I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

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

Project Change

I blame my meds and poor lighting for the constant fuck ups on International Bright Young Thing. It is simple knit: only garter, six increases every other row, three on each side. Yet I keep getting uneven stitch counts on either side. Aiyaa!

Maybe it’s time to do some crochet on I Say A Little Prayer. I am using – what I have come discover is called – Moss Stitch, also known as Granite Stitch, and I am loving it. It reminds me of knitted linen stitch, but much faster. By chance I happened to check inside the cone to see if I had stored the yarn label in there..voila! The yarn I am using is Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon).

I Say A Little Prayer
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(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!

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

Man In The Box Cowl

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This is another stash busting sample for the proposed stash busting crochet event at Concepts In Yarn and Needlepoint. I made it yesterday in about six hours (only because I fudged the construction). This works up real quick and is an excellent stash buster for those short scraps.

This piece measures approximately 16 (D) x 5 (H) inches. The yarn used for this project is some unlabeled acrylic from my own stash. The crochet technique is called Entrelac Crochet and is constructed in a Tunisian method.

This cowl will be donated to Handmade Especially For You after the stash busting crochet event and I can teach you this technique during the event…for FREE!

Angel Baby Preemie Cap: Revised

Angel Baby Preemie Cap Revised
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I may be partial to my own crochet, but I think my revised version (right side, worked in the round, no seam) looks nicer: the stitch definition is the same on every row. The yarn used in the revised version is a continuation of the same skein of Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby).

As an observer noted on my Facebook page, I don’t usually use/recommend natural fibers for infant items, because of unknown fiber allergies; these are just samples.

I rephotographed the first one because I had folded the brim wrong. As you can see they are the same size for the most part despite the left one having a 25-stitch circumference and the right one having a 24 stitch circumference.

Sublime iPad Case

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.

Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket
Baby Blanket
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On da Hook: January 6, 2016
Off da Hook: January 21, 2016
Pattern: Mayflower Baby Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand
Yarn: Cascade Elysian (Fiber Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 06; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: 31 x 31 inches

Oh whoa! Oh whoa! Oh whoa!

Loved the pattern result. I indicated medium difficulty rating because I am an advance crocheter; Lynette had difficulty with the pattern as a less experienced crocheter. Advise confident knowledge of back/front post construction, which took me a minute to get my stitch count down. The other thing that threw me for a loop was the half double crochets, whose top stitch points left versus double crochet which point right.

Noticed some errors in the copy: Border indicates SC count…should be stitch count. Notified Caron. Once again when it come to the border, my counts got all messed up, so I improvised a border; also because we were not sure we had enough yarn. Commendation to Cascade Yarns for getting back to me within 24 hours; I was right should have read “stitches,” not “single crochet.”

When I calculated 5 skein yardage, I was short. Another visit to the store only produced one more skein and I thought we needed at least two.

Oh well, I am just waiting to hear from the client as to whether she is satisfied and then I will sew in the ends, fluff it and deliver it.

I always try to find a project appropriate song name for my projects, but I my choices are lessening. I named this project after Baby by Justin Bieber. I think I may just start picking song names at random.

Monster Mash Cowl

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.

Crickets Sing for Anamaria Afghan

Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan

On da Hook: August 5, 2015. Gosh! It reminds me of happier times: I had just met Edson. Now despite a phone call and assist from a mutual friend to give him my phone number, I have not heard word one from him. Oh well, must move on!

Crickets Sing for Anamaria Afghan
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Due to the power outage this AM, I had time to run a lifeline through Crickets Sing For Anamaria afghan and confirm I was not off target with Thesis Blanket by Phoebe Garrett. Sure enough! Because I chose magic loop versus 5 dpns, I missed two very important increases, passing nipple syndrome and already progressed to hat lands. Cut my losses?

Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan
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Wait! Hood! Try it on. Take a few pics. Hmmm, attach a cape with i-cord bind off to complete object?

Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan
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Try finding a book with instructions for an I-cord bind off…electricity back on!

Prepare this post. Seeing pictures I am very attracted to the double density of the fabric, and it’s added softness and cushiness. Maybe continue to baby afghan?

I have plenty of yarn left over to begin again, but that knit is so nice and the double density makes it so cushy.

Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan
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First option is risky and uncharted, second option is intuitive…what to do? Good time to put it on hold and go back to Electricity Shawl.

Actually, as I was preparing this post, I kept automatically calling this project Crickets Sing For Anamaria – by Emma Bunton – Afghan, so I guess it will be a baby afghan. I am definitely going to buy another set of circular US 6 needles, because that magic loop is for the birds!