I only wish I had more Amazing yarn to make an even more amazing shawl. I improvised the pattern; had I been blessed with more foresight, I would have introduced a lace spine, but calculations were bogging me down.
My only other self-criticism would be the final border, which actually looks fine and actually works. I meant to gradually introduce the seed stitch and then begin the 1 x 1 rib below a five-row seed stitch repeat versus beginning the rib below a one-row seed stitch repeat. Click images for enlargement/slide show.
I knew I was knitting with smaller needles (US 6) when I started and was just too lazy to change to the correct size. I just wanted to start. At first, my tension was way tight, evidenced by cramping fingers. Once I relaxed, I zipped right along. I have finished only one other project as fast: Mojo’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dog Sweater, back in 2011!
Wanting to add something different, and to avoid stockinette curling, I inserted some seed stitch followed, and ending, with one-by-one ribbing. Even though I contradicted my pattern planning, I am extremely happy with the finished project.
Doh! This connection should be obvious: Purple, grape. If you require further elucidation, notice the rows on this cowl; just like grapevines are grown here in sunny central California.
About The Cowl
Dimensions: 12-inch width x 24-inch diameter Price: USD $60.00
Made with three skeins that I acquire from CSNanaCat during her recent de-stashing.
A previous employer had made a cowl similar to this, but knitted in seed stitch. I fell in love with it and have always wanted one but never knew the pattern or the exact measurements. I am really liking this cowl and may just end up keeping it.
Lavender and white – to me – is very foux du fafa; hence, the name! Even the song lends to the whole ambiance depicted in the television commercial featuring the same song.
Dimensions: 5.5-inch width x 47-inch diameter Price: Charity Donation
Foux du fafa is the final project from the big ol’ bag of stuff CSNanaCat brough to me. I was going to make another bag, but that would have required more squares and I had already spent enough time – about two weeks – finishing.
Random selection from my music library, which seems quite appropros, considering the object. Although, upon selection, the thought of a gang of old women + one old man, taking the money, stuffing it into this bag and running got me chuckling.
Wooden* purse handles Care: Consult a professional dry cleaner Dimensions:5-inch depth x 18-inch height x 20-inch width Price: Charity Donation
Having tired of working on OPP (Other’s People’s Projects) – 😄 who remembers when O.P.P. was something one was down with 🙂 – I just could not bring myself to make anymore squares, especially since they were made at such a high tension. And fortunately, I did not need to because I all of a sudden remembered that I had won these purse handles through the guild raffle. Effectively, the bag closure is similar to a clam shell…better to keep the cash in the bag!
There is no lining – who has time for lining when the stuff won’t sell. Most appropriate for bigger items. A project bag, a money bag, remembering to keep notions and coins in smaller, more secure enclosures.
OMG! I’m going to see The Boy in concert some time this year. I know. I am such an airhead I haven’t even checked when the concert date is yet. 🤓 😀 😜 So this was my inpiration; I think at the time I was laying this project out I had just acquired a $250.00 bill for ONE ticket to see The Boy at The Greek Theater of all places with my favorite band of all time: The B-52’s!
OMG! Did I mention I am going to see The Boy? 🙃😀
ODDBALLS because I don’t have any yarn labels?
Charity because I received the unfinished project from a guild member who won the unfinished project from a guild meeting raffle?
A Hooker’s World because I still hold out hope that the right person will like my stuff and buy it?
Dimensions: 50 Length x 34 width, measured in inches Price: USD $40.00 is about worth my time and the possible development of additional tendonitis. 🙄
I received a huge bag of square motifs with a primary surplus of Caron One Pound and bits of color yarn. Admittedly, I had a hell of a time arranging the sqaures on my computer. Finally, I thought just keep it simple and shift the colors one column every row. Just when I had that thought I had learned that I was the proud owner of a Boy ticket and wanted to name an item for Culture Club becuase they were so inpsirational in my youth.
Anyhoo…it is pure coincidence that the arrangement of the motifs also represents the changing colors on a chameleon, a reptile I would love to possess as a pet. Then I’d have someone to hold hands with; Mojo doesn’t like to hold hands. 😓
With the left over motifs, I have plans to make a project bag; I am fortunate enough to have matched tension and can crochet the missing squares I might need. With the final motifs – larger than others – I will make something else. Perhaps something to throw at The Boy because if I am right, I think my seat is three rows behind the pit, center section!
Some of the motifs have yellowed; either from smoke or age, I’m not sure as they have had time to air out and I don’t remember how they smelled when I got them. 🤓 I will wash and hope for color balance. This may affect additional discounts on the price.
Care: Machine Washing and Drying: For best results, machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low heat and remove promptly. Or you may handwash and lay flat to dry. Color: 100 White Content: 100% Preumium Acrylic Weight: 4, Worsted
Suggested Care: Machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low. General Colors: Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Blue, Green, Teal Believed Content: Acrylic Approximated Weight: 4, Worsted
I started the LBY Pound of Love to sew all the pieces together; at least one thing is consistent, as I believe some of the colors are different yarns, but the same weight and content.
Motifs were joined with top slip stitch because bottom created “valley.” I realize/think now that I should have slipped tops of double crocheted versus back/front loops. It doesn’t really matter because my tension was was a bit tight causing puckering. I am hoping a washing may relax the afghan. I actually like the puckering effect. I might try to achieve a much looser tension next time to relieve puckering.
I love the design and think the afghan is very attractive for its simplicity.
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.
I kept thinking blood with the dark red colors. A “red” search of my music library revealed Red Blooded Woman and a lightbulb turned on. I’ll tell you by the end, I was “hot-“tempered trying to make a border on a very loose fabric to hide some wonkiness.
The more I look at that first image the more it reminds me of a heart! <3
The designation of this project is on hold for the moment, as I am not sure to whom it belongs. The yarn was scooped up from the charity table at the end of my last guild meeting. I asked if it was free, received confirmation from another member – I think it was Kathy McF – and took it. Like I need more yarn!
I need to stop doing that; the good thing is that I work it up immediately. So it’s in and out. Besides, my UFOs are piling up!
I suppose because the item contains both labeled yarns and oddballs, I think I will donate it back to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Charity Division.
Anna Sun represents the use of all my heavier, bulky-weight yarns. Again, because there are different weights of yarn with different fiber contents (man-made and natural, all per burn test), there is some cinching of the width in some places, and again, if the cowl is doubled- or triple-wrapped during wear, the cinching becomes unnoticeable.
I was able to identify the Lion Brand Homespun because it came from my stash and I used it for the border: purple and blue stranded together; the Trendsetter Blossom was a unicorn tail with label attached.
* Yarn color unidentifiable due to missing information and/or label.
While I did not find the desired red ribbon with white polka dot yarn, I did find this skein of blue sashay. After making two of this scarves already, my first thought was to donate back as part of my raffle obligation. I don’t know what possessed me to knit this up, especially beginning with a debacle, which I managed to hide sufficiently.
I even discovered a trick for when this yarn forms a bell scarf; it is simply that the lace has not been separated enough. This can be rectified by starting at one end, pulling the lace out, and following it to the other side of the scarf.
I was organizing again and discovered a near-empty stash binge with only some red ruffle yarns. I thought, “Hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up; some red product might garner somer interest in your craft. :D”
By Garbage from the movie Romeo + Juliet is perfectly named as a Valentine’s Day gift for your number one crush; especially, if that person is petite in stature – sciarpetta – because this scarf is short, and Italian since we are dealing with Romeo & Juliet.
Dimensions: 40 (L) x 4 (W) inches
Price: USD $25.00, less 25% Friends & Family Discount
Fiber Care: Hand Wash Cold, Dry Flat
Fiber Content: 97% Acrylic, 3% Metallic Polyester Yarn Color: Red 1904 Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky
Soft with a dash of sparkle.
Technically speaking, annoying to work with due to necessity; first to open folded lace, and then to lace separate for proper knitting – only to have the lace fold back up on itself – rolling my eyes! Bottom line? Poor packaging Red Heart. 🙁