Cherish Cowl

Cherish Cowl

About The Project Name


  • protect and care for (someone) lovingly
  • hold (something) dear

Cherish by The Association

Cherish Cowl
Cherish Cowl

About Cherish Cowl

The yarn for this project was gifted to me by a friend from first grade, whom’s mother pass last year. I thought I would make something for my friend, but her favorite color is purple, not pink. 😀

Dear God

Please inform Mrs. Yamamoto (Kat’s mom) – if she doesn’t know already – that her yarn stash has been discovered and is being converted into something practical for Hooker Leo, who is ever grateful to have extra yarn with with to research and develop, and keep warm.

I had seen a stitch previously on YouTube that I intrigued me. It is called Serpentine Stitch. However, I did not visualize an item – except an afghan – that would satisfactorily incorporate the stitch pattern. This led to a little research and development…and I came up with this petal-like, scale-like, biased texture by alternating a one-stitch shift/yarn-color change every other row: Shifting Serpentine Stitch.

After seeing the difference in size between wear-by-my-mother and wear-by-myself, I would have to size down the item for pattern writing. So Cherish cowl will certainly be cherished by me, a WIP (work, in progress), as I develop a poncho type item that will keep me warm in my orange garage-apartment.

Cherish Cowl
Cherish Cowl

About The Yarn

Caron Premium Acrylic

Care: Machine washable, warm water, any detergent. Machine dryable, regular cycle, needs no shaping.
Color: 2511 Rose
Content: 100% Premium Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted*

Caron DuPont Acrylic

Care: None
Color: 0029 Rose
Content: 100% DuPont Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted+

I love the fact that there are no laundry instructions on the yarn label. To me, it’s a nod to the old days when people just knew how to wash clothes! 😀

Dimensions: 15-inch diameter x 5-inch height

88 sts – 15/14 = 73/74 sts feels more snug…comfy 😉 will require further arithmetic

*Based on Yarn Label suggested hook I/needle 8 size
+based on A Hooker’s Touch 😉



Anna Molly Cowl

Anna Molly Cowl

About The Project Name

Anna Molly by Incubus

Anna Molly Cowl
Anna Molly Cowl USD $30.00

About Anna Molly

The first of a set of fraternal twins made from the same set of oddballs.

One yarn was labeled, but I lost it. 🙁 Because I the yarns were different weights, I had to double-strand some, which accounts for some cinching of the width, but while wearing doubled-up, it becomes unnoticeable.

I think I will try to sell first, as I have a business plan now and could certainly use some additional income. 🙂

Dimensions: 28 (L) x 4 (W) inches
Price: USD $30.00, less 20% environmental donation to Container Recycling Institute, a la Neighbors By Design.

Anna Molly Cowl
Anna Molly Cowl USD $30.00

About The Yarn

Italian Ice-Knit One Crochet Too

Fiber Content: 61% Cotton, 26% Linen, 13% Viscose
Yarn Color: Light Blue*
Yarn Weight: 4, Aran

Only one of the oddballs had a label and it was a only a unicorn tail at that; all other yarns were, indeed, oddballs without labels.

* Yarn color not indicated on the label.

Your Love Is King Cowl

Your Love Is King Cowl

About Your Love Is King Cowl

Your Love is King by Sade

Still under the presumption that my time on this earth is coming to and end, I am proud to announce that I have cleared a whole shelf unit of yarn, minus one monstrous orange cone of super fine yarn and a bag of novelty yarn, which I only discovered when I stood up. Still, much progress and desperation, which led to Your Love Is King Cowl.

I did not know how much of Yarn 1 & 2 I had, otherwise I would have integrated more of the Starry Night ribbon.

By the way red and white are good colors for a Valentine Day gift.

Dimensions: 12 (H) x 10 (W) inches
Price: USD $25.00
Care: Hand wash in cold water

About The Yarn

Yarn 1

Care: Unknown
Color: Unknown [Off-White*]
Fiber: Natural fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted

OMG! I never thought this type of yarn would be a natural fiber. I just now discovered at posting time.

Yarn 2

Color: Unknown [White*]
Fiber: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: 5, Bulky

This is the last cone of ladder lace yarn I had on the shelf.

Premier Yarns Starry Night

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

Love the color. I only had one ball so I had to use it sparingly. To my surprise, I still have some left. I think I will include it with my El Segundo Slipt Stitchers raffle donation.

