On da Hook: December 9, 2016 Off da Hook: December 10, 2016 Pattern:Sonata Shrug By Melissa Mall Yarn:Red Heart Sport (Fiber Content: Acrylic, Yarn Color: 0230 Yellow, Yarn Weight: 3, Sport/Light) Hook: US J – 6.00 mm Dimensions: 32.5 (W) x 20 (H) inches
Having finished another UFO by the name of Crickets Sing For Anamaria, I decided to crochet a gift for my new BFF (best friend forever: Penny). I knew I could kick this out quickly, hoping to see her before I have to return the car. Actually, now that I think of it, I will continue to see her two days a week thanks to my generous cousin, but it’s doubtful I will see Penny on her birthday due to transportation issues.
Anyway, Penny told me her favorite color was yellow. I showed her yarn samples from my stash that I had available and to my surprise she picked the brighter color…YAY! I had done a search online for a shrug pattern, figuring following a pattern would be faster than trying to come up with something out of my head that I would like. I happened to find Sonata Shrug on Ravelry and liked it much. The pattern calls for sock, but I though the sport weight would work well enough. The only thing that might have made it drape more would be a bigger hook – US K – 6.5 mm. Oh well! I still love it.
The project name – Canary In A Coalmine by The Police – correlates to the color.
On da Hook: September 23, 2016 Off da Hook: October 2, 2016 Yarn:Interlacements Rick Rack (Fiber Content: Rayon, Yarn Color: [Lavender], Yarn Weight: 2, Baby / Sport) Hook: F5 – 3.75 mm Project Dimensions: 42 (W) x 11 (D)
So relieved when June told me to make the project smaller. I finished today before becoming too loopy from medication. Glad to be done. I love this yarn: the drape is excellent as well as the colors.
I may be partial to my own crochet, but I think my revised version (right side, worked in the round, no seam) looks nicer: the stitch definition is the same on every row. The yarn used in the revised version is a continuation of the same skein of Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby).
As an observer noted on my Facebook page, I don’t usually use/recommend natural fibers for infant items, because of unknown fiber allergies; these are just samples.
I rephotographed the first one because I had folded the brim wrong. As you can see they are the same size for the most part despite the left one having a 25-stitch circumference and the right one having a 24 stitch circumference.
Once again, no students at my crochet class, so the owner and I got together and came up with an event to introduce me to the store patrons. I will be spending the whole day in the shop and facilitating a charity crochet stash event. All items completed during the day will be donated to Handmade Especially For You, who will be meeting in the store in the evening.
This is one pattern that will be made available to patrons, as well as stash yarn provided by the store in addition to patrons stash and hooks provided on loan by me. I can’t believe this hat [4 (H) x 2.5 (W) inches] would fit a preemie. It looks too small. Additionally, I am not a fan of the pattern, indicating seaming. Seaming may be okay for knitting, but crochet makes seaming senseless. Of course I will redesign.
I used Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby) with an F hook, indicated by the pattern. I love this yarn for its color gradients.
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.
On da Hook: before August 18, 2014 Off da Hook: September 11, 2014 Pattern:Accidents Never Happen Shawlette by Hooker Leo Yarn:Interlacements Rick Rack (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon; Yarn Color: Scottish Lichen; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport) Dimensions: 124 x 13-18 inches (not sure why there is a range; may update after I talk with her again)
The yarn representative for Interlacements asked me to crochet my Accidents Never Happen Shawlette from the Rick Rack. No problem. I just love her. The rest is history.
I believe this shawl is much larger than the one I made from Cascade Heritage Silk Paints, but won’t know for sure until I receive the dimensions from the yarn representative. The construction is Bruges Lace.
As for the yarn, Interlacements is my new favorite yarn manufacturer; the colors combos are divine and I love the fact that they actually name their colors instead of using numbers. By the time I finished this shawl, the beginning end had already begun to soften to a luxurious touch. The nubbies add a beautiful texture and it drapes wonderfully.
As for the pattern: I started to teach a class and discovered some wonkiness in the pattern, so despite the pattern being tested by a friend of a friend, I really need to make another to confirm the instructions are accurate. After making two of these, I have learned some very important tips for making this shawl and will try to incorporate them into the new pattern version.
Yikes! I just caught a big mistake: The name of this project was originally The Adventures of Raindance Maggie by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, but the yarn kept reminding me of water so I changed it to Water from A Vine Leaf by William Orbit.