Man! I Feel Like A Woman!: Research & Development

It’s a boring job: repetitive. If nothing else, but it pays off in the end.

I want to make myself a new project bag. I started in August with this same pattern, but when I was called out on my slip stitch ladders by another crocheter, on another charity project, I questioned my previous favor of this characteristic.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

The ladder, is created by the slip stitch on the previous row, causing color interruption. My first thought was that my traditional way of changing colors needed to be revised. The other issue was where the round was being joined. Slip stitching the first stitch can be confusing because it presents as two: the slipped stitch and the first stitch of the round.

As such, I began developing a new way to make my squares. On this square, I slip stitched on the stitch after the first crochet, overlapping the first stitch and cut my colors, each round. This seems more finished, but I was not happy with the first stitch creating additional posts/legs in the first stitch in the previous row.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

My first thought was to hide the extra legs in the corner. On this version, I began each round on the the last stitch in the corner previous to the edge I ended the round. This provided for:

  • better stitch counting/tracking
  • slip stitch/first stitch issues (now treated as one)
  • crocheting over tails – providing for tighter seams

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

I don’t think I want to make squares; it will require seaming. I want to crochet the bag in-the-round, but want a flat base. I want to crochet the base in the round and then work the sides in neon yellow and orange stripes. The bag base crocheted in the round will require more R&D to figure out how to get the right size.

 

Someday

The Name

Someday by The Strokes

Random selection from my music library. Actually, being a fan of connectivity, I could say that “someday” I was going to remember my in-the-round skills and yesterday was the day.

 

The Square

Another twelve-inch square for one of the El Segundo Slip Stitchers’ charities.

The Yarn

Mixed unknown fibers.

Designer Notes

This is the second square using (single crochet, chain, single crochet) in the corners versus 3 single crochet and the former alleviates fabric bias pinching. It is a bit trickier keeping stitch count even, but I have accommodated to the point where stitch markers are no longer needed. My project bag – accidentally double-named – is going to look FABULOUS!

der Kommissar

The Name

der Kommissar by Falco

Random selection from my music library.

The Square Motif

Feeling more secure with my intuitiveness, I did not use stitch markers this time, relying on my counting skills alone. I still am not “square.” Again, can I blame the different weights?

The spinal improvements where single slip stitches with the new color only. I think the only way to really alleviate that is to leave the last stitch live for old color. Will investigate with next square.

The Yarn

Mixed unidentified yarns.

Take The Money And Run Bag

Take The Money And Run Bag – Charity Donation

The Name

Take The Money And Run by Steve Miller Band

Random selection from my music library, which seems quite appropros, considering the object. Although, upon selection, the thought of a gang of old women + one old man, taking the money, stuffing it into this bag and running got me chuckling.

The Bag

Details

Wooden* purse handles
Care: Consult a professional dry cleaner
Dimensions: 5-inch depth x 18-inch height x 20-inch width
Price: Charity Donation

Having tired of working on OPP (Other’s People’s Projects) – 😀 who remembers when O.P.P. was something one was down with 🙂 – I just could not bring myself to make anymore squares, especially since they were made at such a high tension. And fortunately, I did not need to because I all of a sudden remembered that I had won these purse handles through the guild raffle. Effectively, the bag closure is similar to a clam shell…better to keep the cash in the bag!

There is no lining – who has time for lining when the stuff won’t sell. Most appropriate for bigger items. A project bag, a money bag, remembering to keep notions and coins in smaller, more secure enclosures.

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Machine wash warm, Tumble cry low
Colors: [White, Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Green, Teal, Blue]**
Content: Acrylic+

* Wood type unknown

** Yarn label colors unknown

+ Belieived fiber

Karma Chameleon Afghan: Complete

Karma Chameleon Afghan: Complete

I am liking it too much. The simplicity of the design juxtaposed with the name is pure genius…is what I wish I would hear. 😀

The Name

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

OMG! I’m going to see The Boy in concert some time this year. I know. I am such an airhead I haven’t even checked when the concert date is yet. 🤓 😀 😜 So this was my inpiration; I think at the time I was laying this project out I had just acquired a $250.00 bill for ONE ticket to see The Boy at The Greek Theater of all places with my favorite band of all time: The B-52’s!

