C’est Si Bon Blocking/Yoga Mat & Carrier

C'est Si Bon Blocking/Yoga Mat & Carrier
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Price: USD $60.00 ($54.00: Yarn + $6.00: Mat) + applicable shipping

So while I was trying to overcome my cough last week, I decided I was feeling bettah and decided to – at least – organize my room. While I was organizing, I found a yoga mat that I had purchased at a yard sale to use for blocking my projects. Needless to say, I am not about to start yoga-ing and I really don’t like blocking. In conjunction with my game plan to attack my stash, I set to creating this carrier. When I tried it on, I slung it over one shoulder, and as you can see in the picture above, Mergatroid was able to drape it across her chest.

Yarn A: Caron Simply Soft (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 0001 White; Yarn Weight: 3), double-stranded with
Yarn B: Lion Brand Fun Fur Prints (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: 206 Confetti; Yarn Weight: 5)
Yarn C: Unknown Eyelash
Yarn D: Unknown Eyelash
Yarn E: Unknown Eyelash
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Mat Dimensions: 68 (length) x 24 (width) x .25 inches (height)
Carrier Dimensions: 21.5 (height) x 5.5 (diameter) inches.

Dislcaimer: The carrier opening has been cinched to prevent stretching, so the mat must be rolled snuggly for insertion.

Instant Karma Dog Sweater

Instant Karma Dog Sweater
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On da Hook: April 22, 2014
Off da Hook: April 25, 2014
Pattern: Basic Crochet in Leisure Arts Dog Sweaters to Knit & Crochet by Carol Carvalho
Yarn A: Universal Uptown Worsted; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Pumpkin; Yarn Weight: 4
Yarn B: Feza Zara; Fiber Content: 65% Acrylic, 35% Wool; Yarn Color: 134; Yarn Weight: 4
Hook A: US G
Hook B: US H8 – 5.0 mm

I made this sweater for Mojo so Jacqui would not have to crochet it alone. Based on the perfect fit of the first one I made – The Look of Love Dog Sweater – I did not do a gauge swatch for this one and it came out way bigger than the first one I made for Mojo. I hope Jacqui’s dog sweater fits Kiki.

I must express my dismay with the non-standardization of crochet hooks. The pattern calls for a F (4.0 mm); all my Fs are 3.75 mm. I do own a G hook so I assumed it was a 4.0 mm, but according to Karp Styles a G equals 4.25 mm and a 6 equals 4.0 mm. Very confusing. I wonder how one would go about standardizing this.

I just received an email from Jacqui, who informs me that the sweater fit perfectly!

Stereo Hearts Shawl

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On da Hook: April 5, 2014
Off da Hook: April 9, 2014
Pattern: Stereo Hearts Shawl by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Ironstone Bouquet of Colors Brushed Mohair (Yarn Color: Earthenware/9; Fiber Content: 78% Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% Nylon; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US M/9.0 mm
Dimensions: 70 x 34 inches

My friend Ana has a shawl she made from a fiber similar to this one; if memory serves correctly, her shawl has more grey in it. Still I just love this colorway, and admittedly a little disappointed that the tip, where I started is lighter in color. I thought the lightness would repeat in the yarn, but it never did. The shawl was constructed from three skeins, using the diagonal box stitch. Because I didn’t want mine to be exactly like Ana’s, I put some holes in mine every 11th row. Technically, the shawl still needs blocking, but I hate blocking because I just don’t have the space. I just love the lightness and softness of this shawl. It’s similar to wearing a fluffy colorful cloud over your shoulders.

The project name – Stereo Hearts  by Gym Class Heroes, featuring Adam Levine – is one of my favorite songs from my music library.

Price: USD $144.00

Crocodile Rock Cowl

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Off da Hook: February 25, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Berroco Comfort (Fiber Content: 50% Nylon (Polyamide), 50% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9761 Lovage; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Berroco Comfort (Fiber Content: 50% Nylon (Polyamide), 50% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US 8/H
Dimensions: 5.25 (W) x 74 (C) inches

This project reminded me of an alligator or crocodile; hence the name: Crocodile Rock by Elton John. I made this during another class I taught in entrelac crochet. I really love entrelac crochet for it’s ease and beauty.

