This is my first project for Joey's Knitting House KAL. For this month there were four projects to choose from, and I had my eyes on the first one - the light yellow shrug and tank combo. However I couldn't find suitable yarn for it from my stash, and didn't have a whole lot of time to go shopping for yarn, I decided to start with the third one - the green lace crochet bolero. It just happened that I have an odd ball of Filatura di Crosa Brilla in my stash (rescued from one of the odd ball bins at a LYS), the gauge worked out perfectly. And thus I headed to a LYS, picked up more balls and started this project.
This photo is closest to the true color. 這張照片最接近原色.
I felt the front pieces have more difficulties (with the neckline and armhole shaping), so I started with the back piece, to get familiar with the pattern and hoped the front pieces would be smooth sailing. I was only about 2/3 of the way through the back piece when I realized this is not an easy and quick project as I first thought that it would be. There are so many 3-chain picots!! TOO MANY!! Picots slowed me down, especially I am a tight-hand crocheter/knitter. Another challenge is this yarn is splitty. There were countless times where my hook failed to catch the entire strand and had to retract and redo a stitch. Not fun at all.
This photo has a bit too much flash in it, the color is too light. 這張照片裡閃光燈太強, 顏色有點太淺.
I made a small modification at the sleeves. Because the yarn felt a bit stiff when crocheted, the edges of the sleeves flared up so much that it almost felt like I had two flowers at my shoulders. The original pattern called for 12 pattern repeats, I changed it to 11. This reduced the flare a bit, and it looks better now. For a softer yarn, I think 12 pattern repeats would have been okay.
I was tagged by my Cyber-Knitting Friend, Andrea. 被網友 Andrea tag 到啦!
So, here are my 8 things: 1. I love both knitting and crochet. But if I have to pick one, I'd say I love knitting more. 2. I knit with circular needles only. I have a set of straight needles and some DPNs, but have stopped using them ever since I met Addi Turbos. Love Addi's. Although I just recently broke down and bought myself the Knit Picks Options. No verdicts yet, since I haven't used them... 3. I love coffee. And just coffee, with a bit of half-and-half. I am past the espresso and frothy drinks phase. I would bypass Starbucks and go for Peet's if there's one nearby. 4. I majored in computer science in college because it's easier to get a job. If I can start over, hmmm... is there a knitting major? 5. Chocolate for me used to be just okay. I liked it, but did not love it. But ever since I gave birth to my son, my love for extra dark chocolate is here to stay. 6. I love both dogs and cats. Unfortunately I am very allergic to cats - thus no cats for me... sob... sob... sob... 7. My all-time favorite Taiwanese snack/dim-sum would be "smelly tofu" (literally translated) - it's deep-fried fermented tofu served with soy sauce, hot sauce, and kimchee. It's an acquired taste, but boy! Do I wish I can have some now! 8. Since my son's birth, I quit my job and became a stay-at-home mom. Every Tuesday my MIL comes over to babysit, and I get to leave the house and do my things. After running errands, I go to a coffee shop or a cafe, find a nice spot, sit down, and knit till it's time to go home... (hence the title of this blog)
This crochet bolero is really quite simple. It would probably take about 3 days (3-4 hours per day) for an experienced crocheter, I think. Crochet for me is still a bit challenging. I think I tend to put too much pressure on my left thumb when I crochet, thus my left hand gets tired very easily. My right hand, although holding the hook, has no problems. I don't seem to get tired with knitting needles though. When I crochet, I have to take short breaks every few rows. It just slows the whole process down. That's one of the reasons why I don't crochet as much. But recently I have been tempted by all the beautiful crochet work in the blog world, I have added a few crochet boleros and shrugs to my wishlist. This bolero is from a Japanese pattern book I bought at San Jose's Kinokuniya. The content of the book is mostly small decorative items such as bags, doily, coasters, slippers, necklaces, ...etc., which usually are not my cup of tea. But when I saw this bolero, I just had to get the book. Let's hope my interests for the other designs in this book will grow with time.
The construction was simple, I did not have any problems. The cumbersome 3-chain picots along the edgings of the entire garment slowed me down though, just the 4-row edging took me 3 days. But it is still faster than to knit a lace bolero, I think!