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.

Crooked Teeth Shawl: Complete

Crooked Teeth Shawl

On da Hook: August 16, 2015
Off da Hook: September 22, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Tan]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple Gradient]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Pingouin Pingoluxe (Fiber Content: 73% Acetate, 32% Polyamide; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Blue Gradient], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Green], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn F: Artfibers Carezza (Fiber Content: 30% Silk, 30% Baby Alpaca, 40% Extrafine Merino Wool; Yarn Color: 17 [Green/Brown Gradient], Yarn Weight: 1, Fine)
Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: 45.5 (W) x 22 (H)
Price: USD $75.00

I am really loving the colors on this mid-riff shawl. I would have made it longer, but the back is approximately twice the length of the sides due to a mistake in construction. Despite the mistake, I like the lay of the shawl on the shoulders, contouring the natural shape of ones neck, shoulders and back. This shawl was made from some gradient yarn (D & F) gifted to me by an old acquaintance a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Much to my surprise some, the yarn F turned out to be something extra special, and that is provided I have the identification correct. Yarn D also turned out to be a natural fiber yarn, per a burn test. The solids I had purchased a long time ago for a Create Your Own Knitted Shawl Class I had taken; I never finished that shawl. I also was not crazy about the back loop single crochet at the beginning, but began to like it as I progress.

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Get The Balance Right Shawl

Get The Balance Right Shawl (Front)

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On Da Hook: October 10, 2015
Off da Hook: June 26, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Yarn A: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 284 Farmhouse White; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn B: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 283 Chickory; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn C: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 291 Hosta Blue; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn D: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 286 Black Walnut; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn E: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 285 Log Cabin Brown; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn F: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 287 Red Phoenix; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn G: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Cape Town Rainbow; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn H: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 292 Ember; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn I: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 293 Sun Rose; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn J: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 289 Purple Basil; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn K: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 290 Medieval; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Dimensions: 27 (w) x 25.5 (h)

After I was gifted with Madelinetosh unicorn tails (Yarns A-J), I chose a main color (Yarn K) and set forth to creating this shawl. I originally started at one side and was crocheting across. My idea was to continue to the center with the Medieval and then calculating how much yarn would be needed to complete it to the other side – hence the name, Get The Balance Right by Depeche Mode. However, I found calculating the middle was much more difficult than changing the orientation of the shawl, making the triangle hypotenuse the neck, thereby only requiring me to crochet till I ran out of the Medieval. I used the single crochet bar front loop stitch that I had created with How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf and I am very happy with the way this project came out.

About The Yarn: Madelinetosh tosh merino light

Tosh merino light is a 100% superwash merino wool, single-ply fingering weight yarn. With a generous 420 yards per skein, one skein is more than enough yardage to complete a pair of socks and two skeins can complete a full-sized lace project. Each incredibly soft skein is hand-dyed in small dye lots.

~ madelinetosh.com

I love this stuff! To me it’s like knitting with unsticky cotton candy. The hues of the dye work are so rich! I especially like the single-ply! Fabric drapes so well!

I consider myself to be a cheap skate, so it’s a special treat when I have extra money to spend.

Yay for Yarmulkes!

Yarmulke

As this may be my next commission. It took approximately 45 minutes to make this one, rounding up to an hour, places the value of this item at USD $12.00. The person for whom these will be made is requesting worsted weight yarn because the wearer has big hair. The yarmulke pictured was made with TMA Yarns Fashion Knit (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: L3-201 Light Purple; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) and Caron Sayelle (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0335 Lilac; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted). The pattern (Colorfully Stripped Kippah Yarmulke by D Goldoff YarnDesignsByDavira) calls for double crochets, ending with a border of half double crochets; I might try to make another with single crochets, now that I have a template for size.

Now if I could just get motivated enough to make some Hamantash!

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Scarf

Ain't Misbehavin' Scarf
Ain't Misbehavin' Scarf
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A friend of mine has been taking a knitting/crochet group into an assisted-living facility where her mom resides. I volunteered to support her group and this Thursday will be my first time attending. You know how I love old ladies! Anyway, the last time I saw my friend in the store she was buying yarn for the group. I commented to my friend that it was a nice gesture, and to save her some money, I would go through my mountainous stash and donate some of my yarn.

So the other day, I began stash-diving, beginning with multicolored yarns because I had been informed that was what the old ladies liked best. Of course, once I started seeing all the beautiful colors, I could not decided what to donate. My final algorithm was to donate single unlabeled skeins so I would not have the additional challenge of color matching or trying to find the same yarn.

I was initially going to donate the Universal Classic Worsted Tapestry (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Yarn Color: 7005 Party Time; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted), but thought because it was various balls tied together, it would not be optimal for the old ladies, so I ended up crocheting the scarf above, which will be donated to Handmade Especially For You, the charity at the El Segundo Sliptstitchers knitting guild – I’ll never understand why it’s abbreviated ESSS versus ESS. Anyway, I used a US 8/H – 5 mm hook and the Diagonal Box Stitch to make this scarf. I could have sworn there was a nicer way to decrease this stitch without having to chain or slipstitch, but I could not find those instructions. If you know how, please send me an email.

