I needed something mindless to work on in the UCLA School of Dentistry tomorrow, while I am evaluated for services. I wanted to start a crochet wingspan, but could not remember the stitch counts from the knitted pattern and not the pattern is not available for free anymore. Too much thinking required, so I started a back loop single crochet shawl: On da Hook: August 16, 2015. The project name – Crooked Teeth by Death Cab For Cutie – should be an obvious reference to my dental health issues.
I am not crazy about the back loop construction. I am almost tempted to use the red cone with the natural colors for Crochet Boomerang Scarf v1 by Gail S. Hovanec. Crap I just noticed I cut my ends. Well, I just stayed with the blue, green, purple, this might be able to be saved. Maybe I’ll just continue back loop for the an approximate nape and then switch to another single crochet method?
The above afghan – The Crickets Sing for Anamaria by Emma Bunton – I started on August 1, 2015. I am using size US 6 needles, after knitting a swatch in US 10 and US 8 and not caring for the fabric. My presumption is that the yarn is from Newton’s Yarn Country as it is on a big ol’ cone. It is based on the pattern Thesis Blanket by Phoebe Garrett. Emily Ocker’s circular cast-on method was easy-peasy, but if I was going to make this again, I might just start with four stitches versus the 12 required by the pattern. I can officially state that I am not a fan of magic loop or knitting in the round, unless the number of stitches is sufficient to be held on the needles without constant manipulation.
The afghan below – Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios by Adam & The Ants – Afghan that I started yesterday. This is a scrapghan that is being created from all my wool/wool blend scraps: MadelineTosh, Newton’s Yarn Country Hand-Dyed by me, Cascade 220, etc. I am loving it so far. I will be challenged add more colors in a way that they compliment the afghan.
Cast On: June 26, 2015 Cast Off: July 9, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Yarn A:Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3425 Sparkling Rose, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Yarn B: Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3143 Blue Shimmer, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Yarn C: Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3005 White Twinkle, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Needle: US 6 – 4 mm Dimensions: 8 (w) x 57 (c)
This project was inspired by a cowl I saw on Judge Judy or People’s Court and started the day I was admitted to the hospital for a deep vein thrombosis in my right leg. I could have sworn, I did not have a twist when I connected the cast on for knitting in the round, and did not notice it until I was into the White Twinkle. Aiyaa! I really like the colors of this cowl; they remind me of ice cream. Additionally, I like the metallic sparkle in the yarn – barely noticeable in the shadows of the above images. I had calculated a circumference of six feet, based on the yarn label gauge information; apparently I was off. The yarn is very light weight and the cowl has an extreme drape. As such, it doubles well and might even triple for a more cozy fit.
The project name – Bad Blood by Neil Sedaka – was inspired by my health condition and is coincidentally appropriate considering the accidental twist. The cowl was constructed with a cast on of 432 stitches and knitted in a 2 x 2 rib. I used one skein for each stripe, which is approximately 13 rows.
I’ve decided to donate this cowl to charity, as I am not 100% happy with the resulting project.
With leftovers from It’s My Life Shawl and being a big admirer of West’s designs, I am trying to replicate Exploration Station into a crochet pattern.
As you can see, my swirls are not as definitive as West’s, but my is reversible and I there colors are different on each side! I might try again with taller stitches to better replicate the swirl pattern, but I think math is definitely needed to figure out the formula for short-rowing, and I don’t want to become a mathematician also!
My plan today is to start the simulated brioche using back/front post double or treble crochets. After that, I may need to purchase more yarn to finish this project.
In case you were wondering about the project name – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most by Ella Fitzgerald – I have been really going through a tough emotional state lately and I think pink and green really represent spring to me the most.
Cast On: Date Not Recorded Cast Off: March 25, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown) Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown) Yarn C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown) Yarn D:Trendsetter Joy (Fiber Content: Polyester, Nylon, Yarn Color: F1194; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Needle Size: US 13 Dimensions: 5.5-inch width x 70-inch circumference
Ever since a long past yarn stash organization, I thought these two yarns would go well together. Now that I am trying to make a dent in my yarn stash, I finally got around to making this cowl. The white yarn, I am not even sure is – technically – yarn; it is more like the stuff you might find inside your mattress. Hence the project name – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics. The white yarn is actually three shades that I used in order from light to dark.
