Felix The Cat Cowl: Inception

Felix The Cat Cowl

I feel like the end is near and have developed a desire to crochet/knit all my good yarn before I die because I hate to see it being sold at a yard sale for fifty cents per skein.

Back in 2014 a group of friends and I ventured downtown on public transportation. We lunched at Philippe’s and then ambled over to Gather DTLA to visit another friend.

Downtown Los Angeles Day Trip
L to R: Cherylynn, Barbara, Leo, Cynthia, Cathy

It was in Gather DTLA that I purchased the skein of Lucky Lamb Yarn (multicolored). Had I been more experienced, I would have purchased enough yarn to actually make something. I’ve treasured it over the years more than actually looked for patterns using a small amount (250 yards). Unable to design something on my own back then, I have finally evolved to a level where I can improvise something simple. I was fortunate to find the complimentary solid colors in my stash: Lana Gatto Feeling in rust and Universal XF Merino Superwash in grey.

Unfortunately, I caught a mistake while examining, but it was four rows down and I didn’t want to tink back – I only 🐸 on flat pieces and only when there is no other option. Doubling up, I noticed another mistake in the picture…grrr!

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What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On?

Project 1: Church Of The Poison Mind Stole

About The Project Name

I am trying to do too many things at the same time and I forgot that I had already named this project Miss Chatelaine Stole.

When I finally got to this post, having forgotten I already named this project – I came across my inspiration for this project:

Stole: of a strip of fabric used as an ecclesiastical vestment, worn over the shoulders and hanging down to the knee or below

inspires my desired finished size: 2-3 feet x 5-6 feet

Ecclesiastical: relating to the Christian Church or its clergy

related to the yarn: a chenille and a brushed acrylic in approximately the same colors

Feeling closer to god, I started searching for a name. No songs with the word ecclesiastical in them. Next I searched church and came up with Church of the Poison Mind by Culture Club <3 I liked Miss Chatelaine because I kind of identified with the song, as a tribute to being fully authenticated gay man, however, Church of the Poison Mind is closer to my soul.

About The Yarn

Silk City Fibers 3310 Chenille

Fiber Content: 100% Viscose
Yarn Color: Wild Grass 116
Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine [1]

Shown in the featured picture. The picture also shows my inspiration, but I will need to tweek it to my liking. I also plan on calling the company to see if I can find out the yarn weight classification and maybe even get a hook recommendation from them. The other yarn is

National Spinning Company

Cone ID: Plain
Yarn Content: Unknown, man-made fiber [2]
Yarn Color: Guacamole 759C
Yarn Weight: 0, Lace [3]
Unknown Information: 1/12 SO SOFT D
Lot: 0147900 01

About The Project

Project is inspired by the yarn.

I began this project the morning I returned to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild. I was unable to decide on the yarns I was going to use for this project . This part has been settled.

I am still not sure if this should be crocheted or knitted in stockinette to show off the chenille, but that would require much care while knitting and I have a feeling the yarn will twist coming off a cone. I also want the project to be mindless for portability.

Second guessing myself, I think this project will not be very portable with two skeins and scissors for yarn changing, etc.

This project also marks my first venture into charting a pattern repeat. I will also be writing a pattern.

Church of the Poison Mind Stole
Church of the Poison Mind Stole

Project 2: Strawberry Fields Forever

About The Project Name

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles. Influenced by the yarn color: Strawberry Patch.

About The Yarn

Cascade Tangier

Yarn Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose
Yarn Color: 14 Strawberry Patch
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

About The Pattern

Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime
Easy to follow and clearly written. Have had no problems so far.

