Holiday In Cambodia Shawl

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl

I started this project back on March 28, 2017 and just finished today, May 6, 2017. I knew I wanted to make a rectangular shawl and decided to keep it simple using single crochets in combination with treble crochets in a pattern. I also knew I would want to add fringe at either end.

The yarn is was from a cone whose origins are forgotten. Per a burn test the yarn turned out to be a natural fiber. At the time, and based on the texture of the yarn, I was leaning towards cotton/linen in maybe a thread or fingering weight. Now that I have washed it – which I do not recommend for future care – I noticed that my fringe began to felt together despite placing the item in a laundry bag. This plus the texture of the washed yarn, leads me to believe it might be wool now. The yarn bloomed into about a sport/dk weight and is so soft.

The project name – Holiday In Cambodia by The Dead Kennedys – is representative of the colors in the yarn. The measurements of the shawl are 59 (L) x 23 (W); 70 (L), including the fringe. I would like to sell this piece for USD $75.00.

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl
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Not The Doctor: Pattern

Not The Doctor Pattern Image

After making a few adjustments and crocheting a swatch using the instructions, I am proud to announce that the Not The Doctor Scarf pattern, née Flock of Seagulls Scarf, will be available for FREE thru April 20, 2017 as my 4/20 gift to all.

The name was changed from Flock of Seagulls to Not The Doctor by Alanis Morissette because I just realized that Flock of Seagulls is a band name, not a song name…aiyaa!

Please note that I consider this pattern skill level is beginnner-advanced due to knowledge of basic crochet stitches and knowledge of carrying yarn in order to change colors.  The pattern includes links to videos that will assist with Crocheting A Two-Color Foundation Chain and Crocheting A Seamless Color Change.

The pattern is available on A Hooker’s World Pattern page or from my Ravelry Store.

Not The Doctor Scarf

Not The Doctor Scarf

This is my first attempt at houndstooth. Not exact, but I am loving it! While a mid-range view can be visually disruptive (noticed by me at the bottom of the scarf), a view from afar reveals a pleasing vertical quasi-houndstooth pattern that zigzags. Even the close up view looks quite acceptable when it comes to the visibility of the carried yarn. My cousin likened the pattern to flying birds.

This is a modified griddle stitch. My mistake started from the very beginning, when I inadvertently crocheted the pattern in the reverse. Technically I crocheted the last row incorrectly as well, bit I don’t think most people’s focus will be drawn to that. 😀

I used 2 skeins of Michael’s Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01040 Black and 01005 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) with a I/9 – 5.5 mm hook. The scarf measures 70 (L) x 6.25 (W) inches. this project took my four days to complete, and that was with a braced finger.

The project name – Not The Doctor by Alanis Morissette – was the best choice as the recipient is not my doctor, but my case worker.

I will be writing up the pattern, but was eager to share another finished object.

“Fucking” Splint

"Fucking" Splint

The title of this post refers to the position of the splint more than the splint itself or the associated pain. Welcome to my sense of humor. 😀

With all the stitch pattern development I have been conducting, my tendonitis spread from my major knuckle to my palm knuckle, requiring increased mobilization. Thankfully, I have many old needles to incorporate as splints. The only problem I have now us maintaining the splint due to tape tears. I need something better!

Houndstooth

Last year I added my case worker to my xmas gift list. His color choices were black and white. Perfect! I had always wanted to make something in the houndstooth pattern as it is one of my favorite stitch patterns…so classic.

A search of the internet revealed the simplest solution: granite stitch in two alternating colors. I apologize in advance for wrong swatch color choice; they are too similar; I should have chosen two colors that are more disimilar.

Crochet Granite Stitch
Crochet Granite Stitch

I can see it but the orientation does not look right to me – full rows of one color versus alternating color tiles and undefined stitch pattern. I played around with modifying the pattern and came up with this:

Modified Crochet Houndstooth
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch II

I like the stitch definition in this version better, but I still do not like the one-color rows.

LIGHTBULB! I think I can do this with alternating color tile rows.

