2009: Pussy Pink Afghan

Reconstructed blog post - for hooking posterity sake

The Name (BST*)

Pussy Pink Afghan

This is the first second thing I made once I resumed crocheting again. At about this time, I was going through another round of recovery – third?  fourth? Actually, the picture was from an acquaintance’s – discovering lately, my definition has changed – wedding shower party. I have always felt maladjusted, and had discovered my crochet, as a means of being present, but not really seen. It’s still my first defense. Sorry, I was reminiscing.

Aaugh!

The name comes from Tania’s desire to include “Pussy Pink” into her afghan. Having no familiarity with “pussies or pussys,” I incorporated a range. As my luck would have it, the hottest pink was the one she had meant, the same color that I happened to – if I remember correctly – run out of, the manufacturer had discontinued.

The Afghan

Dimensions: approximately 4 x 6 feet

This afghan was created for my friend Tania Noval, who had requested something in, or with, “pussy pink.” Having no familiarity with pussies, much less their color, my interpretation was something along the lines of Hot Pink.

At this time, I had just resumed crocheting as a means to pass the time of a four-hour commute to, and from, work.

The Yarn

Unknown Wal-mart Pinks & White

Colors: Assorted Pinks & White; Content: Assorted Man-made fibers; Weight: 4, Worsted

I had biked over to the neighborhood Walmart, bought a plastic hook – because they looked cool – and some assorted acrylics in pink, plus white.

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Christmas Is Coming

The Name

Christmas Is Coming by Vince Gauraldi Trio form A Charlie Brown Christmas 

Had to get an xmas themed song for such a suggestively festive slouch beanie I crocheted with red and green stripes.

The Hat

Dimensions: 9 (W) x 17 (H) x 28 (C)
Pattern: Be The Rainbow Slouch Beanie by Brooke Etter

I followed the pattern, exactly; from a mechanical and mathematical perspective. I did not follow the color scheme. I was hoping to end up with something along the lies of Dr. Seuss, but ended up with a slouch beanie with elfish inclinations.

Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

The OTHER thing wrong with it is that point that just begs for a pom-pom to hang from it! ARGH! That damn point also emphasizes – at least, for me – Christmas…bah, humbug!

I do agree that the height on Holding Back The Years was not long enough, therefore, no slouch.

But, then there is…

The Yarn

Woolworth Woolco “Wintuk” Knitting Yarn
Color: 30 Red & 52 Dark Green; Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Weight: 3, DK

DK!?

I just presumed worsted and crocheted the hat with an H-hook…and…I had the yarn label!

Which said nothing about weight! Fortunately, I did not discover this until I was updating my Ravelry project page, after the hat was finished. This could explain the opening appearing bell-shaped after trying to put it on my 23-inch head.

Heck, I got plenty of scraps to make another…without a point!

Christmas Is Coming

Troublemaker

Troublemaker

The Name

Troublemaker by Weezer

Props for posting a music video!

This was almost named The Devil Went Down To Georgia, but then Troublemaker came on. As I was listening to the lyrics, I began to identify, which, again, made me feel prophetic, melancholic, nostalgia. This of course just intensified my feelings, as I took the lyrics to heart and realized the reason for my loneliness.

I’m a troublemaker, never been a faker
Doing things my own way and never giving up
I’m a troublemaker, not a double-taker
I don’t have the patience to keep it on the up

Troublemaker

The Slouchy Skully

Dimensions: 11 x 11 inches
Pattern: The Hadley Slouch by Olive+Brook

Apparently, I had this pattern open on my iPad. Why not.

Well, before I even finished my crown, I began to worry as I was exceeding the normal size crown I usually make: 5-5.5 inch diameter, which allows for a negative 2-inch ease for snugness. I checked my guage and I was spot on. I convinced myself to carry on with the pattern, as that was my initial goal: to get rid of all my unlabeled yarn and hats are fast.

The pattern specifies…

The hat should fit a young teen to a woman (20” to 22”) as this hat has a nice stretch to it

As I have a 23-inch head, I incorporated some allowance for a looser fit because I always reserve the right to keep something if I really like it – instead of giving it to charity.

