Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl: Blocked

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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I finally got around to blocking this shawl, after discovering a la a burn test, that the fibers are natural. If you look at my original post, you will note the points are all curled, compared to these images, where the points are laying flat.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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Despite the natural fiber discovery, I am not going to change the price: USD $75.00.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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Fade Away And Radiate Cowl

Fade Away and Radiate Cowl
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Cast On: February 27, 2016
Cast Off: March 5, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10
Yarn: Zitron Farfalla (Fiber Content: 70% Merino, 30% Polyamid; Yarn Color: 300; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Dimensions: 23 (D) x 8 (W) inches
Price: USD $50.00

I got this with some yarn scraps from CSNanaCat. I love orange and was surprised to learn it is merino wool. It is so soft. I had three skeins and used most of it for this project, which is a 5 row repeat: k, p, k, p, k. The project name – Fade Away and Radiate by Blondie – is a random selection from my music libarary, that appropriately describes this chapter of my life. I began about the second week of my radiation treatments and have been working on it during my transportation to and from the doctor’s office each morning.

If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) Cowl

If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) Cowl
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Cast On: February 7, 2016
Cast Off: February 8, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Red]; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Needle: US 10 – 6 mm
Dimensions: 18 (D) x 7 (W) inches
Price: USD $25.00

CSNanaCat gave me some yarn she did not want anymore. After combining some of it with some of my odds and ends I came up with a big ball o’ yarn!. Initially, I was just going to create scrap scarfs, but as I began with this red, which was pretty much a full skein without a label, I began to like it by itself and felt it the fabric was big enough to be an item unto itself. The project name – If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) Cowl by Maria McKee – is a selection from my music library.

As for the construction: 30 stitches worked in garter for the entirety of the yarn, and seamed with a crochet slip stitch.

The cowl is very soft, warm and cozy!

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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On da Hook: ?
Off da Hook: January 9, 2016
Pattern: Wingspan by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: [unnatural fiber]; Yarn Color: [Red]; Yarn Weight: [3, Double Knitting (DK)])
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: [unnatural fiber]; Yarn Color: [Blue]; Yarn Weight: [3, Double Knitting (DK)])
Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: Neck Width: 11 inches x Cape Width: 66 inches x Cape Wedge Height: 18 inches
Price: USD $ 75.00

I finally got around to converting Maylin’s Wingspan into single crochet. As it turned out I did have my counts right, thought they could always be adjusted to one’s liking; I used the guidelines set forth by Maylin.

A feature that occurred in crochet, which does not present when knitted, is the spines that are created when crocheting the shorted rows. This may make blocking a bit more difficult considering the man-made fibers used to test the conversion. I was just so excited to have finished a long overdue project.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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I had to insert the blue wing because I did not have enough of the red to complete the project in one color. Fortunately, I had a duplicate yarn – at least I think they are the same yarn – in a different color, but the same hue. These two colors remind me of bluejays and robins, hence the name of the shawl – Fly, Robin, Fly – by Silver Convention.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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Glass Crochet Hooks

Glass Crochet Hook
courtesy glasspens.com

A very creative friend of mine, Myra, displayed a glass button on her Facebook feed. When I commented on it, she replied that the person she bought the button from also makes glass crochet hooks. OMG! I gotta get me some. I just received the website URL today and went to investigate. USD $90.00!? I suppose I will wait till my knitting and crochet make me world famous to afford one.

Spirit In The Sky Shawlette

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Cast On: September 25, 2015
Cast Off: October 15, 2015
Pattern: Terribly Simple by Caitlin ffrench
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Ribbon Spirits (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: Not Indicated [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Needle: US 8
Dimensions: 58 (W) x 14 (H)
Price: USD $134.00

I finally finished this project after number do-overs:

Do-over 2: Got my replacement interchangeable needle cord and cast on fewer stitches for a knit back and forth cowl on a 16-inch cord versus the 40-inch I was using.

Do-over 3: The 16-inch cord was too small. Re cast on a 20-inch cord; still too small.

Do-over 4: Cast on 24 stitches using a provision cast on, figuring I could Kitchener in the end.

Do-over 5: Cast on 25 stitches, doubling first knit row because yarn I am using is actually a slick ribbon and I thought it could be eaiser to just knit the end in from the beginning. Started in garter, but think I want something more different.

Do-over 6: Going to cast on 50 stitches for a wider project, and because I have two skeins.

After do-over 6, I finally found a simple crescent-shaped shawl pattern and set forth. The pattern was “terribly simple,” but I am not crazy about the hump at the beginning of my shawl. I will send a pic to the designer, inquiring why I got a hump, but I am already thinking that the different yarn weights may be the primary reason; because of the different yarn weight the edge is not as nice as I would like it to have been. Overall, I am loving the colors in this shawlette.

I named this shawl – Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum – after the name of the yarn (ribbon). Of course, I probably complicated knitting with this ribbon by cutting the knot connections and trying to make the shawl without knots. After the first skein, and because I hate sewing in knitting ends, I just left the knots. The ribbon portion (pale yellow) was horrendous for unraveling, requiring a knot at each cut end to prevent unraveling.

