Of Cats And Dresses

Gentle reader,

Our move to the new house is slowly approaching, and I’ve tried my hardest to overcome my penchant for procrastination with some success. I’ve made a little headway with packing, but perhaps not quite as much as I’d like. It can be a bit difficult when you’re trying to pack in such a small space;┬ámaneuvering around stacks of boxes with not a lot of wiggle room and such. And, some of the other tenants have not been much help:

"What're you looking at me for?"

Ah well, I’ll get there eventually. Meanwhile I’ve had a little more success with Marelle’s crochet lace dress. I’ve finished the bodice and the first pattern section of the skirt. Hurrah!

Marelle's Dress; Coming Along.

I hate packing, but I love unpacking and having a blank canvas. Do you love or hate moving?

– R

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Judy’s Bolero

Gentle reader,

Well, it’s been quite the Pierrot party around here! Just before I’d received my yarn parcel from them, I had completed a crocheted bolero from one of their free patterns. I had started it quite a while ago, but a monogamous crafter I ain’t. But, my dear friend, Judy, who I made it for is off on a trip to Europe in the next few days (totes jel!) so I had to get my ass into gear and finish it so she could take it with her if she wanted to.

Judy's Bolero

So, some crocheted edges, blocking and Express Post satchel later, here are the pics she sent me! I have to be honest, I’m very happy with how it turned out. There are a few things I’d do differently next time, but they’re nothing that affects the finished look.

So, the nitty-gritty:

There pattern is called Bolero by Pierrot Yarns (of course) which you can find on Ravelry or the Pierrot website (it’s image #027). It’s not in English, but the charts are impeccable, so don’t let that phase you.

I used Morris Paddington yarn, which I love to death. It’s 80% bamboo and 20% wool so it’s crazy soft and smooth and has a beautiful drape to it. The pattern calls for two 5 ply yarns held together with a 7mm hook, and while Paddington is a 6 ply my tension is quite tight so it was even-stevens. For the Ravelry peeps, you can check out my project page here.

Perhaps I’ll have to make another one with Pierrot yarn as well? ^_~