Heffalumps and Woozles

Heffalumps and Woozles

About the Project Name

Heffalumps and Woozles is a song from Winnie the Pooh and The Blustery Day. It has never left my mind and I am glad to have a project that I can name after a Disney song.

About the Project

Puntilla de elephantes  by Lace Star (Elephant Lace) is the crochet border I had in mind for this blanket from the moment I felt The Circus theme. I had to adjust this border from its 18-stitch multiple to a 10 stitch multiple for my blanket. Having managed that, I still need to compensate for the corners of the blanket.

The first idea that came to mind is a circus tent shape for the corners. I still may be able to fashion something similar, as I visualize my solutions in my mind, but only time will tell and what happens when I get to the corner.

‘Cause we all know a hooker works hardest on the corner!

Let’s Review

The Circus

I finally have business cards with all the correct contact information, especially phone number.

I am back in the El Segundo Slipt Stitcher’s Knitting Guild. As expected, I was warmly welcomed back by several members, much more than non-Hooker Leo fans. Because of all the drama surrounding my previous departure, I was well-behaved, not moving an inch from my chair during the entire meeting, maintaining my humility.

I am so glad to have an outlet, albeit once a month. I forgot my checkbook this time, so next month I will pay my dues and once I am a member, I will feel more comfortable ( justified 😉 ) walking around and saying hi to the less mobile Hooker Leo fans. This time I will remain in the background and go with the flow…go with the flow…go with the flow.

I have changed project name Please, Mister Postman to The Circus by Erasure, on which I have completed the body of the baby afghan 15 x 15  2-inch circles. Today I am going to watch some Being Human , and work on The Circus – on which I have just rounded the second corner of single crochet into chain [can be time consuming] ; then consider how wide a border I want there to be between the afghan body and elephants. OMG! I just had a thought…I could double crochet the border so the thickness would match the circular medallions.

Hold d’line please…yarn check. Yikes! Got stuck on color…thinking double crochet border white elephants on white backing. Crud! Got stuck on dying videos. Now I am reconsidering frogging back to foundation chain border and starting double-crochet border from that point…kind of makes more sense…aiyaa!

Ha ha ha ha ha! I was trying to find the original Please, Mr. Postman post…there is none! The featured post image is the very beginning of the what was Please, Mr. Postman, now known as The Circus.

Thirft Shop Scarf: Pattern

Thirft Shop Scarf Pattern Image

Well, having gotten side-tracked once again, I woke this a.m. – 04:00 a.m. PDT – to write this pattern up for all the Labor Day Weekend Crocheters need a new mindless crochet project/stitch pattern.

This yet another scarf created out of my stitch development into hound’s tooth fabric patterns. I am hoping this is the last sample before I can publish my eBook: Hound’s Tooth & Beyond.

I must remark, once again, how well these two colors contrast each other for what I would consider a very regal design.

The pattern can be purchased from my patterns page or from my Ravelry store.

Thrift Shop Scarf

Thrift Shop Scarf

About Thrift Shop Scarf

Dimensions: approximately 60 (L) x 4.5 (W) inches
Cost: USD $36.00*
Fabric:
100% Acrylic
Use & Care: Machine washable and dryable. Do not bleach, iron, or dry clean.

Design Notes

This is one more stitch pattern that will be included in my future eBook: Hounds-tooth & Beyond. Unfortunately, I thought I had crocheted all the different stitch patterns I wanted to include, but apparently not. Because they patterns bare many similarities, it was hard to identify my own work because I did not keep good track…live and learn. I then discovered from Ravelry that I need to create separate patterns before including them all in an eBook…aiyaa!

I must admit that I am so impressed how these two colors complemented each other so well and elevate the stitch pattern from thrift store to regal.  This pattern is being created after I finish this post and will be available in a separate post. Stay tuned!

About The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Colors: 01011 Soft Taupe & 01532 Claret
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I always use worsted weight when I am testing. Because this is a stitch development project, yarn weight won’t matter much in the end.

About The Project Name

Originally, this pattern was going to be  named Mediate by INXS because of the mindless crochet. As it developed the colors really reminded me of vintage clothing and I changed the name to Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz.

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Chantilly Lace Shawlette: Pattern

Chantilly Lace Shawlette Testing Pattern

Now that I am on SSI( Supplemental Security Income), I need to start generating additional unreported income.

I decided to finally get this pattern tested in The Testing Pool Ravelry Group, before publishing. As of the writing of this post, I have not received any takers. Because this is bruges lace it was hard to write the pattern. I had written one previously – Accidents Never Happen Shawlette – discovered errors when I made Chantilly Lace, hence the rewrite.

