Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Left Humerus

Dead Man's Party Antimacassar's: Left Humerus
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On da Hook: May 29, 2015
Off da Hook: June 2, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 5 (W) x 20 (H) inches

One more bone finished. Next: Right Ulna.

I really don’t want to have to re-crochet the skull and rib cage, so I am going to drench them in bleach and let them line dry. I pray that will solve the color difference.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Right Humerus

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Humerus
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On da Hook: May 28, 2015
Off da Hook: May 29, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 5 (W) x 20 (H) inches

This is the third of eight pieces. I am glad it was so narrow; the crochet went much faster.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Rib Cage

Dead Man's Party Antimcassar: Rib Cage
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On da Hook: April 27, 2015
Off da Hook: May 22, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread) I was so excited to have finished this project. I took it over to show mother and make some dinner. When I returned home, I discovered the difference in color. Goddammit! I had noticed a difference in feel of the thread when I broke into the package I had ordered from Herrschner's, but attributed that to the newness of the thread. My room is usually on the dark side, so the color change was clearly not visible. I will have to contact the client and perhaps start over from the very beginning with the newly purchased thread. I still have six more pieces to crochet, but I find myself wondering into what have I gotten myself? Aiyaa!

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Skull

Dead Man's Party Antimacassar: Skull
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On da Hook: April 19, 2015
Off da Hook: April 27, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)

OMG! This is the official skull antimacassar for a project I was commissioned to crochet. Without even looking at the practice one, I realized my tension was looser on this one, but did not expect such an increase in size. The new one measures approximately 8.5 x 13.5 inches, while the old one measures approximately 7 x 10 inches. I have already emailed my client an image indicating the difference in size. I am pretty sure she will like – as I do because it is more the size of a human head – and have already started on the rib cage.

I only had two balls of crochet thread, but managed to find the exact same yarn online – for sale no less – and purchased 10 balls, as the pattern charts do not indicate how much is needed. I hope I have enough!

Dead Man's Party Antimacassar: Skull
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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Cowl: Wake Up Time!

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Cast On: Date Not Recorded
Cast Off: March 25, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn D: Trendsetter Joy (Fiber Content: Polyester, Nylon, Yarn Color: F1194; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Needle Size: US 13
Dimensions: 5.5-inch width x 70-inch circumference

Ever since a long past yarn stash organization, I thought these two yarns would go well together. Now that I am trying to make a dent in my yarn stash, I finally got around to making this cowl. The white yarn, I am not even sure is – technically – yarn; it is more like the stuff you might find inside your mattress. Hence the project name – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics. The white yarn is actually three shades that I used in order from light to dark.

Making this cowl was slow going – about two to three weeks – mostly because I did not want the little ribbons to be caught between the stitches. I could have just knitted it, gone back afterwards and freed them, but I am so anal retentive, I figured I might as well free them while knitting. The white yarn presented problems as well because of the fibrous composition, requiring slow knitting so as to minimize fiber tangles. The construction is a double-strand of the white and the Trendsetter Joy in Garter stitch with a seam at the end.

This item is for sale – Price: USD: $84.00 – and would make a very attractive Easter accessory.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassar’s

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars (1 of 15)
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On da Hook: January 17, 2015
Off da Hook: Janaury 19, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: 0, Size 8 Thread)
Hook: Boye 8
Finished Size: 14 (H) x 5.25 (W) inches

I finally finished piece one of fifteen last night, despite losing two stitches. You might be able to tell by the slight bowing on the sides. I definitely can tell that my tension at the beginning was looser than it was when I finished, but not significantly, just enough that an experienced crocheter would notice. I spent about 14.25 hours making this, but some of that time was spent frogging mistakes.

This was one of the projects about which I was complaining about a couple of days ago. As of this post, I still have not received a reply from Regina regarding finished sizes. That’s why I am not linking to her pattern.

The project name – Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo – is a selection from my music library.

Santa Baby Set

Santa Baby Set
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On da Hook: December 22, 2014
Off da Hook: December 24, 2014
Diaper Cover Pattern: Don’t Eat the Daisies Newborn Diaper Cover by Creating Beautiful Things In Life
Hat Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: [Acrylic]; Yarn Color: [Red]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: [Acrylic]; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I never know how big, or small, to make things for babies or infants, so I felt lucky to be able to measure the baby; I came up with 14 inch circumference for the head and the waist. Because I had never made a diaper cover, I chose to use a pattern. The one I selected was very easy and quick.

As for the hat: I improvised it. I had to started with a one-stitch-increase per row, but found that was getting too long. I think went to a three-stitch-increase per row, but that was too wide. It was the two-stitch-increase per row that was the winner. I think worked to a diameter of approximately 4.5 and then did six more rows in white for the brim, minus the increase. The whole hat is worked in half double crochets.

The obvious name of this project – Santa, Baby by Eartha Kitt – was most appropriate.

