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Poison Arrow: Off da Hook

The Name

Poison Arrow by ABC

Originally, I had named this Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered, as I was having a hard time improvising a chevron design. I finally found a pattern and modified it for my use. Once I started to see the pattern, it reminded me of Cupid’s arrows.

The Cowl

Dimensions: 40-inch Diameter x 7-inch width

Pattern: Granny Chevron Cowl by Zeens & Roger

The pattern was easy to follow. I did not want to make one as wide as the pattern indicated, so it took some time to figure out my starting chain number. After that, I had the pattern in my head by the second row.

Loved the new seaming idea.

I have a friend that expressed interest in this cowl, as I was making it. If she doesn’t want it, it will be donated to charity.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Homespun
Color: 375 Candy Apple & Passion Pink+; Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Weight: 5, Bulky

+ color designation by Hooker Leo, due to missing label
Poison Arrow
Poison Arrow

Black Cow

The Name

Black Cow by Steely Dan

A black name for a black cowl.

The Cowl

Dimensions: 22-inch diameter x 5-inch width

Cast on 80 stitches with a knit cast on. Worked seed stitch for the entire skein. Purl bind off.

I was shocked that it did not measure up, diameter-wise, to the first one I created. I will concede the Lion Brand Jiffy Thick & Quick was thicker and more stiff. The Lion Brand Hometown USA is much softer and pliable.

However, the shorter length is still double-wrap-able.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Hometown USA
Color: 153 Oakland Black; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Black Cow

What Difference Does It Make: Update

Mom came to invite me to new year eve lunch. I accepted.

Once I recalled the location of What Difference Does It Make?, I showed it to mom , not expecting her to like it for all the bright colors. She loved it! I told her she could have it if she really liked it that much.

So, the “difference” is that between a charity donation and a gift!

Wow! I love that! Spiritual Coincidentiality!

Blue Savannah

The Name

Blue Savannah by Erasure

This is one of my anthems. I just love the crescendos in this song and Erasure always has such interesting bridges; besides, “it has a good beat that you can dance to.” 😀

Blue Savannah

The Scarf

Dimensions: 94.5 x 6.5 inches

Cast on thirty one stitches and worked arrowhead lace from this excellent online tutorial. After about four pattern repeats, I had the pattern committed to memory, so it was a fairly easy knit. The length of the scarf was determined by the amount of yarn – used up entirely to avoid any scraps.

This will be a gift for my primary care physician, who deserves more than this for putting up with me, especially when I am enraged.

Not a consideration when I began, but I hate the way stockinette knitting curls up. This lace design has spines which enforce the curling by folding. I steamed it and it helped. I didn’t want to get carried away and end up melting the acrylic.

Lastly, when I received the yarn it was a donation in a box with some other stuff. When I opened the box, I was hit with a cigarette smoke bomb. Even as I write this, I can smell it all over again. I hate the thought of washing lace, so I took it over to my mom and asked her to smell the scarf: she smelled nothing, so I just gave it a good steaming. The box with the other yarn is outside airing out!

The Yarn

Viana Perla DK
Color: 189 [Tourquoise*]; Content: 82% Acrylic, 15% Wool, 3% Polyester; Weight: DK

This yarn is gorgeous, but a pain to work with because of all the hairy fibers and their ability to lock on to each other, making tinking/frogging more difficult. And believe me, with lace there is always one occasion to frog and many to tink. The one good point about this yarn: you don’t have to worry about your tails unraveling!

Blue Savannah