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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Water From A Vine Leaf Shawl

Water From A Vine Leaf Shawl

On da Hook: before August 18, 2014
Off da Hook: September 11, 2014
Pattern: Accidents Never Happen Shawlette by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Interlacements Rick Rack (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon; Yarn Color: Scottish Lichen; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport)
Dimensions: 124 x 13-18 inches (not sure why there is a range; may update after I talk with her again)

The yarn representative for Interlacements asked me to crochet my Accidents Never Happen Shawlette from the Rick Rack. No problem. I just love her. The rest is history.

I believe this shawl is much larger than the one I made from Cascade Heritage Silk Paints, but won’t know for sure until I receive the dimensions from the yarn representative. The construction is Bruges Lace.

As for the yarn, Interlacements is my new favorite yarn manufacturer; the colors combos are divine and I love the fact that they actually name their colors instead of using numbers. By the time I finished this shawl, the beginning end had already begun to soften to a luxurious touch. The nubbies add a beautiful texture and it drapes wonderfully.

As for the pattern: I started to teach a class and discovered some wonkiness in the pattern, so despite the pattern being tested by a friend of a friend, I really need to make another to confirm the instructions are accurate. After making two of these, I have learned some very important tips for making this shawl and will try to incorporate them into the new pattern version.

Yikes! I just caught a big mistake: The name of this project was originally The Adventures of Raindance Maggie by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, but the yarn kept reminding me of water so I changed it to Water from A Vine Leaf by William Orbit.