OMG! Did I mention I am going to see The Boy? 🙃😀

Karma Chameleon Afghan
Karma Chameleon Afghan | USD $40.00

The Afghan

Designation:

  • ODDBALLS because I don’t have any yarn labels?
  • Charity because I received the unfinished project from a guild member who won the unfinished project from a guild meeting raffle?
  • A Hooker’s World because I still hold out hope that the right person will like my stuff and buy it?

Dimensions: 50 Length x 34 width, measured in inches
Price: USD $40.00 is about worth my time and the possible development of additional tendonitis. 🙄

I received a huge bag of square  motifs with a primary surplus of Caron One Pound and bits of color yarn. Admittedly, I had a hell of a time arranging the sqaures on my computer. Finally, I thought just keep it simple and shift the colors one column every row. Just when I had that thought I had learned that I was the proud owner of a Boy ticket and wanted to name an item for Culture Club becuase they were so inpsirational in my youth.

Anyhoo…it is pure coincidence that the arrangement of the motifs also represents the changing colors on a chameleon, a reptile I would love to possess as a pet. Then I’d have someone to hold hands with; Mojo doesn’t like to hold hands. 😓

With the left over motifs, I have plans to make a project bag; I am fortunate enough to have matched tension and can crochet the missing squares I might need. With the final motifs – larger than others – I will make something else. Perhaps something to throw at The Boy because if I am right, I think my seat is three rows behind the pit, center section!

Some of the motifs have yellowed; either from smoke or age, I’m not sure as they have had time to air out and I don’t remember how they smelled when I got them. 🤓 I will wash and hope for color balance. This may affect additional discounts on the price.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn Pound of Love

Care: Machine Washing and Drying: For best results, machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low heat and remove promptly. Or you may handwash and lay flat to dry.
Color: 100 White
Content: 100% Preumium Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

Unknown

Suggested Care: Machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low.
General Colors: Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Blue, Green, Teal
Believed Content: Acrylic
Approximated Weight: 4, Worsted

I started the LBY Pound of Love to sew all the pieces together; at least one thing is consistent, as I believe some of the colors are different yarns, but the same weight and content.

Design Notes

Motifs were joined with top slip stitch because bottom created “valley.” I realize/think now that I should have slipped tops of double crocheted versus back/front loops. It doesn’t really matter because my tension was was a bit tight causing puckering. I am hoping a washing may relax the afghan. I actually like the puckering effect. I might try to achieve a much looser tension next time to relieve puckering.

I love the design and think the afghan is very attractive for its simplicity.

 

Telltale Tuesday

Tale one is that of Over The Rainbow, on which I completed the stockinette field of the shawl, using up the entire skein of Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering yarn I hand-dyed during an El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop.

Now I get to go yarn shopping for the color that will be the lace at the bottom of the shawl. My initial idea is honey-brown, but I am open to what is available at the store.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

Tale two is that of Karma Chameleon, a crochet afghan, whose horizontal strips are now completed, requiring further seaming and tail tucks. I think I will be working further on this project today, hoping to finish and then get started on bag/purse one.

 

Grannypalooza

Grannypalooza
©A Hooker’s World

I think even non crocheters have heard of granny squares, maybe even granny hexagons, but have you ever seen a granny pentagon? Granny triangle? Or the ever-elusive granny circle? No, I do not mean a circle mandala.

Granny squares are what I learned from my grandmother as a child. She later taught me how to put them together, but I don’t actually remember finishing a project – well, at least there is no evidence. Since the good ol’ days, I have learned how to make other granny shape motifs: triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon and even a circle, perfecting the technique for a cleanier and more finished look to each motif.

Because the granny motif is crocheted in the round, they can be any size you desire, and due to their size flexibility, a motif be made big enough to serve as an afghan…two could be made large enough to cover a pillow form…a friend of mine seamed two triangles to make a poncho…the possibilities are endless.

I put together a handout for my crochet classes at The Knitting Tree L A and as I am trying to update A Hooker’s World, I thought I would make this handout available for the nominal fee of USD $1.00. All shapes are included in this document. The pattern for all granny motif may only be purchased on my patterns page, as it does not conform to Ravelry database standards. This is more of an instructional document; I am not suggesting any specific yarn, as the motifs can be made from anything. I do suggest that whatever yarn you are going to use, you use the appropriate hook size for the yarn of your choice.

Proviso

  • I condone any realized profit from selling your finished project
  • I am available via email regarding any questions that may arise