I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl

About The Name

I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye

Doh! This connection should be obvious: Purple, grape. If you require further elucidation, notice the rows on this cowl; just like grapevines are grown here in sunny central California.

About The Cowl

Dimensions: 12-inch width x 24-inch diameter
Price: USD $60.00

Made with three skeins that I acquire from CSNanaCat during her recent de-stashing.

A previous employer had made a cowl similar to this, but knitted in seed stitch. I fell in love with it and have always wanted one but never knew the pattern or the exact measurements. I am really liking this cowl and may just end up keeping it.

About The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Cozy Wool

Care: Hand wash, warm. Do no bleach. Dry flat. Do not iron. May be dry cleaned.
Color: 02210 Velvet
Content: 50% Acrylic, 50% Wool
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl
I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl

Because I Got High Cowl

Because I Got High Cowl

About The Name

Because I Got High by Afroman

Today is 4/20, the unofficial day of marijuana and this is what you come up with when you have – a believed – incomplete skein of yarn, ODDBALL.

About Because I Got High

Care:Consult a dry cleaner.
Dimensions:
12-inch diameter x 4-inch width
Price: USD $10.00

Because the targeted scarf was too short, I improvised a connection and turned it into a cute little cowl.

About The Yarn

This ODDBall came to me from CSNanaCat, as part of her de-stash. It was unlabeled and it appeared to me to be incomplete.

Over The Rainbow Shawl

Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Project Name

Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz

I just watched the video and started crying all over again. This song makes me so emotional for it’s lyrics, melody, performer’s tragic life, and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the results of my own hand-dye job.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Over The Rainbow

Dimensions: 88-inch wingspan x 24-inch height
Price: USD $183.56

This has been quite a process and the race to finish only minorly screwed up my knitting on this shawl, most notably in the lace, which I had to learn how to knit from charts…AIYAA!

At first, the whole shawl was going to be the knit from the Knit Picks yarn, but after only one repeat of lace, I did not like how the lace design got lost in the yarn color. This is a known tenet that I thought might make and exception in my case – apparently not! 😀 At this realization, and after cofirming I could knit the stockinette field ad infinitum as long as I maintained a multiple of six, I decided to use the entire skein of Knit Picks for the stockinette field.

This left me with the dilemma of coming up with a complementary second color. I was fortunate enough to go shopping with Ms. Tia at Jennifer Knits and then to Needlepoints West. At Jennifer Knits, the yarn I loved was a celery but at USD $60.00/skein, that was not going to fly, as I haven’t even sold half of what I’ve made over the years and probably because of that, I am not rich. At Needlepoints West, it was the last skein I saw that fit my desired effect: I had seen the multicolor as a garden – perhaps Munchkinland – and the tonal brown yarn I found would resemble the garden trellis.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Yarn

Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering

Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low
Color: Leonardo
Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: 1, Fingering

Alexandra’s Crafts Black Butte

Care: No laundry care provided; consult a professional dry cleaner
Color: Olive
Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak
Weight: 1, Fingering

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

I have this started as of February 9, 2018. Since then, I was looking for yarn to complement the Universal Yarn Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock yarn I had from my stash. I finally found it, and on sale, at JOANN Fabric and Craft Store: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight. I bought four skeins to match the quantity of Naked Sock I had on hand. After that I started searching for a pattern. I thought I had one selected in Wrap Flower Power by Martina Paulsen, but I was missing the required needle size. Thanks to my Foxy Knits connection, I was able to order the needles without problem.

Somehow I forgot I had selected a pattern and then there was some confusion with the project name. Remembering that I had wanted to develop my half-circle/crescent shaped shawl, I started crocheting with the yarn and that’s how the stitch method and pattern got changed.

It’s coming along nicely.

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Update

Mystery Achievement Afghan

I have finished as much as I can – four rows – using the newly purchased Euro-Baby Maypole. Afghan is only to 41 x 41 inches squared, short nine inches of the desired width. I certainly goofed on my estimate to extended the afghan to 50 x 70 inches! At least the colors match well.

Client notified of insufficient yarn amount to continue in pattern, which is necessary due to bulkiness of yarn.

Pending notification from client on how she will proceed.

Starlit Hour Remote Cozy

Starlit Hour Remote Cozy

About The Name

Starlit Hour by Ella Fitzgerald

“Love here in the starlit hour
Oh, heaven is in your eyes
While the wind is sobbing underneath the stars
Both our hearts are throbbing like two guitars…”

Could there be a more ideal serenade to my television? As I have been deemed too ugly to have a companion, this song ideally expresses how I feel when I wind down after an easy day of crochet and knitting to crochet and knit with my dog as we begin to watch television until we fall asleep, which is usually sooner rather than later.

About Starlit Hour Remote Cozy

Yesterday, I could not find my remote for about the millionth time. The running joke is that Mojo hides it for more attention. 😆 Anyway, having located it midway through the day, I decided I was done searching and grabbed some ODDBALLS and started crocheting.

I got as far as half the length of the strap. This morning I finished it.

Next: a phone cozy!

About The Yarn

ODDBALLS from my stash.

Foux du Fafa Cowl

Foux Du Fafa Cowl

The Name

Foux du Fafa by Flight of the Concords

Lavender and white – to me – is very foux du fafa; hence, the name! Even the song lends to the whole ambiance depicted in the television commercial featuring the same song.

Foux Du Fafa Cowl
Foux Du Fafa Cowl

The Cowl

Dimensions: 5.5-inch width x 47-inch diameter
Price: Charity Donation

Foux du fafa is the final project from the big ol’ bag of stuff CSNanaCat brough to me. I was going to make another bag, but that would have required more squares and I had already spent enough time – about two weeks – finishing.

