Oakland Raiders Afghan II

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Back in July 2015, my cousin asked me to make this for his uncle in gratitude for wedding planning. I created the chart and a spreadsheet and crocheted the afghan, finishing in December 2015. However, due to bleach discoloration within the first 10 rows, I had to remake this afghan and I just finished today.

I seriously need to learn how to crochet left handed so, my tapestry pieces will not have a stitch bias/slant. This time around I stranded unused yarn behind the afghan versus cutting my color changes. Turns out I used the same amount of yarn. I found that a little odd, thinking I might use at least on extra skein due to the stranding. Go figure! The most important thing I learned is that I don’t charge enough for my work. I used to base my pricing on 4 x the cost of the yarn, but when the customer chooses the cheapest yarn, I suffer. This entire afghan totaled out at $209.40. Based on this, I am changing my pricing schedule which will reflect the time investment in making such a piece.

I calculated my time crocheting this piece and came out to about 70 hours. At minimum wage, the cost for crochet alone would be $700.00. That does not even include the time it took to make the chart and pattern. Despite possible copyright infringement, I am publishing my pattern for sale, so hopefully, I can make a little income to offset this undercharge. I also feel that people that appreciate handmade items will appreciate the cost increase, adding value to the piece. My friends and family discount of 25% will still apply to all items.

This pattern is available for purchase in my Ravelry Store and on the AHW Patterns Page. See Post: Oakland Raiders Afghan v2 for explanation and valid links.

And because I never get to see the reverse of afghans created via this method, I am including an image of the reverse just for you information…

Oakland Raiders Afghan II Back
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Oakland Raiders II: Half Time

Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
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Despite a couple of debacles yesterday:

  1. spilled coffee on the afghan, which thankfully washed out
  2. issue with row/stitch counts; fortunately only had to undo two rows

This time I am stranding the yarn behind the piece and sewing in ends after each row, so when I am done, I will be done!

I have the chart completed, but lost the stitch counts I had on the chart. Unfortunately, I only have stitch counts up to row 113, so I will have to recount the stitches for rows 114-192.

I am thinking of selling the pattern at different price levels:

  • Minimal Cost for the chart only
  • Increased cost for chart and a color-coded spreadsheet indicating stitch counts
  • Maximum cost for chart with stitch counts, color-coded spreadsheet indicating stitch counts

Not that anyone reads my blog, as evidence by my recent Wave Pattern request for help, but if anyone sees it your input would be greatly appreciated.

Basic Crochet Flower

Basic Crochet Flower
Basic Crochet Flower
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I need space in my filing cabinet, so I decided to reconcile all my printed patterns with my online patterns, get rid of the duplicates, and put the rest into a note book with page protectors. I am such a geek that this task actually brought me some much needed peace of mind after a near tragedy with the Oakland Raiders Afghan.

I don’t know where I got the pattern and there is no copyright warning on it, so I am sharing it with you. So retyped the pattern and created a PDF, which you can download here. Note: The original pattern had not stitch legend and I did not bother to create one, so you need to know simple crochet stitch abbreviations.The pattern I had in my filing cabinet was text only, so I decided to make one real quick to see what it looked like. I kind of like it, as it reminds me of one of my favorite flowers: Hibiscus.

I need to get a new digital camera. I took this picture with my iPad, but can’t correct the yellow enough to mute it. Maybe if I used the HDR function it might have come out better. Tried taking a picture of a ladybug without spots earlier, but could not get good definition, much less find the damn bug through the lens.

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…

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl: Blocked

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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I finally got around to blocking this shawl, after discovering a la a burn test, that the fibers are natural. If you look at my original post, you will note the points are all curled, compared to these images, where the points are laying flat.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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Despite the natural fiber discovery, I am not going to change the price: USD $75.00.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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Sublime iPad Case

Sublime iPad Case

On da Hook: January 22, 2016
Off da Hook: January 22, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0319 Cherry Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0376 Burgundy; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US M – 9.0 mm
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

Mom and dad bought an iPad the other day and I made them a case for it. Each yarn is double stranded for a total of four strands. I purposefully mad the case super thick to protect the case from breakage should it be dropped. Still I told mom she should put a button on it and I could crochet a chain latch to prevent it from falling out through the top.

Project name – Sublime by Supreme Beings of Leisure – is a random selection from my music library.

Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket
Baby Blanket
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On da Hook: January 6, 2016
Off da Hook: January 21, 2016
Pattern: Mayflower Baby Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand
Yarn: Cascade Elysian (Fiber Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 06; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: 31 x 31 inches

Oh whoa! Oh whoa! Oh whoa!

Loved the pattern result. I indicated medium difficulty rating because I am an advance crocheter; Lynette had difficulty with the pattern as a less experienced crocheter. Advise confident knowledge of back/front post construction, which took me a minute to get my stitch count down. The other thing that threw me for a loop was the half double crochets, whose top stitch points left versus double crochet which point right.

Noticed some errors in the copy: Border indicates SC count…should be stitch count. Notified Caron. Once again when it come to the border, my counts got all messed up, so I improvised a border; also because we were not sure we had enough yarn. Commendation to Cascade Yarns for getting back to me within 24 hours; I was right should have read “stitches,” not “single crochet.”

When I calculated 5 skein yardage, I was short. Another visit to the store only produced one more skein and I thought we needed at least two.

Oh well, I am just waiting to hear from the client as to whether she is satisfied and then I will sew in the ends, fluff it and deliver it.

I always try to find a project appropriate song name for my projects, but I my choices are lessening. I named this project after Baby by Justin Bieber. I think I may just start picking song names at random.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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On da Hook: ?
Off da Hook: January 9, 2016
Pattern: Wingspan by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: [unnatural fiber]; Yarn Color: [Red]; Yarn Weight: [3, Double Knitting (DK)])
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: [unnatural fiber]; Yarn Color: [Blue]; Yarn Weight: [3, Double Knitting (DK)])
Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: Neck Width: 11 inches x Cape Width: 66 inches x Cape Wedge Height: 18 inches
Price: USD $ 75.00

I finally got around to converting Maylin’s Wingspan into single crochet. As it turned out I did have my counts right, thought they could always be adjusted to one’s liking; I used the guidelines set forth by Maylin.

A feature that occurred in crochet, which does not present when knitted, is the spines that are created when crocheting the shorted rows. This may make blocking a bit more difficult considering the man-made fibers used to test the conversion. I was just so excited to have finished a long overdue project.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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I had to insert the blue wing because I did not have enough of the red to complete the project in one color. Fortunately, I had a duplicate yarn – at least I think they are the same yarn – in a different color, but the same hue. These two colors remind me of bluejays and robins, hence the name of the shawl – Fly, Robin, Fly – by Silver Convention.

Fly, Robin, Fly Shawl
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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.

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern: Status

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan

Having received so many request to purchase my San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern, I finally set to inquiring with the team regarding sales of my pattern and copyright infringement. Today marks day three that I have contacted them via their website and social media. Not one reply.

My feelings are that if you don’t care enough to address inquiries, you must not mind me selling my pattern of your logo – SILENCE = APPROVAL – a la Judge Judy!

So, as soon as I finish the Oakland Raiders Tapestry Crochet Afghan I am currently working on, I will set forth to publishing my pattern and making it available for sale until such time, I received official legal notification from the San Francisco 49ers to cease and desist.