Green Onions

On da Hook: March 6, 2017
Off da Hook: March 15, 2017
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10.5
Yarn A: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31016; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31009; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 60 (L) x 3 (W)
Price: USD $20.00

As I ran out of green yarn first, I decided to name this project in its honor: Green Onions by Booker T. & The MGs. This was made from my leftovers from Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Cowl, which I am loving for its softness and warmth. Had I thought about it sooner, I could have made a matching scarf for Mojo, but it is too long now…add another project to my never-ending queue…ha ha ha ha ha!

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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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

Pineapple Princess Shawl

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On da Hook: November 8, 2016
Off da Hook: January 8, 2016
Pattern: Sidewalk Shawl by Kimberly K. McAlindin from Red Heart North America
Yarn: Unknown: (Fiber Content: Unknown [Natural Fibers (per burn test)], Yarn Color: Unknown [Grey]; Yarn Weight: Unknown [0, Lace])
Hook: US H – 5.00 mm
Dimensions: 144 (wingspan) x 40 (depth) inches (including fringe)
Price: USD $75.00 (25% discount for friends and family)

Very simple pattern, which I am man enough to admit I was all ready to criticize because I was not a fan of the flat bottom, even while blocking. However, I am here to say that it is most appealing after blocking, revealing a more shallow recess.

My project name – Pineapple Princess by Annette Funicello – was inspired by the date I began, near xmas…Mele Kalikimaka… Anyway, the yarn to me is very medieval grey with a shallow sheen of glitter and flecks of pink and blue. It was a little difficult handling the fine yarn with my old hands, but got through it. Towards the end got a little frustrated with having to frog a couple rows every three rows due to lack of attention; especially considering the fringe afterward, which I hadn’t done in so long, I forgot how time consuming it can be without short cuts. In the long wrong it really pays off. I am glad too, to have mad this with a lace weight yarn versus the aran weight for which the pattern calls.

I think I have enough yarn left to make a knitted shawl, something with a solid stitch pattern…yeah, that’s what I’m’a gonna do!

It Takes Two Cowl

It Takes Two Cowl
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A friend of mine recently made something in the same fashion and I was impressed by the simplicity of the construction and the two-tone appearance, so I set to crocheting this cowl for donation.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that the organization I was going to donate this cowl to unravels all crochet items and reuses the yarn for a very specific knit scarf pattern. I suppose I really would not matter, one way or the other, but it stuck in my craw that my work was unappreciated, so I kept it.

I can’t even tell you how long it took to make because I didn’t record anything; I can’t even be specific about the yarn I used because they were from my stash and did not have a yarn label.

Label for the multicolor yarn found; post updated accordingly.

I can tell you how to make one on your own…

It Takes Two Cowl
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With Yarn A (Fiber Content: Unknown [Acrylic]; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) I made a chain to my desired circumference and joined with a slip knot. Alternating with Yarn B: Hobby Lobby Baby Bee Dreamy Baby Chenille (Fiber Content: 90% Polyamide, 10% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Sweet Cheeks 109; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky), I worked single crochets in the back loop.

Dimensions: 33 (D) x 5 (W) inches

This cowl is very soft and cushy. As pictured it is long enough that it can be double-wrapped for increased warmth.

Price: USD $50.00

It Takes Two Cowl
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The project name – It Takes Two, sung by Zac Efron, from Hairspray movie soundtrack – correlates to the method of construction, requiring “two” different and complimentary yarns, to create the “two-tone” effect.

Crickets Sing for Anamaria Baby Afghan

Crickets Sing for Anamaria

I started this last year some time, and I started it incorrectly. The pattern – Thesis Blanket by Phoebe Garrett – called for eight increases versus the four I cast on. Grr!

Working on US 6 needles made for slow going, especially since I did not know how big to make it – use the whole cone (1,100 yards) or not? The realization of the cast on error was a major factor in determining size, so when I reached 175 stitches in diameter, I put the blanket aside until I could figure out a way to decrease and maintain the k1, yo at the beginning/end of each row.

I decided using two needles might make it easier and that is when I decided to make it a double knit blanket. Still I had to figure out the decrease. After checking with some advanced knitters, it was decided I would have to decrease every row by two stitches in order to maintain the yarn over feature. Great! Now what? Twice the blanket was set aside during this process: first to order the new needles and second due to fear of putting the decrease method into action. Once I began the decrease side, I saw how it was working fine and just had to finish.

I’ll admit the blanket is a bit lopsided; I lost track of count during increase and had to fudge my count back to what I thought it should be (odd). After washing, I was able to block it to a 33-inch square…kinda sorta. I would reblock, but don’t really want to mess with it anymore due to the lopsidedness.

Upon posting this project, I discovered via a burn test that the yarn – Thomas Hodgson and Sons Inc, Suncook (Yarn Color: 8 Mauve) – is a natural fiber, which I don’t know. Most likely it is wool, but I have a call into the manufacturer for confirmation.

A friend of mine had expressed interest in using this yarn for a project. I have already notified her the yarn is ready. If she leaves enough, I will continue to make a baby set, including booties, diaper cover, sweater and maybe mittens, or a lace shawl.

