Oakland Raiders Afghan v3

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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It’s been said the third time is a charm; let’s see if this is true. I have now removed the afghan image from the pattern due to Ravelry’s response:

Unacceptable image. Whether the pattern is charted or not, it is still an unacceptable pattern since it uses a trademarked image.

I have also included instructions on the Ravelry Store pattern where one can view the finished product, which would be here. Again, the pattern on my Patterns Page remains intact with an image of the finished product and a PDF chart.

Oakland Raiders Afghan v2

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Aiyaa! Ravelry removed my pattern from their database for the following reason:

Unacceptable standalone chart. NOT “original” art which is what’s required for these types of patterns.

My first argument is why the fuck does Ravelry care? My best guess is that they may be liable for selling the pattern.

Okay, so I removed the chart and I am resubmitting the pattern, which you should be able to buy in my Ravelry Store; I have not updated the pattern on my patterns page, which does include the offending chart. Because the chart has been removed, I am reducing the Ravelry Store Price: USD $5.00.

I’m Hooked…

…on a stitch pattern.

Found this pattern: Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern on the internet and loved the look of the shawl. The beginning was a little tricky – due to poor vision, but once I picked it up. I am making Digging Your Scene – by The Blow Monkeys – Wrap with the leftovers from the Oakland Raiders Afghan: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01005 White, 01040 Black, and 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) on a US K10.5/6.5 MM hook.

Digging Your Scene Wrap
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To honor Maddie Made It’s hospitality Friday night, and the 25% discount I received on my purchase, I bought some Universal Cotton Supreme DK (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Colors: 701 White, 723 Silken, and best guess: 713 Hot Pink; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) and started American Pie – by Don McLean and based on the pi-influenced stripe pattern. With approximately 690 yards, and with a US F5/3.75 MM hook, I figure I’ll get a small shawl if not a large kerchief, either way, I just love the color combo.

American Pie
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Oakland Raiders Afghan II

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Back in July 2015, my cousin asked me to make this for his uncle in gratitude for wedding planning. I created the chart and a spreadsheet and crocheted the afghan, finishing in December 2015. However, due to bleach discoloration within the first 10 rows, I had to remake this afghan and I just finished today.

I seriously need to learn how to crochet left handed so, my tapestry pieces will not have a stitch bias/slant. This time around I stranded unused yarn behind the afghan versus cutting my color changes. Turns out I used the same amount of yarn. I found that a little odd, thinking I might use at least on extra skein due to the stranding. Go figure! The most important thing I learned is that I don’t charge enough for my work. I used to base my pricing on 4 x the cost of the yarn, but when the customer chooses the cheapest yarn, I suffer. This entire afghan totaled out at $209.40. Based on this, I am changing my pricing schedule which will reflect the time investment in making such a piece.

I calculated my time crocheting this piece and came out to about 70 hours. At minimum wage, the cost for crochet alone would be $700.00. That does not even include the time it took to make the chart and pattern. Despite possible copyright infringement, I am publishing my pattern for sale, so hopefully, I can make a little income to offset this undercharge. I also feel that people that appreciate handmade items will appreciate the cost increase, adding value to the piece. My friends and family discount of 25% will still apply to all items.

This pattern is available for purchase in my Ravelry Store and on the AHW Patterns Page. See Post: Oakland Raiders Afghan v2 for explanation and valid links.

And because I never get to see the reverse of afghans created via this method, I am including an image of the reverse just for you information…

Oakland Raiders Afghan II Back
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Wave Pattern: Swatch

Wave Pattern Swatch
Wave Pattern Swatch
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Receiving no assistance from the internet regarding my previous post request for help, I was fortunate enough to encounter a friend of mine who is very pattern savvy and she agreed with me that the pattern should remain on the same side, so the pattern should read:

Wave Pattern (Download PDF)

Cast on 53 (36 for symmetry; + multiple of 17 for wider project)

1. Knit

2. Purl

3. Pattern Row: Edge stitch, [purl 2 together (3 times)], [yarn over, knit (5 times)], yarn over, [purl 2 together (6 times)], [yarn over, knit (5 times)], yarn over, [purl 2 together (6 times)], [yarn over, knit (5 times)], yarn over, [purl 2 together (3 times)], edge stitch.

NOTE: Edge stitch may be slipped, knit or purled…your choice. I am a fan of slipping the first stitch purl wise and knitting the last stitch through the back loop.

