Oakland Raiders Afghan II

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Back in July 2015, my cousin asked me to make this for his uncle in gratitude for wedding planning. I created the chart and a spreadsheet and crocheted the afghan, finishing in December 2015. However, due to bleach discoloration within the first 10 rows, I had to remake this afghan and I just finished today.

I seriously need to learn how to crochet left handed so, my tapestry pieces will not have a stitch bias/slant. This time around I stranded unused yarn behind the afghan versus cutting my color changes. Turns out I used the same amount of yarn. I found that a little odd, thinking I might use at least on extra skein due to the stranding. Go figure! The most important thing I learned is that I don’t charge enough for my work. I used to base my pricing on 4 x the cost of the yarn, but when the customer chooses the cheapest yarn, I suffer. This entire afghan totaled out at $209.40. Based on this, I am changing my pricing schedule which will reflect the time investment in making such a piece.

I calculated my time crocheting this piece and came out to about 70 hours. At minimum wage, the cost for crochet alone would be $700.00. That does not even include the time it took to make the chart and pattern. Despite possible copyright infringement, I am publishing my pattern for sale, so hopefully, I can make a little income to offset this undercharge. I also feel that people that appreciate handmade items will appreciate the cost increase, adding value to the piece. My friends and family discount of 25% will still apply to all items.

This pattern is available for purchase in my Ravelry Store and on the AHW Patterns Page. See Post: Oakland Raiders Afghan v2 for explanation and valid links.

And because I never get to see the reverse of afghans created via this method, I am including an image of the reverse just for you information…

Oakland Raiders Afghan II Back
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Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket
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On da Hook: January 6, 2016
Off da Hook: January 21, 2016
Pattern: Mayflower Baby Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand
Yarn: Cascade Elysian (Fiber Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 06; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: 31 x 31 inches

Oh whoa! Oh whoa! Oh whoa!

Loved the pattern result. I indicated medium difficulty rating because I am an advance crocheter; Lynette had difficulty with the pattern as a less experienced crocheter. Advise confident knowledge of back/front post construction, which took me a minute to get my stitch count down. The other thing that threw me for a loop was the half double crochets, whose top stitch points left versus double crochet which point right.

Noticed some errors in the copy: Border indicates SC count…should be stitch count. Notified Caron. Once again when it come to the border, my counts got all messed up, so I improvised a border; also because we were not sure we had enough yarn. Commendation to Cascade Yarns for getting back to me within 24 hours; I was right should have read “stitches,” not “single crochet.”

When I calculated 5 skein yardage, I was short. Another visit to the store only produced one more skein and I thought we needed at least two.

Oh well, I am just waiting to hear from the client as to whether she is satisfied and then I will sew in the ends, fluff it and deliver it.

I always try to find a project appropriate song name for my projects, but I my choices are lessening. I named this project after Baby by Justin Bieber. I think I may just start picking song names at random.

Oakland Raiders Afghan

Oakland Raiders Tapestry Afghan
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On da Hook: September 3, 2015
Off da Hook: December 29, 2015
Pattern: Oakland Raiders Tapestry Afghan by Hooker Leo (pending publication)
Yarn A: Michael’s Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01040 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Michael’s Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01005 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn C: Michael’s Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01044 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US H/8 – 5. 00 mm
Dimensions: 4 x 4 Feet Square

The most important thing I have learned from making my second tapestry afghan is that I don’t charge enough! Unfortunately, I have one more already commissioned and I need to re-do this one because of a bleach stain in the black area. The good news: I have sold this one, stain and all.

After all these tapestry afghans are done, I should be able to crochet right-, and left-handed. I am currently practicing by making a scarf with left-handed crochet. I have also taught my self about floating the yarn across the back. Preliminary tests have shown a significant enough vertical dip, which may be caused by additional tension upon that stitch, whereby I was tucking the floating yarn underneath the stitch. I still like cutting my ends, as I think it consumes less yarn. They might not seem as unbearable in the end if I address them as I crochet each row.

Finally, I think I may begin charging for these afghans based on time versus materials. This will greatly increase the cost of making one, which I think is fair considering all the graphic/web design that does into the project in charting a pattern.

