Just What I Needed Cowl

On da Hook: February 14, 2017
Off da Hook: February 14, 2017
Project Name: Just What I Needed by The Cars
Yarns: Unknown (Fiber: Unknown/Wool; Yarn Colors: Navy Blue, Teal, Lavender, Multicolor; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US J
Dimensions: 16 (D) x 7 (W) inches

I received some dryer balls(?) a few years ago as a gift. I think they were supposed to remove lint and wrinkles from clothes while in the dryer. I never use a dryer so I had no use for them.

One day I unraveled them and was going to use the yarn for something. The other day I came across the magic ball I had made and today I decided to re-purpose the yarn into something I could donate during my next visit to my clinic, as there are many homeless in the area. My plan is to leave the cowl in a public place with a gift note.

Because the original dryer balls were a felted item, I presume some if not all of the yarn is wool. The teal certainly maintains some of the scratchiness associated with some wools.

The stitch I used is commonly known as Griddle Stitch and the cowl was made flat and seamed.

Just What I Needed Cowl

Just What I Needed Cowl

Message of Love

Unable to work on crochet in the evening, I started a new mindless project for night knitting while watching television: Message of Love (by The Pretenders) Cowl.

I was totally surprised to learn that this bulky-looking yarn only calls for a US 6 needle, but it seems to be knitting up fine despite the knobbiness of the yarn of which I am not a fan. My experience has taught me that most textured yarns are best used in knitting versus crochet, as one is working with live stitches versus working in existing stitches, which can be difficult to identify in crochet.

I started on straight needles, but will switch to circulars, as the length of the straights is a little encumbering.

Last Dance With Mary Jane

My current project – Last Dance With Mary Jane by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – will be a crochet shawl. Coincidentally, it will be in a similar color way to the Erigeneia (by Silke Terhorst) pattern sample. I was going to break my yarns up by sections, by I want to use it all so I think I will just repeat sections until it is gone, reserving the gradient yarn for the border.

Surprisingly, I am finally using the alpaca yarn I bought back in 2014 when my sit ‘n’ knit group went to Alpacas at Windy Hill to support one of our members:

New Hope Alpacas Suri Fingering; Fleece of Vanilla Chip; 200 yards
New Hope Alpacas Suri Fingering; Fleece of Brickfielder; 200 yards
New Hope Alpacas Suri 2 ply; Fleece of Brickfielder; 200 yards
Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas Fingering; Color: Sweet Onion with Accents; 200 yards

I can’t believe it’s been so long and I am glad to finally have found a crochet pattern for this yarn. I had previously tried to improvise a pattern, but was not happy with my difficulty in maintaining tension with such fine yarn. Today, I seem to have a handle on it. According to the Craft Yarn Council, US hooks B-E are recommended; I am opting for the larger.

I just realized this is my third triangle shawl; I think I will make a concentrated effort to make the next one a crescent or half circle.

International Bright Young Thing

Start Date: January 9, 2017
Finish Date: February 10, 2017
Yarn: Natural Fiber (per burn test)
Pattern: 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport
Needles: US 6
Dimensions: 60 (W) x 25 (D)
Price: USD $80.00

About two days ago, I only had one row and the bind off to do, but fell ill, finishing yesterday. Today I only had to block and was lucky enough to get photos before the rain came down. So, officially, International Bright Young Thing – by Jesus Jones – is finished.

International Bright Young Thing
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Immediately, I knew the stockinette with purl ridges was going to be the best stitch pattern for this yarn. As easy as this pattern was to follow, I still had several screw ups related to extra yarn overs on the purl side.

International Bright Young Thing
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In essence, I Say A Little Prayer Shawl is the crochet version of International Bright Young Thing.

International Bright Young Thing
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As for the yarn, I think I received it from an old acquaintance. It was nice to work with except for the tendency to split. This combined with the dark color was a little annoying, but I set up a light by my bed that helped me to knit better while watching television at night.

International Bright Young Thing
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International Bright Young Thing: Frogged

I finally reached my tipping point and frogged International Bright Young Thing.

  1. When I took it off the needles, the biggest infraction was the double-knitting, which affected the border due to halving the number of stitches because I wanted only yarn A on the outside.
  2. While the shawl was on the needles, I could not see the lavender, which is clearly seen in this picture.
  3. I was not happy with the way the spine was working up with the double-knitting
  4. Finally, I did not know how big the shawl was. My original goal was 600 stitches; I ended up at 400.

I think I am going to try it again, but using a rib or stockinette – despite my loathing of blocking – to try and disrupt the striping more, and remove the lavender, which I can use with a darker lavender for the next shawl, which must be crocheted!

International Bright Young Thing
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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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