Bad Blood Scarf

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Cast On: December 20, 2016 | Bind Off: December 27, 2016

This is a gift for the pharmacist that assisted with my prothrombin time (PT) testing when I was on Warfarin. I’ll admit that I had a bad attitude when I finally met him, but his personality disarmed me of my attitude and I started liking him…more than I should. Solution: add him to my xmas list and make something for him, so he’ll never forget me. Ha ha ha ha ha!

I was initially going to do a huge cable bordered by another stitch, but could not find a border stitch that I liked. When I got started I totally screwed up the cable. Aiyaa! I started searching for a pattern that was interesting and masculine. I finally found this: Staggered Rib Scarf by Suzie Blackman. I like the pattern, but, as usual, I had to make some adjustments: the most important being:

  • cast on should be even sets of multiples of 2; example: 28 (/2=14) versus 30 (/2=15).
  • sl the first st of every row purl-wise and k the last st through the bl for a more even edge presentation

Recently I heard that a mans’ scarf should measure 5 feet, that men don’t like long scarves. This presented a dilemma for me, as the recipient is at least 6 feet tall – mmm, mmm, mmm! I like’m tall! – and I usually make scarves to a person’s height. Finished measurements: 62 (L) x 6.5 (W).

The yarn I used is Newton’s Yarn Country Worsted Acrylic on US 8 needles. The project name Bad Blood by Neil Sedaka – comes from the fact that I have bad blood…oh, and I just love that song!

Coincidentally, I just discovered this is the second Bad Blood project I have made. The last one was Bad Blood Cowl made during the hospital stay that reignited my whole bad blood situation.

 

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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This is a gift I made for the first friend I reconnected with upon my return to California…it only took nine years for me to realize I could use my stitching talents to gift my dearest friends/family. I now maintain a gift list!

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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The recipient indicated her favorite color was lavender and a cowl would be the item most used. Woohoo! I had a cone of Newton’s Yarn Country Brushed Acrylic on US 6 needles…or was it US 5 needles? The target size was 6 (W) x 34.5 (D); after washing the cowl measures 7 (W) x 37 (D).

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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I am surprised by the color change in the post images. The image above and those following were photographed in full sunlight, while the first two were photographed in the shade. I was under the assumption that sun/direct light would show “true” color…apparently not, as the cowl is closer in color to the first two images…well, at least, in my vibrant opinion.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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At the time I began this project, I had encountered the Flowers In A Row. My cowl is literally “nothing but flowers,” as you can tell from the detail image below. Some of the modifications I made to the stitch are: knit only, no spacing between flower rows, and staggered flowers.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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Well, I hope she enjoys this birthday-turned-xmas gift, named – (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads – because of the stitch used!

Canary In A Coalmine Shrug

Canary In A Coalmine Shrug
Crochet Shrug (front)

On da Hook: December 9, 2016
Off da Hook: December 10, 2016
Pattern: Sonata Shrug By Melissa Mall
Yarn: Red Heart Sport (Fiber Content: Acrylic, Yarn Color: 0230 Yellow, Yarn Weight: 3, Sport/Light)
Hook: US J – 6.00 mm
Dimensions: 32.5 (W) x 20 (H) inches

Having finished another UFO by the name of Crickets Sing For Anamaria, I decided to crochet a gift for my new BFF (best friend forever: Penny). I knew I could kick this out quickly, hoping to see her before I have to return the car. Actually, now that I think of it, I will continue to see her two days a week thanks to my generous cousin, but it’s doubtful I will see Penny on her birthday due to transportation issues.

Anyway, Penny told me her favorite color was yellow. I showed her yarn samples from my stash that I had available and to my surprise she picked the brighter color…YAY! I had done a search online for a shrug pattern, figuring following a pattern would be faster than trying to come up with something out of my head that I would like. I happened to find Sonata Shrug on Ravelry and liked it much. The pattern calls for sock, but I though the sport weight would work well enough. The only thing that might have made it drape more would be a bigger hook – US K – 6.5 mm. Oh well! I still love it.

The project name – Canary In A Coalmine by The Police – correlates to the color.

Canary In A Coalmine Shrug
Crochet Shrug (back)

Purple Haze Cowl

Purple Haze Cowl
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Project Name: Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

I like this one better than Deep Purple Cowl because the stripes are better defined and closer to the design in my mind. This will be the birthday gift for my friend from first grade instead of the Deep Purple Cowl. I am thinking the person for whom I am knitting this cowl, will not even notice the difference, but out of honesty I will give full disclosure, reducing the price if necessary. I don’t think it will be a problem, as the customer saw the first one and loved that one also.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Yarn A: Lion Brand Color Waves (Fiber Content: 83% Acrylic, 17% Polyester; Yarn Color: 347 Purple Vista; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Thread (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple]; Yarn Weight: n/a)
Needle Size: US 10

I really liked the Lion Brand Color Waves for it’s softness, cushiness and color runs. Too bad it has been discontinued.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Dimensions: 24.5 (D) x 9 (W) inches

This cowl is long enough to wrap around one’s neck twice, as pictured.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Construction: Cast on 30 stitches using a provisional cast on. Knit two rows with Yarn A & two rows Yarn B. Repeat to desired length, ending with Row 1 of Yarn B. Graft with garter kitchener stitch, using Yarn B.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Deep Purple Cowl

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Deep Purple Cowl
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This is how this cowl started out, but I thought this purple was too bright and overpowering.

