Be Still My Beating Heart

The Name

Be Still My Beating Heart by Sting

This was originally named The Bottom Line – a random selection from my music library – but at the last minute, influenced by the stitch design, I switched.

The Afghan

Dimensions: 39 x 21 inches

The Yarn

Newton’s Yarn Country Brushed Acrylic

Color: Pearl Green*
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test

Color: Blue Baker’s Twine*
Content: Man-made, per burn test

The weights of both yarns are estimated. Finally dug the rest of this stuff out from my stash. I had used it previously on Summertime Blues.

Hooker Notes

I saw an cable accent on The Crochet Crowd Cable Bag that I wanted to incorporate, but could not figure it out. My accent is deeper and perhaps, even more involved. Still after working on different variations over 24 hours, I am happy and on my way to completing it.

Looks like I only got half an afghan from my leftovers. I would add different yarns just to get a full size – per my standards, but that never goes well. I figure end it now. It could be used as a lapghan for some old man/woman.

I notice again – on a rectangular piece that my tension tightens as I near the end. I attribute this to being over cautious against to tight a foundation chain, and then continuing with loose tension until I am on automatic.

On da Hook: 2018-09-19
Off da Hook: 2018-09-22

* Color assignations per Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

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In My Own Little Corner

The Name

In My Own Little Corner by Julie Andrews from Cinderella (1957)

Trying to re-engage my humility.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 53 x 4 inches

Duplicate of Got ‘Til It’s Gone, except a different yarn with approximately the same amount in two skeins.

The Yarn

Berroco Comfort DK

Color: 2705
Content: 50% Super Fine Acrylic, 50% Super Fine Nylon
Weight: 3 – Light, DK, Sport

Got ‘Til It’s Gone

The Name

Got ‘Til It’s Gone by Janet Jackson

Ha ha! I just realized this name is appropriate for many of my projects. However, it is most poignant for this project, as I actually crocheted until I ran out of yarn.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 54 x 4 inches

I’m a big fan of the colors in this yarn. I believe the alternating post treble crochets create a richly dense and squishy fabric.

The Yarn

Bernat Baby Jacquards Florals

Color: 06700 Orange Blossom
Content: 90% Acrylic, 10% Nylon
Weight: 3 – Light, DK

The biggest surprise to me about this yarn was the softness and the ease working the turning chain, properly: through the top. The additional colors are supposed to present as – what looks to me – grape bunches; would’ve been nice, but not expected with improvised pattern, and unconcerned.

Hooker Notes

This scarf represents one skein; I only wish I had another, as I am used to longer scarves. Had I known, I would’ve doubled the width to make a cowl instead.

As suspected, my ribs started curling on the sides, making me miss stitches. I solved this with a crochet back-loop edge.

On da Hook: 2018.09.16
Off da Hook: 2018.09.17

Deep Ending

The Name

Deep Ending by Deee-Lite

This scarf marks the end of the red natural fiber yarn that I had been trying to end.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 104 inches

This scarf is a mix of back look single crochet and filet crochet. The single crochet portions present similar to brioche: one color dominant on one side, a second color dominant on the other.

The Yarn

Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr

Color: Maroon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Fingering

Unknown

Color: Red
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Color: 290 Medieval
Content: 100% Merino Wool

Classic Elite Imagine

Color: 9268
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Unknown

Color: Purple Panic*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Unknown

Color: Carmine*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Patons Lace

Color: Porcelain
Content: 80% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic, 10% Wool, 10% Goat – Mohair
Weight: 2, Sport

Unknown

Color: Salmon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Universal Merino XF Superwash

Color: Grey*
Content: 100% Superwash Extra Fine Merino
Weight: 3, DK

Cascade Heritage Silk Paints

Color: 9942 Misty Blue
Content: 85% Merino Wool, 15% Silk
Weight: 1, Fingering

 

Damn! My aim was to use all natural fibers. I completely brain-farted on the Patons, but those mohair guard-hairs misled me.

The Cascade Heritage Silk Paints was double-twined with the Patons Lace and made for great coloration.

The Unknown Red is the yarn I have been trying so hard to rid myself of because of it’s crinkle / boucle texture.

