What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On?

Project 1: Church Of The Poison Mind Stole

About The Project Name

I am trying to do too many things at the same time and I forgot that I had already named this project Miss Chatelaine Stole.

When I finally got to this post, having forgotten I already named this project – I came across my inspiration for this project:

Stole: of a strip of fabric used as an ecclesiastical vestment, worn over the shoulders and hanging down to the knee or below

inspires my desired finished size: 2-3 feet x 5-6 feet

Ecclesiastical: relating to the Christian Church or its clergy

related to the yarn: a chenille and a brushed acrylic in approximately the same colors

Feeling closer to god, I started searching for a name. No songs with the word ecclesiastical in them. Next I searched church and came up with Church of the Poison Mind by Culture Club <3 I liked Miss Chatelaine because I kind of identified with the song, as a tribute to being fully authenticated gay man, however, Church of the Poison Mind is closer to my soul.

About The Yarn

Silk City Fibers 3310 Chenille

Fiber Content: 100% Viscose
Yarn Color: Wild Grass 116
Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine [1]

Shown in the featured picture. The picture also shows my inspiration, but I will need to tweek it to my liking. I also plan on calling the company to see if I can find out the yarn weight classification and maybe even get a hook recommendation from them. The other yarn is

National Spinning Company

Cone ID: Plain
Yarn Content: Unknown, man-made fiber [2]
Yarn Color: Guacamole 759C
Yarn Weight: 0, Lace [3]
Unknown Information: 1/12 SO SOFT D
Lot: 0147900 01

About The Project

Project is inspired by the yarn.

I began this project the morning I returned to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild. I was unable to decide on the yarns I was going to use for this project . This part has been settled.

I am still not sure if this should be crocheted or knitted in stockinette to show off the chenille, but that would require much care while knitting and I have a feeling the yarn will twist coming off a cone. I also want the project to be mindless for portability.

Second guessing myself, I think this project will not be very portable with two skeins and scissors for yarn changing, etc.

This project also marks my first venture into charting a pattern repeat. I will also be writing a pattern.

Church of the Poison Mind Stole
Church of the Poison Mind Stole

Project 2: Strawberry Fields Forever

About The Project Name

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles. Influenced by the yarn color: Strawberry Patch.

About The Yarn

Cascade Tangier

Yarn Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose
Yarn Color: 14 Strawberry Patch
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

About The Pattern

Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime
Easy to follow and clearly written. Have had no problems so far.

About The Project

I am not sure how big/wide this item will be so I am reserving classification until the project is finished. This project was started on the day I renewed my membership with El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild.
Strawberry Field Forever
Strawberry Field Forever

1. Per my judgement

2. Per a burn test

3. Per my judgement

 

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No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project Name

No String (I’m Fancy Free) by Ella Fitzgerald, my most favorite vocalist in my lifetime – 54 years. The name correlates to the composition of this shawl by the use of leftovers from previous projects – strings. I know, the title says no strings, but the title also says “fancy free,” which this shawl represents by the use of leftovers to make something “fancy free.”

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Project

This represents the first in a series of my crochet crescent shawl development. This one worked out okay, but too angular. An additional problem I encountered was carrying yarn for entire rows and working with different yarn weights: fine to dk. The excessive yarn carrying has cause puckering, which is not noticeable on Mergatroid, my model. My last complaint is that the tips don’t meet in front; I suppose that because of the shape/neckline, which I do like because of the fitting to the neck.

Width: 39 inches
Depth: 35 inches, tip to bottom; 15 inches, neck to bottom

Price: USD $50.00, 25% Friends & Family Discount

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Shawl
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

About The Yarn

There are about four to five yarns that I was unable to identify; at least three of them are natural fibers, per a burn test, though I can’t identify the fibers. Labeled yarns included:

Netwon’s Yarn Country Softball Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: Mikonos
Yarn Weight: 2, Sport

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Brickfielder
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Vanilla Chip
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents
Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering

Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada

Fiber Content: 100% Rayon
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Patons Grace

Fiber Content: 100% Mercerized Cotton
Yarn Color: 60409 Ruby
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

 

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Pumped Up Kicks Baby Socks

Pumped Up Kicks Baby Socks

About The Project

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People was an easy project name to apply. I love when that happens. The baby socks are another gift for Mini Mikey. This time I searched for a pattern in fingering weight yarn, and as a bonus I got the right yarn weight and crochet hook this time! 😀

About The Yarn

Bernat Berella Sock & Fingering

Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic; 40% Nylon
Yarn Color: Rose Bud
Yarn Weight: [1, Super Fine*], per the Craft Yarn Council

The yarn label only indicates gauge and suggested needle size: 8 sts = 1″ on No. 3 (3 mm) needles. Ravelry yarn weight system, based on wpi (Wraps per Inch?) is different than the Craft Yarn Council, which I use when yarn information is missing. Add to that my lack of gauging and you have a minor mess on your hands. I will discuss lack of yarn standards in a separate post.

