Midnight At The Oasis Cowl

Midnight At The Oasis Cowl
Midnight At The Oasis Cowl
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On da Hook: April 27, 2015
Off da Hook: May 4, 2015
Pattern: Moroccan Midnight Cowl by Tamara Kelly
Yarn A: Newton’s Yarn Country Kroy Pencil Roving (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown [Black]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted
Yarn B: Newton’s Yarn Country Rhythm (Fiber Content: 100% Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US I/9
Dimensions:

I think Ellen brought this pattern to my attention through Pinterest. However it came to my attention, I finally found a use for my Newton’s black wool and the mini rainbow skein that was a gift to me from my friend Ana.

The pattern begins with a foundation single crochet chain, of which I am not a fan, so I started with a foundation chain, slip stitched and did a row of single crochet. I am not crazy about the spaces from the first row of V-stitches; I might do two rows of single crochet in the back loop, and do the first row of V-stitches in the front loop over the two rows of single crochet. To keep pattern, I would end with two twos of single crochet in the back loop and finish the last row of V-stitches over the two rows of single crochet. I also increased the number of stitches in Yarn B because they were not sticking out enough. This could be because I used worsted versus the aran weight yarn for which the pattern calls. The instructions were a little tricky as you are not cutting yarn; I figured out my own method and after that had no problem working the rest of the pattern.

The name of this pattern – Midnight At The Oasis by Maria Muldaur – is a selection from my music library that is closely related to the name of the pattern.

Price: USD $60.00

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Skull

Dead Man's Party Antimacassar: 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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Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Shawl

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Shawl

With leftovers from It’s My Life Shawl and being a big admirer of West’s designs, I am trying to replicate Exploration Station into a crochet pattern.

As you can see, my swirls are not as definitive as West’s, but my is reversible and I there colors are different on each side! I might try again with taller stitches to better replicate the swirl pattern, but I think math is definitely needed to figure out the formula for short-rowing, and I don’t want to become a mathematician also!

My plan today is to start the simulated brioche using back/front post double or treble crochets. After that, I may need to purchase more yarn to finish this project.

In case you were wondering about the project name – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most by Ella Fitzgerald – I have been really going through a tough emotional state lately and I think pink and green really represent spring to me the most.

Circle In The Sand Mobius Cowl

Circle In The Sand Mobius Cowl
Circle In The Sand Mobius Cowl
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On da Hook: March 6, 2015
Off da Hook: March 8, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly Baby Care (Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic, 40% Cotton; Yarn Color: 0321; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Hook: US G/6 – 4.00 mm
Dimensions: 4 inch width x 44 inch circumference

Having tired of brioche knit and having been gifted with two skeins of this lusciously soft yarn by my friend Cathy, I decided to crochet this mobius cowl real quick, which also satisfied my need to complete a project. I started with a chain of 200, created a mobius twist, and worked alternating front and back post double crochets, ending with a crab stitch border. This cowl is smaller than I normally like to make them but very cute, appropriate and did I mention soft? It has the feeling of worn jeans and as I was crocheting it, I kept envisioning it with a casual outfit. I love all the texture also.

I asked Cathy if she wanted the cowl to take on her Peru cruise, departing next Sunday. I am kind of hoping she will accept it, letting me off the hook for a shawl out of the rayon-type thread I was originally asked to make. If not, I will create a new post advertising the cowl for sale. I should know on Thursday, when Cathy will have a chance to review the project and decide if she wants it, or not.

The project name Circle In The Sand by Belinda Carlisle – is a selection from my music library.

Working With Rayon

You've Got Your Troubles Shawl
You've Got Your Troubles Shawl
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This is a shawl I am making for a friend of mine, Cathy. I have named this project You’ve Got Your Troubles – by The Fortunes – Shawl. Well, I’ve got mine; That’s how the song goes.