I could not find a deeper purple worsted in my stash, but came across some thread in the perfect color. I double-stranded the thread and I was liking the more muted highlights. The deeper purple really compliments the shifting hues in the Lion Brand Color Waves.

Project name – Deep Purple by The Osmonds – is related to the color of this project, is a reference to my youth and my first grade friend, the recipient of this gift.

Here is my recipe:

Yarn A: Lion Brand Color Waves (Fiber Content: 83% Acrylic, 17% Polyester; Yarn Color: 347 Purple Vista; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Brushed Thread (Fiber Content: Unknown [Cotton]; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple]; Yarn Weight: [Thread])
Needle: US 10 – 6.0 mm

Provisional cast on 30 stitches with yarn A (bulky for me) on circular size 10 – 6.0 mm needle.

Slide stitches to opposite needle (needle you just knitted from).

Knit row with yarn B (thread for me)

skein tails should both be on same side…turn work

Repeat [PATTERN] to desired length

[ Knit row with yarn A (bulky for me)
Slide stitches to opposite needle (needle you just knittted from)
Knit row with yarn B (thread for me)
Skein tails should both be on same side…turn work ]

Knit 1 more row with yarn A (bulky for me).

Arrange stitches on needles for garter kitchener

Graft ends together with yarn B (thread for me)

Sew in ends

Brass In Pocket Shawl

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Cast On: May 11, 2016
Cast Off: September 1, 2016
Pattern: The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn
Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, Light, DK, Light Worsted)
Needle: US 6 – 4 mm
Dimensions: 33 (W) x 22 (H) inches

This is a gift for my oldest friend: Judy Shigekawa, whom I met in September 1963 in our kindergarten class. We reconnected a couple of years ago at a high school reunion. Her gift choice was a dark gray shawl. I hope she likes it!

While I did use the above pattern, I did add an extra repeat. I am unsure as to whether I had enough yardage for one more pattern repeat.

The project name – Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders – is relative to the pattern name.

Along Comes Mary Cowl

Cast On: Jauary 2016
Cast Off: April 5, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Laines du Pingouin Ballade (Fiber Content: 89% Mohair, 11% Nylon; Yarn Color: 15; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Fun Fur (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: 124 Champagne; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Needle: US 8
Hook: US 10 – J
Dimensions: 9 (W) x 80 (D)

This is the project I worked on while undergoing radiation therapy. It is a long overdue gift for mom. I needed something portable, that I could carry with me on the medical transportation van.

I was very eager to use the Pingouin ever since I obtained it from somewhere. Took about as much yarn to finally get comfortable with knitting the wild curls. I was lucky enough to find the right color Fun Fur in my stash, which means all the yarn was FREE!

In the light the trim looks gold!

The construction is 30 stitches knit in garter for 4+ skeins of the Pingouin, started with a provisional cast-on and ended with a garter kitchener grafting. The two-round border was a slip stitch for round one and single crochet over slip stitch for round two.

The project name is simple enough: the Pingouin yarn reminds me of lamb’s wool, which reminded me of Mary, and Along Comes Mary by The Association.

Now to get back onto that Raiders Afghan…

Sublime iPad Case

On da Hook: January 22, 2016
Off da Hook: January 22, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0319 Cherry Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0376 Burgundy; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US M – 9.0 mm
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

Mom and dad bought an iPad the other day and I made them a case for it. Each yarn is double stranded for a total of four strands. I purposefully mad the case super thick to protect the case from breakage should it be dropped. Still I told mom she should put a button on it and I could crochet a chain latch to prevent it from falling out through the top.

Project name – Sublime by Supreme Beings of Leisure – is a random selection from my music library.

Legend Of A Cowgirl Cowl

Legend of a Cowgirl Cowl
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On da Hook: December 15, 2015
Off da Hook: December 17, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Lily The Original Sugar ‘n Cream (Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton; Yarn Color: Indigo; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Dimensions: Unknown (forgot to measure before gifting)

I had no blue yarn in my stash to make something for our latest member of One Skein Short and two days before we had our gift exchange, my sister brought over some yarn for me, which included this indigo cotton yarn. Perfect! I set to creating a alternating front post/back post treble crochet cowl. I thought the cotton would be good for this member, as I did not know if she runs hot or cold; my feelings were that a light weight fiber was more in line.

Copernicus Cowl

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On da Hook: October 20, 2015
Off da Hook: October 22, 2015
Pattern: Original by Hooker Leo (Pending Publication)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky (Fiber Content: 55% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 16002 (?); Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Hook: 9 mm – M
Dimensions: 25 (D) x 3 (W, rolled) / 6.5 (W, flat) inches

One more xmas gift done; that leaves one more to be done and I have covered my primary peeps. There is one other very special friend that I am going to try and make a gift for as well. I am hoping the recipient will like this project color, who desired purple. When I think of purple, I don’t usually think in pastels (lavender). By the way, this yarn is discontinued and I lost my yarn label, so I had to guess at the yarn color.

This project name – Copernicus by Basia – is related to the ethnicity of the recipient, who shares the same ethnicity as Basia. Coincidentally, my design is also related a major event in the history of science, triggering the Copernican Revolution, a model of the universe that placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe by scientist Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer. At first I was not crazy about the curling, but then I realized how the cowl took on a rope-like look, and like it even more when I doubled it. When I styled the cowl for photography, I discovered that perhaps if I make it even wider, the cowl can be opened at the neck/shoulders to better accentuate the design. I am also wondering how 5-stitch double crochet cluster might change the garment design, versus 3-stitch double crochet clusters. In reality, the size of this cowl was based on the amount of yarn I had in my stash (213 yards).