Amazing Shawl

Amazing Shawl

About The Name

Amazing by George Michael

The yarn is called Amazing. Click images for enlargement/slide show.

About Amazing Shawl

Care: Machine Wash Cool, Lay Flat to Dry
Dimensions: 40-inch wingspan x 14-inch depth
Value: USD $117.00 – USD $17.00/yarn + $100.00/labor ($10.00/hr)
Price: USD $68.00

I only wish I had more Amazing yarn to make an even more amazing shawl. I improvised the pattern; had I been blessed with more foresight, I would have introduced a lace spine, but calculations were bogging me down.

My only other self-criticism would be the final border, which actually looks fine and actually works. I meant to gradually introduce the seed stitch and then begin the 1 x 1 rib below a five-row seed stitch repeat versus beginning the rib below a one-row seed stitch repeat. Click images for enlargement/slide show.

About The Yarn

Lion Brand Amazing

Color: 211 Strawberry Fields
Content: 53% Wool; 47% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

I knew I was knitting with smaller needles (US 6) when I started and was just too lazy to change to the correct size. I just wanted to start. At first, my tension was way tight, evidenced by cramping fingers. Once I relaxed, I zipped right along. I have finished only one other project as fast: Mojo’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dog Sweater, back in 2011!

Wanting to add something different, and to avoid stockinette curling, I inserted some seed stitch followed, and ending, with one-by-one ribbing. Even though I contradicted my pattern planning, I am extremely happy with the finished project.

Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00

Because I Got High Cowl

Because I Got High Cowl

About The Name

Because I Got High by Afroman

Today is 4/20, the unofficial day of marijuana and this is what you come up with when you have – a believed – incomplete skein of yarn, ODDBALL.

About Because I Got High

Care:Consult a dry cleaner.
Dimensions:
12-inch diameter x 4-inch width
Price: USD $10.00

Because the targeted scarf was too short, I improvised a connection and turned it into a cute little cowl.

About The Yarn

This ODDBall came to me from CSNanaCat, as part of her de-stash. It was unlabeled and it appeared to me to be incomplete.

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

I have this started as of February 9, 2018. Since then, I was looking for yarn to complement the Universal Yarn Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock yarn I had from my stash. I finally found it, and on sale, at JOANN Fabric and Craft Store: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight. I bought four skeins to match the quantity of Naked Sock I had on hand. After that I started searching for a pattern. I thought I had one selected in Wrap Flower Power by Martina Paulsen, but I was missing the required needle size. Thanks to my Foxy Knits connection, I was able to order the needles without problem.

Somehow I forgot I had selected a pattern and then there was some confusion with the project name. Remembering that I had wanted to develop my half-circle/crescent shaped shawl, I started crocheting with the yarn and that’s how the stitch method and pattern got changed.

It’s coming along nicely.

Cherish Cowl: Phase II

Cherish: Phase II

About Phase II

In the mornings when I awake and begin to crochet or knit with my morning cup of coffee while listening to the news, my legs remain warm under the blanket, Mojo providing additional warmth as he lies nestled between my legs. Meanwhile, my shoulders and neck are freezing…but, not anymore!

Designer Notes

Using the general crochet formual for a circle, calculated the number of edge stitches on the cowl, this time taking into consideration, the adjustment that had been made at the end of round one to accommodate evenly distributed petal/scale placement.

88 stitches.

Next I divided the number by eight for even increase distribution and started increasing to my shoulder width. At that point, I stopped increasing, hoping for a more immediate shaping, which did not develop, and ended with me frogging back to the last increase row.

Well, at least I am going to cherish this creation.

Get Off Of My Cloud Shawl

Get Off Of My Cloud

About The Project Name

Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones was inspired by the ribbon used to make this shawl. It could also be a snub to any competing designers, as I managed improvise invisible increases. 😀

Because the yarn manufacturer was unidentifiable, this item qualifies as an ODDBALL.

Dimensions: 36-inch nape / 58-inch wingspan / 16-inch depth
Price: USD $50.00, less 20% environmental donation

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About The Pattern

Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane of Involving The Senses

Clear writing makes this pattern easy to follow. If you follow the link, you see that I took the yoke of the cardigan and converted to a shawl pattern. The reason I liked it was because I though it would consume my last spool of ribbon; if if it did not, I could probably improvise some increase with some help from other knitters.

Shalom Cardigan only includes three pattern repeats. I still had ribbon. So what I did was take the previous increases and increased the stitch number by one. It seemed to work, except for the border, which because of it’s shortness, turned into a mild ruffle, which is okay by me.

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About The Yarn

Care: Consult a dry cleaner
Color: 1304 [Off-White*]
Content: 70% Cotton, 30% Viscose
Weight: Unknown

Get Off Of My Cloud

* Hooker Leo designation due to missing information

 

 

Red Blooded Woman Cowl

Red Blooded Woman Cowl

About The Project Name

Red Blooded Woman by Kylie Minogue

I kept thinking blood with the dark red colors. A “red” search of my music library revealed Red Blooded Woman and a lightbulb turned on. I’ll tell you by the end, I was “hot-“tempered trying to make a border on a very loose fabric to hide some wonkiness.

