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 am really loving the colors on this mid-riff shawl. I would have made it longer, but the back is approximately twice the length of the sides due to a mistake in construction. Despite the mistake, I like the lay of the shawl on the shoulders, contouring the natural shape of ones neck, shoulders and back. This shawl was made from some gradient yarn (D & F) gifted to me by an old acquaintance a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Much to my surprise some, the yarn F turned out to be something extra special, and that is provided I have the identification correct. Yarn D also turned out to be a natural fiber yarn, per a burn test. The solids I had purchased a long time ago for a Create Your Own Knitted Shawl Class I had taken; I never finished that shawl. I also was not crazy about the back loop single crochet at the beginning, but began to like it as I progress.
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: September 29, 2013 Cast Off: November 18, 2014 Pattern:Orange Crush Shawl by Allison Harding Needle: US 7 Yarn:Cascade Heritage Silk (Fiber Content: 85% Merino, 15% Silk; Yarn Color: 5641 Mango; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering) Finished Size: 61 x 11 inches (aggressively blocked)
Named after the song by the same name – Orange Crush by R.E.M. – it seems like a lifetime ago when I started this. I had received a prize at The Knitting Tree, L A Cascade Yarn Tasting even in September 2013. I set to work on the shawl immediately, but after a while, the lace and fine yarn weight got old, and I put it in hibernation. I was not happy that the pattern did not indicate how much yarn should be left to knit the border. My boss, at the time, suggested leaving one ounce. Looking at the yarn specifications now, that can’t be right, and I don’t remember the specified weight on the digital scale I used.
When I picked up the project again, I was still trying to get to one ounce. When I finally reached that amount, I began the ending border. Well, after about three tries, I kept ending up with an extra stitch after row two, and more importantly: the knitting direction was counter-intuitive to the border/body attachment instructions. I even had at least three more knowledgeable knitters try it with the same results.
I finally decided to contact the designer via Ravelry. She did not reply. Bad form!
Subsequently, I wrote Cascade Yarns and received a fix withing 48 hours. Now that’s a yarn company I can support. Unfortunately, I cannot speak favorably regarding the yarn. Even before I finished the project, haloing had begun on the beginning border. I find the halo unattractive, more like lint or pilling.
Cast On: October 3, 2014 Cast Off: October 5, 2014 Yarn:Shibui Silk Cloud (Fiber Content: 60% Kid Mohair, 40% Silk; Yarn Color: Watermelon; Yarn Weight: 0, Lace) Needle: US 13 Pattern: 1 x 1 Rib Dimensions: 4.5 x 66 inches (unblocked)
As Annette cleaned out the office to make room for more yarn at The Knitting Tree, L A, she was also cleaning up her project cue and gave me this cake of Shibui Silk Cloud. I had been very attracted to this yarn and was very gracious for the opportunity to finally work with it, so I decided to gift it back to the store and kick of the charity drive Annette is conducting during the month of October and November to knit/crochet items for donation to an abused women’s shelter.
I just love the color of this yarn. I used the yarn double-stranded and still the scarf is feather-weight. This could be due to the size 13 needles I decided to use. I did make a mistake which I wanted to fix and despite the big needle size, the hair still caught on each other, but with a little perseverance and patience, I managed to get back to the hole, fix it and resume.
The name – Wave by Oscar Peterson – is a random selection from my music library.
Here is another version of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Wrap, this time made with Schoppel-Wolle’s IN Silk (Fiber Content: 75% Merino Wool, 25% Silk; Yarn Color: 6683 Celery; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted). I think the inclusion of the silk lends a lightness to the finished wrap. The primary difference between this version and the acrylic version is the length and design, measuring 74 (length) x 26 (widest width) inches, and the absence of the slip stitch section and the final treble crochet border at the widest edge. The final treble crochet border would have caused me to break into a fourth skein and being financially challenged, $23.60 per skein did not seem worth it, as most of the skein would have been unused. Perhaps if I had crocheted the wrap with a tighter tension, I would have had enough for the treble crochet border, but I wanted more drape to the piece so I opted for a loose tension.
A special thanks to my model: Ellen, who is impervious to camera shame, a master crocheter and excellent knitter.
The pattern is written as an recipe to accommodate easy adjustment for width and includes instructions for the acrylic version as well, which includes the final treble crochet border and the slip stitch section. I intentionally left of the slip stitch section on the final version because other than acting as added weight and length, the eyelets were hardly visible and the construction a challenging. The pattern may be purchased from my patterns page or from my Ravelry store.
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Inspired by Stephen West’s Color Craving, I am in the process of designing a similar garment. Today I finished version one, crocheted with Caron Simply Soft (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9730 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 4) while at my Wednesday Morning Knitters group. After it was done I consulted Yarns from the Southland, who shared with me how she wears Stephen’s Color Craving, sparking two new design elements, one which I was able to improvise while I was still at The Knitting Tree L A.
However, the general consensus was that my template must be wider, which could be achieved with a fiber that can be blocked. Then there is the dilemma of which yarn to use. I have my eye on Schoppel-Wolle’s IN Silk (Fiber Content: 75% Merino Wool, 25% Silk) for it’s lightness. As for color: I am not sure whether to color block the garment or stick with one color. My choices for IN Silk are heavily leaning toward a Yarn Color: 6683 Celery/Yarn Color: 4193 Navy or Yarn Color: 9220 Grey Light Heather/Yarn Color: 9680 Grey Dark Heather combination. Then there is the MadelineTosh Vintage (Fiber Content: 100% superwash merino wool; Yarn Color: Torchere; Yarn Weight: 4), which I love and is available in the store, though I would really like to use Yarn Color: Neon Peach, but that colorway would have to be ordered.
I am not including any pictures yet because I don’t want anyone stealing my idea. You might have noticed that I did not identify the project type, which I am viewing as added security. As it is, I think I can append the suggested design elements and then there is the problem of buying enough yarn in the same dye lot to complete the final design. Stay tuned!