Amazing Shawl

Amazing Shawl

About The Name

Amazing by George Michael

The yarn is called Amazing. Click images for enlargement/slide show.

About Amazing Shawl

Care: Machine Wash Cool, Lay Flat to Dry
Dimensions: 40-inch wingspan x 14-inch depth
Value: USD $117.00 – USD $17.00/yarn + $100.00/labor ($10.00/hr)
Price: USD $68.00

I only wish I had more Amazing yarn to make an even more amazing shawl. I improvised the pattern; had I been blessed with more foresight, I would have introduced a lace spine, but calculations were bogging me down.

My only other self-criticism would be the final border, which actually looks fine and actually works. I meant to gradually introduce the seed stitch and then begin the 1 x 1 rib below a five-row seed stitch repeat versus beginning the rib below a one-row seed stitch repeat. Click images for enlargement/slide show.

About The Yarn

Lion Brand Amazing

Color: 211 Strawberry Fields
Content: 53% Wool; 47% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

I knew I was knitting with smaller needles (US 6) when I started and was just too lazy to change to the correct size. I just wanted to start. At first, my tension was way tight, evidenced by cramping fingers. Once I relaxed, I zipped right along. I have finished only one other project as fast: Mojo’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dog Sweater, back in 2011!

Wanting to add something different, and to avoid stockinette curling, I inserted some seed stitch followed, and ending, with one-by-one ribbing. Even though I contradicted my pattern planning, I am extremely happy with the finished project.

Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00
Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | $68.00

Over The Rainbow Shawl

Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Project Name

Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz

I just watched the video and started crying all over again. This song makes me so emotional for it’s lyrics, melody, performer’s tragic life, and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the results of my own hand-dye job.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Over The Rainbow

Dimensions: 88-inch wingspan x 24-inch height
Price: USD $183.56

This has been quite a process and the race to finish only minorly screwed up my knitting on this shawl, most notably in the lace, which I had to learn how to knit from charts…AIYAA!

At first, the whole shawl was going to be the knit from the Knit Picks yarn, but after only one repeat of lace, I did not like how the lace design got lost in the yarn color. This is a known tenet that I thought might make and exception in my case – apparently not! 😀 At this realization, and after cofirming I could knit the stockinette field ad infinitum as long as I maintained a multiple of six, I decided to use the entire skein of Knit Picks for the stockinette field.

This left me with the dilemma of coming up with a complementary second color. I was fortunate enough to go shopping with Ms. Tia at Jennifer Knits and then to Needlepoints West. At Jennifer Knits, the yarn I loved was a celery but at USD $60.00/skein, that was not going to fly, as I haven’t even sold half of what I’ve made over the years and probably because of that, I am not rich. At Needlepoints West, it was the last skein I saw that fit my desired effect: I had seen the multicolor as a garden – perhaps Munchkinland – and the tonal brown yarn I found would resemble the garden trellis.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Yarn

Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering

Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low
Color: Leonardo
Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: 1, Fingering

Alexandra’s Crafts Black Butte

Care: No laundry care provided; consult a professional dry cleaner
Color: Olive
Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak
Weight: 1, Fingering

Telltale Tuesday

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

Tale one (pictured above) is that of Two Clouds Above Nine, on which I completed the stockinette field of the shawl, using up the entire skein of Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering yarn I hand-dyed during an El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop.

Now I get to go yarn shopping for the color that will be the lace at the bottom of the shawl. My initial idea is honey-brown, but I am open to what is available at the store.

Tale two is that of Karma Chameleon, a crochet acrylic afghan, whose horizontal strips are now completed, requiring further seaming and tail tucks. I think I will be working further on this project today, hoping to finish and then get started on bag/purse one.

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan

Island In The Sun Cowl

Island In The Sun Cowl

About The Project Name

Island In The Sun by Weezer because I had already used Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean, which would have been better because of the yarn color; but, I do like Weezer better.

About The Yarn

Bernat Viva

Fiber Content: 82% Acrylic, 18% Nylon
Yarn Color: 51734 Caribbean
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

It has been so long since I worked with a super bulky yarn that it took a little getting used to again. Considering the short color runs, I am pretty convinced that this would have looked similar knit.

About The Project

I really wanted to knit, but having only one skein (approximately 85 yards), I was restricted to usable items I could knit. I did have a little extra yarn, so I can’t guarantee it as a one skein project. However, I did stop about the same place I began after using my extra due to a knot in the whole skein towards the end.

Additionally, there is too much frustration knitting small items, as I am restricted to 24 inch cables, due to my large hands. I started to knit a medium cowl, but forgot about curling of stockinette, so decided to crochet in stockinette, no curling.

Dimensions: 12 (D) x 8 (H) inches
Price: USD $12.00, less 25% Friends & Family Discount, where applicable

I was going to write a recipe, but just discovered that my stitch is not identified as I thought, and it appears I might have created a new stitch: Single Crochet Stockinette – at least to me!

International Bright Young Thing

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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Spirit In The Sky Cowl: Do-Over One

Spirit In The Sky Cowl
Spirit In The Sky Cowl
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I started this cowl with Cat Bordhi’s mobius cast on and knitted almost one hank of Newton’s Yarn Country Spirit before I noticed – or forgot – that only half of the cowl would be in stockinette. As such, the height of the cowl was less than desired due to the slight curl going from stockinette to garter. I attempted to undo the cast one, but encountered difficulty and ended up frogging the whole cowl.

I shortened my new cast on by 10 stitches and thought a stockinette would look nice with this ribbon yarn. Now I am noticing how the stockinette is curling vertically – I was under the impression that stockinette only curled horizontally. I am going to do a 2 x 2 rib, but didn’t want to be accountable for maintaining stitch counts. I think I will continue with the stockinette, as I have two hanks, which should compensate for the curling.

Spirit In The Sky Cowl
Detail
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A-Tisket, A-Tasket Kerchief

A-Tisket, A-Tasket Kerchief

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Cast On: July 23, 2015
Cast Off: August 1, 2015
Yarn A: Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 10320 Cherished Lavender, Yarn Weight: 4, Acrylic)
Yarn B: Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 11420 Pretty Baby, Yarn Weight: 4, Acrylic)
Needle: US 8
Project Dimensions: 44 (W) x 21.5 (L) inches

I encountered this pattern at the Slipstitch going out of business sale and bought the two skeins necessary for the pattern. I could not believe I had found a pattern for the garter ridge design element I had been trying to replicate on my own. Very easy pattern. I thought it was going to require much notation, but I was wrong as I was able to memorize the pattern quickly. I obviously am a loose knitter, as I ran out of Yarn A, about 25 stitches before the end. I grabbed something from my stash to finish that row and the color difference is hardly noticeable as it is right next to a color change from Yarn A to Yarn B.

Patons Canadiana is a nice worsted acrylic yarn, minus the cut in ply I encountered and which is present on the front of the garment. I might try to fine tune it by pulling the stray ply threads to the back, but I am sure they will eventually work their way back to the front again.

This is an xmas gift for a friend of mine that is ALWAYS cold. Now, she’ll have no excuse. The name of the project – A-Tisket, A-Tasket by Ella Fitzgerald – came to mind from the colors, which reminded me of an Easter basket.