Reconstructed blog post - for hooking posterity sake
The Name (BST*)
Pussy Pink Afghan
This is the first second thing I made once I resumed crocheting again. At about this time, I was going through another round of recovery – third? fourth? Actually, the picture was from an acquaintance’s – discovering lately, my definition has changed – wedding shower party. I have always felt maladjusted, and had discovered my crochet, as a means of being present, but not really seen. It’s still my first defense. Sorry, I was reminiscing.
The name comes from Tania’s desire to include “Pussy Pink” into her afghan. Having no familiarity with “pussies or pussys,” I incorporated a range. As my luck would have it, the hottest pink was the one she had meant, the same color that I happened to – if I remember correctly – run out of, the manufacturer had discontinued.
Dimensions: approximately 4 x 6 feet
This afghan was created for my friend Tania Noval, who had requested something in, or with, “pussy pink.” Having no familiarity with pussies, much less their color, my interpretation was something along the lines of Hot Pink.
At this time, I had just resumed crocheting as a means to pass the time of a four-hour commute to, and from, work.
This was the closest I was able to associate with my music library, after searching yellow, plaid, gingham, square, checkers and finally butter.
Dimensions: 30 x 33 inches
This is my first plaid/gingham attempt. Being the king of scraps, I was had plenty of yellow scraps to work with. And because I like a challenge, even it is a coincidence, I am digging the gradients in this design: midtone: hue shift and undertone: light to dark – a gradi-plaid, ginghad, plaham?
All yarns were worsted/aran weights. I did not keep good track of the unlabeled yarns, as this was a learning project. All colors fall within the yellow-orange spectrum, including some self-named colors: Buttercup* and Gold.*
Below is the palette I worked from, incorporating lightest shades first.
I added the color on the opposite side of the grey to provide some balance. I never did a tension check, considering how loose I was crocheted the worsted on an H hook. Oh well. Unfortunately, I noticed the cuffs on Con Los Años Que Me Quedan are not even either.
Ugh! I just want to get back to some knitting, hoping the different hand motion will provide some relief for my right hand; and I want to work on some of my own stuff now.
I have no idea, but would guess at DK* on a J hook, acrylic*.
The association is between the name of the song: one in ten; and the name of this pattern: ten-stitch.
Dimensions: 28-inch Squared
I was looking around my room for something new to start knitting, having finished Stairway To Heaven. I came across a blue of purple/blue scraps, which led me to thinking about One In Ten, another project I had recently uncovered from April 2016. To free up a project bag, I pulled it out and resumed.
At first it took me a second to remember the correct connection scheme I had chosen. Once that came back, I was faced with a corner. I wasn’t sure I wanted to tax my mind so much in one day, and it looked big enough that I could end it for a baby or infant. What the heck!
This afghan contains Skacel Simpliworsted, Artfibers Carezza, Patons North America Brilliant (3 colors), Sirdar Snuggly Baby Care DK, among a variety of other yarns of bulky weight, and lighter weight yarns combined to compose bulky weight yarn.
Fibers consist of most anything you can think: acrylic, nylon, wool, silk, polyester, bamboo, soy, cotton.
Constructed in single crochet with an E hook, I was going to donate to charity as I had received the yarn for free from CSNanaCat. However, as I know of a baby coming into this world, and having completed the afghan way ahead of delivery date, I am going to send to my friend and his wife as a gift for their infant.
I was going to add a solid white border in chenille, as well, but my fellow fiber artists thought white me too much of a contrast. They finally got me to agree on a light/silver grey. However, I don’t know now. I am done and should leave well enough alone.
Content: 10% Rayon Care: Dry-clean or hand wash in cold with mild detergent. Air-dry.+
Having received this from CSNanaCat, I didn’t pay particular attention while cake-winding, but when I finally started the second hank, I noticed a difference in dye lots. Close up it’s less noticeable for all the colors, but in the picture a distinction is noticeable. Oh well!
+ Care is suggested care; laundry care not on yarn label.
I wish I could fall into a deep sleep and never wake again.
On the serious side, I would not figure out what to make with this Newton’s Yarn Country Chenille. The yarn label had not hook/needle size recommendations. I started on a six metal needle, but lost my patience with the yarn slippage. Next I tried a two carbon needle: too small. Finally, at a complete loss as to what I should make, I decided to crochet another single crochet afghan.
I think my mood is challenging my creative process; it certainly has zapped all enjoyment from my crochet/knitting.
I had a hard time reconciling a song title to this project when I began back on May 26, 2018. I had settled on Samba de Orfeu because the color of the primary yarn reminded me of a verdant island celebration, like Carnaval!
Beginning May 29, I started a crying jag that has only complicated my allergies, leaving me completely congested and on the verge of tears with the smallest associations I make throughout each day. As such, I searched for a song titled Crocodile Tears and found on by Eydie Gorme that perked me up.
About Crocodile Tears Afghan
To be honest I had no idea what to make anymore that I am no longer attempting sales. Luckily, I had been to the guild the week previous and got some ideas about what is needed for charity. While it is not afghan size, I believe there are some children in need also. And finally, I could work from the center, outward until the yarn had been exhausted, and I was left with only about a six-inch leftover!