About The Pattern

Free Baby Crochet Pattern – Baby Socks by Heather, Patterns For Crochet

Easy, straightforward and quick work up with absolutely no issues. This time I followed the yarn link to confirm yarn weight before starting.

 

Hand In Glove Baby Mitts

Hand In Glove Baby Mitts

More appropriately…Giant Baby Mitts 😀

About The Project

I always try to associate a song title that has a correlation to the project – sometimes the connection being very thin, or even non-existing. Hand In Glove – by The Smiths – should be obvious, but if it is not, baby > hand > mitts > glove…get it yet? If not, send me a nasty email, commenting how rude I am, and ask me to explain myself. 😀

I really screwed up on this one; thankfully, they are a gift to a family member. 😳

About The Pattern

Baby Mittens – Free Pattern by Mimi is very simple and straightforward pattern. So, how did I screw up so much and end up with giant baby mitts?

Well, upon re-examination of the pattern today, I realize that I did not use the appropriate yarn weight or crochet hook! :O

About The Yarn

Bernat Berella Sock & Fingering

Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic; 40% Nylon
Yarn Color: Rose Bud
Yarn Weight: [1, Super Fine*], per my bible, the Craft Yarn Council

I do not recall how, or from whom I acquired this yarn, but found it kind of splitty. I do like the speckled print.

About The Pattern

Baby Mittens – Free Pattern by Mimi, Crochet and Other Stuff

Simple and straightforward! So…how did I screw up on both the yarn weight and the crochet hook size? As for me: pay attention! As I visual person, I am not much for written detail…my bad!

However, to the author I would like to make the following suggestion:

From this…

Materials:
Cannon crochet cotton size 8, 1 ball white (main color) and scraps of pink (contrasting color)
Crochet hook size: 2.00mm
Gauge: 8 sts and 4 dc rows = 1 inch

to this…

Materials: Cannon crochet cotton size 8, 1 ball white (main color) and scraps of pink (contrasting color)
Crochet Hook Size: 2.00 mm
Gauge: 8 sts and 4 dc rows = 1 inch

* text within brackets supplied by me, Hooker Leo or guess at unknown parameter

Last Dance With Mary Jane

Last Dance With Mary Jane

On da Hook: February 10, 2017
Off da Hook: March 27, 2017
Pattern: Erigeneia by Silke Terhorst
Hook: US E – 3.5 mm
Yarn A: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Brickfielder; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn B: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Brickfielder; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn C: New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Fleece of: Vanilla Chip; Yarn Weight: Suri Fingering, 0)
Yarn D: Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca; Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Dimensions: 58 (W) x 27 (D)
Price: USD $300.00

I am so glad to be done with this project: Last Dance With Mary Jane by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I had originally bought this yarn back in 2014 and was going to try and improvise a crochet design along the likes of Merging Ripples Shawl by Kyoko Nakayoshi. I had a hard time getting started and ended up putting the project in hibernation.

Last Dance With Mary Jane
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When I found the pattern, my first thought was the alpaca would be perfect; my only concern being whether or not I had enough yarn. Surely 900 yards would be enough!

Famous last words. My first problem was interpreting the instructions, which I blame for an uneven stitch count encountered after section three. fortunately, there are charts with the pattern, which made the rest of the pattern simpler. The next problem was that I ran out of Yarn A at the last seven double crochets in the second section! I fudged a solution by de-plying a matching acrylic yarn. Next: ! ran out of Yarn B in its second section by one row! Solution: Skipped last row. Lastly, I ran out of yarn before finishing the final row of the border.

Last Dance With Mary Jane
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One In Ten Afghan

1 In 10 Afghan

1 In 10 Afghan

I finally found…

  • the perfect pattern for the next scrap afghan
  • my new portable project
  • and a project name – One In Ten – to honor one of my most favorite bands – 808 State

I’ll admit I was wary of picking up stitches, which I have done incorrectly, but present as as an invisible join…more or less! Even with the fur yarns, I did not have any difficulty finding the stitches to pick up. After about a couple of turns, I have learned how to turn the same way each time. I am not an avid fan of the holes in the turn, preferring a defined ridge decoration.

