Message of Love

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

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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International Bright Young Thing: Frogged

I finally reached my tipping point and frogged International Bright Young Thing.

  1. When I took it off the needles, the biggest infraction was the double-knitting, which affected the border due to halving the number of stitches because I wanted only yarn A on the outside.
  2. While the shawl was on the needles, I could not see the lavender, which is clearly seen in this picture.
  3. I was not happy with the way the spine was working up with the double-knitting
  4. Finally, I did not know how big the shawl was. My original goal was 600 stitches; I ended up at 400.

I think I am going to try it again, but using a rib or stockinette – despite my loathing of blocking – to try and disrupt the striping more, and remove the lavender, which I can use with a darker lavender for the next shawl, which must be crocheted!

International Bright Young Thing
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International Bright Young Thing: Change of Plans

Yesterday upon starting International Bright Young Thing in pattern – Drachenschwanzschal “Summerfeeling” by Monika Cyrol – I went supernova when I realized I was now encountering a stitch count problem again, in the increase row. I am pretty sure I know where the problem is; it’s that “1K re.” I believe it’s an increase, but this 1 increase still does not make up the difference. I also don’t believe I am actually being listened to or there is a possible language barrier. Oh well, NEXT!

Wanting to just start something, I changed the pattern to 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport. It is going well, despite one tinking occurrence of about two and a half rows, which I was able to repair without making it worse. 😀

International Bright Young Thing
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International Bright Young Thing: Inception

International Bright Young Thing
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Now that Over The Rainbow has been forced into hibernation due to broken needles, I am ready to begin International Bright Young Thing, a knitted shawl.

DoubtThe project was inspired by the color of the yarn matching the color of Jesus Jones’s album Doubt.

Pattern: Drachenschwanzschal “Summerfeeling” by Monika Cyrol

Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [natural fiber, per burn test]). In its natural state, it appear like a dk cotton, but once I cast on, I could feel an elasticity and it feels like polyester. Anyway, I started on US 6 needles because I thought it was a dk weight. it would be light enough for the airy shawl design…wish I had some beads for weight.

Because I am not familiar with the pattern, this will be my home pattern for right now. I think the pattern will be easy to memorize and I should be able to move along quickly.

I noticed an error in the first row and contacted the pattern writer. I was shocked that despite her inability to knit at present, she corrected her PDf and sent me notification. Very impressive!

Over The Rainbow: Hibernating

Over The Rainbow
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Now that I have been forced into retirement, I can finally be anal about my blog posting, as I have plenty of time now…and I am loving ever moment despite the interruptions that might occur. Like broken needles, forcing Over the Rainbow into hibernation until I can get new ones. An email inquiry has already been sent to my vendor, FoxyKnits. I am await a reply.

Because I have more time, I have time for ultrasounds of the baby before it is done. I don’t remember how I acquired this yarn: Universal Yarns Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock (93% Acrylic, 7% PBT [is that peanut butter and tuna? Eek! acually…] Polybutylene terephthalate), but it is perfect for 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport as I can just keep knitting until I have no more and I think approximately 940 yards on size US 4 needles should be enough for a decent neck/shoulder accessory…definitely enough for a nice facial accent with its bright colors. The yarn is soft and I think I am detecting a bit of elasticity.

The name Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland is an obvious complement to the color of the yarn, technically: 101 Trapeze.

Bad Blood Scarf

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Cast On: December 20, 2016 | Bind Off: December 27, 2016

This is a gift for the pharmacist that assisted with my prothrombin time (PT) testing when I was on Warfarin. I’ll admit that I had a bad attitude when I finally met him, but his personality disarmed me of my attitude and I started liking him…more than I should. Solution: add him to my xmas list and make something for him, so he’ll never forget me. Ha ha ha ha ha!

