Telltale Tuesday

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Tale one (pictured above) is that of Two Clouds Above Nine, on which I completed the stockinette field of the shawl, using up the entire skein of Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering yarn I hand-dyed during an El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop.

Now I get to go yarn shopping for the color that will be the lace at the bottom of the shawl. My initial idea is honey-brown, but I am open to what is available at the store.

Tale two is that of Karma Chameleon, a crochet acrylic afghan, whose horizontal strips are now completed, requiring further seaming and tail tucks. I think I will be working further on this project today, hoping to finish and then get started on bag/purse one.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

Stitches SoCal

Stitches SoCal

Wow! A whole new event and just for us here in sunny southern California. If I am still alive November 1-4, 2018, I’ll be there! Here is a link to the Knitting Universe page, where you can register for email updates.

I only hope this event is better attended then the Vogue Knitting Show I attended a couple of years ago with CSNanaCat so that this show will become and annual show.

Ultrasonic Crochet & Knitting

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

This morning, before an ultrasound of my neck and head at 14:20 today, I am trying to find the center ot Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl because I am anal retentive. Ha ha! Seriously, though.

And guess what? I found a dropped stitch. As I was counting I discovered a dropped stitch affecting my stitch count. What I did was to spread the fabric, hoping that I might visually see the dropped stitch. Well, guess what? I found it! And, it was at the beginning of the row, dangerously close to the yarn over border! Phew and a pat on the back.

I know what the ultrasound is for – to confirm papillary thyroid cancer growth on my thyroid…I am pretty sure. My neck could use a scan as well…it is so sore from having to tilt my head up to due to broken office blasses. Aiyaa! They have already been orderad – I am just waiting for them to arrive…hurry…hurry…hurry.

Friday Finale

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Pre-dawn started with some knitting on Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl. This is the first preview of the shawl that is being knitted from my hand-dyed yarn from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop. I am trying to do two rows per day, but might have to increase row count to finish by next month’s guild meeting.

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl
Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

My morning television companion from 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. – Beverly Hillbillies, My Three Sons, and Leave It To Beaver twice – was Karma Chameleon Afghan, a U.F.O. CSNanacat brought to me for finishing. I am doing two strips per day, having completed six with four two go. Then I need to attach the strips and border the afghan.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Sold

Euro Baby Maypole

Woohoo!

I had contact K.T. about possible help with knitting from charts. She agreed and we met for a Panera Cobblestone and my favorite Cinnamon Crunch Scone with coffee. As it turned out, I had only shifted my lace pattern. Done with knit technical support, we returned to my home where we sat and caught up with eath other’s lives.

As I was showing K.T. my new skill – interlock crochet – K.T. expressed a desire to buy it, but commented that she would like it bigger. I informed her of the price and indicated that she would be eligible for the Freinds & Family 25% discount. Because I would have to crochet more fabric, I told K.T. that I would just charge her the difference from the FF discount + she would buy the additional yarn and she agreed.

Unfortunately, the yarn used to make Mystery AchievementSchoeller+StahlPortofino Soufflé – has been discountinued. We both thought that we could take the afghan to a yarn store for color matching. We went to The Slipt Stitch to see if we could find something and we did!

Euro-baby Maypole

Care: Permanent press. Non-chlorine bleach. Do not tumble dry. Dry flat. Do not iron.
Color: 12
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Calculating how much we needed was a little bit of a mind bender, but I think I figured it out…I just realized that I had the wrong numbers at the store. Aiyaa! Better call K.T.; I’ve already started, but might might need more.

We Need A Little Christmas Scarf

We Need A Little Christmas

The Name

We Need A Little Christmas by Angela Lansbury from Mame

One of my most favorite movies – well, at least the 1958 Auntie Mame version with Rosalind Russell. I later became aware of the Lucille Ball version (1974 Mame), which is when I was introduced to this song. I later learned that Angela Lansbury had performed the song as well in a stage production.

The Scarf

Line: ODDBALLS, 20% of each purchase will be donated to Container Recycling Institute
Dimensions: 58-inch length x 4-inch width
Price: USD $25.00

The Yarn

Unknown brand and composition; color is obviously green.

Cherish Cowl: Phase II

Cherish: Phase II

About Phase II

In the mornings when I awake and begin to crochet or knit with my morning cup of coffee while listening to the news, my legs remain warm under the blanket, Mojo providing additional warmth as he lies nestled between my legs. Meanwhile, my shoulders and neck are freezing…but, not anymore!

Designer Notes

Using the general crochet formual for a circle, calculated the number of edge stitches on the cowl, this time taking into consideration, the adjustment that had been made at the end of round one to accommodate evenly distributed petal/scale placement.

