Cherish Cowl: Phase II

Cherish: Phase II

About Phase II

In the mornings when I awake and begin to crochet or knit with my morning cup of coffee while listening to the news, my legs remain warm under the blanket, Mojo providing additional warmth as he lies nestled between my legs. Meanwhile, my shoulders and neck are freezing…but, not anymore!

Designer Notes

Using the general crochet formual for a circle, calculated the number of edge stitches on the cowl, this time taking into consideration, the adjustment that had been made at the end of round one to accommodate evenly distributed petal/scale placement.

88 stitches.

Next I divided the number by eight for even increase distribution and started increasing to my shoulder width. At that point, I stopped increasing, hoping for a more immediate shaping, which did not develop, and ended with me frogging back to the last increase row.

Well, at least I am going to cherish this creation.

Cherish Cowl

Cherish Cowl

About The Project Name


  • protect and care for (someone) lovingly
  • hold (something) dear

Cherish by The Association

Cherish Cowl
Cherish Cowl

About Cherish Cowl

The yarn for this project was gifted to me by a friend from first grade, whom’s mother pass last year. I thought I would make something for my friend, but her favorite color is purple, not pink. 😀

Dear God

Please inform Mrs. Yamamoto (Kat’s mom) – if she doesn’t know already – that her yarn stash has been discovered and is being converted into something practical for Hooker Leo, who is ever grateful to have extra yarn with with to research and develop, and keep warm.

I had seen a stitch previously on YouTube that I intrigued me. It is called Serpentine Stitch. However, I did not visualize an item – except an afghan – that would satisfactorily incorporate the stitch pattern. This led to a little research and development…and I came up with this petal-like, scale-like, biased texture by alternating a one-stitch shift/yarn-color change every other row: Shifting Serpentine Stitch.

After seeing the difference in size between wear-by-my-mother and wear-by-myself, I would have to size down the item for pattern writing. So Cherish cowl will certainly be cherished by me, a WIP (work, in progress), as I develop a poncho type item that will keep me warm in my orange garage-apartment.

Cherish Cowl
Cherish Cowl

About The Yarn

Caron Premium Acrylic

Care: Machine washable, warm water, any detergent. Machine dryable, regular cycle, needs no shaping.
Color: 2511 Rose
Content: 100% Premium Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted*

Caron DuPont Acrylic

Care: None
Color: 0029 Rose
Content: 100% DuPont Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted+

I love the fact that there are no laundry instructions on the yarn label. To me, it’s a nod to the old days when people just knew how to wash clothes! 😀

Dimensions: 15-inch diameter x 5-inch height

88 sts – 15/14 = 73/74 sts feels more snug…comfy 😉 will require further arithmetic

*Based on Yarn Label suggested hook I/needle 8 size
+based on A Hooker’s Touch 😉



Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Project Name

Cha Cha Heels by Rosabel with Jeanie Tracy

This song was the first that came to mind when I started making this shawl. My second thought went to Dawn Davenport of Female Trouble. Then I laughed at how far my project name is from the original pattern name.

Care: Hand wash. Do not tumble dry.
76-inch wingspan x 10-inch depth
 USD $270.00 *

* Inquire 25% Friends & Family Discount

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Pattern

Pixie Ruffle Shawl by Susan Sheby

Easy to follow. Loved the method of creation and might have to investigate this model further for a bigger crescent-shaped shawl, though this one really expanded without my realization.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Yarn

Colinette Tagliatelli

Color: Fire 71
Content: 90% Merino pure wool, 10% Nylon
Weight: 5, Bulky

Surprised to learn of merino wool content; nylon stretchiness apparent. Easy to work with. I was needlessly concerned about ribbon-twisting affecting knit pattern; as I learned I could knit right through twisting, work with ribbon became even easier.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

Design Notes

I was smart this time and alternated between two balls of ribbon every two rows, so I would not have an issue with pooling pattern shifting.

One Way Or Another: Inception

One Way Or Another

Objective: [One Way Or Another I was going to] turn a cone [ROCHELLE DYERS – PROD DATE: Jan 19, 1998 – LOT #: 1857 – COUNT: 1/16 – COL: FAIRWAY ROYAL – BLEND: A/P – P.O. #: MP11-14D] of 1-ply, natural fiber, thread into a 4-ply natural fiber thread to match a 3-ply, presumed natural fiber, grey thread.

I’ve spent more than half the morning trying to accomplish this.

Aiyaa! The minute the cake flew off the winder, I knew I was in trouble.

When my 2-ply cake thread broke, I resorted to winding a second cake.

Upon my final 4-ply, I kept pulling up clots, which at first I broke and knotted. After getting too many in succession, I figured I would just make a knobby thread, but that won’t match. I will just cut off excess.

The picture shows my waste on the left. I dare anyone to try untangling that much thread.

This will be my new carry-along project, which I will create with a simple repeating stitch and no pattern.

In the end, I discovered that the presumed natural fiber grey thread was actually a man-made fiber…aiyaa!

Get Off Of My Cloud Shawl

Get Off Of My Cloud

About The Project Name

Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones was inspired by the ribbon used to make this shawl. It could also be a snub to any competing designers, as I managed improvise invisible increases. 😀

Because the yarn manufacturer was unidentifiable, this item qualifies as an ODDBALL.