Price: USD $72.00

How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf

How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf
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On da Hook: April 22, 2013
Off da Hook: May 17, 2013
Pattern: How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf by Hooker Leo (Download PDF )
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Kroy Pencil Roving; Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Hook: US H/8 – 5 mm
Dimensions: 72 x 6 inches

After doing a lot of short row test knitting for BananaKnits, I was curious if there was such a think as crochet short rows. With the concept firmly implanted in my head I set forth. I had some difficulty at first because I kept forgetting to “seal the short rows.” Once I remembered that key instruction, I was golden. However, I wanted to make this pattern a little different so I created a special stitch – Single Crochet Bar Front Loop – which I am just loving for it’s texture, and I think actually complements the gradient in the yarn.

2014-04-21 Addendum

This pattern is no longer available for free. To purchase this pattern, proceed to the Patterns page.

Catch My Fall Scarf

On da Hook: January 19, 2013
Off da Hook: January 20, 2013
Pattern: Catch My Fall Scarf by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (3960 Tidal); Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Hook: H – 5.0 mm
Dimensions: 6′ x 6.25″

At the guild Saturday, I discovered that The Curse of the Grandmother was not done with me yet. I noticed that one of the squares I had attached already had a mistake which was affecting the border. Aiyaa. Having nothing else to work on, I sauntered over to the scarf donations table and found a skein that I really liked: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.

I set to creating the scarf in filet crochet style as that is what I have been working on with The Curse of the Grandmother. It took a moment to get the right number of stitches for the foundation chain, but once that was achieve, it only took overnight to finish.

This scarf will be donated to Handmade Especially For You.

2014-04-22 Addendum: This pattern is no longer available for free. You may purchase this pattern by following the Pattern link above.

Kid Afghan

On da Hook: April 11, 2012
Off da Hook: April 18, 2012
Recipe: Kid Afghan by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Knitting Fever Euro Baby Kids Rock (Fiber Content: 93% Acrylic, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 05 Creme; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky)
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Dimensions: approximately 3 feet square

Wow! What I hoped would be a two-day project turned out to be a one-week project. I continually kept screwing up the stitch pattern and would have to frog 1-3 rows each time. The border presented a couple of problems as well: the first time I did not like what I had done, the second time I ran out of yarn. A recipe PDF is available on my Recipes page.

I bought this yarn at a “local yarn store” and despite the fact that it is 93% Acrylic/7% Polyester, the price per skein was hefty.

The name – Kid, a song by The Pretenders – was inspired by the yarn name and for whom the afghan would be most appropriate.

Recipe Proviso

  • I condone any profit you realize from selling your finished project
  • I condone duplication/copy of the recipe for dissemination among your friends
  • I am available for help via email: ahookersworld@gmail.com

Feliz Navidad Wrap

Feliz Navidad Wrap
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Cast On: November 26, 2011
Cast Off: December 19, 2011
Pattern: Zig Zag Rib by Tahira Probst
Yarn A: Malabrigo Merino Wool (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Navidad; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Red]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering
Needle: US 13
Dimensions: 26 x 64 inches

I finally finished it…and just in time for someone to buy it as an Xmas gift. The name – Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano – was inspired by the yarn color.

I decided I wanted to make a shawl/wrap with my Malabrigo Merino worsted wool, but I was not sure how many stitches to cast on. I started with forty, but after completing 64 rows of the pattern, I decided it was not going to be wide enough. My friend ArtCrochetbyD, made a shawl (different pattern) and I think it is the perfect dimensions, but she is not as anal as I am and she doesn’t know the dimensions.

Anyway, with this four day weekend, I have been doing nothing, but crocheting and knitting. So I spent yesterday, frogging Feliz Navidad and restarting it. As I reached the 32 row point, I noticed that I had made a boo-bo0, so I frogged it again and completed that 32 rows before I finally went to bed. As long as I pay attention, I should be able to finish one skein today, which will give me a better idea how much more yarn I need to complete the project. I have one more skein, but I think I am going to need more and I want to find out sooner better than later as I have been in the position where I have needed more yarn and the color lot is no longer in production.

This was the best picture which reveals the zig zag rib texture. Lesson learned from this project:

  • Texture and multicolor yarns are not the best combination
  • Multicolor yarn
    • Multiple skeins do not provide consistent pooling, no matter matching dye lots
    • Best reserved for one skein projects or where the multicolor can be broken up by solids

Price: USD $140.00