The project name – Crickets Sing for Anamaria by Emma Bunton – is a song from my music library.

By itself, I think I would charge $60.00 USD due to imperfection.

Magic Carpet Ride Shawl

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I have so much stash yarn and sometimes I start going through it all and find odds and ends that I think might look good together and wind them up into a ball. This is one that popped up recently and having also recently learned that it was a “magic ball,” my interest was spurred to make something with it.

Some of the known name brands include:

  • Ironstone Bouquet of Colors Brushed Mohair (Yarn Color: Earthenware/9; Fiber Content: 78% Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% Nylon; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Metallic; Yarn Color: 5 Blue Silver; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
  • Trendsetter Aura (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: [Grey]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Ice Yarn Eyelash Trawl (Fiber Content: 37% Acrylic, 60% Polyester, 3% Lurex; Yarn Color: Pink, Blue, Orange; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
  • Universal Yarn Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: Reef 801; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)

A second stroke of good luck was encountering this pattern – Wise Hilda’s Basic Triangle Shawl; ©2010, Kate Atherley – which I would love to make with my Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool; Yarn Colors: K4001 [Color: Celery] & K2389 [Color: Coffee]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK); I just need to work on the stripe math.

My Project

Dimensions: 62 (w) x 66 (H) [Unblocked; May be tension blocked and remeasured in future post] on US 10 needles.

Name: Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf: because of the “magic…” tu sabes!

Price: USD $100.00 | Friends/Family Price: USD $75.00

I know I have another “magic ball” around here somewhere, but I have so much other stuff to be finishing and learning and patterning…aiyaa!

 

American Pie Shawl

On da Hook: May 27, 2016
Off da Hook: June 11, 2016

American Pie Shawl
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Pattern: Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern by Kara Gunza
Hook: US F/3.75 mm

This pattern is very easy; one of those mindless crochet projects that works up very quickly because of a simple 2 row repeat that is easy to remember.

American Pie Shawl
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Yarn: Universal Cotton Supreme DK
Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color A: 701 White
Yarn Color B: 713 Hot Pink
Yarn Color C: 723 Silken
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

This yarn is so soft and buttery, reminding me of corn silk. Working with cotton always presents the same challenge for me: tension, especially when the cotton is being used for a garment on which you want a drape.

When I was a kid, I had a set of Pentel markers – the big one with 64 or more colors. Anyway, I remember one color called Carmine; maybe that’s where my love of flamingos was conceived. The hot pink in the attached pictures is not a true accurate representation of the color, but that’s how my eye wants to see it. Either way, I think I got luck with my color choices.

American Pie Shawl
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The name of this project – American Pie by Don McLean – was originally a twist on my first pi project, where the digits of pi would determine the stripe pattern. My mistake was to interpret the digits as repeats, which was entirely unnecessary. As such the last three color changes are inaccurate and represent the last of the yarn I had purchased.

American Pie Shawl
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I love the texture this stitch pattern creates and the cotton really picks it up and shows it off well.

American Pie Shawl
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Dimensions: 50 (W) x 23 (H) inches
Price: USD $96.00

American Pie Shawl
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Charting Services Rendered Here

Tapestry Crochet Charting Services
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So now that I can’t sell my trademarked patterns on Ravelry, I can still sell my charting services.

If you have a graphic you want charted for an afghan or other fiber product that shall be crocheted, I can create the chart for you, and even a spreadsheet for larger items such as a 6 x 4 foot afghan. Here are some examples:

Afghans

San Francisco 49ers Afghan
Oakland Raiders Afghan

Pillows

Mickey Mouse
Mojo (my dog)
Knitting Tree

Miscellaneous

El Segundo Sliptstitchers Suggestion Can 1 2 3
Hibi Chick Bag

I charge California minimum wage: USD $10.00 per hour, so the bigger and the more colors in the chart, the more it will cost.

Additionally, I can convert the chart into a spreadsheet where I will color code the stitch numbers to facilitate crochet of the project.

And if you are really serious, I can teach you tapestry crochet for the measly price of USD $25.00 per hour.

Or if you can’t find the time to learn and have some extra cash, you can hire me to make the item for you at the rate of USD $10.00 per hour.

At this time, I am only charting crochet patterns for single crochet. At some time in the future, I may add knit charting services to my repertoire.

Black And White Shawl

This is the Black and White – by Three Dog Night – shawl. I made this from the left over yarn from the Oakland Raiders Afghan: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01005 White, 01040 Black, and 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran). I used a US K10.5/6.5 MM hook for better drape.

The pattern I used for this shawl is Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern. Because I used a thicker yarn weight and a bigger hook than what the pattern calls for, I did not crochet the pattern in its entirety, shorting the last grey row by approximately 8 repeats and leaving off the last three color changes. Otherwise, I followed the stripe pattern set forth by the pattern.

The shawl measures approximately 64 (W) x 37 (H) inches. Had I continued the pattern in its entirety, who know how much bigger it would be.

Price: USD $50.00