The more I look at that first image the more it reminds me of a heart! <3

The designation of this project is on hold for the moment, as I am not sure to whom it belongs. The yarn was scooped up from the charity table at the end of my last guild meeting. I asked if it was free, received confirmation from another member – I think it was Kathy McF – and took it. Like I need more yarn!

I need to stop doing that; the good thing is that I work it up immediately. So it’s in and out. Besides, my UFOs are piling up!

I suppose because the item contains both labeled yarns and oddballs, I think I will donate it back to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Charity Division.

Dimensions: 30-inch diameter x 11-inch width

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About The Yarn

Gedifra Barocco

Care: Hand wash. Do not Iron, Do not bleach. Lay flat to dry. Professional dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 1741
Content: 38% Nylon, 38% Acrylic, 21% Wool, 3% Polyester
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Calisson d’ anny blatt

Care: Hand wash. Do not bleach. Do not iron. Professional dry clean. Cold water.
Color: 119
Content: 30% Cotton, 29% Acrylic, 22% Polyamide, 19% Viscose
Weight: 5, Bulky

Premier Starry Night

Care: Hand wash, cold water
Color: 37-03 Chinese Lantern
Content: 90% Polyamide, 10% Gitter Yarn
Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown 1 (Mohair Blend)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 5, Bulky*

Unknown 2 (Sparkle)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine Cooler*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 3, DK*

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* Designation by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label

Pepper Cowl

Pepper Cowl

About The Project Name

Pepper by Butthole Surfers is an odd tune, but appropriate for the yarn this cowl is made from, Cayenne. For those even more familiar with the album – ElectricLarryLand – you’ll gain an even greater respect for the way I felt knitting this piece.

About The Yarn

Feza Cayenne

Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 49% Acrylic, 11% Nylon
Yarn Color: 08
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I’ve used this before, when I made I Feel Free…four years ago! When these last two skeins popped up in my stash, I was eager to rid myself of them, especially when I discovered two noticeably different dye lots.

About The Project

Alternating between crochet and knit projects, it was time to knit, despite having attempted previously to crochet something and just not feeling it. Besides, I had crocheted the stuff before.

At first I was going to alternate every two rows. I struggle knitting small objects in-the-round, because I think I am missing the 24-inch cables from my set. Very frustrating. Out of frustration, and in the end, I doubled the yarn cast on enough stitches to span the cable length and set off in a 2×2 rib.

Wanting to be different, on the fourth round I changed it up with a K2TOG, YO, P2TOG, YO. Wanting to be even more different, after another three rows of 2×2 rib, I changed to back loop. Too difficulty and really over it, I left it – evidenced in the photo.

As such, this is a donation to charity. The mistake aside, I pretty much created a faux, twisting cable, bias stitch.

 

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Solved

Mystery Achievement Afghan

About The Project Name

Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders was an ideal choice for this mystery that I was able to solve and even write my own mystery.

About The Yarn

Schoeller+Stahl Portofino Soufflé

Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, 20% Nylon
Yarn Colors: 4705 (2 balls), 4724 (7 balls), 4739 (2 balls), 4727 (2 balls)
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

Very pretty colors, but it has a bouclé feel, which gets very old when one has to ?, and because I was improvising, on a new technique, I have plenty of opportunity to frustrate myself. I got so frustrated at one point I broke the yarn, ?-ing. Grrr!

About The Pattern

The pattern was created in my head, as I crocheted. Until I got a pattern I liked, and then I had to chart a few layers until I was proficient enough to work without them. I was going to write a pattern, but when I realized I would have to include instructions on how to interlock crochet, I decided against it. I was having enough frustration following pattern and frogging bouclé yarn.

About The Project

Dimensions: approximately 36 inches, square
Price: USD $100.00, less 25% friends/family discount, where applicable

If you look closely at the pictures, you might notice the reversed pattern.

I would like to point out that this was crocheted in-the-round, which I challenged myself to learn, as the book I used (Interlocking Crochet: 80 Original Stitch Patterns Plus Techniques and Projects by Tanis Galik) taught only row-by-row.

Mystery Achievement Afghan
Mystery Achievement Afghan designed/crocheted by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

 

Pork and Beans Infant Pork Pie Hat

Pork and Beans Infant Pork Pie Hat

About The Project

Pork and Beans by Weezer – this was an easy project to name. Honestly, only time will tell if the hat actually fits, January 2018 being the due date. Considering it is modeled after Safety Dance Beanie, which is based on another pattern.

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About The Pattern

I will be writing the quick pattern right after this post.

About The Design

The hat is constructed in single crochet only and designed according to standard guidelines: “full-term babies tend, on average…a head circumference of about 13 1/2 inches.[1]” Using my handy dandy circle calculator, I calculated the diameter to be 4.3 inches. I did not use any ease, negative/positive, as the diameter was on point and matched Safety Dance Hat diameter.

Because of the shaping, I used a US 7  crochet hook for a denser fabric.

About The Yarn

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Culinary Colors

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 19006 Urban Pastels
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 01317 Hot Purple
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Peaches & Creme

Fabric Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: 1 White
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

1. Parents; Charting Baby’s Growth: Whether she’s in the top or bottom percentile, your baby is probably doing just fine.; Petronio C. Yadao, MD from American Baby, 2003

Green Onions

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!