Thursday, April 10, 2008

My Favorite FO Ever

But first, an update on other projects.

Man, am I ready to get this Cycling Aran out of my house. It was zipper's fault. I really loved knitting this sweater. It will be the warmest sweater my brother has because I held the DK/Worsted double. I know, I know too thick but I wanted it extra squishy because of the cables. Oh well, he can pull it out next winter. Just a few more stitches in the zipper, then it's off to big brother.


I've been trying to be good (environmentally conscious), so I whipped up these crochet grocery bags. These bags are really strong and stretchy and quick to make. Very easy pattern, but because of the continuous increasing and decreasing, I wouldn't advise making these bags sleepy or tipsy, LOL.

I made the Ribbed Lace Bolero for Teddy Bear. The Easter outfit needs a post of it's own and I should be getting the kids ready for bed now, so next time. Long story short, much to my disappointment Teddy Bear has developed a strong opinion on what she wears. So all my Easter dress ideas went out the door when we got into the store. What a shame, some of the dresses came with matching dresses for your dolly too. "No! I don't like that one." She got on my last nerve. I'll have to make her put the dress back on for a picture. I hate how the Lace Bolero came out by the way, but she wore it anyway.

And finally. I really do think I've made my favorite FO ever. When flipping through the Spring 2008 Interweave Crochet online. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this magazine because this Floral Lace Belt just called me. The largest size called for 10 motifs but because I measured my waist and divided that by the width of each motif, I decided to make 12. Too big! But this is o.k. I'll come up with a different closure than the ribbon one shown. I thought that making this belt would be like going to Universal Studios and learning how Star Trek is made (totally taking the mystery out of the whole thing), but no. I was still fascinated with this belt when it was done and can't even believe myself that I could make something so beautiful. It was easy. Am I bragging? Well, whatever. I just love this piece, O.K.?

Teddy bear is already hatin'. "Where's mine?" I'll get to it, because for some strange reason I have the crochet thread called for by the pattern in almost every Spring color.

My next venture will be the China Doll Top on the cover. There are detailed instructions for shaping for almost every figure even the busty AND hippy like me. I'm so much deeper in love with crochet right now.

12 comments:

TurquoizBlue said...

Your belt is beautiful and that look is very much in style right now.

Zuleika said...

Great FO's!! That sweater looks so cozy and warm! I would love to make my own shopping bags, but seem hooked on the store bought ones. I think because I always remember I need the bags when I'm out shopping, and just end up buying them while I'm out. :-)
I love that belt! The stitch is gorgeous and it really is flattering on you. :-)

del said...

You should brag, that belt is soooo pretty. Just airy & delicate & feminine. And you are GOOD for making your brother that sweater. Great work.

Virtuous said...

I luv your crochet belt!! Perfect color and perfect for spring!

Great FO pics too! You lookin' good gurl!

gold said...

That sweater you made for your brother is beautiful!
And I am loving that belt!!Great job!!

Knitaholictoo said...

oh that lace belt is on the money! Very nice! Big bro should appreciate such a lovely hand-crafted gift.

NikkiJ said...
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NikkiJ said...

Thank you all for the complements. Do you know the editor of Interweave Crochet marked my belt as a favorite in Ravelry! This is so cool.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Oh, I was looking at that belt to decide if I should make it. Seeing yours now, I will. You've got some wonderful projects there. I love the Aran Cycling Sweater and recently had to frog mine. You will have to visit my blog to laugh at why.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

You've got some beautiful projects here. I looked at that belt and was undecided. Seeing yours, I will now make it. Love the grocery bags. I love the Aran Cycling Sweater. I recently had to frog mine. You'll have to visit my blog to laugh at why.

Cat said...

I agree, you've created some spectacular stuff here !!!

Sheila said...

The cycling Aran sweater is fierce and the cables just call out perfection. Your brother is such a lucky guy. Ok the belt... is down right beautiful... and it looks great on you... Go on continue bragging... you got the rights.