Foux Du Fafa Cowl
Foux Du Fafa Cowl

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Machine wash warm. Tumble dry low.
Color: [White and Lavender]*
Content: Acrylic**
Weight: 4, Worsted

* Color approximation due to no yarn label
** Best guess

Take The Money And Run Bag

Take The Money And Run Bag

The Name

Take The Money And Run by Steve Miller Band

Random selection from my music library, which seems quite appropros, considering the object. Although, upon selection, the thought of a gang of old women + one old man, taking the money, stuffing it into this bag and running got me chuckling.

The Bag

Details

Wooden* purse handles
Care: Consult a professional dry cleaner
Dimensions:5-inch depth x 18-inch height x 20-inch width
Price: Charity Donation

Having tired of working on OPP (Other’s People’s Projects) – 😄 who remembers when O.P.P. was something one was down with 🙂 – I just could not bring myself to make anymore squares, especially since they were made at such a high tension. And fortunately, I did not need to because I all of a sudden remembered that I had won these purse handles through the guild raffle. Effectively, the bag closure is similar to a clam shell…better to keep the cash in the bag!

There is no lining – who has time for lining when the stuff won’t sell. Most appropriate for bigger items. A project bag, a money bag, remembering to keep notions and coins in smaller, more secure enclosures.

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Machine wash warm, Tumble cry low
Colors: [White, Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Green, Teal, Blue]**
Content: Acrylic+

* Wood type unknown
** Yarn label colors unknown
+ Belieived fiber

Karma Chameleon Afghan

Karma Chameleon

I am liking it too much. The simplicity of the design juxtaposed with the name is pure genius…is what I wish I would hear. 😀

The Name

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

OMG! I’m going to see The Boy in concert some time this year. I know. I am such an airhead I haven’t even checked when the concert date is yet. 🤓 😀 😜 So this was my inpiration; I think at the time I was laying this project out I had just acquired a $250.00 bill for ONE ticket to see The Boy at The Greek Theater of all places with my favorite band of all time: The B-52’s!

OMG! Did I mention I am going to see The Boy? 🙃😀

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan | USD $40.00

The Afghan

Designation:

  • ODDBALLS because I don’t have any yarn labels?
  • Charity because I received the unfinished project from a guild member who won the unfinished project from a guild meeting raffle?
  • A Hooker’s World because I still hold out hope that the right person will like my stuff and buy it?

Dimensions: 50 Length x 34 width, measured in inches
Price: USD $40.00 is about worth my time and the possible development of additional tendonitis. 🙄

I received a huge bag of square  motifs with a primary surplus of Caron One Pound and bits of color yarn. Admittedly, I had a hell of a time arranging the sqaures on my computer. Finally, I thought just keep it simple and shift the colors one column every row. Just when I had that thought I had learned that I was the proud owner of a Boy ticket and wanted to name an item for Culture Club becuase they were so inpsirational in my youth.

Anyhoo…it is pure coincidence that the arrangement of the motifs also represents the changing colors on a chameleon, a reptile I would love to possess as a pet. Then I’d have someone to hold hands with; Mojo doesn’t like to hold hands. 😓

With the left over motifs, I have plans to make a project bag; I am fortunate enough to have matched tension and can crochet the missing squares I might need. With the final motifs – larger than others – I will make something else. Perhaps something to throw at The Boy because if I am right, I think my seat is three rows behind the pit, center section!

Some of the motifs have yellowed; either from smoke or age, I’m not sure as they have had time to air out and I don’t remember how they smelled when I got them. 🤓 I will wash and hope for color balance. This may affect additional discounts on the price.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn Pound of Love

Care: Machine Washing and Drying: For best results, machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low heat and remove promptly. Or you may handwash and lay flat to dry.
Color: 100 White
Content: 100% Preumium Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

Unknown

Suggested Care: Machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low.
General Colors: Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Blue, Green, Teal
Believed Content: Acrylic
Approximated Weight: 4, Worsted

I started the LBY Pound of Love to sew all the pieces together; at least one thing is consistent, as I believe some of the colors are different yarns, but the same weight and content.

Design Notes

Motifs were joined with top slip stitch because bottom created “valley.” I realize/think now that I should have slipped tops of double crocheted versus back/front loops. It doesn’t really matter because my tension was was a bit tight causing puckering. I am hoping a washing may relax the afghan. I actually like the puckering effect. I might try to achieve a much looser tension next time to relieve puckering.

I love the design and think the afghan is very attractive for its simplicity.

 

WIP Wednesday

Karma Chameleon Afghan

I am still working on Karma Chameleon afghan. I have sewn all the motifs together, bordered the afghan with one row of double crochet, and began sewing in the ends. I anticipate finishing tomorrow.

The next project will be a bag of some kind with the left over motifs, and then with the last of the larger motifs I plan on making another handbag of some sort. Oo! Or maybe a cowl?

I am still not sure which designation to assign: ODDBALLS or charity or A Hooker’s World? It is made from unknown yarns, though I am pretty sure they are all manmade, so it does qualify for ODDBALLS. I did receive the unfinished project from a guild member, so I could donate it back to charity since I didn’t pay for any of the yarn. Lastly, as I finished it, I don’t think it would be terrible to try and make a profit first. With my new business plan, it will eventually go to charity if not sold.

It may seem slow-going, but with four doctor’s appointments this week, I think my progress is definite!