• hooded scarf, écharpe-bonnet


    I so much enjoyed the warmth of it, the softness, the way it can be wrapped around me …


    Yarn=Kauni, double, needle 6,5





    Les derniers jours, elle était mon compagnon quand je sortais, elle me gardait bien au chaud en m’enveloppant bien tendrement …


    Laine = Kauni, tricotée en double avec un 6,5mm

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  • Ravelry Casilla

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    So I made it to write down already one of the patterns … it’s CASILLA, the throw or blanket or bag or shawl or poncho … whatever you want to make with these granny’s surrounded with our without the border I designed.

    The pattern available on Ravelry explains how to construct the granny and how to add this border. You can eventually change the size, the shape … and also use other yarns to make one … everything is possible  and
    explained in my pattern (clic here).


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    Voici donc enfin un des patrons promis : CASILLA

    Vous pourrez en faire un poncho, une couverture, une étole, un sac … tant d’options avec les granny’s !.

    Le patron que j'ai publié sur Ravelry explique comment faire le carré et comment faire la bordure que j’ai rajoutée tout autour. Rien ne vous empêche de ne faire que l’un ou l’autre. Vous pouvez tout aussi bien utiliser une autre laine, d’autres coloris … le tout est expliqué ici ...


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  • let it snow...



    We were warned by all weather-people on all media…


    I’m living on a third floor and even there, snow came over east- and west-side balcony-railing of my flat. Even when it’s dark outside, light reflects on sidewalks and roads.


    Lucky me ... I can see it from the warm side of the window.



    And I wanted you to see my “new-this-seasons-card-hanger”, (clic to see how to make it)  but this time filled with cards … and there are still coming in the letterbox!
    Makes me happy to see them!

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  • i'm not sleeping beauty ...





    Not much life these days on this blog, due to a lot of other things to do, to finish, creating …
    As soon this will be translated,  I can publish the patterns on Ravelry … promiss, it will be done this month!!


    Un peu absente ces jours ci, mais trop occupée à finir, à créer, à peaufiner …
    Encore quelques traductions et ces patrons seront sur Ravelry … je promets, encore ce mois de janvier.






    Entretemps l’hiver s’approche un peu, après les jours gris, un jour de soleil, et maintenant la fine blancheur sur le sol, les toits, les voitures, les trottoirs qui ne sont plus nettoyés par … personne …
    passez une bonne fin de ce weekend frisquet !


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  • rope crochet


    For those who are following me on Pinterest (I’m not yet addicted but it’s close J), you’ll noticed that I pinned this technique on my Crochet-board. And as I’m curious, always ready to try out something new, I had to give it a try.


    I made already a lot of baskets & bags in crochet using only single crochet stitch, as well with thin yarn as with thicker wool or cotton or synthetic yarns. And I learned that the firmer your way of hooking (J), the sturdier the basket becomes, or if you prefer, if you use a hook smaller than usually needed for the kind of that yarn, you’ll get a sturdy result. That is so for any project - not only baskets - in crochet (also in knitting…).
    As well as in opposite, very loosen stitches gives a very supple and flexible result.

    So I wanted to try hooking a basket round a rope as shown on the picture.

    I made in the past baskets using the same principle of twisting fabric round a cord-cable and then sewing them together – machine or with hand stitches: it gives a wonderful result. And it reduced my fabric-stock and made place in my shelves  J!!!
    So here we go ! 

    This is the first one that I made with this technique, sometimes also found on the net as ‘rope crochet’. It was a gift for my V.

    Starting with a rope (or cord or wire) of 4 mm diameter (thickness) and cotton yarn with a hook that fits the cotton thread … very stiff result indeed!
    The basket stands beautiful straight and I’m delighted.

    Especially because it’s easier to crochet; you need less power to tighten the stitches as the rope gives it a ‘body’


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    I changed color on the go, and remember that for changing colors, you need to finish your stitch in the new color. 
    I worked in simple spirals, so my colors are jumping from one row to another. The yarns used are all cotton.

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    Look here how I’m taking my little pieces of yarn while hooking my stitches so that I don’t have to weave them in at the end.

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    So I got on with another one, this time a bigger one and with an oval base and where I combined cotton rope and nylon rope,  both 4,5 mm diameter.  I used about 60 meters rope for this basket.
    The yarn used is black thick cotton, and later on I used very thin variegated yarns, but worked with four threads at a time.

    I noticed no difference between the cotton rope and the nylon one; they give (surprisingly) the same result used with the same yarn.
    Next one I’ll make with a reinforced clothesline and see what that gives.

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    The pictures don’t give the right colors … flash or not, it’s not really what it is!
    Meanwhile I have a wonderful new bag-basket (don’t know how to call it exactly…).

