Amazing Shawl

Amazing Shawl

About The Name

Amazing by George Michael

The yarn is called Amazing. Click images for enlargement/slide show.

About Amazing Shawl

Care: Machine Wash Cool, Lay Flat to Dry
Dimensions: 40-inch wingspan x 14-inch depth
Value: USD $117.00 – USD $17.00/yarn + $100.00/labor ($10.00/hr)
Price: USD $68.00

I only wish I had more Amazing yarn to make an even more amazing shawl. I improvised the pattern; had I been blessed with more foresight, I would have introduced a lace spine, but calculations were bogging me down.

My only other self-criticism would be the final border, which actually looks fine and actually works. I meant to gradually introduce the seed stitch and then begin the 1 x 1 rib below a five-row seed stitch repeat versus beginning the rib below a one-row seed stitch repeat. Click images for enlargement/slide show.

About The Yarn

Lion Brand Amazing

Color: 211 Strawberry Fields
Content: 53% Wool; 47% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

I knew I was knitting with smaller needles (US 6) when I started and was just too lazy to change to the correct size. I just wanted to start. At first, my tension was way tight, evidenced by cramping fingers. Once I relaxed, I zipped right along. I have finished only one other project as fast: Mojo’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dog Sweater, back in 2011!

Wanting to add something different, and to avoid stockinette curling, I inserted some seed stitch followed, and ending, with one-by-one ribbing. Even though I contradicted my pattern planning, I am extremely happy with the finished project.

Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00

Over The Rainbow Shawl

Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Project Name

Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz

I just watched the video and started crying all over again. This song makes me so emotional for it’s lyrics, melody, performer’s tragic life, and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the results of my own hand-dye job.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Over The Rainbow

Dimensions: 88-inch wingspan x 24-inch height
Price: USD $183.56

This has been quite a process and the race to finish only minorly screwed up my knitting on this shawl, most notably in the lace, which I had to learn how to knit from charts…AIYAA!

At first, the whole shawl was going to be the knit from the Knit Picks yarn, but after only one repeat of lace, I did not like how the lace design got lost in the yarn color. This is a known tenet that I thought might make and exception in my case – apparently not! 😀 At this realization, and after cofirming I could knit the stockinette field ad infinitum as long as I maintained a multiple of six, I decided to use the entire skein of Knit Picks for the stockinette field.

This left me with the dilemma of coming up with a complementary second color. I was fortunate enough to go shopping with Ms. Tia at Jennifer Knits and then to Needlepoints West. At Jennifer Knits, the yarn I loved was a celery but at USD $60.00/skein, that was not going to fly, as I haven’t even sold half of what I’ve made over the years and probably because of that, I am not rich. At Needlepoints West, it was the last skein I saw that fit my desired effect: I had seen the multicolor as a garden – perhaps Munchkinland – and the tonal brown yarn I found would resemble the garden trellis.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Yarn

Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering

Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low
Color: Leonardo
Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: 1, Fingering

Alexandra’s Crafts Black Butte

Care: No laundry care provided; consult a professional dry cleaner
Color: Olive
Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak
Weight: 1, Fingering

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

I have this started as of February 9, 2018. Since then, I was looking for yarn to complement the Universal Yarn Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock yarn I had from my stash. I finally found it, and on sale, at JOANN Fabric and Craft Store: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight. I bought four skeins to match the quantity of Naked Sock I had on hand. After that I started searching for a pattern. I thought I had one selected in Wrap Flower Power by Martina Paulsen, but I was missing the required needle size. Thanks to my Foxy Knits connection, I was able to order the needles without problem.

Somehow I forgot I had selected a pattern and then there was some confusion with the project name. Remembering that I had wanted to develop my half-circle/crescent shaped shawl, I started crocheting with the yarn and that’s how the stitch method and pattern got changed.

It’s coming along nicely.

Telltale Tuesday

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Tale one (pictured above) is that of Two Clouds Above Nine, on which I completed the stockinette field of the shawl, using up the entire skein of Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering yarn I hand-dyed during an El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop.

Now I get to go yarn shopping for the color that will be the lace at the bottom of the shawl. My initial idea is honey-brown, but I am open to what is available at the store.

Tale two is that of Karma Chameleon, a crochet acrylic afghan, whose horizontal strips are now completed, requiring further seaming and tail tucks. I think I will be working further on this project today, hoping to finish and then get started on bag/purse one.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

Ultrasonic Crochet & Knitting

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

This morning, before an ultrasound of my neck and head at 14:20 today, I am trying to find the center ot Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl because I am anal retentive. Ha ha! Seriously, though.

And guess what? I found a dropped stitch. As I was counting I discovered a dropped stitch affecting my stitch count. What I did was to spread the fabric, hoping that I might visually see the dropped stitch. Well, guess what? I found it! And, it was at the beginning of the row, dangerously close to the yarn over border! Phew and a pat on the back.

I know what the ultrasound is for – to confirm papillary thyroid cancer growth on my thyroid…I am pretty sure. My neck could use a scan as well…it is so sore from having to tilt my head up to due to broken office blasses. Aiyaa! They have already been orderad – I am just waiting for them to arrive…hurry…hurry…hurry.