Mexican Radio Cowl

On da Hook: December 12, 2014
Off da Hook: December 15, 2014
Hook: US M
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 300 Hepplewhite; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Red Heart Baby Clouds (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9074 Pale Pink; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn C: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 392 Cotton Candy)
Yarn D: Lion Bouclé (Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon; Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn E: Unknown (Color: [Multicolor])
Yarn F: Caron Simply Soft Bouclé (Fiber Content: 99% Acrylic, 1% Polyester; Yarn Color: 0014 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn G: Unknown (Color: [Maroon])
Yarn H: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 322 Baroque)
Yarn I: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 334 Gothic)
Yarn J: Unknown (Color: [Navy Blue])
Yarn K: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky)
Yarn L: Universal Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: 801 Reef; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn M: Lion Brand Homespun Baby (Yarn Color: 169 Soft Lime)
Yarn N: Unknown (Color: [Dark Grey])
Yarn O: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 373 Black)
Yarn P: Unknown (Color: [Pale Pink])
Yarn Q: Unknown (Color: [White or Pale Pink])
Finished Size: 96 x 7 inches

Well, I think I have enough bulky/super bulky yarn left to make a hat and then I am done, until I find more in my yarn stash somewhere. At first I did not think the difference in weights was going to make much difference, but as I progressed, I started double-stranding some of the thinner yarns. Considering this was scrap yarns, I was really liking the way the colors worked together. When I showed it to my mom, she commented that it reminded her of a serape and that’s how the name – Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo – came about.

Because I was trying to exhaust all my bulky/super bulky yarn, this cowl is very long; long enough to wrap three times. I wore it out yesterday – unfinished – because it is so damn cold here in California, and I got a compliment from a lady at Royal Chinese Restaurant, where I dined. I was loving the wrap too. Today in a attempt to use up the Caron Simply Soft Bouclé, I ended up adding about ten more rows and for the life of me, could not get it to wrap the same way as yesterday. Could the addition of inches make that much of a difference? Another thing I noticed today – which was probably a result of excessive fidgeting and different yarn weights – was that the tails kept coming out. Aiyaa! I fixed them, but worry that they will pop out again.

The construction is thirteen single crochet, changing color every row until such time a color was exhausted.

This item is available for purchase at the reduced Price: USD $25.00 OBO, but may end up being donated…unless I can figure out how I got it to wrap so well the first time I wore it.

Cousins Lapghan

Cousins Lapghan
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Cast On: August 16, 2014
Cast Off: November 1, 2014
Pattern: Cousins Lapghan by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10.5
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 392 Cotton Candy; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 334 Gothic; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn C: Red Heart Baby Clouds (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9074 Pale Pink; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: [5, Bulky])
Finished Size: 48 x 54 inches

So let’s get the next chapter started with a lapghan I knitted for my mom’s cousin – and therefore, my cousin as well. The name – Cousins by Vampire Weekend – should be self evident. I designed this based on the gauge swatch information. Unfortunately, I did not record my desired finished size, but I think I’m close.

I cast on 126 stitches. The pattern is 10 rows of garter, 2 rows of YO, P2TOG, 20 rows of garter in each color, slipping the first stitch in ever row and KBL the last stitch. The exception is the middle section where I alternated every two rows between the Red Heart Baby Clouds and unknown white yarn.

I did not have an payment agreement in place for this afghan, but did keep track of my time. I took me approximately 52.5 hours to make this. At the time I was charging $10.00/hour. The yarn was a mix of yard sale yarn, stash yarn of an unknown source and purchase of a second Homespun Gothic because my design sensibilities could not allow me to use the blue that was picked from my stash. Total yarn amount: $8.98.

I just found out my cousin is visiting from Texas again and is expected to arrive Monday, November 3. Perfect timing, which just goes to show bad things are not necessarily bad.

Let It Go

Cast On: August 26, 2014
Cast Off: September 5, 2014
Needle Size: US 9
Yarn: Tiara by HiKoo by Skacel (Fiber Content: 10% Kid Mohair, 5% Wool, 49% Acrylic, 22% Nylon, 10% Bead, 4% Sequin; Yarn Color: 0001 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Dimensions: 72 x 9 inches

When I made the Good Lovin’ Cowl – Pattern: Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta – I fell in love with the border stitch, thinking it would make a beautiful shawl. Well the other day, while stocking yarn at The Knitting Tree, L A, I opened a box and discovered the Tiara. It was love at first sight, but the idea for this project had not yet been conceived. A few days later…lightbulb! And here it is. I managed to get a couple of pictures that show the beads (light blue and lavender) and sequins. I only used one skein to make this, afraid to add another because the width was increasing so fast. As such, the piece is shallow and long. I wore it the other day at the TKTLA Sunday Brunch to show it off and was surprised that some time passed before my neck started getting warm, considering I am always hot.

The name of the project – Let It Go by Demi Lovato from the movie Frozen – was a delayed choice, but very apropos, considering the colors.

Price: USD $140.00