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.
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.
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.
Once again, no students at my crochet class, so the owner and I got together and came up with an event to introduce me to the store patrons. I will be spending the whole day in the shop and facilitating a charity crochet stash event. All items completed during the day will be donated to Handmade Especially For You, who will be meeting in the store in the evening.
This is one pattern that will be made available to patrons, as well as stash yarn provided by the store in addition to patrons stash and hooks provided on loan by me. I can’t believe this hat [4 (H) x 2.5 (W) inches] would fit a preemie. It looks too small. Additionally, I am not a fan of the pattern, indicating seaming. Seaming may be okay for knitting, but crochet makes seaming senseless. Of course I will redesign.
I used Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby) with an F hook, indicated by the pattern. I love this yarn for its color gradients.
I just now unpacked my purchases from the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl. The first was a Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, DK), purchased at The Purl Side, for a Judy’s xmas gift, which will be The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. Unfortunately, I just noticed I grabbed two different colors of grey. I wanted the darker one. I had bought one and then we went to lunch across the street. During lunch, I thought I should get one more skein to make sure I had enough to make a shawl big enough from the kerchief pattern. I ran back in grabbed – what I thought was the right color – and we headed off to the next store. Now I need to go all the way back to Glendora, after making sure they have the color I need, to make an exchange. Aiyaa!
The second yarn I bought was an indulgence on my part, mostly for the color: Knitted Wit (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino; Yarn Color: Salted Caramel; Yarn Weight: 1, Single Fingering). This was purchased at Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint, after going to Pasadena the wrong month for the Vogue Knitting Live Show. Aiyaa! The good thing is that I have enough to make the Skylark in Wonderland with this. Woohoo!
Cast On: August 13, 2015 Cast Off: August 14, 2015 Yarn:Noro Taiyo (Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 30% Silk, 15% Wool, 15% Nylon; Yarn Color: 25; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) Needle: US 8 Stitch: Open-Work Mullion Dimensions: 20 (D) x 6 (W) inches
Price: USD $78.00
I was going to use this skein in the Deeper Shade of Soul Afghan, but feeling it was a whole skein while Deeper Shade of Soul is comprised of scraps, I thought otherwise. Being out of gradient yarn of a natural fiber, I decided to make a cowl real quick with this skein of Noro Taiyo. As it turned out there was some excess yarn buried deep inside, so this may or may not be made of a whole skein. Denise had used the open-work mullion stitch for a Noro wrap she had made a while ago. I remembered the stitch and thought it was simple enough that I could whip this up quickly. I cast on 26 stitches for this cowl and just kept knitting until it was gone. Because I did not know how far the yarn would go, I had to knit a piece of fabric and seam it.
I love the colors of Noro yarns. On the negative side was the fiber content – high cotton/silk content did not provide much give – and the differentiating yarn width.
The project – Nepalese Bliss by Irresistible Force came to mind and is a selection from my music library.
Cast On: July 14, 2015 Cast Off: July 23, 2015 Yarn:Rozetti Wicked Fur (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Polyester; Yarn Color: 106 Cheetah; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky) Needle: US 11 Dimensions: 58 (W) x 20 (H) inches, approximate Price: USD $96.00 SOLD
I remember the day this yarn came into the store. I just had to have it, and I even think I persuaded a friend to buy some also. I seem to remember buying two colors, but my financial conscience may have prevented that. This project was made from two skeins, in garter stitch, increasing two stitches at both the beginning and end of each row.
Originally, I had started this long ago and I was going to add a collar in a Lamb’s Pride Bulky (Fiber Content: 85% Wool, 15% Mohair; Yarn Color: 108 Creme; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky). When I took the project off the needles to see the size, it got all messed up and I had to restart. I restarted again and when I got done with the first skein, I wanted to see how big the project was, so I ran a life line. Once again, the lifeline got all mixed up with the stitches and I started again. This time, I just made up my mind to use both skeins, so I would not have to restart a fourth time.
This yarn is so soft and slippery, I just love it! I also like how the colors combine together. The project name – The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens – is an obvious selection from my music library.
On da Hook: April 27, 2015 Off da Hook: May 4, 2015 Pattern: Moroccan Midnight Cowl by Tamara Kelly Yarn A:Newton’s Yarn Country Kroy Pencil Roving (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown [Black]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted Yarn B: Newton’s Yarn Country Rhythm (Fiber Content: 100% Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Hook: US I/9 Dimensions:
I think Ellen brought this pattern to my attention through Pinterest. However it came to my attention, I finally found a use for my Newton’s black wool and the mini rainbow skein that was a gift to me from my friend Ana.
The pattern begins with a foundation single crochet chain, of which I am not a fan, so I started with a foundation chain, slip stitched and did a row of single crochet. I am not crazy about the spaces from the first row of V-stitches; I might do two rows of single crochet in the back loop, and do the first row of V-stitches in the front loop over the two rows of single crochet. To keep pattern, I would end with two twos of single crochet in the back loop and finish the last row of V-stitches over the two rows of single crochet. I also increased the number of stitches in Yarn B because they were not sticking out enough. This could be because I used worsted versus the aran weight yarn for which the pattern calls. The instructions were a little tricky as you are not cutting yarn; I figured out my own method and after that had no problem working the rest of the pattern.
The name of this pattern – Midnight At The Oasis by Maria Muldaur – is a selection from my music library that is closely related to the name of the pattern.
It has been so long since I took Ana’s Food Color Dying class, but I think I remember most of what she taught us. I watched some videos just to for good measure. Because I had helped Ana at the time of her class – at least that is my reasoning – she gifted me with a dye kit and some wool from Newton’s Yarn Country. I had finished the blank some time ago, but now that I am no longer working at The Knitting Tree, I have much more time for crafting. When I pulled out the box, I discovered even more wool, so I might trying dying a yarn cake and dying a hank next.
When I saw MadelineTosh Holi Festival I fell in love, so that is my inspiration for this blank. Because I don’t exactly remember the steps, I made up my own:
Soaked the blank in hot water
Layed the blank out on the ground
Sprayed with vinegar
Let dry in sun
I am letting it dry in the sun because I have the space and mom is so particular about her kitchen. I suppose when it drys, I will rinse until water runs clear and then wind it into a yarn cake. I do not want to apply any pressure to the blank as it is because I don’t want colors to run anymore than they naturally will, but I am concerned that the color will not go through to the other side. I suppose that’s just as well, as it might disperse the color more through the yarn.