What Have I Done To Deserve This?: Strip 1 & 2 Update

“I bought you drinks, I brought you flowers…

What Have I Done To Deserve This? Schematic
What Have I Done To Deserve This? – Schematic

It looks like things are “shaping” up just about right around here. The picture illustrates how laying out shows sides more even than the last post.

As theorized, I think vertical-strip-design was the way to go. Yay! The middle portion of my schematic is complete…despite an inequality between sides: the top portion is 116 sts, while the bottom is 115 sts. Don’t worry, be happy! This does not affect the other aspects of this design.

I am now working on the the left side; fortunately, the thinner faster side. I’m not looking forward to the right section. While the crochet seed stitch is simple, the monotony begins to bore me and I fall asleep or tire of crocheting; that right side looks daunting!

What Have I Done To Deserve This?
What Have I Done To Deserve This?

What Have I Done To Deserve This?: Recommenced

What Have I Done To Deserve This?
What Have I Done To Deserve This?

I have returned to What Have I Done To Deserve This? , where I have frogged the three rows of dc I had completed and began with crochet seed stitch.

My latest, concentrated effort is the field of white crochet seed stitch. The current Caron One Pound (color: 501 White; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Aran) I am using seems a bit more on the aran side versus worsted of the original piece; although, I see no width-stretching that, I hope, will even out in the end.

While you can’t see it, my field is fairly even in width to the beginning striped piece. I am hoping to complete the 38 x 8.5 section before I go to sleep tonight.

What Have I Done To Deserve This? Schematic
What Have I Done To Deserve This? Schematic

I’ve Been Known To Nod Off

I’ve been known to nod off…

Or even worse…drop a stitch and not notice until 20 rows later. It is very dangerous to crochet, and more so knit, when one is tired or weary. Mistakes happen and some of them can be very nasty to try and fix.

When one is crocheting/knitting, one should be seated comfortably, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. 😀 Attentiveness is the key to excellent crocheting/knitting. My teacher told me to admire my work after every row or two; this is a good way to catch those nasty mistakes before getting too far.

When one is knitting lace, the best life saver is a life line (a piece of yarn/thread, lighter in weight then what you are working, strung through your stitches at the beginning of a lace pattern. This aides in case you have to frog your project due to an error. You only have to frog back to the life line!

Bottom Line: A hooker should be attentive to his/her crafting.

“Fucking” Splint

“Fucking” Splint

The title of this post refers to the position of the splint more than the splint itself or the associated pain. Welcome to my sense of humor. 😀

With all the stitch pattern development I have been conducting, my tendonitis spread from my major knuckle to my palm knuckle, requiring increased mobilization. Thankfully, I have many old needles to incorporate as splints. The only problem I have now us maintaining the splint due to tape tears. I need something better!


The good news is that my tendonitis is not a result of crocheting and knitting; the bad news is that I need to recreate my website for the meager business I conduct via the internet.

I have been working on the computer for the last two days and my finger is starting to get sore. The doctor had told me to try and keep the finger extended, but I never noticed the tendency – at least for my hands – is for the fingers to be curled.

I had this set of 16-inch circular needles that are way too small for me to even work on. I tried giving them away, but there were no takers. Good to know they can have other uses!


Working With Rayon

You've Got Your Troubles Shawl
©A Hooker’s World

This is a shawl I am making for a friend of mine, Cathy. I have named this project You’ve Got Your Troubles – by The Fortunes – Shawl. Well, I’ve got mine; That’s how the song goes.

Cathy chose the yarn from one of Newton’s Yarn Country’s parking lot sales before showing me the pattern. Her yarn choice is like a rayon, very slippery. Having worked with rayon before, I did not think much about her choice. Of course, this was before she gave me the pattern she liked. The pattern (The Shawl – Collared Shawl from the book Crochet Your Way by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin) calls for a 70% mohair, 30% silk blend, which might be a lot easier to work with because of the hairs, and crochet hook sizes G, H, I, J & K, beginning with the K.

The first attempt went well from the foundation chain except that using such a large hook with such a fine medium caused the foundation chain stitches to twist on themselves, making stitch identification and consistency difficult. On the third attempt I got the idea to crochet the foundation chain around a length of waste yarn to prevent the stitches from twisting on themselves. This was a very important lesson learned.

I was still struggling with tension, and I think because of that, I kept loosing stitches. I am a counter, but at this point, I am losing patience. I am counting as I crochet, double-checking when I am off. Another lesson I have learned is to count stitches while the project lays flat on a table versus in holding the project in mid-air.

Another problem is the stitch identification. At least three times I have lost stitches on the decrease row. Because the stitching is so loose, it is hard to identify the decrease; add to that the correct replacement of the stitch marker.

Pictured above is the first two rows, crocheted with a K hook. I am about to switch to the J hook and start the first set of decreases. My plan of action is to take my time, perhaps turn off the television and/or the music, so I can concentrate because I already told Cathy if this doesn’t work out, I am going to grab my size 8 steel hook and just improvise something.