It’s My Life Shawl: Complete

It's My Life Shawl

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Cast On: October 31, 2014
Cast Off: April, 14, 2015
Pattern: Exploration Station by Stephen West
Yarn A: MadelineTosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Vintage Sari; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn B: MadelineTosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Jade; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn C: MadelineTosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Leaf; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn D: MadelineTosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Filigree; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Needle: US 6
Dimensions: 70 W x 35 H inches (approximate, after blocking)

Five months! A friend of mine asked me to participate in Stephen West 2014 Mystery Knit-A-Long. Being a fan of some of West’s designs and having access to some yarn, I decided to participate.

I was so excited when I discovered the beginning of this shawl was similar to Merging Ripples by Kyoko Nakayoshi, which I had been planning to knit up in lime green and cobalt blue. And then it turned into brioche. I had never done brioche and it looked simple enough to learn, so I started immediately without practicing. I got about six rows in and discovered a mistake I could not fix. I frogged back to the end of section one – fortunately having the correct number of stitches – ran a life line and started My Funny Valentine Cowl to practice.

After I finished the cowl, I resumed It’s My life and felt like a professional and seasoned knitter. From that point forward, I encountered no problems and enjoyed the knitting of this shawl. Knitting of this shawl taught me new knitting stitches/techniques, and for that, I am grateful. The i-cord border is really interesting and I may use that again in the future. I also really liked the stripes before the chevrons and will definitely incorporate that into the shawl I will make with the leftovers.

This shawl derived it’s name – It’s My Life by Talk, Talk – because at the time I cast on, I had just been fired from my job at the yarn store and I was feeling defiant. There are a couple of mistakes that will stand out to a professional and smaller errors that could be considered imperceptible, but overall I am very proud of this project.

Price: USD $344.80

My Funny Valentine Cowl

My Funny Valentine Cowl

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Cast On: January 2015
Cast Off: March 12, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0722 Pretty ‘n Pink; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic: Yarn Color: 0319 Cherry Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Needle Size: US 8
Finished Size: approximately 72-inch circumference x 6.5-inch width

I can’t believe I finished in time for the Basic Two-Color Brioche Workshop I am teaching this Saturday at the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild. This project started out of It’s My Life Shawl (Stephen West Mystery Knit-A-Long: Exploration Station), which called for two-color brioche knitting; a skill I had never attempted. It seemed easy enough when I began, but then I dropped a stitch and went into a complete panic, as I had not inserted a life line. Fortunately, I was able to frog it back to the previous section and maintain the correct stitch count.

After that traumatic experience, I figured I better practice two-color brioche knitting, so I grabbed some acrylic from my stash and set out to learn by repetition. I’ll admit that I had to restart this project at least five times, but one I became focused I discovered that I had about a foot. I decided to continue practicing until it was long enough (my preferred length: 6 feet) for a scarf or a cowl; obviously deciding on a cowl. It wasn’t until it came to the seaming that I decided against giving it a twist. Actually, I am quite impressed with the neatness of the seam, as I was worried about how to bind off the brioche knitting.

Red Heart can sometimes be scratchy, but as I continued to work with these two skeins the scratchiness dissipated and I began to experience more softness. When I launder this cowl, I will use extra fabric softener for increased softness. The name of this project – My Funny Valentine by Sarah Vaughan – hints to the fact that I was hoping to finish by Valentine’s Day, but after a while of knitting, I began to get bored, quickly crocheting Circle In The Sand Mobius Cowl as a diversion.

With this project I finally learned how beneficial repetition is when it comes to learning a new technique. I can put the project down, pick it up and know exactly where I am in the pattern repeat; I began to notice how little mistakes were created by knitting the wrong strands; and most importantly, I could identify and fix mistakes before I got to far along.

Price: USD $50.00

Buffy Come Back Cowl

Buffy Come Back Cowl
Buffy Come Back Cowl
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Here is the next cowl to be donated to Handmade Especially For You, unless you like it so much and would like to purchase it at the reduced Price: USD $20.00. This cowl is seamed. I recommend wearing with seam at back of neck, as pictured. As you can see, the colors include white, pink, beige, grey, burgundy and a touch of blue and green in one of the multi-colored yarns, all of which are of a thick, bulky weight. The fiber content is most assuredly all acrylic/man-made fibers. The only identifiable yarn used in this cowl is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).

