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!
I’ll admit I’ve been dragging my feet with this project since about the third section when I discovered my stitch count was uneven. This is not a good thing for a symmetrical design.
That simple fact is the cause for my delay because in my mind I am dreading the adjustments I will have to make when it comes to the border.
AND I ran out of a yarn color twice now, the first time for 7 double crochets…AIYAA! My solution was to go through my stash and find a matching color. I found – what I would call – a 3-ply acrylic, separated on ply and used that. The second time, I did not have enough to finish the last row of whole section!
Luckily, I managed to fudge the border to make it around the corner…there may be better clientele and the other side of the block. Ha ha ha ha ha!
Unable to work on crochet in the evening, I started a new mindless project for night knitting while watching television: Message of Love (by The Pretenders) Cowl.
I was totally surprised to learn that this bulky-looking yarn only calls for a US 6 needle, but it seems to be knitting up fine despite the knobbiness of the yarn of which I am not a fan. My experience has taught me that most textured yarns are best used in knitting versus crochet, as one is working with live stitches versus working in existing stitches, which can be difficult to identify in crochet.
I started on straight needles, but will switch to circulars, as the length of the straights is a little encumbering.
My current project – Last Dance With Mary Jane by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – will be a crochet shawl. Coincidentally, it will be in a similar color way to the Erigeneia (by Silke Terhorst) pattern sample. I was going to break my yarns up by sections, by I want to use it all so I think I will just repeat sections until it is gone, reserving the gradient yarn for the border.
Surprisingly, I am finally using the alpaca yarn I bought back in 2014 when my sit ‘n’ knit group went to Alpacas at Windy Hill to support one of our members:
New Hope Alpacas Suri Fingering; Fleece of Vanilla Chip; 200 yards
New Hope Alpacas Suri Fingering; Fleece of Brickfielder; 200 yards
New Hope Alpacas Suri 2 ply; Fleece of Brickfielder; 200 yards Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas Fingering; Color: Sweet Onion with Accents; 200 yards
I can’t believe it’s been so long and I am glad to finally have found a crochet pattern for this yarn. I had previously tried to improvise a pattern, but was not happy with my difficulty in maintaining tension with such fine yarn. Today, I seem to have a handle on it. According to the Craft Yarn Council, US hooks B-E are recommended; I am opting for the larger.
I just realized this is my third triangle shawl; I think I will make a concentrated effort to make the next one a crescent or half circle.
I finally reached my tipping point and frogged International Bright Young Thing.
When I took it off the needles, the biggest infraction was the double-knitting, which affected the border due to halving the number of stitches because I wanted only yarn A on the outside.
While the shawl was on the needles, I could not see the lavender, which is clearly seen in this picture.
I was not happy with the way the spine was working up with the double-knitting
Finally, I did not know how big the shawl was. My original goal was 600 stitches; I ended up at 400.
I think I am going to try it again, but using a rib or stockinette – despite my loathing of blocking – to try and disrupt the striping more, and remove the lavender, which I can use with a darker lavender for the next shawl, which must be crocheted!
Aiyaa! These damn meds are really screwing me up. Even this morning I was having a hard time staying awake. I suppose the I should be grateful the fog cleared enough for me to notice my error. I had to frog eight rows because my symmetry became askew. Two rows down, need to re-crochet six.
I think staying up late watching Grimm and Emerald City did not exactly contribute to focus on my crochet. I blame super hot David Giuntoli, Sasha Roiz and Oliver Jackson Cohen. The good news is that I slept through the night for the first time in over a month…no dreams, nasty or otherwise.
I blame my meds and poor lighting for the constant fuck ups on International Bright Young Thing. It is simple knit: only garter, six increases every other row, three on each side. Yet I keep getting uneven stitch counts on either side. Aiyaa!
Maybe it’s time to do some crochet on I Say A Little Prayer. I am using – what I have come discover is called – Moss Stitch, also known as Granite Stitch, and I am loving it. It reminds me of knitted linen stitch, but much faster. By chance I happened to check inside the cone to see if I had stored the yarn label in there..voila! The yarn I am using is Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon).
Yesterday upon starting International Bright Young Thing in pattern – Drachenschwanzschal “Summerfeeling” by Monika Cyrol – I went supernova when I realized I was now encountering a stitch count problem again, in the increase row. I am pretty sure I know where the problem is; it’s that “1K re.” I believe it’s an increase, but this 1 increase still does not make up the difference. I also don’t believe I am actually being listened to or there is a possible language barrier. Oh well, NEXT!
Wanting to just start something, I changed the pattern to 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport. It is going well, despite one tinking occurrence of about two and a half rows, which I was able to repair without making it worse. 😀
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.
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.
In an effort to have less scraps lying around, I decided to start a scrapghan. I am crocheting a ribbed afghan, using alternating front and back post triple crochets. So far I have used Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 11420 Pretty Baby, Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) from A-Tisket, A-Tasket Kerchief, some unknown blue from Agua de Beber Cowl, and three unknown purples from a test afghan I had previously started. For this project I am also using a J hook. I thought the project name – Pick Up The Pieces by Average White Band, was appropriate for this scrapghan.