Destination Unknown: Bind Off

“And I don’t even know the time of day; I guess it doesn’t matter any way…

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When Doves Cry

“Animals strike curious poses…

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Under The Bridge: Off da Hook

The Name

Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is my homeless series of bags: the other two are called Gypsy Woman and Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

The Bag

Dimensions: 29 inches squared; 16-inch depth from point of intersection

I should’ve followed the pattern, but wanted a bigger bag, as I am a big guy, homeless people have a lot of stuff to carry, and the other guild members could use this bag considering the amount of yarn I see them lugging around the meeting.

Destination still to be determined.

The Yarn

Rug Crafters Heavy Polyester Rug Yarn
Color: 503 Tangerine Orange; Content: Polyester; Weight: Unknown

Universal Classic Chunky
Color: 60639 Petrol Blue; Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; Weight: Bulky

Teddy Bear
Color: 001 White; Content: 95% Acrylic, 5% Polyester; Weight: Unknown

Spinnerin Chenille Cherie
Color: 11; Content: 45% Virgin Wool, 45% Rayon, 10% Nylon; Weight: Aran+

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky
Color: 152 Charcoal; Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Weight: Bulky+

Other yarns included

Black Chenille

Purple natural fiber roving yarn, per burn test

Purple man-made roving yarn, per burn test

Lion Brand Homespun?
Color: Unknown Blue; Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Weight: Bulky

+ yarn weight per Ravelry

Under The Bridge

 

Deep Ending

The Name

Deep Ending by Deee-Lite

This scarf marks the end of the red natural fiber yarn that I had been trying to end.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 104 inches

This scarf is a mix of back look single crochet and filet crochet. The single crochet portions present similar to brioche: one color dominant on one side, a second color dominant on the other.

The Yarn

Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr

Color: Maroon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Fingering

Unknown

Color: Red
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Color: 290 Medieval
Content: 100% Merino Wool

Classic Elite Imagine

Color: 9268
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Unknown

Color: Purple Panic*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Unknown

Color: Carmine*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Patons Lace

Color: Porcelain
Content: 80% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic, 10% Wool, 10% Goat – Mohair
Weight: 2, Sport

Unknown

Color: Salmon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Universal Merino XF Superwash

Color: Grey*
Content: 100% Superwash Extra Fine Merino
Weight: 3, DK

Cascade Heritage Silk Paints

Color: 9942 Misty Blue
Content: 85% Merino Wool, 15% Silk
Weight: 1, Fingering

 

Damn! My aim was to use all natural fibers. I completely brain-farted on the Patons, but those mohair guard-hairs misled me.

The Cascade Heritage Silk Paints was double-twined with the Patons Lace and made for great coloration.

The Unknown Red is the yarn I have been trying so hard to rid myself of because of it’s crinkle / boucle texture.

Designer Notes

I started in back loop single crochet, but thought the scarf might be too dense. I have this irrational fear that crochet is heavier than knitting; so much so that I feel the item I am crocheting may be cumbersome at times. So, I added sections of filet crochet to lighten it up.

I am amazed at some of the colorations in this scarf: the grey against the bright red and the blues/purples against the lighter reds of carmine and salmon.

I based my pattern repeat on nineteen rows; unfortunately, I ran out of red yarns and just ended it.

Deep Ending

* All color designations assigned by Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

Little Red Corvette

The Name

Little Red Corvette by Prince

Red!

The Scarf

I am trying to rid myself of all my scraps and odd balls, so I got all my DK and sport weight yarns and started crocheting. Nothing was working. Restarted about three times and got frustrated working with the beginning yarns. Then I had the idea of double-stranding.

Pretty challenging crochet, as the Unknown Red 1 yarn was bumpy and so was the pink. However, the red ran the entire length.

The Yarn

Unknown Pink: Man-made fiber
Unknown Magenta: Natural fiber
Unknown Red 1: Natural fiber
Unknown Red 2: Natural fiber
Unknown Carmine: Natural fiber

All yarns burn tested.

If memory serves, the Unknown Red 2 yarn is rayon from Netwon’s Yarn Country; I had used it previously on Holly Golightly (2011-2012), a shawl I gifted to Kathleen. Jeez! six years that scrap has been in my stash; well, it’s gone now!

Designer Notes

I was going to construct in single crochet only, but I notice my single crochet was creating a bias on the fabric. So I added double crochets and did not notice any change. Lightbulb! Do a second row of single crochet to counter act the first. As you can see the natural tendency is to twist. I think it’s related to the width.

The double crochets created lightness to a scarf whose heft is substantial.

Little Red Corvette

Domino Dancing Shawl

Domino Dancing Shawl

The Name

Domino Dancing by Pet Shop Boys

Explanation can be found here.

The Shawl

Dimensions: 55-inch wingspan x 24-inch depth

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Wash warm. Hang dry.+
Color: White with a Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green thread
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: 2, Sport/Baby

Classic Elite Imagine

Care: Dry clean only.
Color: 9258
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Lion Brand Fun Fur

Care: Machine washable and dryable.
Color: 109 Sapphire
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Designer Notes

Another surprise in crescent shawl shape development. I had started with my basic crochet circle pattern, this time in double crochet versus single crochet, but the horizon was not meeting my standards. By chance I discovered by starting my shape with twice as many stitches, I was achieving a better horizon. Finally, I inserted enough stitches for seven sections versus six and I was on my way.

The hard part was inserting the eyelets because I was dealing with an odd number of sections which forced one-sided increases per section. I worked in pattern as long as I could, changing it up at the end with increased half double crochet rows.

The addition of the red Classic Elite Imagine and the sapphire Lion Brand Fun Fur, was an after-thought and impulsive move because they just happened into my line of sight. The Classic Elite was actually a size bigger, but I thought the eyelet row would cover up the change in yarn weight. Knowing I was going to end with the fun fur, I felt doubly assured. In the end, there is slight puckering, but I think with wear it will wear out.

Domino Dancing Shawl
+ Suggested/recommended care