The construction is a back loop, single crochet ripple with an US M/10 mm hook. I began with a foundation chain of 17. Row one is worked in the bottom of the foundation chain. Every row is 2sctog, 6 sc, 3 sc in the same (center) stitch, 6 sc, 2 sctog. The seam was done in pattern attaching to the front loop of the foundation chain.

When using the white/burgundy/grey novelty yarn (pictured at upper right), I held a strand of Cascade Cherub DK (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) to ease in stitch identification.

The name of this cowl — Buffy Come Back by Angel and the Reruns – is a random selection from my music library.

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.

Buffy Come Back Cowl
©A Hooker’s World

Peg Shrug

Peg Shrug

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 17, 2014
Pattern: Peg Shrug (Improvised) by Hooker Leo
Needle: Unknown Size
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Magenta]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: 30 x 12 inches (open)

So because I am sick…again…I decided to stay home and see if I could crank something out from all the novelty yarn I have collected. About a couple of weeks ago, I organized most of the novelty yarn by color.

Basically, I double stranded the yarns, connecting a new yarn when one yarn ran out, and cast on 45 stitches on about a US 15/17/19 needle. Worked in garter stitch, this shrug is very shallow, only sewing the corners together to create the armhole. As you can see, I stared with the magenta yarn, which is some kind of chenille or velour, double stranded with a multicolor knobby yarn. When the chenille ran out I attached a pink mohair type yarn. When the knobby yarn ran out, I attached the final multicolor bouclé yarn.

I did not continue into the purple novelty because the color would have been lopsided and I thought it was long enough. I would have preferred something longer/deeper, but had already cast off. What is interesting about this shrug, is that one side is heavier (chenille side/knobby) than the other (mohair/bouclé). I think this coincidental design makes it appropriate for either cold or warm nights; all you have to do is decide how warm you want your shoulders to be.

I am unsure of the fiber content of any of the yarns and did not perform a burn test on any of them. I am pretty sure the chenille is some kind of acrylic with nylon; the bouclé is almost certainly some kind of acrylic, as well as the knobby yarn; and the mohair type yarn could possible be real mohair.

The name of this project – Peg by Steely Dan – is a selection from my music library.

Price: USD $40.00

 

Peg Shrug

Peg Shrug

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 17, 2014
Pattern: Peg Shrug (Improvised) by Hooker Leo
Needle: Unknown Size
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Magenta]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: 30 x 12 inches (open)

So because I am sick…again…I decided to stay home and see if I could crank something out from all the novelty yarn I have collected. About a couple of weeks ago, I organized most of the novelty yarn by color.

Basically, I double stranded the yarns, connecting a new yarn when one yarn ran out, and cast on 45 stitches on about a US 15/17/19 needle. Worked in garter stitch, this shrug is very shallow, only sewing the corners together to create the armhole. As you can see, I stared with the magenta yarn, which is some kind of chenille or velour, double stranded with a multicolor knobby yarn. When the chenille ran out I attached a pink mohair type yarn. When the knobby yarn ran out, I attached the final multicolor bouclé yarn.

I did not continue into the purple novelty because the color would have been lopsided and I thought it was long enough. I would have preferred something longer/deeper, but had already cast off. What is interesting about this shrug, is that one side is heavier (chenille side/knobby) than the other (mohair/bouclé). I think this coincidental design makes it appropriate for either cold or warm nights; all you have to do is decide how warm you want your shoulders to be.

I am unsure of the fiber content of any of the yarns and did not perform a burn test on any of them. I am pretty sure the chenille is some kind of acrylic with nylon; the bouclé is almost certainly some kind of acrylic, as well as the knobby yarn; and the mohair type yarn could possible be real mohair.

The name of this project – Peg by Steely Dan – is a selection from my music library.