About The Project

I am not sure how big/wide this item will be so I am reserving classification until the project is finished. This project was started on the day I renewed my membership with El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild.
Strawberry Field Forever
Strawberry Field Forever

1. Per my judgement

2. Per a burn test

3. Per my judgement

 

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The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

About The Project

Dimensions: 56 (W) x 13 (D) inches
Price: USD $100.00, 25% discount for family/friends

It’s a miracle I had enough yarn for this project and that it came out to a decent size because not until I finished did I realize the yarn I used was bulky, not worsted. I knitted the project on US 8 needles because I thought the yarn was worsted weight. I 💚 this project.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

About The Project Name

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland by The B-52’s relates to the color of this shawl.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

About The Pattern

Garden View Shawlette by Tracey Withanee

💚💚💚 Easy to follow, by the middle section I was on auto-pilot, which of course caused a few row tinks and stitch adjustments.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

About The Yarn

Arucania Patagonia Nature Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: 202
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On?

I am working on The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette. This shawlette will be made form Arucania Patagonia Nature Cotton in Color: 202.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland ShawletteThe Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

I am really liking the softness of the cotton, combined with the same sensation yesterday working on some Russian Bargello techniques. For my Russian Bargello, I only have 300 mg of cotton: Patons Grace in Color 60409 Ruby , Mondial Cotton Soft Speciale Baby in Color 200 Black, and an unknown cotton left over from Pink Elephant. I am thinking I will use this sample as a pillow cover.

Russian Bargello
Russian Bargello

And I need to find another pattern for Mini Mikey’s booties because the one I was using – “Crochet Baby Booties – GREEN ZEBRA by Croby Patterns” – was poorly written. I thought it seemed familiar to another pattern I had crocheted in the past for Eve’s twins: Crochet wrap around button infant boots- girls and boys by Ashlee Prisbrey. It kills me how people can copy other people’s work; I am highly skeptical that two pattern would be created in the exact same manner. Whatever! I’m not in it.

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Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket

About The Project

I happened across this pattern while browsing Ravelry and the picture looked good – visual eye candy! When I glanced at the pattern, I found it simple enough and I had been itchin’ to knit.

Yikes! Knitting aggravates the tendonitis in my right middle and lower knuckles. Aiyaa!

About The Project Name

I was so pleased to learn I had misnamed Pink Fluffy Clouds Cocoon/Hat; because now I could more appropriately name this project Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb, which even ties into the yarn I used for this project!

About The Yarn

Red Heart Rainbow Clouds

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Color: 9010 Pastels
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

About The Pattern

Chunky Alpaca Baby Jacket by Michelle Lewis

Calls for Chunky Alpaca, so I was a little worried, but figured at one point in his short infancy, he will have at least one opportunity when this jacket will fit him. The pattern is very simple; I followed it from her web page on my iPad. The sleeves were a little tricky, until I figured out the magic loop – on my own I might add. 👏

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket
Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket knit by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World

Houndstooth

Last year I added my case worker to my xmas gift list. His color choices were black and white. Perfect! I had always wanted to make something in the houndstooth pattern as it is one of my favorite stitch patterns…so classic.

A search of the internet revealed the simplest solution: granite stitch in two alternating colors. I apologize in advance for wrong swatch color choice; they are too similar; I should have chosen two colors that are more disimilar.

Crochet Granite Stitch
Crochet Granite Stitch

I can see it but the orientation does not look right to me – full rows of one color versus alternating color tiles and undefined stitch pattern. I played around with modifying the pattern and came up with this:

Modified Crochet Houndstooth
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch II

I like the stitch definition in this version better, but I still do not like the one-color rows.

LIGHTBULB! I think I can do this with alternating color tile rows.

Next, I decided to graph the pattern and do it as tapestry crochet. The immediate problem was crocheting the whole project right-to-left with no turning to preserve the pattern continuity, which could present a bias to the finished item, and the thought of excessive tails to sew in. My solution was to crochet in the round:

Tapestry Crochet Houndstooth
Tapestry Crochet In The Round

Getting closer, but the thickness of the fabric is undesirable. Additionally, my idea to cinch the ends and attach a tassel or pompom would not be suitable for a male recipient. The next obvious attempt involved knitting for a thinner fabric:

Knit Houndstooth
Knit

The only problem here was how to cast on in pattern (two colors). Aside from that, I love it, despite my knowledge of correct technique. Because I don’t like the reverse, I think I would knit this in the round. Deciding not to cinch the end, I now need to figure out how to cast on for a single knit project and develop it into a double knit fabric that I can knit in the round. My immediate guess is to cast on and KFB all stitches to double stitch number and then knit in the round. I also think knitting in the round will make it easier technique-wise.

