C’est Si Bon Blocking/Yoga Mat & Carrier

C'est Si Bon Blocking/Yoga Mat & Carrier
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Price: USD $60.00 ($54.00: Yarn + $6.00: Mat) + applicable shipping

So while I was trying to overcome my cough last week, I decided I was feeling bettah and decided to – at least – organize my room. While I was organizing, I found a yoga mat that I had purchased at a yard sale to use for blocking my projects. Needless to say, I am not about to start yoga-ing and I really don’t like blocking. In conjunction with my game plan to attack my stash, I set to creating this carrier. When I tried it on, I slung it over one shoulder, and as you can see in the picture above, Mergatroid was able to drape it across her chest.

Yarn A: Caron Simply Soft (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 0001 White; Yarn Weight: 3), double-stranded with
Yarn B: Lion Brand Fun Fur Prints (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: 206 Confetti; Yarn Weight: 5)
Yarn C: Unknown Eyelash
Yarn D: Unknown Eyelash
Yarn E: Unknown Eyelash
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Mat Dimensions: 68 (length) x 24 (width) x .25 inches (height)
Carrier Dimensions: 21.5 (height) x 5.5 (diameter) inches.

Dislcaimer: The carrier opening has been cinched to prevent stretching, so the mat must be rolled snuggly for insertion.

New Skill: Crochet Afghan Repair

I suspect my boss took this repair into the store, assuming I could fix it. I have been asked before to fix something and ended up re-crocheting the afghan because I could not understand how I could make the repairs, as crochet is done on completed stitches. That seems easy enough, but when I thought about the last (top) row being worked in the the stitches above, I just could not conceive any idea on how to accomplish that.

Well, money is one of my great motivators, especially because I don’t have any. Because I am fond of my bosses for giving me an opportunity for stable employment, I said I would try, but made sure, she knew I wanted premium pricing. The initial repair – the blue section – seemed easy enough and when I got to the big hole, the ease of repair continued, though presented more of a challenge in its approach.

I think we matched the color pretty closely and while I did not perform the puff stitch in the exact same manner, I am proud of my work on this afghan repair. What do you think?

Instant Karma Dog Sweater

Instant Karma Dog Sweater
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On da Hook: April 22, 2014
Off da Hook: April 25, 2014
Pattern: Basic Crochet in Leisure Arts Dog Sweaters to Knit & Crochet by Carol Carvalho
Yarn A: Universal Uptown Worsted; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Pumpkin; Yarn Weight: 4
Yarn B: Feza Zara; Fiber Content: 65% Acrylic, 35% Wool; Yarn Color: 134; Yarn Weight: 4
Hook A: US G
Hook B: US H8 – 5.0 mm

I made this sweater for Mojo so Jacqui would not have to crochet it alone. Based on the perfect fit of the first one I made – The Look of Love Dog Sweater – I did not do a gauge swatch for this one and it came out way bigger than the first one I made for Mojo. I hope Jacqui’s dog sweater fits Kiki.

I must express my dismay with the non-standardization of crochet hooks. The pattern calls for a F (4.0 mm); all my Fs are 3.75 mm. I do own a G hook so I assumed it was a 4.0 mm, but according to Karp Styles a G equals 4.25 mm and a 6 equals 4.0 mm. Very confusing. I wonder how one would go about standardizing this.

I just received an email from Jacqui, who informs me that the sweater fit perfectly!

Bacon & Eggs Scarf

Bacon & Eggs Scarf
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On da Hook: April 14, 2014
Off da Hook: April 15, 2014
Pattern: Bacon and Eggs Scarf by Twinkie Chan
Yarn A: Cascade Cherub Aran Sparkle; Yarn Color: 208 Prune Purple; Fiber Content: 54% Nylon, 42% Acrylic, 4% Metallic; Yarn Weight: 4
Yarn B: Plymouth Encore Worsted; Yarn Color: 0256 Ecru; Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Yarn Weight: 4
Yarn C: Schachenmayr Bravo Worsted; Yarn Color: 08224 White; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Yarn D: Universal Uptown Worsted; Yarn Color: 327 Bright Yellow; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Hook: Bates US H/8 – 5.0 mm
Dimensions: 92 x 4.5 inches

This was made as a sample for The Knitting Tree, L A. It only took two days to make all the components and sew them together. The wording in the pattern was a bit unusual, but easily modified into something I could understand. While I detest sewing components together, this was not so bad. My guess is because the seams are so short and there is not a multitude of components to seam together. The most popular comment at the store was that the eggs look like boobies. WTH? They look like eggs to me and they were fun to make. My bacon differs from the original pattern in that I added an additional two stripes of the darker color for a more balanced piece of bacon.

