Where I Stand

Mojo
Mojo
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I’ll always stand with Mojo, but I needed to reconcile my projects:

Hearts done!

Digging Farrow Rib Stitch, using it on at-home project: Always the sun Scarf.

Deadline requested for Water From A Vine Leaf Shawl (Aug 17).

Still need to finish
– Orange Crush Shawl (need digital scale at “The Tree” to weight one ounce of Cascade Heritage Silk for final border)
– Ballet Neck Tee (Skacel Zauberball Crazy. Dammit! Was going to use Tesla Girls for this project, but forgot)
– Black & White Herringbone Cowl (must start over due to lack of knowledge on how to fix dropped stitch and lost my black yarn)

Upcoming Projects
– Merging Ripples Shawl (Madelinetosh Pashmina Maple Leaf & a Deep Blue color)
– Muse (orange mohair)
– Miss Marple Scarf (Cascade Casablanca)

There is just not enough time in any given day and Mojo keeps giving me the “lack of opposable thumbs excuse.”

Always The Sun Scarf: Sunrise

Always The Sun Scarf
Always The Sun Scarf
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One of my regular customers – Jo – is making a scarf for her son, using double-stranded Madelinetosh Vintage in an oyster color and it is looking beautiful. I inquired about the stitch she is using and she freely shared that it is a farrow rib stitch. While we were discussing it at “The Tree,” someone else offered that alternating two rows of one color and two rows of a second color provides a hound’s tooth pattern, which I love. I don’t know about the hound’s tooth pattern; it only appears at certain angles. I do however love the stitch pattern, front and back.

So the next at-home project will be this scarf – Always The Sun by The Stranglers – which will be constant yellow and changing shades of alternate colors. Right now I am starting with my orange scraps, which will change to maroon later, and then possibly blue, though I am not sure yet.

So far, yarn consumption includes:

  • Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color:  327 Bright Yellow; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) from my Bacon & Eggs Scarf
  • Unknown Scrap from Irma
  • Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 306 Pumpkin; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) from the Instant Karma Dog Sweater

The final post regarding this scarf will provide a list of all yarns used.

 

Tesla Girls Cowl

Tesla Girls Cowl
Tesla Girls Cowl
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This marks the end of my unknown chunky/bulky yarn scraps. The name – Tesla Girls by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark (OMD) – is a random selection, yet appropriate due to all the colors. The construction of this cowl is alternating front and back post double crochets with a US M – 10.0 mm hook. It’s possible that the cowl can be wrapped a third time, but I will have to post more pictures later, as my camera battery needs to be charged. The dimensions are approximate 6 (W) x 96 (L) inches.

The only identifiable yarn in there is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 2704 Gothic; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).

If I can’t sell this (Price: USD $20.00), I will be donating it – charity to be determined, now that I am involved with more than one charity.

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.

Tesla Girls Cowl
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Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh knitting between takes on Waterloo Bridge set

I found this picture on Pinterest yesterday. Of course, she is probably in costume, but I would love to be rich enough to crochet in an embroidered smoking jacket with silk pajama pants and the softest sweaters. I can’t image how she is sitting below that skirt, but I wouldn’t even attempt that with my big ol’ stomach.

Wedding Afghan Presentation

Gilda had the idea to create an afghan comprised of squares made by customers from the store. The yarn: Madeline Tosh Vintage; the size: 12-inch square. We knew there was going to be a surprise party for Bruce and Annette and it was the gracious hospitality of Anne who hosted the surprise party. And, we were able to keep the surprise party a secret!

 

The Knitting Tree L A One Year Anniversary

Almost as busy as 2014 Yarn Crawl LA. Delicious food and met lots of new fiber artists.

Buffy Come Back Cowl

Buffy Come Back Cowl
Buffy Come Back Cowl
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Here is the next cowl to be donated to Handmade Especially For You, unless you like it so much and would like to purchase it at the reduced Price: USD $20.00. This cowl is seamed. I recommend wearing with seam at back of neck, as pictured. As you can see, the colors include white, pink, beige, grey, burgundy and a touch of blue and green in one of the multi-colored yarns, all of which are of a thick, bulky weight. The fiber content is most assuredly all acrylic/man-made fibers. The only identifiable yarn used in this cowl is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).

The construction is a back loop, single crochet ripple with an US M/10 mm hook. I began with a foundation chain of 17. Row one is worked in the bottom of the foundation chain. Every row is 2sctog, 6 sc, 3 sc in the same (center) stitch, 6 sc, 2 sctog. The seam was done in pattern attaching to the front loop of the foundation chain.

When using the white/burgundy/grey novelty yarn (pictured at upper right), I held a strand of Cascade Cherub DK (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) to ease in stitch identification.

The name of this cowl — Buffy Come Back by Angel and the Reruns – is a random selection from my music library.

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.

Buffy Come Back Cowl
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The Twelve Steps of Yarn Stashers Anonymous

stash
stash
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The twelve steps saved my life once before, so I am going to see if they can save me from my insurmountable stash as well.