Dimensions: 36-inch nape / 58-inch wingspan / 16-inch depth
Price: USD $50.00, less 20% environmental donation

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About The Pattern

Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane of Involving The Senses

Clear writing makes this pattern easy to follow. If you follow the link, you see that I took the yoke of the cardigan and converted to a shawl pattern. The reason I liked it was because I though it would consume my last spool of ribbon; if if it did not, I could probably improvise some increase with some help from other knitters.

Shalom Cardigan only includes three pattern repeats. I still had ribbon. So what I did was take the previous increases and increased the stitch number by one. It seemed to work, except for the border, which because of it’s shortness, turned into a mild ruffle, which is okay by me.

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About The Yarn

Care: Consult a dry cleaner
Color: 1304 [Off-White*]
Content: 70% Cotton, 30% Viscose
Weight: Unknown

Get Off Of My Cloud

* Hooker Leo designation due to missing information



Red Blooded Woman Cowl

Red Blooded Woman Cowl

About The Project Name

Red Blooded Woman by Kylie Minogue

I kept thinking blood with the dark red colors. A “red” search of my music library revealed Red Blooded Woman and a lightbulb turned on. I’ll tell you by the end, I was “hot-“tempered trying to make a border on a very loose fabric to hide some wonkiness.

The more I look at that first image the more it reminds me of a heart! <3

The designation of this project is on hold for the moment, as I am not sure to whom it belongs. The yarn was scooped up from the charity table at the end of my last guild meeting. I asked if it was free, received confirmation from another member – I think it was Kathy McF – and took it. Like I need more yarn!

I need to stop doing that; the good thing is that I work it up immediately. So it’s in and out. Besides, my UFOs are piling up!

I suppose because the item contains both labeled yarns and oddballs, I think I will donate it back to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Charity Division.

Dimensions: 30-inch diameter x 11-inch width

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About The Yarn

Gedifra Barocco

Care: Hand wash. Do not Iron, Do not bleach. Lay flat to dry. Professional dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 1741
Content: 38% Nylon, 38% Acrylic, 21% Wool, 3% Polyester
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Calisson d’ anny blatt

Care: Hand wash. Do not bleach. Do not iron. Professional dry clean. Cold water.
Color: 119
Content: 30% Cotton, 29% Acrylic, 22% Polyamide, 19% Viscose
Weight: 5, Bulky

Premier Starry Night

Care: Hand wash, cold water
Color: 37-03 Chinese Lantern
Content: 90% Polyamide, 10% Gitter Yarn
Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown 1 (Mohair Blend)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 5, Bulky*

Unknown 2 (Sparkle)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine Cooler*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 3, DK*

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* Designation by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label

Middle of the Road Shawl

Middle of the Road Shawl

About The Project Name

Middle of the Road by The Pretenders

I just heard it. Pretty much captions my own feelings regarding any emotional growth I might be making.  Middle of the road appropriately captions the past forty-eight hours of computer-generated aggravation u-turning one-hundred-eighty-degrees back to a happy Leo. Finally, it also indicates to me that this shawl appears unfinished.

Because this shawl is made from unidentifiable balls of wool, Middle of the RoadShawl qualifies as an ODDBALL.

Middle of the Road Shawl

About Middle of the Road Shawl

Care: Consult a dry cleaner.
Dimensions: 54 (W) x 24 (D) inches
Price: USD $50.00, 20% of this purchase will be donated to Container Recycling Institute

Middle of the Road Shawl

About The Pattern

Crochet Comfort Shawl by Caron Design Team from Yarnspirations

Easy to follow, however, I am not satisfied with the final shawl shape. As you can see below, the wingspan is not a one-hundred-eighty-degree horizon. To me that would be the ideal shape, which I am visualizing as more trapezoid. There is a chance that I did not follow the pattern correctly, and if it is my mistake, I will admit it in the next post. ?

I will be making a second, practice shawl, whereby I will be adding the missing segment…and I am going to increase the size maintaining the same, or similar, border.

Middle of the Road Shawl

About The Yarn

Unknown Yarn 1

Color: Mint Green*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted

I just found out where the name Mint Green comes from: the color the mint gel turns the mint chip ice cream. ?

Unknown Yarn 2

Color: Sunflower*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per burn Test
Weight: 4, Worsted

Such a happy color.

Unknown Yarn 3

Color: Emerald*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per Burn Test
Weight: 4, Aran

Yarn three – unlike the picture below, which is high in blue – the border yarn is more deep green – green-blue, if you will. And… the yarn is a solid color: the difference you seen below is daylight reflecting of the sheen of the yarn.

* Color names assigned by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label

ODDBALLS Giving Back To The Environment


It’s official!

ODDBALLS – a division of A Hooker’s World – has found and chosen Container Recycling Institute – a local environmental charity – to receive twenty percent of all proceeds from the ODDBALLS sales line.

This decision was inspired by A Hooker’s World’s recent affiliation with Neighbors by Design, whose mission is to use the resources of our community by recycling and creating products made out of materials that otherwise would end up in the landfill. To that end, the ODDBALLS line of handmade fiber items shall be composed of scraps/leftovers from whole projects, unidentifiable fibers; all of which shall be “up-cycled” into new practical items. Attempts will be made – via burn test – to determine if unidentifiable fibers are natural or man-made.

“A Hooker’s World is proud to support Neighbors by Design’s innovative and much needed idea to save the environment for future generations. They challenged us to see what more we could do and “LIGHTBULB!” How about giving back to the environment? Hence our decision to donate twenty percent of all proceeds from the ODDBALLS line to Container Recycling Institute.”