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    For the handles I simply didn’t attach my single crochet stitches to the row below, just made them round the rope for a length of 10 cm (exactly at the same place on the other side!) so I have an opening to put my hands through.
    But of course, you can add another kind of handle afterwards!

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    I finished with a row of crabstitch on this one.

    And then the test with thinner rope … and there it has disappointed me a little because I didn’t obtain any stiffness at all!

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    My little basket I made just by tight single crochet (green one hereunder) has got more body (was hooked in single crochet but firmer),
    than the one with the fine cotton and rather flexible rope of 2,5 mm diameter
    and dark blue woolen yarn. (same quality 100%wool for both).

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    So next time
    I know that for a bag-basket-box with sides standing straight up, even with thin yarn, I’ll use rope of minimum 4 mm.

    Another remark to make is that if your yarn or thread for the crochet is thin, you’ll see the colour of your rope!
    If you don’t want your rope or cord being visible through the crochet-stitches, then you’ll have to cover it entirely with your yarn-thread, and thus you’ll have to hook with double yarn or with thicker yarn!
    I don’t mind that it comes slightly peeping through the crochet, but it’s something to consider, especially if you use different colors or types of rope in one single project, what might happen if you have different leftovers of ropes.
    ... Could give an interesting result ...

    See hereunder the difference in firmness and solidity between

    the bag on the left which is just single crochet stitch in wool

    and the one on the right I just finished with hooking round a rope of 4,5mm.

    Huge difference!

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    I liked this technique, and I certainly will make some others, as I found in the DIY-store nearby some inexpensive interesting rope …

    getting addicted to basket-making ??
    blame it on Pinterest  Knipogen  !!!


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  • AIE - Janvier

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    J’ai vu le message de VéroRêve hier … c’est ici, et cela me tente !

    Donc voici … elle et nous (celles qui suivent) 
     vous donne un rendez-vous chaque troisième jour du mois
    avec …   « AIE »    (et non ce n’est pas pénible !)





    Est-ce que vous nous suivez ???? 

    C’est le parfait moyen de découvrir d’autres blogs, d’autres créations, d’autres idées, …

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  • artistiquement votre...


    A very special present for V&M from their little Q : his first artwork that he made while I was keeping him … Fifteen months old, and I must say that I have the luck that he can’t yet talk about it and let the cat out of the bag J . We kept the secret!
    He made his art on the low coffee table, which was covered with a plastic tablecloth. Meanwhile I  was trying to tell him that, no, those markers are not going elsewhere than on the table, that it does not taste sweet, that there’s only one part of the marker that marks the canvas (while the other marks cheek, hands, ears) …. But even then this wouldn’t be a problem because those colors are really disappearing very easily with simply water.
    So this was a total surprise for the parents who didn’t expect to get this from their little boy. It’s already worth a million in our heads

    Voici le cadeau spécial que le petit Q (âgé de 15 mois) a fait pour ses parents. Pendant que je le gardais je lui ai laissé carte-blanche devant un cadre entoilé, tout blanc (au départ), et avec des feutres spéciaux pour ‘bébé’, il a joué avec les couleurs. Je devais l’aider à comprendre qu’un feutre n’écrit que d’un seul côté, qu’il faut l’ouvrir et ce n’est pas le capuchon qui colorie, que non cela ne se mange pas, que l’on ne va pas se promener avec tout ça entre les doigts vers le fauteuil, mais que l’on reste bien au-dessus de la table de salon couverte d’une toile cirée, que l’on garde le nouveau tablier couvrant tout le devant et les côtés du son corps, … bref : des moments remplis de beaucoup de bonheur ! 
    Et la surprise pour ses parents était totale puisqu’à quinze mois, il ne risquait pas encore de dévoiler le secret 
    J à qui que ce soit avant la remise du cadeau. Et j’ai bien veillé à enlever toutes les couleurs des mains, oreilles, joues et nez après la création de son chef d’œuvre !
    Je peux vous dire que même qu’il aurait colorié le fauteuil, ces feutres s’enlèvent d’un coup avec un peu d’eau.
    Faudra donc pas nettoyer sa toile à l'eau ….






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  • Calendar - January

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    And here we go, as usual, first day of the month with a view of what I’ll be seeing on my kitchen wall during the month coming up … this year it’s a calendar that caught my eye because of the fresh look, the nice designing, the beautiful colors, and the short quotes. Hope you’ll enjoy it during this year 2013 which I hope will be good for you.

    Nous voici pour reprendre l’habitude dans cette nouvelle année (qui j’espère a bien commencé pour vous tous et toutes) : chaque premier jour du mois vous verrez ce que je vais voir durant tout le mois  J . Et j’espère que cette année 2013 sera très bonne pour vous.





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