Cathy chose the yarn from one of Newton’s Yarn Country’s parking lot sales before showing me the pattern. Her yarn choice is like a rayon, very slippery. Having worked with rayon before, I did not think much about her choice. Of course, this was before she gave me the pattern she liked. The pattern (The Shawl – Collared Shawl from the book Crochet Your Way by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin) calls for a 70% mohair, 30% silk blend, which might be a lot easier to work with because of the hairs, and crochet hook sizes G, H, I, J & K, beginning with the K.

The first attempt went well from the foundation chain except that using such a large hook with such a fine medium caused the foundation chain stitches to twist on themselves, making stitch identification and consistency difficult. On the third attempt I got the idea to crochet the foundation chain around a length of waste yarn to prevent the stitches from twisting on themselves. This was a very important lesson learned.

I was still struggling with tension, and I think because of that, I kept loosing stitches. I am a counter, but at this point, I am losing patience. I am counting as I crochet, double-checking when I am off. Another lesson I have learned is to count stitches while the project lays flat on a table versus in holding the project in mid-air.

Another problem is the stitch identification. At least three times I have lost stitches on the decrease row. Because the stitching is so loose, it is hard to identify the decrease; add to that the correct replacement of the stitch marker.

Pictured above is the first two rows, crocheted with a K hook. I am about to switch to the J hook and start the first set of decreases. My plan of action is to take my time, perhaps turn off the television and/or the music, so I can concentrate because I already told Cathy if this doesn’t work out, I am going to grab my size 8 steel hook and just improvise something.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassar’s

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars (1 of 15)
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.

Thread Crochet II

Thread Crochet II
Thread Crochet II
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Can you see make out the subject of this antimacassar? This is how far I got after working on this intermittently through the day. I either need to take a little more time or pay more attention to what I am doing. I keep missing stitches, frogging, re-crocheting, etc. There are forty-nine rows in this chart and this marks the halfway point, measuring approximately 5.25 x 7 inches, and about 5.25 hours of work. I will send the specifications to my client and hpefully, this will suffice her curiosity and secure the commission. I do intend to finish this and will post the finished object when done.

Thread Crochet

Thread Crochet
Thread Crochet
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A customer from when I worked at the yarn store put me in contact with a friend of her’s that wants a set of antimacassars. I put this project off long enough because I was not looking forward to working with such small media, but as I progress, I am getting my rhythm back.

I must comment that I am really tiring of creative types and their lack of communication or professionalism. Previously, I had contacted another designer regarding a pattern I had written that similar to the one she had already published. I went to her website and every email address was invalid. I then tried contacting her through Ravelry and still not response. In the end I published my pattern without her blessing. What really struck me was that she is a prominent designer; prominent enough to have a staff to handle her correspondence for her.

My current client sent me the chart for her antimacassars, which included the designer’s name. The client wanted to know the size of the finished object, but it is not printed on the chart. A couple of days ago a light bulb went off and I tried finding the pattern on Ravelry. Eureka! However, the dimensions were not printed. I was able to find out what media was used and the appropriate hook size, so I am now making one of a set of at least eleven in the series just for size. I had the designer forty-eight hours ago and still no reply.

Stay tuned for the finished object.

Madness Mobius: Pattern

Madness Mobius
Madness Mobius
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I don’t know what has been occupying my time, but I finally got around to updating my Madness Mobius Cowl pattern and it is now for sale via the Pattern page or my Ravelry store for the nominal fee of USD $1.00. I even checked the pattern instructions to make sure they made sense. However, if you should encounter any difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Madness Mobius Cowl
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The funny thing is that during the holidays this pattern became pretty popular. I think I sent it out for free at least four times because I had not updated it yet. As I was testing the pattern, I got the urge to make another one, as the pattern is simple, easy, and depending on your cowl circumference, a fast work up.

Madness Mobius Cowl
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The name — Madness by Muse — of this project comes from my music library. Please note the images above reflect a triple-wrap, a double-wrap, and a single-wrap.

Mexican Radio Cowl

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.