Pineapple Princess Doily

Pineapple Princess Doily
Pineapple Princess Doily
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On da Hook: August 29, 2015
Off da Hook: August 30, 2012
Pattern: Pretty Pineapples by Judy Teague Treece
Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Cotton], Yarn Color: Unknown [White], Yarn Weight: Thread)
Hook: US 7 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 14 inch diameter

A friend asked me to make her a doily to set under the vase on her dining room table. I figured I could whip this up real quick, so I set to crocheting yesterday. Unfortunately, what should have been done in one day took two because of the extreme humidity and heat we have been experiencing; using too small a hook didn’t help. I am not sure what happened – most likely tension – but I am not crazy that the fan tails (the beginning portion, extending from the center; they look smooshed. I am also not crazy about the jog-space in the center. The pattern is well written, but those treble crochet clusters got old fast.

I love pineapples; that’s why I picked this pattern. The project name – Pineapple Princess by Annette Funicello – should be obvious.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Full Set

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Full Set
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Full Set
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On da Hook: March 17, 2015
Off da Hook: July 6, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm

I finally finished and here is the full set that I was commissioned to make. The duration above represents the project time from beginning to end. Each piece can be viewed in its own post: Skull, Rib Cage, Right Humerus, Left Humerus, Right Ulna, Left Ulna, Right Hand, Left Hand. I will be throwing in the extra, practice skull also.

Critically speaking, my tension changed throughout the project, evidenced by a longer right side than left side. Additionally, I wish the side were more straight and there was less rippling on the edges. However, they are hand made and anything handmade is not going to be perfect. Besides, no human body is perfect either.

To reiterate, the project name – Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo – was a selection from my music library.

And for those word/history buffs, Macassar oil was an unguent for the hair commonly used in the early 19th century. An antimacassar was a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Right Hand

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Hand
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Hand
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On da Hook: June 24, 2015
Off da Hook: July 2, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 6 (W) x 10 (H) inches

After a recent 4-day hospitalization, I am glad to return home and only have about half of the last antimacassar to finish. I managed to move the furniture into an accommodating formation to maintain elevation of my leg and finished that right hand this morning.

Next I will sew in the ends; launder, praying the second skull turns white; and iron them. I will photograph all pieces together and post a picture in a separate post.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Right Ulna

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Ulna
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Ulna
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On da Hook: June 3, 2015
Off da Hook: June 4, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 4 (W) x 14.5 (H) inches

Only three more antimacassars to go: Left Ulna, Right Hand and Left Hand.

If you are following this series, you might be interested to know that I decided to wash the yellowed antimacassars in mom’s washing machine on the Whitest Whites setting with bleach and detergent. Despite grabbing the wrong skull…Voila! They are now white. Yay!

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Left Humerus

Dead Man's Party Antimacassar's: Left Humerus
Dead Man's Party Antimacassar's: Left Humerus
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On da Hook: May 29, 2015
Off da Hook: June 2, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 5 (W) x 20 (H) inches

One more bone finished. Next: Right Ulna.

I really don’t want to have to re-crochet the skull and rib cage, so I am going to drench them in bleach and let them line dry. I pray that will solve the color difference.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassars: Right Humerus

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Humerus
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars: Right Humerus
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On da Hook: May 28, 2015
Off da Hook: May 29, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton Size 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White], Yarn Weight: < 0, 10-Count Crochet Thread)
Hook: US 8 – 1.5 mm
Dimensions: 5 (W) x 20 (H) inches

This is the third of eight pieces. I am glad it was so narrow; the crochet went much faster.

Dead Man’s Party Antimacassar’s

Dead Man's Party Antimacassars (1 of 15)
Dead Man's Party Antimacassars (1 of 15)
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On da Hook: January 17, 2015
Off da Hook: Janaury 19, 2015
Pattern: Skeleton Antimacassar by Regina Rioux
Yarn: Department 71 Perle Cotton (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: 0, Size 8 Thread)
Hook: Boye 8
Finished Size: 14 (H) x 5.25 (W) inches

I finally finished piece one of fifteen last night, despite losing two stitches. You might be able to tell by the slight bowing on the sides. I definitely can tell that my tension at the beginning was looser than it was when I finished, but not significantly, just enough that an experienced crocheter would notice. I spent about 14.25 hours making this, but some of that time was spent frogging mistakes.

This was one of the projects about which I was complaining about a couple of days ago. As of this post, I still have not received a reply from Regina regarding finished sizes. That’s why I am not linking to her pattern.

The project name – Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo – is a selection from my music library.

Thread Crochet II

Thread Crochet II
Thread Crochet II
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Can you see make out the subject of this antimacassar? This is how far I got after working on this intermittently through the day. I either need to take a little more time or pay more attention to what I am doing. I keep missing stitches, frogging, re-crocheting, etc. There are forty-nine rows in this chart and this marks the halfway point, measuring approximately 5.25 x 7 inches, and about 5.25 hours of work. I will send the specifications to my client and hpefully, this will suffice her curiosity and secure the commission. I do intend to finish this and will post the finished object when done.

Thread Crochet

Thread Crochet
Thread Crochet
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A customer from when I worked at the yarn store put me in contact with a friend of her’s that wants a set of antimacassars. I put this project off long enough because I was not looking forward to working with such small media, but as I progress, I am getting my rhythm back.

I must comment that I am really tiring of creative types and their lack of communication or professionalism. Previously, I had contacted another designer regarding a pattern I had written that similar to the one she had already published. I went to her website and every email address was invalid. I then tried contacting her through Ravelry and still not response. In the end I published my pattern without her blessing. What really struck me was that she is a prominent designer; prominent enough to have a staff to handle her correspondence for her.

My current client sent me the chart for her antimacassars, which included the designer’s name. The client wanted to know the size of the finished object, but it is not printed on the chart. A couple of days ago a light bulb went off and I tried finding the pattern on Ravelry. Eureka! However, the dimensions were not printed. I was able to find out what media was used and the appropriate hook size, so I am now making one of a set of at least eleven in the series just for size. I had the designer forty-eight hours ago and still no reply.

Stay tuned for the finished object.