Designer Notes

I started in back loop single crochet, but thought the scarf might be too dense. I have this irrational fear that crochet is heavier than knitting; so much so that I feel the item I am crocheting may be cumbersome at times. So, I added sections of filet crochet to lighten it up.

I am amazed at some of the colorations in this scarf: the grey against the bright red and the blues/purples against the lighter reds of carmine and salmon.

I based my pattern repeat on nineteen rows; unfortunately, I ran out of red yarns and just ended it.

Deep Ending

* All color designations assigned by Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

Little Red Corvette

The Name

Little Red Corvette by Prince

Red!

The Scarf

I am trying to rid myself of all my scraps and odd balls, so I got all my DK and sport weight yarns and started crocheting. Nothing was working. Restarted about three times and got frustrated working with the beginning yarns. Then I had the idea of double-stranding.

Pretty challenging crochet, as the Unknown Red 1 yarn was bumpy and so was the pink. However, the red ran the entire length.

The Yarn

Unknown Pink: Man-made fiber
Unknown Magenta: Natural fiber
Unknown Red 1: Natural fiber
Unknown Red 2: Natural fiber
Unknown Carmine: Natural fiber

All yarns burn tested.

If memory serves, the Unknown Red 2 yarn is rayon from Netwon’s Yarn Country; I had used it previously on Holly Golightly (2011-2012), a shawl I gifted to Kathleen. Jeez! six years that scrap has been in my stash; well, it’s gone now!

Designer Notes

I was going to construct in single crochet only, but I notice my single crochet was creating a bias on the fabric. So I added double crochets and did not notice any change. Lightbulb! Do a second row of single crochet to counter act the first. As you can see the natural tendency is to twist. I think it’s related to the width.

The double crochets created lightness to a scarf whose heft is substantial.

Little Red Corvette

Trism

The Name

Trism by The B-52’s

I am going to The B-52’s concert in October, and if it’s not too hot, I can wear to the concert. Trism is one of my favorite songs.

The Scarf

Dimensions: approximately 74-inch length x 4-inch width

The scarf began from a bag o’ scarps I acquired somewhere. The bag also included black and white, but I did not have any fun fur in that color. Would’ve been nice to begin with one and end with the other. Oh well. The yellow was a final addition, forcing me to search my stash for both acrylic and fun fur in yellow, as well as the green fun fur and additional light light blue acrylic yarn.

The Yarn

Schachenmayr nomotta Brazilia Lungo

Content: 100% Polyester
Color: 222
Weight: ?

Lion Brand Wool-Ease

Color: Purple 147
Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Weight: 4,Worsted

All other yarns (Pink fur, Pink standard, Light Neon Blue standard, Green standard, Dark Yellow fur, Off-White fur, Yellow fur, Yellow standard,) are unknown, but I presume the standard yarns to be acrylics and the furs to be polyester like the Schachenmayr.

Behind The Wall Of Sleep: off da hook

The Name

Behind The Wall Of Sleep by The Smithereens

My first choice was Deep Sleep, but that name had already been used this year. This was the second-most appropriate name in my music library, as when Mojo is inside and covered up, he is Behind The Wall Of Sleep.

Behind The Wall Of Sleep

The Sleeping Bag

Dimensions: approximately 28-inch Width x 25-inch Height

First of all I can’t believe how long it took…three days! Now that I see how long, It seems short. Oh well, so does the sleeping bag…thinking of crocheting a couple more inches.

I did notice during photography that my seem did not remain straight as I had suspected. Perhaps the use of a stitch marker at the beginning of each round might have helped. I seem to be experiencing early-stage dementia when it comes to crocheting in-the-round and ending a round.

Behind The Wall Of Sleep
R to L: Sleeping Bag: Old Insert, Old Shell, New Bag

The Yarn

Unknown Fibers, mostly man-made

I really liked working with four yarns plied together and playing with blending. Had I been more prepared, the project would have been more thought out in color. I started with that thickest yarn I had and tried matching ply manually throughout. There are about two rows where I got too thin, otherwise, I think I did a good job maintaining ply.

The best part: I got rid of a bunch of acrylic scraps I had collected.