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

ODDBALLS

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.”

Anna Sun Cowl

Anna Sun Cowl

About The Project Name

Anna Sun by Walk The Moon

Anna Sun Cowl
Anna Sun Cowl USD $50.00

About Anna Sun

The second of fraternal twins made from the same set of oddballs.

Anna Sun represents the use of all my heavier, bulky-weight yarns. Again, because there are different weights of yarn with different fiber contents (man-made and natural, all per burn test), there is some cinching of the width in some places, and again, if the cowl is doubled- or triple-wrapped during wear, the cinching becomes unnoticeable.

Dimensions: 116 (D) x 4-5 (W)
Price: USD $50.00, less 25% donation to an environmental charity a la Neighbors By Design

Anna Sun Cowl
Anna Sun Cowl USD $50.00

About The Yarn

Lion Brand Homespun

Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester
Yarn Color: Blue*, Purple*
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

Trendsetter Blossom

Fiber Content: 73% Nylon, 27% Viscose
Yarn Color: Purple*
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

I was able to identify the Lion Brand Homespun because I like it so much for it’s color. The Trendsetter Blossom was a unicorn tail with label attached.

* Yarn color unidentifiable due to missing information and/or label.

Anna Molly Cowl

Anna Molly Cowl

About The Project Name

Anna Molly by Incubus

Anna Molly Cowl
Anna Molly Cowl USD $30.00

About Anna Molly

The first of a set of fraternal twins made from the same set of oddballs.

One yarn was labeled, but I lost it. 🙁 Because I the yarns were different weights, I had to double-strand some, which accounts for some cinching of the width, but while wearing doubled-up, it becomes unnoticeable.

I think I will try to sell first, as I have a business plan now and could certainly use some additional income. 🙂

Dimensions: 28 (L) x 4 (W) inches
Price: USD $30.00 (25% of this purchase will be donated to an environmental charity, a la Neighbors By Design.

Anna Molly Cowl
Anna Molly Cowl USD $30.00

About The Yarn

Italian Ice-Knit One Crochet Too

Fiber Content: 61% Cotton, 26% Linen, 13% Viscose
Yarn Color: Light Blue*
Yarn Weight: 4, Aran

Only one of the oddballs had a label and it was a only a unicorn tail at that; all other yarns were, indeed, oddballs without labels.

* Yarn color not indicated on the label.

Anna Molly & Anna Sun Scarves: Inception

Anna Molly & Anna Sun Scarves

In an effort to clear the area in my living room of all my stash and product, I decided to sit and sort – weight, fiber content – through my last bag of “oddballs.” In the end I decided to split the bag between light and heavy yarns.

Today I am, hopefully, going to finish Anna Sun – by Walk The Moon; Anna Molly – by Incubus – might be done, but I am not sure yet. Again, I have not decided whether to attempt sales or donate to charity.

Get Off Of My Cloud Shawl: Inception

Get Off Of My Cloud Shawl

In truth, this is the third to last thing that was on the same shelf that needed to be worked up into something. Immediately, knitting was option one because crochet of tape, ribbon yarns makes a too-dense fabric.

I found a pattern that I like – Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane, but the portion I am interested in is part of a sweater/top. I may be able to interpolate the extra increases I will need to consume the spool of ribbon, but help may be necessary. Fortunately, I found a class where I can find assistance, but being such a cheap-skate, I will check the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers again during sit ‘n’ knit. I previously received assistance from a very talented knitter, but since it was on the fly, I don’t feel comfortable.

It is working up quickly so far…just wait till I get to the hard part: interpolating the increases…aiyaa!

Your Love Is King Cowl

Your Love Is King Cowl

About Your Love Is King Cowl

Your Love is King by Sade

Still under the presumption that my time on this earth is coming to and end, I am proud to announce that I have cleared a whole shelf unit of yarn, minus one monstrous orange cone of super fine yarn and a bag of novelty yarn, which I only discovered when I stood up. Still, much progress and desperation, which led to Your Love Is King Cowl.

I did not know how much of Yarn 1 & 2 I had, otherwise I would have integrated more of the Starry Night ribbon.

By the way red and white are good colors for a Valentine Day gift.

Dimensions: 12 (H) x 10 (W) inches
Price: USD $25.00
Care: Hand wash in cold water

About The Yarn

Yarn 1

Care: Unknown
Color: Unknown [Off-White*]
Fiber: Natural fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted

OMG! I never thought this type of yarn would be a natural fiber. I just now discovered at posting time.

Yarn 2

Color: Unknown [White*]
Fiber: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: 5, Bulky

This is the last cone of ladder lace yarn I had on the shelf.

Premier Yarns Starry Night

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

Love the color. I only had one ball so I had to use it sparingly. To my surprise, I still have some left. I think I will include it with my El Segundo Slipt Stitchers raffle donation.

You Promised Me Scarf

You Promised Me

About The Project Name

You Promised Me by In-Grid

About The Project

Dimensions: 54 (L) x 4 (W) inches
Price: USD $25.00, less applicable 25% Friends & Family Discount

You Promised Me
You Promised Me Scarf knit by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

About The Yarn

Red Heart Boutique Sashay

Fiber Content: 97% Acrylic, 3% Metallic Polyester
Yarn Color: 1959 Twist
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

While I did not find the desired red ribbon with white polka dot yarn, I did find this skein of blue sashay. After making two of this scarves already, my first thought was to donate back as part of my raffle obligation. I don’t know what possessed me to knit this up, especially beginning with a debacle, which I managed to hide sufficiently.

I even discovered a trick for when this yarn forms a bell scarf; it is simply that the lace has not been separated enough. This can be rectified by starting at one end, pulling the lace out, and following it to the other side of the scarf.

You Promised Me
You Promised Me Scarf knit by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

You Do Something To Me Scarf

You Do Something To Me Scarf

About The Project Name

You Do Something To Me by Frank Sinatra.

About The Project

Dimensions: 40 (L) x 4 (W) inches
Price: USD $25.00, less 25% applicable Friends & Family Discount

Here’s another red scarf for a Valentine’s Day gift.

You Do Something To Me Scarf
You Do Something To Me Scarf knit by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

About The Yarn

Red Heart Boutique Sassy Lace

Fiber Content: 100% Nylon
Yarn Color: 334 Scarlet
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

I have never used the lace before and I am a BIG fan because of the packaging alone, which saves the user the time of having to separate the lace before using it. Aside for usability, the lace is so pretty and I love the color. The last part of this yarn that I really loved was the simplicity of the holes used for knitting.

You Do Something To Me Scarf
You Do Something To Me Scarf knit by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World