  1. I admit am powerless over my stash—that my project queue has become unmanageable.
    My stash is insurmountable
  2. I believe that a power greater than myself can restore me to sanity.
    Yes, I do
  3. Make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand Him.
    My goal is to help the guild reach over 1000 charity donations through hard work & creativity
  4. Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of my stash.
    Once again, this is a tough one, as every time I go into my stash, creative fireworks go off and tempting me to loose focus. However, as pictured above, I am gathering my unlabeled yarns, matching weights and organizing colors.
  5. Admitted to God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs.
    Via this blog post,
    A. I relinquish my ego – desire to be a rock star – by throwing myself in to charity crochet/knitting

         B. I will not be so selfish with my stash
  6. I am entirely ready to have God remove all my defects of character.
    Yes, I am
  7. Humbly ask Him to remove my shortcomings.
    Via this blog post
  8. Make a list of all persons I have harmed, and be willing to make amends to them all.
    Mental list complete. Fortunately, it is not as extensive as my addiction list
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    Through charity knitting and sharing of my stash
  10. Continue to take personal inventory, and when I am wrong, promptly admit it.
    When an opportunity presents itself, be ready to contribute
  11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, as I understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry that out.
    Always a struggle
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I will carry this message to yarnies, and to practice these principles in all my affairs.
    Amen!

PLAN OF ACTION

  1. I am starting with all unlabeled yarn – burn testing for fiber content – then separating by weight. Next I am organizing by color and then I am making charity scarves.
  2. Where I have more of any given color, I will make afghans, hopefully having enough or able to color match for project completeness.
  3. Will begin on fine fibers, searching for patterns based on weight/yardage of yarn to make specific items – hopefully for sale.
  4. And most importantly, I will not purchase any new yarn, except to complete a project

 

Natural High Mobius Cowl

Natural High Mobius Cowl
Natural High Mobius Cowl
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Having rummaged through my stash recently to donate some yarn to Studio Royale Assisted Living Knit Group, I actually used some of my scraps to make this seamed mobius cowl, which will be donated to Handmade Especially For You. I made the mistake of “seaming” this into a mobius. I only say that because I am deciding that a mobius cowl should only be for shorter cowls that one would not wrap twice.

Only two yarns were identifiable:

  • Super Yarn Mart! Superlon (Fiber Content: 100% Super Spun Acrylic; Yarn Color: 100 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Plymouth Encore (Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; Yarn Color: 0256; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

The third identifiable yarn was the bought at The Knitting Tree, L A to finish this piece: Feza Lady (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: 112; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)

Apparently, I got used to the new wimpy worsted weight yarns and used a US 8/H – 5 mm hook, which cause portions of the cowl fabric to be dense. Crucify me for my attitude, but it’s a donation, so I am not really concerned, but have taken the knowledge and will apply in future projects.

The name of this cowl – Natural High by Bloodstone – comes from the colors used: white, ecru, browns, blacks and greys.

If you are keen to make something similar, here is the recipe: 24 double crochets worked between stitches to desired length with a crab stitch border of the Feza Lady, triple-stranded.

Rosy Wedding Favor

Rosy Wedding Favor
Rosy Wedding Favor
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My boss at The Knitting Tree, L A had already put me on notice that she would pay me to help her make some favors for her upcoming wedding. Yesterday, she showed me the pattern and I tried to make one. OMG! The pattern she found was just so complicated, especially when you are working on such a small gauge and if I was forced to use that pattern, payment would have been greatly appreciated for all the associated frustration. So I did what I do best: simplified the pattern, which she likes and now that the pattern has been simplified, I must refuse payment. After all they are called favors, right?

I even took my contribution one step further and published the pattern on her invitation design, so that if she wants to, she can distribute the pattern at the wedding. I am even suggesting an impromptu class at the store so that anyone who crochets may assist – the more the merrier and the faster the task can be completed.

My pattern which is as easy as 1-2-3 rounds and does not involve front post crochet. The pattern calls for

  • Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 312 Race Car Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • US 8/H – 5 mm hook

The finished object measures approximately 2.5 inches square. This pattern will only be available for free until August 23, 2014, the day of the wedding, so that any friends of the bride may download the pattern and assist with making the favors. The pattern is available on my patterns page. or in my Ravelry store.

PROVISO

  • I condone any realized profit from selling your finished project
  • If you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to this pattern/recipe, so I can send a request to feature your finished object

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Having just finished this project, I realized I needed to update this blog post with the second yarn used:

  • Cascade Hollywood (Fiber Content: 87% Superwash Wool, 10% Acrylic, 3% Polyester; Yarn Color: 11 Ruby; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

We had run out of Universal Uptown Worsted in Race Car Red, so this was the alternate. Out of two skeins of Universal and three skeins of Cascade, I made about 160 Rosy Wedding Favors, approximately 10 more than requested.

Note: I used the same hook for both yarns.

Rosy Wedding Favor
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