You’re Still A Young Man Beard

You're Still A Young Man Beard
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While on Facebook today, I noticed a message from my friend Verna in Oregon. She was asking for help with a Crochet Bobble Beard by Ashlee Marie, size: small. When I called her to confirm color and for a pattern URL, she indicated Xmas Rush. I told her I would go through my stash to find the right color and put her order in from of the orange cable scarf I was having difficulty getting started due to unclear vision.

Very easy pattern and quick. The best part: I did not have to start a new skein, which I had anticipated because I did not know how much yarn would be required, thinking it would be more than expected because of the bobbles. As it turned out, I was able to make this project with a ball of unknown acrylic yarn in a chocolate brown color (suspecting Caron One Pound due to yarn texture).

As a bonus, I did not have the song You’re Still A Young Man in my music library yet. I didn’t even know who performed the song, thinking Temptations or Stylistics. As it turned out I discovered the artist was Tower of Power and I was able to acquire the song!

Oakland Raiders Afghan II

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Back in July 2015, my cousin asked me to make this for his uncle in gratitude for wedding planning. I created the chart and a spreadsheet and crocheted the afghan, finishing in December 2015. However, due to bleach discoloration within the first 10 rows, I had to remake this afghan and I just finished today.

I seriously need to learn how to crochet left handed so, my tapestry pieces will not have a stitch bias/slant. This time around I stranded unused yarn behind the afghan versus cutting my color changes. Turns out I used the same amount of yarn. I found that a little odd, thinking I might use at least on extra skein due to the stranding. Go figure! The most important thing I learned is that I don’t charge enough for my work. I used to base my pricing on 4 x the cost of the yarn, but when the customer chooses the cheapest yarn, I suffer. This entire afghan totaled out at $209.40. Based on this, I am changing my pricing schedule which will reflect the time investment in making such a piece.

I calculated my time crocheting this piece and came out to about 70 hours. At minimum wage, the cost for crochet alone would be $700.00. That does not even include the time it took to make the chart and pattern. Despite possible copyright infringement, I am publishing my pattern for sale, so hopefully, I can make a little income to offset this undercharge. I also feel that people that appreciate handmade items will appreciate the cost increase, adding value to the piece. My friends and family discount of 25% will still apply to all items.

This pattern is available for purchase in my Ravelry Store and on the AHW Patterns Page. See Post: Oakland Raiders Afghan v2 for explanation and valid links.

And because I never get to see the reverse of afghans created via this method, I am including an image of the reverse just for you information…

Oakland Raiders Afghan II Back
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Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket
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On da Hook: January 6, 2016
Off da Hook: January 21, 2016
Pattern: Mayflower Baby Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand
Yarn: Cascade Elysian (Fiber Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 06; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: 31 x 31 inches

Oh whoa! Oh whoa! Oh whoa!

Loved the pattern result. I indicated medium difficulty rating because I am an advance crocheter; Lynette had difficulty with the pattern as a less experienced crocheter. Advise confident knowledge of back/front post construction, which took me a minute to get my stitch count down. The other thing that threw me for a loop was the half double crochets, whose top stitch points left versus double crochet which point right.

Noticed some errors in the copy: Border indicates SC count…should be stitch count. Notified Caron. Once again when it come to the border, my counts got all messed up, so I improvised a border; also because we were not sure we had enough yarn. Commendation to Cascade Yarns for getting back to me within 24 hours; I was right should have read “stitches,” not “single crochet.”

When I calculated 5 skein yardage, I was short. Another visit to the store only produced one more skein and I thought we needed at least two.

Oh well, I am just waiting to hear from the client as to whether she is satisfied and then I will sew in the ends, fluff it and deliver it.

I always try to find a project appropriate song name for my projects, but I my choices are lessening. I named this project after Baby by Justin Bieber. I think I may just start picking song names at random.

