Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Cast On: February 10, 2017
Bind Off: March 5, 2017
Pattern: Garter Stitch
Needle Size: US 6
Yarn A: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31016; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31009; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 23 (C) x 12 (W)

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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I am a big fan of pink and green together, which always reminds me of spring; hence the project name – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most by Ella Fitzgerald, and apparently, formerly known as Message of Love. I was pleased when this yarn showed up next in my stash for processing, despite the bouclé texture, which I knew would be necessary to knit. That is why I chose mindless garter, alternating colors every two rows. This was my television project.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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The yarn is so soft and cushy, as I was working with it I was thinking of making if for myself, as I am always cold and have discovered that the key to my warmth is shielding my neck from the cold. Even though this project turned out to be for me, Mojo’s magical fibers of joy and love still annoyed me and attacked my project, but I think I got them all.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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I did not plan ahead, so I had to seam this project, but I think I did a good job, as it is almost invisible, except for the bulkier texture which can be detected by touch. This is also the first time that I have chosen to make a more cozy cowl, previously opting for longer circumferences with more drape and ability to wrap multiple times.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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I still have some yarn left, so now the dilemma is do I knit something else or stash away for a scrapghan? I was thinking of trying to knit the yarn on a bigger needle (US 11?) to see if I could get a scarf out of it.

Just What I Needed Cowl

Just What I Needed Cowl

On da Hook: February 14, 2017
Off da Hook: February 14, 2017
Project Name: Just What I Needed by The Cars
Yarns: Unknown (Fiber: Unknown/Wool; Yarn Colors: Navy Blue, Teal, Lavender, Multicolor; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US J
Dimensions: 16 (D) x 7 (W) inches

I received some dryer balls(?) a few years ago as a gift. I think they were supposed to remove lint and wrinkles from clothes while in the dryer. I never use a dryer so I had no use for them.

One day I unraveled them and was going to use the yarn for something. The other day I came across the magic ball I had made and today I decided to re-purpose the yarn into something I could donate during my next visit to my clinic, as there are many homeless in the area. My plan is to leave the cowl in a public place with a gift note.

Because the original dryer balls were a felted item, I presume some if not all of the yarn is wool. The teal certainly maintains some of the scratchiness associated with some wools.

The stitch I used is commonly known as Griddle Stitch and the cowl was made flat and seamed.

Just What I Needed Cowl

Just What I Needed Cowl

Message of Love

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Unable to work on crochet in the evening, I started a new mindless project for night knitting while watching television: Message of Love (by The Pretenders) Cowl.

I was totally surprised to learn that this bulky-looking yarn only calls for a US 6 needle, but it seems to be knitting up fine despite the knobbiness of the yarn of which I am not a fan. My experience has taught me that most textured yarns are best used in knitting versus crochet, as one is working with live stitches versus working in existing stitches, which can be difficult to identify in crochet.

I started on straight needles, but will switch to circulars, as the length of the straights is a little encumbering.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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This is a gift I made for the first friend I reconnected with upon my return to California…it only took nine years for me to realize I could use my stitching talents to gift my dearest friends/family. I now maintain a gift list!

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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The recipient indicated her favorite color was lavender and a cowl would be the item most used. Woohoo! I had a cone of Newton’s Yarn Country Brushed Acrylic on US 6 needles…or was it US 5 needles? The target size was 6 (W) x 34.5 (D); after washing the cowl measures 7 (W) x 37 (D).

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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I am surprised by the color change in the post images. The image above and those following were photographed in full sunlight, while the first two were photographed in the shade. I was under the assumption that sun/direct light would show “true” color…apparently not, as the cowl is closer in color to the first two images…well, at least, in my vibrant opinion.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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At the time I began this project, I had encountered the Flowers In A Row. My cowl is literally “nothing but flowers,” as you can tell from the detail image below. Some of the modifications I made to the stitch are: knit only, no spacing between flower rows, and staggered flowers.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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Well, I hope she enjoys this birthday-turned-xmas gift, named – (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads – because of the stitch used!

It Takes Two Cowl

It Takes Two Cowl
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A friend of mine recently made something in the same fashion and I was impressed by the simplicity of the construction and the two-tone appearance, so I set to crocheting this cowl for donation.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that the organization I was going to donate this cowl to unravels all crochet items and reuses the yarn for a very specific knit scarf pattern. I suppose I really would not matter, one way or the other, but it stuck in my craw that my work was unappreciated, so I kept it.

I can’t even tell you how long it took to make because I didn’t record anything; I can’t even be specific about the yarn I used because they were from my stash and did not have a yarn label.

Label for the multicolor yarn found; post updated accordingly.

