Despite rusty counting skills, I finally finished Days Go By Sweater for M. K. Aguilar. I can’t believe how complicated a simple pattern can be. I saw this sweater as I was surfing for a pattern. I immediately loved the Hexagon Sweater at Cozy’s Corner. As it turned out, it is based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sweater, the pattern I never acquired. The first thing that bothered me about the pattern was the neglect that one is crocheting a piece that is “meant” to ripple and curl. Because of this error, I made the pieces twice! I’ll chalk counting errors up to poor health and painful feed.
Anyway, I am finally done and I love it! I might put snaps on, but will wait to talk to the mama. This sweater was made from Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2 % Acetate, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Color: 01009 Soft Blue; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport) with a US F/3.75 mm hook. I want to make one in green and blue stripes next.
The project name – Days Go By by Dirty Vegas – was a random pick from my music library, but is kind of apropos as to the passing of time to birth day.
I kept putting off infant crochet for my future great nephew, and the other day I realized I better start crocheting faster because he is due in January 2018.
I had been wanting to save the Wobbly Squares Blanket pattern for Bunnyland (a project in conception), but thought this would be a good place to try the pattern. OMG! The pattern is so simple and once you understand the repeats, it is not problem. Warning! Keep track, I lost count and almost ended up with a completely lopsided blanket due to wrong stitch counts: 48 on side one, 48 on side 2, 52 on side 3, 52 on side 4. I managed to catch this before the last eight rows and was able to conceal the mistake with only 1 adjustment row.
I had to dig up all my baby yarns and found a box of Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2 % Acrylic, 22.2% Rayon, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Colors: Lemon Custard, White, Blue/Green mix, and Green/Yellow/White mix; Yarn Weight: 3, DK), so I mixed them up and started. Unfortunately, I forgot to include the mint green and baby blue I had, but looking at the blanket now, I think it would have been too much. My afghan measures approximately 32 inches square. I chose not to put a border. Next is a blue and white striped sweater.
Ironically, the project name – Upside Down by Jack Johnson – is appropriate to the pattern, which appears to be v-stitches, but in reality are double-crochet clusters – the Upside Down of v-stitches.
Cast On: May 11, 2016 Cast Off: September 1, 2016 Pattern:The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn Yarn:Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, Light, DK, Light Worsted) Needle: US 6 – 4 mm Dimensions: 33 (W) x 22 (H) inches
This is a gift for my oldest friend: Judy Shigekawa, whom I met in September 1963 in our kindergarten class. We reconnected a couple of years ago at a high school reunion. Her gift choice was a dark gray shawl. I hope she likes it!
While I did use the above pattern, I did add an extra repeat. I am unsure as to whether I had enough yardage for one more pattern repeat.
The project name – Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders – is relative to the pattern name.
and a project name – One In Ten – to honor one of my most favorite bands – 808 State
I’ll admit I was wary of picking up stitches, which I have done incorrectly, but present as as an invisible join…more or less! Even with the fur yarns, I did not have any difficulty finding the stitches to pick up. After about a couple of turns, I have learned how to turn the same way each time. I am not an avid fan of the holes in the turn, preferring a defined ridge decoration.
The good news is that I have already run out of scraps! The bad news, is that I have to start making more light weight stuff for more scraps, as this is a combination of yarn weights 1, 2, and 3 to make a 4 ply yarn to work with. So far I have gotten luck with maintaining an even ply…more or less.
I just now unpacked my purchases from the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl. The first was a Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, DK), purchased at The Purl Side, for a Judy’s xmas gift, which will be The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. Unfortunately, I just noticed I grabbed two different colors of grey. I wanted the darker one. I had bought one and then we went to lunch across the street. During lunch, I thought I should get one more skein to make sure I had enough to make a shawl big enough from the kerchief pattern. I ran back in grabbed – what I thought was the right color – and we headed off to the next store. Now I need to go all the way back to Glendora, after making sure they have the color I need, to make an exchange. Aiyaa!
The second yarn I bought was an indulgence on my part, mostly for the color: Knitted Wit (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino; Yarn Color: Salted Caramel; Yarn Weight: 1, Single Fingering). This was purchased at Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint, after going to Pasadena the wrong month for the Vogue Knitting Live Show. Aiyaa! The good thing is that I have enough to make the Skylark in Wonderland with this. Woohoo!
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.
On da Hook: August 25, 2015 Off da Hook: September 5, 2015 Pattern:Boomerang for Hookers by Gail Hovanec Yarn: Michaels Loops & Threads Luxury Sock Yarn (Fiber Content: 60% Fine Merino Super Wash Wool, 30% Nylon, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 7 Balloons; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering) Hook: US E/4 – 3.5 mm Dimensions: 56 (W) x 14.5 (H) Price: $96.00
I never knitted a boomerang scarf, but it should be just as easy as this pattern, right? I followed this pattern down to the stitch, as I was not sure how my Bar Front Loop Single Crochet would pull the yarn. I used three skeins of the yarn mentioned above to create this scarf, which is I would consider more a shawlette. The yarn has been discontinued, so you would need approximately 688.8 yards to make this project in the same size.
