Agua de Beber Cowl

Agua de Beber Cowl
Agua de Beber Cowl
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On da Hook: October 6, 2015
Off da Hook: October 6, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Unlabeled Scrap Yarn
Hook: US I/9
Dimensions: 6 (W) x 62 (D) inches

I have been feeling so bogged down and uncreative lately, so I set my mind to it, organized my acrylic stash by color and set to work on this mobius cowl. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not crazy about this project; primarily due to tension. For the feel I like in my crochet, I should have used a bigger hook; this project is just two stiff for me. Secondly, I don’t think I am a fan of mobius cowls anymore because of the twist; however, I am a fan of the construction, which seems more efficient. The project name – Agua de Beber by Antonio Carlos Jobim – is a random selection from my music library.

I decided to donate this cowl to charity.

Chrysanthemum Shawl

Chrysanthemum Shawl
Chrysanthemum Shawl
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I have been trying to design a new shawl. The stitch pattern I am using reminds me of a chrysanthemum – hence the name.

I started with a single crochet, chain 1 for a 7/6 count.

Next Round: single crochet, chain 2, ending with a single crochet. Stitch count equals circle formula.

Next Round: single crochet, chain 3, ending with a single crochet. Stitch count equals circle formula.*

Next Round: single crochet, chain 4, ending with a single crochet. Stitch count equals circle formula.

Next Round: single crochet, chain 5, ending with a single crochet. Stitch count equals circle formula.

Next Round: single crochet, chain 2, single crochet in third chain, chain 2,  ending with a single crochet. Stitch count deters from circle formula by maintaining same stitch count as previous row.

Resume pattern beginning at round with asterisk.

What is confusing me, is how I am getting so much extra rippling. I kind of like it and would hope that the rippling would act as weight as well as a design element, but I am afraid that it might be too much. I am unsure if I should proceed or not. If you have any experience with shawl design, I would appreciate some feedback.

One Skein Short: October 1, 2015

Eve & Sarah

Eve & Sarah

OMG! What a surprise last night. Eve – the crocheter of the minutes cozy – showed up…with the minions: Georgina and Jason, evidenced by the bottles on the table. Once they acclimated to their environment, they were all about the play room. Apparently, Sarah is a little afraid of minions and their cooties. Just kidding! 😀 Lisa says that Eve only showed up so she could get into the minutes. I tend to agree with Lisa. 😀

You know, it never dawned on me that our location is ideal for anyone that would like to join our group and bring their children along. The floor is a faux grass so it is soft in case a child should fall; there is a children’s bathroom in the room; there is a playhouse and toys; and the parent/guardian can keep an eye on their children while enjoying some crochet/knit time.

Projects

Leo: Trying to design chrysanthemum shawl; project name to be determined
Lynette: Koala
Lisa: Cats Eye Cowl
Eve: Marlybird Crochet Stitch Sample Baby Blanket CAL
Georgina: Too young to knit/crochet
Jason: Too young to knit/crochet
Sarah: Lewis the Wino Sweater
Cathy: Ladyhawk Cowl

Refreshments

Cathy: Double Stuff Oreos

Old Business

Anniversary Dinner
A check with Sarah, indicates that 6 have confirmed. During the meeting Sarah contact another member and by meeting’s end confirmed 7 people attending.

New Business

None.

Spirit In The Sky Cowl: Do-Over One

Spirit In The Sky Cowl
Spirit In The Sky Cowl
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I started this cowl with Cat Bordhi’s mobius cast on and knitted almost one hank of Newton’s Yarn Country Spirit before I noticed – or forgot – that only half of the cowl would be in stockinette. As such, the height of the cowl was less than desired due to the slight curl going from stockinette to garter. I attempted to undo the cast one, but encountered difficulty and ended up frogging the whole cowl.

I shortened my new cast on by 10 stitches and thought a stockinette would look nice with this ribbon yarn. Now I am noticing how the stockinette is curling vertically – I was under the impression that stockinette only curled horizontally. I am going to do a 2 x 2 rib, but didn’t want to be accountable for maintaining stitch counts. I think I will continue with the stockinette, as I have two hanks, which should compensate for the curling.

Spirit In The Sky Cowl
Detail
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One Skein Short: Minutes Reinstated

One Skein Short

Last night, I finally received the new minutes cozy from Ms. Eve; I just LOVE the colors! As we now have a minutes cozy and book, I am keeping my promise and reinstating the minutes. Minutes shall be posted on my blog and in our Facebook group for every meeting:

September 24, 2015

Projects

Paula: Wings of Love wingspan shawl for charity
Lisa: Stupid Washcloth
Sarah: Lewis the Wino Sweater
Lynette: Koala
Leo: Spirit in the Sky mobius cowl

Refreshments

Paula: Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts

Old Business

Anniversary Dinner
To celebrate your fifth year of meetings, we are going to go out to dinner at Alejo’s in Westchester for dinner on October 8, 2015. If you are interested in going, please confirm your attendance with Sarah, who will be making the reservation.

Meeting Location
Contrary to the information I received from Vineyard staff, I have heard nothing from the administrator that alternative arrangements need to be made. I will keep the group posted as developments arise

Now, if we could just get Ms. Eve to come every once in a while. I can’t believe I got photo bombed by Ms. Sarah.

