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
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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!

Legend Of A Cowgirl Cowl

Legend of a Cowgirl Cowl
Legend of a Cowgirl Cowl
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On da Hook: December 15, 2015
Off da Hook: December 17, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Lily The Original Sugar ‘n Cream (Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton; Yarn Color: Indigo; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Dimensions: Unknown (forgot to measure before gifting)

I had no blue yarn in my stash to make something for our latest member of One Skein Short and two days before we had our gift exchange, my sister brought over some yarn for me, which included this indigo cotton yarn. Perfect! I set to creating a alternating front post/back post treble crochet cowl. I thought the cotton would be good for this member, as I did not know if she runs hot or cold; my feelings were that a light weight fiber was more in line.

Copernicus Cowl

Cpernicus Cowl

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On da Hook: October 20, 2015
Off da Hook: October 22, 2015
Pattern: Original by Hooker Leo (Pending Publication)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky (Fiber Content: 55% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 16002 (?); Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Hook: 9 mm – M
Dimensions: 25 (D) x 3 (W, rolled) / 6.5 (W, flat) inches

One more xmas gift done; that leaves one more to be done and I have covered my primary peeps. There is one other very special friend that I am going to try and make a gift for as well. I am hoping the recipient will like this project color, who desired purple. When I think of purple, I don’t usually think in pastels (lavender). By the way, this yarn is discontinued and I lost my yarn label, so I had to guess at the yarn color.

This project name – Copernicus by Basia – is related to the ethnicity of the recipient, who shares the same ethnicity as Basia. Coincidentally, my design is also related a major event in the history of science, triggering the Copernican Revolution, a model of the universe that placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe by scientist Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer. At first I was not crazy about the curling, but then I realized how the cowl took on a rope-like look, and like it even more when I doubled it. When I styled the cowl for photography, I discovered that perhaps if I make it even wider, the cowl can be opened at the neck/shoulders to better accentuate the design. I am also wondering how 5-stitch double crochet cluster might change the garment design, versus 3-stitch double crochet clusters. In reality, the size of this cowl was based on the amount of yarn I had in my stash (213 yards).

Dreams Cowl

Dreams Cowl
Dreams Cowl
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On da Hook: October 20, 2015
Off da Hook: October 20, 2015
Pattern: Lacey Circle Scarf by Domestic Bliss Squared
Yarn: Bernat Berella “4” (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 08927 Burgundy; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Dimensions: 25 (D) x 6 (W)

Another xmas gift finished and started another today, which I should be able to finish today. That makes only one more gift to make and I will have crafted a gift for every member of the One Skein Short group. I am excited to be using yarn that has been sitting on my self, collecting dust. Another benefits is that I have made a scratch in my yarn stash.

This gift – while not exactly the desired color – was named Dreams by The Cranberries – which is as close as I can get to the desired color.

I found the pattern to be a quick work up, despite minor errors in the pattern, which my skill level enabled me to improve on. I really like the design the stitch pattern (staggered Vs) created.

Grey Matter Cowl

Grey Matter Cowl
Grey Matter Cowl
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Cast On: October 19, 2015
Cast Off: October 20, 2015
Pattern: Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 404 Dark Grey Heather; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Needle Size: US 9 – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: 11.5 (H) x 10.5 (D)

Only three more gifts to make for xmas and I will have made gifts for all the regular One Skein Short members. I’ve made this cowl before and it works up so quickly. The project name – Grey Matter Cowl by Oingo Boingo – is an appropriate selection from my music library. I don’t want to write too much, hoping that this will still be a surprise for the intended recipient.

Monster Mash Cowl

Monster Mash Cowl

On da Hook: October 7, 2015
Off da Hook: October 8, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Newton’s Yarn Country (Fiber Content: Acrylic; Yarn Color: [Orange]; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran or Worsted)
Yarn B: Unlabeled Scrap Yarn (Fiber Content: [Acrylic], Yarn Color: [Black]; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran or Worsted)
Hook: US J
Dimensions: 7.5 (W) x 18 (D) inches
Price: USD $25.00

I am in love with this project because of the look, the colors, the tension and the memories of Peanuts cartoons – it reminds me of Charlie Brown’s shirt. Actually, I just visited the Peanuts website and realized that Charlie Brown’s shirt would be solid with a zig zag black stripe. I guess I can add one more project to my queue.

