Like A Prayer: Yarn Found!

The El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild had our annual holiday potluck and fire sale this past weekend.

I had taken Like A Payer shawl with me to show Brandi, the raffle/yarn queen. I figured if anyone would come across the right kind of yarn to finish it, it would be her.

While mingling and taking photos, I decided to peruse the fire sale – like I really need more yarn! Well, guess what I found? Some “Tuna” to finish Like A Prayer. Ha ha ha ha ha!

So, I will frog the linen and replace with Tuna! Ha ha ha ha ha!

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Gypsy Woman: Work In Progress

Having located my wool rug yarn when I found my acrylic rug yarn, I decided to make another felted bag. Wow! This stuff is super bulky, with a burlap-like texture that feels like a welcome mat. So bad that spit-joins don’t hold securely!

I also happened across a yarn I had recently purchased during the 2018 Los Angeles Yarn Crawl to support a local store; it turned out to be wool and required the same needle size. The last yarn was a light blue, braid yarn, similar to Wollhaus, but more crusty – most likely from age and smoke, as the person who gave it to me is a smoker; a burn test revealed it to be a natural fiber (wool?) also.

My plan is to create the fabric, the bag and then felt it! As I am a bit of a novice when it comes to felting, I am bit excited. Final destination of this bag also remains undetermined: charity, gift or me?

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime: On da Hook

While in my stash looking for my rug yarns, I also found a bunch of old worsted wool skeins and thought it would be fun to create a felted bag. So using the same Caron Big Cake Carry-All Bag One Skein Wonder pattern, I began Brother, Can You Spare A Dime.

Once again the final destination of this bag remains undetermined: charity, gift or me!

Under The Bridge: On da Hook

I saw the Caron Big Cake Carry-All Bag One Skein Wonder pattern in my All Crochet Patterns eNewsletter last week and really liked the design technique, involving a little bit of origami.

I dive into my stash revealed some acrylic rug yarn, most likely super bulky weight. Good opportunity to rid myself of it, but unsure about amount of super bulky yarns in my stash. I know I have some Lion Brand Homespun, but I think that is bulky. Oh well, I can always leave as a UFO until such time I acquire more super bulky yarns. It could happen…just read what happened with Like A Prayer.

I am crocheting this using a US K, which seems smaller than what one would normally use for super bulky; this leads me to believe I can use the LB Homespun, without checking.

Final distribution of this project remains undetermined, as to gift, self or charity.

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.” :D

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

Harmony/I Got It

The name is selection from my music library…however, quite serendipitous. I love the way the color blocking appears harmonious to me, and…I figured out how to make the scarf cables reversible next time (I got it).

So far, the scarf measures 56 x 5 (approximation) inches. Is 4 feet 5 inches long enough for a scarf? Of course it is suitable for someone of that height. I usually make them sixty inches.

Hmmm…