Learn To Crochet

Life circumstances have forced me to seek out additional avenues of income. Fortunately, this is one of my most favorite. In addition to my experience, I have plenty of patience. My teaching experience includes teaching adults, as well as children, and teaching at yarn trade shows.

Finally, you won’t find a cheaper price for crochet classes at any local yarn store. I live in Culver City, and have a pleasant back yard full of plants and flowers. Since I am male and am very aware of people’s caution/concerns, I am willing to meet at a nearby coffee shop for instruction.

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

On da Hook: December 23, 2016
Off da Hook: January 15, 2017
Pattern: I Say A Little Prayer Shawl by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Hook: US F – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: 56 (W) x 19.5 (D) unblocked; 68 (W) x 23 (D) blocked
Price: USD $95.00

The project name – I Say A Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick – represents my hope that the shawl shape would be what I hoped it would be, and thankfully, I was successful.

This is the first time I have used the Moss/Granite Stitch and the use with this yarn created a fascinating southwestern feel to the woven-like fabric. I tried to use complementary colors from the primary gradient, and think I could have done better, but am happy with my results. My stripes consist of two rows and occur every twelfth row.

Bonus: Discovered that rayon can be blocked!

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

More Prayers Needed For I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

I Say A Little Prayer

Aiyaa! These damn meds are really screwing me up. Even this morning I was having a hard time staying awake. I suppose the I should be grateful the fog cleared enough for me to notice my error. I had to frog eight rows because my symmetry became askew. Two rows down, need to re-crochet six.

I think staying up late watching Grimm and Emerald City did not exactly contribute to focus on my crochet. I blame super hot David Giuntoli, Sasha Roiz and Oliver Jackson Cohen. The good news is that I slept through the night for the first time in over a month…no dreams, nasty or otherwise.

Must crochet faster!

Project Change

I blame my meds and poor lighting for the constant fuck ups on International Bright Young Thing. It is simple knit: only garter, six increases every other row, three on each side. Yet I keep getting uneven stitch counts on either side. Aiyaa!

Maybe it’s time to do some crochet on I Say A Little Prayer. I am using – what I have come discover is called – Moss Stitch, also known as Granite Stitch, and I am loving it. It reminds me of knitted linen stitch, but much faster. By chance I happened to check inside the cone to see if I had stored the yarn label in there..voila! The yarn I am using is Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon).

I Say A Little Prayer
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International Bright Young Thing: Change of Plans

Yesterday upon starting International Bright Young Thing in pattern – Drachenschwanzschal “Summerfeeling” by Monika Cyrol – I went supernova when I realized I was now encountering a stitch count problem again, in the increase row. I am pretty sure I know where the problem is; it’s that “1K re.” I believe it’s an increase, but this 1 increase still does not make up the difference. I also don’t believe I am actually being listened to or there is a possible language barrier. Oh well, NEXT!

Wanting to just start something, I changed the pattern to 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport. It is going well, despite one tinking occurrence of about two and a half rows, which I was able to repair without making it worse. 😀

International Bright Young Thing
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International Bright Young Thing: Inception

International Bright Young Thing
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Now that Over The Rainbow has been forced into hibernation due to broken needles, I am ready to begin International Bright Young Thing, a knitted shawl.

DoubtThe project was inspired by the color of the yarn matching the color of Jesus Jones’s album Doubt.

Pattern: Drachenschwanzschal “Summerfeeling” by Monika Cyrol

Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [natural fiber, per burn test]). In its natural state, it appear like a dk cotton, but once I cast on, I could feel an elasticity and it feels like polyester. Anyway, I started on US 6 needles because I thought it was a dk weight. it would be light enough for the airy shawl design…wish I had some beads for weight.

Because I am not familiar with the pattern, this will be my home pattern for right now. I think the pattern will be easy to memorize and I should be able to move along quickly.

I noticed an error in the first row and contacted the pattern writer. I was shocked that despite her inability to knit at present, she corrected her PDf and sent me notification. Very impressive!

Over The Rainbow: Hibernating

Over The Rainbow
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Now that I have been forced into retirement, I can finally be anal about my blog posting, as I have plenty of time now…and I am loving ever moment despite the interruptions that might occur. Like broken needles, forcing Over the Rainbow into hibernation until I can get new ones. An email inquiry has already been sent to my vendor, FoxyKnits. I am await a reply.