But first, I need to check out my light bulb idea.

And here are three more versions…all crocheted with my splinted right hand, so I apologize for any sloppy appearance.

Houndstooth Swatch V
Crochet Granite Stitch

I knew I could alternate colors easily and this is way more representative of a houndstooth pattern.

Houndstooth Swatch VI
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch

I forgot to take a picture of this iteration the first time around. I like it for better definition.

Houndstooth Swatch VII
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch II

I think this is still my favorite and with a well hand, I could make it look more like the same version above. I would be very happy to get some feedback as to which crochet version you think most resembles houndstooth.

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!

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Cast On: February 10, 2017
Bind Off: March 5, 2017
Pattern: Garter Stitch
Needle Size: US 6
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: 23 (C) x 12 (W)

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
© A Hooker’s World

I am a big fan of pink and green together, which always reminds me of spring; hence the project name – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most by Ella Fitzgerald, and apparently, formerly known as Message of Love. I was pleased when this yarn showed up next in my stash for processing, despite the bouclé texture, which I knew would be necessary to knit. That is why I chose mindless garter, alternating colors every two rows. This was my television project.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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The yarn is so soft and cushy, as I was working with it I was thinking of making if for myself, as I am always cold and have discovered that the key to my warmth is shielding my neck from the cold. Even though this project turned out to be for me, Mojo’s magical fibers of joy and love still annoyed me and attacked my project, but I think I got them all.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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I did not plan ahead, so I had to seam this project, but I think I did a good job, as it is almost invisible, except for the bulkier texture which can be detected by touch. This is also the first time that I have chosen to make a more cozy cowl, previously opting for longer circumferences with more drape and ability to wrap multiple times.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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I still have some yarn left, so now the dilemma is do I knit something else or stash away for a scrapghan? I was thinking of trying to knit the yarn on a bigger needle (US 11?) to see if I could get a scarf out of it.

Message of Love

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Unable to work on crochet in the evening, I started a new mindless project for night knitting while watching television: Message of Love (by The Pretenders) Cowl.

I was totally surprised to learn that this bulky-looking yarn only calls for a US 6 needle, but it seems to be knitting up fine despite the knobbiness of the yarn of which I am not a fan. My experience has taught me that most textured yarns are best used in knitting versus crochet, as one is working with live stitches versus working in existing stitches, which can be difficult to identify in crochet.

I started on straight needles, but will switch to circulars, as the length of the straights is a little encumbering.

International Bright Young Thing

International Bright Young Thing

Start Date: January 9, 2017
Finish Date: February 10, 2017
Yarn: Natural Fiber (per burn test)
Pattern: 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport
Needles: US 6
Dimensions: 60 (W) x 25 (D)
Price: USD $80.00

About two days ago, I only had one row and the bind off to do, but fell ill, finishing yesterday. Today I only had to block and was lucky enough to get photos before the rain came down. So, officially, International Bright Young Thing – by Jesus Jones – is finished.

International Bright Young Thing
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Immediately, I knew the stockinette with purl ridges was going to be the best stitch pattern for this yarn. As easy as this pattern was to follow, I still had several screw ups related to extra yarn overs on the purl side.

International Bright Young Thing
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In essence, I Say A Little Prayer Shawl is the crochet version of International Bright Young Thing.

International Bright Young Thing
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As for the yarn, I think I received it from an old acquaintance. It was nice to work with except for the tendency to split. This combined with the dark color was a little annoying, but I set up a light by my bed that helped me to knit better while watching television at night.

International Bright Young Thing
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