Raiders Afghan: On da Hook

Raiders Afghan

On da Hook: October 15, 2015
Pattern: Charted/Designed by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01040 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01005 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn C: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US H/8
Dimensions: 4 x 4 feet square

This is my next commissioned piece; it will be an xmas gift, so I decided I better get started so I can finish on time. Please do not ask me for the chart, as I cannot violate copyright laws and distribute for profit, nor do I want to distribute for free because of the work involved in charting this logo.

Pineapple Princess Doily

Pineapple Princess Doily
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On da Hook: August 29, 2015
Off da Hook: August 30, 2012
Pattern: Pretty Pineapples by Judy Teague Treece
Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Cotton], Yarn Color: Unknown [White], Yarn Weight: Thread)
Hook: US 7 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 14 inch diameter

A friend asked me to make her a doily to set under the vase on her dining room table. I figured I could whip this up real quick, so I set to crocheting yesterday. Unfortunately, what should have been done in one day took two because of the extreme humidity and heat we have been experiencing; using too small a hook didn’t help. I am not sure what happened – most likely tension – but I am not crazy that the fan tails (the beginning portion, extending from the center; they look smooshed. I am also not crazy about the jog-space in the center. The pattern is well written, but those treble crochet clusters got old fast.

I love pineapples; that’s why I picked this pattern. The project name – Pineapple Princess by Annette Funicello – should be obvious.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Full Set

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Full Set
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On da Hook: March 17, 2015
Off da Hook: July 6, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm

I finally finished and here is the full set that I was commissioned to make. The duration above represents the project time from beginning to end. Each piece can be viewed in its own post: Skull, Rib Cage, Right Humerus, Left Humerus, Right Ulna, Left Ulna, Right Hand, Left Hand. I will be throwing in the extra, practice skull also.

Critically speaking, my tension changed throughout the project, evidenced by a longer right side than left side. Additionally, I wish the side were more straight and there was less rippling on the edges. However, they are hand made and anything handmade is not going to be perfect. Besides, no human body is perfect either.

To reiterate, the project name – Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo – was a selection from my music library.

And for those word/history buffs, Macassar oil was an unguent for the hair commonly used in the early 19th century. An antimacassar was a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Right Hand

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Hand
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On da Hook: June 24, 2015
Off da Hook: July 2, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 6 (W) x 10 (H) inches

After a recent 4-day hospitalization, I am glad to return home and only have about half of the last antimacassar to finish. I managed to move the furniture into an accommodating formation to maintain elevation of my leg and finished that right hand this morning.

Next I will sew in the ends; launder, praying the second skull turns white; and iron them. I will photograph all pieces together and post a picture in a separate post.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Left Hand

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Left Hand
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On da Hook: June 23, 2015
Off da Hook: June 23, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread) Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 6 (W) x 10 (H) inches

It is definitely getting too hot to crochet. I figured I could finish this in one day and I met my deadline. Now I only have the right hand to do.

The hand was a little bit more difficult; I think it was because of all the open space, especially between the fingers.

I know it looks like a right hand, but I checked the pattern chart and I definitely have the left hand positioned with the exact orientation as the chart.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Right Humerus

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Humerus
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On da Hook: May 28, 2015
Off da Hook: May 29, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 5 (W) x 20 (H) inches

This is the third of eight pieces. I am glad it was so narrow; the crochet went much faster.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Rib Cage

Dead Man's Party Antimcassar: Rib Cage
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On da Hook: April 27, 2015
Off da Hook: May 22, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread) I was so excited to have finished this project. I took it over to show mother and make some dinner. When I returned home, I discovered the difference in color. Goddammit! I had noticed a difference in feel of the thread when I broke into the package I had ordered from Herrschner's, but attributed that to the newness of the thread. My room is usually on the dark side, so the color change was clearly not visible. I will have to contact the client and perhaps start over from the very beginning with the newly purchased thread. I still have six more pieces to crochet, but I find myself wondering into what have I gotten myself? Aiyaa!