Oakland Raiders Afghan v2

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Aiyaa! Ravelry removed my pattern from their database for the following reason:

Unacceptable standalone chart. NOT “original” art which is what’s required for these types of patterns.

My first argument is why the fuck does Ravelry care? My best guess is that they may be liable for selling the pattern.

Okay, so I removed the chart and I am resubmitting the pattern, which you should be able to buy in my Ravelry Store; I have not updated the pattern on my patterns page, which does include the offending chart. Because the chart has been removed, I am reducing the Ravelry Store Price: USD $5.00.

Along Comes Mary Cowl

Along Comes Mary Cowl

Cast On: Jauary 2016
Cast Off: April 5, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Laines du Pingouin Ballade (Fiber Content: 89% Mohair, 11% Nylon; Yarn Color: 15; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Fun Fur (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: 124 Champagne; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Needle: US 8
Hook: US 10 – J
Dimensions: 9 (W) x 80 (D)

This is the project I worked on while undergoing radiation therapy. It is a long overdue gift for mom. I needed something portable, that I could carry with me on the medical transportation van.

I was very eager to use the Pingouin ever since I obtained it from somewhere. Took about as much yarn to finally get comfortable with knitting the wild curls. I was lucky enough to find the right color Fun Fur in my stash, which means all the yarn was FREE!

In the light the trim looks gold!

The construction is 30 stitches knit in garter for 4+ skeins of the Pingouin, started with a provisional cast-on and ended with a garter kitchener grafting. The two-round border was a slip stitch for round one and single crochet over slip stitch for round two.

The project name is simple enough: the Pingouin yarn reminds me of lamb’s wool, which reminded me of Mary, and Along Comes Mary by The Association.

Now to get back onto that Raiders Afghan…

Pineapple Princess Doily

Pineapple Princess Doily
Pineapple Princess Doily
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On da Hook: August 29, 2015
Off da Hook: August 30, 2012
Pattern: Pretty Pineapples by Judy Teague Treece
Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Cotton], Yarn Color: Unknown [White], Yarn Weight: Thread)
Hook: US 7 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 14 inch diameter

A friend asked me to make her a doily to set under the vase on her dining room table. I figured I could whip this up real quick, so I set to crocheting yesterday. Unfortunately, what should have been done in one day took two because of the extreme humidity and heat we have been experiencing; using too small a hook didn’t help. I am not sure what happened – most likely tension – but I am not crazy that the fan tails (the beginning portion, extending from the center; they look smooshed. I am also not crazy about the jog-space in the center. The pattern is well written, but those treble crochet clusters got old fast.

I love pineapples; that’s why I picked this pattern. The project name – Pineapple Princess by Annette Funicello – should be obvious.

A-Tisket, A-Tasket Kerchief

A-Tisket, A-Tasket Kerchief

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Cast On: July 23, 2015
Cast Off: August 1, 2015
Yarn A: Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 10320 Cherished Lavender, Yarn Weight: 4, Acrylic)
Yarn B: Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 11420 Pretty Baby, Yarn Weight: 4, Acrylic)
Needle: US 8
Project Dimensions: 44 (W) x 21.5 (L) inches

I encountered this pattern at the Slipstitch going out of business sale and bought the two skeins necessary for the pattern. I could not believe I had found a pattern for the garter ridge design element I had been trying to replicate on my own. Very easy pattern. I thought it was going to require much notation, but I was wrong as I was able to memorize the pattern quickly. I obviously am a loose knitter, as I ran out of Yarn A, about 25 stitches before the end. I grabbed something from my stash to finish that row and the color difference is hardly noticeable as it is right next to a color change from Yarn A to Yarn B.

Patons Canadiana is a nice worsted acrylic yarn, minus the cut in ply I encountered and which is present on the front of the garment. I might try to fine tune it by pulling the stray ply threads to the back, but I am sure they will eventually work their way back to the front again.

This is an xmas gift for a friend of mine that is ALWAYS cold. Now, she’ll have no excuse. The name of the project – A-Tisket, A-Tasket by Ella Fitzgerald – came to mind from the colors, which reminded me of an Easter basket.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Full Set

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Full Set
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Full Set
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On da Hook: March 17, 2015
Off da Hook: July 6, 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

I finally finished and here is the full set that I was commissioned to make. The duration above represents the project time from beginning to end. Each piece can be viewed in its own post: Skull, Rib Cage, Right Humerus, Left Humerus, Right Ulna, Left Ulna, Right Hand, Left Hand. I will be throwing in the extra, practice skull also.

Critically speaking, my tension changed throughout the project, evidenced by a longer right side than left side. Additionally, I wish the side were more straight and there was less rippling on the edges. However, they are hand made and anything handmade is not going to be perfect. Besides, no human body is perfect either.

To reiterate, the project name – Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo – was a selection from my music library.

And for those word/history buffs, Macassar oil was an unguent for the hair commonly used in the early 19th century. An antimacassar was a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Right Hand

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Hand
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Hand
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On da Hook: June 24, 2015
Off da Hook: July 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: 6 (W) x 10 (H) inches

After a recent 4-day hospitalization, I am glad to return home and only have about half of the last antimacassar to finish. I managed to move the furniture into an accommodating formation to maintain elevation of my leg and finished that right hand this morning.

Next I will sew in the ends; launder, praying the second skull turns white; and iron them. I will photograph all pieces together and post a picture in a separate post.

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.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Left Hand

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Left Hand
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Left Hand
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On da Hook: June 23, 2015
Off da Hook: June 23, 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: 6 (W) x 10 (H) inches

It is definitely getting too hot to crochet. I figured I could finish this in one day and I met my deadline. Now I only have the right hand to do.

The hand was a little bit more difficult; I think it was because of all the open space, especially between the fingers.

I know it looks like a right hand, but I checked the pattern chart and I definitely have the left hand positioned with the exact orientation as the chart.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Left Ulna

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Left Ulna
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Left Ulna
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On da Hook: June 8, 2015
Off da Hook: June 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)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 4 (W) x 14.5 (H) inches

It seems like forever since I worked on these, but now I am on the downside of this project with only the right and left hands to crochet. Thankfully, they are two of the smaller patterns. I think I finally got my tension/crochet technique down, as this one measure very close to the right ulna.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Right Ulna

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Ulna
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Ulna
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On da Hook: June 3, 2015
Off da Hook: June 4, 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: 4 (W) x 14.5 (H) inches

Only three more antimacassars to go: Left Ulna, Right Hand and Left Hand.

If you are following this series, you might be interested to know that I decided to wash the yellowed antimacassars in mom’s washing machine on the Whitest Whites setting with bleach and detergent. Despite grabbing the wrong skull…Voila! They are now white. Yay!