I suppose because I was working with sock yarn, this project seemed interminable. While I am a big fan of orange, I find that I am not crazy about this yarn color or the way it pooled. I named it The Dead Heart – by Midnight Oil – Shawlette to mark the end of my pursuit of someone that I had met and found interesting. The colors reminded me of a sunset also. There was a curl on one end, but I just steamed it out.
Cast On: August 13, 2015 Cast Off: August 14, 2015 Yarn:Noro Taiyo (Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 30% Silk, 15% Wool, 15% Nylon; Yarn Color: 25; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) Needle: US 8 Stitch: Open-Work Mullion Dimensions: 20 (D) x 6 (W) inches
Price: USD $78.00
I was going to use this skein in the Deeper Shade of Soul Afghan, but feeling it was a whole skein while Deeper Shade of Soul is comprised of scraps, I thought otherwise. Being out of gradient yarn of a natural fiber, I decided to make a cowl real quick with this skein of Noro Taiyo. As it turned out there was some excess yarn buried deep inside, so this may or may not be made of a whole skein. Denise had used the open-work mullion stitch for a Noro wrap she had made a while ago. I remembered the stitch and thought it was simple enough that I could whip this up quickly. I cast on 26 stitches for this cowl and just kept knitting until it was gone. Because I did not know how far the yarn would go, I had to knit a piece of fabric and seam it.
I love the colors of Noro yarns. On the negative side was the fiber content – high cotton/silk content did not provide much give – and the differentiating yarn width.
The project – Nepalese Bliss by Irresistible Force came to mind and is a selection from my music library.
Cast On: July 14, 2015 Cast Off: July 23, 2015 Yarn:Rozetti Wicked Fur (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Polyester; Yarn Color: 106 Cheetah; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky) Needle: US 11 Dimensions: 58 (W) x 20 (H) inches, approximate Price: USD $96.00 SOLD
I remember the day this yarn came into the store. I just had to have it, and I even think I persuaded a friend to buy some also. I seem to remember buying two colors, but my financial conscience may have prevented that. This project was made from two skeins, in garter stitch, increasing two stitches at both the beginning and end of each row.
Originally, I had started this long ago and I was going to add a collar in a Lamb’s Pride Bulky (Fiber Content: 85% Wool, 15% Mohair; Yarn Color: 108 Creme; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky). When I took the project off the needles to see the size, it got all messed up and I had to restart. I restarted again and when I got done with the first skein, I wanted to see how big the project was, so I ran a life line. Once again, the lifeline got all mixed up with the stitches and I started again. This time, I just made up my mind to use both skeins, so I would not have to restart a fourth time.
This yarn is so soft and slippery, I just love it! I also like how the colors combine together. The project name – The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens – is an obvious selection from my music library.
Cast On: July 8, 2015 Cast Off: July 14, 2015 Scarf Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Hat Pattern: Modified Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold Yarn A:Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3425 Sparkling Rose, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Scarf Hook: US H/8 – 5 mm Hat Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm Scarf Dimensions: 6 (W) x 58 (L) inches
With approximately 4 skeins left of the Patons Brilliant, I set out to crochet another cowl, but decided in the end to make it a scarf. The scarf is crocheted in the girdle stitch, also known as the moss stitch. My hope was that it would produce a thicker fabric, but with such a big hook it didn’t work.
With some unlabeled yarn left, I started the Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold, which calls for worsted weight yarn. The modification I made was after row 13, where I replaced rows 14-16 with ten rows of front post double crochet, 5 double crochet. After that I did row 17 (single crochet) and then replaced rows 18-21 with five rows of alternating front post double crochet/back post double crochet. The hat fits my 24 inch circumference head tightly, so I presume it will fit most female heads perfectly. The length comes down to just over the top of my ears, so I figure it will fit a female head to halfway over the ear. In other words, a perfect fit. I have had the pattern for so long, but always thought it was too involved to crochet. Now I improvised with a different weight and found the pattern pretty simple. I was prompted to make it as I received the pattern as wrapping on a birthday gift this past weekend at my birthday party.
I still have one skein left; I think I am going to contribute it to my DK weight scraps for a scrapghan in the future.
I had suggested to my sit ‘n’ stitch group – One Skein Short – that we make some scarves, cowls, hats to donate to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship as a thank you for allowing us to meet there. I think I will donate these two pieces as a set.
The project name – Pink Moon by Nick Drake – is a selection from my music library.
2015-08-07: I gave this away to a customer that just bought two of my shawls.