Yesterday had I not had my new project – Money Can’t Buy It – with me, I would have most likely had a nervous breakdown.
My day started by going to the wrong address for my housing appointment. Using Uber, I really can’t afford extra trips, especially when they are during peak periods, and I find it hard to tolerate Uber pool riders that feel the car is there personal vanity. Practicing tolerance, I did not engage him at all.
Surprisingly, Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACLA) is very efficient and I was out in time to make my psychological appointment. However, I encountered the rudest driver on the way to my doctor’s office, who wanted me to exit his vehicle because I questioned the destination. I only questioned him because we were heading south and west when my destination was actually north and east. Ultimately, I don’t think he was aware that I was a contract ride through insurance, not Joe Schmoe who called Lyft on their own.
So, three squares later, I am on my way to making a bag/purse; most likely, for me. So…Money Can’t Buy It.
Great name for my next project: a crochet purse or bag for marketing, yarn, projects, etc. I have about ten cakes of this Pingouin Fil d’E’cosse No 3. I don’t know how big or how many bags I will make.
Rectangle? Square? Round? What shape should I make?
At first I was thinking market bags, but I didn’t see any I really liked. However, that would use the least amount of yarn and allow me to make more than one bag.
I think I have worked it out…market bags for charity!
I am not sure how to proceed in color on Lady Killer and thought I would put it out to you for some feedback.
As you can see, dark mauve is the dominant color. I began by using up the scraps of other acrylic and cotton yarns/threads to begin. Having exhausted all color-pertinent scraps, my original plan end with dark mauve/dark purple stripes, does not seem exciting to me anymore. I think I want to add more colors, but that could turn out bad.
So these are my only conceivable options:
Resume with dark mauve because it is the dominant color and I want to end the cone
Resume with dark purple, which would complete a manual gradient shift, and end with it despite technical difference in color
Resume with dark mauve/dark purple striping, exhausting dark mauve and ending in dark purple block, if necessary
Resume with dark mauve color block, end with dark purple color block
I think I am leaning towards option one because I love how Dark Lady came out with the reserved color stripes.
I’ve used this yarn before when I made Crickets Sing For Anamaria. It, somehow, came back into rotation. Oh, I remember now…I was going to incorporate into Lady Killer with some other purples I had, but the hue was different.
I am almost certain I have enough for a 72-inch length x estimated 18-inch width. I have based my estimations on a swatch. That’s right, I swatched for gauge: 36 stitches equaled 10 inches. I cast on 270 stitches + 2 + 4 adjustment stitches for a total of 277, adjusted back down to 276.
The stitch pattern is something I came up with based on some other lace stitch I had come across. I basically, realigned the stitches for better recollection. Below is a swatch in cotton for stitch definition.
Considering this shawl is coming from the same cone as Dark Lady, I decided to remain with the Lady theme. Too bad, I didn’t think about this when I crocheted You’ve Got Your Troubles, which is also from the same cone of Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8.
To tell you the truth I am actually loving each shawl despite the old-fashioned color: dark mauve. I think the J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen on Dark Lady really changed my mind.
For Lady Killer, I am began with the micro-ball of leftover J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen, now completely gone. The second yarn will remain unidentified at this time due to my laziness to got get the ball, but in the pictures it looks better than it does on the shawl, though from my perspective right now – almost level, that yellow is really standing out.
I will be using a darker purple gradient next and if I have enough cotton, I will be ending with a solid deep purple.
You might notice that this is very similar to Dark Lady in construction. I am going to work between the post to shoulders and then begin the crescent formation. My next shawl will be only crescent formation.
I was liking it until i got the bright idea of trying to turn this triangle/heart-shaped shawl into a crescent-shaped shawl. I think I will stick to heart-shaped for ease of crochet. I just hate that point. Grr!
I was quite impressed with myself for starting this shawl in a tab fashion. I started the shawl from the side and began increasing two stitches every row on one side. Pretty soon I had an equilateral triangle and decided to go around the side and begin working back an forth.