Brass Monkey Scarf

Brass Monkey Scarf

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About The Name

Brass Monkey by The Beastie Boys

At first it was going to be called Take That To The Bank, but when I saw that the color contained the word brass, combined with the photography, I had to change the name.

About Brass Monkey

I was going to combine this yarn with a orange/red and stripe them, but the orange/red was too bulky so I left it out.

This is a simple garter stitch on size thirteen needles over ten stitches.

In the pictures, it look furry, but in reality it is squishy and the gold fiber catches the light, reflections capturing the texture of the ribbon/tape yarn.

About The Yarn

Crystal Palace Glam

Care: Handwash or Dry Clean. Dry Flat
Color: 2138 Rich Brown Brass
Content: 36% Acrylic, 35% Rayon, 15% Wool, 14% Nylon
Weight: 5, Bulky

I found the yarn easy to work with, minus the minor snags of the ribbon catching on the needle tips. My biggest complaint is the twisting of the ribbon as it comes off the ball. So glad to be done.

Brass Monkey
Brass Monkey Scarf

Desire: Extinguished

Desire: Extinguished

About The Name

Desire by U2

I believe it was a random selection from which I received a “feeling” that kind of match my passion for the colors in this yarn. Based on that “feeling,” Desire was ignited.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Purl Side

About Desire

As I previously stated, I’ve heard many knitters express their passion for knit linen stitch and then turn around and complain about the slow progress of the stitch due to slipping every over stitch.

As a continental knitter, the slipping back and forth did not not bother me and I think because I am in learning mode and was working through some major family drama, I was set in knit mode during the last three days. I too <3 love the knit linen stitch, and I find the purl side extremely appealing for it’s texture.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Knit Side

Recipe:

Knit Cast On 22

Slip first stitch / Knit Back Look last stitch. . .of EVERY row. ALL slip stitches purl-wise.

Row 1: [knit, slip with yarn in front] repeat to last stitch
Row 2: [purl, slip with yarn in back] repeat to last stitch

Repeat to last two rows

Knit one row, bind off one row.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Knit Side

About The Yarn

Noro Silk Garden

Care: Prohibit bleach. Iron dry low degree. Dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 314
Content: 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lamb Wool
Weight: 4, Worsted

I’ve always liked Noro. This is my first all Noro project and I am loving it. The other day, I put the scarf around my neck and I instantly felt cozy. At that moment, Desire became mine. Because of the content, I was able to join one skein to the other with a little water and hand twisting. And the colors blend so well.

The Sound Of Philadelphia Cowl

The Sound Of Philadelphia Cowl

About The Name

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) by MFSB

This yarn crocheted into a pattern that reminds me of the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia.

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)

About TSOP

There is no pattern…improvised. Foundation chain of twenty on a J hook. Row 1 for each ball of yarn was double crochet, followed by single crochet. Ended with a slip stitch seam.

I could add a border, but I thing without a “fun” border, the cowl is more unisex in design.

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)

About The Yarn

Unknown Yarn

Fiber Content: Man-made, per burn test
Color: Multicolor, including off-white, dark grey, copper, moss green.*
Weight: 5, Bulky+

It reminded me of Lion Brand Homespun, so I looked up their tool recommendations and used that to select my hook size. The yarn works up well on a Susan Bates hook, used because of the thread used to contain the ply.

* Color assignations by Hooker Leo
+ Yarn weight borrowed from Lion Brand Homespun

Two Clouds Above Nine Wrap

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

About The Name

Two Clouds Above Nine by Deee-Lite

Two Clouds Above Nine
Two Clouds Above Nine

About The Two Clouds Above Nine

The second of two improvisations on a crochet crescent shawl. I was too focused on a second row of single crochet that I completely forgot the selvedge edge I had used on No Strings (I’m Fancy Free)  – evidenced by the uneven horizon…grr!

Still, I love the stripe pattern; it appears smoother than version one.

By the by…No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) met it’s fate after the last yard sale. I discovered when returning to storage, that the yarn had been broken. Not worth fixing. Services were extremely humble; no mourners in attendance.

And then mother resurrected No Strings (I’m Fancy Free)…the saga continues to be written, but the destiny will forever remain unknown.

Two Clouds Above Nine
Two Clouds Above Nine

About The Yarn

Universal Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock (2 skeins)

Fiber Content: 93% Acrylic, 7% PBT
Yarn Color: 101 Trapeze
Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine

Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight (4 skeins)

Fiber Content: 50% Superwash wool, 25% Rayon made from Bamboo, 25% Nylon
Yarn Color: DN150-12 Black
Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine

I think I preferred the Universal over the Premier, specifically for the ply(?). The Premier  had a slight tendency to split, however, I found it on sale at JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Cherry Tree Shawl: Pattern Development

Cherry Tree Shawl: Pattern Development

This is the second to the last skein of Premier Sweet Roll (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 1047-04 Cherry Swirl; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted). I decided to try and design a knit/crochet shawl and appropriately named it Cherry Tree by 10,000 Maniacs. I only wish the meaning of the song was cheerier. I may change the name if something else comes along…I’ll keep my ears posted.

Anyway, here is the teaser. I figure I will knit till the skein is gone and then use the second to decrease. I have already started with six needles; I may increase my needle size just to finish much faster!

Stay tuned.

Amazing Shawl

Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00

The Name

Amazing by George Michael

The yarn is called Amazing.

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The Shawl

Care: Machine Wash Cool, Lay Flat to Dry
Dimensions: 40-inch wingspan x 14-inch depth
Value: USD $117.00 – USD $17.00/yarn + $100.00/labor ($10.00/hr)
Price: USD $68.00 Removed from stock; donated to charity

I only wish I had more Amazing yarn to make an even more amazing shawl. I improvised the pattern; had I been blessed with more foresight, I would have introduced a lace spine, but calculations were bogging me down.

My only other self-criticism would be the final border, which actually looks fine and actually works. I meant to gradually introduce the seed stitch and then begin the ribbing below a five-row seed stitch repeat versus beginning the rib below a one-row seed stitch repeat.

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About The Yarn

Lion Brand Amazing

Color: 211 Strawberry Fields
Content: 53% Wool; 47% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

I knew I was knitting with smaller needles (US 6) when I started and was just too lazy to change to the correct size. I just wanted to start. At first, my tension was way tight, evidenced by cramping fingers. Once I relaxed, I zipped right along. I have finished only one other project as fast: Mojo’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dog Sweater, back in 2011!

Wanting to add something different, and to avoid stockinette curling, I inserted some seed stitch followed, and ending, with one-by-one ribbing. Even though I contradicted my pattern planning, I am extremely happy with the finished project.

Amazing Shawl

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl: Inception

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl: Inception

I have this started as of February 9, 2018. Since then, I was looking for yarn to complement the Wisdom Naked Sock yarn I had from my stash. I finally found it, and on sale, at JOANN Fabric and Craft Store: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight. I bought four skeins to match the quantity of Universal Yarn Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock I had on hand. After that I started searching for a pattern. I thought I had one selected in Wrap Flower Power by Martina Paulsen, but I was missing the required needle size. Thanks to my Foxy Knits connection, I was able to order the needles without problem.

Somehow I forgot I had selected a pattern and then there was some confusion with the project name. Remembering that I had wanted to develop my half-circle/crescent shaped shawl, I started crocheting with the yarn and that’s how the stitch method and pattern got changed.

It’s coming along nicely.