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.

Over The Rainbow Shawl

Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Project Name

Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz

I just watched the video and started crying all over again. This song makes me so emotional for it’s lyrics, melody, performer’s tragic life, and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the results of my own hand-dye job.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Over The Rainbow

Dimensions: 88-inch wingspan x 24-inch height
Price: USD $183.56

This has been quite a process and the race to finish only minorly screwed up my knitting on this shawl, most notably in the lace, which I had to learn how to knit from charts…AIYAA!

At first, the whole shawl was going to be the knit from the Knit Picks yarn, but after only one repeat of lace, I did not like how the lace design got lost in the yarn color. This is a known tenet that I thought might make and exception in my case – apparently not! 😀 At this realization, and after cofirming I could knit the stockinette field ad infinitum as long as I maintained a multiple of six, I decided to use the entire skein of Knit Picks for the stockinette field.

This left me with the dilemma of coming up with a complementary second color. I was fortunate enough to go shopping with Ms. Tia at Jennifer Knits and then to Needlepoints West. At Jennifer Knits, the yarn I loved was a celery but at USD $60.00/skein, that was not going to fly, as I haven’t even sold half of what I’ve made over the years and probably because of that, I am not rich. At Needlepoints West, it was the last skein I saw that fit my desired effect: I had seen the multicolor as a garden – perhaps Munchkinland – and the tonal brown yarn I found would resemble the garden trellis.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Yarn

Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering

Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low
Color: Leonardo
Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: 1, Fingering

Alexandra’s Crafts Black Butte

Care: No laundry care provided; consult a professional dry cleaner
Color: Olive
Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak
Weight: 1, Fingering

WIP Wednesday

Karma Chameleon Afghan

I am still working on Karma Chameleon afghan. I have sewn all the motifs together, bordered the afghan with one row of double crochet, and began sewing in the ends. I anticipate finishing tomorrow.

The next project will be a bag of some kind with the left over motifs, and then with the last of the larger motifs I plan on making another handbag of some sort. Oo! Or maybe a cowl?

I am still not sure which designation to assign: ODDBALLS or charity or A Hooker’s World? It is made from unknown yarns, though I am pretty sure they are all manmade, so it does qualify for ODDBALLS. I did receive the unfinished project from a guild member, so I could donate it back to charity since I didn’t pay for any of the yarn. Lastly, as I finished it, I don’t think it would be terrible to try and make a profit first. With my new business plan, it will eventually go to charity if not sold.

It may seem slow-going, but with four doctor’s appointments this week, I think my progress is definite!

Telltale Tuesday

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Tale one (pictured above) is that of Two Clouds Above Nine, on which I completed the stockinette field of the shawl, using up the entire skein of Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering yarn I hand-dyed during an El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop.

Now I get to go yarn shopping for the color that will be the lace at the bottom of the shawl. My initial idea is honey-brown, but I am open to what is available at the store.

Tale two is that of Karma Chameleon, a crochet acrylic afghan, whose horizontal strips are now completed, requiring further seaming and tail tucks. I think I will be working further on this project today, hoping to finish and then get started on bag/purse one.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

Ultrasonic Crochet & Knitting

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

This morning, before an ultrasound of my neck and head at 14:20 today, I am trying to find the center ot Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl because I am anal retentive. Ha ha! Seriously, though.

And guess what? I found a dropped stitch. As I was counting I discovered a dropped stitch affecting my stitch count. What I did was to spread the fabric, hoping that I might visually see the dropped stitch. Well, guess what? I found it! And, it was at the beginning of the row, dangerously close to the yarn over border! Phew and a pat on the back.

I know what the ultrasound is for – to confirm papillary thyroid cancer growth on my thyroid…I am pretty sure. My neck could use a scan as well…it is so sore from having to tilt my head up to due to broken office blasses. Aiyaa! They have already been orderad – I am just waiting for them to arrive…hurry…hurry…hurry.

Friday Finale

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Pre-dawn started with some knitting on Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl. This is the first preview of the shawl that is being knitted from my hand-dyed yarn from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop. I am trying to do two rows per day, but might have to increase row count to finish by next month’s guild meeting.

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl
Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

My morning television companion from 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. – Beverly Hillbillies, My Three Sons, and Leave It To Beaver twice – was Karma Chameleon Afghan, a U.F.O. CSNanacat brought to me for finishing. I am doing two strips per day, having completed six with four two go. Then I need to attach the strips and border the afghan.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

We Need A Little Christmas Scarf

We Need A Little Christmas

The Name

We Need A Little Christmas by Angela Lansbury from Mame

One of my most favorite movies – well, at least the 1958 Auntie Mame version with Rosalind Russell. I later became aware of the Lucille Ball version (1974 Mame), which is when I was introduced to this song. I later learned that Angela Lansbury had performed the song as well in a stage production.

The Scarf

Line: ODDBALLS, 20% of each purchase will be donated to Container Recycling Institute
Dimensions: 58-inch length x 4-inch width
Price: USD $25.00

The Yarn

Unknown brand and composition; color is obviously green.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Project Name

Cha Cha Heels by Rosabel with Jeanie Tracy

This song was the first that came to mind when I started making this shawl. My second thought went to Dawn Davenport of Female Trouble. Then I laughed at how far my project name is from the original pattern name.

Care: Hand wash. Do not tumble dry.
Dimensions:
76-inch wingspan x 10-inch depth
Value:
 USD $270.00 *

* Inquire 25% Friends & Family Discount

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Pattern

Pixie Ruffle Shawl by Susan Sheby

Easy to follow. Loved the method of creation and might have to investigate this model further for a bigger crescent-shaped shawl, though this one really expanded without my realization.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Yarn

Colinette Tagliatelli

Color: Fire 71
Content: 90% Merino pure wool, 10% Nylon
Weight: 5, Bulky

Surprised to learn of merino wool content; nylon stretchiness apparent. Easy to work with. I was needlessly concerned about ribbon-twisting affecting knit pattern; as I learned I could knit right through twisting, work with ribbon became even easier.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

Design Notes

I was smart this time and alternated between two balls of ribbon every two rows, so I would not have an issue with pooling pattern shifting.

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