Message of Love

Unable to work on crochet in the evening, I started a new mindless project for night knitting while watching television: Message of Love (by The Pretenders) Cowl.

I was totally surprised to learn that this bulky-looking yarn only calls for a US 6 needle, but it seems to be knitting up fine despite the knobbiness of the yarn of which I am not a fan. My experience has taught me that most textured yarns are best used in knitting versus crochet, as one is working with live stitches versus working in existing stitches, which can be difficult to identify in crochet.

I started on straight needles, but will switch to circulars, as the length of the straights is a little encumbering.

Black And White Shawl

This is the Black and White – by Three Dog Night – shawl. I made this from the left over yarn from the Oakland Raiders Afghan: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01005 White, 01040 Black, and 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran). I used a US K10.5/6.5 MM hook for better drape.

The pattern I used for this shawl is Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern. Because I used a thicker yarn weight and a bigger hook than what the pattern calls for, I did not crochet the pattern in its entirety, shorting the last grey row by approximately 8 repeats and leaving off the last three color changes. Otherwise, I followed the stripe pattern set forth by the pattern.

The shawl measures approximately 64 (W) x 37 (H) inches. Had I continued the pattern in its entirety, who know how much bigger it would be.

Price: USD $50.00

One In Ten 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)…

 

Lava Cowl

Lava Cowl
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Cast On: January 12, 2015
Cast Off: April 24, 2015
Pattern: Lava Cowl by Dixie
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Merino (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool; Yarn Color: 325700, Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Needle: US 8

When I saw this pattern, I was immediately drawn to it. Figuring it was a pretty quick and easy knit, I set forth. The only reason it took so long is because other projects took precedence. It was nice to refresh my memory of working cables, and improving my ability to count rows from the cable row. The hardest part of this project was keeping track of my row counts.

The name of this project – Lava by The B-52’s – was a no brainer.

Price: USD $72.00

Red Rain

I had knitted this previously under project name Let It Go. My godmother had gifted me with a skull ring for Halloween, so I wanted to make her something for her birthday (November) and xmas. When she came for a visit, I got her color and already had the Debbie Bliss Merino Aran (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool; Yarn Color: 325700; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran), which had been gifted to me by a dear friend, Irma. This project was knitted up with size US 10 needles. The slight difference in look is attributable to aggressive blocking, which was required because two skeins did not reach the desired width: 72 inches. The blocking increased the length by 4 inches; this one measures 13 inches.

When I tried to nail down the right yarn for her project, I knew she liked bling and was considering something at the store I used to work at, but now that I have been banned from the store, that was no longer an option. She liked the color of this yarn and specifically stated that she did want bling. After one skein I showed it to her and the first thing she asked was “Where’s the bling?” Aiyaa! So on a recent visit to the Sugarplum Festival in Buena Park, I found the light pin and bought that for her, serving as bling and a shawl pin.

I am quite impressed with the blocking and my incremental skill level. As previously posted, this project is based on the beginning border of the Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta. The name of this project – Red Rain by Peter Gabriel – comes from my music library.

Little 15 Shawl

On da Hook: October 18, 2014
Off da Hook: November 29, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hooks: US I/9 & US J/10
Yarn A: [Malabrigo] (Fiber Content: [Wool]; Yarn Color: [Grey]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn C: Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 303 Cream; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn D: Mi Amigo (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown]
Finished Size: 80 x 19 inches

I started this shawl during my last crochet class with Sheila. I was fired before I could show her how to finish hers, but here is my finished product. I was going to donate it to the store, but since I have been banned, I guess I will try to sell it or donate it. This shawl was constructed with yarn scraps that were laying around the store. Regarding the Grey Yarn: I think it’s Malabrigo, but without a label, I can’t be sure; Mi Amigo Yarn: I don’t remember if that is the blue, maroon or the multicolor. The Blue Yarn had to be double stranded to match the weight of the others.

The construction is from side to side, working half double crochets in the back post. One side is longer than the other because I screwed up the decrease, but it doesn’t make much difference to the finished project. The name – Little 15 by Depeche Mode – is very descriptive when it comes to the construction. I alternated row counts per color in the following multiples: 15, 5, and 3 until such time the color was exhausted. The border is a 5 double crochet shell, single crochet on the outside and a crab stitch around the neck. The border was crocheted with a US J/10 hook.

The yarn weights appeared to be very similar but when working with them there were some subtle differences. I managed to get past the differences in weight by crocheting very loosely. Again, the difference in yarn weights doesn’t make that much of a difference in wearing of the shawl.

As for the price; make me an offer. Since I did not pay for the yarn, I am willing to let it go cheaply.

The Adventures of Raindance Maggie Shawl

The Adventures of Raindance Maggie Shawl
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This is today’s project: a yarn sample for my friend that is a yarn representative for Interlacements Rick Rack (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon; Yarn Color: Scottish Lichen; Yarn Weight: 3, DK). The above image does not do the yarn’s sheen justice. I am just loving the color blends this yarn company is using on it’s yarns. I am about at the halfway point, so crocheting should speed should pick up as I am decreasing the length.

I am also taught this shawl at The Knitting Tree, L A. Despite the class being over, the students are still coming on a weekly basis for assistance because when we started the pattern, I screwed up. I figured I would test the pattern while teaching the shawl, but started finding too many mistakes, so now we are crocheting rogue, off pattern. Fortunately, for me, I met Chris from A Major Knitwork two Sundays ago, and his friend Kim. Kim is going to test the pattern – same yarn, different color; I think her color is Desert Lichen – for me and Chris volunteered to perform a technical edit of the pattern for me. 🙂

The name of this pattern is ironically, Accidents Never Happen Shawlette and the project name – The Adventures of Raindance Maggie Shawlette by The Red Hot Chili Peppers- was a random selection from my music library.

