Archive for the 'Crochet' Category

Bored on the plane?

August 1, 2008

Crochet Beanie, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Yarn: Cotton Ease
Pattern: based on Garn Studio
Needles: 3.5mm Crochet Hook

From this little corner of the world, surrounded by swamp and the ocean, one needs to get on a plane for a change of scenery. A 5 hour flight from Fort Lauderdale took us to Salt Lake City and another 5 hours drive away we were in the Grand Tetons and on our way to Yellowstone. Add those hours together and one gets a lot of crochet or knitting time!

Yes I was able to take the crochet hooks with me, even the aluminum kind, no questions asked by the airport security personnel. There are of course plastic versions if you have any worries…

Crocheting helped me quit smoking, I wish my husband would like to give it a also helps you keep your cool on a plane, especially when you got your cheap tickets in the last row next to the lavatory, where everyone seems to form a huge line after drinking about 50ml of water.

You can also choose to work on a smaller project that you can even finish by the time the plane lands and you can have a useful item to wear during your stay.

My crochet beanie has seriously been used as a sun hat during the day, with the ear-flaps lifted and it also holds some warmth during colder nights in a tent.

Bacteria and my crochet beanie

From the top


Beautiful Broomstick Lace!

March 17, 2008

If you don’t have an email with this subject “New Pattern: Hourglass Jacket = Beautiful Broomstick Lace” in the inbox already, you might want to check out the Stitch Diva Studios‘ website and have a look at their VIDEO tutorial:

They offer this lovely jacket pattern to apply you new learned skill.

Be creative “Samantha”! you can even use your broomstick to design your own fabrics!

I can’t wait to find the perfect yarn for this and start crocheting!

On my wish list:

Crochet Top

February 12, 2008
Crochet Top, originally uploaded by fmirela.

YARN: cotton (probably size 10 or even thinner but a little stiffer then usual). No idea how many yards, let me know if you care, I can weigh this.
Hook: 1.7mm
Pattern: Hungarian pattern from some nameless old magazine.

My mom started crocheting this top, while enjoying her winter vacation here in sunny FL. She translated and wrote down everything for me as vacation was over too soon. I wish she could have stayed longer, at least long enough to finish this – that is at least a few more weeks…

I liked working on this pattern. It was very easy to follow and count in my mind, had very little unraveling to do. It worked up pretty fast for such a thin yarn and hook.
I thought to myself I will try to create similar items from the 500 crochet patterns I have in a book…we’ll see…

My favorite thing about the top is that I can wear it over a camisole or a long sleeve fitted knit top, with different colors under.

Here’s a comparison:
Crochet Top
Crochet Top

Thank you mom for starting this!
Thank you Marius for seeing me the way you do in your amazing pictures!

Knit and Crochet

January 7, 2008
Knit and Crochet, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Knit and Crochet
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Catania
Pattern: Modische Maschen 06/1991 Vichy Top
Needles: Lower part knit with the Bond using No.1 plate.
3.25 and 3.5 Crochet Hook

This is a quick project thanks to the Bond! My mom knitted the front and I did the back on the Bond USM.

I have shortened the length and started with 70 stitches cast on instead of 100 like the pattern said. Did 80 stitches in the back so it would not end up too tight…
The bust panels are hand crochet and it took me about 8 hours to finish them, while we were driving to Busch Gardens, Tampa and back just before New Years.

Gosh I love those roller coasters!
Gwazi, Kumba and last but not least, Montu on which I have been 3 times in a row and would have gone again if they wouldn’t have closed the park…Good thing I have a 2008 pass and can’t wait to go back.

The lower crochet part is done after the front and back have been sewn together, using a 3.5 crochet hook.

These little Lories from Butterfly World loved the crochet top!

6 Lories 1 Me

Christmas Tree and Endless Summer Luna Top

January 3, 2008
Christmas Tree, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Yarn: Endless Summer Luna from Elann – 4 balls
Pattern: Honeymoon Cami
Key plate No. 1 on the Bond Ultimate Sweater Machine

I have made plenty of changes to the pattern:

Instead of doing the ribbed edge I replaced it with a scalloped border inspired by Heidi’s machine knitting charts.

