OMG! I can’t believe how wonderful The Testing Pool. The Testing Pool is a Ravelry group I joined. It is for pattern writers to get their patterns tested, edited by volunteers. The people I have worked with, so far, have been so helpful.
I had two testers for Hefflumps & Woozles: wilmaelee & kbowman123. I only have permission to use one image right now, which is the featured image of this post.
I will be performing all edits on the pattern over the weekend and it should be available on Monday.
I love Ravelry, but not their yarn weight determination system. Though as I write this, I think it may be very handy when a yarn weight is unknown. Ravelry’s yarn weight system is based on WPI (wraps per inch). Now that I have learned how this correlates to yarn weight I have a better understanding and will definitely use this when the yarn weight is not clearly identified on the label or that information is missing.
The tool I use most often is the Craft Yarn Council‘s chart, but I can already see how it is not useful in helping determining the weight of a yarn; unlike the WPI method, one must know or have an idea of what yarn weight one is using.
How do you like that? In the matter of minutes, I have finally cleared up this issue for me.
I knew there was something I was missing. WHAT IS THE DIAMETER OF THE TOOL USED IN MEASURING WPI? There must be a standard. I have seen images of wrapping around a pencil, a tool (standardized), but in reality the diameter of the measuring instrument makes a difference in the wrap count. I should look into a WPI tool.
Aiyaa! Ravelry removed my pattern from their database for the following reason:
Unacceptable standalone chart. NOT “original” art which is what’s required for these types of patterns.
My first argument is why the fuck does Ravelry care? My best guess is that they may be liable for selling the pattern.
Okay, so I removed the chart and I am resubmitting the pattern, which you should be able to buy in my Ravelry Store; I have not updated the pattern on my patterns page, which does include the offending chart. Because the chart has been removed, I am reducing the Ravelry Store Price:USD $5.00.
Even when mistakes are made, the thread of destiny is ever-present.
These started out as a store sample – commissioned by my boss: “Annette” – for Cascade Fixation (Fiber Content: 98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic; Yarn Color: 9245; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) and pattern: Basic Crochet Bikini. I chose to make the pattern for the smallest cup size: A. The pattern called for Crochet Hook: B/1 – 2.25 mm and Patons Grace Yarn, but the Fixation called for crochet hook: F/5 – 3.75. I started using the hook the pattern called for, but found it a little challenging using a smaller hook with the Fixation and the “branches” (affectionate term for customers, mostly female) at The Knitting Tree L A kept commenting that the cup was looking too small, so I switched to the larger hook. Being a homosexual, I don’t have much experience with breasts or cup sizes. 🙂
After switching to the larger hook, the branches kept commenting that the cup size was not accurate, so I did some errata investigation. I could not find any, but did find a bigger and much more detailed picture on Ravelry that indicated I was crocheting with the wrong orientation. The pattern does not clearly indicate this; I have commented on the pattern, but never heard back from AllFreeCrochet.com. That problem solved, I set forth, but for some reason experienced difficulty with my counting and had to restart at least two times.
In the meantime, a young, beautiful friend of mine from the store said whe would model the bikini upon completion, but A cups were not going to “be big enough for her girls,” so I changed to C cups and restarted again. Upon completion, the branches of “The Tree” told me that the C cup looked more like a D cup. Aiyaa! I proceeded to make the second cup, as I had not seen my model lately and she would be the ultimate decider. After finishing the second cup with the same majority opinion, no one was a fan of the pointed cup – a la Madonna’s cone bra from Vogue.
During one of Annette’s sillier moments she discovered another use for the huge cup: a baby bonnet for the gangsta baby who resides in the store. As an exclamation point on the story of these baby bonnets, I decided to name them after Blame It On The Bossa Nova by Annette Funicello.
I think I may still attempt to make the bikini, but will have to work out that point or find someone that likes it!
On da Hook: May 6, 2014 Off da Hook: May 7, 2014 Pattern: When I Think Of You Scarf by Hooker Leo (In Development) Yarn A:Be Sweet Bambino Taffy (Fiber Content: 70% Organically Grown Cotton/30% Bamboo; Yarn Color: 883 Spearmint Gum; Yarn Weight: 4) Yarn B: Be Sweet Bambino Taffy (Fiber Content: 70% Organically Grown Cotton/30% Bamboo; Yarn Color: 881 Salt Water Taffy; Yarn Weight: 4) Hook: Bates US G/6 – 4.0 mm Dimensions: 86 x 5 inches
I was so excited when I learned that the Skacel Zauberball Crazy yarn had come in, so Lenora and I could begin the updated Convergence sweater pattern pictured in the 2013 Crochet Special Collector’s Issue of Vogue Knitting. My excitement was quickly quelled when a phone call from Min indicated that she was going to make it as well, leaving only two balls left. I suppose I could start, as more yarn has been ordered, but I was really excited to begin my first top/sweater.
So, I started looking through the Rowan and Berroco books for a crochet pattern I could make as a store sample. I was sadly disappointed that the Rowan books only had knitting patterns. It’s not that I can’t knit, but as the crochet instructor at the store, I have to represent. The Berroco books were ideal as they explicitly indicated whether the item pictured was crocheted or knitted, saving time of perusing each pattern for determination. I am writing both company’s with my opinions.