I was initially going to do a huge cable bordered by another stitch, but could not find a border stitch that I liked. When I got started I totally screwed up the cable. Aiyaa! I started searching for a pattern that was interesting and masculine. I finally found this: Staggered Rib Scarf by Suzie Blackman. I like the pattern, but, as usual, I had to make some adjustments: the most important being:

  • cast on should be even sets of multiples of 2; example: 28 (/2=14) versus 30 (/2=15).
  • sl the first st of every row purl-wise and k the last st through the bl for a more even edge presentation

Recently I heard that a mans’ scarf should measure 5 feet, that men don’t like long scarves. This presented a dilemma for me, as the recipient is at least 6 feet tall – mmm, mmm, mmm! I like’m tall! – and I usually make scarves to a person’s height. Finished measurements: 62 (L) x 6.5 (W).

The yarn I used is Newton’s Yarn Country Worsted Acrylic on US 8 needles. The project name Bad Blood by Neil Sedaka – comes from the fact that I have bad blood…oh, and I just love that song!

Coincidentally, I just discovered this is the second Bad Blood project I have made. The last one was Bad Blood Cowl made during the hospital stay that reignited my whole bad blood situation.

 

(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!

Crickets Sing for Anamaria Baby Afghan

Crickets Sing for Anamaria

I started this last year some time, and I started it incorrectly. The pattern – Thesis Blanket by Phoebe Garrett – called for eight increases versus the four I cast on. Grr!

Working on US 6 needles made for slow going, especially since I did not know how big to make it – use the whole cone (1,100 yards) or not? The realization of the cast on error was a major factor in determining size, so when I reached 175 stitches in diameter, I put the blanket aside until I could figure out a way to decrease and maintain the k1, yo at the beginning/end of each row.

I decided using two needles might make it easier and that is when I decided to make it a double knit blanket. Still I had to figure out the decrease. After checking with some advanced knitters, it was decided I would have to decrease every row by two stitches in order to maintain the yarn over feature. Great! Now what? Twice the blanket was set aside during this process: first to order the new needles and second due to fear of putting the decrease method into action. Once I began the decrease side, I saw how it was working fine and just had to finish.

I’ll admit the blanket is a bit lopsided; I lost track of count during increase and had to fudge my count back to what I thought it should be (odd). After washing, I was able to block it to a 33-inch square…kinda sorta. I would reblock, but don’t really want to mess with it anymore due to the lopsidedness.

Upon posting this project, I discovered via a burn test that the yarn – Thomas Hodgson and Sons Inc, Suncook (Yarn Color: 8 Mauve) – is a natural fiber, which I don’t know. Most likely it is wool, but I have a call into the manufacturer for confirmation.

A friend of mine had expressed interest in using this yarn for a project. I have already notified her the yarn is ready. If she leaves enough, I will continue to make a baby set, including booties, diaper cover, sweater and maybe mittens, or a lace shawl.

The project name – Crickets Sing for Anamaria by Emma Bunton – is a song from my music library.

By itself, I think I would charge $60.00 USD due to imperfection.

Magic Carpet Ride Shawl

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I have so much stash yarn and sometimes I start going through it all and find odds and ends that I think might look good together and wind them up into a ball. This is one that popped up recently and having also recently learned that it was a “magic ball,” my interest was spurred to make something with it.

Some of the known name brands include:

  • Ironstone Bouquet of Colors Brushed Mohair (Yarn Color: Earthenware/9; Fiber Content: 78% Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% Nylon; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Metallic; Yarn Color: 5 Blue Silver; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
  • Trendsetter Aura (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: [Grey]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Ice Yarn Eyelash Trawl (Fiber Content: 37% Acrylic, 60% Polyester, 3% Lurex; Yarn Color: Pink, Blue, Orange; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
  • Universal Yarn Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: Reef 801; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)

A second stroke of good luck was encountering this pattern – Wise Hilda’s Basic Triangle Shawl; ©2010, Kate Atherley – which I would love to make with my Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool; Yarn Colors: K4001 [Color: Celery] & K2389 [Color: Coffee]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK); I just need to work on the stripe math.

My Project

Dimensions: 62 (w) x 66 (H) [Unblocked; May be tension blocked and remeasured in future post] on US 10 needles.

Name: Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf: because of the “magic…” tu sabes!

Price: USD $100.00 | Friends/Family Price: USD $75.00

I know I have another “magic ball” around here somewhere, but I have so much other stuff to be finishing and learning and patterning…aiyaa!