Agua de Beber Cowl

Agua de Beber Cowl
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On da Hook: October 6, 2015
Off da Hook: October 6, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Unlabeled Scrap Yarn
Hook: US I/9
Dimensions: 6 (W) x 62 (D) inches

I have been feeling so bogged down and uncreative lately, so I set my mind to it, organized my acrylic stash by color and set to work on this mobius cowl. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not crazy about this project; primarily due to tension. For the feel I like in my crochet, I should have used a bigger hook; this project is just two stiff for me. Secondly, I don’t think I am a fan of mobius cowls anymore because of the twist; however, I am a fan of the construction, which seems more efficient. The project name – Agua de Beber by Antonio Carlos Jobim – is a random selection from my music library.

I decided to donate this cowl to charity.

Electricity Shawl

Electricity Shawl
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I actually started this yesterday: On da Hook: August 22, 2015.

During my search for a single crochet shawl design for Crooked Teeth Shawl, I finally found a crescent-shaped shawl – Desperately Seeking Shallow by Min G. – and since this unknown yarn I had acquired somewhere along the way came up in the rotation of yarns to be used, I started immediately. I was not crazy about the FSC, so I started the old fashioned way but then I was not happy with the edge. Tried again with FSC, but did not like the hanging stitch at the beginning. With magic formula in hand, time to improvise: I incorporated the pattern into the first row, giving a much nicer edge; just could not get the row/stitch count to jive.

And this morning in the middle of farming and my first cup of coffee…power outage!

What to do?

Due to yarn/hook issues yesterday and trying to improvise on the fly, I decided to focus on pattern revisions – row/stitch count. I got it!

ch 14
3 sc in 3rd ch from hook, sc across, 3 sc in last crochet (16)
work in pattern till row 7 (48)

Increase row (row 8)…this puts me one row behind where I am supposed to be in the pattern. Now if I just follow the pattern and keep track of my row counts, I should be done in no time. I was not crazy about the front loop single crochet and tried using my bar front loop single crochet…much better, but time consuming. When I created a worsted weight swatch last night, afghan stitch does provide a nice enough drape.

The name of this shawl Electricity by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark – is reflective of the power outage that occurred today

 

Madness Mobius: Pattern

Madness Mobius
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I don’t know what has been occupying my time, but I finally got around to updating my Madness Mobius Cowl pattern and it is now for sale via the Pattern page or my Ravelry store for the nominal fee of USD $1.00. I even checked the pattern instructions to make sure they made sense. However, if you should encounter any difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Madness Mobius Cowl
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The funny thing is that during the holidays this pattern became pretty popular. I think I sent it out for free at least four times because I had not updated it yet. As I was testing the pattern, I got the urge to make another one, as the pattern is simple, easy, and depending on your cowl circumference, a fast work up.

Madness Mobius Cowl
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The name — Madness by Muse — of this project comes from my music library. Please note the images above reflect a triple-wrap, a double-wrap, and a single-wrap.

Mexican Radio Cowl

On da Hook: December 12, 2014
Off da Hook: December 15, 2014
Hook: US M
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 300 Hepplewhite; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Red Heart Baby Clouds (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9074 Pale Pink; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn C: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 392 Cotton Candy)
Yarn D: Lion Bouclé (Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon; Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn E: Unknown (Color: [Multicolor])
Yarn F: Caron Simply Soft Bouclé (Fiber Content: 99% Acrylic, 1% Polyester; Yarn Color: 0014 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn G: Unknown (Color: [Maroon])
Yarn H: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 322 Baroque)
Yarn I: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 334 Gothic)
Yarn J: Unknown (Color: [Navy Blue])
Yarn K: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky)
Yarn L: Universal Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: 801 Reef; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn M: Lion Brand Homespun Baby (Yarn Color: 169 Soft Lime)
Yarn N: Unknown (Color: [Dark Grey])
Yarn O: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 373 Black)
Yarn P: Unknown (Color: [Pale Pink])
Yarn Q: Unknown (Color: [White or Pale Pink])
Finished Size: 96 x 7 inches

Well, I think I have enough bulky/super bulky yarn left to make a hat and then I am done, until I find more in my yarn stash somewhere. At first I did not think the difference in weights was going to make much difference, but as I progressed, I started double-stranding some of the thinner yarns. Considering this was scrap yarns, I was really liking the way the colors worked together. When I showed it to my mom, she commented that it reminded her of a serape and that’s how the name – Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo – came about.

Because I was trying to exhaust all my bulky/super bulky yarn, this cowl is very long; long enough to wrap three times. I wore it out yesterday – unfinished – because it is so damn cold here in California, and I got a compliment from a lady at Royal Chinese Restaurant, where I dined. I was loving the wrap too. Today in a attempt to use up the Caron Simply Soft Bouclé, I ended up adding about ten more rows and for the life of me, could not get it to wrap the same way as yesterday. Could the addition of inches make that much of a difference? Another thing I noticed today – which was probably a result of excessive fidgeting and different yarn weights – was that the tails kept coming out. Aiyaa! I fixed them, but worry that they will pop out again.