Caribbean Queen Mobius Cowl

Caribbean Queen Mobius Cowl
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On da Hook: November 21, 2013
Off da Hook: November 26, 2013
Hook: Boye US G/6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn A: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Uknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: 717; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Coats and Clark’s Red Heart Super Fingering (Fiber Content: 100% Virgin Wool; Yarn Color: Green Glacier; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn H: Super Yarn Mart! Mohair-Lon (Fiber Content: 50% Mohair/50% Orlon; Yarn Color: 310 Yellow Gold; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: Width: 7 inches; Diameter: 45 inches; Circumference: 141 inches

I learned a new way to create crochet ribbing at the last guild meeting. While I am not a fan of this new version, I am a fan of the texture the stitching provides. This cowl will serve as a template for a pattern I will write for some yarn I recently purchased at The Knitting Tree L A. The name – Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean – was inspired by the colors and the construction. Below you will find a recipe for cowl construction. Should any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact me.

RECIPE

I used about 1 oz of each color listed above except for the yellow, where an estimation of two ounces is more appropriate since you are using it in two rows.

If memory serves correctly, foundation chain must be odd number for an even number of single crochets around. Foundation chain should be created to desired circumference. In my pattern, I will give exact number for a Mobius this circumference, as this is my desired circumference, enabling the wearer to double it. One of the things I noticed about this design that I did not like was that the row of single crochet on the foundation chain tends to make the Mobius want to fold on itself. My pattern will give provide exact number and hopefully include a video on how to create a double-crochet foundation chain, eliminating one row of work.

Create mobius with slip stitch in bottom of first stitch. Again, I am hoping to provide a video link on how to do this in the pattern.

Alternate front post double crochet and back post double crochet in every stitch around and in every successive row to desired width, closing round with slip stitch in top of beginning chain.

Single crochet final round with color used in last double crochet round.

Third Founder Book Cover

Third Founder Book Cover
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On da Hook: ?
Off da Hook: October 13, 2013
Pattern: Third Founder Book Cover by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Red Heart Super Saver (Black)
Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Spring Green)
Hook: US I – 5.5 mm

Third Founder's Book Cover
source: Andrew B

A very good – and now old – friend of mine asked if I could crochet a book cover for his bible: Alcoholics Anonymous. It took me a while to find the book in my parent’s house, and once secured, I procrastinated due to being overwhelmed with class handouts and samples. Anyway, I finally set to making it and finished the first one in one day. However, the first one had a narrower flap on the inside book cover and did not fit to my liking. So about two days before the Off da Hook date, I started another. This one fits much better.

I am going to send both to my friend, affectionately known as The Third Founder. I hope he likes one of the two. My irrational fear is that everyone in his group will want one and I will become overwhelmed with order. From my keyboard to God’s eyes.

I heard back from my friend. My book cover was not pretty enough! Figures. And why was the yarn so crunchy and thick? I explained that as a template, I like to use my cheap acrylic stuff, as well as a Big Book should be used daily, therefore, requiring a heavy duty cover. As it turns out, my friend sent me his book cover which inspired his request. Apparently, the person that made his first one used a DK weight yarn with sparkledies – not captured in image – and it was fitted. Excuse me! 😀

As I am so busy with all my other projects and teaching, I left the project alone. I might come back some day in the future just to see if I can design a similar book over, but the blue on pictured seems more of a challenge because it looks like it is crocheted from the center out.

My pattern is available for purchase on my patterns page which you can access by following the link above. While I condone your profit from making my pattern, I do ask that you do not copy my pattern for dissemination among your friends, though if you are a true Friend of Bill’s, this statement becomes moot. Besides, there is no way for me to police this; all I can do is ask. However, I don’t think USD $5.00 is an exorbitant fee for a book cover pattern that may be customized to protect your bible! Finally, if you grace me with a purchase of this pattern, and you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to the pattern, so that I can send you a request to feature your finished object.

Happy hooking!