Price: USD $40.00

 

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

On da Hook: December 2, 2013
Off da Hook: December 3, 2013
Pattern: I Feel Free Mobius Cowl by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: 2 skeins Feza Cayenne [7.06 ounces/484 yards; Worsted/10 ply (9 wpi)]
Yarn B: 1 skein Berroco Comfort DK [ 1.76 ounces/178 yards; DK/8 ply (11 wpi)]
Yarn C: 1 skein Ornaghi Filati Baby Melbourne Superwash [1.76 ounces/220.0 yards; Sport/5 ply (12 wpi)
Hook: Boye US G6 – 4.0 mm
Finished Size: 34 inch diameter (106 inch circumference) x 5 inch width

I learned a new way to create crochet ribbing from Joyce Wyatt at my last guild meeting and was very attracted to the texture, so I set to designing. This mobius cowl is based on alternating front post and back post double crochets, and alternating my yarn choices every row. Because of the post construction, round must be started anew, even if you are using only one color.

The pattern is available on my Patterns page, which may be accessed by the link above. One of the pattern features that I really like is beginning each round with a staggered post double crochet to eliminate pronounced beginning/end of each round. The pattern is written in a Pattern/[Recipe] format, so that you can improvise your own yarn choices, as my yarn choices above might be discontinued; has been tested by Ravelry ID: SassySean, though I continue to be available for support on all my patterns; and contains links to two videos: How To Create Crochet Mobius Foundation and How To Start A Round With A Standing Post Double Crochet. While I condone your profit from making this scarf, I do ask that you do not duplicate the pattern for dissemination amongst your friend because I don’t think the cost of $5.00 is exorbitant. You are on your honor, as I cannot possible police this.

For Sale: USD $64.00

 

Baby Puff Afghan

Baby Puff Afghan

 

On da Hook: May 20, 2012
Off da Hook: June 7, 2012
Dimensions: 40 x 43 inches (approximate measurement)
Recipe: Baby Puff Afghan by Hooker Leo
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Yarn A: Unknown; Color: White
Yarn B: Pop’n Yarn; Yarn Color: 107 Primrose
Yarn C: Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 597 Light Lavender
Yarn D: Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 818 Blue Jewel
Yard E: Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 246 Sea Coral
Yarn G: Red Heart Super Saver; Yarn Color: Petal Pink
Yarn H: Unknown; Color: Pink
Yarn I: Unknown; Color: Yellow
Yarn J: Red Heart Super Saver; Yarn Color:  Frosty Green
Yarn K: Lion Brand Sayelle; Yarn Color:  184 Peach

Afghan Price: USD $50.00 + applicable shipping

Formerly known as the Weird Science Afghan because it was made from scrap yarn and because it was the reincarnation of the blanket in the third picture. Cindy had received the blanket from someone as a donation to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers baby shower if someone could fix it (indicated by arrows in picture 3) — or is it El Segundo Sliptstitchers? Question submitted to the guild. I told Cindy that I loved the stitch and would try to deconstruct it and recreate the afghan. Someone indicated that Victoria could figure it out. Sure enough, she got it during the meeting and showed me. I fine tuned the first row and was able to create a straight edge around the perimeter of the afghan; the original had an uneven border.

If you’d like to make this lovely textured baby afghan, you will find the pattern below or you can download a pdf. I used about 7 ounces of each color pictured, for a total of about 49 ounces. While the pattern is free; the afghan is not. Please email your price inquiries.

PATTERN

Loosely chain multiples of 3 + 1 to desired width

Row 1
3 Dc in fourth chain from hook, * skip two chs and sc in third, chain two [1 dc], 3dc in same sc. * Repeat from * to * to last ch, sc, ch2, turn.

Row 2
3Dc in sc, * sc in next sc, ch 2, 3 dc in same sc. * Repeat from * to * to end. sc in top of fourth dc [sc + 2ch].

Repeat Row 2 to desired length. If continuing with edging, turn.

EDGING: Because of last turn you are now working on the reverse side.

Row 1

Last Row Edge
3Sc in final sc. * Skip dc, sc in next dc, skip dc, sc in between last 2 dc [sc +2 ch and dc], dc in next sc * Repeat from * to * to last sc. Skip next dc, sc in next dc, skip next dc.

Side 1
3 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch]. * sc in next sc, 2 sc in next dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.

Beginning Row Edge
3 Sc in sc. 2 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch], * sc in sc, 2 sc in dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.

Side 2
3 Sc in sc.  2 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch], * sc in sc, 2 sc in dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.

Row 2

 Crab stitch in every sc.

2014-04-21 Addendum: View updated post: Baby Puff Afghan: New & Improved for updated recipe, which has been reviewed and updated!