Copernicus Cowl

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On da Hook: October 20, 2015
Off da Hook: October 22, 2015
Pattern: Original by Hooker Leo (Pending Publication)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky (Fiber Content: 55% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 16002 (?); Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Hook: 9 mm – M
Dimensions: 25 (D) x 3 (W, rolled) / 6.5 (W, flat) inches

One more xmas gift done; that leaves one more to be done and I have covered my primary peeps. There is one other very special friend that I am going to try and make a gift for as well. I am hoping the recipient will like this project color, who desired purple. When I think of purple, I don’t usually think in pastels (lavender). By the way, this yarn is discontinued and I lost my yarn label, so I had to guess at the yarn color.

This project name – Copernicus by Basia – is related to the ethnicity of the recipient, who shares the same ethnicity as Basia. Coincidentally, my design is also related a major event in the history of science, triggering the Copernican Revolution, a model of the universe that placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe by scientist Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer. At first I was not crazy about the curling, but then I realized how the cowl took on a rope-like look, and like it even more when I doubled it. When I styled the cowl for photography, I discovered that perhaps if I make it even wider, the cowl can be opened at the neck/shoulders to better accentuate the design. I am also wondering how 5-stitch double crochet cluster might change the garment design, versus 3-stitch double crochet clusters. In reality, the size of this cowl was based on the amount of yarn I had in my stash (213 yards).

Shattered Dreams Afghan

Shattered Dreams Afghan
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On da Hook: May 15, 2015
Off da Hook: May 21, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US K – 10.5 mm
Dimensions: 51 inch Diameter (from point to point)
Yarn: Cascade Bulky Leisure HD

Fiber Content: 50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Pima Cotton
Yarn Color: 9915
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

The name of this project – Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz – is inspired by the picture above and the seemingly shattered swirl pattern produced by the yarn.

I originally wanted more of a swirl stitch pattern, but for the life of me, I could not come up with something I liked. I even tried crochet entrelac, but there are just too many colors in the yarn, and because the yarn is discontinued, I did not think a search for a similar solid color would be fruitful. When I decided on the hexagon, I remembered that Ellen had made a shrug from a hexagon shape once. Unfortunately, my hexagon is not a granny square and therefore, would not fold into the desired L shape necessary to create the shrug.

In the long run, I am glad that the yarn is out of my stash. I feel like I am making some progress. I must emphasize the delight the crochet gives by finishing a project so quickly.

Price: USD $320.00 (25% Discount for Friends/Family)

2018-08-13: Removed from inventory; donated to charity

Mexican Radio Cowl

On da Hook: December 12, 2014
Off da Hook: December 15, 2014
Hook: US M
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 300 Hepplewhite; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Red Heart Baby Clouds (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9074 Pale Pink; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn C: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 392 Cotton Candy)
Yarn D: Lion Bouclé (Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon; Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn E: Unknown (Color: [Multicolor])
Yarn F: Caron Simply Soft Bouclé (Fiber Content: 99% Acrylic, 1% Polyester; Yarn Color: 0014 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn G: Unknown (Color: [Maroon])
Yarn H: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 322 Baroque)
Yarn I: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 334 Gothic)
Yarn J: Unknown (Color: [Navy Blue])
Yarn K: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky)
Yarn L: Universal Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: 801 Reef; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn M: Lion Brand Homespun Baby (Yarn Color: 169 Soft Lime)
Yarn N: Unknown (Color: [Dark Grey])
Yarn O: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 373 Black)
Yarn P: Unknown (Color: [Pale Pink])
Yarn Q: Unknown (Color: [White or Pale Pink])
Finished Size: 96 x 7 inches

Well, I think I have enough bulky/super bulky yarn left to make a hat and then I am done, until I find more in my yarn stash somewhere. At first I did not think the difference in weights was going to make much difference, but as I progressed, I started double-stranding some of the thinner yarns. Considering this was scrap yarns, I was really liking the way the colors worked together. When I showed it to my mom, she commented that it reminded her of a serape and that’s how the name – Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo – came about.

Because I was trying to exhaust all my bulky/super bulky yarn, this cowl is very long; long enough to wrap three times. I wore it out yesterday – unfinished – because it is so damn cold here in California, and I got a compliment from a lady at Royal Chinese Restaurant, where I dined. I was loving the wrap too. Today in a attempt to use up the Caron Simply Soft Bouclé, I ended up adding about ten more rows and for the life of me, could not get it to wrap the same way as yesterday. Could the addition of inches make that much of a difference? Another thing I noticed today – which was probably a result of excessive fidgeting and different yarn weights – was that the tails kept coming out. Aiyaa! I fixed them, but worry that they will pop out again.

The construction is thirteen single crochet, changing color every row until such time a color was exhausted.

This item is available for purchase at the reduced Price: USD $25.00 OBO, but may end up being donated…unless I can figure out how I got it to wrap so well the first time I wore it.

Halloween Spooks Baby Afghan

Name

Halloween Spooks by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

The relation is in the color scheme and I’ve heard ghosts love to hide in the Tizzy and Bouclé. Boo!

