I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf

I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf
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On da Hook: Don’t remember
Off da Hook: July 20, 2013
Recipe: I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Salsa (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Hook: US I – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: Forgot to measure before donating

I obtained this yarn for free from Peggy. I just love the color and I thought it would make a nice scarf. I was going to make it longer, but at the guild meeting this past weekend I discovered that there are no size restrictions, so ended it before joining a third skein, sewed in the ends, had Parmesaner (isn’t she a cutie-patootie?) model it for me and turned it in as a donation to Handmade Especially For You. I really like this scarf. I wish I could wear one, but with my heat sensitivity issues, it would not be so pretty for so long.

Due to our – what I presume to be – fake mutual crushes, I chose to name the project I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos.

 

 

Catch My Fall Scarf

On da Hook: January 19, 2013
Off da Hook: January 20, 2013
Pattern: Catch My Fall Scarf by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (3960 Tidal); Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Hook: H – 5.0 mm
Dimensions: 6′ x 6.25″

At the guild Saturday, I discovered that The Curse of the Grandmother was not done with me yet. I noticed that one of the squares I had attached already had a mistake which was affecting the border. Aiyaa. Having nothing else to work on, I sauntered over to the scarf donations table and found a skein that I really liked: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.

I set to creating the scarf in filet crochet style as that is what I have been working on with The Curse of the Grandmother. It took a moment to get the right number of stitches for the foundation chain, but once that was achieve, it only took overnight to finish.

This scarf will be donated to Handmade Especially For You.

2014-04-22 Addendum: This pattern is no longer available for free. You may purchase this pattern by following the Pattern link above.

Blue Cowl

Cast On: January 11, 2013
Cast Off: January 18, 2013
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 13 – 9.0 mm
Yarn A: Unknown
Yarn B: S.R. Kertzer Northern Chunky (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic: Yarn Color: Cool Turquoise: Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn C: Universal Classic Chunky (Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 25 % Wool; Yarn Color: Petrol Blue; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky)
Dimensions: 7 x 80 inches

I originally started this with a crochet single crochet chain. Then I got to the double-stranded part, I wondered what it would look like if I split the double-strand, but the amount of stitches became unmanageable.

The next attempt included the Cat Bordhi Mobius cast on. It was not as hard as it appeared to be the first time I learned it. After testing the single strand unknown with a double stranded Kertzer, the stitch width appeared equal. However, upon completion, you will notice some puckering – now part of the design element. I think the double stranding and the bulky yarns I was using made knitting it somewhat difficult – double stranding did not help. I actually broke my US 5 needles somewhere along the way while investigating splitting double strands while I was knitting. I think I’ll stick to single stranding from this point forward.

Basically, here’s what I did:

CO 120 with Yarn A (Super Bulky)
Knit 2 or three rows, making sure you have enough yarn to finish with the same number of rows.
With the Kertzer Chunky (double stranded) I did one row [knit, yo]
With Universal Classic Chunky (double stranded), I knit 3 rows
With Kertzer Chunky (double stranded), I knit 1 row
With Yarn A, I did one row of k2tog and finished with the same number of knit rows I began with
BO loosely or use stretchy BO

I am not happy with my bind off, but I don’t think it makes much of a difference to the piece, as a whole. Still, I would have preferred a looser bind off. I suppose I should learn the stretchy bind off.

I would have put a link on S.R. Kertzer, but when I click through from Google, I am asked to log in and I could not close the tab without quitting the application. You think they’d have checked that out or at least fix it. Whatever! Turns out the yarn is discontinued, so the company may not be in business any more.

Coffee Cup Square Motif

Coffee Connection Afghan Square
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Cast On: November 26, 2012
Cast Off: November 26, 2012
Recipe: Coffee Cup Square Motif by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn: Red Heart Soft; Yarn Color: 1882 Toast; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Dimensions: 12 x 13 inches, should be 12 x 12 inches

Having finished Summertime Blues Blanket, I was all geared up to deconstruct my first attempt and recreate the Coffee Cup Square Motif for the Coffee Connection Afghan within the requested dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. The odd thing is that I have already made a square – minus coffee cup, with the same yarn, but different color – using an 8 needle and had no problem with gauge.

