What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On?

Project 1: Church Of The Poison Mind Stole

About The Project Name

I am trying to do too many things at the same time and I forgot that I had already named this project Miss Chatelaine Stole.

When I finally got to this post, having forgotten I already named this project – I came across my inspiration for this project:

Stole: of a strip of fabric used as an ecclesiastical vestment, worn over the shoulders and hanging down to the knee or below

inspires my desired finished size: 2-3 feet x 5-6 feet

Ecclesiastical: relating to the Christian Church or its clergy

related to the yarn: a chenille and a brushed acrylic in approximately the same colors

Feeling closer to god, I started searching for a name. No songs with the word ecclesiastical in them. Next I searched church and came up with Church of the Poison Mind by Culture Club <3 I liked Miss Chatelaine because I kind of identified with the song, as a tribute to being fully authenticated gay man, however, Church of the Poison Mind is closer to my soul.

About The Yarn

Silk City Fibers 3310 Chenille

Fiber Content: 100% Viscose
Yarn Color: Wild Grass 116
Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine [1]

Shown in the featured picture. The picture also shows my inspiration, but I will need to tweek it to my liking. I also plan on calling the company to see if I can find out the yarn weight classification and maybe even get a hook recommendation from them. The other yarn is

National Spinning Company

Cone ID: Plain
Yarn Content: Unknown, man-made fiber [2]
Yarn Color: Guacamole 759C
Yarn Weight: 0, Lace [3]
Unknown Information: 1/12 SO SOFT D
Lot: 0147900 01

About The Project

Project is inspired by the yarn.

I began this project the morning I returned to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild. I was unable to decide on the yarns I was going to use for this project . This part has been settled.

I am still not sure if this should be crocheted or knitted in stockinette to show off the chenille, but that would require much care while knitting and I have a feeling the yarn will twist coming off a cone. I also want the project to be mindless for portability.

Second guessing myself, I think this project will not be very portable with two skeins and scissors for yarn changing, etc.

This project also marks my first venture into charting a pattern repeat. I will also be writing a pattern.

Church of the Poison Mind Stole
Church of the Poison Mind Stole

Project 2: Strawberry Fields Forever

About The Project Name

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles. Influenced by the yarn color: Strawberry Patch.

About The Yarn

Cascade Tangier

Yarn Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose
Yarn Color: 14 Strawberry Patch
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

About The Pattern

Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime
Easy to follow and clearly written. Have had no problems so far.

About The Project

I am not sure how big/wide this item will be so I am reserving classification until the project is finished. This project was started on the day I renewed my membership with El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild.
Strawberry Field Forever
Strawberry Field Forever

1. Per my judgement

2. Per a burn test

3. Per my judgement

 

Save

Save

No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project Name

No String (I’m Fancy Free) by Ella Fitzgerald, my most favorite vocalist in my lifetime – 54 years. The name correlates to the composition of this shawl by the use of leftovers from previous projects – strings. I know, the title says no strings, but the title also says “fancy free,” which this shawl represents by the use of leftovers to make something “fancy free.”

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project

This represents the first in a series of my crochet crescent shawl development. This one worked out okay, but too angular. An additional problem I encountered was carrying yarn for entire rows and working with different yarn weights: fine to dk. The excessive yarn carrying has cause puckering, which is not noticeable on Mergatroid, my model. My last complaint is that the tips don’t meet in front; I suppose that because of the shape/neckline, which I do like because of the fitting to the neck.

Width: 39 inches
Depth: 35 inches, tip to bottom; 15 inches, neck to bottom

Price: USD $50.00, 25% Friends & Family Discount

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Yarn

There are about four to five yarns that I was unable to identify; at least three of them are natural fibers, per a burn test, though I can’t identify the fibers. Labeled yarns included:

Netwon’s Yarn Country Softball Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: Mikonos
Yarn Weight: 2, Sport

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Brickfielder
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Vanilla Chip
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents
Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering

Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada

Fiber Content: 100% Rayon
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Patons Grace

Fiber Content: 100% Mercerized Cotton
Yarn Color: 60409 Ruby
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

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
© A Hooker’s World

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
© A Hooker’s World

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
© A Hooker’s World

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
© A Hooker’s World

 

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl

I started this project back on March 28, 2017 and just finished today, May 6, 2017. I knew I wanted to make a rectangular shawl and decided to keep it simple using single crochets in combination with treble crochets in a pattern. I also knew I would want to add fringe at either end.

The yarn is was from a cone whose origins are forgotten. Per a burn test the yarn turned out to be a natural fiber. At the time, and based on the texture of the yarn, I was leaning towards cotton/linen in maybe a thread or fingering weight. Now that I have washed it – which I do not recommend for future care – I noticed that my fringe began to felt together despite placing the item in a laundry bag. This plus the texture of the washed yarn, leads me to believe it might be wool now. The yarn bloomed into about a sport/dk weight and is so soft.

