No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project Name

No String (I’m Fancy Free) by Ella Fitzgerald, my most favorite vocalist in my lifetime – 54 years. The name correlates to the composition of this shawl by the use of leftovers from previous projects – strings. I know, the title says no strings, but the title also says “fancy free,” which this shawl represents by the use of leftovers to make something “fancy free.”

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project

This represents the first in a series of my crochet crescent shawl development. This one worked out okay, but too angular. An additional problem I encountered was carrying yarn for entire rows and working with different yarn weights: fine to dk. The excessive yarn carrying has cause puckering, which is not noticeable on Mergatroid, my model. My last complaint is that the tips don’t meet in front; I suppose that because of the shape/neckline, which I do like because of the fitting to the neck.

Width: 39 inches
Depth: 35 inches, tip to bottom; 15 inches, neck to bottom

Price: USD $50.00, 25% Friends & Family Discount

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Yarn

There are about four to five yarns that I was unable to identify; at least three of them are natural fibers, per a burn test, though I can’t identify the fibers. Labeled yarns included:

Netwon’s Yarn Country Softball Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: Mikonos
Yarn Weight: 2, Sport

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Brickfielder
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Vanilla Chip
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents
Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering

Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada

Fiber Content: 100% Rayon
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Patons Grace

Fiber Content: 100% Mercerized Cotton
Yarn Color: 60409 Ruby
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

 

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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
© A Hooker’s World

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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One In Ten Afghan

1 In 10 Afghan

1 In 10 Afghan

I finally found…

  • the perfect pattern for the next scrap afghan
  • my new portable project
  • and a project name – One In Ten – to honor one of my most favorite bands – 808 State

I’ll admit I was wary of picking up stitches, which I have done incorrectly, but present as as an invisible join…more or less! Even with the fur yarns, I did not have any difficulty finding the stitches to pick up. After about a couple of turns, I have learned how to turn the same way each time. I am not an avid fan of the holes in the turn, preferring a defined ridge decoration.

The good news is that I have already run out of scraps! The bad news, is that I have to start making more light weight stuff for more scraps, as this is a combination of yarn weights 1, 2, and 3 to make a 4 ply yarn to work with. So far I have gotten luck with maintaining an even ply…more or less.

Cast On: April 20, 2016
Pattern: Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown
Yarn (Used so far…):

  • Sirdar Snuggly Baby Care DK (Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic, 40% Cotton; Yarn Color: 0321; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
  • Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3143 Blue Shimmer; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport)
  • Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3005 White Twinkle; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport)
  • Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3425 Sparkling Rose; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport)
  • Artfibers Carezza (Fiber Content: Silk, Alpaca, Merino; Yarn Color: 17; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 404 Dark Heather; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)

Needle: US 9
Size: To be determined…

Now back to Oakland Raiders (in the background)…

 

Alpacas at Windy Hill

Alpacas at Windy Hill

Despite having been fired from the yarn store and a lack of coordination, I did make it out to Windy Hill in Somis, California, where I got to meet my friend Lynette’s alpaca, Varon (sp?). Kathleen drove Cathy, Katie, Jessica and I to Skirball Center, where we met up with Jacqui. After a car seating rearrangement, we set out to the farm. After so many years of having passed the Skirball Center Drive exit off the 405, I finally got to see the center and learn a little about it.

The festival was not as big an event, as I had anticipated, but I had a good time. I learned a little more about alpacas and Lynette actually took us into a pasture where we got to pet and commune with the alpacas. I even broke down and bought some alpaca yarn: Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Huacaya Alpaca; Yarn Color: Yellow Onion Accents; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering) and New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Suri Alpaca; Colors: [Dark Orange, Orange and Light Orange]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering). I know I said I would never purchase yarn again, but felt I should support my friends event. Besides, it’s not like I don’t intend to use it to make something.

The day ended with a meal at Feast From The East on Westwood Boulevard. I ordered Pad Thai, but was not crazy about the red flavoring throughout. Additionally, my chicken dumplings were crunchy, but not fried…WTF!? The salad dressing – Sesame Miso – was the best part of that meal.

Overall, I had a good time despite a sour stomach which resumed upon my return home. Went to bed early and need to get ready to meet a client. Enjoy the pics!