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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Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

About Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

Price: USD $120.00, less 25% Friends/Family Discount
Finished Size:
  110 (L) x 11 (D, at deepest point)
Fiber Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose

About The Project Name

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles relates to the colorway of the yarn, Cascade Tangier Strawberry Patch, with honorable mention: Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime.

About The Project

I think the repetitiveness of the pattern actually helped my tendonitis. I noticed – for the first time – my right knitting hand needle hitting my left hand middle knuckle on the purl, which kinda ouched! 🤕 It’s always something… 😆

I saw how the designer blocked to the curve. I chose to block straight because I hate pin-blocking. Once again, I demonstrate my own poor-boy blocking method:

I especially liked the ones with the wheelbarrow and dolly photo bomb…imaginations of my hunky farmer husband working out in the fields/barn while I knit, cook and clean at home. 😇

About The Yarn

Cascade Tangier (Fiber Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose; Yarn Color: 14 Strawberry Patch; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

Before I start this section, let me take a look at the pictures I captured…

The color/sheen seems gone after delicate hand-washing and sun-weight blocking. Of course the featured photo has been color enhanced; all other photos are only color corrected.

I suppose I am just too tired to be even typing right now…upon second review after color correction, the colors appear more muted in daylight than they probably would inside the warm ambiance of my orange room. The colorway just reminded me of the succulent that inspired me to purchase this colorway. Ha! I am even impressed with my styling, how the two angles juxtapose over the chest.

About The Pattern

Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime

As much as those p2tog tbls were a pain in the neck, I thought the designer took excellent notes for her pattern. I think I only found one thing that I might correct, but just did through my own experience, which seems to be increasing. I do have questions, though, about stitch choices.

Easy to follow. Repetitive. Quick knit.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

About The Project

Dimensions: 56 (W) x 13 (D) inches
Price: USD $100.00, 25% discount for family/friends

It’s a miracle I had enough yarn for this project and that it came out to a decent size because not until I finished did I realize the yarn I used was bulky, not worsted. I knitted the project on US 8 needles because I thought the yarn was worsted weight. I 💚 this project.

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

About The Project Name

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland by The B-52’s relates to the color of this shawl.

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

About The Pattern

Garden View Shawlette by Tracey Withanee

💚💚💚 Easy to follow, by the middle section I was on auto-pilot, which of course caused a few row tinks and stitch adjustments.

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

About The Yarn

Arucania Patagonia Nature Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: 202
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

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

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket

About The Project

I happened across this pattern while browsing Ravelry and the picture looked good – visual eye candy! When I glanced at the pattern, I found it simple enough and I had been itchin’ to knit.

Yikes! Knitting aggravates the tendonitis in my right middle and lower knuckles. Aiyaa!

About The Project Name

I was so pleased to learn I had misnamed Pink Fluffy Clouds Cocoon/Hat; because now I could more appropriately name this project Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb, which even ties into the yarn I used for this project!

About The Yarn

Red Heart Rainbow Clouds

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Color: 9010 Pastels
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

About The Pattern

Chunky Alpaca Baby Jacket by Michelle Lewis

Calls for Chunky Alpaca, so I was a little worried, but figured at one point in his short infancy, he will have at least one opportunity when this jacket will fit him. The pattern is very simple; I followed it from her web page on my iPad. The sleeves were a little tricky, until I figured out the magic loop – on my own I might add. 👏

Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket
Little Fluffy Clouds Baby Jacket knit by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World

Ain’t That A Kick In The Head Shawl

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl

Craving to make a crescent shaped shawl, I found Terribly Simple pattern by Caitlin French and started May 6, 2017. The pattern is terribly simple and I did get a crescent-shaped shawl, but not exactly a crescent on July 23, 2017.

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl
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I used Netwon’s Yarn Country Softball Cotton (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: Mikonos; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport). I noticed earlier some puckering of the fabric, thinking it was yarn related as the cotton seems pretty stiff. I think laundering will soften the cotton which came on a cone and probably has some manufacturing chemical on it that removed softness for process and winding. Finally, I hope that laundering might increase the hue of the color, which are too muted for my tastes.

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl
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The name of this project is a play on the irony of my unequal desire to make a crescent shawl and the ease of the pattern. However, I have looked at the other shawls made with this pattern and none of them have the hump at the neck. This is the second time I have made a shawl by pattern and ended up with the hump when none of the pattern pictures had one. What the heck?