The V neck with this yarn and gauge is too deep, so it ended up in the back of my top. I redid the front the same way as the back, but I had started decreasing the front V and splitting the work only after I had decreased for the armholes.

Detail - Mother of pearls straps
For the straps I’ve used square mother of pearl beads that I had crochet together using a stitch similar to the hair pin lace crochet.

To finish it I’ve made a row of simple crochet stitches around the neckline and armholes.

I am still having issues with my gauge and the Bond. The top is a little larger and longer then I had wanted.

I enjoyed seeing the scallops take form immediately after I removed the work from the machine.

I love this yarn, it is very shiny, smooth and comfortable even for hot weather.

I wish you all a creative, productive, healthy and Happy New Year!
May all your wishes come true in 2008!

P.S. Thank you BurdaStyle for the amazing tassel!

Modische Maschen 1991 Vichy Top

December 28, 2007
Modische Maschen 1991 Vichy Top, originally uploaded by fmirela.

I had no time to mention this but MY MOM is here for 3 more weeks, cooking, doing my dishes and laundry, and of course we are also sewing, knitting and crocheting together!

She already helped me out with a jacket and swim suit, from BurdaStyle patterns.
Just before my mom came I have finished a sleeveless top out of crushed velvet following the Danielle pattern.
There might just be an interview with me for BurdaStyle in BusinessWeek magazine, I’m not sure… although I did work for 3 hours with a famous photographer last weekend and am waiting to see where the story goes…

“I love the 90s!” NOOOT! just some of the patterns in these almost antique magazines my mom brought from Romania.

At the time I’ve first received this magazine, I remember looking for those cute sweaters with motifs like blond sirens, fish and lion puppies that would suite an 11 years old.

I think the Vichy pattern fits perfectly into today’s trends of the empire waist style.

My mom is learning how to knit with the Bond machine and started work on the lower body. In the meanwhile I’m waiting impatiently to begin the crochet section.

It is going to be made in a bright lime green Catania cotton yarn.

Mens Wear Coat & Projects

November 16, 2007

Mens Wear Coat, originally uploaded by fmirela.

just more of my Alice in Workingland designs.
I’m having doubts…
Should I keep drawing these or are they horrible?

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In the meanwhile I have been working hard on a crochet top. I have finished a crochet hat, started to knit on the Bond a pullover from Fitted Knits book, finished the front yesterday.

Next week I’ll be in the Grand Canyon modeling the new pullover I hope I finish.

I did not forget about sewing, and have so many plans in mind, like jackets and pants that I really need. I was just spending my time discovering Ravelry.

I have joined a local knitting group:
I hope I can make some time and join them Mondays at the cafe.

December my mom and dad are coming to visit all the way from Romania and they will be staying for a month!
I cannot wait to sew something with my mother again 😀

Ravelry – username “mirela”!

November 13, 2007

Thank you frecklegirl for the Ravelry invite!

It is neat knit and crochet community that rules!

It lets you organize your stash, needles and hooks, books, plan your work, share it, rate yarns and patterns and more!

You can subscribe to join an invite list here:

See what the rave is all about!!!

Vogue and Magazines

October 19, 2007

Yes, sewing, knitting and crochet books and mags from Vogue!
Vogue Knitting and Knit 1 – spring and summer issues, one fall
Vogue patterns – does not contain the actual patterns as I thought, just filled with ads and fliers. It does have some nice sewing articles.
The cherry on the cake: Vogue Sewing – the bible for sewing, from a dear friend.
I absolutely love Knitting Lingerie Style book and the top on the cover of Crochet Me mag.

Some kids blankets and crochet animals:

And a treasure find from a Russian store in my area: a magazine with beautiful sewing patterns and another for knitting. Although I cannot read these, I think I can handle the patterns.

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Sneak Peek

October 19, 2007

Just a sneak peek into the crochet jacket until I get to wear it.
Katia Jet yarn….bad choice for crochet, would buy it again for knitting.