Dreams Cowl

Dreams Cowl
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On da Hook: October 20, 2015
Off da Hook: October 20, 2015
Pattern: Lacey Circle Scarf by Domestic Bliss Squared
Yarn: Bernat Berella “4” (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 08927 Burgundy; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Dimensions: 25 (D) x 6 (W)

Another xmas gift finished and started another today, which I should be able to finish today. That makes only one more gift to make and I will have crafted a gift for every member of the One Skein Short group. I am excited to be using yarn that has been sitting on my self, collecting dust. Another benefits is that I have made a scratch in my yarn stash.

This gift – while not exactly the desired color – was named Dreams by The Cranberries – which is as close as I can get to the desired color.

I found the pattern to be a quick work up, despite minor errors in the pattern, which my skill level enabled me to improve on. I really like the design the stitch pattern (staggered Vs) created.

Grey Matter Cowl

Grey Matter Cowl
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Cast On: October 19, 2015
Cast Off: October 20, 2015
Pattern: Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 404 Dark Grey Heather; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Needle Size: US 9 – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: 11.5 (H) x 10.5 (D)

Only three more gifts to make for xmas and I will have made gifts for all the regular One Skein Short members. I’ve made this cowl before and it works up so quickly. The project name – Grey Matter Cowl by Oingo Boingo – is an appropriate selection from my music library. I don’t want to write too much, hoping that this will still be a surprise for the intended recipient.

Mar Azul Shawl

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On da Hook: August 15, 2015
Off da Hook: August 19, 2015
Yarn: 1 hank Newtons’ Yarn Country Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Unknown]; Yarn Color: Unknown [Aqua]; Yarn Weight: Unknown [1, Fingering]; Yardage: 1100)
Hook: US 8/H
Pattern: Amita Shawl designed by Rebecca Velasquez
Dimensions: 72 (W) X 40 (H)

When I was given this yarn I was so bedazzled by the color; I did not immediately recognize it was a tangled hank! Approximately 10 hours later, blue finger dye transfer syndrome, and with the help of Cathy and Lynette, I was able to spin into a beautiful yarn cake.

This pattern has been in the back of my mind for some time now: I never tire of being able to crochet a project up so quickly. The name of this project – Mar Azul by Césaria Évora – was a no brainer. The woman that gifted the yarn to me is blond and this shawl will look great on her. Fortunately, there was enough yarn in the hank to make a shawl more closely to the recipient’s 5’8″ stature. I am – technically – over in the width, but I don’t have any significant leftovers either. The pattern is written for the intermediate crocheter, or one given to intuitive instruction, but otherwise easy to interpret.

Puff the Magic Mojee Dog Collar

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On da Hook: August 16, 2015
Off da Hook: August 16, 2015
Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Acrylic, per burn test; Yarn Color: Unknown [Maroon]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US I/9
Dimensions: Mojo Size

Getting ready to finish up Mar Azul Shawl, Mojo stretched out by my side, and I am remember the crocodile stitch collars Jacqui made. I decide to whip one up for Mojee real quick.

Pink Moon Hat/Scarf

Pink Moon Hat/Scarf
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Cast On: July 8, 2015
Cast Off: July 14, 2015
Scarf Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hat Pattern: Modified Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold
Yarn A: Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3425 Sparkling Rose, Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Scarf Hook: US H/8 – 5 mm
Hat Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm
Scarf Dimensions: 6 (W) x 58 (L) inches

With approximately 4 skeins left of the Patons Brilliant, I set out to crochet another cowl, but decided in the end to make it a scarf. The scarf is crocheted in the girdle stitch, also known as the moss stitch. My hope was that it would produce a thicker fabric, but with such a big hook it didn’t work.

With some unlabeled yarn left, I started the Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold, which calls for worsted weight yarn. The modification I made was after row 13, where I replaced rows 14-16 with ten rows of front post double crochet, 5 double crochet. After that I did row 17 (single crochet) and then replaced rows 18-21 with five rows of alternating front post double crochet/back post double crochet. The hat fits my 24 inch circumference head tightly, so I presume it will fit most female heads perfectly. The length comes down to just over the top of my ears, so I figure it will fit a female head to halfway over the ear. In other words, a perfect fit. I have had the pattern for so long, but always thought it was too involved to crochet. Now I improvised with a different weight and found the pattern pretty simple. I was prompted to make it as I received the pattern as wrapping on a birthday gift this past weekend at my birthday party.