On da Hook: November 11, 2014
Off da Hook: November 21, 2014
Dimensions: 32 x 32 inches
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US M

Yarn (center > out)

Yarn A: Unknown

Fiber Content: Unknown;
Yarn Color: White+
Yarn Weight: Unknown

Yarn B: Bernat Tizzy

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Yarn Color: Creamsicle
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Yarn C: Lion Brand Bouclé

Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon
Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Yarn D: Lion Brand Homespun

Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester
Yarn Color: 790 Black
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

The white, Creamsicle and Tangerine were all super bulky weight, while the Black was only bulky. I was surprised at the difference in fabric denseness, but think it works well enough together. I am quite surprised the black and white look good together and I think it’s the breaks of orange that help in that matter – good color theory lesson.

 

Tesla Girls Cowl

Tesla Girls Cowl
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This marks the end of my unknown chunky/bulky yarn scraps. The name – Tesla Girls by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark (OMD) – is a random selection, yet appropriate due to all the colors. The construction of this cowl is alternating front and back post double crochets with a US M – 10.0 mm hook. It’s possible that the cowl can be wrapped a third time, but I will have to post more pictures later, as my camera battery needs to be charged. The dimensions are approximate 6 (W) x 96 (L) inches.

The only identifiable yarn in there is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 2704 Gothic; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).

If I can’t sell this (Price: USD $20.00), I will be donating it – charity to be determined, now that I am involved with more than one charity.

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.

Tesla Girls Cowl
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Buffy Come Back Cowl

Buffy Come Back Cowl
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Here is the next cowl to be donated to Handmade Especially For You, unless you like it so much and would like to purchase it at the reduced Price: USD $20.00. This cowl is seamed. I recommend wearing with seam at back of neck, as pictured. As you can see, the colors include white, pink, beige, grey, burgundy and a touch of blue and green in one of the multi-colored yarns, all of which are of a thick, bulky weight. The fiber content is most assuredly all acrylic/man-made fibers. The only identifiable yarn used in this cowl is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).

The construction is a back loop, single crochet ripple with an US M/10 mm hook. I began with a foundation chain of 17. Row one is worked in the bottom of the foundation chain. Every row is 2sctog, 6 sc, 3 sc in the same (center) stitch, 6 sc, 2 sctog. The seam was done in pattern attaching to the front loop of the foundation chain.

When using the white/burgundy/grey novelty yarn (pictured at upper right), I held a strand of Cascade Cherub DK (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) to ease in stitch identification.

The name of this cowl — Buffy Come Back by Angel and the Reruns – is a random selection from my music library.

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.

Buffy Come Back Cowl
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Torn Shawl

The Name

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia

Indicative of the open holes in the middle of the shawl, resembling a torn shawl.

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 19, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle US 17

Torn Shawl
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The Yarn

Yarn A, B, D, F (bottom up): Unknown

Fiber Content: Unknown
Yarn Color: Unknown
Yarn Weight: Unknown

Yarn C: Knitting Fever Flutter

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Yarn Color: 05
Yarn Weight: Unknown

Yarn E: Plassard Insolite

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Yarn Color: 09
Yarn Weight: 3

Yarn G: Bernat Boa

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Yarn Color: 81305 Parrot
Yarn Weight: 6

Yarn H: Feza Aspen

Fiber Content: 40% Acrylic, 30% Mohair, 15% Metallic, 8% Nylon, 7% Polyester
Yarn Color: 662
Yarn Weight: 4

Torn Shawl
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The Shawl

Dimensions: approximately 62 x 37 inches

Having a little yarn (the black nubbins) left over from the previous pink project, I decided it was close enough to purple to begin this improvised shawl. Once again, I double stranded the yarns, attaching new yarn to the end of the previous end. One important thing I realized and must remember from this point forward: eyelash must be double stranded with something of more weight to prevent atrophy. In this case, where I the Plassard Insolite and the Knitting Fever Flutter coincided, the shape is bowed. Live and learn.

I am really becoming a fan of making projects in this fashion. They are quick and easy, allowing the yarns to create the wow factor. Even the Feza Aspen used in conjunction with another yarn looks better than the Grape Soda Shawl I made using only the yarn, which in person appears quite brash, presuming not everyone, like me, wants to stand out or make a statement.

The construction worried me a bit because I only increase on one side, every row. While it was on the needles, I was thinking the shape was too narrow, and was much relieved when I bound off and discovered the shape was not too narrow. The shawl is work in garter stitch, using a KFB (knit front and back) increase.

The name comes from the song by Natalie Imbruglia and basically describes my emotional state of late. Being sick is not one of my favorite pastimes, especially when I am being kept from making an income. Emotionally, my mind is in upheaval over issues I must deal with that I have procrastinating on. I don’t know which came first the name or the design element in the center back of the shawl. I was also torn as to whether, or not, I should gift the shawl to Madeline, my Jewish mother, or sell it. I just sent her pictures and she loves it, so at least that is one less decision I have to make.

I am hoping to make a crescent shaped or half circle shawl next…in blues.

Price: USD $60.00 2018-08-14: Removed from inventory; donated to charity