Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket
Baby Blanket
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On da Hook: January 6, 2016
Off da Hook: January 21, 2016
Pattern: Mayflower Baby Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand
Yarn: Cascade Elysian (Fiber Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 06; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: 31 x 31 inches

Oh whoa! Oh whoa! Oh whoa!

Loved the pattern result. I indicated medium difficulty rating because I am an advance crocheter; Lynette had difficulty with the pattern as a less experienced crocheter. Advise confident knowledge of back/front post construction, which took me a minute to get my stitch count down. The other thing that threw me for a loop was the half double crochets, whose top stitch points left versus double crochet which point right.

Noticed some errors in the copy: Border indicates SC count…should be stitch count. Notified Caron. Once again when it come to the border, my counts got all messed up, so I improvised a border; also because we were not sure we had enough yarn. Commendation to Cascade Yarns for getting back to me within 24 hours; I was right should have read “stitches,” not “single crochet.”

When I calculated 5 skein yardage, I was short. Another visit to the store only produced one more skein and I thought we needed at least two.

Oh well, I am just waiting to hear from the client as to whether she is satisfied and then I will sew in the ends, fluff it and deliver it.

I always try to find a project appropriate song name for my projects, but I my choices are lessening. I named this project after Baby by Justin Bieber. I think I may just start picking song names at random.

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern: Status

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan

Having received so many request to purchase my San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern, I finally set to inquiring with the team regarding sales of my pattern and copyright infringement. Today marks day three that I have contacted them via their website and social media. Not one reply.

My feelings are that if you don’t care enough to address inquiries, you must not mind me selling my pattern of your logo – SILENCE = APPROVAL – a la Judge Judy!

So, as soon as I finish the Oakland Raiders Tapestry Crochet Afghan I am currently working on, I will set forth to publishing my pattern and making it available for sale until such time, I received official legal notification from the San Francisco 49ers to cease and desist.

Football Season

Oakland Raiders Afghan

I received another request for my San Francisco 49ers afghan pattern on Ravelry. Once again, I informed the inquirer that I cannot sell without violating copyright law. Then I thought: contact the team and verify before cutting of another source of income. Here is what I was able to write them, using the website contact form (300 word maximum)

Open Quotation MarkI created an afghan based on your logo. I have many people asking me about obtaining the pattern. Would sale of the pattern violate copyright laws? I am not a lawyer, nor can I afford one. Can I sell my pattern? See afghan here.

I also Tweeted the message and put if on their Facebook page.

Making good progress on the Oakland Raiders afghan…

Oakland Raiders Afghan
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Raiders Afghan: On da Hook

Raiders Afghan

Raiders Afghan

On da Hook: October 15, 2015
Pattern: Charted/Designed by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01040 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01005 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn C: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US H/8
Dimensions: 4 x 4 feet square

This is my next commissioned piece; it will be an xmas gift, so I decided I better get started so I can finish on time. Please do not ask me for the chart, as I cannot violate copyright laws and distribute for profit, nor do I want to distribute for free because of the work involved in charting this logo.

Pick Up The Pieces Scrapghan: WIP

Pick Up The Pieces Afghan
Pick Up The Pieces Afghan
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In an effort to have less scraps lying around, I decided to start a scrapghan. I am crocheting a ribbed afghan, using alternating front and back post triple crochets. So far I have used Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 11420 Pretty Baby, Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) from A-Tisket, A-Tasket Kerchief, some unknown blue from Agua de Beber Cowl, and three unknown purples from a test afghan I had previously started. For this project I am also using a J hook. I thought the project name – Pick Up The Pieces by Average White Band, was appropriate for this scrapghan.

Crickets Sing for Anamaria Afghan

Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan

On da Hook: August 5, 2015. Gosh! It reminds me of happier times: I had just met Edson. Now despite a phone call and assist from a mutual friend to give him my phone number, I have not heard word one from him. Oh well, must move on!

Crickets Sing for Anamaria Afghan
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Due to the power outage this AM, I had time to run a lifeline through Crickets Sing For Anamaria afghan and confirm I was not off target with Thesis Blanket by Phoebe Garrett. Sure enough! Because I chose magic loop versus 5 dpns, I missed two very important increases, passing nipple syndrome and already progressed to hat lands. Cut my losses?

Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan
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Wait! Hood! Try it on. Take a few pics. Hmmm, attach a cape with i-cord bind off to complete object?

Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan
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Try finding a book with instructions for an I-cord bind off…electricity back on!

Prepare this post. Seeing pictures I am very attracted to the double density of the fabric, and it’s added softness and cushiness. Maybe continue to baby afghan?

I have plenty of yarn left over to begin again, but that knit is so nice and the double density makes it so cushy.

Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan
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First option is risky and uncharted, second option is intuitive…what to do? Good time to put it on hold and go back to Electricity Shawl.

Actually, as I was preparing this post, I kept automatically calling this project Crickets Sing For Anamaria – by Emma Bunton – Afghan, so I guess it will be a baby afghan. I am definitely going to buy another set of circular US 6 needles, because that magic loop is for the birds!

 

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Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios Afghan
The Crickets Sing For Anamaria Afghan
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The above afghan – The Crickets Sing for Anamaria by Emma Bunton – I started on August 1, 2015. I am using size US 6 needles, after knitting a swatch in US 10 and US 8 and not caring for the fabric. My presumption is that the yarn is from Newton’s Yarn Country as it is on a big ol’ cone. It is based on the pattern Thesis Blanket by Phoebe Garrett. Emily Ocker’s circular cast-on method was easy-peasy, but if I was going to make this again, I might just start with four stitches versus the 12 required by the pattern. I can officially state that I am not a fan of magic loop or knitting in the round, unless the number of stitches is sufficient to be held on the needles without constant manipulation.

The afghan below – Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios by Adam & The Ants – Afghan that I started yesterday. This is a scrapghan that is being created from all my wool/wool blend scraps: MadelineTosh, Newton’s Yarn Country Hand-Dyed by me, Cascade 220, etc. I am loving it so far. I will be challenged add more colors in a way that they compliment the afghan.

 

Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios Afghan
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Shattered Dreams Afghan

Shattered Dreams Afghan
Shattered Dreams Afghan
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On da Hook: May 15, 2015
Off da Hook: May 21, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: 8 skeins Cascade Bulky Leisure HD (Fiber Content: 50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Pima Cotton; Yarn Color: 9915; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Hook: US K – 10.5 mm
Dimensions: 51 inch Diameter (from point to point)

The name of this project – Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz – is inspired by the picture above and the seemingly shattered swirl pattern produced by the yarn.

I originally wanted more of a swirl stitch pattern, but for the life of me, I could not come up with something I liked. I even tried crochet entrelac, but there are just too many colors in the yarn, and because the yarn is discontinued, I did not think a search for a similar solid color would be fruitful. When I decided on the hexagon, I remembered that Ellen had made a shrug from a hexagon shape once. Unfortunately, my hexagon is not a granny square and therefore, would not fold into the desired L shape necessary to create the shrug.

In the long run, I am glad that the yarn is out of my stash. I feel like I am making some progress. I must emphasize the delight the crochet gives by finishing a project so quickly.

Price: USD $320.00 (25% Discount for Friends/Family)

I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer Infant Afghan

I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer Infant Afghan

On da Hook: November 22, 2014
Off da Hook: November 22, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US K
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 369 Florida Keys Green; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Finished Size: 28 inch diameter

Almost done with my bulky weight yarn stash, this afghan was made with one skein of each color. I really love the blue and green together.

Construction of this afghan began with a magic loop with yarn A, chain 1, 2 single crochets, 2 half double crochets, 2 double crochets. Yarn B was attached and instructions were repeated. For row two and onward, I simply worked a crochet circle formula in double crochet, increasing every row to the end, alternating between working yarn A and yarn B. The last row of each color (20 stitches) was worked in 20 half double crochets, 20 single crochets, and 20 slip stitches.

I am not sure if I have enough for a matching hat, but am pretty sure I have enough for an infant hat in the same colors.

Price: USD $75.00.

The name of this project – I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer by Deee-Lite – was a selection from my music library.

2014-11-27 Addendum

I did have enough yarn to make a hat, though after reading the pattern carefully, I discovered that the hat I made is for 9-12 months old versus newborn. Grrr!

