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

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

International Bright Young Thing
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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
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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!

Project Change

I blame my meds and poor lighting for the constant fuck ups on International Bright Young Thing. It is simple knit: only garter, six increases every other row, three on each side. Yet I keep getting uneven stitch counts on either side. Aiyaa!

Maybe it’s time to do some crochet on I Say A Little Prayer. I am using – what I have come discover is called – Moss Stitch, also known as Granite Stitch, and I am loving it. It reminds me of knitted linen stitch, but much faster. By chance I happened to check inside the cone to see if I had stored the yarn label in there..voila! The yarn I am using is Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon).

I Say A Little Prayer
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International Bright Young Thing: Inception

International Bright Young Thing
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Now that Over The Rainbow has been forced into hibernation due to broken needles, I am ready to begin International Bright Young Thing, a knitted shawl.

DoubtThe project was inspired by the color of the yarn matching the color of Jesus Jones’s album Doubt.

Pattern: Drachenschwanzschal “Summerfeeling” by Monika Cyrol

Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [natural fiber, per burn test]). In its natural state, it appear like a dk cotton, but once I cast on, I could feel an elasticity and it feels like polyester. Anyway, I started on US 6 needles because I thought it was a dk weight. it would be light enough for the airy shawl design…wish I had some beads for weight.

Because I am not familiar with the pattern, this will be my home pattern for right now. I think the pattern will be easy to memorize and I should be able to move along quickly.

I noticed an error in the first row and contacted the pattern writer. I was shocked that despite her inability to knit at present, she corrected her PDf and sent me notification. Very impressive!

Over The Rainbow: Hibernating

Over The Rainbow
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Now that I have been forced into retirement, I can finally be anal about my blog posting, as I have plenty of time now…and I am loving ever moment despite the interruptions that might occur. Like broken needles, forcing Over the Rainbow into hibernation until I can get new ones. An email inquiry has already been sent to my vendor, FoxyKnits. I am await a reply.

Because I have more time, I have time for ultrasounds of the baby before it is done. I don’t remember how I acquired this yarn: Universal Yarns Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock (93% Acrylic, 7% PBT [is that peanut butter and tuna? Eek! acually…] Polybutylene terephthalate), but it is perfect for 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport as I can just keep knitting until I have no more and I think approximately 940 yards on size US 4 needles should be enough for a decent neck/shoulder accessory…definitely enough for a nice facial accent with its bright colors. The yarn is soft and I think I am detecting a bit of elasticity.

The name Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland is an obvious complement to the color of the yarn, technically: 101 Trapeze.

Magic Carpet Ride Shawl

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I have so much stash yarn and sometimes I start going through it all and find odds and ends that I think might look good together and wind them up into a ball. This is one that popped up recently and having also recently learned that it was a “magic ball,” my interest was spurred to make something with it.

Some of the known name brands include:

  • Ironstone Bouquet of Colors Brushed Mohair (Yarn Color: Earthenware/9; Fiber Content: 78% Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% Nylon; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Metallic; Yarn Color: 5 Blue Silver; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
  • Trendsetter Aura (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: [Grey]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Ice Yarn Eyelash Trawl (Fiber Content: 37% Acrylic, 60% Polyester, 3% Lurex; Yarn Color: Pink, Blue, Orange; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
  • Universal Yarn Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: Reef 801; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)

A second stroke of good luck was encountering this pattern – Wise Hilda’s Basic Triangle Shawl; ©2010, Kate Atherley – which I would love to make with my Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool; Yarn Colors: K4001 [Color: Celery] & K2389 [Color: Coffee]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK); I just need to work on the stripe math.

My Project

Dimensions: 62 (w) x 66 (H) [Unblocked; May be tension blocked and remeasured in future post] on US 10 needles.

Name: Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf: because of the “magic…” tu sabes!

Price: USD $100.00 | Friends/Family Price: USD $75.00

I know I have another “magic ball” around here somewhere, but I have so much other stuff to be finishing and learning and patterning…aiyaa!

 

Brass In Pocket Shawl

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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.

American Pie Shawl

On da Hook: May 27, 2016
Off da Hook: June 11, 2016

American Pie Shawl
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Pattern: Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern by Kara Gunza
Hook: US F/3.75 mm

This pattern is very easy; one of those mindless crochet projects that works up very quickly because of a simple 2 row repeat that is easy to remember.

American Pie Shawl
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Yarn: Universal Cotton Supreme DK
Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color A: 701 White
Yarn Color B: 713 Hot Pink
Yarn Color C: 723 Silken
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

This yarn is so soft and buttery, reminding me of corn silk. Working with cotton always presents the same challenge for me: tension, especially when the cotton is being used for a garment on which you want a drape.

When I was a kid, I had a set of Pentel markers – the big one with 64 or more colors. Anyway, I remember one color called Carmine; maybe that’s where my love of flamingos was conceived. The hot pink in the attached pictures is not a true accurate representation of the color, but that’s how my eye wants to see it. Either way, I think I got luck with my color choices.

American Pie Shawl
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The name of this project – American Pie by Don McLean – was originally a twist on my first pi project, where the digits of pi would determine the stripe pattern. My mistake was to interpret the digits as repeats, which was entirely unnecessary. As such the last three color changes are inaccurate and represent the last of the yarn I had purchased.

American Pie Shawl
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I love the texture this stitch pattern creates and the cotton really picks it up and shows it off well.

American Pie Shawl
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Dimensions: 50 (W) x 23 (H) inches
Price: USD $96.00

American Pie Shawl
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