Friday Finale

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Pre-dawn started with some knitting on Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl. This is the first preview of the shawl that is being knitted from my hand-dyed yarn from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop. I am trying to do two rows per day, but might have to increase row count to finish by next month’s guild meeting.

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl
Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

My morning television companion from 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. – Beverly Hillbillies, My Three Sons, and Leave It To Beaver twice – was Karma Chameleon Afghan, a U.F.O. CSNanacat brought to me for finishing. I am doing two strips per day, having completed six with four two go. Then I need to attach the strips and border the afghan.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

Get Off Of My Cloud Shawl

Get Off Of My Cloud

About The Project Name

Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones was inspired by the ribbon used to make this shawl. It could also be a snub to any competing designers, as I managed improvise invisible increases. 😀

Because the yarn manufacturer was unidentifiable, this item qualifies as an ODDBALL.

Dimensions: 36-inch nape / 58-inch wingspan / 16-inch depth
Price: USD $50.00, less 20% environmental donation

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About The Pattern

Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane of Involving The Senses

Clear writing makes this pattern easy to follow. If you follow the link, you see that I took the yoke of the cardigan and converted to a shawl pattern. The reason I liked it was because I though it would consume my last spool of ribbon; if if it did not, I could probably improvise some increase with some help from other knitters.

Shalom Cardigan only includes three pattern repeats. I still had ribbon. So what I did was take the previous increases and increased the stitch number by one. It seemed to work, except for the border, which because of it’s shortness, turned into a mild ruffle, which is okay by me.

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About The Yarn

Care: Consult a dry cleaner
Color: 1304 [Off-White*]
Content: 70% Cotton, 30% Viscose
Weight: Unknown

Get Off Of My Cloud

* Hooker Leo designation due to missing information

 

 

Middle of the Road Shawl

Middle of the Road Shawl

About The Project Name

Middle of the Road by The Pretenders

I just heard it. Pretty much captions my own feelings regarding any emotional growth I might be making.  Middle of the road appropriately captions the past forty-eight hours of computer-generated aggravation u-turning one-hundred-eighty-degrees back to a happy Leo. Finally, it also indicates to me that this shawl appears unfinished.

Because this shawl is made from unidentifiable balls of wool, Middle of the RoadShawl qualifies as an ODDBALL.

Middle of the Road Shawl

About Middle of the Road Shawl

Care: Consult a dry cleaner.
Dimensions: 54 (W) x 24 (D) inches
Price: USD $50.00, 20% of this purchase will be donated to Container Recycling Institute

Middle of the Road Shawl

About The Pattern

Crochet Comfort Shawl by Caron Design Team from Yarnspirations

Easy to follow, however, I am not satisfied with the final shawl shape. As you can see below, the wingspan is not a one-hundred-eighty-degree horizon. To me that would be the ideal shape, which I am visualizing as more trapezoid. There is a chance that I did not follow the pattern correctly, and if it is my mistake, I will admit it in the next post. ?

I will be making a second, practice shawl, whereby I will be adding the missing segment…and I am going to increase the size maintaining the same, or similar, border.

Middle of the Road Shawl

About The Yarn

Unknown Yarn 1

Color: Mint Green*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted

I just found out where the name Mint Green comes from: the color the mint gel turns the mint chip ice cream. ?

Unknown Yarn 2

Color: Sunflower*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per burn Test
Weight: 4, Worsted

Such a happy color.

Unknown Yarn 3

Color: Emerald*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per Burn Test
Weight: 4, Aran

Yarn three – unlike the picture below, which is high in blue – the border yarn is more deep green – green-blue, if you will. And… the yarn is a solid color: the difference you seen below is daylight reflecting of the sheen of the yarn.

* Color names assigned by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label

Like A Prayer Shawl: Work In Progress

Like A Prayer Shawl

About Like A Prayer Shawl

Like A Prayer by Madonna

I think I like “Like A Prayer Shawl” versus ” Like A Prayer Prayer Shawl,” though technically, the latter is probably more correct. What do you think? This ain’t a religious thingy. 😀

So, this is another ODDBALLS project, whose destination – charity donation or Neighbors By Design item – remains unknown at this time. And whose current destination is the WIP  (Work In Progress) shelf because I have not found the right yarn to finish this shawl.

About The Yarn

The yarns pictured were acquired from an ESSS raffle. I was surprised to receive natural fibers.

FibraNatura Naturalin

Care: Wash by hand in cool water. Do not press or iron. Do not bleach.
Additionally, I would include lay flat to dry or even hanging.
Color: TBrown
Fiber Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Linen
Weight: Aran

Technically speaking, this was kinda stiff, and slippery on my metal needles. I had to adjust my tension to work with it – unfortunately for me, tighter. 🙁

Green Yarns

Care: Treat as FibraNatura Naturalin
Color: Well, that would be . . . wait for it . . . Green 😀
Fiber Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Unknown

Again, technically speaking, the greens were a bit rough, at first. I thought it was like a twine, but the strands broke very easily. My first thought is WOOL! Baa! 😀 🙂 Because it was lighter in weight – I’d guess Sport to DK – than the FibraNatura Naturalin, I double-stranded the greens. As I have been handling the yarn I noticed them softening with wear.

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)