I started with an 8 and it kept coming out about 13.5 inches wide. After a few calls to some knitter friends, I decided to decrease the needle size. With a 7 needle, I still was too wide at about 13 inches. Not pleased, I decided to go down to a 6 needle. Finally, I got the right width measurement, but did not discover until I was done that the height is 13 inches. Aiyaa! Well, at least one dimension is correct. I’ll let the overage be absorbed by the blanket.

This recipe is available for free and may be obtained by following the Recipe link above or by visiting Ravelry.

Feliz Navidad Wrap

Feliz Navidad Wrap
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Cast On: November 26, 2011
Cast Off: December 19, 2011
Pattern: Zig Zag Rib by Tahira Probst
Yarn A: Malabrigo Merino Wool (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Navidad; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Red]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering
Needle: US 13
Dimensions: 26 x 64 inches

I finally finished it…and just in time for someone to buy it as an Xmas gift. The name – Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano – was inspired by the yarn color.

I decided I wanted to make a shawl/wrap with my Malabrigo Merino worsted wool, but I was not sure how many stitches to cast on. I started with forty, but after completing 64 rows of the pattern, I decided it was not going to be wide enough. My friend ArtCrochetbyD, made a shawl (different pattern) and I think it is the perfect dimensions, but she is not as anal as I am and she doesn’t know the dimensions.

Anyway, with this four day weekend, I have been doing nothing, but crocheting and knitting. So I spent yesterday, frogging Feliz Navidad and restarting it. As I reached the 32 row point, I noticed that I had made a boo-bo0, so I frogged it again and completed that 32 rows before I finally went to bed. As long as I pay attention, I should be able to finish one skein today, which will give me a better idea how much more yarn I need to complete the project. I have one more skein, but I think I am going to need more and I want to find out sooner better than later as I have been in the position where I have needed more yarn and the color lot is no longer in production.

This was the best picture which reveals the zig zag rib texture. Lesson learned from this project:

  • Texture and multicolor yarns are not the best combination
  • Multicolor yarn
    • Multiple skeins do not provide consistent pooling, no matter matching dye lots
    • Best reserved for one skein projects or where the multicolor can be broken up by solids

Price: USD $140.00

Mirror In The Bathroom Afghan

Mirror In The Bathroom Afghan
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Off da Hook: October 12, 2011
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 1005 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 1040 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 54 x 58 inches

This afghan represents my acquired knowledge of how to perform entrelac crochet in the round. I found this stitch easy and fun to do, but one must keep track of one’s stitch count, as I got too comfortable twice and two of the square are actually bigger than they are supposed to be. I was not a fan of the continuous method, switching between yarns, as a ridge is created on the back side. In the future, I will just cut the yarn and sew in the ends.

The project name – Mirror In The Bathroom by The English Beat – is representative of my ska period and in honor of one of my most favorite ska bands.

Price: USD $150.00

Grape Soda Shawl

Grape Soda Shawl
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On da Hook: May 5, 2011
Off da Hook: May 12, 2011
Pattern: Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Yarn: Feza Aspen (Fiber Content: 40% Acrylic, 30% Mohair, 15% Metallic, 8% Nylon, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 662; Yarn Weight: 4)
Dimensions: 73 X 37 inches

I am pretty sure I was gifted six skeins of this yarn by tinsellybee. After completing Bubbe Sings the Blues, I was anxious to start a new shawl with this yarn. Close up, the tinsel is a bit distracting, but from a galloping horse view, not so much. It took me a minute to get the pattern down by memory, and thankfully the frogging was not to bad, considering it was double-stranded.

Price: USD $50.00