Next, I decided to graph the pattern and do it as tapestry crochet. The immediate problem was crocheting the whole project right-to-left with no turning to preserve the pattern continuity, which could present a bias to the finished item, and the thought of excessive tails to sew in. My solution was to crochet in the round:

Tapestry Crochet Houndstooth
Tapestry Crochet In The Round

Getting closer, but the thickness of the fabric is undesirable. Additionally, my idea to cinch the ends and attach a tassel or pompom would not be suitable for a male recipient. The next obvious attempt involved knitting for a thinner fabric:

Knit Houndstooth
Knit

The only problem here was how to cast on in pattern (two colors). Aside from that, I love it, despite my knowledge of correct technique. Because I don’t like the reverse, I think I would knit this in the round. Deciding not to cinch the end, I now need to figure out how to cast on for a single knit project and develop it into a double knit fabric that I can knit in the round. My immediate guess is to cast on and KFB all stitches to double stitch number and then knit in the round. I also think knitting in the round will make it easier technique-wise.

But first, I need to check out my light bulb idea.

And here are three more versions…all crocheted with my splinted right hand, so I apologize for any sloppy appearance.

Houndstooth Swatch V
Crochet Granite Stitch

I knew I could alternate colors easily and this is way more representative of a houndstooth pattern.

Houndstooth Swatch VI
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch

I forgot to take a picture of this iteration the first time around. I like it for better definition.

Houndstooth Swatch VII
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch II

I think this is still my favorite and with a well hand, I could make it look more like the same version above. I would be very happy to get some feedback as to which crochet version you think most resembles houndstooth.

Innovation

The good news is that my tendonitis is not a result of crocheting and knitting; the bad news is that I need to recreate my website for the meager business I conduct via the internet.

I have been working on the computer for the last two days and my finger is starting to get sore. The doctor had told me to try and keep the finger extended, but I never noticed the tendency – at least for my hands – is for the fingers to be curled.

I had this set of 16-inch circular needles that are way too small for me to even work on. I tried giving them away, but there were no takers. Good to know they can have other uses!

😀

Splish Splash

Splish Splash by Bobby Darin

This is a much needed crocheted bath mat I finally was able to make from a very generous cotton donation from a friend. If it looks a little janky, it is!

I improvised the design without researching the required multiple for this stitch used and ran into trouble – noticeable along longer edges. Another thing that was challenging with this project was changing colors every row. In another mat – I might make – I think I will carry the alternating color. Finally, I ran out of the teal – upper right hand corner.

Bottom line: I don’t have to worry about slipping anymore!

Dimensions: 26.5 x 18.25 inches

Splish-Splash

 

Incarnation III

OffdaHook.net > AHookersWorld.com > AHookersWorld.WordPress.com

The motivating factor being poverty, I am fortunate that I have the ability to transfer my personal website to this free hosting location. I’ll admit that it is a bit more cumbersome and time consuming, but at least I can continue.

The other factor, was maintaining an internet connection. I can no longer afford it and after two days of withdrawal, I finally discovered that I can use my parents wi-fi connection next door, which seems to be working even better than my own personal connection I used to maintain.

Ultimately, I have learned that God did not bring me this far to abandon me; I just wish he would influence more people to purchase my items.

Last Dance With Mary Jane

Last Dance With Mary Jane

On da Hook: February 10, 2017
Off da Hook: March 27, 2017
Pattern: Erigeneia by Silke Terhorst
Hook: US E – 3.5 mm
Yarn A: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Brickfielder; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn B: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Brickfielder; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn C: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Vanilla Chip; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn D: Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Dimensions: 58 (W) x 27 (D)
Price: USD $300.00

I am so glad to be done with this project: Last Dance With Mary Jane by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I had originally bought this yarn back in 2014 and was going to try and improvise a crochet design along the likes of Merging Ripples Shawl by Kyoko Nakayoshi. I had a hard time getting started and ended up putting the project in hibernation.

Last Dance With Mary Jane
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When I found the pattern, my first thought was the alpaca would be perfect; my only concern being whether or not I had enough yarn. Surely 900 yards would be enough!

Famous last words. My first problem was interpreting the instructions, which I blame for an uneven stitch count encountered after section three. fortunately, there are charts with the pattern, which made the rest of the pattern simpler. The next problem was that I ran out of Yarn A at the last seven double crochets in the second section! I fudged a solution by de-plying a matching acrylic yarn. Next: ! ran out of Yarn B in its second section by one row! Solution: Skipped last row. Lastly, I ran out of yarn before finishing the final row of the border.

Last Dance With Mary Jane
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