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

Foux du Fafa Cowl

Foux Du Fafa Cowl

The Name

Foux du Fafa by Flight of the Concords

Lavender and white – to me – is very foux du fafa; hence, the name! Even the song lends to the whole ambiance depicted in the television commercial featuring the same song.

Foux Du Fafa Cowl
Foux Du Fafa Cowl

The Cowl

Dimensions: 5.5-inch width x 47-inch diameter
Price: Charity Donation

Foux du fafa is the final project from the big ol’ bag of stuff CSNanaCat brough to me. I was going to make another bag, but that would have required more squares and I had already spent enough time – about two weeks – finishing.

Foux Du Fafa Cowl
Foux Du Fafa Cowl

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Machine wash warm. Tumble dry low.
Color: [White and Lavender]*
Content: Acrylic**
Weight: 4, Worsted

* Color approximation due to no yarn label
** Best guess

Karma Chameleon Afghan

Karma Chameleon

I am liking it too much. The simplicity of the design juxtaposed with the name is pure genius…is what I wish I would hear. 😀

The Name

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

OMG! I’m going to see The Boy in concert some time this year. I know. I am such an airhead I haven’t even checked when the concert date is yet. 🤓 😀 😜 So this was my inpiration; I think at the time I was laying this project out I had just acquired a $250.00 bill for ONE ticket to see The Boy at The Greek Theater of all places with my favorite band of all time: The B-52’s!

OMG! Did I mention I am going to see The Boy? 🙃😀

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan | USD $40.00

The Afghan

Designation:

  • ODDBALLS because I don’t have any yarn labels?
  • Charity because I received the unfinished project from a guild member who won the unfinished project from a guild meeting raffle?
  • A Hooker’s World because I still hold out hope that the right person will like my stuff and buy it?

Dimensions: 50 Length x 34 width, measured in inches
Price: USD $40.00 is about worth my time and the possible development of additional tendonitis. 🙄

I received a huge bag of square  motifs with a primary surplus of Caron One Pound and bits of color yarn. Admittedly, I had a hell of a time arranging the sqaures on my computer. Finally, I thought just keep it simple and shift the colors one column every row. Just when I had that thought I had learned that I was the proud owner of a Boy ticket and wanted to name an item for Culture Club becuase they were so inpsirational in my youth.

Anyhoo…it is pure coincidence that the arrangement of the motifs also represents the changing colors on a chameleon, a reptile I would love to possess as a pet. Then I’d have someone to hold hands with; Mojo doesn’t like to hold hands. 😓

With the left over motifs, I have plans to make a project bag; I am fortunate enough to have matched tension and can crochet the missing squares I might need. With the final motifs – larger than others – I will make something else. Perhaps something to throw at The Boy because if I am right, I think my seat is three rows behind the pit, center section!

Some of the motifs have yellowed; either from smoke or age, I’m not sure as they have had time to air out and I don’t remember how they smelled when I got them. 🤓 I will wash and hope for color balance. This may affect additional discounts on the price.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn Pound of Love

Care: Machine Washing and Drying: For best results, machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low heat and remove promptly. Or you may handwash and lay flat to dry.
Color: 100 White
Content: 100% Preumium Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

Unknown

Suggested Care: Machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low.
General Colors: Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Blue, Green, Teal
Believed Content: Acrylic
Approximated Weight: 4, Worsted

I started the LBY Pound of Love to sew all the pieces together; at least one thing is consistent, as I believe some of the colors are different yarns, but the same weight and content.

Design Notes

Motifs were joined with top slip stitch because bottom created “valley.” I realize/think now that I should have slipped tops of double crocheted versus back/front loops. It doesn’t really matter because my tension was was a bit tight causing puckering. I am hoping a washing may relax the afghan. I actually like the puckering effect. I might try to achieve a much looser tension next time to relieve puckering.

I love the design and think the afghan is very attractive for its simplicity.

 

Cherish Cowl

Cherish Cowl

About The Project Name

cher·ish
verb

  • 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
Price:
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.