Neighbors by Design

Makers/Craft Market in Los Angeles this weekend…

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I happened to put out my fiber items in the hopes that I might actually sell something. No such luck. However, I met Zoë Melo at one of the yard sales.

Zoë heads Neighbors by Design is a socio-enterprise, a community-centered platform that uses design as a tool to bring neighbors together and in the process create products made out of recycled materials donated by neighbors.

While most of my inventory is high end for potential sales income, I do like to create items from scrap yarn, which would fit the business model more. Either way, it’s an opportunity to sell some of my stuff and make some extra money, especially since I have lost my graphic/web design job.

Before I forget, the point of this post is an event:

Neighbors by Design Makers/Craft Market

December 16 & 17, 2017

10:00 AM-4:00 PM PST

4432 Campbell Drive; Los Angeles, CA 90066

I will be participating with Cathy, conducting the crochet and knit workshops on Sunday. Come on by! You might find the perfect gift for that special someone.

Over The Rainbow: Update

Older New Project: Over The Rainbow Shawl

Avoiding the issue for two days, I finally set forth to tinking what I thought would be over two hundred stitches over five rows. Turned out it was only three rows down, having already knocked out two rows while waiting on computer, internet connection and FarmVille.

Yay! I will knock this out after this post and then hopefully knit until I reach the lace section.

Oh, and I have named this project: Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland. Being gay and having named the yarn after me, I couldn’t have thought of a more appropriate name and am lucky that I had not used it already.

The yarn pictured is the yarn I dyed during My First Guild Workshop: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Bare (Fiber Contetn: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; Yarn Color: Leonardo; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)

Felix The Cat Cowl

About The Project Name

The primary yarn color was labeled Felix, hence the name Felix The Cat by Ann Bennett.

About The Project

I did not have enough of my primary yarn to make anything, so I searched my stash and found some complementary colors.

This project was a difficult start, as I kept making mistakes and could not decided how to proceed: provisional cast on or in-the-round? I finally chose in-the-round, but ended up using the cable length (20 or 24-inch; pretty sure it is the 20-inch) that is difficult to maneuver.

Once I decided on a knit method, I had to decide when to stop; despite my desire to use all the yarn so there would be no leftovers.

The only other critical mistake was in design: my garter edges keep folding in on themselves; I think that is an issue between garter and stockinette transition.

Dimensions: 10 (D) x 12 (H)

Price: USD $188.00, less 25% Friends/Family Discount, where applicable

Felix The Cat Cowl
Felix The Cat Cowl designed and knit by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World

About The Pattern

Felix The Cat Cowl pattern is available on AHW Patterns Page and AHW Ravelry Store.

About The Yarn

Lucky Lamb Yarn

Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Yarn Color: Felix
Yarn Weight: 3, DK
Yarn Care: handwash cool / lay flat dry

Lana Gatto Feeling

Fiber Content: 70% Merinos Extrafine New Wool, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere
Yarn Color: 12486
Yarn Weight: 3, DK
Yarn Care: Hand Wash, Dry Flat

Universal XF Merino Superwash

Fiber Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino
Yarn Color: Blue-Grey (approximated; unidentified on yarn label)
Yarn Weight: 3, DK
Yarn Care: machine wash – warm, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, do not iron, dryclean – any solvent except trichloroethylene

Felix The Cat Cowl
Felix The Cat Cowl designed and knit by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World

Felix The Cat Cowl: Inception

Felix The Cat Cowl

I feel like the end is near and have developed a desire to crochet/knit all my good yarn before I die because I hate to see it being sold at a yard sale for fifty cents per skein.

Back in 2014 a group of friends and I ventured downtown on public transportation. We lunched at Philippe’s and then ambled over to Gather DTLA to visit another friend.

Downtown Los Angeles Day Trip
L to R: Cherylynn, Barbara, Leonardo, Cynthia, Cathy

It was in Gather DTLA that I purchased the skein of Lucky Lamb Yarn (multicolored). Had I been more experienced, I would have purchased enough yarn to actually make something. I’ve treasured it over the years more than actually looked for patterns using a small amount (250 yards). Unable to design something on my own back then, I have finally evolved to a level where I can improvise something simple. I was fortunate to find the complimentary solid colors in my stash: Lana Gatto Feeling in rust and Universal XF Merino Superwash in grey.

Unfortunately, I caught a mistake while examining, but it was four rows down and I didn’t want to tink back – I only 🐸 on flat pieces and only when there is no other option. Doubling up, I noticed another mistake in the picture…grrr!

Smiling Faces Sometimes Baby Blanket

Smiling Faces Sometimes Baby Blanket

I lied!

I still have some Bernat Baby Coordinates. As such, I want it gone from my stash, so I am crocheting another baby blanket.

I have tried this pattern before, but my afghan started to bow. I was so frustrated, I ended up just throwing it away. This time, I worked a bit more and I actually discovered where my design mistake was. I have still not perfected the beginning, but I am on the path to finishing this project, yarn, design once and for all.

I have not yet decided if this will be a gift or merchandise.

Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

About Strawberry Fields Forever Water Dragon Shoulder Wrap

Price: USD $120.00, less 25% Friends/Family Discount
Finished Size:
110 (L) x 11 (D, at deepest point)
Fiber Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose

About The Project Name

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles relates to the colorway of the yarn, Cascade Tangier Strawberry Patch, with honorable mention: Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime.

About The Project

I think the repetitiveness of the pattern actually helped my tendonitis. I noticed – for the first time – my right knitting hand needle hitting my left hand middle knuckle on the purl, which kinda ouched! 🤕 It’s always something… 😆

I saw how the designer blocked to the curve. I chose to block straight because I hate pin-blocking. Once again, I demonstrate my own poor-boy blocking method:

I especially liked the ones with the wheelbarrow and dolly photo bomb…imaginations of my hunky farmer husband working out in the fields/barn while I knit, cook and clean at home. 😇

About The Yarn

Cascade Tangier (Fiber Content: 46% Silk, 18% Cotton, 18% Acrylic, 18% Viscose; Yarn Color: 14 Strawberry Patch; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

Before I start this section, let me take a look at the pictures I captured…

The color/sheen seems gone after delicate hand-washing and sun-weight blocking. Of course the featured photo has been color enhanced; all other photos are only color corrected.

I suppose I am just too tired to be even typing right now…upon second review after color correction, the colors appear more muted in daylight than they probably would inside the warm ambiance of my orange room. The colorway just reminded me of the succulent that inspired me to purchase this colorway. Ha! I am even impressed with my styling, how the two angles juxtapose over the chest.

About The Pattern

Here Be Water Dragons by Quinton Lime

As much as those p2tog tbls were a pain in the neck, I thought the designer took excellent notes for her pattern. I think I only found one thing that I might correct, but just did through my own experience, which seems to be increasing. I do have questions, though, about stitch choices.

Easy to follow. Repetitive. Quick knit.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette USD $100.00

About The Project

Dimensions: 56 (W) x 13 (D) inches
Price: USD $100.00, 25% discount for family/friends

It’s a miracle I had enough yarn for this project and that it came out to a decent size because not until I finished did I realize the yarn I used was bulky, not worsted. I knitted the project on US 8 needles because I thought the yarn was worsted weight. I 💚 this project.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

About The Project Name

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland by The B-52’s relates to the color of this shawl.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

About The Pattern

Garden View Shawlette by Tracey Withanee

💚💚💚 Easy to follow, by the middle section I was on auto-pilot, which of course caused a few row tinks and stitch adjustments.

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

About The Yarn

Arucania Patagonia Nature Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: 202
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette
The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawlette

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