So what the heck am I doing with French patterns???
Lots & lots, I hope....look what came in the mail yesterday! (Yes - I am well aware of the irony of this post right on the heels of yesterday's. Pretty cool, eh? hehehe):
In exchange for a hard-to-find book from the States, Daniela (my new knitting buddy in France) sent this package. In it was the Bergere de France catalogue filled with samples of yarn & pics of gorgeous patterns using the yarn:
That braided construction really fascinates me. :::Grin::: The very best part about seeing all the patterns in the catalogue is the fact that Daniela also sent me the "Explications Tricot" - the knitting instructions for all of these:
(By my calculations, there are 125 patterns! Holy cow!) So many more women's patterns caught my eye, but I can hear the dial-up people out there screaming, so I'll move along. :::wink::: Doug liked almost all the men's patterns (miracle of miracles) and here are a few I picked out (I've lightened a couple so you can see the detail a bit better):
Oh yeah - the instructions for this:
which started this exchange, are also included. :::Grin:::
However, the instructions are in French, so maybe I should start with something a little easier...say...one of these:
So many choices, so very little time!
Daniela also enjoys beads & beading, so she sent me these as a little extra something:
How lovely! She's obviously been paying attention to what I've been making lately - I just love the colors she sent. :) Daniela - thanks again SO much for everything. It doesn't take much to make my week and you've overwhelmed me. :) The patterns are beautiful and as soon as I figure out the instructions, I'll be off!
Oh yeah...I also received this yesterday:
But I'll take pity on everyone & review it another time. (Psssst - I love it! LOL)
Now - I'll take pity on Vera and talk about Romantic Cardi. What I've changed is....wait for it....the yarn I'm using. Yep - the 8 or so inches I had complete with the taupe ribbon is no more. I finally measured the thing & realized it was about 3" smaller than the schematics showed. That usually wouldn't be a huge deal, except for the fact that it's a "V" that goes around your neck and if the points are each 3" short, the whole front of the cardi is ruined. Figuring that for once gauge had really tripped me up, I tried the pattern with Cotton Ease, which is a bit thicker than the Microspun called for.
And I still didn't get the thing big enough. Hmmmm...since I'm not a tight crocheter, I'm thinking the gauge or the schematics might be a wee bit off. What I ended up doing was adding 24 stitches to the original chain - 12 extra stitches for each side - which gave me the 3 more inches I needed for each point. So - Vera - before you go farther than the first couple of rows, be sure & measure your "V" to see if it matches the schematics!
I'm not upset, though - all I've lost is time. :) The new yarn is, of course, Cotton Ease. At first I tried the Strawberry Cream and got this:
All I could think of was "ruffly pink bed jacket" so that got scrapped. Wanting a color I'd wear quite often, I settled on Candy Blue, shown here with a background of Wrap Sweater stockinette sleeves:
The sweater sleeves are at 15" and counting - I'm almost at the end of my two CE skeins - I have one full skein waiting in the wings, however, and that should be enough to carry me through. I'm hoping to have another FO by the end of the week - I just love this pattern. I'm crossing my fingers that it will fit, however - it was hard to figure that wrap front!
I'm off to do taxes today, too. Oh, joy, eh? I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a refund!