I can tell you how to make one on your own…

It Takes Two Cowl
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With Yarn A (Fiber Content: Unknown [Acrylic]; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) I made a chain to my desired circumference and joined with a slip knot. Alternating with Yarn B: Hobby Lobby Baby Bee Dreamy Baby Chenille (Fiber Content: 90% Polyamide, 10% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Sweet Cheeks 109; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky), I worked single crochets in the back loop.

Dimensions: 33 (D) x 5 (W) inches

This cowl is very soft and cushy. As pictured it is long enough that it can be double-wrapped for increased warmth.

Price: USD $50.00

It Takes Two Cowl
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The project name – It Takes Two, sung by Zac Efron, from Hairspray movie soundtrack – correlates to the method of construction, requiring “two” different and complimentary yarns, to create the “two-tone” effect.

Purple Haze Cowl

Purple Haze Cowl
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Project Name: Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

I like this one better than Deep Purple Cowl because the stripes are better defined and closer to the design in my mind. This will be the birthday gift for my friend from first grade instead of the Deep Purple Cowl. I am thinking the person for whom I am knitting this cowl, will not even notice the difference, but out of honesty I will give full disclosure, reducing the price if necessary. I don’t think it will be a problem, as the customer saw the first one and loved that one also.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Yarn A: Lion Brand Color Waves (Fiber Content: 83% Acrylic, 17% Polyester; Yarn Color: 347 Purple Vista; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Thread (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple]; Yarn Weight: n/a)
Needle Size: US 10

I really liked the Lion Brand Color Waves for it’s softness, cushiness and color runs. Too bad it has been discontinued.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Dimensions: 24.5 (D) x 9 (W) inches

This cowl is long enough to wrap around one’s neck twice, as pictured.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Construction: Cast on 30 stitches using a provisional cast on. Knit two rows with Yarn A & two rows Yarn B. Repeat to desired length, ending with Row 1 of Yarn B. Graft with garter kitchener stitch, using Yarn B.

Purple Haze Cowl
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Deep Purple Cowl

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Deep Purple Cowl
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This is how this cowl started out, but I thought this purple was too bright and overpowering.

I could not find a deeper purple worsted in my stash, but came across some thread in the perfect color. I double-stranded the thread and I was liking the more muted highlights. The deeper purple really compliments the shifting hues in the Lion Brand Color Waves.

Project name – Deep Purple by The Osmonds – is related to the color of this project, is a reference to my youth and my first grade friend, the recipient of this gift.

Here is my recipe:

Yarn A: Lion Brand Color Waves (Fiber Content: 83% Acrylic, 17% Polyester; Yarn Color: 347 Purple Vista; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Brushed Thread (Fiber Content: Unknown [Cotton]; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple]; Yarn Weight: [Thread])
Needle: US 10 – 6.0 mm

Provisional cast on 30 stitches with yarn A (bulky for me) on circular size 10 – 6.0 mm needle.

Slide stitches to opposite needle (needle you just knitted from).

Knit row with yarn B (thread for me)

skein tails should both be on same side…turn work

Repeat [PATTERN] to desired length

[ Knit row with yarn A (bulky for me)
Slide stitches to opposite needle (needle you just knittted from)
Knit row with yarn B (thread for me)
Skein tails should both be on same side…turn work ]

Knit 1 more row with yarn A (bulky for me).

Arrange stitches on needles for garter kitchener

Graft ends together with yarn B (thread for me)

Sew in ends

Man In The Box Cowl

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This is another stash busting sample for the proposed stash busting crochet event at Concepts In Yarn and Needlepoint. I made it yesterday in about six hours (only because I fudged the construction). This works up real quick and is an excellent stash buster for those short scraps.

This piece measures approximately 16 (D) x 5 (H) inches. The yarn used for this project is some unlabeled acrylic from my own stash. The crochet technique is called Entrelac Crochet and is constructed in a Tunisian method.

This cowl will be donated to Handmade Especially For You after the stash busting crochet event and I can teach you this technique during the event…for FREE!

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…

I Fall To Pieces Cowl

I Fall To Pieces Cowl
I Fall To Pieces Cowl
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On da Hook: February 13, 2016
Off da Hook: February 16, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Scrap Yarns
Hook: US J/10
Dimensions: 88 (D) x 5.5 (W) inches

Having received another batch of scrap yarn from CSNanaCat, I decided to gather up my sraps and combine them all together to make a multi-skein, multi-fiber (M&M) ball.

I believe I chained 25 and then single crocheted the first round, working in the back loops. The second round was the same except every fifth stitch, I did a front loop double crochet in the row below. I continued in pattern until the ball ran out.

Technically, working with such a ball is difficult because of the different yarn widths. I also encountered tension difficulties, or crocheted the foundation chain too tight.

I thought I had a song called Piece of My Heart by ABC, but it turned out to be All of My Heart. As such, I chose I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline as the project name.

This project will be donated to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship.