Pepper Cowl

Pepper Cowl

About The Project Name

Pepper by Butthole Surfers is an odd tune, but appropriate for the yarn this cowl is made from, Cayenne. For those even more familiar with the album – ElectricLarryLand – you’ll gain an even greater respect for the way I felt knitting this piece.

About The Yarn

Feza Cayenne

Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 49% Acrylic, 11% Nylon
Yarn Color: 08
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I’ve used this before, when I made I Feel Free…four years ago! When these last two skeins popped up in my stash, I was eager to rid myself of them, especially when I discovered two noticeably different dye lots.

About The Project

Alternating between crochet and knit projects, it was time to knit, despite having attempted previously to crochet something and just not feeling it. Besides, I had crocheted the stuff before.

At first I was going to alternate every two rows. I struggle knitting small objects in-the-round, because I think I am missing the 24-inch cables from my set. Very frustrating. Out of frustration, and in the end, I doubled the yarn cast on enough stitches to span the cable length and set off in a 2×2 rib.

Wanting to be different, on the fourth round I changed it up with a K2TOG, YO, P2TOG, YO. Wanting to be even more different, after another three rows of 2×2 rib, I changed to back loop. Too difficulty and really over it, I left it – evidenced in the photo.

As such, this is a donation to charity. The mistake aside, I pretty much created a faux, twisting cable, bias stitch.

 

Island In The Sun Cowl

Island In The Sun Cowl

About The Project Name

Island In The Sun by Weezer because I had already used Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean, which would have been better because of the yarn color; but, I do like Weezer better.

About The Yarn

Bernat Viva

Fiber Content: 82% Acrylic, 18% Nylon
Yarn Color: 51734 Caribbean
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

It has been so long since I worked with a super bulky yarn that it took a little getting used to again. Considering the short color runs, I am pretty convinced that this would have looked similar knit.

About The Project

I really wanted to knit, but having only one skein (approximately 85 yards), I was restricted to usable items I could knit. I did have a little extra yarn, so I can’t guarantee it as a one skein project. However, I did stop about the same place I began after using my extra due to a knot in the whole skein towards the end.

Additionally, there is too much frustration knitting small items, as I am restricted to 24 inch cables, due to my large hands. I started to knit a medium cowl, but forgot about curling of stockinette, so decided to crochet in stockinette, no curling.

Dimensions: 12 (D) x 8 (H) inches
Price: USD $12.00, less 25% Friends & Family Discount, where applicable

I was going to write a recipe, but just discovered that my stitch is not identified as I thought, and it appears I might have created a new stitch: Single Crochet Stockinette – at least to me!

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Solved

Mystery Achievement Afghan

About The Project Name

Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders was an ideal choice for this mystery that I was able to solve and even write my own mystery.

About The Yarn

Schoeller+Stahl Portofino Soufflé

Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, 20% Nylon
Yarn Colors: 4705 (2 balls), 4724 (7 balls), 4739 (2 balls), 4727 (2 balls)
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

Very pretty colors, but it has a bouclé feel, which gets very old when one has to 🐸, and because I was improvising, on a new technique, I have plenty of opportunity to frustrate myself. I got so frustrated at one point I broke the yarn, 🐸-ing. Grrr!

About The Pattern

The pattern was created in my head, as I crocheted. Until I got a pattern I liked, and then I had to chart a few layers until I was proficient enough to work without them. I was going to write a pattern, but when I realized I would have to include instructions on how to interlock crochet, I decided against it. I was having enough frustration following pattern and frogging bouclé yarn.

About The Project

Dimensions: approximately 36 inches, square
Price: USD $100.00, less 25% friends/family discount, where applicable

If you look closely at the pictures, you might notice the reversed pattern.

I would like to point out that this was crocheted in-the-round, which I challenged myself to learn, as the book I used (Interlocking Crochet: 80 Original Stitch Patterns Plus Techniques and Projects by Tanis Galik) taught only row-by-row.

Mystery Achievement Afghan
Mystery Achievement Afghan designed/crocheted by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

 

Over The Rainbow: Update

Over The Rainbow Shawl

Avoiding the issue for two days, I finally set forth to tinking what I thought would be over two hundred stitches over five rows. Turned out it was only three rows down, having already knocked out two rows while waiting on computer, internet connection and FarmVille.

Yay! I will knock this out after this post and then hopefully knit until I reach the lace section.

Oh, and I have named this project: Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland. Being gay and having named the yarn after me, I couldn’t have thought of a more appropriate name and am lucky that I had not used it already.