The good news is that I have already run out of scraps! The bad news, is that I have to start making more light weight stuff for more scraps, as this is a combination of yarn weights 1, 2, and 3 to make a 4 ply yarn to work with. So far I have gotten luck with maintaining an even ply…more or less.

Cast On: April 20, 2016
Pattern: Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown
Yarn (Used so far…):

  • Sirdar Snuggly Baby Care DK (Fiber Content: 60% Acrylic, 40% Cotton; Yarn Color: 0321; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
  • Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3143 Blue Shimmer; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport)
  • Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3005 White Twinkle; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport)
  • Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3425 Sparkling Rose; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport)
  • Artfibers Carezza (Fiber Content: Silk, Alpaca, Merino; Yarn Color: 17; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 404 Dark Heather; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)

Needle: US 9
Size: To be determined…

Now back to Oakland Raiders (in the background)…

 

Post L. A. Yarn Crawl

Knitted Wit

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!

Berroco Vintage DK
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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!

Knitted Wit
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Crooked Teeth Shawl: Complete

Crooked Teeth Shawl

On da Hook: August 16, 2015
Off da Hook: September 22, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Tan]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple Gradient]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Pingouin Pingoluxe (Fiber Content: 73% Acetate, 32% Polyamide; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Blue Gradient], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Green], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn F: Artfibers Carezza (Fiber Content: 30% Silk, 30% Baby Alpaca, 40% Extrafine Merino Wool; Yarn Color: 17 [Green/Brown Gradient], Yarn Weight: 1, Fine)
Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: 45.5 (W) x 22 (H)
Price: USD $75.00

I am really loving the colors on this mid-riff shawl. I would have made it longer, but the back is approximately twice the length of the sides due to a mistake in construction. Despite the mistake, I like the lay of the shawl on the shoulders, contouring the natural shape of ones neck, shoulders and back. This shawl was made from some gradient yarn (D & F) gifted to me by an old acquaintance a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Much to my surprise some, the yarn F turned out to be something extra special, and that is provided I have the identification correct. Yarn D also turned out to be a natural fiber yarn, per a burn test. The solids I had purchased a long time ago for a Create Your Own Knitted Shawl Class I had taken; I never finished that shawl. I also was not crazy about the back loop single crochet at the beginning, but began to like it as I progress.

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The Dead Heart Shawlette

The Dead Heart Shawl

On da Hook: August 25, 2015
Off da Hook: September 5, 2015
Pattern: Boomerang for Hookers by Gail Hovanec
Yarn: Michaels Loops & Threads Luxury Sock Yarn (Fiber Content: 60% Fine Merino Super Wash Wool, 30% Nylon, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 7 Balloons; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Hook: US E/4 – 3.5 mm
Dimensions: 56 (W) x 14.5 (H)
Price: $96.00

I never knitted a boomerang scarf, but it should be just as easy as this pattern, right? I followed this pattern down to the stitch, as I was not sure how my Bar Front Loop Single Crochet would pull the yarn. I used three skeins of the yarn mentioned above to create this scarf, which is I would consider more a shawlette. The yarn has been discontinued, so you would need approximately 688.8 yards to make this project in the same size.

I suppose because I was working with sock yarn, this project seemed interminable. While I am a big fan of orange, I find that I am not crazy about this yarn color or the way it pooled. I named it The Dead Heart – by Midnight Oil – Shawlette to mark the end of my pursuit of someone that I had met and found interesting. The colors reminded me of a sunset also. There was a curl on one end, but I just steamed it out.

Mar Azul Shawl

Mar Azul Shaw

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On da Hook: August 15, 2015
Off da Hook: August 19, 2015
Yarn: 1 hank Newtons’ Yarn Country Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Unknown]; Yarn Color: Unknown [Aqua]; Yarn Weight: Unknown [1, Fingering]; Yardage: 1100)
Hook: US 8/H
Pattern: Amita Shawl designed by Rebecca Velasquez
Dimensions: 72 (W) X 40 (H)

When I was given this yarn I was so bedazzled by the color; I did not immediately recognize it was a tangled hank! Approximately 10 hours later, blue finger dye transfer syndrome, and with the help of Cathy and Lynette, I was able to spin into a beautiful yarn cake.

This pattern has been in the back of my mind for some time now: I never tire of being able to crochet a project up so quickly. The name of this project – Mar Azul by Césaria Évora – was a no brainer. The woman that gifted the yarn to me is blond and this shawl will look great on her. Fortunately, there was enough yarn in the hank to make a shawl more closely to the recipient’s 5’8″ stature. I am – technically – over in the width, but I don’t have any significant leftovers either. The pattern is written for the intermediate crocheter, or one given to intuitive instruction, but otherwise easy to interpret.