Chorus: :D

It seemed to loosen up more each time I tried it on, however, it wasn’t slouching the way I wanted it to. I crocheted on – just follow the pattern being my mantra. When I got to the brim, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to break free and improvise, so…

  1. started the brim in the back loop for more of a distinction between the hat and the brim
  2. I tried an improvised rib of aligned, alternating front loop and back loop single crochets

As I approached the end of the brim, I even tightened my tension for more snugness.

It fit’s my 23-inch head okay. My niece-in-law was visiting, so I asked her to put it on. She was also satisfied with the fit, and she has long hair.

Regarding the slouch, perhaps a little bit more height? The crochet tension? Bigger hook? Crochet fabric versus knitted fabric?

I found my 8 DPNs so I may be knitting some hats also.

Troublemaker

The Yarn

Unknown Red
Color: Slasher*; Content: Unknown+; Weight: 4, Worsted

Unknown Black
Color: Basher*; Content: Unknown+; Weight: 4, Worsted

* color designation by Hooker Leo due to missing label
+ presumed man-mad fibers, per burn test

Holding Back The Years

The Name

Holding Back The Years by Simply Red

Red!

Props to Simply Red for posting an actually music video for his music.

The Skully & Scarf

Scarf Dimensions: 72 x 5 inches
Skully Dimensions: 8 (H) x 10 (D) x 31 (C) inches

The set was crocheted out of nine different red worsted scraps. The scarf was crocheted using back loop half double crochets and the skully was crocheted using double crochets.

The odd thing is that I constructed the skully to fit my head, as I was not using a pattern. My head circumference is 23 inches. I already knew that the crown width should be about 7 inches, less a 2-inch ease: 5.5 inches. However, when I do the math – either based on flat measuring or crown width, the circumference keeps coming up 31 inches!

The 64,000 question is: how does a 31-inch circumference fit snuggly on my 23-inch head?

The Yarns

Unknown Worsted Red yarns were used for this set, all unlabeled. I think I can safely estimate the Red Hearts, but all others are unknown.

Holding Back The Years

Six Underground

The Name

Six Underground by Sneaker Pimps

Six colors!

The Scarf

Dimensions: 72 x 4.5 inches

Constructed in back loop single crochet, exhausting worsted yarn scraps.

The Yarn

Unknown Brown
Color: Cafe con Leche*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Unknown

Unknown Pink
Color: Purrfect Pink*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Unknown

Unknown Pink 2
Color: This Little Piggy*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Unknown

Unknown Blue
Color: Deep Blue Sea*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Unknown

Unknown Blue 2
Color: Blue-Tailed Skink*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Unknown

Unknown Blue 3
Color: Bruise*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Unknown

You might recognize the Unknown Brown and Pink from Mink, Schmink. All yarns fell into the worsted and aran yarn weight categories.

Six Underground

* color assignment by Hooker Leo due to missing yarn labels

Mink, Schmink

The Name

Mink, Schmink by Eartha Kitt

I loved this song when I discovered it; I still do. The pink yarn used in this scarf was the inspiration for this name.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 82 x 6 inches

Worked brown: purl, knit; pink: knit purl, alternating colors every two passes. Surprisingly, I ended up with a different feature color on either side.

The Yarn

Unknown Pink
Color: Purrfect Pink*; Content: Unknown; Weight: 4, Worsted+

Unknown Brown
Color: Cafe con Leche*; Content: Unknown; Weight: 4, Aran+

Mink, Schmink

* color assignment per Hooker Leo due to missing yarn label
+ yarn weight estimation by Hooker Leo due to missing yarn label

Brokenhearted

Brokenhearted

The Name

Brokenhearted by K. D. Lang

I have been told – twice now – that this cowl looks very christmassy. While I have to admit that it does, I named it Brokenhearted because that is how I was feeling during the knit.

Brokenhearted

The Cowl

Dimensions: 11-inch diameter x 20-inch height

Ever since this cold weather set in, I have needed more protection while crocheting/knitting so I decided to make a longer cowl that I could pull up over my head.

Knit in garter.

Brokenhearted

The Yarns

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

Lion Brand Homespun
Color: 375 Candy Apple & Passion Pink*; Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown Grey
Color: Xmas*; Content: Unknown; Weight: 6, Super Bulky+

Teddy Bear is left over from Under The Bridge; Homespun is left over from Poison Arrow; and Unknown Grey is exactly that.

Brokenhearted

+ Weight designation not available, estimated by Hooker Leo
* Color name not available, assignment by Hooker Leo