Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The first Bolero I ♥ to wear!

I always wanted to have a crocheted bolero to wear and tried to make a couple of things wearable before, but this is the FIRST one I can wear comfortably and I really love it! It was done over the weekend, you know how excited I was working on the finishings! It came out much much more beautiful than I expected!

Actually I started to work on this bolero several months ago but then I just kept getting distracted by many other projects so it had been in my WIP's bag for a while, until I took it out last week and tried to get it done.

In case you are wondering, I made this bolero using a pattern I by chance found on Picasa, in chart form. I will soon upload the pattern to share you all when I find out where it's hiding in my computer - I just printed it out to follow the instructions and cannot remember what folder I put it in - but it must be somewhere within this small machine!

- Thread: DMC cotton thread No. 10 (1 ball is enough for the whole body, a little of the second ball is mainly for joining and making the borders).
- Crochet hook size: 1.8mm

Don't you just love these lovely fronts?

And a close look at the stitches... It's so soft and the creamy color is just so sweet enough for me to look at it, hold it, and feel it all the weekend!

I love every detail of the bolero, but the most wonderful thing is it fits me sooooooo well, just like it's just for me! See how it looks on me - sorry for the "model"! :)

A look from the back... Surely my tank tops are all ready and happy to go with it!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wishing you all a beautiful rest of the week!

~ See you soon ♥

UPDATE on Sep 9, 2012:

Here is the link to the pattern on Picasa.

Note: I added 7 rows more for the lower body parts and 3 more rows on the upper parts (as seems the cotton 10 is quite thinner than the one used in pattern).

Monday, August 13, 2012

~ Lovely goodies and an award ~

Hello all, how are you doing? I hope you all had a great weekend and your new week ahead will be a beautiful one!

It's been over a week since my last post, sorry for the silence, work has been quite busy lately! Thank you so much for all your kind comments, your messages, your words of encouragement really made my day!

Well, not much for today post, I just would want to share with you some lovely goodies I bought from a lovely lady on Ravelry last week. She has some beautiful yarn for sale there, I checked out her stash and picked these beauties out:

Two balls of Vanna's Choice Baby, Aqua, one is wound into smaller balls.

Caron Simply Soft in Country dark blue. I see some bloggy friends using this type of yarn very often for their projects and I would want to try also, but it's not available at my local craft store here, so I took all three balls and love it!!

Caron Simply Soft Paints, also very soft and has a lovely variegated colors - Oceana.

Naturally Caron Country, in my favorite color... Soon I will find something beautiful to make with this lovely yarn!

And these Paton's Brilliant in lilac are just so soft and beautiful. This type of yarn has been discontinued, there were only 6 balls left in her stash so I took all. I've been thinking of knitting a top with these, and I'm still looking for a pattern to try!

I've never used any kind of glitter yarn so far, but it looks just cute so I took 2 balls, this can be something fun for my baby projects... ;)

The package arrived quite fast and here is all the yarns I have bought from her:

Look at the picture below, except a set of DPNs size 3 I also bought in the same order, all the rest are included in my package for free! Knitting needles - used and new, 11 pairs in total and a pair of Takumi circular needles together with some stitch holders - she offered them all for free as I was buying her yarns!

Other than that, below is some lovely stuff she included, a small ball of Simply Soft paints in rose garden and some bows, flowers,.. she made for embellishment and gifted to me as well. How nice!

But the best part is this pair of barefoot sandals - also a gift from her! I'm going to have a vacation and these will be something very cute with me on the beach, and very sexy, too! Thank you Denise, for such cute stuff on our first deal! I love them all!

And, one more thing to share is, I have received this "Liebster Award" from Miss Beena Stephy over at Beena's Creations. Thank you very much, my friend, for thinking of me and has passed this award on to me, I'm so honored!

I just googled the word "Liebster" and so fun to know it's German and means "Dearest", or "Beloved"! Go check out Beena's "Dearest" blog, her embroidery is amazing!!!

Thank you everyone for stopping by, wishing your days are all gorgeous!

Take care and best wishes ~

Saturday, August 4, 2012

~ Grass and Flowers Crochet Bag

Hello everyone! I am very happy you like the dotty square pattern on my last post. Thank you for all your sweet comments and compliments. I really appreciate! I made 24 squares and here is what I turned them into: a granny bag! Some of you guessed I would make a blanket - that's a lovely idea for my next projects! :)

This bag actually was done, packed and sent to the birthday girl on July 31, but I was unwell and too busy the last few days to post about it. I made the same bag a while ago, with solid granny square pattern and different type of yarn. I'm still using it and love it.

I worked very hard on the lining for this bag. My previous one doesn't have a zipper so I'm afraid to carry important personal stuff like a wallet or so. This time I managed to sew a zipper to secure the bag, and a small zipper for the small inside pocket too.

Even this little piece to hold one end of the zipper took me a lot of effort - sew and unsew - again and again until I got pleased with it.

A look from top with the zipper closed:

I named this bag "Grass and Flowers", as I love the "green grass" look when it was all joined together, the dots in center of each square and the lining fabric are beautiful flowers that I really liked. The only thing is, it no longer stayed with me!

Thank you so much for dropping in. Wishing you all a gorgeous weekend!!!

~ See you soon! ♥