88 stitches.

Next I divided the number by eight for even increase distribution and started increasing to my shoulder width. At that point, I stopped increasing, hoping for a more immediate shaping, which did not develop, and ended with me frogging back to the last increase row.

Well, at least I am going to cherish this creation.

Cherish Cowl

Cherish Cowl

About The Project Name

cher·ish
verb

  • protect and care for (someone) lovingly
  • hold (something) dear

Cherish by The Association

Cherish Cowl
Cherish Cowl

About Cherish Cowl

The yarn for this project was gifted to me by a friend from first grade, whom’s mother pass last year. I thought I would make something for my friend, but her favorite color is purple, not pink. 😀

Dear God

Please inform Mrs. Yamamoto (Kat’s mom) – if she doesn’t know already – that her yarn stash has been discovered and is being converted into something practical for Hooker Leo, who is ever grateful to have extra yarn with with to research and develop, and keep warm.

I had seen a stitch previously on YouTube that I intrigued me. It is called Serpentine Stitch. However, I did not visualize an item – except an afghan – that would satisfactorily incorporate the stitch pattern. This led to a little research and development…and I came up with this petal-like, scale-like, biased texture by alternating a one-stitch shift/yarn-color change every other row: Shifting Serpentine Stitch.

After seeing the difference in size between wear-by-my-mother and wear-by-myself, I would have to size down the item for pattern writing. So Cherish cowl will certainly be cherished by me, a WIP (work, in progress), as I develop a poncho type item that will keep me warm in my orange garage-apartment.

Cherish Cowl
Cherish Cowl

About The Yarn

Caron Premium Acrylic

Care: Machine washable, warm water, any detergent. Machine dryable, regular cycle, needs no shaping.
Color: 2511 Rose
Content: 100% Premium Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted*

Caron DuPont Acrylic

Care: None
Color: 0029 Rose
Content: 100% DuPont Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted+

I love the fact that there are no laundry instructions on the yarn label. To me, it’s a nod to the old days when people just knew how to wash clothes! 😀

Dimensions: 15-inch diameter x 5-inch height

88 sts – 15/14 = 73/74 sts feels more snug…comfy 😉 will require further arithmetic

*Based on Yarn Label suggested hook I/needle 8 size
+based on A Hooker’s Touch 😉

 

 

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Project Name

Cha Cha Heels by Rosabel with Jeanie Tracy

This song was the first that came to mind when I started making this shawl. My second thought went to Dawn Davenport of Female Trouble. Then I laughed at how far my project name is from the original pattern name.

Care: Hand wash. Do not tumble dry.
Dimensions:
76-inch wingspan x 10-inch depth
Value:
 USD $270.00 *

* Inquire 25% Friends & Family Discount

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Pattern

Pixie Ruffle Shawl by Susan Sheby

Easy to follow. Loved the method of creation and might have to investigate this model further for a bigger crescent-shaped shawl, though this one really expanded without my realization.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Yarn

Colinette Tagliatelli

Color: Fire 71
Content: 90% Merino pure wool, 10% Nylon
Weight: 5, Bulky

Surprised to learn of merino wool content; nylon stretchiness apparent. Easy to work with. I was needlessly concerned about ribbon-twisting affecting knit pattern; as I learned I could knit right through twisting, work with ribbon became even easier.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

Design Notes

I was smart this time and alternated between two balls of ribbon every two rows, so I would not have an issue with pooling pattern shifting.

One Way Or Another: Inception

One Way Or Another

Objective: [One Way Or Another I was going to] turn a cone [ROCHELLE DYERS – PROD DATE: Jan 19, 1998 – LOT #: 1857 – COUNT: 1/16 – COL: FAIRWAY ROYAL – BLEND: A/P – P.O. #: MP11-14D] of 1-ply, natural fiber, thread into a 4-ply natural fiber thread to match a 3-ply, presumed natural fiber, grey thread.

I’ve spent more than half the morning trying to accomplish this.

Aiyaa! The minute the cake flew off the winder, I knew I was in trouble.

When my 2-ply cake thread broke, I resorted to winding a second cake.

Upon my final 4-ply, I kept pulling up clots, which at first I broke and knotted. After getting too many in succession, I figured I would just make a knobby thread, but that won’t match. I will just cut off excess.

The picture shows my waste on the left. I dare anyone to try untangling that much thread.

This will be my new carry-along project, which I will create with a simple repeating stitch and no pattern.

In the end, I discovered that the presumed natural fiber grey thread was actually a man-made fiber…aiyaa!