While on Facebook today, I noticed a message from my friend Verna in Oregon. She was asking for help with a Crochet Bobble Beard by Ashlee Marie, size: small. When I called her to confirm color and for a pattern URL, she indicated Xmas Rush. I told her I would go through my stash to find the right color and put her order in from of the orange cable scarf I was having difficulty getting started due to unclear vision.
Very easy pattern and quick. The best part: I did not have to start a new skein, which I had anticipated because I did not know how much yarn would be required, thinking it would be more than expected because of the bobbles. As it turned out, I was able to make this project with a ball of unknown acrylic yarn in a chocolate brown color (suspecting Caron One Pound due to yarn texture).
As a bonus, I did not have the song You’re Still A Young Man in my music library yet. I didn’t even know who performed the song, thinking Temptations or Stylistics. As it turned out I discovered the artist was Tower of Power and I was able to acquire the song!
A friend of mine recently made something in the same fashion and I was impressed by the simplicity of the construction and the two-tone appearance, so I set to crocheting this cowl for donation.
Imagine my surprise when I learned that the organization I was going to donate this cowl to unravels all crochet items and reuses the yarn for a very specific knit scarf pattern. I suppose I really would not matter, one way or the other, but it stuck in my craw that my work was unappreciated, so I kept it.
I can’t even tell you how long it took to make because I didn’t record anything; I can’t even be specific about the yarn I used because they were from my stash and did not have a yarn label.
Label for the multicolor yarn found; post updated accordingly.
I can tell you how to make one on your own…
With Yarn A (Fiber Content: Unknown [Acrylic]; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) I made a chain to my desired circumference and joined with a slip knot. Alternating with Yarn B: Hobby Lobby Baby Bee Dreamy Baby Chenille (Fiber Content: 90% Polyamide, 10% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Sweet Cheeks 109; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky), I worked single crochets in the back loop.
Dimensions: 33 (D) x 5 (W) inches
This cowl is very soft and cushy. As pictured it is long enough that it can be double-wrapped for increased warmth.
Price: USD $50.00
The project name – It Takes Two, sung by Zac Efron, from Hairspray movie soundtrack – correlates to the method of construction, requiring “two” different and complimentary yarns, to create the “two-tone” effect.
On da Hook: December 9, 2016 Off da Hook: December 10, 2016 Pattern:Sonata Shrug By Melissa Mall Yarn:Red Heart Sport (Fiber Content: Acrylic, Yarn Color: 0230 Yellow, Yarn Weight: 3, Sport/Light) Hook: US J – 6.00 mm Dimensions: 32.5 (W) x 20 (H) inches
Having finished another UFO by the name of Crickets Sing For Anamaria, I decided to crochet a gift for my new BFF (best friend forever: Penny). I knew I could kick this out quickly, hoping to see her before I have to return the car. Actually, now that I think of it, I will continue to see her two days a week thanks to my generous cousin, but it’s doubtful I will see Penny on her birthday due to transportation issues.
Anyway, Penny told me her favorite color was yellow. I showed her yarn samples from my stash that I had available and to my surprise she picked the brighter color…YAY! I had done a search online for a shrug pattern, figuring following a pattern would be faster than trying to come up with something out of my head that I would like. I happened to find Sonata Shrug on Ravelry and liked it much. The pattern calls for sock, but I though the sport weight would work well enough. The only thing that might have made it drape more would be a bigger hook – US K – 6.5 mm. Oh well! I still love it.
The project name – Canary In A Coalmine by The Police – correlates to the color.
On da Hook: September 23, 2016 Off da Hook: October 2, 2016 Yarn:Interlacements Rick Rack (Fiber Content: Rayon, Yarn Color: [Lavender], Yarn Weight: 2, Baby / Sport) Hook: F5 – 3.75 mm Project Dimensions: 42 (W) x 11 (D)
So relieved when June told me to make the project smaller. I finished today before becoming too loopy from medication. Glad to be done. I love this yarn: the drape is excellent as well as the colors.
This is another stash busting sample for the proposed stash busting crochet event at Concepts In Yarn and Needlepoint. I made it yesterday in about six hours (only because I fudged the construction). This works up real quick and is an excellent stash buster for those short scraps.
This piece measures approximately 16 (D) x 5 (H) inches. The yarn used for this project is some unlabeled acrylic from my own stash. The crochet technique is called Entrelac Crochet and is constructed in a Tunisian method.
This cowl will be donated to Handmade Especially For You after the stash busting crochet event and I can teach you this technique during the event…for FREE!
I may be partial to my own crochet, but I think my revised version (right side, worked in the round, no seam) looks nicer: the stitch definition is the same on every row. The yarn used in the revised version is a continuation of the same skein of Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby).
As an observer noted on my Facebook page, I don’t usually use/recommend natural fibers for infant items, because of unknown fiber allergies; these are just samples.
I rephotographed the first one because I had folded the brim wrong. As you can see they are the same size for the most part despite the left one having a 25-stitch circumference and the right one having a 24 stitch circumference.
Once again, no students at my crochet class, so the owner and I got together and came up with an event to introduce me to the store patrons. I will be spending the whole day in the shop and facilitating a charity crochet stash event. All items completed during the day will be donated to Handmade Especially For You, who will be meeting in the store in the evening.
This is one pattern that will be made available to patrons, as well as stash yarn provided by the store in addition to patrons stash and hooks provided on loan by me. I can’t believe this hat [4 (H) x 2.5 (W) inches] would fit a preemie. It looks too small. Additionally, I am not a fan of the pattern, indicating seaming. Seaming may be okay for knitting, but crochet makes seaming senseless. Of course I will redesign.
I used Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby) with an F hook, indicated by the pattern. I love this yarn for its color gradients.
This pattern is very easy; one of those mindless crochet projects that works up very quickly because of a simple 2 row repeat that is easy to remember.
Yarn: Universal Cotton Supreme DK Fiber Content: 100% Cotton Yarn Color A: 701 White Yarn Color B: 713 Hot Pink Yarn Color C: 723 Silken Yarn Weight: 3, DK
This yarn is so soft and buttery, reminding me of corn silk. Working with cotton always presents the same challenge for me: tension, especially when the cotton is being used for a garment on which you want a drape.
When I was a kid, I had a set of Pentel markers – the big one with 64 or more colors. Anyway, I remember one color called Carmine; maybe that’s where my love of flamingos was conceived. The hot pink in the attached pictures is not a true accurate representation of the color, but that’s how my eye wants to see it. Either way, I think I got luck with my color choices.
The name of this project – American Pie by Don McLean – was originally a twist on my first pi project, where the digits of pi would determine the stripe pattern. My mistake was to interpret the digits as repeats, which was entirely unnecessary. As such the last three color changes are inaccurate and represent the last of the yarn I had purchased.
I love the texture this stitch pattern creates and the cotton really picks it up and shows it off well.
Dimensions: 50 (W) x 23 (H) inches Price: USD $96.00
An former customer of mine called me yesterday and asked if I could make some chemotherapy caps for a friend of hers. I love this turban, but wasn’t too keen on the gather until I saw these pictures, which display it properly.
Gosh! I even look Indian. That’s me doing my Norma Desmond impression: “All right, Mr. de Mille, I’m ready for my close-up.”