Posts Tagged ‘FrouFrou’

FrouFrou, Finished

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

It’s done, edgings and all! She likes it, I like it, other people like it. It has come out long as a coat, rather than a jacket, but hopefully that will work for the springtime.

So there you go, my first wearable garment made, and I’m no closer to correctly estimating how far yarn will go than I ever was.

Onto the final colour of the Seraphina too, and nearly finished the February mat.

And one more book.
68. Spud Goes Green by Giles Thaxton

This is meant to encourage kids to take fun and practical steps towards becoming greener, but it is fun to read as well.

I’m falling asleep as I type. Goodnight.

New Pictures at last!

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Thanks to some discussions on the CLF board on Ravelry awhile back I finally thought of scanning some of my smaller projects, seeing as my camera is no closer to being fixed.

My NatCroMo piece before

Guided Freeform 003

and after

Guided Freeform 004

today’s instructions.

The scanner isn’t good at depth, it seems, but you can get a decent impression, I think.

The FrouFrou is too large for the scanner, but here’s the new cuff, at least:


And the February mat is now too large for the scanner bed, so I’ve done it in halves:

Guided FreeformGuided Freeform 001

Again the focal length isn’t quite right, but it’s better than no pics at all, I hope. (It’s a shame the two halves don’t quite match up, but if I had the patience to make that work I’d have better pictures for you altogether!)

Continuing the ongoing

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

I did more on the same three projects as yesterday, and I’m still happy with all of them. The FrouFrou has one cuff, and I now know how the edging works, so the other cuff and the front edging should go faster. It’s hot in the house and I’m tired, so I’ll try to do a big chunk on it tomorrow. The February mat is still in February, but is a good commuting project.

More and more other people are joining in on the NatCroMo game, and talking about it, so I’m delighted about that. There’s lots of other fun going on in the Ravelry group, too.

Ongoing Satisfaction

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

The FrouFrou is practically done! The actual jacket is made and sewn up (the front as I went along), and I’m going to do as much as I can of the cuffs and other edgings tomorrow night at the knitting group. My housemate tried it on tonight once I finished the second front, and it fits really quite well, so we’re both happy. We’ve agreed that it’s quite long enough at the back (which isn’t hanging quite evenly, but hopefully I can fix that) so I amn’t going to do the edging across the bottom, just up the front and around the shawl collar. I think that should work, and one of the other people on Ravelry mentioned the same issue.

The colour has come out really well, and apparently it’s nice and warm. I don’t know that it’ll get worn over the summer, but we’ll see. I’ll just have to remind her not to leave it hanging, as I believe that could lead to its getting even longer!

I’m also really happy with how the NatCroMo Freeform CAL is going. Ten of us have projects for it on Ravelry now, and I believe there might be another couple happening too. People seem to be enjoying both the crochet and game aspects of it, which is great. (It even reminded me of some of the books I am supposedly currently reading and need to get back to.)

And I got another day of the February mat done, so that is getting back on track too. Things are good.

The only slight bit of cloud about is not having progress pictures while everything is moving so fast, but I’ll cope. (My housemate did try lending me hers again, but her batteries went.)

Project Progress sans Pics

Sunday, 2 March 2008

The FrouFrou is coming along really well – I finished the first front today, and have just started a second ball of yarn on the second, and my housemate tried it on and the sizing seems just right. The sleeves are purposefully a little short just now, so the the edging won’t make them too long. I think the overlap at the front won’t be as great as it is in the book pictures, but that seems to be the same for several of those other people on Ravelry have made, so I amn’t too worried.

The NatCroMo Game CAL piece is coming along fine too. There’s very little catching up to do for those still have to join in yet! 😉

I was going to borrow a camera again to show both off, as I still haven’t managed to take mine in for repair, but I’m too tired. Hopefully tomorrow. There’s a good bit of progress on my Seraphina to show too, if not from today.

Seeing the abundant good, downplaying the small annoyances

Friday, 22 February 2008

How could one or two people behaving ridiculously completely wind me up, when I was literally surrounded by several other people choosing to give up their time to help me out with some serious work? I just mustn’t let them, that’s all.

In that vein, my housemate has offered to lend me her camera for crochet progress pics, which I’ve just taken, to get me through until I get mine fixed (if I’m organised I’ll get that begun tomorrow). I took all the pictures quite quickly, so the projects are a bit rucked up, I’m afraid, but you’ll get the idea.

Here’s the Seraphina:

The FrouFrou. (I amn’t staying exactly in the order the pattern suggested; instead of counting out where to start the fronts from, and risk making a fatal error, I’ve sewn up the sleeves already and begun from there. It looks a bit lop-sided because I’ve begun one front and not the other.):

The finished Sea Swirls Tablecloth. (You aren’t going to believe me that I ironed it flat now, are you? Obviously my blocking technique needs some work!):

The books are easy, as they don’t require my taking photos.

55. Living Kaddish by Rabbi Gedalia Zweig

As it says on the cover, the stories in this anthology are inspiring, both as to the importance of saying and facilitating Kaddish, and also more generally as to the taking on of commitments. It ends with some resources (explanations, suggestions, translation & transliterations) to help those for whom Kaddish is a new concept or experience. (It is not and does not claim to be a complete study of the subject.)

I am most thankful I wasn’t reading this book in a case of personal need (more because it was around, in fact).

