The Adventures or Raindance Maggie Ballet Neck Tee

The Adventures of Raindance Maggie Ballet Neck Tee
The Adventures of Raindance Maggie Ballet Neck Tee
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On da Hook: ?
Off da Hook: September 12, 2014
Pattern: Ballet Neck Tee from Vogue Knitting Crochet 2014 Special Collector’s Issue
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy (Fiber Content: 75% Virgin Wool, 25% Nylon; Yarn Color: 1701 Papagei; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Size: Small

I am finally done! I saw this in the magazine and wanted to make as a store sample. I had to wait for the yarn. By the time the yarn came in, Ms. Stewart saw it and wanted to make it also. Since she was a customer, she got first dips on the yarn when it arrived and I had to wait for a second shipment. This is a store sample.

At the beginning I found the pattern tedious, especially the slip stitching across the entire row. It was not until I had done it once that I discovered an easier option was single crochet. By the time I got to the back panel, I was very comfortable with the pattern, despite having to frog the second half due to a missed row of double crochet. I also experience stitch count errors with the front, which did not present themselves on the back panel.

As I completed the project, I began to wonder: was the yarn made specifically for this pattern or is it just a coincidence that the colors line up so well? Perhaps if I took the time to read the whole article – provided there was one – I might know the answer to the question.

The name of my project – The Adventures of Raindance Maggie by The Red Hot Chili Peppers – was borrowed from Water From A Vine Leaf Shawl, whose name was changed to more accurately match the colorway.

The Adventures of Raindance Maggie Ballet Neck Tee
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Again And Again Hats

Cast On: May 8, 2014
Cast Off: May 16, 2018
Pattern A: Seed Stitch Beanie by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

Yarn A: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 149 Silver Grey?; Yarn Weight: 4)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 151 Charcoal Grey; Yarn Weight: 4)

Pattern B: Ribbed Beanie by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 151 Charcoal Grey; Yarn Weight: 4)

I was given this project by the store owner, for a customer who’s daughter had purchased the supplies, but decided not to make the hats for her and her boyfriend. I will admit that I was not a happy hooker when I received this assignment and to be rigorously honest, I entered “angry knitting” mode. Angry knitting was explained to me by a child that came into the store one day with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When I asked her what angry knitting was, she explained that her stitches were too tight. I have expanded on that definition: focused and intent knitting on a project that is challenging when you would rather be crocheting.

The patterns were well written and the hats worked in the round, an added benefit because I dislike seaming knitting. I am not a fan of DPNs, preferring a couple of circulars instead, but even this proved difficult towards the end of the first hat. On the second, I found an extra set of circulars on the table and borrowed them. Using three circulars versus two made finishing the second hat a little easier. I was asked to make the hats based on the larger size (21 inch circumference): the first one slide right over my head, which leads me to believe my tension was too loose; the second actually grips the head, so I think my tension improved.

I am glad to be done and think this is the last time I will knit something in the round. My index fingers hurt and the tightening of the stitches as the circle closes is not a fun experience, especially when you are trying to knit three together. I am glad that I got over my knitting dislike which resulted from a dropped stitch in my Black And White Cowl, which is a currently hibernating template for the Happy Cowl. I still have to finish the Orange Crush Shawl and a knitting blank, which now I wish I had crocheted versus knitting. Doh! Having done a little yarn reorganization, I also have sorted my novelty yarns from my Japanese grandmother by color and they are just waiting to become scarves, wraps, cowls, shawls…easy stuff. But all knitting will go on hold again, as I complete the Ballet-Neck Tee from Vogue Knitting Crochet Special Collector’s Edition magazine.