Over The Rainbow: Update

Older New Project: Over The Rainbow Shawl

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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)

The 2017 AllMusic Gift Guide…

Clever Advertising Graphics

Here’s a clever advertisement that caught my eye and got me to click.

Holiday Gift Guide: Metallica Toys, the Story of ‘Rolling Stone,’ Hip Hop Comics and More

All the images – at first – appear to be knit, but upon closer inspection, it appears to me they were screen-painted somehow – too many details in one stitch.

Neat to look at.

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!

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! πŸ€• It’s always something… πŸ˜†

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. πŸ˜‡

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 πŸ’š 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

πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š 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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Houndstooth

Houndstooth

Last year I added my case worker to my xmas gift list. His color choices were black and white. Perfect! I had always wanted to make something in the houndstooth pattern as it is one of my favorite stitch patterns…so classic.

A search of the internet revealed the simplest solution: granite stitch in two alternating colors. I apologize in advance for wrong swatch color choice; they are too similar; I should have chosen two colors that are more disimilar.

Crochet Granite Stitch
Crochet Granite Stitch

I can see it but the orientation does not look right to me – full rows of one color versus alternating color tiles and undefined stitch pattern. I played around with modifying the pattern and came up with this:

Modified Crochet Houndstooth
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch II

I like the stitch definition in this version better, but I still do not like the one-color rows.

LIGHTBULB! I think I can do this with alternating color tile rows.

Next, I decided to graph the pattern and do it as tapestry crochet. The immediate problem was crocheting the whole project right-to-left with no turning to preserve the pattern continuity, which could present a bias to the finished item, and the thought of excessive tails to sew in. My solution was to crochet in the round:

Tapestry Crochet Houndstooth
Tapestry Crochet In The Round

Getting closer, but the thickness of the fabric is undesirable. Additionally, my idea to cinch the ends and attach a tassel or pompom would not be suitable for a male recipient. The next obvious attempt involved knitting for a thinner fabric:

Knit Houndstooth
Knit

The only problem here was how to cast on in pattern (two colors). Aside from that, I love it, despite my knowledge of correct technique. Because I don’t like the reverse, I think I would knit this in the round. Deciding not to cinch the end, I now need to figure out how to cast on for a single knit project and develop it into a double knit fabric that I can knit in the round. My immediate guess is to cast on and KFB all stitches to double stitch number and then knit in the round. I also think knitting in the round will make it easier technique-wise.

But first, I need to check out my light bulb idea.

And here are three more versions…all crocheted with my splinted right hand, so I apologize for any sloppy appearance.

Houndstooth Swatch V
Crochet Granite Stitch

I knew I could alternate colors easily and this is way more representative of a houndstooth pattern.

Houndstooth Swatch VI
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch

I forgot to take a picture of this iteration the first time around. I like it for better definition.

Houndstooth Swatch VII
Crochet Modified Granite Stitch II

I think this is still my favorite and with a well hand, I could make it look more like the same version above. I would be very happy to get some feedback as to which crochet version you think most resembles houndstooth.