Making this cowl was slow going – about two to three weeks – mostly because I did not want the little ribbons to be caught between the stitches. I could have just knitted it, gone back afterwards and freed them, but I am so anal retentive, I figured I might as well free them while knitting. The white yarn presented problems as well because of the fibrous composition, requiring slow knitting so as to minimize fiber tangles. The construction is a double-strand of the white and the Trendsetter Joy in Garter stitch with a seam at the end.
This item is for sale – Price: USD: $84.00 – and would make a very attractive Easter accessory.
This is my current at-home project. Ever since a previous yarn stash organization, I thought this Trendsetter Joy (Fiber Content: Polyester, Nylon, Yarn Color: F1194; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) would go will with this white fiber fill stuff that I acquired from someone/somewhere – hence, the name Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by the Eurythmics. I am pretty sure this will be a cowl and not a scarf, unless I am unable to get to my desired length of six feet.
The white yarn (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown) – truthfully, I don’t even know if this is yarn – is actually three balls of similar composition, but slightly darkening in color every so gradually. If you look closely at the picture you will see the second color on the left and the white on the right. This yarn(?) is a challenge to work with as the fibers are pretty wild and catch on the needles a lot. Combine that challenge with trying to set the little ribbons free and you can imagine how slow the progress is. I keep trying to focus on knitting, figuring I can go back afterwards and pull the little ribbons out, but I am so anal retentive, I can’t stop myself from trying to do this while I knit.
This project also reminds me very much of Easter and I am hoping to finish by that date, whenever it is.
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Cast On: January 2015 Cast Off: March 12, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A:Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0722 Pretty ‘n Pink; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic: Yarn Color: 0319 Cherry Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Needle Size: US 8 Finished Size: approximately 72-inch circumference x 6.5-inch width
I can’t believe I finished in time for the Basic Two-Color Brioche Workshop I am teaching this Saturday at the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild. This project started out of It’s My Life Shawl (Stephen West Mystery Knit-A-Long: Exploration Station), which called for two-color brioche knitting; a skill I had never attempted. It seemed easy enough when I began, but then I dropped a stitch and went into a complete panic, as I had not inserted a life line. Fortunately, I was able to frog it back to the previous section and maintain the correct stitch count.
After that traumatic experience, I figured I better practice two-color brioche knitting, so I grabbed some acrylic from my stash and set out to learn by repetition. I’ll admit that I had to restart this project at least five times, but one I became focused I discovered that I had about a foot. I decided to continue practicing until it was long enough (my preferred length: 6 feet) for a scarf or a cowl; obviously deciding on a cowl. It wasn’t until it came to the seaming that I decided against giving it a twist. Actually, I am quite impressed with the neatness of the seam, as I was worried about how to bind off the brioche knitting.
Red Heart can sometimes be scratchy, but as I continued to work with these two skeins the scratchiness dissipated and I began to experience more softness. When I launder this cowl, I will use extra fabric softener for increased softness. The name of this project – My Funny Valentine by Sarah Vaughan – hints to the fact that I was hoping to finish by Valentine’s Day, but after a while of knitting, I began to get bored, quickly crocheting Circle In The Sand Mobius Cowl as a diversion.
With this project I finally learned how beneficial repetition is when it comes to learning a new technique. I can put the project down, pick it up and know exactly where I am in the pattern repeat; I began to notice how little mistakes were created by knitting the wrong strands; and most importantly, I could identify and fix mistakes before I got to far along.
On da Hook: March 6, 2015 Off da Hook: March 8, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn:Sirdar Snuggly Baby Care (Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic, 40% Cotton; Yarn Color: 0321; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Hook: US G/6 – 4.00 mm Dimensions: 4 inch width x 44 inch circumference
Having tired of brioche knit and having been gifted with two skeins of this lusciously soft yarn by my friend Cathy, I decided to crochet this mobius cowl real quick, which also satisfied my need to complete a project. I started with a chain of 200, created a mobius twist, and worked alternating front and back post double crochets, ending with a crab stitch border. This cowl is smaller than I normally like to make them but very cute, appropriate and did I mention soft? It has the feeling of worn jeans and as I was crocheting it, I kept envisioning it with a casual outfit. I love all the texture also.
