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.
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.
On da Hook: October 18, 2014 Off da Hook: November 29, 2014 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Hooks: US I/9 & US J/10 Yarn A: [Malabrigo] (Fiber Content: [Wool]; Yarn Color: [Grey]; Yarn Weight: Unknown) Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown) Yarn C:Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 303 Cream; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Yarn D: Mi Amigo (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown] Finished Size: 80 x 19 inches
I started this shawl during my last crochet class with Sheila. I was fired before I could show her how to finish hers, but here is my finished product. I was going to donate it to the store, but since I have been banned, I guess I will try to sell it or donate it. This shawl was constructed with yarn scraps that were laying around the store. Regarding the Grey Yarn: I think it’s Malabrigo, but without a label, I can’t be sure; Mi Amigo Yarn: I don’t remember if that is the blue, maroon or the multicolor. The Blue Yarn had to be double stranded to match the weight of the others.
The construction is from side to side, working half double crochets in the back post. One side is longer than the other because I screwed up the decrease, but it doesn’t make much difference to the finished project. The name – Little 15 by Depeche Mode – is very descriptive when it comes to the construction. I alternated row counts per color in the following multiples: 15, 5, and 3 until such time the color was exhausted. The border is a 5 double crochet shell, single crochet on the outside and a crab stitch around the neck. The border was crocheted with a US J/10 hook.
The yarn weights appeared to be very similar but when working with them there were some subtle differences. I managed to get past the differences in weight by crocheting very loosely. Again, the difference in yarn weights doesn’t make that much of a difference in wearing of the shawl.
As for the price; make me an offer. Since I did not pay for the yarn, I am willing to let it go cheaply.
On da Hook: November 22, 2014 Off da Hook: November 22, 2014 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Hook: US K Yarn A:Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky) Yarn B: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 369 Florida Keys Green; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky) Finished Size: 28 inch diameter
Almost done with my bulky weight yarn stash, this afghan was made with one skein of each color. I really love the blue and green together.
Construction of this afghan began with a magic loop with yarn A, chain 1, 2 single crochets, 2 half double crochets, 2 double crochets. Yarn B was attached and instructions were repeated. For row two and onward, I simply worked a crochet circle formula in double crochet, increasing every row to the end, alternating between working yarn A and yarn B. The last row of each color (20 stitches) was worked in 20 half double crochets, 20 single crochets, and 20 slip stitches.
I am not sure if I have enough for a matching hat, but am pretty sure I have enough for an infant hat in the same colors.
Price: USD $75.00.
The name of this project – I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer by Deee-Lite – was a selection from my music library.
I did have enough yarn to make a hat, though after reading the pattern carefully, I discovered that the hat I made is for 9-12 months old versus newborn. Grrr!
On da Hook: November 11, 2014 Off da Hook: November 21, 2014 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Hook: US M Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: [Acrylic/Polyester]; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: [6, Super Bulky]) Yarn B:Bernat Tizzy (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: Creamsicle; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky) Yarn C:Lion Bouclé (Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon; Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky) Yarn D: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 790 Black; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky) Finished Size: 32 x 32 inches
In an attempt to finish the rest of my bulky yarn stash, I crocheted this baby afghan for that special Halloween baby. Granted, this afghan is smaller than Cousins Afghan and crochet is faster than knitting; this afghan took 9.5 hours to make while Cousins Afghan took 52.5 hours.
The white, Creamsicle and Tangerine were all super bulky weight, while the Black was only bulky. I was surprised at the difference in fabric denseness, but think it works well enough together. I am quite surprised the black and white look good together and I think it’s the breaks of orange that help in that matter – good color theory lesson.
The name of this project – Halloween Spooks by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – should be obvious.
Here is the next cowl to be donated to Handmade Especially For You, unless you like it so much and would like to purchase it at the reduced Price: USD $20.00. This cowl is seamed. I recommend wearing with seam at back of neck, as pictured. As you can see, the colors include white, pink, beige, grey, burgundy and a touch of blue and green in one of the multi-colored yarns, all of which are of a thick, bulky weight. The fiber content is most assuredly all acrylic/man-made fibers. The only identifiable yarn used in this cowl is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).
The construction is a back loop, single crochet ripple with an US M/10 mm hook. I began with a foundation chain of 17. Row one is worked in the bottom of the foundation chain. Every row is 2sctog, 6 sc, 3 sc in the same (center) stitch, 6 sc, 2 sctog. The seam was done in pattern attaching to the front loop of the foundation chain.
When using the white/burgundy/grey novelty yarn (pictured at upper right), I held a strand of Cascade Cherub DK (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) to ease in stitch identification.
The name of this cowl — Buffy Come Back by Angel and the Reruns – is a random selection from my music library.
Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.