Crooked Teeth Shawl: Complete

Crooked Teeth Shawl

On da Hook: August 16, 2015
Off da Hook: September 22, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Tan]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple Gradient]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Pingouin Pingoluxe (Fiber Content: 73% Acetate, 32% Polyamide; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Blue Gradient], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Green], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn F: Artfibers Carezza (Fiber Content: 30% Silk, 30% Baby Alpaca, 40% Extrafine Merino Wool; Yarn Color: 17 [Green/Brown Gradient], Yarn Weight: 1, Fine)
Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: 45.5 (W) x 22 (H)
Price: USD $75.00

I am really loving the colors on this mid-riff shawl. I would have made it longer, but the back is approximately twice the length of the sides due to a mistake in construction. Despite the mistake, I like the lay of the shawl on the shoulders, contouring the natural shape of ones neck, shoulders and back. This shawl was made from some gradient yarn (D & F) gifted to me by an old acquaintance a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Much to my surprise some, the yarn F turned out to be something extra special, and that is provided I have the identification correct. Yarn D also turned out to be a natural fiber yarn, per a burn test. The solids I had purchased a long time ago for a Create Your Own Knitted Shawl Class I had taken; I never finished that shawl. I also was not crazy about the back loop single crochet at the beginning, but began to like it as I progress.

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The Dead Heart Shawlette

The Dead Heart Shawl

On da Hook: August 25, 2015
Off da Hook: September 5, 2015
Pattern: Boomerang for Hookers by Gail Hovanec
Yarn: Michaels Loops & Threads Luxury Sock Yarn (Fiber Content: 60% Fine Merino Super Wash Wool, 30% Nylon, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 7 Balloons; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Hook: US E/4 – 3.5 mm
Dimensions: 56 (W) x 14.5 (H)
Price: $96.00

I never knitted a boomerang scarf, but it should be just as easy as this pattern, right? I followed this pattern down to the stitch, as I was not sure how my Bar Front Loop Single Crochet would pull the yarn. I used three skeins of the yarn mentioned above to create this scarf, which is I would consider more a shawlette. The yarn has been discontinued, so you would need approximately 688.8 yards to make this project in the same size.

I suppose because I was working with sock yarn, this project seemed interminable. While I am a big fan of orange, I find that I am not crazy about this yarn color or the way it pooled. I named it The Dead Heart – by Midnight Oil – Shawlette to mark the end of my pursuit of someone that I had met and found interesting. The colors reminded me of a sunset also. There was a curl on one end, but I just steamed it out.

Pineapple Princess Doily

Pineapple Princess Doily
Pineapple Princess Doily
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On da Hook: August 29, 2015
Off da Hook: August 30, 2012
Pattern: Pretty Pineapples by Judy Teague Treece
Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Cotton], Yarn Color: Unknown [White], Yarn Weight: Thread)
Hook: US 7 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 14 inch diameter

A friend asked me to make her a doily to set under the vase on her dining room table. I figured I could whip this up real quick, so I set to crocheting yesterday. Unfortunately, what should have been done in one day took two because of the extreme humidity and heat we have been experiencing; using too small a hook didn’t help. I am not sure what happened – most likely tension – but I am not crazy that the fan tails (the beginning portion, extending from the center; they look smooshed. I am also not crazy about the jog-space in the center. The pattern is well written, but those treble crochet clusters got old fast.

I love pineapples; that’s why I picked this pattern. The project name – Pineapple Princess by Annette Funicello – should be obvious.

Single Crochet Workshop

Single Crochet
Single Crochet
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A while ago, I came up with a special stitch – at least, I didn’t copy it from anywhere, though it may have already existed – the Bar Front Loop Single Crochet. I created some scarves with it: How Deep Is The Ocean, Jean Genie, September, and You’re My Magician.

Fast forward a year when I created a shawl using the same stitch: Get the Balance Right Shawl.

I shared the shawl with the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild a couple months ago and they asked me to do a workshop on the stitch. Not wanting to waste the time on just one stitch, I decided to change the workshop to a Single Crochet Workshop, showing different types of single crochet and the fabrics they create. As I am not a fan of waste, I am providing the workshop handout here for anyone to download: Download Single Crochet Workshop Handout. That way if one wants to print it out they can, leaving me with a clear conscience and saving a tree.

The workshop will be conducted at the September guild meeting, September 12, 2015 at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church; 11555 National Boulevard; Los Angeles, California 90064. Our guild meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 1:00 pm. Guests are welcome, should you like to attend. Send me an email for additional information.

Electricity Shawl

Electricity Shawl
Electricity Shawl
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I actually started this yesterday: On da Hook: August 22, 2015.

During my search for a single crochet shawl design for Crooked Teeth Shawl, I finally found a crescent-shaped shawl – Desperately Seeking Shallow by Min G. – and since this unknown yarn I had acquired somewhere along the way came up in the rotation of yarns to be used, I started immediately. I was not crazy about the FSC, so I started the old fashioned way but then I was not happy with the edge. Tried again with FSC, but did not like the hanging stitch at the beginning. With magic formula in hand, time to improvise: I incorporated the pattern into the first row, giving a much nicer edge; just could not get the row/stitch count to jive.

And this morning in the middle of farming and my first cup of coffee…power outage!

What to do?

Due to yarn/hook issues yesterday and trying to improvise on the fly, I decided to focus on pattern revisions – row/stitch count. I got it!

ch 14
3 sc in 3rd ch from hook, sc across, 3 sc in last crochet (16)
work in pattern till row 7 (48)

Increase row (row 8)…this puts me one row behind where I am supposed to be in the pattern. Now if I just follow the pattern and keep track of my row counts, I should be done in no time. I was not crazy about the front loop single crochet and tried using my bar front loop single crochet…much better, but time consuming. When I created a worsted weight swatch last night, afghan stitch does provide a nice enough drape.

The name of this shawl Electricity by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark – is reflective of the power outage that occurred today