Like A Prayer Shawl: Work In Progress

Like A Prayer Shawl

About Like A Prayer Shawl

Like A Prayer by Madonna

I think I like “Like A Prayer Shawl” versus ” Like A Prayer Prayer Shawl,” though technically, the latter is probably more correct. What do you think? This ain’t a religious thingy. 😀

So, this is another ODDBALLS project, whose destination – charity donation or Neighbors By Design item – remains unknown at this time. And whose current destination is the WIP  (Work In Progress) shelf because I have not found the right yarn to finish this shawl.

About The Yarn

The yarns pictured were acquired from an ESSS raffle. I was surprised to receive natural fibers.

FibraNatura Naturalin

Care: Wash by hand in cool water. Do not press or iron. Do not bleach.
Additionally, I would include lay flat to dry or even hanging.
Color: TBrown
Fiber Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Linen
Weight: Aran

Technically speaking, this was kinda stiff, and slippery on my metal needles. I had to adjust my tension to work with it – unfortunately for me, tighter. 🙁

Green Yarns

Care: Treat as FibraNatura Naturalin
Color: Well, that would be . . . wait for it . . . Green 😀
Fiber Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Unknown

Again, technically speaking, the greens were a bit rough, at first. I thought it was like a twine, but the strands broke very easily. My first thought is WOOL! Baa! 😀 🙂 Because it was lighter in weight – I’d guess Sport to DK – than the FibraNatura Naturalin, I double-stranded the greens. As I have been handling the yarn I noticed them softening with wear.

Everything Counts Cowl

About The Project Name

Everything Counts by Depeche Mode was the first thing to play from my music library today. It’s most appropriate for this project made of “ODDBALLS

Dimensions: 16-inch diameter  x 5-inch width
USD $25.00, less 20% environment donation to Container Recycling Institute.

About The Project

Marks my first project made for Neighbors By Design, using “up-cycled” odd balls of yarn.

About The Yarn

Debbie Bliss Merino

Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
Yarn Color: 325700
Yarn Weight: 4, Aran

This is leftover yarn from Lava Cowl.

Oddball 1

Fiber Content: Man-made, per burn test
Yarn Color: Camel*

Oddball 2

Fiber Content: Natural, per burn test
Yarn Color: Multicolor: Rust, Gold, Green*

Oddball 3

Fiber Content: Natural, per burn test
Yarn Color: Rust*

Everything Counts Cowl
Everything Counts Cowl crocheted/designed by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

Winnie The Pooh II

Winnie The Pooh

About The Project

Thankfully, I have plenty of yarn to make another due to my original order error. 😄

I finished this with my morning cup of coffee. I’m not particularly jumping for joy, although, the more I look at the picture the more I am okay with it. The circumference IS wider because I crocheted on additional increase round. My immediate concern is that perhaps I did not get the right height/length? And the brim, is a little wonky.

I am happier with the ear placement.

I will present to the parents and hopefully be present upon placement upon baby’s head, so I can see for myself how it fits because this is the second time I have made hats for babies and they have not fit! 😡 I know nothing is exact, but there must be a standard, right? Whatever, it’s just annoying and nothing I can’t get over. 😀

I just realized why I am no liking this version as much; the round connections are obvious and open-spaced; unlike the first one. I missed something this time, where there was an extra stitch or two that closed that space. Oh well…it’s not that bad, only to a trained eye. 😉

Read more about Winnie The Pooh I

About The Pattern

Baby Bear” Simple Baby Beanie by Rachel Glassco

I think my overall feelings about the project tend towards the negative because of the way the pattern is written: an altered increase order.

The ear portion of the pattern is ideal.

I despise sewing stuff together…ESPECIALLY in third dimension.

In retrospect, if the parents would like another I will use a standard increase to the same diameter on this hat see if I get a better shape. I will also pay more attention to the round connections, making sure they are more unseen.

About the Yarn

Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Certified Organic Cotton
Yarn Color:s 641 True Red and 638 Dandelion
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Winnie The Pooh Newborn Beanie

Winnie The Pooh Newborn Beanie

About The Project Name

Winnie The Pooh by Walt Disney Chorus should be the obvious choice, right? Indubitably!

About The Project

Chelsea Lietz Photography
Chelsea Lietz Photography

My niece-in-law asked me if I could crochet a hat like this…

Her plan is to take a similar picture with Mini-Mikey after he is born.

I was going to wing it, but happened to remember seeing a similar hat recently while surfing the interwebs, which was a relief because the last time I made baby hats, they were too small for the kid’s head!

