You’re Still A Young Man Beard

You're Still A Young Man Beard
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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!

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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This is a gift I made for the first friend I reconnected with upon my return to California…it only took nine years for me to realize I could use my stitching talents to gift my dearest friends/family. I now maintain a gift list!

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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The recipient indicated her favorite color was lavender and a cowl would be the item most used. Woohoo! I had a cone of Newton’s Yarn Country Brushed Acrylic on US 6 needles…or was it US 5 needles? The target size was 6 (W) x 34.5 (D); after washing the cowl measures 7 (W) x 37 (D).

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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I am surprised by the color change in the post images. The image above and those following were photographed in full sunlight, while the first two were photographed in the shade. I was under the assumption that sun/direct light would show “true” color…apparently not, as the cowl is closer in color to the first two images…well, at least, in my vibrant opinion.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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At the time I began this project, I had encountered the Flowers In A Row. My cowl is literally “nothing but flowers,” as you can tell from the detail image below. Some of the modifications I made to the stitch are: knit only, no spacing between flower rows, and staggered flowers.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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Well, I hope she enjoys this birthday-turned-xmas gift, named – (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads – because of the stitch used!

It Takes Two Cowl

It Takes Two Cowl
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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…

It Takes Two Cowl
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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

It Takes Two Cowl
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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.

Canary In A Coalmine Shrug

Canary In A Coalmine Shrug
Crochet Shrug (front)

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.

Canary In A Coalmine Shrug
Crochet Shrug (back)

Crickets Sing for Anamaria Baby Afghan

Crickets Sing for Anamaria

I started this last year some time, and I started it incorrectly. The pattern – Thesis Blanket by Phoebe Garrett – called for eight increases versus the four I cast on. Grr!

Working on US 6 needles made for slow going, especially since I did not know how big to make it – use the whole cone (1,100 yards) or not? The realization of the cast on error was a major factor in determining size, so when I reached 175 stitches in diameter, I put the blanket aside until I could figure out a way to decrease and maintain the k1, yo at the beginning/end of each row.

I decided using two needles might make it easier and that is when I decided to make it a double knit blanket. Still I had to figure out the decrease. After checking with some advanced knitters, it was decided I would have to decrease every row by two stitches in order to maintain the yarn over feature. Great! Now what? Twice the blanket was set aside during this process: first to order the new needles and second due to fear of putting the decrease method into action. Once I began the decrease side, I saw how it was working fine and just had to finish.

I’ll admit the blanket is a bit lopsided; I lost track of count during increase and had to fudge my count back to what I thought it should be (odd). After washing, I was able to block it to a 33-inch square…kinda sorta. I would reblock, but don’t really want to mess with it anymore due to the lopsidedness.

Upon posting this project, I discovered via a burn test that the yarn – Thomas Hodgson and Sons Inc, Suncook (Yarn Color: 8 Mauve) – is a natural fiber, which I don’t know. Most likely it is wool, but I have a call into the manufacturer for confirmation.

A friend of mine had expressed interest in using this yarn for a project. I have already notified her the yarn is ready. If she leaves enough, I will continue to make a baby set, including booties, diaper cover, sweater and maybe mittens, or a lace shawl.

The project name – Crickets Sing for Anamaria by Emma Bunton – is a song from my music library.

By itself, I think I would charge $60.00 USD due to imperfection.

Magic Carpet Ride Shawl

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I have so much stash yarn and sometimes I start going through it all and find odds and ends that I think might look good together and wind them up into a ball. This is one that popped up recently and having also recently learned that it was a “magic ball,” my interest was spurred to make something with it.

Some of the known name brands include:

  • Ironstone Bouquet of Colors Brushed Mohair (Yarn Color: Earthenware/9; Fiber Content: 78% Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% Nylon; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Metallic; Yarn Color: 5 Blue Silver; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
  • Trendsetter Aura (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: [Grey]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Ice Yarn Eyelash Trawl (Fiber Content: 37% Acrylic, 60% Polyester, 3% Lurex; Yarn Color: Pink, Blue, Orange; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
  • Universal Yarn Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: Reef 801; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)

A second stroke of good luck was encountering this pattern – Wise Hilda’s Basic Triangle Shawl; ©2010, Kate Atherley – which I would love to make with my Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool; Yarn Colors: K4001 [Color: Celery] & K2389 [Color: Coffee]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK); I just need to work on the stripe math.

My Project

Dimensions: 62 (w) x 66 (H) [Unblocked; May be tension blocked and remeasured in future post] on US 10 needles.

Name: Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf: because of the “magic…” tu sabes!

Price: USD $100.00 | Friends/Family Price: USD $75.00

I know I have another “magic ball” around here somewhere, but I have so much other stuff to be finishing and learning and patterning…aiyaa!

 

Chantilly Lace Shawlette

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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.

I will be working on the pattern next.

Chantilly Lace – by The Big Bopper

Basic Crochet Hat Recipe

Basic Crochet Hat Recipe

This is the basic crochet hat that I taught my students today, at their request, at Concepts in Yarn. I don’t even know if mine will fit a baby/preemie, but I wanted to show them how they can accent a basic hat and make it adorable. I loved this scrap baby yarn that one of my students brought in today.

I also showed them – quickly – how to make a beehive hat. Both students are big into crocheting for charity and I thought showing them different ways to accent the hats might be fun.

That’s my magic ball in the background that will be knitted into a purl edge shawl.

Purple Haze Cowl

Purple Haze Cowl
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Project Name: Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

I like this one better than Deep Purple Cowl because the stripes are better defined and closer to the design in my mind. This will be the birthday gift for my friend from first grade instead of the Deep Purple Cowl. I am thinking the person for whom I am knitting this cowl, will not even notice the difference, but out of honesty I will give full disclosure, reducing the price if necessary. I don’t think it will be a problem, as the customer saw the first one and loved that one also.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Yarn A: Lion Brand Color Waves (Fiber Content: 83% Acrylic, 17% Polyester; Yarn Color: 347 Purple Vista; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Thread (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple]; Yarn Weight: n/a)
Needle Size: US 10

I really liked the Lion Brand Color Waves for it’s softness, cushiness and color runs. Too bad it has been discontinued.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Dimensions: 24.5 (D) x 9 (W) inches

This cowl is long enough to wrap around one’s neck twice, as pictured.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Construction: Cast on 30 stitches using a provisional cast on. Knit two rows with Yarn A & two rows Yarn B. Repeat to desired length, ending with Row 1 of Yarn B. Graft with garter kitchener stitch, using Yarn B.

Purple Haze Cowl
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