Coincidentally, as I sat down to post this project, I started my iTunes and the first song that came up was Thriller by Michael Jackson, so I guess I can create another Halloween-themed object. Now that I am in Halloween mode, I am thinking of doing a ghosty cowl – perhaps in tapestry crochet; it depends on how long it will take to design.

Monster Mash Cowl: WIP

Monster Mash Cowl
Monster Mash Cowl
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The more I crochet, the more I am liking it due to speed of project completion. After yesterday’s tension mishap, I started a classic back loop single crochet ripple cowl in black and orange for Halloween. Believe me the tension on this one is exactly what I like, achieved by using a J hook. I am using my unlabeled black acrylic yarn stash and a cone of orange that I purchased at Newton’s Yarn Country, during my first visit to their Fall Festival Parking Lot Sale. Coincidentally, I am scheduled to go to Newton’s on Sunday with a member from my One Skein Short group for the Fall Festival Parking Lot Sale; I’ll need to confirm with her on Thursday at our group’s fifth anniversary dinner at Alejo’s Restaurant. The project name – Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers – is the only other song in my music library that seemed appropriate for the color scheme.

Agua de Beber Cowl

Agua de Beber Cowl
Agua de Beber Cowl
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On da Hook: October 6, 2015
Off da Hook: October 6, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Unlabeled Scrap Yarn
Hook: US I/9
Dimensions: 6 (W) x 62 (D) inches

I have been feeling so bogged down and uncreative lately, so I set my mind to it, organized my acrylic stash by color and set to work on this mobius cowl. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not crazy about this project; primarily due to tension. For the feel I like in my crochet, I should have used a bigger hook; this project is just two stiff for me. Secondly, I don’t think I am a fan of mobius cowls anymore because of the twist; however, I am a fan of the construction, which seems more efficient. The project name – Agua de Beber by Antonio Carlos Jobim – is a random selection from my music library.

I decided to donate this cowl to charity.

Spirit In The Sky Cowl: Do-Over One

Spirit In The Sky Cowl
Spirit In The Sky Cowl
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I started this cowl with Cat Bordhi’s mobius cast on and knitted almost one hank of Newton’s Yarn Country Spirit before I noticed – or forgot – that only half of the cowl would be in stockinette. As such, the height of the cowl was less than desired due to the slight curl going from stockinette to garter. I attempted to undo the cast one, but encountered difficulty and ended up frogging the whole cowl.

I shortened my new cast on by 10 stitches and thought a stockinette would look nice with this ribbon yarn. Now I am noticing how the stockinette is curling vertically – I was under the impression that stockinette only curled horizontally. I am going to do a 2 x 2 rib, but didn’t want to be accountable for maintaining stitch counts. I think I will continue with the stockinette, as I have two hanks, which should compensate for the curling.

Spirit In The Sky Cowl
Detail
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Nepalese Bliss Cowl

Nepalese Bliss Cowl

Cast On: August 13, 2015
Cast Off: August 14, 2015
Yarn: Noro Taiyo (Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 30% Silk, 15% Wool, 15% Nylon; Yarn Color: 25; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Needle: US 8
Stitch: Open-Work Mullion
Dimensions: 20 (D) x 6 (W) inches

Price: USD $78.00

I was going to use this skein in the Deeper Shade of Soul Afghan, but feeling it was a whole skein while Deeper Shade of Soul is comprised of scraps, I thought otherwise. Being out of gradient yarn of a natural fiber, I decided to make a cowl real quick with this skein of Noro Taiyo. As it turned out there was some excess yarn buried deep inside, so this may or may not be made of a whole skein. Denise had used the open-work mullion stitch for a Noro wrap she had made a while ago. I remembered the stitch and thought it was simple enough that I could whip this up quickly. I cast on 26 stitches for this cowl and just kept knitting until it was gone. Because I did not know how far the yarn would go, I had to knit a piece of fabric and seam it.

I love the colors of Noro yarns. On the negative side was the fiber content – high cotton/silk content did not provide much give – and the differentiating yarn width.

The project – Nepalese Bliss by Irresistible Force came to mind and is a selection from my music library.