Mystery Achievement Afghan: Update

Mystery Achievement Afghan

I have finished as much as I can – four rows – using the newly purchased Euro-Baby Maypole. Afghan is only to 41 x 41 inches squared, short nine inches of the desired width. I certainly goofed on my estimate to extended the afghan to 50 x 70 inches! At least the colors match well.

Client notified of insufficient yarn amount to continue in pattern, which is necessary due to bulkiness of yarn.

Pending notification from client on how she will proceed.

Karma Chameleon Afghan

Karma Chameleon

I am liking it too much. The simplicity of the design juxtaposed with the name is pure genius…is what I wish I would hear. 😀

The Name

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

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? 🙃😀

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan | USD $40.00

The Afghan

Designation:

  • 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.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn Pound of Love

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

Unknown

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.

Design Notes

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.

 

WIP Wednesday

Karma Chameleon Afghan

I am still working on Karma Chameleon afghan. I have sewn all the motifs together, bordered the afghan with one row of double crochet, and began sewing in the ends. I anticipate finishing tomorrow.

The next project will be a bag of some kind with the left over motifs, and then with the last of the larger motifs I plan on making another handbag of some sort. Oo! Or maybe a cowl?

I am still not sure which designation to assign: ODDBALLS or charity or A Hooker’s World? It is made from unknown yarns, though I am pretty sure they are all manmade, so it does qualify for ODDBALLS. I did receive the unfinished project from a guild member, so I could donate it back to charity since I didn’t pay for any of the yarn. Lastly, as I finished it, I don’t think it would be terrible to try and make a profit first. With my new business plan, it will eventually go to charity if not sold.

It may seem slow-going, but with four doctor’s appointments this week, I think my progress is definite!

Telltale Tuesday

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

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.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

Friday Finale

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Pre-dawn started with some knitting on Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl. This is the first preview of the shawl that is being knitted from my hand-dyed yarn from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop. I am trying to do two rows per day, but might have to increase row count to finish by next month’s guild meeting.

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl
Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

My morning television companion from 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. – Beverly Hillbillies, My Three Sons, and Leave It To Beaver twice – was Karma Chameleon Afghan, a U.F.O. CSNanacat brought to me for finishing. I am doing two strips per day, having completed six with four two go. Then I need to attach the strips and border the afghan.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Sold

Euro Baby Maypole

Woohoo!

I had contact K.T. about possible help with knitting from charts. She agreed and we met for a Panera Cobblestone and my favorite Cinnamon Crunch Scone with coffee. As it turned out, I had only shifted my lace pattern. Done with knit technical support, we returned to my home where we sat and caught up with eath other’s lives.

As I was showing K.T. my new skill – interlock crochet – K.T. expressed a desire to buy it, but commented that she would like it bigger. I informed her of the price and indicated that she would be eligible for the Freinds & Family 25% discount. Because I would have to crochet more fabric, I told K.T. that I would just charge her the difference from the FF discount + she would buy the additional yarn and she agreed.

Unfortunately, the yarn used to make Mystery AchievementSchoeller+StahlPortofino Soufflé – has been discountinued. We both thought that we could take the afghan to a yarn store for color matching. We went to The Slipt Stitch to see if we could find something and we did!

Euro-baby Maypole

Care: Permanent press. Non-chlorine bleach. Do not tumble dry. Dry flat. Do not iron.
Color: 12
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Calculating how much we needed was a little bit of a mind bender, but I think I figured it out…I just realized that I had the wrong numbers at the store. Aiyaa! Better call K.T.; I’ve already started, but might might need more.

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Solved

Mystery Achievement Afghan

About The Project Name

Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders was an ideal choice for this mystery that I was able to solve and even write my own mystery.

About The Yarn

Schoeller+Stahl Portofino Soufflé

Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, 20% Nylon
Yarn Colors: 4705 (2 balls), 4724 (7 balls), 4739 (2 balls), 4727 (2 balls)
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

Very pretty colors, but it has a bouclé feel, which gets very old when one has to ?, and because I was improvising, on a new technique, I have plenty of opportunity to frustrate myself. I got so frustrated at one point I broke the yarn, ?-ing. Grrr!

About The Pattern

The pattern was created in my head, as I crocheted. Until I got a pattern I liked, and then I had to chart a few layers until I was proficient enough to work without them. I was going to write a pattern, but when I realized I would have to include instructions on how to interlock crochet, I decided against it. I was having enough frustration following pattern and frogging bouclé yarn.

About The Project

Dimensions: approximately 36 inches, square
Price: USD $100.00, less 25% friends/family discount, where applicable

If you look closely at the pictures, you might notice the reversed pattern.

I would like to point out that this was crocheted in-the-round, which I challenged myself to learn, as the book I used (Interlocking Crochet: 80 Original Stitch Patterns Plus Techniques and Projects by Tanis Galik) taught only row-by-row.

Mystery Achievement Afghan
Mystery Achievement Afghan designed/crocheted by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

 

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Inception

Mystery Achievement Afghan

I have begun.

The yarn is labeled bulky, so I am suing a US J / 6.5 mm hook. At first I thought it was too big because the interlocking seemed loose. I adjusted my tension and my crochet has improved.

In case you forgot the colors I am going to use in this afghan, here they are again…

Schoeller + Stahl Portofino Soufflé
Schoeller + Stahl Portofino Soufflé

I was going to write up a pattern, but it is really slowing me down and I have decided there is not much use for it without instruction on how to Interlock Crochet. Oh well, at least I am able to teach the technique now…in-the-round!

Mystery Achievement Afghan: New Project

Mystery Achievement Afghan Development Sample

I figured out how to interlock crochet in-the-round!

I wrote down what I’ve done so far, which is good because I am liking the design and it will be measure of how well my documentation skills are for this new method in case I want to write a pattern up.

Today, I might play around with digital designing to see what I can come up with and then see if I might go a different direction for the actual piece…a mystery! 😀

The name of this project is spiritually related and inspired…I was listening to music from my library, while composing this post and my interlock crochet progress and the three songs that impressed themselves into my memory are Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders, Snowball by DEVO and Trust by Me’Shell Ndegéocello.

I did “achieve” something really big – a “mystery” to me: interlock crochet in-the-round!

And I didn’t lose a love – sardonically speaking, I never had one to begin with 😉

As I had decided on Mystery Achievement, Trust had started, confirming my choice, and which was another good name.

I knew there was something I was going to add: The yarn I have been using for this afghan development is Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01044 True Grey & 01011 Soft Taupe; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted).

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