Let It Go

Let It Go

Cast On: August 26, 2014
Cast Off: September 5, 2014
Needle Size: US 9
Yarn: Tiara by HiKoo by Skacel (Fiber Content: 10% Kid Mohair, 5% Wool, 49% Acrylic, 22% Nylon, 10% Bead, 4% Sequin; Yarn Color: 0001 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Dimensions: 72 x 9 inches

When I made the Good Lovin’ Cowl – Pattern: Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta – I fell in love with the border stitch, thinking it would make a beautiful shawl. Well the other day, while stocking yarn at The Knitting Tree, L A, I opened a box and discovered the Tiara. It was love at first sight, but the idea for this project had not yet been conceived. A few days later…lightbulb! And here it is. I managed to get a couple of pictures that show the beads (light blue and lavender) and sequins. I only used one skein to make this, afraid to add another because the width was increasing so fast. As such, the piece is shallow and long. I wore it the other day at the TKTLA Sunday Brunch to show it off and was surprised that some time passed before my neck started getting warm, considering I am always hot.

The name of the project – Let It Go by Demi Lovato from the movie Frozen – was a delayed choice, but very apropos, considering the colors.

Price: USD $140.00

Always The Sun Scarf: Sunset

Always The Sun Scarf

Cast On: August 5, 2014
Cast Off: August 14, 2014
Needle: US 8
Yarn A: Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 327 Bright Yellow; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Unknown (Color: Bright Orange)
Yarn C: Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 306 Pumpkin; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn D: National Yarn Crafts Spundola (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Terra Cotta 67; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn E: Unknown (Color: Yellow; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn F: Unknown (Color: Terra Cotta)
Yarn G: Unknown (Color: Yellow; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn H: Universal Classic Shades (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: 706 Sundown; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn I: Cascade Cherub Aran Sparkle (Fiber Content: 54% Nylon, 42% Acrylic, 4% Metallic; Yarn Color: 208 Prune Purple; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Dimensions: 5 x 136 inches

I finally finished – and not after getting too enthusiastic (136 inches!) for the Farrow Rib Stitch, the new skill of carrying yarn, and stripes. This stitch was so easy to do and almost mindless – I did find one error over three rows, but I defy anyone to find it without careful examination. After modeling the scarf for photography, I am a big fan of the double keyhole method (center picture, top row).

I am also pleased that I have used up more of my yarn stash and finished a project. Some of the yarn for this scarf came from Bacon & Eggs Scarf, September Scarf and Instant Karma Dog Sweater. Now I need to get back to my four UFO’s before I begin anything else.

Of course because of all the orange, I am tempted to keep this scarf for myself. This scarf if for sale at Price: USD $25.00. Of course, if it does not sell, I will either keep it or donate it to charity.

The name of the scarf comes from the song of the same name: Always The Sun by The Stranglers.

Where I Stand

Mojo
Mojo
©A Hooker’s World

I’ll always stand with Mojo, but I needed to reconcile my projects:

Hearts done!

Digging Farrow Rib Stitch, using it on at-home project: Always the sun Scarf.

Deadline requested for Water From A Vine Leaf Shawl (Aug 17).

Still need to finish
– Orange Crush Shawl (need digital scale at “The Tree” to weight one ounce of Cascade Heritage Silk for final border)
– Ballet Neck Tee (Skacel Zauberball Crazy. Dammit! Was going to use Tesla Girls for this project, but forgot)
– Black & White Herringbone Cowl (must start over due to lack of knowledge on how to fix dropped stitch and lost my black yarn)

Upcoming Projects
– Merging Ripples Shawl (Madelinetosh Pashmina Maple Leaf & a Deep Blue color)
– Muse (orange mohair)
– Miss Marple Scarf (Cascade Casablanca)

There is just not enough time in any given day and Mojo keeps giving me the “lack of opposable thumbs excuse.”

Good Lovin’ Cowl

Good Lovin' Cowl
Good Lovin' Cowl
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So I finally returned to knitting. For the details that lead me back to knitting read this post. Otherwise, as you can see, another project has been completed. The pattern is Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta, Kriskrafter, LLC and I used the Karabella Aurora 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Extrafine Merino Wool Irrestringible; Yarn Colors: 286 and 1536; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) and Wendy Peter Pan Double Knit (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 387; Yarn Weight: 3, DK/Light Worsted).

Of course being the rebel that I am, I changed the pattern:

  1. by incorporating more than one color
  2. by replacing the garter, just above the brown trim on the bottom, with stockinette
  3. and by making up my own two border (Row 1: Purl; Row 2: Purl; Row 3: YO, P2tog; Row 4: Purl; Row 5: Purl)

I think I am going to make another with the skein of Cascade Casablanca (Fiber Content: 60% Wool, 25% Silk, 15% Mohair; Yarn Color: 3; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) I have.