I still have one skein left; I think I am going to contribute it to my DK weight scraps for a scrapghan in the future.

I had suggested to my sit ‘n’ stitch group – One Skein Short – that we make some scarves, cowls, hats to donate to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship as a thank you for allowing us to meet there. I think I will donate these two pieces as a set.

The project name – Pink Moon by Nick Drake – is a selection from my music library.

2015-08-07: I gave this away to a customer that just bought two of my shawls.

Working With Rayon

You've Got Your Troubles Shawl
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This is a shawl I am making for a friend of mine, Cathy. I have named this project You’ve Got Your Troubles – by The Fortunes – Shawl. Well, I’ve got mine; That’s how the song goes.

Cathy chose the yarn from one of Newton’s Yarn Country’s parking lot sales before showing me the pattern. Her yarn choice is like a rayon, very slippery. Having worked with rayon before, I did not think much about her choice. Of course, this was before she gave me the pattern she liked. The pattern (The Shawl – Collared Shawl from the book Crochet Your Way by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin) calls for a 70% mohair, 30% silk blend, which might be a lot easier to work with because of the hairs, and crochet hook sizes G, H, I, J & K, beginning with the K.

The first attempt went well from the foundation chain except that using such a large hook with such a fine medium caused the foundation chain stitches to twist on themselves, making stitch identification and consistency difficult. On the third attempt I got the idea to crochet the foundation chain around a length of waste yarn to prevent the stitches from twisting on themselves. This was a very important lesson learned.

I was still struggling with tension, and I think because of that, I kept loosing stitches. I am a counter, but at this point, I am losing patience. I am counting as I crochet, double-checking when I am off. Another lesson I have learned is to count stitches while the project lays flat on a table versus in holding the project in mid-air.

Another problem is the stitch identification. At least three times I have lost stitches on the decrease row. Because the stitching is so loose, it is hard to identify the decrease; add to that the correct replacement of the stitch marker.

Pictured above is the first two rows, crocheted with a K hook. I am about to switch to the J hook and start the first set of decreases. My plan of action is to take my time, perhaps turn off the television and/or the music, so I can concentrate because I already told Cathy if this doesn’t work out, I am going to grab my size 8 steel hook and just improvise something.

Santa Baby Set

Santa Baby Set
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On da Hook: December 22, 2014
Off da Hook: December 24, 2014
Diaper Cover Pattern: Don’t Eat the Daisies Newborn Diaper Cover by Creating Beautiful Things In Life
Hat Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: [Acrylic]; Yarn Color: [Red]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: [Acrylic]; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I never know how big, or small, to make things for babies or infants, so I felt lucky to be able to measure the baby; I came up with 14 inch circumference for the head and the waist. Because I had never made a diaper cover, I chose to use a pattern. The one I selected was very easy and quick.

As for the hat: I improvised it. I had to started with a one-stitch-increase per row, but found that was getting too long. I think went to a three-stitch-increase per row, but that was too wide. It was the two-stitch-increase per row that was the winner. I think worked to a diameter of approximately 4.5 and then did six more rows in white for the brim, minus the increase. The whole hat is worked in half double crochets.

The obvious name of this project – Santa, Baby by Eartha Kitt – was most appropriate.

Goody Two Shoes Baby Booties

Goody Two Shoes Baby Booties
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On da Hook: May 9, 2014
Off da Hook: May 12, 2014
Pattern: Crochet wrap around button infant boots- girls and boys by Ashlee of I’m Topsy Turvy
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9730 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 4)
Hook: Clover G/6 – 3.75 mm

I finally finished them! I am definitely going through a funk. Normally, a project like this would only take a couple of hours at most, but this time it took me three days…at least. I just could not get into the project: changing from a Boye to a Bates to a Clover hook, as one of my primary reasons. I think working at such a tight gauge also threw me off. I am, however, very proud of the finished object. The first time I made these, I fudged up the pattern and counts. This time, despite the counts not being exact, the outcome is much better. I even went as far as to buy the buttons and sew them on!

