On da Hook: October 20, 2015 Off da Hook: October 20, 2015 Pattern:Lacey Circle Scarf by Domestic Bliss Squared Yarn:Bernat Berella “4” (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 08927 Burgundy; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm Dimensions: 25 (D) x 6 (W)
Another xmas gift finished and started another today, which I should be able to finish today. That makes only one more gift to make and I will have crafted a gift for every member of the One Skein Short group. I am excited to be using yarn that has been sitting on my self, collecting dust. Another benefits is that I have made a scratch in my yarn stash.
This gift – while not exactly the desired color – was named Dreams by The Cranberries – which is as close as I can get to the desired color.
I found the pattern to be a quick work up, despite minor errors in the pattern, which my skill level enabled me to improve on. I really like the design the stitch pattern (staggered Vs) created.
Cast On: October 19, 2015 Cast Off: October 20, 2015 Pattern:Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta Yarn:Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 404 Dark Grey Heather; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Needle Size: US 9 – 5.5 mm Dimensions: 11.5 (H) x 10.5 (D)
Only three more gifts to make for xmas and I will have made gifts for all the regular One Skein Short members. I’ve made this cowl before and it works up so quickly. The project name – Grey Matter Cowl by Oingo Boingo – is an appropriate selection from my music library. I don’t want to write too much, hoping that this will still be a surprise for the intended recipient.
This is my next commissioned piece; it will be an xmas gift, so I decided I better get started so I can finish on time. Please do not ask me for the chart, as I cannot violate copyright laws and distribute for profit, nor do I want to distribute for free because of the work involved in charting this logo.
In an effort to have less scraps lying around, I decided to start a scrapghan. I am crocheting a ribbed afghan, using alternating front and back post triple crochets. So far I have used Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 11420 Pretty Baby, Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) from A-Tisket, A-Tasket Kerchief, some unknown blue from Agua de Beber Cowl, and three unknown purples from a test afghan I had previously started. For this project I am also using a J hook. I thought the project name – Pick Up The Pieces by Average White Band, was appropriate for this scrapghan.
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.
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.
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Cast On: January 2015 Cast Off: March 12, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A:Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0722 Pretty ‘n Pink; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic: Yarn Color: 0319 Cherry Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Needle Size: US 8 Finished Size: approximately 72-inch circumference x 6.5-inch width
I can’t believe I finished in time for the Basic Two-Color Brioche Workshop I am teaching this Saturday at the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild. This project started out of It’s My Life Shawl (Stephen West Mystery Knit-A-Long: Exploration Station), which called for two-color brioche knitting; a skill I had never attempted. It seemed easy enough when I began, but then I dropped a stitch and went into a complete panic, as I had not inserted a life line. Fortunately, I was able to frog it back to the previous section and maintain the correct stitch count.
After that traumatic experience, I figured I better practice two-color brioche knitting, so I grabbed some acrylic from my stash and set out to learn by repetition. I’ll admit that I had to restart this project at least five times, but one I became focused I discovered that I had about a foot. I decided to continue practicing until it was long enough (my preferred length: 6 feet) for a scarf or a cowl; obviously deciding on a cowl. It wasn’t until it came to the seaming that I decided against giving it a twist. Actually, I am quite impressed with the neatness of the seam, as I was worried about how to bind off the brioche knitting.
Red Heart can sometimes be scratchy, but as I continued to work with these two skeins the scratchiness dissipated and I began to experience more softness. When I launder this cowl, I will use extra fabric softener for increased softness. The name of this project – My Funny Valentine by Sarah Vaughan – hints to the fact that I was hoping to finish by Valentine’s Day, but after a while of knitting, I began to get bored, quickly crocheting Circle In The Sand Mobius Cowl as a diversion.
With this project I finally learned how beneficial repetition is when it comes to learning a new technique. I can put the project down, pick it up and know exactly where I am in the pattern repeat; I began to notice how little mistakes were created by knitting the wrong strands; and most importantly, I could identify and fix mistakes before I got to far along.
As this may be my next commission. It took approximately 45 minutes to make this one, rounding up to an hour, places the value of this item at USD $12.00. The person for whom these will be made is requesting worsted weight yarn because the wearer has big hair. The yarmulke pictured was made with TMA Yarns Fashion Knit (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: L3-201 Light Purple; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) and Caron Sayelle (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0335 Lilac; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted). The pattern (Colorfully Stripped Kippah Yarmulke by D Goldoff YarnDesignsByDavira) calls for double crochets, ending with a border of half double crochets; I might try to make another with single crochets, now that I have a template for size.
Now if I could just get motivated enough to make some Hamantash!
It all started with the Stephen West Exploration Station (AHW Project Name: It’s My Life Shawl) Mystery Knit-A-Long. I am supposed to be doing this with a friend of mine from One Skein Short Group (Every Thursday Evening; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ The Vineyard Christian Fellowship‘s Coffee Connection, in the Gallery Room – dim lighting, at least, to my taste. EXCEPTION: Second Thursday of every month we meet at same edifice, but different room: The Park Room). I had never done brioche, but his tutorial seemed easy enough to follow, so I proceeded with confidence. About six rows in, I had dropped a stitch and had a complete traffic jam.
Not looking to frogging, I procrastinated. I’ll admit I sighed with relief when Ania injured herself New Year 2015 and was not able to attend the group; embarrassed by my inability to catch on to the brioche so quickly. I finally frogged about a week ago and was quite relieved that I had maintained the correct amount of stitches. The first thing I did was run a life line.
The next thing I did was grab two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color A: Cherry Red, Yarn Color B: Pretty ‘n’ Pink; Yarn Weight: 4, worsted) and start practicing. After about three attempts, each ending with mistakes most attributable to lack of attention, I finally diverted my attention briefly by making two extra large yarn cakes from the skeins.
My third attempt – after about three tries – has resulted in the following; the most important thing learned: Attention Required! My knitting teacher, Ana, used to say “admire your work often.” This is a good practice when learning basic two-color brioche, or any new stitching method. The final benefit of much practice: you learn to read your stitches much better and can learn to un-knit, if necessary.
The picture above represents my best attempt at learning this technique. I hope I am not jinxing myself with this post. I am going to continue practicing until the skeins run out, hoping to become qualified enough to teach this technique, as I am teaching a workshop at the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild (meets second Saturday of each month; St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church) in about two weeks time.
Even as I become more knowledgeable about this technique, my mind is running with the thought of how this cowl would look with a mobius cast on, changing bias of the brioche knit.