The project name – Holiday In Cambodia by The Dead Kennedys – is representative of the colors in the yarn. The measurements of the shawl are 59 (L) x 23 (W); 70 (L), including the fringe. I would like to sell this piece for USD $75.00.

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl
© A Hooker’s World

Last Dance With Mary Jane

Last Dance With Mary Jane

On da Hook: February 10, 2017
Off da Hook: March 27, 2017
Pattern: Erigeneia by Silke Terhorst
Hook: US E – 3.5 mm
Yarn A: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Brickfielder; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn B: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Brickfielder; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn C: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Vanilla Chip; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn D: Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Dimensions: 58 (W) x 27 (D)
Price: USD $300.00

I am so glad to be done with this project: Last Dance With Mary Jane by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I had originally bought this yarn back in 2014 and was going to try and improvise a crochet design along the likes of Merging Ripples Shawl by Kyoko Nakayoshi. I had a hard time getting started and ended up putting the project in hibernation.

Last Dance With Mary Jane
© A Hooker’s World

When I found the pattern, my first thought was the alpaca would be perfect; my only concern being whether or not I had enough yarn. Surely 900 yards would be enough!

Famous last words. My first problem was interpreting the instructions, which I blame for an uneven stitch count encountered after section three. fortunately, there are charts with the pattern, which made the rest of the pattern simpler. The next problem was that I ran out of Yarn A at the last seven double crochets in the second section! I fudged a solution by de-plying a matching acrylic yarn. Next: ! ran out of Yarn B in its second section by one row! Solution: Skipped last row. Lastly, I ran out of yarn before finishing the final row of the border.

Last Dance With Mary Jane
© A Hooker’s World

Last Dance With Mary Jane

Last Dance With Mary Jane

I’ll admit I’ve been dragging my feet with this project since about the third section when I discovered my stitch count was uneven. This is not a good thing for a symmetrical design.

That simple fact is the cause for my delay because in my mind I am dreading the adjustments I will have to make when it comes to the border.

AND I ran out of a yarn color twice now, the first time for 7 double crochets…AIYAA! My solution was to go through my stash and find a matching color. I found – what I would call – a 3-ply acrylic, separated on ply and used that. The second time, I did not have enough to finish the last row of whole section!

Luckily, I managed to fudge the border to make it around the corner…there may be better clientele and the other side of the block. Ha ha ha ha ha!

Last Dance With Mary Jane

Last Dance With Mary Jane

My current project – Last Dance With Mary Jane by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – will be a crochet shawl. Coincidentally, it will be in a similar color way to the Erigeneia (by Silke Terhorst) pattern sample. I was going to break my yarns up by sections, by I want to use it all so I think I will just repeat sections until it is gone, reserving the gradient yarn for the border.

Surprisingly, I am finally using the alpaca yarn I bought back in 2014 when my sit ‘n’ knit group went to Alpacas at Windy Hill to support one of our members:

New Hope Alpacas Suri Fingering; Fleece of Vanilla Chip; 200 yards
New Hope Alpacas Suri Fingering; Fleece of Brickfielder; 200 yards
New Hope Alpacas Suri 2 ply; Fleece of Brickfielder; 200 yards
Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas Fingering; Color: Sweet Onion with Accents; 200 yards

I can’t believe it’s been so long and I am glad to finally have found a crochet pattern for this yarn. I had previously tried to improvise a pattern, but was not happy with my difficulty in maintaining tension with such fine yarn. Today, I seem to have a handle on it. According to the Craft Yarn Council, US hooks B-E are recommended; I am opting for the larger.

I just realized this is my third triangle shawl; I think I will make a concentrated effort to make the next one a crescent or half circle.

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
© A Hooker’s World

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
© A Hooker’s World

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

International Bright Young Thing
© A Hooker’s World

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
© A Hooker’s World

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

On da Hook: December 23, 2016
Off da Hook: January 15, 2017
Pattern: I Say A Little Prayer Shawl by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Hook: US F – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: 56 (W) x 19.5 (D) unblocked; 68 (W) x 23 (D) blocked
Price: USD $95.00

The project name – I Say A Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick – represents my hope that the shawl shape would be what I hoped it would be, and thankfully, I was successful.

This is the first time I have used the Moss/Granite Stitch and the use with this yarn created a fascinating southwestern feel to the woven-like fabric. I tried to use complementary colors from the primary gradient, and think I could have done better, but am happy with my results. My stripes consist of two rows and occur every twelfth row.

Bonus: Discovered that rayon can be blocked!

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

More Prayers Needed For I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

I Say A Little Prayer

Aiyaa! These damn meds are really screwing me up. Even this morning I was having a hard time staying awake. I suppose the I should be grateful the fog cleared enough for me to notice my error. I had to frog eight rows because my symmetry became askew. Two rows down, need to re-crochet six.

I think staying up late watching Grimm and Emerald City did not exactly contribute to focus on my crochet. I blame super hot David Giuntoli, Sasha Roiz and Oliver Jackson Cohen. The good news is that I slept through the night for the first time in over a month…no dreams, nasty or otherwise.

Must crochet faster!