Torn Shawl

Torn Shawl

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 19, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
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: Knitting Fever Flutter (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: 05; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn E: Plassard Insolite (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: 09; Yarn Weight: 3)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Bernat Boa (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester: Yarn Color: 81305 Parrot; Yarn Weight: 6)
Yarn H: Feza Aspen (Fiber Content: 40% Acrylic, 30% Mohair, 15% Metallic, 8% Nylon, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 662; Yarn Weight: 4)
Yarn I: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Needle US 17
Dimensions: approximately 62 x 37 inches

Having a little yarn (the black nubbins) left over from the previous pink project, I decided it was close enough to purple to begin this improvised shawl. Once again, I double stranded the yarns, attaching new yarn to the end of the previous end. One important thing I realized and must remember from this point forward: eyelash must be double stranded with something of more weight to prevent atrophy. In this case, where I the Plassard Insolite and the Knitting Fever Flutter coincided, the shape is bowed. Live and learn.

I am really becoming a fan of making projects in this fashion. They are quick and easy, allowing the yarns to create the wow factor. Even the Feza Aspen used in conjunction with another yarn looks better than the Grape Soda Shawl I made using only the yarn, which in person appears quite brash, presuming not everyone, like me, wants to stand out or make a statement.

The construction worried me a bit because I only increase on one side, every row. While it was on the needles, I was thinking the shape was too narrow, and was much relieved when I bound off and discovered the shape was not too narrow. The shawl is work in garter stitch, using a KFB (knit front and back) increase.

The name comes from the song by Natalie Imbruglia and basically describes my emotional state of late. Being sick is not one of my favorite pastimes, especially when I am being kept from making an income. Emotionally, my mind is in upheaval over issues I must deal with that I have procrastinating on. I don’t know which came first the name or the design element in the center back of the shawl. I was also torn as to whether, or not, I should gift the shawl to Madeline, my Jewish mother, or sell it. I just sent her pictures and she loves it, so at least that is one less decision I have to make.

I am hoping to make a crescent shaped or half circle shawl next…in blues.

Price: USD $60.00

Peg Shrug

Peg Shrug

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 17, 2014
Pattern: Peg Shrug (Improvised) by Hooker Leo
Needle: Unknown Size
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Magenta]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: 30 x 12 inches (open)

So because I am sick…again…I decided to stay home and see if I could crank something out from all the novelty yarn I have collected. About a couple of weeks ago, I organized most of the novelty yarn by color.

Basically, I double stranded the yarns, connecting a new yarn when one yarn ran out, and cast on 45 stitches on about a US 15/17/19 needle. Worked in garter stitch, this shrug is very shallow, only sewing the corners together to create the armhole. As you can see, I stared with the magenta yarn, which is some kind of chenille or velour, double stranded with a multicolor knobby yarn. When the chenille ran out I attached a pink mohair type yarn. When the knobby yarn ran out, I attached the final multicolor bouclé yarn.

I did not continue into the purple novelty because the color would have been lopsided and I thought it was long enough. I would have preferred something longer/deeper, but had already cast off. What is interesting about this shrug, is that one side is heavier (chenille side/knobby) than the other (mohair/bouclé). I think this coincidental design makes it appropriate for either cold or warm nights; all you have to do is decide how warm you want your shoulders to be.

I am unsure of the fiber content of any of the yarns and did not perform a burn test on any of them. I am pretty sure the chenille is some kind of acrylic with nylon; the bouclé is almost certainly some kind of acrylic, as well as the knobby yarn; and the mohair type yarn could possible be real mohair.

The name of this project – Peg by Steely Dan – is a selection from my music library.

Price: USD $40.00

 

Peg Shrug

Peg Shrug

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 17, 2014
Pattern: Peg Shrug (Improvised) by Hooker Leo
Needle: Unknown Size
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Magenta]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: 30 x 12 inches (open)

So because I am sick…again…I decided to stay home and see if I could crank something out from all the novelty yarn I have collected. About a couple of weeks ago, I organized most of the novelty yarn by color.

Basically, I double stranded the yarns, connecting a new yarn when one yarn ran out, and cast on 45 stitches on about a US 15/17/19 needle. Worked in garter stitch, this shrug is very shallow, only sewing the corners together to create the armhole. As you can see, I stared with the magenta yarn, which is some kind of chenille or velour, double stranded with a multicolor knobby yarn. When the chenille ran out I attached a pink mohair type yarn. When the knobby yarn ran out, I attached the final multicolor bouclé yarn.

I did not continue into the purple novelty because the color would have been lopsided and I thought it was long enough. I would have preferred something longer/deeper, but had already cast off. What is interesting about this shrug, is that one side is heavier (chenille side/knobby) than the other (mohair/bouclé). I think this coincidental design makes it appropriate for either cold or warm nights; all you have to do is decide how warm you want your shoulders to be.

I am unsure of the fiber content of any of the yarns and did not perform a burn test on any of them. I am pretty sure the chenille is some kind of acrylic with nylon; the bouclé is almost certainly some kind of acrylic, as well as the knobby yarn; and the mohair type yarn could possible be real mohair.

The name of this project – Peg by Steely Dan – is a selection from my music library.

