Smiling Faces Sometimes Baby Blanket

Smiling Faces Sometimes Baby Blanket

About The Project Name

Smiling Faces Sometimes by The Undisputed Truth refers to the fact that I was smiling sometimes – when I figured out why the pattern kept bowing.

About The Project

This project marks the end of my Bernat Baby Coordinates from my stash…finally! The only amount left will be used in a scrap project. I was not sure how big this project would be; I’m glad that it is big enough to be used as something practical. I was prematurely thinking mama could use this as a pad for Mini Mikey due to the thickness created by alternating back and front post double crochets.

About The Pattern

I may write it up, but I am sure there are plenty out there already. I will check and if not, I will write up the pattern now that I know the secret to making this pattern coming out flat.

About The Yarn

Bernat Baby Coordinates

Fiber Content: (75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Acetate, 2.6% Nylon)
Yarn Color: 01012 Iced Mint, 01011 Lemon Custard, White, Blue-Green, Green-Yellow
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

 

Smiling Faces Sometimes Baby Blanket

Smiling Faces Sometimes Baby Blanket

I lied!

I still have some Bernat Baby Coordinates. As such, I want it gone from my stash, so I am crocheting another baby blanket.

I have tried this pattern before, but my afghan started to bow. I was so frustrated, I ended up just throwing it away. This time, I worked a bit more and I actually discovered where my design mistake was. I have still not perfected the beginning, but I am on the path to finishing this project, yarn, design once and for all.

I have not yet decided if this will be a gift or merchandise.

Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

About Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

Price: USD $120.00, less 25% Friends/Family Discount
Finished Size:
  110 (L) x 11 (D, at deepest point)
Fiber Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose

About The Project Name

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles relates to the colorway of the yarn, Cascade Tangier Strawberry Patch, with honorable mention: Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime.

About The Project

I think the repetitiveness of the pattern actually helped my tendonitis. I noticed – for the first time – my right knitting hand needle hitting my left hand middle knuckle on the purl, which kinda ouched! 🤕 It’s always something… 😆

I saw how the designer blocked to the curve. I chose to block straight because I hate pin-blocking. Once again, I demonstrate my own poor-boy blocking method:

I especially liked the ones with the wheelbarrow and dolly photo bomb…imaginations of my hunky farmer husband working out in the fields/barn while I knit, cook and clean at home. 😇

About The Yarn

Cascade Tangier (Fiber Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose; Yarn Color: 14 Strawberry Patch; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

Before I start this section, let me take a look at the pictures I captured…

The color/sheen seems gone after delicate hand-washing and sun-weight blocking. Of course the featured photo has been color enhanced; all other photos are only color corrected.

I suppose I am just too tired to be even typing right now…upon second review after color correction, the colors appear more muted in daylight than they probably would inside the warm ambiance of my orange room. The colorway just reminded me of the succulent that inspired me to purchase this colorway. Ha! I am even impressed with my styling, how the two angles juxtapose over the chest.

About The Pattern

Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime

As much as those p2tog tbls were a pain in the neck, I thought the designer took excellent notes for her pattern. I think I only found one thing that I might correct, but just did through my own experience, which seems to be increasing. I do have questions, though, about stitch choices.

Easy to follow. Repetitive. Quick knit.

What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On?

Project 1: Church Of The Poison Mind Stole

About The Project Name

I am trying to do too many things at the same time and I forgot that I had already named this project Miss Chatelaine Stole.

When I finally got to this post, having forgotten I already named this project – I came across my inspiration for this project:

Stole: of a strip of fabric used as an ecclesiastical vestment, worn over the shoulders and hanging down to the knee or below

inspires my desired finished size: 2-3 feet x 5-6 feet

Ecclesiastical: relating to the Christian Church or its clergy

related to the yarn: a chenille and a brushed acrylic in approximately the same colors

Feeling closer to god, I started searching for a name. No songs with the word ecclesiastical in them. Next I searched church and came up with Church of the Poison Mind by Culture Club <3 I liked Miss Chatelaine because I kind of identified with the song, as a tribute to being fully authenticated gay man, however, Church of the Poison Mind is closer to my soul.

About The Yarn

Silk City Fibers 3310 Chenille

Fiber Content: 100% Viscose
Yarn Color: Wild Grass 116
Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine [1]

Shown in the featured picture. The picture also shows my inspiration, but I will need to tweek it to my liking. I also plan on calling the company to see if I can find out the yarn weight classification and maybe even get a hook recommendation from them. The other yarn is

National Spinning Company

Cone ID: Plain
Yarn Content: Unknown, man-made fiber [2]
Yarn Color: Guacamole 759C
Yarn Weight: 0, Lace [3]
Unknown Information: 1/12 SO SOFT D
Lot: 0147900 01

About The Project

Project is inspired by the yarn.