Finally, Bruce suggested something out of the Be Sweet Bambino, which has just been marked down 25%. I had just seen the Mitered Squares Scarf by Annette Petavy on Ravelry and knowing I could make that without purchasing the pattern, I set to designing. Allow me to comment on the Be Sweet yarn at this point. It is a nice cotton/bamboo blend with – what one might describe as soutache – plied together. I am not an organic type of person, so I find the price point for the yarn to be exorbitant. I used the Bambino Taffy which is comprised of five colors that are tied/knotted – yes, knotted – together. Coincidentally, my pattern works out so that there is enough of each color within the skein for a single square.
The pattern includes my color scheme if you wish to duplicate the scarf pictured. Lenora prompted me to write up the pattern quickly, so she could purchase it for her daughter, who like Be Sweet yarn. While writing it up, I thought: “Why not ask her daughter to test the pattern and give it to her for free?” That is my plan and I’m sticking to it. I am awaiting confirmation from the daughter to test the pattern. Once it has been tested, I will make it available in the patterns section and on Ravelry.
This filet crochet scarf is based on a 4 x 3 grid: each square is 4 double crochet wide and 3 chain high. The design was improvised, and therefore, very simple. The scarf was made as a donation to Handmade Especially For You.
This pattern was previously available for free since it was published in January 2013. Now you can purchase the pattern for the mere price of USD $2.50. You may purchase the pattern by navigating to my patterns page or by visiting Ravelry. Despite offering the pattern for free, for over a year, there is no official tester of the pattern, so I make myself available for technical support. I can be reached via email or Ravelry message. As with all my patterns:
I condone any realized profit from selling your finished object
I ask that you do not duplicate or copy the pattern for dissemination amongst your friends
If you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to this pattern, so I can send a request to feature your finished object
As you can see from the image above, you will achieve a different finished object depending on the color runs in the yarn. I find both very attractive.
With the rebranding of Off da Hook Designs to A Hooker’s World, I have made some changes and one particular change is that the pattern for How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf is no longer available for free. The pattern is available for purchase in the AHW Store or in my Ravelry Store or by following the link above to the patterns page. As with all my patterns:
I condone any realized profit from selling your finished project
I ask that you do not duplicate or copy the pattern for dissemination among your friends, as $1.00 is a nominal fee
If you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to this recipe, so I can send a request to feature your finished object
The second scarf picture above is called Jean Genie by David Bowie, made from Newton’s Yarn Country Kroy Pencil Roving (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted); and the third scarf pictured is September by Earth, Wind & Fire, made from Universal Classic Shades (Fiber Content: 70& Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: Sundown – 706; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted). The second scarf is for sale: Price: USD $90.00.
The Silver Lining: I am forced to rebrand, review and update all my patterns. The original post for this afghan, had wrong pattern instructions. I have rewritten the pattern into a recipe and will continue to offer it and future recipes for free.
Recipe improvements include a condensation of the pattern into a pattern repeats for – what I believe to be – easier pattern instruction and generalized materials information to encourage project creativity. Actually, I suppose this is more of a crochet stitch recipe for a reversible, puffy texture.
As with all my recipes:
I condone any profit you realize from selling your finished project
I condone duplication/copy of the recipe for dissemination among your friends
I would appreciate your linking your project to this recipe on Ravelry, where I can be found as HookerLeo, so I can feature your finished object on the recipe page
The recipe may be obtained by following the recipe link above or on Ravelry.
On da Hook: October 17, 2013 Off da Hook: February 4, 2014 Pattern:Accidents Never Happen Shawlette by Hooker Leo Yarn:Cascade Heritage Silk Paints; Yarn Color: 9942 Misty Blue; Fiber Content: 85% Merino Superwash Wool, 15% Mulberry Silk; Yarn Weight: 1 Hook: Boye E/4 – 3.5 mm Dimensions: 92 x 18 inches
In one of the CrochetMe eNewsletters I received they were talking about Bruges Lace. I had never heard of it. Because there were basic instructions and I love a challenge, when I saw the picture of Lily Chin’s Swan Lake Shawl, I knew I could improvise a shawl and set to crocheting. I tried contacting Lily at least three times because I wanted like to write up the pattern and didn’t want to step on any toes. Twice my email was returned undeliverable and to date, I have not received a reply from her Ravelry group. Because I didn’t know how to proceed, I emailed my fiber-godmothers for their opinion, but they also have not replied.
This shawlette is very simple to crochet, as you are repeating one section. The difficulty for me – as I was creating this shawlette – was determining the connection points and curves. As such, the project name – Accidents Never Happen by Blondie – is tongue in cheek because, of course, there were accidents.
After much labor and revision, I think I boiled the pattern down to simple terminology. Because the pattern has not yet been tested, I am making myself available for questions regarding the pattern and have included contact information in the pattern. Once the pattern has an official tester, the contact information will be removed, but I will continue to be available.
The pattern will also be available for purchase during Yarn Crawl LA at The Knitting Tree L A, but at a retail price. The advantage of buying the pattern in the store is that the yarn used in the pattern will also be available in different colors and I will be there to answer any questions.
As with ALL my patterns, while I condone you selling your finished project, I do ask that you do not duplicate or copy the pattern for dissemination among your friends. I have no way to police this, so you are on your honor, but I don’t think USD $1.00 is an exorbitant cost, considering I am not a professional pattern writer and I provide technical support at no additional cost.
Finally, should you deiced to honor me with a purchase, I would love to feature your finished project on Ravelry where I can be found as HookerLeo or simply send me an email.