Price: USD $40.00

 

Again And Again Hats

Cast On: May 8, 2014
Cast Off: May 16, 2018
Pattern A: Seed Stitch Beanie by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

Yarn A: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 149 Silver Grey?; Yarn Weight: 4)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 151 Charcoal Grey; Yarn Weight: 4)

Pattern B: Ribbed Beanie by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 151 Charcoal Grey; Yarn Weight: 4)

I was given this project by the store owner, for a customer who’s daughter had purchased the supplies, but decided not to make the hats for her and her boyfriend. I will admit that I was not a happy hooker when I received this assignment and to be rigorously honest, I entered “angry knitting” mode. Angry knitting was explained to me by a child that came into the store one day with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When I asked her what angry knitting was, she explained that her stitches were too tight. I have expanded on that definition: focused and intent knitting on a project that is challenging when you would rather be crocheting.

The patterns were well written and the hats worked in the round, an added benefit because I dislike seaming knitting. I am not a fan of DPNs, preferring a couple of circulars instead, but even this proved difficult towards the end of the first hat. On the second, I found an extra set of circulars on the table and borrowed them. Using three circulars versus two made finishing the second hat a little easier. I was asked to make the hats based on the larger size (21 inch circumference): the first one slide right over my head, which leads me to believe my tension was too loose; the second actually grips the head, so I think my tension improved.

I am glad to be done and think this is the last time I will knit something in the round. My index fingers hurt and the tightening of the stitches as the circle closes is not a fun experience, especially when you are trying to knit three together. I am glad that I got over my knitting dislike which resulted from a dropped stitch in my Black And White Cowl, which is a currently hibernating template for the Happy Cowl. I still have to finish the Orange Crush Shawl and a knitting blank, which now I wish I had crocheted versus knitting. Doh! Having done a little yarn reorganization, I also have sorted my novelty yarns from my Japanese grandmother by color and they are just waiting to become scarves, wraps, cowls, shawls…easy stuff. But all knitting will go on hold again, as I complete the Ballet-Neck Tee from Vogue Knitting Crochet Special Collector’s Edition magazine.

Blue Cowl

Blue Cowl

Cast On: January 11, 2013
Cast Off: January 18, 2013
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 13 – 9.0 mm
Yarn A: Unknown
Yarn B: S.R. Kertzer Northern Chunky (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic: Yarn Color: Cool Turquoise: Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn C: Universal Classic Chunky (Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 25 % Wool; Yarn Color: Petrol Blue; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky)
Dimensions: 7 x 80 inches

I originally started this with a crochet single crochet chain. Then I got to the double-stranded part, I wondered what it would look like if I split the double-strand, but the amount of stitches became unmanageable.

The next attempt included the Cat Bordhi Mobius cast on. It was not as hard as it appeared to be the first time I learned it. After testing the single strand unknown with a double stranded Kertzer, the stitch width appeared equal. However, upon completion, you will notice some puckering – now part of the design element. I think the double stranding and the bulky yarns I was using made knitting it somewhat difficult – double stranding did not help. I actually broke my US 5 needles somewhere along the way while investigating splitting double strands while I was knitting. I think I’ll stick to single stranding from this point forward.

Basically, here’s what I did:

CO 120 with Yarn A (Super Bulky)
Knit 2 or three rows, making sure you have enough yarn to finish with the same number of rows.
With the Kertzer Chunky (double stranded) I did one row [knit, yo]
With Universal Classic Chunky (double stranded), I knit 3 rows
With Kertzer Chunky (double stranded), I knit 1 row
With Yarn A, I did one row of k2tog and finished with the same number of knit rows I began with
BO loosely or use stretchy BO

I am not happy with my bind off, but I don’t think it makes much of a difference to the piece, as a whole. Still, I would have preferred a looser bind off. I suppose I should learn the stretchy bind off.

I would have put a link on S.R. Kertzer, but when I click through from Google, I am asked to log in and I could not close the tab without quitting the application. You think they’d have checked that out or at least fix it. Whatever! Turns out the yarn is discontinued, so the company may not be in business any more.

Coffee Cup Square Motif

Coffee Connection Afghan Square
Coffee Connection Afghan Square
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Cast On: November 26, 2012
Cast Off: November 26, 2012
Recipe: Coffee Cup Square Motif by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn: Red Heart Soft; Yarn Color: 1882 Toast; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Dimensions: 12 x 13 inches, should be 12 x 12 inches

Having finished Summertime Blues Blanket, I was all geared up to deconstruct my first attempt and recreate the Coffee Cup Square Motif for the Coffee Connection Afghan within the requested dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. The odd thing is that I have already made a square – minus coffee cup, with the same yarn, but different color – using an 8 needle and had no problem with gauge.

I started with an 8 and it kept coming out about 13.5 inches wide. After a few calls to some knitter friends, I decided to decrease the needle size. With a 7 needle, I still was too wide at about 13 inches. Not pleased, I decided to go down to a 6 needle. Finally, I got the right width measurement, but did not discover until I was done that the height is 13 inches. Aiyaa! Well, at least one dimension is correct. I’ll let the overage be absorbed by the blanket.

This recipe is available for free and may be obtained by following the Recipe link above or by visiting Ravelry.