Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Red berry beret

Is it me? Or is blogger having a fit again? It took me several attempts and about two hours to load any photos today. Kinda like my newly finished project. Several starts, several kinds of yarn and I only got going after Jeannette at the crochet clinic showed me the error of my ways.

Here's what it looks like on me.....excuse the poor lighting. I had the geezer take a pic before 7am this morning in the brightest room in the place, which happened to be the kitchen. And yes, I'm sitting on the kitchen floor under the skylight. Its still too early for natural light.

I've used just under two balls of the baby cashmerino in the red, which I picked because it appeared to me that the pattern called for 5 ply yarn. Well, that's what I deduced. The pattern is from another japanese craft book, so its really pot luck with the yarn sizing. I might try it again using 8 ply wool to make it floppier next time.

As for the sewing tips posting, thanks so much for the lovely feedback. I'm collecting topics right now to start it off on this blog. I'll post tips once a month.

But first of all (a bit of disclaimer), you need to know that I don't have any formal training in dress making. Everything I've learned I picked up along the way from my mum, various sewing teachers and by endless unpicking of crap stitching on expensive fabric. You learn real quick when you're using good fabric. What I'm trying to say is, I'm no expert sewing guru. But I'm happy to share what I know. Hopefully, the little tricks are as useful to you as they are to me.

Now that we're clear on that, I can get on with my day. The next post will be the first sewing tip, because its time again for some more sewing.



CurlyPops said...

I love your beret. I've been looking everywhere for a hand knitted or crocheted beret for winter but I can only find them in kids sizes.

Tamara said...

Oh, I love it Jade. I wished you lived closer and could teach me how to crochet. I have tried to teach myself but,no it didn't really work.
Look forward to your tips

fiona said...

love the colour the shape everything!!are you sitting in the naughty corner?

Donna said...

Yeah blogger is at it again Jade. I couldn't load anything today either. Love love love the beret. I just wish I had a face and head for hats!

Belinda said...

Gosh you didn't muck around. I can't believe you have finished it already. Look's great!! I'm in awe of your crocheting and the short period of time it's taken for you to pick it up.

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh Jade, you're on a roll with the crocheting -- it's adorable! It looks like it fits very well too. Great job!

de vliegende koe said...

Love your berry beret!
Blogger is really giving trouble. I visited 6 blogs in one hour, took ages to load pages and to leave comments... After leaving a comment blogger tells me an error has occurred... I give up...!

Crochet said...

Hey buddy,beret looks gr8.I really love ur blog.U r doing nice piece of work.Thanks a lot for sharing with us.
keep up the gud work.

Jelly Wares said...

The beret looks great Jade!!! Looking forward to your next post... I wonder what sewing tip will be up first. :)


Anonymous said...

All that trouble just to post your beautiful beret.
So glad you took the time and finally got there.
It looks great.

Florence said...

I love your beret - the colour and shape are gorgeous. The crochet clinic sounds like a fantastic place - I got stuck at practically the first hurdle when I attempted some.