Nothing Compares 2 U

“I could put my arms around every boy I see…

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Nothing Compares 2U: Cast On

“It’s been seven hours and fifteen days…

Nothing Compares 2UHaving made When Doves Cry, a knit bias shawl, I am loving the construction and wanted to make another of my own design.

On my first attempt I was starting with a k1, yo, but that did not make joining new colors any easier, so I switched sides and began with K the whole row and ending with a k2tog at the end (beginning side). This made new color add a little easier to manage, not so loose.

I have completed my first garter stitch section and have begun a yo, k2tog lace pattern, which I have also just completed. The next section with be a continuous garter section of the leftovers of the colors used so far. After that, back to black, though in what stitch has yet to be determined.

Ugh! I already noticed a mistake in the lace, but I am not tinking or frogging back.

You Learn

The Name

You Learn by Alanis Morissette

This was the best song title that I could “link” to this knit project. I chose this song title in relation to the fact that I “learned” something I didn’t know before, and re-learned something I did.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 66 x 4/5 inches

Cast on twelve stitches and work stockinette for three rows, alternated with reverse stockinette. I chose use this pattern from an old one I used before; the difference with this one is that there are no chevrons or zig zags…hmmm! I should be able to make zig zags.

The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Links
Color: 12002 Rich Brown; Content: 74% Acrylic, 18% Wool, 8% Polyester; Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown Gold
Color: Rumlestiltskin*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Lace*

This is where I “learned” something new. I learned that double-stranding a bulky and a lace, does actually add weight to the yarn – evidenced by the beginning five-inch width and ending with a four-inch width. However, it seemed that the second ball was a bit thinner also.

I re-learned the need to alternate two multicolor yarns of the same color to avoid different pooling patterns.

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

Pussycat Meow

The Name

Pussycat Meow by Deee-Lite

Another tush that needs some cush!

The Tush Cush

Dimensions: 15 inches square

This time I created in double crochet for faster turnaround. It still took just as long as the single crochet, only because I had to recall to memory my Solid Granny Square pattern. Maybe I better write it down before dementia sets in.

Yarn

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

Red Heart Super Saver
Color: Yellow*; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Those are the only two I could come close to guessing. All other yarns – red, orange, green-purple multicolor, red-blue multicolor, tan, pink, brown – were deemed by me, as worsted and man-made fibers, except the gold lace crocheted together with the black Caron.

Pussycat Meow

Come Sail Away

The Name

Come Sail Away by Styx

Every time I look at this scarf my first association is sailor…sailor moon…Come Sail Away!

The Scarf

Dimensions: 58 x 3 inches

Cast on 16 stitches and worked in garter, alternating color every other complete (forward and backward passes) garter row. The spacing is created by using a lace weight yarn with a thicker worsted – or possibly DK – yarn.

The Yarn

Melrose Company Darella

Color: 117
Content: 60% Cupro Rayon, 40% Metallized Polyester
Weight: 1, Lace

Unknown White

Color: Pacific Crests*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 4, Worsted

I don’t know why the blue photographs so dark, but I finally managed to stage it under a light and get some glitterness. The white was one of those spongy yarns and I started knitting loosely, unsure how to use the yarn. As such, the beginning does not as neat as the end.

Come Sail Away
Come Sail Away

 

Stairway To Heaven

Name

Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin

When I had originally begun this scarf, it was going to be a mish-mosh of yarn scraps, but as time progressed, it decided to make it uniform. The glitter is what led me to thinking about a stairway (chevrons) to heaven.

Stairway To Heaven

Scarf

Dimensions: 43-inch (L) x 4-inch (W)

As you can see from the previous blog posts, this scarf has undergone several changes to make it to completion, and working on US size two needles, I am so happy to finally be done with this scarf.

The original pattern – Keeping Rosita Warm by Nadia Severns – called for stockinette; I changed to garter so my scarf would lay flat. I was please that the stitch pattern converted as well.

Stairway To Heaven

Yarn

Darella (Discontinued)

Care: Hand wash in cold water with mild liquid soap. Do not rub or twist. Rinse several times in cold clear water. Do not wring. Dry flat away from heat.
Color: 101 (Black+) and 134 (Dark Fairy+)
Content: 40% Metallized Polyester, 60% Cupro Rayon
Weight: 0, Lace

Pretty glitter yarns. The black was a different ply and kept separating easier, which is not good. The dark fairy colorway knit better.

Stairway To Heaven

+ suggested color name, per Hooker Leo