Because I have more time, I have time for ultrasounds of the baby before it is done. I don’t remember how I acquired this yarn: Universal Yarns Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock (93% Acrylic, 7% PBT [is that peanut butter and tuna? Eek! acually…] Polybutylene terephthalate), but it is perfect for 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport as I can just keep knitting until I have no more and I think approximately 940 yards on size US 4 needles should be enough for a decent neck/shoulder accessory…definitely enough for a nice facial accent with its bright colors. The yarn is soft and I think I am detecting a bit of elasticity.

The name Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland is an obvious complement to the color of the yarn, technically: 101 Trapeze.

Pineapple Princess Shawl

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On da Hook: November 8, 2016
Off da Hook: January 8, 2016
Pattern: Sidewalk Shawl by Kimberly K. McAlindin from Red Heart North America
Yarn: Unknown: (Fiber Content: Unknown [Natural Fibers (per burn test)], Yarn Color: Unknown [Grey]; Yarn Weight: Unknown [0, Lace])
Hook: US H – 5.00 mm
Dimensions: 144 (wingspan) x 40 (depth) inches (including fringe)
Price: USD $75.00 (25% discount for friends and family)

Very simple pattern, which I am man enough to admit I was all ready to criticize because I was not a fan of the flat bottom, even while blocking. However, I am here to say that it is most appealing after blocking, revealing a more shallow recess.

My project name – Pineapple Princess by Annette Funicello – was inspired by the date I began, near xmas…Mele Kalikimaka… Anyway, the yarn to me is very medieval grey with a shallow sheen of glitter and flecks of pink and blue. It was a little difficult handling the fine yarn with my old hands, but got through it. Towards the end got a little frustrated with having to frog a couple rows every three rows due to lack of attention; especially considering the fringe afterward, which I hadn’t done in so long, I forgot how time consuming it can be without short cuts. In the long wrong it really pays off. I am glad too, to have mad this with a lace weight yarn versus the aran weight for which the pattern calls.

I think I have enough yarn left to make a knitted shawl, something with a solid stitch pattern…yeah, that’s what I’m’a gonna do!

Spare Wheel Crochet Cozy

Crochet Spare Wheel Cozy
courtesy Susan Yorshis-Miller

An high school friend of mine that I recently reconnected with sent me this picture. I am pretty sure she took it while out-and-about in Los Angeles.

I love it! I can tell just by looking at it that it was crocheted.

What do you think?

ADDENDUM: I just learned that this picture was taken out-and-about in Granbury, Texas! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Bad Blood Scarf

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Cast On: December 20, 2016 | Bind Off: December 27, 2016

This is a gift for the pharmacist that assisted with my prothrombin time (PT) testing when I was on Warfarin. I’ll admit that I had a bad attitude when I finally met him, but his personality disarmed me of my attitude and I started liking him…more than I should. Solution: add him to my xmas list and make something for him, so he’ll never forget me. Ha ha ha ha ha!

I was initially going to do a huge cable bordered by another stitch, but could not find a border stitch that I liked. When I got started I totally screwed up the cable. Aiyaa! I started searching for a pattern that was interesting and masculine. I finally found this: Staggered Rib Scarf by Suzie Blackman. I like the pattern, but, as usual, I had to make some adjustments: the most important being:

  • cast on should be even sets of multiples of 2; example: 28 (/2=14) versus 30 (/2=15).
  • sl the first st of every row purl-wise and k the last st through the bl for a more even edge presentation

Recently I heard that a mans’ scarf should measure 5 feet, that men don’t like long scarves. This presented a dilemma for me, as the recipient is at least 6 feet tall – mmm, mmm, mmm! I like’m tall! – and I usually make scarves to a person’s height. Finished measurements: 62 (L) x 6.5 (W).

The yarn I used is Newton’s Yarn Country Worsted Acrylic on US 8 needles. The project name Bad Blood by Neil Sedaka – comes from the fact that I have bad blood…oh, and I just love that song!

Coincidentally, I just discovered this is the second Bad Blood project I have made. The last one was Bad Blood Cowl made during the hospital stay that reignited my whole bad blood situation.