I asked Cathy if she wanted the cowl to take on her Peru cruise, departing next Sunday. I am kind of hoping she will accept it, letting me off the hook for a shawl out of the rayon-type thread I was originally asked to make. If not, I will create a new post advertising the cowl for sale. I should know on Thursday, when Cathy will have a chance to review the project and decide if she wants it, or not.
The project name Circle In The Sand by Belinda Carlisle – is a selection from my music library.
It all started with the Stephen West Exploration Station (AHW Project Name: It’s My Life Shawl) Mystery Knit-A-Long. I am supposed to be doing this with a friend of mine from One Skein Short Group (Every Thursday Evening; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ The Vineyard Christian Fellowship‘s Coffee Connection, in the Gallery Room – dim lighting, at least, to my taste. EXCEPTION: Second Thursday of every month we meet at same edifice, but different room: The Park Room). I had never done brioche, but his tutorial seemed easy enough to follow, so I proceeded with confidence. About six rows in, I had dropped a stitch and had a complete traffic jam.
Not looking to frogging, I procrastinated. I’ll admit I sighed with relief when Ania injured herself New Year 2015 and was not able to attend the group; embarrassed by my inability to catch on to the brioche so quickly. I finally frogged about a week ago and was quite relieved that I had maintained the correct amount of stitches. The first thing I did was run a life line.
The next thing I did was grab two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color A: Cherry Red, Yarn Color B: Pretty ‘n’ Pink; Yarn Weight: 4, worsted) and start practicing. After about three attempts, each ending with mistakes most attributable to lack of attention, I finally diverted my attention briefly by making two extra large yarn cakes from the skeins.
My third attempt – after about three tries – has resulted in the following; the most important thing learned: Attention Required! My knitting teacher, Ana, used to say “admire your work often.” This is a good practice when learning basic two-color brioche, or any new stitching method. The final benefit of much practice: you learn to read your stitches much better and can learn to un-knit, if necessary.
The picture above represents my best attempt at learning this technique. I hope I am not jinxing myself with this post. I am going to continue practicing until the skeins run out, hoping to become qualified enough to teach this technique, as I am teaching a workshop at the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild (meets second Saturday of each month; St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church) in about two weeks time.
Even as I become more knowledgeable about this technique, my mind is running with the thought of how this cowl would look with a mobius cast on, changing bias of the brioche knit.
Cast On: December 22, 2014 Cast Off: January 10, 2015 Finished: February 13, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A:Berroco Optik (Fiber Content: 48% Cotton, 21% Acrylic; 20% Mohair, 8% Metallic, 3% Polyester; Yarn Color: 4937; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Yarn B: Mutine Bo Bouton d’Or (Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 32% Viscose, 24% Polyamide, 4% Polyester; Yarn Color: Poivre 464; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Yarn C: ONline Linie 103 Allegro (Fiber Content: 45% Virgin Wool, 45% Polyamide, 10 Polyester; Yarn Color: 0004; Yarn Weight: 5, Chunky) Yarn D: Unknown
A previous customer/friend of mine from the yarn store gifted me with a bunch of brown novelty yarn approximately in November 2014. My idea was to just knit it into a warp, not even considering the different weights, which I finally nailed down today in preparation of this post. Of course the sides of my fabric bowed and pulled, which was unattractive. Then a lightbulb went off one night in a dream, when I finally found a use for some fox heads a previous guild member had gifted me with.
Today, having a car, I ventured out to F & S Fabrics to buy a needle that would pierce the hide, a thimble and some heavy duty thread. I then went to Michaels to purchase some Xacto replacement blades for trimming the hides. I sewed the heads onto either end, seamed up the fabric sides to create a tube, and voila!
The project name – What Does The Fox Say? by Ylvis – should be obvious. The scarf if available for purchase: Price: USD $288.00. This price reflects only knitting time, as the yarn was gifted to me, as well as the fox heads.