Blame It On The Bossa Nova Baby Bonnets

Blame It On The Bossa Nova Baby Bonnets

Even when mistakes are made, the thread of destiny is ever-present.

These started out as a store sample – commissioned by my boss: “Annette” –  for Cascade Fixation (Fiber Content: 98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic; Yarn Color: 9245; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) and pattern: Basic Crochet Bikini. I chose to make the pattern for the smallest cup size: A. The pattern called for Crochet Hook: B/1 – 2.25 mm and Patons Grace Yarn, but the Fixation called for crochet hook: F/5 – 3.75. I started using the hook the pattern called for, but found it a little challenging using a smaller hook with the Fixation and the “branches” (affectionate term for customers, mostly female) at The Knitting Tree L A kept commenting that the cup was looking too small, so I switched to the larger hook. Being a homosexual, I don’t have much experience with breasts or cup sizes. 🙂

After switching to the larger hook, the branches kept commenting that the cup size was not accurate, so I did some errata investigation. I could not find any, but did find a bigger and much more detailed picture on Ravelry that indicated I was crocheting with the wrong orientation. The pattern does not clearly indicate this; I have commented on the pattern, but never heard back from AllFreeCrochet.com. That problem solved, I set forth, but for some reason experienced difficulty with my counting and had to restart at least two times.

In the meantime, a young, beautiful friend of mine from the store said whe would model the bikini upon completion, but A cups were not going to “be big enough for her girls,” so I changed to C cups and restarted again. Upon completion, the branches of “The Tree” told me that the C cup looked more like a D cup. Aiyaa! I proceeded to make the second cup, as I had not seen my model lately and she would be the ultimate decider. After finishing the second cup with the same majority opinion, no one was a fan of the pointed cup – a la Madonna’s cone bra from Vogue.

During one of Annette’s sillier moments she discovered another use for the huge cup: a baby bonnet for the gangsta baby who resides in the store. As an exclamation point on the story of these baby bonnets, I decided to name them after Blame It On The Bossa Nova by Annette Funicello.

I think I may still attempt to make the bikini, but will have to work out that point or find someone that likes it!

Accidents Never Happen Shawlette

Accidents Never Happen Shawlette
Accidents Never Happen Shawlette
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On da Hook: October 17, 2013
Off da Hook: February 4, 2014
Pattern: Accidents Never Happen Shawlette by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk Paints; Yarn Color: 9942 Misty Blue; Fiber Content: 85% Merino Superwash Wool, 15% Mulberry Silk; Yarn Weight: 1
Hook: Boye E/4 – 3.5 mm
Dimensions: 92 x 18 inches

In one of the CrochetMe eNewsletters I received they were talking about Bruges Lace. I had never heard of it. Because there were basic instructions and I love a challenge, when I saw the picture of Lily Chin’s Swan Lake Shawl, I knew I could improvise a shawl and set to crocheting. I tried contacting Lily at least three times because I wanted like to write up the pattern and didn’t want to step on any toes. Twice my email was returned undeliverable and to date, I have not received a reply from her Ravelry group. Because I didn’t know how to proceed, I emailed my fiber-godmothers for their opinion, but they also have not replied.

This shawlette is very simple to crochet, as you are repeating one section. The difficulty for me – as I was creating this shawlette – was determining the connection points and curves. As such, the project name – Accidents Never Happen by Blondie – is tongue in cheek because, of course, there were accidents.

After much labor and revision, I think I boiled the pattern down to simple terminology. Because the pattern has not yet been tested, I am making myself available for questions regarding the pattern and have included contact information in the pattern. Once the pattern has an official tester, the contact information will be removed, but I will continue to be available.

The pattern will also be available for purchase during Yarn Crawl LA at The Knitting Tree L A, but at a retail price. The advantage of buying the pattern in the store is that the yarn used in the pattern will also be available in different colors and I will be there to answer any questions.

As with ALL my patterns, while I condone you selling your finished project, I do ask that you do not duplicate or copy the pattern for dissemination among your friends. I have no way to police this, so you are on your honor, but I don’t think USD $1.00 is an exorbitant cost, considering I am not a professional pattern writer and I provide technical support at no additional cost.

Finally, should you deiced to honor me with a purchase, I would love to feature your finished project on Ravelry where I can be found as HookerLeo or simply send me an email.

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!

Grape Soda Shawl

Grape Soda Shawl
Grape Soda Shawl
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On da Hook: May 5, 2011
Off da Hook: May 12, 2011
Pattern: Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Yarn: Feza Aspen (Fiber Content: 40% Acrylic, 30% Mohair, 15% Metallic, 8% Nylon, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 662; Yarn Weight: 4)
Dimensions: 73 X 37 inches

I am pretty sure I was gifted six skeins of this yarn by tinsellybee. After completing Bubbe Sings the Blues, I was anxious to start a new shawl with this yarn. Close up, the tinsel is a bit distracting, but from a galloping horse view, not so much. It took me a minute to get the pattern down by memory, and thankfully the frogging was not to bad, considering it was double-stranded.

Price: USD $50.00