Alpacas Royal [Ravel It!], was absolutely scrumptious to work with. I can only imagine how amazing it would feel against one's neck. Soft doesn't even begin to describe it.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm back

Simply put here's where i've been...

Wordle: Life

I've also been crocheting a little for myself, a bit more as a contract crocheter, but mostly overwhelmed by the above. I'm trying to dig out and mount a comeback onto the crochet scene!