Change of Plans

Mojo's Costume

Boo!

I was going to finish The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland shawlette today, but I received the string lights for Mojo’s Halloween costume.

Unfortunately, I am short a string!

Fortunately, I have money today to order another in time for Halloween delivery.

Unfortunately, I already broke one string.

Fortunately, they are going to send me a replacement with my current order.

Now after having strung the lights once, I realize a battery pack under the spider belly might be better than letting the battery capsules hang from the spider legs.Save

No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project Name

No String (I’m Fancy Free) by Ella Fitzgerald, my most favorite vocalist in my lifetime – 54 years. The name correlates to the composition of this shawl by the use of leftovers from previous projects – strings. I know, the title says no strings, but the title also says “fancy free,” which this shawl represents by the use of leftovers to make something “fancy free.”

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project

This represents the first in a series of my crochet crescent shawl development. This one worked out okay, but too angular. An additional problem I encountered was carrying yarn for entire rows and working with different yarn weights: fine to dk. The excessive yarn carrying has cause puckering, which is not noticeable on Mergatroid, my model. My last complaint is that the tips don’t meet in front; I suppose that because of the shape/neckline, which I do like because of the fitting to the neck.

Width: 39 inches
Depth: 35 inches, tip to bottom; 15 inches, neck to bottom

Price: USD $50.00, 25% Friends & Family Discount

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Yarn

There are about four to five yarns that I was unable to identify; at least three of them are natural fibers, per a burn test, though I can’t identify the fibers. Labeled yarns included:

Netwon’s Yarn Country Softball Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: Mikonos
Yarn Weight: 2, Sport

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Brickfielder
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Vanilla Chip
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents
Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering

Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada

Fiber Content: 100% Rayon
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Patons Grace

Fiber Content: 100% Mercerized Cotton
Yarn Color: 60409 Ruby
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

 

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Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket

About The Project

I happened across this pattern while browsing Ravelry and the picture looked good – visual eye candy! When I glanced at the pattern, I found it simple enough and I had been itchin’ to knit.

Yikes! Knitting aggravates the tendonitis in my right middle and lower knuckles. Aiyaa!

About The Project Name

I was so pleased to learn I had misnamed Pink Fluffy Clouds Cocoon/Hat; because now I could more appropriately name this project Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb, which even ties into the yarn I used for this project!

About The Yarn

Red Heart Rainbow Clouds

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Color: 9010 Pastels
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

About The Pattern

Chunky Alpaca Baby Jacket by Michelle Lewis

Calls for Chunky Alpaca, so I was a little worried, but figured at one point in his short infancy, he will have at least one opportunity when this jacket will fit him. The pattern is very simple; I followed it from her web page on my iPad. The sleeves were a little tricky, until I figured out the magic loop – on my own I might add. 👏

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket
Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket knit by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World

Chantilly Lace Shawlette: Pattern

Chantilly Lace Shawlette Pattern Image

It’s finally here! And it has been tested, so hopefully, there are no errors this time around.

I just finished the final edits and and publishing now, having already sent updates to previous purchasers of Accidents Never Happen Shawlette Pattern.

This is the same Bruges lace pattern as Accidents Never Happen Shawlette, only smaller. Coincidentally, they are both in the purple family.

The pattern may be found on A Hooker’s World Pattern Page and in my A Hooker’s World Ravelry Store.

Chantilly Lace Shawlette
Chantilly Lace Shawlette

 

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Eat To The Beat Baby Bib: Update

Eat To The Beat Baby Bib

At the suggestion of another crocheter, I finally put a border on this bib. Not a fan of single crochet legs, I chose to crochet a crab stitch border, which I really like. Now that I’ve finished, I am wondering if a wrong side single crochet border might look better? Hmm…

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Nicest Kids In Town Sweater

Nicest Kids In Town Sweater

About The Project

Well, babies don’t jog. My next thought was a project name including the word “walk.” Wait! Babies don’t walk either. I ended up with Nicest Kids In Town, sung by James Marsden, from Hairspray 2007 Original Soundtrack.

About The Pattern

Infant Jogging Suit by Kim Guzman

Very simple. Does require the use of two different hook sizes: US G for ribbing, US H for body. I Had a question about one thing and the designer replied to me super fast in my opinion – the same day!

Once again, my impulsiveness got the best of me again. I did not look closely at the pattern and realized after I had made the first piece that I needed to seam this project together. What the heck! I need sweater practice, though already I am a fan of top down.