The Knitting Tree Pillow

The Knitting Tree Pillow
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On da Hook: September 9, 2013
Off da Hook: October 6, 2013
Pattern: The Knitting Tree by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Cascade 220 Heathers (9599 Savanna)
Yarn B: Universal Deluxe Superwash (728 Pulp)
Hook: US H – 5.0 mm
Dimensions: 12-inch square

This is my store sample for the tapestry crochet class I will begin teaching this month at The Knitting Tree L A. Had I been more attentive when making my yarn choices, I would have chosen two colors by the same manufacturer. I say this because it wasn’t until I started that I realized how much thinner/stretchy the Universal yarn was than the Cascade yarn. As such, I was not able to carry my colors because the first stitch in the lighter color never appeared proper. Therefore, while you can’t see them, there are a gazillion ends behind that fabric.

Pattern Proviso

The pattern is available on my patterns page, which may be accessed from the navigation menu at top or by following the pattern link. While I condone your profit from making this pillow, I do ask that you do not copy the pattern and disseminate among your friends, as I don’t think USD $2.50 is an exorbitant fee for a crochet pattern. As with all my patterns, if you maintain a presence on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking to the pattern, so I can contact you and feature your project on the pattern page.

Happy hooking!

I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf

I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf
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On da Hook: Don’t remember
Off da Hook: July 20, 2013
Recipe: I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Salsa (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Hook: US I – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: Forgot to measure before donating

I obtained this yarn for free from Peggy. I just love the color and I thought it would make a nice scarf. I was going to make it longer, but at the guild meeting this past weekend I discovered that there are no size restrictions, so ended it before joining a third skein, sewed in the ends, had Parmesaner (isn’t she a cutie-patootie?) model it for me and turned it in as a donation to Handmade Especially For You. I really like this scarf. I wish I could wear one, but with my heat sensitivity issues, it would not be so pretty for so long.

Due to our – what I presume to be – fake mutual crushes, I chose to name the project I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos.

 

 

3×5 Camera Case

3x5 Camera Case
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On da Hook: July 4, 2013
Off da Hook: July 4, 2013
Recipe: 3×5 Camera Case by Hooker Leo
Hook: US 0 – 2.55 mm
Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: Case: 2.75 x 4 inches; Strap: 34.75 inches from join to join

My friend in South Beach always posts photos of the old neighborhood and I often find myself getting homesick. There are so many interesting things to snap a picture of while out driving around my local neighborhood. Now I will be able to share with my good ol’ friends back home. YAY!

Inspired by BananaKnits, I finally set to creating a case for my camera so that I can have it readily available when necessary.  This is a recipe for you to make a case for that item you keep misplacing, but like to have handy at any given time. As I write this, I really need to make one for my television remote control, as I am always accusing Mojo (my pet dog) of hiding if from me, in an attempt to receive more scruffies. The yarn I used is of unknown fiber content. I am approximating the yarn weight: 1: sock, fingering, baby.

The recipe name – “3×5” by John Mayer – is a random selection from my music library, not any way related to the size of the case, though now that I think about it, 3×5 is a standard photo size, and quite possibly a recipe card size.

 

 

Grannypalooza

Grannypalooza
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I think even non crocheters have heard of granny squares, maybe even granny hexagons, but have you ever seen a granny pentagon? Granny triangle? Or the ever-elusive granny circle? No, I do not mean a circle mandala.

Granny squares are what I learned from my grandmother as a child. She later taught me how to put them together, but I don’t actually remember finishing a project – well, at least there is no evidence. Since the good ol’ days, I have learned how to make other granny shape motifs: triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon and even a circle, perfecting the technique for a cleanier and more finished look to each motif.

Because the granny motif is crocheted in the round, they can be any size you desire, and due to their size flexibility, a motif be made big enough to serve as an afghan…two could be made large enough to cover a pillow form…a friend of mine seamed two triangles to make a poncho…the possibilities are endless.

I put together a handout for my crochet classes at The Knitting Tree L A and as I am trying to update A Hooker’s World, I thought I would make this handout available for the nominal fee of USD $1.00. All shapes are included in this document. The pattern for all granny motif may only be purchased on my patterns page, as it does not conform to Ravelry database standards. This is more of an instructional document; I am not suggesting any specific yarn, as the motifs can be made from anything. I do suggest that whatever yarn you are going to use, you use the appropriate hook size for the yarn of your choice.

Proviso

  • I condone any realized profit from selling your finished project
  • I am available via email regarding any questions that may arise