I did step out for a couple of hours to attend my Tuesday morning knit group in El Segundo, where I worked on my latest design: Let It Go Shawlette, being made from HiKoo by Skacel Tiara (Fiber Content: 10% Kid Mohair, 5% Wool, 49% Acrylic, 17% Nylon, 10% Bead, 4% Sequin; Yarn Color: 01 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) because The Adventures of Raindance Maggie requires a table surface for ease of crochet.

HiKoo by Skacel Tiara
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On the way to the group last week I noticed this statue at the elevated rail station.

Statue
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Don’t ask me where this is located because I don’t pay attention to the streets anymore now that I don’t drive. If I had to venture a guess this statue is located on El Segundo Boulevard, west of Isis Avenue. This time instead of looking up, I was looking down and noticed Farmer Boys – picture take from Farmer Boys parking lot.

Farmer Boys
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Always The Sun Scarf: Sunset

Cast On: August 5, 2014
Cast Off: August 14, 2014
Needle: US 8
Yarn A: Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 327 Bright Yellow; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Unknown (Color: Bright Orange)
Yarn C: Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 306 Pumpkin; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn D: National Yarn Crafts Spundola (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Terra Cotta 67; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn E: Unknown (Color: Yellow; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn F: Unknown (Color: Terra Cotta)
Yarn G: Unknown (Color: Yellow; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn H: Universal Classic Shades (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: 706 Sundown; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn I: Cascade Cherub Aran Sparkle (Fiber Content: 54% Nylon, 42% Acrylic, 4% Metallic; Yarn Color: 208 Prune Purple; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Dimensions: 5 x 136 inches

I finally finished – and not after getting too enthusiastic (136 inches!) for the Farrow Rib Stitch, the new skill of carrying yarn, and stripes. This stitch was so easy to do and almost mindless – I did find one error over three rows, but I defy anyone to find it without careful examination. After modeling the scarf for photography, I am a big fan of the double keyhole method (center picture, top row).

I am also pleased that I have used up more of my yarn stash and finished a project. Some of the yarn for this scarf came from Bacon & Eggs Scarf, September Scarf and Instant Karma Dog Sweater. Now I need to get back to my four UFO’s before I begin anything else.

Of course because of all the orange, I am tempted to keep this scarf for myself. This scarf if for sale at Price: USD $25.00. Of course, if it does not sell, I will either keep it or donate it to charity.

The name of the scarf comes from the song of the same name: Always The Sun by The Stranglers.

Natural High Mobius Cowl

Natural High Mobius Cowl
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Having rummaged through my stash recently to donate some yarn to Studio Royale Assisted Living Knit Group, I actually used some of my scraps to make this seamed mobius cowl, which will be donated to Handmade Especially For You. I made the mistake of “seaming” this into a mobius. I only say that because I am deciding that a mobius cowl should only be for shorter cowls that one would not wrap twice.

Only two yarns were identifiable:

  • Super Yarn Mart! Superlon (Fiber Content: 100% Super Spun Acrylic; Yarn Color: 100 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Plymouth Encore (Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; Yarn Color: 0256; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

The third identifiable yarn was the bought at The Knitting Tree, L A to finish this piece: Feza Lady (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: 112; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)

Apparently, I got used to the new wimpy worsted weight yarns and used a US 8/H – 5 mm hook, which cause portions of the cowl fabric to be dense. Crucify me for my attitude, but it’s a donation, so I am not really concerned, but have taken the knowledge and will apply in future projects.

The name of this cowl – Natural High by Bloodstone – comes from the colors used: white, ecru, browns, blacks and greys.

If you are keen to make something similar, here is the recipe: 24 double crochets worked between stitches to desired length with a crab stitch border of the Feza Lady, triple-stranded.

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

Yarn Colors

Inspired by Stephen West’s Color Craving, I am in the process of designing a similar garment. Today I finished version one, crocheted with Caron Simply Soft (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9730 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 4) while at my Wednesday Morning Knitters group. After it was done I consulted Yarns from the Southland, who shared with me how she wears Stephen’s Color Craving, sparking two new design elements, one which I was able to improvise while I was still at The Knitting Tree L A.

However, the general consensus was that my template must be wider, which could be achieved with a fiber that can be blocked. Then there is the dilemma of which yarn to use. I have my eye on Schoppel-Wolle’s IN Silk (Fiber Content: 75% Merino Wool, 25% Silk) for it’s lightness. As for color: I am not sure whether to color block the garment or stick with one color. My choices for IN Silk are heavily leaning toward a Yarn Color: 6683 Celery/Yarn Color: 4193 Navy or Yarn Color: 9220 Grey Light Heather/Yarn Color: 9680 Grey Dark Heather combination. Then there is the MadelineTosh Vintage (Fiber Content: 100% superwash merino wool; Yarn Color: Torchere; Yarn Weight: 4), which I love and is available in the store, though I would really like to use Yarn Color: Neon Peach, but that colorway would have to be ordered.

I am not including any pictures yet because I don’t want anyone stealing my idea. You might have noticed that I did not identify the project type, which I am viewing as added security. As it is, I think I can append the suggested design elements and then there is the problem of buying enough yarn in the same dye lot to complete the final design. Stay tuned!