The yarn pictured is the yarn I dyed at El Segundo Slipt Stitchers during My First Guild Workshop : Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Bare (Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; Yarn Color: Leonardo; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)

My First Guild Workshop

Adventures In Dyeing

Was made possible by luck.

I did not have the $10 fee back in October when the class was being announced at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers. Fortunately for me and at least one other member, there were enough supplies to participate: A skein of Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Bare (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon) and a mason jar.

I thought I was being clever by folding the hank into the mason jar and applying color on top of each fold; it might have worked better if I had followed the rainbow. Upon completion of the workshop, I was THRILLED with my outcome, née colorway: Leonardo.

When I got home, my impatience got the best of me and I put my yarn in the microwave for three minutes on high to set the color. Guess what? My beautiful orange got muddled with the green above and created a brown…aiyaa! I presume – for ego sake – that had I left the jar in the sun for a week, as instructed, it still would have muddled, but not as much. My other complaint is that the colors don’t seem as saturated now that the yarn has dried. Finally, the outcome is very similar to my Adventures in Dyeing back in May 2015.

Yesterday, I searched for a pattern and could not find one for the amount of yarn I have (462 yards). I am considering purchasing a second skein (Total Yardage: 924), preferring a black/white ombre – make my own? – to alternate with Leonardo. Now that I think about it, maybe I should use a solid with Leonardo, which already is very colorful, reminiscent to me of a garden.

Which color do you think complements Leonardo?

Adventures In Dyeing
Adventures In Dyeing

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

 

Pumped Up Kicks Baby Socks

Pumped Up Kicks Baby Socks

About The Project

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People was an easy project name to apply. I love when that happens. The baby socks are another gift for Mini Mikey. This time I searched for a pattern in fingering weight yarn, and as a bonus I got the right yarn weight and crochet hook this time! 😀

About The Yarn

Bernat Berella Sock & Fingering

Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic; 40% Nylon
Yarn Color: Rose Bud
Yarn Weight: [1, Super Fine*], per the Craft Yarn Council

The yarn label only indicates gauge and suggested needle size: 8 sts = 1″ on No. 3 (3 mm) needles. Ravelry yarn weight system, based on wpi (Wraps per Inch?) is different than the Craft Yarn Council, which I use when yarn information is missing. Add to that my lack of gauging and you have a minor mess on your hands. I will discuss lack of yarn standards in a separate post.

About The Pattern

Free Baby Crochet Pattern – Baby Socks by Heather, Patterns For Crochet

Easy, straightforward and quick work up with absolutely no issues. This time I followed the yarn link to confirm yarn weight before starting.

 

Hand In Glove Baby Mitts

Hand In Glove Baby Mitts

More appropriately…Giant Baby Mitts 😀

About The Project

I always try to associate a song title that has a correlation to the project – sometimes the connection being very thin, or even non-existing. Hand In Glove – by The Smiths – should be obvious, but if it is not, baby > hand > mitts > glove…get it yet? If not, send me a nasty email, commenting how rude I am, and ask me to explain myself. 😀

I really screwed up on this one; thankfully, they are a gift to a family member. 😳

About The Pattern

Baby Mittens – Free Pattern by Mimi is very simple and straightforward pattern. So, how did I screw up so much and end up with giant baby mitts?

Well, upon re-examination of the pattern today, I realize that I did not use the appropriate yarn weight or crochet hook! :O

About The Yarn

Bernat Berella Sock & Fingering

Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic; 40% Nylon
Yarn Color: Rose Bud
Yarn Weight: [1, Super Fine*], per my bible, the Craft Yarn Council

I do not recall how, or from whom I acquired this yarn, but found it kind of splitty. I do like the speckled print.

About The Pattern

Baby Mittens – Free Pattern by Mimi, Crochet and Other Stuff

Simple and straightforward! So…how did I screw up on both the yarn weight and the crochet hook size? As for me: pay attention! As I visual person, I am not much for written detail…my bad!

However, to the author I would like to make the following suggestion:

From this…

Materials:
Cannon crochet cotton size 8, 1 ball white (main color) and scraps of pink (contrasting color)
Crochet hook size: 2.00mm
Gauge: 8 sts and 4 dc rows = 1 inch

to this…

Materials: Cannon crochet cotton size 8, 1 ball white (main color) and scraps of pink (contrasting color)
Crochet Hook Size: 2.00 mm
Gauge: 8 sts and 4 dc rows = 1 inch

* text within brackets supplied by me, Hooker Leo or guess at unknown parameter

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.

Click an image for enlargement / slide show

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.