4. Purl

5. Knit

6. Purl

7. Knit

8. Purl

NOTE: Stockinette row count may be increased or decreased, but MUST begin with purl row and end with purl row to maintain pattern.

Repeat rows 3-8 to desired length.

Enjoy!

Wave Pattern: Help!

Wave Pattern

Wave Pattern

While cleaning up my knitting files, I came across this pattern that was given to me by Margot from the Fairview Library Knitting Group. I am in the middle of making a swatch, so I can see the pattern, but without clear instruction, I am not sure how to proceed.

The big question is: Do I go from row 9 to row 1 and repeat or do I go from row 9 to row 4 and repeat? I am leaning towards going to row 4, as it would follow the pattern set forth from row 3 to row 4. Can I get some feedback. I would be certainly appreciated. You can download this pattern here or wait until I have improved and included a picture of the swatch.

Basic Crochet Flower

Basic Crochet Flower
Basic Crochet Flower
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I need space in my filing cabinet, so I decided to reconcile all my printed patterns with my online patterns, get rid of the duplicates, and put the rest into a note book with page protectors. I am such a geek that this task actually brought me some much needed peace of mind after a near tragedy with the Oakland Raiders Afghan.

I don’t know where I got the pattern and there is no copyright warning on it, so I am sharing it with you. So retyped the pattern and created a PDF, which you can download here. Note: The original pattern had not stitch legend and I did not bother to create one, so you need to know simple crochet stitch abbreviations.The pattern I had in my filing cabinet was text only, so I decided to make one real quick to see what it looked like. I kind of like it, as it reminds me of one of my favorite flowers: Hibiscus.

I need to get a new digital camera. I took this picture with my iPad, but can’t correct the yellow enough to mute it. Maybe if I used the HDR function it might have come out better. Tried taking a picture of a ladybug without spots earlier, but could not get good definition, much less find the damn bug through the lens.

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern: Status

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan

Having received so many request to purchase my San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern, I finally set to inquiring with the team regarding sales of my pattern and copyright infringement. Today marks day three that I have contacted them via their website and social media. Not one reply.

My feelings are that if you don’t care enough to address inquiries, you must not mind me selling my pattern of your logo – SILENCE = APPROVAL – a la Judge Judy!

So, as soon as I finish the Oakland Raiders Tapestry Crochet Afghan I am currently working on, I will set forth to publishing my pattern and making it available for sale until such time, I received official legal notification from the San Francisco 49ers to cease and desist.

Football Season

Oakland Raiders Afghan

I received another request for my San Francisco 49ers afghan pattern on Ravelry. Once again, I informed the inquirer that I cannot sell without violating copyright law. Then I thought: contact the team and verify before cutting of another source of income. Here is what I was able to write them, using the website contact form (300 word maximum)

Open Quotation MarkI created an afghan based on your logo. I have many people asking me about obtaining the pattern. Would sale of the pattern violate copyright laws? I am not a lawyer, nor can I afford one. Can I sell my pattern? See afghan here.

I also Tweeted the message and put if on their Facebook page.

Making good progress on the Oakland Raiders afghan…

Oakland Raiders Afghan
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Mar Azul Shawl

Mar Azul Shaw

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On da Hook: August 15, 2015
Off da Hook: August 19, 2015
Yarn: 1 hank Newtons’ Yarn Country Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Unknown]; Yarn Color: Unknown [Aqua]; Yarn Weight: Unknown [1, Fingering]; Yardage: 1100)
Hook: US 8/H
Pattern: Amita Shawl designed by Rebecca Velasquez
Dimensions: 72 (W) X 40 (H)

When I was given this yarn I was so bedazzled by the color; I did not immediately recognize it was a tangled hank! Approximately 10 hours later, blue finger dye transfer syndrome, and with the help of Cathy and Lynette, I was able to spin into a beautiful yarn cake.

This pattern has been in the back of my mind for some time now: I never tire of being able to crochet a project up so quickly. The name of this project – Mar Azul by Césaria Évora – was a no brainer. The woman that gifted the yarn to me is blond and this shawl will look great on her. Fortunately, there was enough yarn in the hank to make a shawl more closely to the recipient’s 5’8″ stature. I am – technically – over in the width, but I don’t have any significant leftovers either. The pattern is written for the intermediate crocheter, or one given to intuitive instruction, but otherwise easy to interpret.