I began this project the morning I returned to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild. I was unable to decide on the yarns I was going to use for this project . This part has been settled.

I am still not sure if this should be crocheted or knitted in stockinette to show off the chenille, but that would require much care while knitting and I have a feeling the yarn will twist coming off a cone. I also want the project to be mindless for portability.

Second guessing myself, I think this project will not be very portable with two skeins and scissors for yarn changing, etc.

This project also marks my first venture into charting a pattern repeat. I will also be writing a pattern.

Church of the Poison Mind Stole
Church of the Poison Mind Stole

Project 2: Strawberry Fields Forever

About The Project Name

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles. Influenced by the yarn color: Strawberry Patch.

About The Yarn

Cascade Tangier

Yarn Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose
Yarn Color: 14 Strawberry Patch
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

About The Pattern

Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime
Easy to follow and clearly written. Have had no problems so far.

About The Project

I am not sure how big/wide this item will be so I am reserving classification until the project is finished. This project was started on the day I renewed my membership with El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild.
Strawberry Field Forever
Strawberry Field Forever

1. Per my judgement

2. Per a burn test

3. Per my judgement

 

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Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket

About The Project

I happened across this pattern while browsing Ravelry and the picture looked good – visual eye candy! When I glanced at the pattern, I found it simple enough and I had been itchin’ to knit.

Yikes! Knitting aggravates the tendonitis in my right middle and lower knuckles. Aiyaa!

About The Project Name

I was so pleased to learn I had misnamed Pink Fluffy Clouds Cocoon/Hat; because now I could more appropriately name this project Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb, which even ties into the yarn I used for this project!

About The Yarn

Red Heart Rainbow Clouds

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Color: 9010 Pastels
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

About The Pattern

Chunky Alpaca Baby Jacket by Michelle Lewis

Calls for Chunky Alpaca, so I was a little worried, but figured at one point in his short infancy, he will have at least one opportunity when this jacket will fit him. The pattern is very simple; I followed it from her web page on my iPad. The sleeves were a little tricky, until I figured out the magic loop – on my own I might add. 👏

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket
Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket knit by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World

Nicest Kids In Town Sweater

Nicest Kids In Town Sweater

About The Project

Well, babies don’t jog. My next thought was a project name including the word “walk.” Wait! Babies don’t walk either. I ended up with Nicest Kids In Town, sung by James Marsden, from Hairspray 2007 Original Soundtrack.

About The Pattern

Infant Jogging Suit by Kim Guzman

Very simple. Does require the use of two different hook sizes: US G for ribbing, US H for body. I Had a question about one thing and the designer replied to me super fast in my opinion – the same day!

Once again, my impulsiveness got the best of me again. I did not look closely at the pattern and realized after I had made the first piece that I needed to seam this project together. What the heck! I need sweater practice, though already I am a fan of top down.

Seaming of this sweater was first done with single crochet, but later changed to slip stitch in an attempt to alleviate some of the puckering…improved, but not gone completely, and the stiffness apparent in photo. The designer indicates she used cotton…I wonder if the fiber might contribute/alleviate the puckering from seaming?

About The Yarn

Unknown 1

Fiber Content: Acrylic
Yarn Color: Multicolor (Pink, Green, White, Yellow)
Yarn Weight: 4, Aran

Schachenmayr Bravo Worsted

Fiber Content: Acrylic
Yarn Color: 08224 White
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

1. Information unavailable for unknown yarn; parameter supplied are my best guess

Nicest Kids In Town Sweater
Nicest Kids In Town Sweater

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Pumped Up Kicks Baby Socks

Pumped Up Kicks Baby Socks

About The Project

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People was an easy project name to apply. I love when that happens. The baby socks are another gift for Mini Mikey. This time I searched for a pattern in fingering weight yarn, and as a bonus I got the right yarn weight and crochet hook this time! 😀

About The Yarn

Bernat Berella Sock & Fingering

Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic; 40% Nylon
Yarn Color: Rose Bud
Yarn Weight: [1, Super Fine*], per the Craft Yarn Council

The yarn label only indicates gauge and suggested needle size: 8 sts = 1″ on No. 3 (3 mm) needles. Ravelry yarn weight system, based on wpi (Wraps per Inch?) is different than the Craft Yarn Council, which I use when yarn information is missing. Add to that my lack of gauging and you have a minor mess on your hands. I will discuss lack of yarn standards in a separate post.