Undone (The Sweater Song) Sweater

Undone (The Sweater Song) Sweater

I MADE MY FIRST SWEATER!

I found Deb’s Crafts Baby Bumpy Sweater and thought it was simple enough to make. I also liked that it is for ages 0-3 months.

About The Pattern

Very well written and easy to follow. I made my sweater in about 6 hours. I did not include the “bumpy” because the pictured sweater looked puckered. The pattern calls for a US J hook and that’s what I used.

About The Yarn

Of course, I did not read the pattern in its entirety and missed the amount of yarn necessary to complete the pattern. Because of this, I changed colors because I thought I would not have enough. As I am writing this post, I discover that my skein of Caron Honeyspun (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon; Yarn Color: 5190 Country Peach Ombre; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) is exactly enough. Glad I changed to Lion Brand Pound of Love (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: Antique White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) because I crochet loosely and probably would have run out at the very end.

I would like to call out Lion Brand for their poor customer relations with respect to their skeins of yarn. Why in the hell, after all these years, have yarn companies not come up with a easy center pull skein? In the middle of my project I had to waste my time untangling yarn barf. I finally cut the yarn. I am going to send the pieces to Lion Brand and DEMAND a new skein.

Yarn Barf

 

When I Come Around Romper

When I Come Around Romper

When I Come Around by Green Day is the name of this project. Ironic because January 2018 is when my great nephew is expected to come around. The other thing I noticed is that the romper is green and the name of the band is Green Day. My romper measures 9 (W) x 14 (H) inches.

About The Pattern

Blue Orchid Baby Romper by Croby Patterns written by Doroteja

While I am not crazy about the trellis top I am glad to finally have found a infant romper for a boy. Either the pattern is written in shorthand or I did not read the entire pattern once again, experiencing difficulty starting each row. The larger sizes are available if you download the PDF, but I don’t trust their PDF method, which is more involved than necessary.

About The Yarn

Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Rayon, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Color: 01012 Iced Mint; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)

I am not crazy about this yarn for the damn pile and that string that runs through the yarn. I have noticed it is easier to crochet with a Susan Bates versus Boye hook. I used a US F/3.75 mm hook. Otherwise, I am glad to have a baby to use this yarn up on.

Days Go By Sweater

Despite rusty counting skills, I finally finished Days Go By Sweater for M. K. Aguilar. I can’t believe how complicated a simple pattern can be. I saw this sweater as I was surfing for a pattern. I immediately loved the Hexagon Sweater at Cozy’s Corner. As it turned out, it is based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sweater, the pattern I never acquired. The first thing that bothered me about the pattern was the neglect that one is crocheting a piece that is “meant” to ripple and curl. Because of this error, I made the pieces twice! I’ll chalk counting errors up to poor health and painful feed.

Anyway, I am finally done and I love it! I might put snaps on, but will wait to talk to the mama. This sweater was made from Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2 % Acetate, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Color: 01009 Soft Blue; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport) with a US F/3.75 mm hook. I want to make one in green and blue stripes next.

The project name – Days Go By by Dirty Vegas – was a random pick from my music library, but is kind of apropos as to the passing of time to birth day.

Upside Down Blanket

Upside Down Blanket

Upside Down BlanketI kept putting off infant crochet for my future great nephew, and the other day I realized I better start crocheting faster because he is due in January 2018.

I had been wanting to save the Wobbly Squares Blanket pattern for Bunnyland (a project in conception), but thought this would be a good place to try the pattern. OMG! The pattern is so simple and once you understand the repeats, it is not problem. Warning! Keep track, I lost count and almost ended up with a completely lopsided blanket due to wrong stitch counts: 48 on side one, 48 on side 2, 52 on side 3, 52 on side 4. I managed to catch this before the last eight rows and was able to conceal the mistake with only 1 adjustment row.

I had to dig up all my baby yarns and found a box of Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2 % Acrylic, 22.2% Rayon, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Colors: Lemon Custard, White, Blue/Green mix, and Green/Yellow/White mix; Yarn Weight: 3, DK), so I mixed them up and started. Unfortunately, I forgot to include the mint green and baby blue I had, but looking at the blanket now, I think it would have been too much. My afghan measures approximately 32 inches square. I chose not to put a border. Next is a blue and white striped sweater.

Ironically, the project name – Upside Down by Jack Johnson – is appropriate to the pattern, which appears to be v-stitches, but in reality are double-crochet clusters – the Upside Down of v-stitches.

Upside Down Blanket