You Do Something To Me Scarf

You Do Something To Me Scarf

About The Project Name

You Do Something To Me by Frank Sinatra.

About The Project

Dimensions: 40 (L) x 4 (W) inches
Price: USD $25.00, less 25% applicable Friends & Family Discount

Here’s another red scarf for a Valentine’s Day gift.

You Do Something To Me Scarf
You Do Something To Me Scarf knit by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

About The Yarn

Red Heart Boutique Sassy Lace

Fiber Content: 100% Nylon
Yarn Color: 334 Scarlet
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

I have never used the lace before and I am a BIG fan because of the packaging alone, which saves the user the time of having to separate the lace before using it. Aside for usability, the lace is so pretty and I love the color. The last part of this yarn that I really loved was the simplicity of the holes used for knitting.

You Do Something To Me Scarf
You Do Something To Me Scarf knit by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

#1 Crush Sciarpetta

#1 Crush Sciarpetta

I was organizing again and discovered a near-empty stash binge with only some red ruffle yarns. I thought, “Hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up; some red product might garner somer interest in your craft. :D”

About #1 Crush Sciarpetta

By Garbage from the movie Romeo + Juliet is perfectly named as a Valentine’s Day gift for your number one crush; especially, if that person is petite in stature – sciarpetta – because this scarf is short, and Italian since we are dealing with Romeo & Juliet.

Dimensions: 40 (L) x 4 (W) inches

Price: USD $25.00, less 25% Friends & Family Discount

#1 Crush Sciarpetta

About The Yarn

Red Heart Boutique Sashay

Fiber Care: Hand Wash Cold, Dry Flat
Fiber Content:
97% Acrylic, 3% Metallic Polyester
Yarn Color: Red 1904
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Soft with a dash of sparkle.

Technically speaking, annoying to work with due to necessity; first to open folded lace, and then to lace separate for proper knitting – only to have the lace fold back up on itself – rolling my eyes! Bottom line? Poor packaging Red Heart. 🙁

#1 Crush Sciarpetta
#1 Crush Sciarpetta knit by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

Everything Counts Cowl

About The Project Name

Everything Counts by Depeche Mode was the first thing to play from my music library today. It’s most appropriate for this project made of “oddballs.”

About The Project

Marks my first project made for Neighbors By Design, using “up-cycled” odd balls of yarn.

About The Yarn

Debbie Bliss Merino

Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
Yarn Color: 325700
Yarn Weight: 4, Aran

This is leftover yarn from Lava Cowl.

Oddball 1

Fiber Content: Man-made, per burn test
Yarn Color: Camel*

Oddball 2

Fiber Content: Natural, per burn test
Yarn Color: Multicolor: Rust, Gold, Green*

Oddball 3

Fiber Content: Natural, per burn test
Yarn Color: Rust*

Price: USD $25.00

25% of this purchase goes to Craft In America [pending NBD approval]

Everything Counts Cowl
Everything Counts Cowl crocheted/designed by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

Winnie The Pooh II

Winnie The Pooh

About The Project

Thankfully, I have plenty of yarn to make another due to my original order error. 😄

I finished this with my morning cup of coffee. I’m not particularly jumping for joy, although, the more I look at the picture the more I am okay with it. The circumference IS wider because I crocheted on additional increase round. My immediate concern is that perhaps I did not get the right height/length? And the brim, is a little wonky.

I am happier with the ear placement.

I will present to the parents and hopefully be present upon placement upon baby’s head, so I can see for myself how it fits because this is the second time I have made hats for babies and they have not fit! 😡 I know nothing is exact, but there must be a standard, right? Whatever, it’s just annoying and nothing I can’t get over. 😀

I just realized why I am no liking this version as much; the round connections are obvious and open-spaced; unlike the first one. I missed something this time, where there was an extra stitch or two that closed that space. Oh well…it’s not that bad, only to a trained eye. 😉

Read more about Winnie The Pooh I

About The Pattern

Baby Bear” Simple Baby Beanie by Rachel Glassco

I think my overall feelings about the project tend towards the negative because of the way the pattern is written: an altered increase order.

The ear portion of the pattern is ideal.

I despise sewing stuff together…ESPECIALLY in third dimension.

In retrospect, if the parents would like another I will use a standard increase to the same diameter on this hat see if I get a better shape. I will also pay more attention to the round connections, making sure they are more unseen.

About the Yarn

Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Certified Organic Cotton
Yarn Color:s 641 True Red and 638 Dandelion
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Winnie The Pooh Baby Beanie: Inception

Love Knitting Blue Fibers Worsted Cotton

At Mini-Mikey’s baby shower, Roxanne asked me to make a special hat for a photo shoot, where she will place the baby in a Hunny pot with the beanie…at least, I think that’s the plan.

I searched “mercerized cotton worsted weight” because I wanted something lustrous and this came up: Love Knitting Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton. The colors – True Red 641 and Dandelion 638 – are perfect, but I am always hesitant to order online, due to extravagant shipping costs, I searched local yarn shops and discovered that out of the possible three stores near me: one was closed; one I was banned from; and the other had no cotton. The one I was banned from probably has what I want, but screw them! Besides this is for my grand/great nephew and I am willing to skip a meal for him – I shouldn’t miss it.

I will be using “Baby Bear” Simple baby beanie pattern, © Rachel Glassco 2015. I hope it comes out the right size. I have a problem with my baby hats not fitting. Too small last time. Wish me luck. Can’t wait for yarn to arrive because in order to avoid shipping, I threw in a set of crochet hooks for me.

Thrift Shop Scarf

Thrift Shop Scarf

About Thrift Shop Scarf

Dimensions: approximately 60 (L) x 4.5 (W) inches
Cost: USD $36.00*
Fabric:
100% Acrylic
Use & Care: Machine washable and dryable. Do not bleach, iron, or dry clean.

Design Notes

This is one more stitch pattern that will be included in my future eBook: Hounds-tooth & Beyond. Unfortunately, I thought I had crocheted all the different stitch patterns I wanted to include, but apparently not. Because they patterns bare many similarities, it was hard to identify my own work because I did not keep good track…live and learn. I then discovered from Ravelry that I need to create separate patterns before including them all in an eBook…aiyaa!

I must admit that I am so impressed how these two colors complemented each other so well and elevate the stitch pattern from thrift store to regal.  This pattern is being created after I finish this post and will be available in a separate post. Stay tuned!

About The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Colors: 01011 Soft Taupe & 01532 Claret
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I always use worsted weight when I am testing. Because this is a stitch development project, yarn weight won’t matter much in the end.

About The Project Name

Originally, this pattern was going to be  named Mediate by INXS because of the mindless crochet. As it developed the colors really reminded me of vintage clothing and I changed the name to Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz.

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If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) Cowl

If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) Cowl
If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) Cowl
©A Hooker’s World

Cast On: February 7, 2016
Cast Off: February 8, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Red]; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Needle: US 10 – 6 mm
Dimensions: 18 (D) x 7 (W) inches
Price: USD $25.00

CSNanaCat gave me some yarn she did not want anymore. After combining some of it with some of my odds and ends I came up with a big ball o’ yarn!. Initially, I was just going to create scrap scarfs, but as I began with this red, which was pretty much a full skein without a label, I began to like it by itself and felt it the fabric was big enough to be an item unto itself. The project name – If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) Cowl by Maria McKee – is a selection from my music library.

As for the construction: 30 stitches worked in garter for the entirety of the yarn, and seamed with a crochet slip stitch.

The cowl is very soft, warm and cozy!

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.

Lava Cowl

Lava Cowl
Lava Cowl
©A Hooker’s World

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

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