Mr. Blue Sky: Ready, Set…

Mr. Blue Sky

…just waiting for the gun to go!

While the yarn was still wet, after dyeing and still in a ball, I started wrapping around my thumb and elbow. That got tiring very fast and I recruited mother to stand in while I wrapped around her spread apart hands. She got tired and I ended up wrapping around the bottom of the dye pot.

I now need a niddy-noddy! 😀

My hank was very small – too small to fit on my swift. Fortunately, I had a coffee can that was the same circumference as the pot. I put the yarn around the pot on the floor and wound it on to the swift. When I came across knots – as this was pieced together from several balls Ana had created for her dye class – I untied them and felted them together. As the yarn was still damp in some spots, I left if on the swift over night with a fan on it.

Today, in an effort to maintain an organized household, I decided to wind Mr. Blue Sky up in a cake. During the process, I had about four to five breaks. I just knotted them – frustrated. I can always try to felt later.

I only used blue food color and I am so happy that I got a lighter shade of blue than expected as I am not a true blue fan. The yarn is from Newton’s Yarn Country and I some of their DK wool.

Mr. Blue Sky: Inception

Newton's Yarn Country DK Wool

Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra has been born with the creation of my first hand dyed ombre yarn. I don’t know what it will be and whether or not I will combine with another yarn for something spectacular, though on its own, I think the shade of blue I obtained is right on! I am not exactly sure of the yarn name, but I think it’s from Newton’s Yarn Country. It is definitely wool, per a burn test , and i think the yarn weight is DK.

Felix The Cat Cowl

Felix The Cat Cowl

About The Project Name

The primary yarn color was labeled Felix, hence the name Felix The Cat by Ann Bennett.

About The Project

I did not have enough of my primary yarn to make anything, so I searched my stash and found some complementary colors.

This project was a difficult start, as I kept making mistakes and could not decided how to proceed: provisional cast on or in-the-round? I finally chose in-the-round, but ended up using the 24-inch cable length that presented minor difficulty manuevering. I would recommend 20-inch cable.

Once I decided on a knit method, I had to decide when to stop; despite my desire to use all the yarn so there would be no leftovers.

The only other critical mistake was in design: my garter edges keep folding in on themselves; I think that is an issue between garter and stockinette transition.

Dimensions: 10 (D) x 12 (H)

Price: USD $188.00, less 25% Friends/Family Discount, where applicable

Felix The Cat Cowl
Felix The Cat Cowl designed and knitted by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World

About The Pattern

Felix The Cat Cowl pattern is available on AHW Patterns Page and AHW Ravelry Store.

About The Yarn

Lucky Lamb Yarn

Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Yarn Color: Felix
Yarn Weight: 3, DK
Yarn Care: handwash cool / lay flat dry

Lana Gatto Feeling

Fiber Content: 70% Merinos Extrafine New Wool, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere
Yarn Color: 12486
Yarn Weight: 3, DK
Yarn Care: Hand Wash, Dry Flat

Universal XF Merino Superwash

Fiber Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino
Yarn Color: Blue-Grey (approximated; unidentified on yarn label)
Yarn Weight: 3, DK
Yarn Care: machine wash – warm, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, do not iron, dryclean – any solvent except trichloroethylene

Felix The Cat Cowl
Felix The Cat Cowl designed & knit by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World

Felix The Cat Cowl: Inception

Felix The Cat Cowl

I feel like the end is near and have developed a desire to crochet/knit all my good yarn before I die because I hate to see it being sold at a yard sale for fifty cents per skein.

Back in 2014 a group of friends and I ventured downtown on public transportation. We lunched at Philippe’s and then ambled over to Gather DTLA to visit another friend.

Downtown Los Angeles Day Trip
L to R: Cherylynn, Barbara, Leo, Cynthia, Cathy

It was in Gather DTLA that I purchased the skein of Lucky Lamb Yarn (multicolored). Had I been more experienced, I would have purchased enough yarn to actually make something. I’ve treasured it over the years more than actually looked for patterns using a small amount (250 yards). Unable to design something on my own back then, I have finally evolved to a level where I can improvise something simple. I was fortunate to find the complimentary solid colors in my stash: Lana Gatto Feeling in rust and Universal XF Merino Superwash in grey.

Unfortunately, I caught a mistake while examining, but it was four rows down and I didn’t want to tink back – I only 🐸 on flat pieces and only when there is no other option. Doubling up, I noticed another mistake in the picture…grrr!

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Smiling Faces Sometimes Baby Blanket

Smiling Faces Sometimes Baby Blanket

About The Project Name

Smiling Faces Sometimes by The Undisputed Truth refers to the fact that I was smiling sometimes – when I figured out why the pattern kept bowing.

About The Project

This project marks the end of my Bernat Baby Coordinates from my stash…finally! The only amount left will be used in a scrap project. I was not sure how big this project would be; I’m glad that it is big enough to be used as something practical. I was prematurely thinking mama could use this as a pad for Mini Mikey due to the thickness created by alternating back and front post double crochets.

About The Pattern

I may write it up, but I am sure there are plenty out there already. I will check and if not, I will write up the pattern now that I know the secret to making this pattern coming out flat.

About The Yarn

Bernat Baby Coordinates

Fiber Content: (75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Acetate, 2.6% Nylon)
Yarn Color: 01012 Iced Mint, 01011 Lemon Custard, White, Blue-Green, Green-Yellow
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

 

Green Light Booties

Green Light Booties

About The Project Name

Green Light by Cory Daye was the name selected for these booties, which were going to be dark/light green striped like the pattern, but for lack of dark green, I used blue.