Seaming of this sweater was first done with single crochet, but later changed to slip stitch in an attempt to alleviate some of the puckering…improved, but not gone completely, and the stiffness apparent in photo. The designer indicates she used cotton…I wonder if the fiber might contribute/alleviate the puckering from seaming?

About The Yarn

Unknown 1

Fiber Content: Acrylic
Yarn Color: Multicolor (Pink, Green, White, Yellow)
Yarn Weight: 4, Aran

Schachenmayr Bravo Worsted

Fiber Content: Acrylic
Yarn Color: 08224 White
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

1. Information unavailable for unknown yarn; parameter supplied are my best guess

Nicest Kids In Town Sweater
Nicest Kids In Town Sweater

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Eat To The Beat Baby Bib

Eat To The Beat Baby Bib

About The Project

Eat To The Beat by Blondie

Another easy project name.

About The Pattern

Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Baby Crochet Bibs and Booties

Couple of abbreviations/typos that I did not understand, but was able to crochet right though them. I would suggest some line spacing for readability, too cramped.

I did not include the picot edging, as it makes things look feminine and we are expecting a boy.

About The Yarn

Having pulled out my cotton scraps, I picked a few colors that I like to see together. None of the scraps I chose had a yarn label, but I am pretty sure their are either Lily Sugar ‘n Cream or Peaches & Creme.

Ha! Putting my bag o’ cotton away, I found two labels:

Lily Sugar n’ Cream

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 00073 Sunshine & 01740 Hot Pink
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Pork and Beans Infant Pork Pie Hat

Pork and Beans Infant Pork Pie Hat

About The Project

Pork and Beans by Weezer – this was an easy project to name. Honestly, only time will tell if the hat actually fits, January 2018 being the due date. Considering it is modeled after Safety Dance Beanie, which is based on another pattern.

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About The Pattern

I will be writing the quick pattern right after this post.

About The Design

The hat is constructed in single crochet only and designed according to standard guidelines: “full-term babies tend, on average…a head circumference of about 13 1/2 inches.[1]” Using my handy dandy circle calculator, I calculated the diameter to be 4.3 inches. I did not use any ease, negative/positive, as the diameter was on point and matched Safety Dance Hat diameter.

Because of the shaping, I used a US 7  crochet hook for a denser fabric.

About The Yarn

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Culinary Colors

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 19006 Urban Pastels
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 01317 Hot Purple
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Peaches & Creme

Fabric Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: 1 White
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

1. Parents; Charting Baby’s Growth: Whether she’s in the top or bottom percentile, your baby is probably doing just fine.; Petronio C. Yadao, MD from American Baby, 2003

Safety Dance Beanie

Safety Dance Beanie

About The Project

The first hat for Mini Mikey! The name of this project – Safety Dance by Men Without Hats – is as close as I could get to making a correlative relation. The next hat I make for Mini Mikey will be in the pork pie fashion, but more colorful.

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About The Pattern

Sweet Baby Boy Infant Boys Beanie by Lorene Eppolite, Cre8tion Crochet

So glad to find a worsted weight pattern for an infant boy beanie. I have lots of cotton scraps I can use. Very simple pattern with a twist so pay attention.

About The Yarn

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Culinary Colors

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 19006 Urban Pastels
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 01317 Hot Purple
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Peaches & Creme

Fabric Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: 1 White
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I always forget how non-stretchy cotton yarn is, but I agree with Lorene’s suggestion for cotton with baby accessories. I usually use acrylic for easy care.

 

Yarn Standards

Yarn Weights
Ravelry Yarn Weights
Ravelry Yarn Weights

I love Ravelry, but not their yarn weight determination system. Though as I write this, I think it may be very handy when a yarn weight is unknown. Ravelry’s yarn weight system is based on WPI (wraps per inch). Now that I have learned how this correlates to yarn weight I have a better understanding and will definitely use this when the yarn weight is not clearly identified on the label or that information is missing.

Craft Yarn Council Yarn Weights
Craft Yarn Council Yarn Weights

The tool I use most often is the Craft Yarn Council‘s chart, but I can already see how it is not useful in helping determining the weight of a yarn; unlike the WPI method, one must know or have an idea of what yarn weight one is using.

How do you like that? In the matter of minutes, I have finally cleared up this issue for me.

Addendum

I knew there was something I was missing. WHAT IS THE DIAMETER OF THE TOOL USED IN MEASURING WPI? There must be a standard. I have seen images of wrapping around a pencil, a tool (standardized), but in reality the diameter of the measuring instrument makes a difference in the wrap count. I should look into a WPI tool.

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