All Star Afghan

All Star Afghan
All Star Afghan
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All Star AfghanThursday, I got a call from The Knitting Tree, L A about a job from the Prop Master at American Broadcasting Company (ABC), who wanted a 30 x 50 inch crochet afghan by Tuesday for a television series called Young & Hungry. Five days to make the afghan. At right is the picture of an idea he wanted. I told him to continue looking for someone because I did not want to say yes, unless I could enlist the help of another person, ensuring I could meet the deadline. Once I secured the help of someone, I called him back, we discussed pricing – based on my normal pricing schedule, which I have been advised is too low – and sealed the deal.

I went straight to the store to buy the yarn and encountered dilemma number one: was there going to be enough of the colors/yarn weight requested? With respect to color, I was doubtful on the navy; with respect to the yarn weight, I was doubtful there was enough white yarn. The store suggested double-stranding a lighter weight and I reluctantly accepted the suggestion. Later, when I got home, I found more white yarn in the correct weight, feeling more secure. However, I ended up using the double-stranded lighter weight yarn because I gave the worsted weight to the person that offered to help. Here is what I ended up buying:

Schachenmayr Bravo Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 08224; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 318 Navy Blue; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 308 Baby Blue; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Cascade Cherub DK (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon/45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted)

I must mention that I am very impressed with the Universal Uptown Worsted and will probably make that my acrylic, worsted weight yarn of choice for future afghans.

I got two of ten strips done the first night. The next day, I get a call from the prop master, suggesting that if he paid an extra $100.00, could he get the afghan by Monday, allowing him more time for framing. I agreed and immediately sought more help from two more people that arrived at the store later Friday afternoon. Let me mention that if took a while for person one to match my gauge, using a hook two sizes larger; person two, a hook one size larger; and person three, a hook three sizes larger.

On Friday, person two expressed that she did not want to seam her squares together. That screwed up my payment schedule and was not appreciated. The quality of person three was not up to snuff, but she offered to seam all the squares/strips for me.

On Saturday, person one brought me enough squares for two strips but had left all the tails, which I discovered later – when I was informed by the seamer – were not long enough to work with. Unfortunately, the seamer advised me after she discovered one square, that had already been seamed, began to unravel. By this time, person two had stopped contributing accomplishing enough squares for one strip. By the end of Saturday, all squares had been completed and seamed. That is when I called the Prop Master, who informed me that the afghan was no longer going to be framed, and that he would like it larger: 36 x 54 inches. I was already having issues due to my method of seaming, which was causing cupping of the squares, thereby shortening the length and width.

On Sunday, I crocheted the extra 24 squares necessary to make up the difference in width and length and person three seamed them into place. This was a big accomplishment, allowing me time to wash the afghan, checking for construction quality. When I called the prop master to check in regarding the process, I left a message requesting the original deadline, as it was not longer being framed and he conceded. Phew!

On Monday, as I was tying sewing in the loose ends and resewing the loosened ends, I discovered at least five more squares that were unraveling. Aiyaa! Because it would have take more time to remove them, remake them and replace them, I took a shortcut: cosmetic touch up. I also began the border.

Today, I was just about to finish the border when the prop master arrived at the store. He grabbed some lunch while I finished the last half of the last round, came back, admired the afghan and made the purchase.

While I am ever grateful for the help I received from persons one, two and three, I have learned some valuable lessons from this project:

  1. No one will ever match my standard of quality, just as I am sure I could never meet another person’s standard of quality
  2. I allowed my ambition to fulfill a life’s dream – crochet an afghan for a television show – to compromise my standard of quality, which led to me being dependent on others
  3. Unless all the yarn I estimate for a job is available at one time, I will not deviate or make concessions
  4. I need to take a deep breath before accepting jobs that I have never quoted and make sure I have consulted with others before committing to an estimate
  5. I discovered that I am blessed to know more people than I thought, who could have guided me more accurately regarding my price estimate
  6. If I ever solicit help from others, I need to be extremely specific as to my expectations

Overall, I am glad the project is done and cannot wait to see it on television. I received a phone call from one of my bosses while composing this post, inquiring if this was a done deal and if the prop master was pleased with the outcome. I can only assume he was pleased because he paid, unless he has some secret elves stashed somewhere that can crochet the same afghan overnight. My boss surprised me the confident suggestion that I would have been able to complete this project alone. Perhaps that confidence will instill itself within me for future projects. I am blessed to have such thoughtful employers, who allowed me to use the store as a workshop, arriving/leaving outside normal operating hours to work on the afghan.

The name of the afghan should be obvious and comes from the song by Smash Mouth from their 1999 album Astro Lounge.