My friend Eve is having twins: a boy and a girl. In case you can’t tell the difference above, the booties with the scalloped edge are for the girl and the booties with the crab stitch edge are for the boy. The color was one of three requested by the mother. Last I heard, mom was in the hospital, under observation. I need to find out where she is so I can deliver my gift.

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

On da Hook: December 6, 2013
Off da Hook: December 10, 2013
Pattern: I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf by Hooker Leo
Hook: Boye US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Yarn A: 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (0319 Cherry Red) [364 yds (333 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn B: 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (0389 Hunter Green) [364 yds (333 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn C: 1 skein Unknown (Light Green) [approximately 100.0 yds (155 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn D: 1 skein Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (180 Cranberry) [170.0 yds (155 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Lenghth: 78 inches (approximate)

My cousin requested this scarf a while ago, and I’ll admit, I was intimidated by possible design until such time it came to me and I was able to make the scarf over a 48 hour period. I was not happy with many of the rose patterns I found, so this pattern includes yet another rose pattern. I had enough yarn left over to make a hat and/or mitts. Keep in mind that if you change the weight of the yarn lower, you could get by with less; higher, you might be able to get by with the measurements above.

Just in case you are interested, here is the original art I created:

I Nver Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf Original Art

The pattern is available on my Patterns page, which may be accessed by the link above. This pattern remains untested; if you are interested in becoming the official tester of this pattern, please email your request to me. Until an official tester is assigned, I am available via email. While I condone your profit from making this scarf, I do ask that you do not duplicate the pattern for dissemination amongst your friend because I don’t think the cost of $2.50 is exorbitant. You are on your honor, as I cannot possible police this.

Third Founder Book Cover

Third Founder Book Cover
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On da Hook: ?
Off da Hook: October 13, 2013
Pattern: Third Founder Book Cover by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Red Heart Super Saver (Black)
Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Spring Green)
Hook: US I – 5.5 mm

Third Founder's Book Cover
source: Andrew B

A very good – and now old – friend of mine asked if I could crochet a book cover for his bible: Alcoholics Anonymous. It took me a while to find the book in my parent’s house, and once secured, I procrastinated due to being overwhelmed with class handouts and samples. Anyway, I finally set to making it and finished the first one in one day. However, the first one had a narrower flap on the inside book cover and did not fit to my liking. So about two days before the Off da Hook date, I started another. This one fits much better.

I am going to send both to my friend, affectionately known as The Third Founder. I hope he likes one of the two. My irrational fear is that everyone in his group will want one and I will become overwhelmed with order. From my keyboard to God’s eyes.

I heard back from my friend. My book cover was not pretty enough! Figures. And why was the yarn so crunchy and thick? I explained that as a template, I like to use my cheap acrylic stuff, as well as a Big Book should be used daily, therefore, requiring a heavy duty cover. As it turns out, my friend sent me his book cover which inspired his request. Apparently, the person that made his first one used a DK weight yarn with sparkledies – not captured in image – and it was fitted. Excuse me! 😀

As I am so busy with all my other projects and teaching, I left the project alone. I might come back some day in the future just to see if I can design a similar book over, but the blue on pictured seems more of a challenge because it looks like it is crocheted from the center out.

My pattern is available for purchase on my patterns page which you can access by following the link above. While I condone your profit from making my pattern, I do ask that you do not copy my pattern for dissemination among your friends, though if you are a true Friend of Bill’s, this statement becomes moot. Besides, there is no way for me to police this; all I can do is ask. However, I don’t think USD $5.00 is an exorbitant fee for a book cover pattern that may be customized to protect your bible! Finally, if you grace me with a purchase of this pattern, and you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to the pattern, so that I can send you a request to feature your finished object.

Happy hooking!