Stray Cat Strut

The Name

Stray Cat Strut by Stray Cats

Another animal name for an animal product and because “I got cat class and I got cat style!”

The Cush Tush

Dimensions: 14-inch diameter

This time I was determined to work in double crochet for faster turnaround. Well I finished this one is less than a day, so that’s cool! I originally started with a square but have forgotten the formula for a square design, with no holes, in-the-round. Now that I’ve made a round one, I am thinking of different shapes; maybe a star one! Color selections were random reaches into my bag o’ scraps of worsted yarn.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Wool Ease
Color: Purple 147; Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Weight: 4, Worsted

Feza Cayenne
Color: 01 ; Content: 40% Cotton, 49% Acrylic, 11% Nylon; Weight: 4, Worsted

Unlabeled Yarn Suspects

Red Heart Super Saver
Color: Turqua; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Aran

Caron Simply Soft
Color: Black; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Stray Cat Strut Side 2

I apologize for my crappy photography; I can no longer remain still long enough for good focus.

Something To Do

The Name

Something To Do by Depeche Mode

This marks the last item I was asked to finish.

The Afghan

Dimensions: 38 x 22.5 inches (approximate)

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.

The Yarn

I have no idea, but would guess at DK* on a J hook, acrylic*.

* estimations per Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby: Bound Off

About The Project Name

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby? by Dinah Washington [Rae & Christian Remix]

I was looking for a name that might match the print, but came across a baby reference first.

About Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby

Dimensions: approximately 28.5 inches square

I am surprised and pleased that approximately 258 yards of super bulky makes a decent size baby afghan. This is a tip to file under cost efficiency.

About The Pattern

Corner-to-Corner Baby Blankie by Shea Leonard

Extremely similar to Lion Brand Diagonal Baby Blanket, but easier.

About The Yarn

Bernat Baby Blanket

Care: Wash in water )not exceeding 30°C/86°F) on delicate setting. Do not Bleach. Tumble dry at low heat, on delicate setting. Do not iron or press. Do not dry-clean.
Color: 04616 Pitter Patter
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Easier to knit, than crochet. K2TOGs not fun.

Mar Azul Shawl

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On da Hook: August 15, 2015
Off da Hook: August 19, 2015
Yarn: 1 hank Newtons’ Yarn Country Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Unknown]; Yarn Color: Unknown [Aqua]; Yarn Weight: Unknown [1, Fingering]; Yardage: 1100)
Hook: US 8/H
Pattern: Amita Shawl designed by Rebecca Velasquez
Dimensions: 72 (W) X 40 (H)

When I was given this yarn I was so bedazzled by the color; I did not immediately recognize it was a tangled hank! Approximately 10 hours later, blue finger dye transfer syndrome, and with the help of Cathy and Lynette, I was able to spin into a beautiful yarn cake.

This pattern has been in the back of my mind for some time now: I never tire of being able to crochet a project up so quickly. The name of this project – Mar Azul by Césaria Évora – was a no brainer. The woman that gifted the yarn to me is blond and this shawl will look great on her. Fortunately, there was enough yarn in the hank to make a shawl more closely to the recipient’s 5’8″ stature. I am – technically – over in the width, but I don’t have any significant leftovers either. The pattern is written for the intermediate crocheter, or one given to intuitive instruction, but otherwise easy to interpret.