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl
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This shawl is for sale in the amount of USD $75.00, less 25% discount for friends/family.

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl
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Green Onions

Green Onions

On da Hook: March 6, 2017
Off da Hook: March 15, 2017
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10.5
Yarn A: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31016; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31009; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 60 (L) x 3 (W)
Price: USD $20.00

As I ran out of green yarn first, I decided to name this project in its honor: Green Onions by Booker T. & The MGs. This was made from my leftovers from Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Cowl, which I am loving for its softness and warmth. Had I thought about it sooner, I could have made a matching scarf for Mojo, but it is too long now…add another project to my never-ending queue…ha ha ha ha ha!

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Cast On: February 10, 2017
Bind Off: March 5, 2017
Pattern: Garter Stitch
Needle Size: US 6
Yarn A: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31016; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31009; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 23 (C) x 12 (W)

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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I am a big fan of pink and green together, which always reminds me of spring; hence the project name – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most by Ella Fitzgerald, and apparently, formerly known as Message of Love. I was pleased when this yarn showed up next in my stash for processing, despite the bouclé texture, which I knew would be necessary to knit. That is why I chose mindless garter, alternating colors every two rows. This was my television project.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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The yarn is so soft and cushy, as I was working with it I was thinking of making if for myself, as I am always cold and have discovered that the key to my warmth is shielding my neck from the cold. Even though this project turned out to be for me, Mojo’s magical fibers of joy and love still annoyed me and attacked my project, but I think I got them all.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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I did not plan ahead, so I had to seam this project, but I think I did a good job, as it is almost invisible, except for the bulkier texture which can be detected by touch. This is also the first time that I have chosen to make a more cozy cowl, previously opting for longer circumferences with more drape and ability to wrap multiple times.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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I still have some yarn left, so now the dilemma is do I knit something else or stash away for a scrapghan? I was thinking of trying to knit the yarn on a bigger needle (US 11?) to see if I could get a scarf out of it.

Message of Love

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Unable to work on crochet in the evening, I started a new mindless project for night knitting while watching television: Message of Love (by The Pretenders) Cowl.

I was totally surprised to learn that this bulky-looking yarn only calls for a US 6 needle, but it seems to be knitting up fine despite the knobbiness of the yarn of which I am not a fan. My experience has taught me that most textured yarns are best used in knitting versus crochet, as one is working with live stitches versus working in existing stitches, which can be difficult to identify in crochet.

I started on straight needles, but will switch to circulars, as the length of the straights is a little encumbering.

International Bright Young Thing

International Bright Young Thing

Start Date: January 9, 2017
Finish Date: February 10, 2017
Yarn: Natural Fiber (per burn test)
Pattern: 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport
Needles: US 6
Dimensions: 60 (W) x 25 (D)
Price: USD $80.00

About two days ago, I only had one row and the bind off to do, but fell ill, finishing yesterday. Today I only had to block and was lucky enough to get photos before the rain came down. So, officially, International Bright Young Thing – by Jesus Jones – is finished.

International Bright Young Thing
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Immediately, I knew the stockinette with purl ridges was going to be the best stitch pattern for this yarn. As easy as this pattern was to follow, I still had several screw ups related to extra yarn overs on the purl side.

International Bright Young Thing
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In essence, I Say A Little Prayer Shawl is the crochet version of International Bright Young Thing.

International Bright Young Thing
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As for the yarn, I think I received it from an old acquaintance. It was nice to work with except for the tendency to split. This combined with the dark color was a little annoying, but I set up a light by my bed that helped me to knit better while watching television at night.

International Bright Young Thing
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Project Change

I blame my meds and poor lighting for the constant fuck ups on International Bright Young Thing. It is simple knit: only garter, six increases every other row, three on each side. Yet I keep getting uneven stitch counts on either side. Aiyaa!

Maybe it’s time to do some crochet on I Say A Little Prayer. I am using – what I have come discover is called – Moss Stitch, also known as Granite Stitch, and I am loving it. It reminds me of knitted linen stitch, but much faster. By chance I happened to check inside the cone to see if I had stored the yarn label in there..voila! The yarn I am using is Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon).

I Say A Little Prayer
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