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.
I made one the yesterday, but screwed up the pattern. I was a little vexed because the pattern – Easy Make, Easy On, Booties by Aunt B of Bev’s Country Cottage – calls for an H for use with a baby/sport weight yarn. Then while searching Ravelry, I found patterns, again using sport/baby weight yarn with an H hook. It totally baffles me that one would use such a big hook for an item you want to snug. Whatever, Mary! I’ll never have babies. The pattern was easy to follow and creates an easy, pretty little bootie.
I used Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby) with a US F/5 – 3.75 mm hook. The finished objects measure about 2 inches from heel to toe.
This is another stash busting sample for the proposed stash busting crochet event at Concepts In Yarn and Needlepoint. I made it yesterday in about six hours (only because I fudged the construction). This works up real quick and is an excellent stash buster for those short scraps.
This piece measures approximately 16 (D) x 5 (H) inches. The yarn used for this project is some unlabeled acrylic from my own stash. The crochet technique is called Entrelac Crochet and is constructed in a Tunisian method.
This cowl will be donated to Handmade Especially For You after the stash busting crochet event and I can teach you this technique during the event…for FREE!
On da Hook: October 6, 2015 Off da Hook: October 6, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Yarn: Unlabeled Scrap Yarn Hook: US I/9 Dimensions: 6 (W) x 62 (D) inches
I have been feeling so bogged down and uncreative lately, so I set my mind to it, organized my acrylic stash by color and set to work on this mobius cowl. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not crazy about this project; primarily due to tension. For the feel I like in my crochet, I should have used a bigger hook; this project is just two stiff for me. Secondly, I don’t think I am a fan of mobius cowls anymore because of the twist; however, I am a fan of the construction, which seems more efficient. The project name – Agua de Beber by Antonio Carlos Jobim – is a random selection from my music library.
Cast On: June 26, 2015 Cast Off: July 9, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Yarn A:Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3425 Sparkling Rose, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Yarn B: Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3143 Blue Shimmer, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Yarn C: Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3005 White Twinkle, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Needle: US 6 – 4 mm Dimensions: 8 (w) x 57 (c)
This project was inspired by a cowl I saw on Judge Judy or People’s Court and started the day I was admitted to the hospital for a deep vein thrombosis in my right leg. I could have sworn, I did not have a twist when I connected the cast on for knitting in the round, and did not notice it until I was into the White Twinkle. Aiyaa! I really like the colors of this cowl; they remind me of ice cream. Additionally, I like the metallic sparkle in the yarn – barely noticeable in the shadows of the above images. I had calculated a circumference of six feet, based on the yarn label gauge information; apparently I was off. The yarn is very light weight and the cowl has an extreme drape. As such, it doubles well and might even triple for a more cozy fit.
The project name – Bad Blood by Neil Sedaka – was inspired by my health condition and is coincidentally appropriate considering the accidental twist. The cowl was constructed with a cast on of 432 stitches and knitted in a 2 x 2 rib. I used one skein for each stripe, which is approximately 13 rows.
I’ve decided to donate this cowl to charity, as I am not 100% happy with the resulting project.
Well, I think I have enough bulky/super bulky yarn left to make a hat and then I am done, until I find more in my yarn stash somewhere. At first I did not think the difference in weights was going to make much difference, but as I progressed, I started double-stranding some of the thinner yarns. Considering this was scrap yarns, I was really liking the way the colors worked together. When I showed it to my mom, she commented that it reminded her of a serape and that’s how the name – Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo – came about.
Because I was trying to exhaust all my bulky/super bulky yarn, this cowl is very long; long enough to wrap three times. I wore it out yesterday – unfinished – because it is so damn cold here in California, and I got a compliment from a lady at Royal Chinese Restaurant, where I dined. I was loving the wrap too. Today in a attempt to use up the Caron Simply Soft Bouclé, I ended up adding about ten more rows and for the life of me, could not get it to wrap the same way as yesterday. Could the addition of inches make that much of a difference? Another thing I noticed today – which was probably a result of excessive fidgeting and different yarn weights – was that the tails kept coming out. Aiyaa! I fixed them, but worry that they will pop out again.
The construction is thirteen single crochet, changing color every row until such time a color was exhausted.
This item is available for purchase at the reduced Price: USD $25.00 OBO, but may end up being donated…unless I can figure out how I got it to wrap so well the first time I wore it.
Now that I only have one job again, I have much more time to work on personal projects, so you can expect to see more projects being posted on a more regular basis, as fiber arts begun as a meditative therapy and continues to keep me centered. Having two jobs had consumed much of my time and now that things have slowed down a bit, I had a chance to catch up on my blogging, having discovered pictures in my phone back to September 14, 2014. 
I recently shared some personal stuff here, as my ego got the best of me and I forgot the original intent of this website: a portfolio. I have another, less known website where I publish my personal dramas. As such, I apologize for anything personal you may have read here previously. I have gone through my my most recent posts and removed my personal drama.
Cast On: October 3, 2014 Cast Off: October 5, 2014 Yarn:Shibui Silk Cloud (Fiber Content: 60% Kid Mohair, 40% Silk; Yarn Color: Watermelon; Yarn Weight: 0, Lace) Needle: US 13 Pattern: 1 x 1 Rib Dimensions: 4.5 x 66 inches (unblocked)
As Annette cleaned out the office to make room for more yarn at The Knitting Tree, L A, she was also cleaning up her project cue and gave me this cake of Shibui Silk Cloud. I had been very attracted to this yarn and was very gracious for the opportunity to finally work with it, so I decided to gift it back to the store and kick of the charity drive Annette is conducting during the month of October and November to knit/crochet items for donation to an abused women’s shelter.
I just love the color of this yarn. I used the yarn double-stranded and still the scarf is feather-weight. This could be due to the size 13 needles I decided to use. I did make a mistake which I wanted to fix and despite the big needle size, the hair still caught on each other, but with a little perseverance and patience, I managed to get back to the hole, fix it and resume.
The name – Wave by Oscar Peterson – is a random selection from my music library.
This marks the end of my unknown chunky/bulky yarn scraps. The name – Tesla Girls by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark (OMD) – is a random selection, yet appropriate due to all the colors. The construction of this cowl is alternating front and back post double crochets with a US M – 10.0 mm hook. It’s possible that the cowl can be wrapped a third time, but I will have to post more pictures later, as my camera battery needs to be charged. The dimensions are approximate 6 (W) x 96 (L) inches.
The only identifiable yarn in there is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 2704 Gothic; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).
If I can’t sell this (Price: USD $20.00), I will be donating it – charity to be determined, now that I am involved with more than one charity.
Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.
Here is the next cowl to be donated to Handmade Especially For You, unless you like it so much and would like to purchase it at the reduced Price: USD $20.00. This cowl is seamed. I recommend wearing with seam at back of neck, as pictured. As you can see, the colors include white, pink, beige, grey, burgundy and a touch of blue and green in one of the multi-colored yarns, all of which are of a thick, bulky weight. The fiber content is most assuredly all acrylic/man-made fibers. The only identifiable yarn used in this cowl is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).
The construction is a back loop, single crochet ripple with an US M/10 mm hook. I began with a foundation chain of 17. Row one is worked in the bottom of the foundation chain. Every row is 2sctog, 6 sc, 3 sc in the same (center) stitch, 6 sc, 2 sctog. The seam was done in pattern attaching to the front loop of the foundation chain.
When using the white/burgundy/grey novelty yarn (pictured at upper right), I held a strand of Cascade Cherub DK (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) to ease in stitch identification.
The name of this cowl — Buffy Come Back by Angel and the Reruns – is a random selection from my music library.
Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.