Green Light Booties
Green Light Booties

About The Project

I hate booties! Especially the sewing of the buttons and more so, the sewing of the snaps on the inside, as the buttons are decorative. These booties are for my future great grand nephew: Michael Kenneth Aguilar, due in January 2018.

I started and had to stop because the written pattern was difficult to follow, missing some instructions. I then searched for another pattern, but kept coming back to this style, which I realized I had made before. However the first set I made were worsted weight yarn, so I contacted the mother of the previous set and asked when the booties fit the children because, as I remember, they did not fit as infants. I never got a reply.

I was then going to use the previous pattern – Crochet wrap around button infant boots- girls and boys by Ashlee Prisbrey – with the dk yarn I had, but was still unsure.

Eventually, I decided to try the video pattern and it was easier to follow.

Green Light Booties

About The Pattern

Crochet Baby Booties – GREEN ZEBRA by Croby Patterns

Written pattern difficult to follow because I think it is missing some instructions. I had a better experience with the video pattern. I did change the HDC cuffs to SC cuffs, and shortened the height because I just wanted to be done.

Green Light Booties
Green Light Booties

About The Yarn

Four Seasons Miami

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton, Mercerized, Singed
Yarn Color: 22
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Nice and shiny, easy to crochet with.

Sirdar Luxury Soft Cotton DK

Fiber Content: 100% Natural Cotton
Yarn Color: 658
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Not a fan due to yarn splitting.

What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On?

I am working on The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette. This shawlette will be made form Arucania Patagonia Nature Cotton in Color: 202.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland ShawletteThe Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

I am really liking the softness of the cotton, combined with the same sensation yesterday working on some Russian Bargello techniques. For my Russian Bargello, I only have 300 mg of cotton: Patons Grace in Color 60409 Ruby , Mondial Cotton Soft Speciale Baby in Color 200 Black, and an unknown cotton left over from Pink Elephant. I am thinking I will use this sample as a pillow cover.

Russian Bargello
Russian Bargello

And I need to find another pattern for Mini Mikey’s booties because the one I was using – “Crochet Baby Booties – GREEN ZEBRA by Croby Patterns” – was poorly written. I thought it seemed familiar to another pattern I had crocheted in the past for Eve’s twins: Crochet wrap around button infant boots- girls and boys by Ashlee Prisbrey. It kills me how people can copy other people’s work; I am highly skeptical that two pattern would be created in the exact same manner. Whatever! I’m not in it.

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No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project Name

No String (I’m Fancy Free) by Ella Fitzgerald, my most favorite vocalist in my lifetime – 54 years. The name correlates to the composition of this shawl by the use of leftovers from previous projects – strings. I know, the title says no strings, but the title also says “fancy free,” which this shawl represents by the use of leftovers to make something “fancy free.”

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project

This represents the first in a series of my crochet crescent shawl development. This one worked out okay, but too angular. An additional problem I encountered was carrying yarn for entire rows and working with different yarn weights: fine to dk. The excessive yarn carrying has cause puckering, which is not noticeable on Mergatroid, my model. My last complaint is that the tips don’t meet in front; I suppose that because of the shape/neckline, which I do like because of the fitting to the neck.

Width: 39 inches
Depth: 35 inches, tip to bottom; 15 inches, neck to bottom

Price: USD $50.00, 25% Friends & Family Discount

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Yarn

There are about four to five yarns that I was unable to identify; at least three of them are natural fibers, per a burn test, though I can’t identify the fibers. Labeled yarns included:

Netwon’s Yarn Country Softball Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: Mikonos
Yarn Weight: 2, Sport

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Brickfielder
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Vanilla Chip
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents
Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering

Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada

Fiber Content: 100% Rayon
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Patons Grace

Fiber Content: 100% Mercerized Cotton
Yarn Color: 60409 Ruby
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

 

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The Circus Baby Blanket

The Circus Baby Blanket

It’s finally done: 225 Motifs plus a border that required turning a total of approximately 320 times…and in plenty of time before the arrival of my great nephew Michael Kenneth Aguilar, due in January 2018. This blanket measures approximately 36 x 36 inches for the motifs only, and approximately 38 x 38 inches including the border.

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About the Pattern

I will be writing this baby blanket up as a pattern that will be available on th e AHW Pattern Page and my Ravelry store. The motifs are based on a video I found, but had to revise to my liking. The border is also a video that I had to modify to my liking and to fit within a ten-stitch space versus the original eighteen-stitch multiple.

About the Yarn

Bernat Baby Coordinates

Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Acetate, 2.6% Nylon
Yarn Color: 01009 Soft Blue, 01012 Iced Mint, 01011 Lemon Custard, and (no yarn label for color number) White
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

So glad to be able to destash! This blanket border might benefit from a yarn that would provide better stitch definition. Definitely a yarn with more body might improve the appearance of the entire blanket.

 

 

When I Come Around Romper

When I Come Around Romper

When I Come Around by Green Day is the name of this project. Ironic because January 2018 is when my great nephew is expected to come around. The other thing I noticed is that the romper is green and the name of the band is Green Day. My romper measures 9 (W) x 14 (H) inches.

About The Pattern

Blue Orchid Baby Romper by Croby Patterns written by Doroteja

While I am not crazy about the trellis top I am glad to finally have found a infant romper for a boy. Either the pattern is written in shorthand or I did not read the entire pattern once again, experiencing difficulty starting each row. The larger sizes are available if you download the PDF, but I don’t trust their PDF method, which is more involved than necessary.

About The Yarn

Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Rayon, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Color: 01012 Iced Mint; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)

I am not crazy about this yarn for the damn pile and that string that runs through the yarn. I have noticed it is easier to crochet with a Susan Bates versus Boye hook. I used a US F/3.75 mm hook. Otherwise, I am glad to have a baby to use this yarn up on.