About The Pattern

Sure enough…”Baby Bear” Simple Baby Beanie by Rachel Glassco. I chose not to do the red in the ribbing, per the pattern, instead choosing to following in pattern to end like the original picture above. Which, had to be an executive decision as mom was admitted to the hospital today.

Loved the measurement guides. Could have been a little clearer, but manageable.

About the Yarn

Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Certified Organic Cotton
Yarn Color:s 641 True Red and 638 Dandelion
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Beautifully, rich hues. Nice to work with. Fiber halo-ing.

Ordered from Love Knitting, from whom I received twice the amount I needed – I will make no comment as to whom was negligent, as I do not possess that knowledge.


Winnie The Pooh Baby Beanie: Inception

Love Knitting Blue Fibers Worsted Cotton

At Mini-Mikey’s baby shower, Roxanne asked me to make a special hat for a photo shoot, where she will place the baby in a Hunny pot with the beanie…at least, I think that’s the plan.

I searched “mercerized cotton worsted weight” because I wanted something lustrous and this came up: Love Knitting Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton. The colors – True Red 641 and Dandelion 638 – are perfect, but I am always hesitant to order online, due to extravagant shipping costs, I searched local yarn shops and discovered that out of the possible three stores near me: one was closed; one I was banned from; and the other had no cotton. The one I was banned from probably has what I want, but screw them! Besides this is for my grand/great nephew and I am willing to skip a meal for him – I shouldn’t miss it.

I will be using “Baby Bear” Simple baby beanie pattern, © Rachel Glassco 2015. I hope it comes out the right size. I have a problem with my baby hats not fitting. Too small last time. Wish me luck. Can’t wait for yarn to arrive because in order to avoid shipping, I threw in a set of crochet hooks for me.

Mystery Achievement Afghan: New Project

Mystery Achievement Afghan Development Sample

I figured out how to interlock crochet in-the-round!

I wrote down what I’ve done so far, which is good because I am liking the design and it will be measure of how well my documentation skills are for this new method in case I want to write a pattern up.

Today, I might play around with digital designing to see what I can come up with and then see if I might go a different direction for the actual piece…a mystery! 😀

The name of this project is spiritually related and inspired…I was listening to music from my library, while composing this post and my interlock crochet progress and the three songs that impressed themselves into my memory are Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders, Snowball by DEVO and Trust by Me’Shell Ndegéocello.

I did “achieve” something really big – a “mystery” to me: interlock crochet in-the-round!

And I didn’t lose a love – sardonically speaking, I never had one to begin with 😉

As I had decided on Mystery Achievement, Trust had started, confirming my choice, and which was another good name.

I knew there was something I was going to add: The yarn I have been using for this afghan development is Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01044 True Grey & 01011 Soft Taupe; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted).

Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

About Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

Price: USD $120.00, less 25% Friends/Family Discount
Finished Size:
  110 (L) x 11 (D, at deepest point)
Fiber Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose

About The Project Name

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles relates to the colorway of the yarn, Cascade Tangier Strawberry Patch, with honorable mention: Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime.

About The Project

I think the repetitiveness of the pattern actually helped my tendonitis. I noticed – for the first time – my right knitting hand needle hitting my left hand middle knuckle on the purl, which kinda ouched! 🤕 It’s always something… 😆

I saw how the designer blocked to the curve. I chose to block straight because I hate pin-blocking. Once again, I demonstrate my own poor-boy blocking method:

I especially liked the ones with the wheelbarrow and dolly photo bomb…imaginations of my hunky farmer husband working out in the fields/barn while I knit, cook and clean at home. 😇

About The Yarn

Cascade Tangier (Fiber Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose; Yarn Color: 14 Strawberry Patch; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

Before I start this section, let me take a look at the pictures I captured…

The color/sheen seems gone after delicate hand-washing and sun-weight blocking. Of course the featured photo has been color enhanced; all other photos are only color corrected.

I suppose I am just too tired to be even typing right now…upon second review after color correction, the colors appear more muted in daylight than they probably would inside the warm ambiance of my orange room. The colorway just reminded me of the succulent that inspired me to purchase this colorway. Ha! I am even impressed with my styling, how the two angles juxtapose over the chest.

About The Pattern

Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime

As much as those p2tog tbls were a pain in the neck, I thought the designer took excellent notes for her pattern. I think I only found one thing that I might correct, but just did through my own experience, which seems to be increasing. I do have questions, though, about stitch choices.

Easy to follow. Repetitive. Quick knit.