56. Destination Detectives: United Kingdom by Rob Bowden

This was actually a pair of books, from Raintree’s Freestyle and Freestyle Express collections. Each one has the same photographs and basic information on the same page number, however the Express edition is written for those who find reading more difficult, with shorter, less complex sentences, less detail and a bigger font. They would work well in a group setting, where everyone can go to the same page number, and discuss the same pictures and information. This particular pair gives an overview of the United Kingdom, its countries and some of its weird and wonderful customs.

57. Usborne Famous Lives: Captain Cook by Rebecca Levene

Another in this series, and this is probably the person covered that I knew least about beforehand. I did think I’d heard of some controversy over Captain Cook, but this book doesn’t mention it. I could be wrong, quite easily.

What shall I tell you?

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

I don’t know how much point there is in telling you that my Seraphina’s Shawl is going really well when my camera isn’t working and I can’t show you. It is though!

That’s not what I’ll be taking to the group tonight, however, as the extra yarn for my housemate’s FrouFrou arrived today (many thanks to my brother and father for getting it!) and I need to get back to it. I amn’t planning on telling her until she asks (or reads the blog, of course) so it can possibly be a little of a surprise after all. So now I just have to work out how the front of that goes. And yes, I’m late in going (about two hours), but I have to wait to let someone in. Lucky the session lasts three hours, isn’t it?

And they’ve arrived, so I’ll tell you about the five books I read today at work later on. Bye!

In the Pink

Sunday, 3 February 2008

My second Pink Project scrumble is coming along nicely, and made for a nice way to spend Motzei Shabbos, playing with my new yarns. The wooden rack proved itself as well, being comfortable to carry my yarn selection up and down stairs, while leaving it easy to see what I had, which the cloth bags aren’t quite so good for.

I sorted through all the new (second-hand) crochet hooks tonight, as well, picked out a couple of sizes I didn’t have and put the others together to take to work for teaching with. There are several 4.5mm hooks, and others from 3mm-8mm, so it’s a good range for using with normal yarn.

I don’t think I said, but I’ve finished the back, sleeves and collar of the FrouFrou, leaving just the front and edgings to do. Unfortunately I’ve got to put it aside as I’m also practically at the end of the yarn, until I can get some more. I’m hopeful I will be able to, but… It wouldn’t be a problem were I already up to the edgings, as those could be in a different colour, if necessary, which I probably could get, were I not to be too fussy, but doing the front in a different colour would be silly, I think! So in the meantime I’ll be working on other things!

I didn’t get as much reading done over Shabbos as I’d have liked, but it was nice and sociable, which I do need in my life, so I amn’t complaining!

Looking right

Sunday, 27 January 2008

I’ve got a good bit done on the FrouFrou over the past few days, so it is just possible I’ll get it finished by the birthday it’s for. If the yarn lasts out.

What I have might do the whole thing, or it might do all but the edgings, or it might not even do that; I really amn’t very good at estimating these things. I’m hoping I’m going to be able to get more the same, but amn’t sure when I should start buying. I don’t want a big gap in time, but I don’t want loads of this stuff over either. One day I’ll work it out.

(The sleeve to the right is the same size as the other, by the way, it’s just lying over the back of the sofa.)

Artful Progress

Thursday, 24 January 2008

I do believe I’m halfway through the FrouFrou! I can’t be exactly sure how long the edgings or sewing up will take of course, but I got lots done at the knitting group tonight, which is good, as I’m in the ‘boring bit’ (32 long rows with no increases or decreases or anything) so distraction and encouragement are all beneficial. (It would be far worse if my housemate were larger – more longer rows! I’d probably do it anyway, though.)

I’m just under halfway through the yarn I’ve got, so it looks like it will be enough after all. I may have to unravel some of the swatches for their yarn, but that would be okay. The Amelie doesn’t much like being frogged, but seems to cope with it fine. I’ll try to post another picture tomorrow, since there has been an appreciable difference since the last one.

I read three different art books at work today, which were all pretty good, and very different from each other.

27. The Art Book for Children: Book 2 by Amanda Renshaw

This volume follows the layout of the first Art Book for Children, with the same quality as the rest of the Art Book series. My one qualm is that I found at least one interpretation, or at least the argument given for it, rather unconvincing. No-one would deny that Amanda Renshaw and her team know far more about art than I ever will, so I’ll presume there are more pertinent details I don’t know how to interpret, but I’d hate to think that the readership of this book are being given sloppy reasoning.

The painting was Jan Steen‘s The Christening Feast and the question, which of the many women in the painting is meant to be the mother of the infant? The father is assumed to be the only man in the picture, who is holding up the baby.

The book says the woman on the right gesturing expansively from the cooking pot must be the hostess and therefore the mother.

However, considering this woman seems to me to be dressed more like one of the servants on the far right, I personally wouldn’t have thought that. I might have taken her for a wet-nurse. The father and the women seated around the table all look rather better dressed. My own assumption on studying the picture would be that the mother is one of the two women to the left who are being cosseted, although the seated one does still look pregnant. It could be the one in bed.

One of my colleagues at work thought it might be the standing unbonneted woman with her back to the viewer, because she is dressed in the same red as the baby.

28. Seashells by Josie Iselin (photographs) and Sandy Carlson (text)

This is a beautiful book in both its photographs and layout. It’s concise-but-very-clear descriptions of the shells were most interesting.

29. Artists in Their World: Salvador Dali by Robert Anderson

It’s very descriptive of the artist and his influences, without mud-raking.