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

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl

About The Name

I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye

Doh! This connection should be obvious: Purple, grape. If you require further elucidation, notice the rows on this cowl; just like grapevines are grown here in sunny central California.

About The Cowl

Dimensions: 12-inch width x 24-inch diameter
Price: USD $60.00

Made with three skeins that I acquire from CSNanaCat during her recent de-stashing.

A previous employer had made a cowl similar to this, but knitted in seed stitch. I fell in love with it and have always wanted one but never knew the pattern or the exact measurements. I am really liking this cowl and may just end up keeping it.

About The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Cozy Wool

Care: Hand wash, warm. Do no bleach. Dry flat. Do not iron. May be dry cleaned.
Color: 02210 Velvet
Content: 50% Acrylic, 50% Wool
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl
I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl

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

Red Blooded Woman Cowl

Red Blooded Woman Cowl

About The Project Name

Red Blooded Woman by Kylie Minogue

I kept thinking blood with the dark red colors. A “red” search of my music library revealed Red Blooded Woman and a lightbulb turned on. I’ll tell you by the end, I was “hot-“tempered trying to make a border on a very loose fabric to hide some wonkiness.

The more I look at that first image the more it reminds me of a heart! <3

The designation of this project is on hold for the moment, as I am not sure to whom it belongs. The yarn was scooped up from the charity table at the end of my last guild meeting. I asked if it was free, received confirmation from another member – I think it was Kathy McF – and took it. Like I need more yarn!

I need to stop doing that; the good thing is that I work it up immediately. So it’s in and out. Besides, my UFOs are piling up!

I suppose because the item contains both labeled yarns and oddballs, I think I will donate it back to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Charity Division.

Dimensions: 30-inch diameter x 11-inch width

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About The Yarn

Gedifra Barocco

Care: Hand wash. Do not Iron, Do not bleach. Lay flat to dry. Professional dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 1741
Content: 38% Nylon, 38% Acrylic, 21% Wool, 3% Polyester
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Calisson d’ anny blatt

Care: Hand wash. Do not bleach. Do not iron. Professional dry clean. Cold water.
Color: 119
Content: 30% Cotton, 29% Acrylic, 22% Polyamide, 19% Viscose
Weight: 5, Bulky

Premier Starry Night

Care: Hand wash, cold water
Color: 37-03 Chinese Lantern
Content: 90% Polyamide, 10% Gitter Yarn
Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown 1 (Mohair Blend)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 5, Bulky*

Unknown 2 (Sparkle)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine Cooler*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 3, DK*

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* Designation by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label

Mr. Blue Sky: Ready, Set…

Mr. Blue Sky

…just waiting for the gun to go!

While the yarn was still wet, after dyeing and still in a ball, I started wrapping around my thumb and elbow. That got tiring very fast and I recruited mother to stand in while I wrapped around her spread apart hands. She got tired and I ended up wrapping around the bottom of the dye pot.

I now need a niddy-noddy! 😀

My hank was very small – too small to fit on my swift. Fortunately, I had a coffee can that was the same circumference as the pot. I put the yarn around the pot on the floor and wound it on to the swift. When I came across knots – as this was pieced together from several balls Ana had created for her dye class – I untied them and felted them together. As the yarn was still damp in some spots, I left if on the swift over night with a fan on it.

Today, in an effort to maintain an organized household, I decided to wind Mr. Blue Sky up in a cake. During the process, I had about four to five breaks. I just knotted them – frustrated. I can always try to felt later.

I only used blue food color and I am so happy that I got a lighter shade of blue than expected as I am not a true blue fan. The yarn is from Newton’s Yarn Country and I some of their DK wool.

Mr. Blue Sky: Inception

Newton's Yarn Country DK Wool

Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra has been born with the creation of my first hand dyed ombre yarn. I don’t know what it will be and whether or not I will combine with another yarn for something spectacular, though on its own, I think the shade of blue I obtained is right on! I am not exactly sure of the yarn name, but I think it’s from Newton’s Yarn Country. It is definitely wool, per a burn test , and i think the yarn weight is DK.

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl

I started this project back on March 28, 2017 and just finished today, May 6, 2017. I knew I wanted to make a rectangular shawl and decided to keep it simple using single crochets in combination with treble crochets in a pattern. I also knew I would want to add fringe at either end.

The yarn is was from a cone whose origins are forgotten. Per a burn test the yarn turned out to be a natural fiber. At the time, and based on the texture of the yarn, I was leaning towards cotton/linen in maybe a thread or fingering weight. Now that I have washed it – which I do not recommend for future care – I noticed that my fringe began to felt together despite placing the item in a laundry bag. This plus the texture of the washed yarn, leads me to believe it might be wool now. The yarn bloomed into about a sport/dk weight and is so soft.

The project name – Holiday In Cambodia by The Dead Kennedys – is representative of the colors in the yarn. The measurements of the shawl are 59 (L) x 23 (W); 70 (L), including the fringe. I would like to sell this piece for USD $75.00.

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl
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Just What I Needed Cowl

Just What I Needed Cowl

On da Hook: February 14, 2017
Off da Hook: February 14, 2017
Project Name: Just What I Needed by The Cars
Yarns: Unknown (Fiber: Unknown/Wool; Yarn Colors: Navy Blue, Teal, Lavender, Multicolor; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US J
Dimensions: 16 (D) x 7 (W) inches

I received some dryer balls(?) a few years ago as a gift. I think they were supposed to remove lint and wrinkles from clothes while in the dryer. I never use a dryer so I had no use for them.

One day I unraveled them and was going to use the yarn for something. The other day I came across the magic ball I had made and today I decided to re-purpose the yarn into something I could donate during my next visit to my clinic, as there are many homeless in the area. My plan is to leave the cowl in a public place with a gift note.

Because the original dryer balls were a felted item, I presume some if not all of the yarn is wool. The teal certainly maintains some of the scratchiness associated with some wools.

The stitch I used is commonly known as Griddle Stitch and the cowl was made flat and seamed.

Just What I Needed Cowl

Just What I Needed Cowl

Brass In Pocket Shawl

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Cast On: May 11, 2016
Cast Off: September 1, 2016
Pattern: The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn
Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, Light, DK, Light Worsted)
Needle: US 6 – 4 mm
Dimensions: 33 (W) x 22 (H) inches

This is a gift for my oldest friend: Judy Shigekawa, whom I met in September 1963 in our kindergarten class. We reconnected a couple of years ago at a high school reunion. Her gift choice was a dark gray shawl. I hope she likes it!

While I did use the above pattern, I did add an extra repeat. I am unsure as to whether I had enough yardage for one more pattern repeat.

The project name – Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders – is relative to the pattern name.

Angel Baby Preemie Cap: Revised

Angel Baby Preemie Cap Revised
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I may be partial to my own crochet, but I think my revised version (right side, worked in the round, no seam) looks nicer: the stitch definition is the same on every row. The yarn used in the revised version is a continuation of the same skein of Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby).

As an observer noted on my Facebook page, I don’t usually use/recommend natural fibers for infant items, because of unknown fiber allergies; these are just samples.

I rephotographed the first one because I had folded the brim wrong. As you can see they are the same size for the most part despite the left one having a 25-stitch circumference and the right one having a 24 stitch circumference.