Loss Versus Profit

Yard Sale Profits
Yard Sale Profits
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Mom had a yard sale today. I decided to try one more time to sell my wireless Mac keyboard and mouse. No sooner had I put it out there and I sold it, albeit at a reduced price of USD $20 from USD $35.

I then decided I might as well try and sell my crochet/knit items. Well, today must’ve been my lucky day because I sold the items pictured above: Sunflower Hat & Cocoon at a reduced price of USD $5 from USD $50; Second Hand Rose Shawl at a reduced price of USD $10 from USD $90; Mexican Radio Cowl for $5; and C’est Si Bon Blocking/Yoga Mat & Carrier at a reduced price of USD $10 from USD $60. I even made a contact with a neighbor for whom I would create fabric for her to use to yarn-bomb some trees! All in all, I can’t complain. All items were made from scrap yarn I obtained from other fiber artists.

This hooker and his dog are going to eat high on the hog tonight! We are already thinking Carnitas Tacos from El Abajeno. Mmm, mmm, mmm!

Again And Again Hats

Cast On: May 8, 2014
Cast Off: May 16, 2018
Pattern A: Seed Stitch Beanie by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

Yarn A: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 149 Silver Grey?; Yarn Weight: 4)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 151 Charcoal Grey; Yarn Weight: 4)

Pattern B: Ribbed Beanie by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 151 Charcoal Grey; Yarn Weight: 4)

I was given this project by the store owner, for a customer who’s daughter had purchased the supplies, but decided not to make the hats for her and her boyfriend. I will admit that I was not a happy hooker when I received this assignment and to be rigorously honest, I entered “angry knitting” mode. Angry knitting was explained to me by a child that came into the store one day with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When I asked her what angry knitting was, she explained that her stitches were too tight. I have expanded on that definition: focused and intent knitting on a project that is challenging when you would rather be crocheting.

The patterns were well written and the hats worked in the round, an added benefit because I dislike seaming knitting. I am not a fan of DPNs, preferring a couple of circulars instead, but even this proved difficult towards the end of the first hat. On the second, I found an extra set of circulars on the table and borrowed them. Using three circulars versus two made finishing the second hat a little easier. I was asked to make the hats based on the larger size (21 inch circumference): the first one slide right over my head, which leads me to believe my tension was too loose; the second actually grips the head, so I think my tension improved.

I am glad to be done and think this is the last time I will knit something in the round. My index fingers hurt and the tightening of the stitches as the circle closes is not a fun experience, especially when you are trying to knit three together. I am glad that I got over my knitting dislike which resulted from a dropped stitch in my Black And White Cowl, which is a currently hibernating template for the Happy Cowl. I still have to finish the Orange Crush Shawl and a knitting blank, which now I wish I had crocheted versus knitting. Doh! Having done a little yarn reorganization, I also have sorted my novelty yarns from my Japanese grandmother by color and they are just waiting to become scarves, wraps, cowls, shawls…easy stuff. But all knitting will go on hold again, as I complete the Ballet-Neck Tee from Vogue Knitting Crochet Special Collector’s Edition magazine.

Rapper’s Delight Hat

Rapper's Delight Hat
Rapper's Delight Hat
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I finally finished my hat! This – Vintage Inspired Crocheted Hat by Annette Corsino – was the free crochet pattern that The Knitting Tree L A was giving away during Yarn Crawl LA. Prior to the yarn crawl, I had tried on the hat – designed by Annette Corsino – and was so impressed by how it looked on me and the fit, that I had to splurge on the MadelineTosh Chunky and make one for myself. The original is made with two colors: Mustard & Black. I knew my primary color was going to be orange (Yarn Color: Citrus), but kept wavering between a deep dark blue and an espresso brown for the second color. In the end I decided to stick with one color, for a cheaper hat. The brim still needs to be blocked, but I just love it!

Purple Rain Cocoon/Hat

Purple Rain Coccon-Hat
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Start Date: August 28, 2011
End Date: September 15, 2011
Needle: 10.5 US
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester Yarn Color: Barrington, Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Coccon Pattern: ODH Designs
Hat Pattern: Perfect Fit Baby Hat by Ruth’s Hands
Dimensions: approximately 16-inch diameter x 23-inch length

Having crocheted Sunflower Cocoon/Hat, I thought it would be neat to knit one. Thanks to SarahBea for lending me some 10.5 US Circulars. Going by the dimensions of the Sunflower, I was surprised that this one came out two inches wider. It is shorter by one inch because I ran out of Barrington.

Price: USD $50.00

Cocoon Recipe

German Cast on 53 stitches on each of two 10.5 circular needles
Knit all for 17 inches

Decrease*
Row 1: K2TOG at beginning and middle of each needle
Alt Row: Knit All
*My decrease measures 5 inches. I think I decreased from 53 stitches to 29 stitches.

Seam
I closed my cocoon with the Kitchener Stitch.

Opening Border
HDC in each picked up stitch along the border and repeat for total of three rows