The construction is thirteen single crochet, changing color every row until such time a color was exhausted.

This item is available for purchase at the reduced Price: USD $25.00 OBO, but may end up being donated…unless I can figure out how I got it to wrap so well the first time I wore it.

I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer Infant Afghan

On da Hook: November 22, 2014
Off da Hook: November 22, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US K
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 369 Florida Keys Green; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Finished Size: 28 inch diameter

Almost done with my bulky weight yarn stash, this afghan was made with one skein of each color. I really love the blue and green together.

Construction of this afghan began with a magic loop with yarn A, chain 1, 2 single crochets, 2 half double crochets, 2 double crochets. Yarn B was attached and instructions were repeated. For row two and onward, I simply worked a crochet circle formula in double crochet, increasing every row to the end, alternating between working yarn A and yarn B. The last row of each color (20 stitches) was worked in 20 half double crochets, 20 single crochets, and 20 slip stitches.

I am not sure if I have enough for a matching hat, but am pretty sure I have enough for an infant hat in the same colors.

Price: USD $75.00.

The name of this project – I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer by Deee-Lite – was a selection from my music library.

2014-11-27 Addendum

I did have enough yarn to make a hat, though after reading the pattern carefully, I discovered that the hat I made is for 9-12 months old versus newborn. Grrr!

Rosy Wedding Favor

Rosy Wedding Favor
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My boss at The Knitting Tree, L A had already put me on notice that she would pay me to help her make some favors for her upcoming wedding. Yesterday, she showed me the pattern and I tried to make one. OMG! The pattern she found was just so complicated, especially when you are working on such a small gauge and if I was forced to use that pattern, payment would have been greatly appreciated for all the associated frustration. So I did what I do best: simplified the pattern, which she likes and now that the pattern has been simplified, I must refuse payment. After all they are called favors, right?

I even took my contribution one step further and published the pattern on her invitation design, so that if she wants to, she can distribute the pattern at the wedding. I am even suggesting an impromptu class at the store so that anyone who crochets may assist – the more the merrier and the faster the task can be completed.

My pattern which is as easy as 1-2-3 rounds and does not involve front post crochet. The pattern calls for

  • Universal Uptown Worsted (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 312 Race Car Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • US 8/H – 5 mm hook

The finished object measures approximately 2.5 inches square. This pattern will only be available for free until August 23, 2014, the day of the wedding, so that any friends of the bride may download the pattern and assist with making the favors. The pattern is available on my patterns page. or in my Ravelry store.

PROVISO

  • I condone any realized profit from selling your finished project
  • If you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to this pattern/recipe, so I can send a request to feature your finished object

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Having just finished this project, I realized I needed to update this blog post with the second yarn used:

  • Cascade Hollywood (Fiber Content: 87% Superwash Wool, 10% Acrylic, 3% Polyester; Yarn Color: 11 Ruby; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

We had run out of Universal Uptown Worsted in Race Car Red, so this was the alternate. Out of two skeins of Universal and three skeins of Cascade, I made about 160 Rosy Wedding Favors, approximately 10 more than requested.

Note: I used the same hook for both yarns.

Rosy Wedding Favor
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Goody Two Shoes Baby Booties

Goody Two Shoes Baby Booties
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On da Hook: May 9, 2014
Off da Hook: May 12, 2014
Pattern: Crochet wrap around button infant boots- girls and boys by Ashlee of I’m Topsy Turvy
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9730 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 4)
Hook: Clover G/6 – 3.75 mm

I finally finished them! I am definitely going through a funk. Normally, a project like this would only take a couple of hours at most, but this time it took me three days…at least. I just could not get into the project: changing from a Boye to a Bates to a Clover hook, as one of my primary reasons. I think working at such a tight gauge also threw me off. I am, however, very proud of the finished object. The first time I made these, I fudged up the pattern and counts. This time, despite the counts not being exact, the outcome is much better. I even went as far as to buy the buttons and sew them on!

My friend Eve is having twins: a boy and a girl. In case you can’t tell the difference above, the booties with the scalloped edge are for the girl and the booties with the crab stitch edge are for the boy. The color was one of three requested by the mother. Last I heard, mom was in the hospital, under observation. I need to find out where she is so I can deliver my gift.