About The Pattern

Free Baby Crochet Pattern – Baby Socks by Heather, Patterns For Crochet

Easy, straightforward and quick work up with absolutely no issues. This time I followed the yarn link to confirm yarn weight before starting.

 

Hand In Glove Baby Mitts

Hand In Glove Baby Mitts

More appropriately…Giant Baby Mitts 😀

About The Project

I always try to associate a song title that has a correlation to the project – sometimes the connection being very thin, or even non-existing. Hand In Glove – by The Smiths – should be obvious, but if it is not, baby > hand > mitts > glove…get it yet? If not, send me a nasty email, commenting how rude I am, and ask me to explain myself. 😀

I really screwed up on this one; thankfully, they are a gift to a family member. 😳

About The Pattern

Baby Mittens – Free Pattern by Mimi is very simple and straightforward pattern. So, how did I screw up so much and end up with giant baby mitts?

Well, upon re-examination of the pattern today, I realize that I did not use the appropriate yarn weight or crochet hook! :O

About The Yarn

Bernat Berella Sock & Fingering

Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic; 40% Nylon
Yarn Color: Rose Bud
Yarn Weight: [1, Super Fine*], per my bible, the Craft Yarn Council

I do not recall how, or from whom I acquired this yarn, but found it kind of splitty. I do like the speckled print.

About The Pattern

Baby Mittens – Free Pattern by Mimi, Crochet and Other Stuff

Simple and straightforward! So…how did I screw up on both the yarn weight and the crochet hook size? As for me: pay attention! As I visual person, I am not much for written detail…my bad!

However, to the author I would like to make the following suggestion:

From this…

Materials:
Cannon crochet cotton size 8, 1 ball white (main color) and scraps of pink (contrasting color)
Crochet hook size: 2.00mm
Gauge: 8 sts and 4 dc rows = 1 inch

to this…

Materials: Cannon crochet cotton size 8, 1 ball white (main color) and scraps of pink (contrasting color)
Crochet Hook Size: 2.00 mm
Gauge: 8 sts and 4 dc rows = 1 inch

* text within brackets supplied by me, Hooker Leo or guess at unknown parameter

The Circus Baby Blanket

The Circus Baby Blanket

It’s finally done: 225 Motifs plus a border that required turning a total of approximately 320 times…and in plenty of time before the arrival of my great nephew Michael Kenneth Aguilar, due in January 2018. This blanket measures approximately 36 x 36 inches for the motifs only, and approximately 38 x 38 inches including the border.

Click an image for enlargement / slide show

About the Pattern

I will be writing this baby blanket up as a pattern that will be available on th e AHW Pattern Page and my Ravelry store. The motifs are based on a video I found, but had to revise to my liking. The border is also a video that I had to modify to my liking and to fit within a ten-stitch space versus the original eighteen-stitch multiple.

About the Yarn

Bernat Baby Coordinates

Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Acetate, 2.6% Nylon
Yarn Color: 01009 Soft Blue, 01012 Iced Mint, 01011 Lemon Custard, and (no yarn label for color number) White
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

So glad to be able to destash! This blanket border might benefit from a yarn that would provide better stitch definition. Definitely a yarn with more body might improve the appearance of the entire blanket.

 

 

Thrift Shop Scarf

Thrift Shop Scarf

About Thrift Shop Scarf

Dimensions: approximately 60 (L) x 4.5 (W) inches
Cost: USD $36.00*
Fabric:
100% Acrylic
Use & Care: Machine washable and dryable. Do not bleach, iron, or dry clean.

Design Notes

This is one more stitch pattern that will be included in my future eBook: Hounds-tooth & Beyond. Unfortunately, I thought I had crocheted all the different stitch patterns I wanted to include, but apparently not. Because they patterns bare many similarities, it was hard to identify my own work because I did not keep good track…live and learn. I then discovered from Ravelry that I need to create separate patterns before including them all in an eBook…aiyaa!

I must admit that I am so impressed how these two colors complemented each other so well and elevate the stitch pattern from thrift store to regal.  This pattern is being created after I finish this post and will be available in a separate post. Stay tuned!

About The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Colors: 01011 Soft Taupe & 01532 Claret
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I always use worsted weight when I am testing. Because this is a stitch development project, yarn weight won’t matter much in the end.

About The Project Name

Originally, this pattern was going to be  named Mediate by INXS because of the mindless crochet. As it developed the colors really reminded me of vintage clothing and I changed the name to Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz.

 * less 25% applicable Friends & Family Discount

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