I think I am going to try and crochet a similar shawl using the same pattern; of course, converting the knit stitches to crochet stitches. However I might wait until I hear from the designer as to why my hump is so pronounced before beginning. Actually, looking at the flat picture, I think if I increased the number of edge stitches, it might push the curl up more…I think that’s the secret.

Monster Mash Cowl

On da Hook: October 7, 2015
Off da Hook: October 8, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Newton’s Yarn Country (Fiber Content: Acrylic; Yarn Color: [Orange]; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran or Worsted)
Yarn B: Unlabeled Scrap Yarn (Fiber Content: [Acrylic], Yarn Color: [Black]; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran or Worsted)
Hook: US J
Dimensions: 7.5 (W) x 18 (D) inches
Price: USD $25.00

I am in love with this project because of the look, the colors, the tension and the memories of Peanuts cartoons – it reminds me of Charlie Brown’s shirt. Actually, I just visited the Peanuts website and realized that Charlie Brown’s shirt would be solid with a zig zag black stripe. I guess I can add one more project to my queue.

Coincidentally, as I sat down to post this project, I started my iTunes and the first song that came up was Thriller by Michael Jackson, so I guess I can create another Halloween-themed object. Now that I am in Halloween mode, I am thinking of doing a ghosty cowl – perhaps in tapestry crochet; it depends on how long it will take to design.

Crooked Teeth Shawl: Complete

On da Hook: August 16, 2015
Off da Hook: September 22, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Tan]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple Gradient]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Pingouin Pingoluxe (Fiber Content: 73% Acetate, 32% Polyamide; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Blue Gradient], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Green], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn F: Artfibers Carezza (Fiber Content: 30% Silk, 30% Baby Alpaca, 40% Extrafine Merino Wool; Yarn Color: 17 [Green/Brown Gradient], Yarn Weight: 1, Fine)
Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: 45.5 (W) x 22 (H)
Price: USD $75.00

I am really loving the colors on this mid-riff shawl. I would have made it longer, but the back is approximately twice the length of the sides due to a mistake in construction. Despite the mistake, I like the lay of the shawl on the shoulders, contouring the natural shape of ones neck, shoulders and back. This shawl was made from some gradient yarn (D & F) gifted to me by an old acquaintance a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Much to my surprise some, the yarn F turned out to be something extra special, and that is provided I have the identification correct. Yarn D also turned out to be a natural fiber yarn, per a burn test. The solids I had purchased a long time ago for a Create Your Own Knitted Shawl Class I had taken; I never finished that shawl. I also was not crazy about the back loop single crochet at the beginning, but began to like it as I progress.

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The Dead Heart Shawlette

On da Hook: August 25, 2015
Off da Hook: September 5, 2015
Pattern: Boomerang for Hookers by Gail Hovanec
Yarn: Michaels Loops & Threads Luxury Sock Yarn (Fiber Content: 60% Fine Merino Super Wash Wool, 30% Nylon, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 7 Balloons; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Hook: US E/4 – 3.5 mm
Dimensions: 56 (W) x 14.5 (H)
Price: $96.00

I never knitted a boomerang scarf, but it should be just as easy as this pattern, right? I followed this pattern down to the stitch, as I was not sure how my Bar Front Loop Single Crochet would pull the yarn. I used three skeins of the yarn mentioned above to create this scarf, which is I would consider more a shawlette. The yarn has been discontinued, so you would need approximately 688.8 yards to make this project in the same size.

I suppose because I was working with sock yarn, this project seemed interminable. While I am a big fan of orange, I find that I am not crazy about this yarn color or the way it pooled. I named it The Dead Heart – by Midnight Oil – Shawlette to mark the end of my pursuit of someone that I had met and found interesting. The colors reminded me of a sunset also. There was a curl on one end, but I just steamed it out.

Nepalese Bliss Cowl

Cast On: August 13, 2015
Cast Off: August 14, 2015
Yarn: Noro Taiyo (Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 30% Silk, 15% Wool, 15% Nylon; Yarn Color: 25; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Needle: US 8
Stitch: Open-Work Mullion
Dimensions: 20 (D) x 6 (W) inches

Price: USD $78.00

I was going to use this skein in the Deeper Shade of Soul Afghan, but feeling it was a whole skein while Deeper Shade of Soul is comprised of scraps, I thought otherwise. Being out of gradient yarn of a natural fiber, I decided to make a cowl real quick with this skein of Noro Taiyo. As it turned out there was some excess yarn buried deep inside, so this may or may not be made of a whole skein. Denise had used the open-work mullion stitch for a Noro wrap she had made a while ago. I remembered the stitch and thought it was simple enough that I could whip this up quickly. I cast on 26 stitches for this cowl and just kept knitting until it was gone. Because I did not know how far the yarn would go, I had to knit a piece of fabric and seam it.

I love the colors of Noro yarns. On the negative side was the fiber content – high cotton/silk content did not provide much give – and the differentiating yarn width.

The project – Nepalese Bliss by Irresistible Force came to mind and is a selection from my music library.