Lady Killer: WIP

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:

  1. Resume with dark mauve because it is the dominant color and I want to end the cone
  2. Resume with dark purple, which would complete a manual gradient shift, and end with it despite technical difference in color
  3. Resume with dark mauve/dark purple striping, exhausting dark mauve and ending in dark purple block, if necessary
  4. 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.

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One In Ten

Name

One In Ten by 808 State

The association is between the name of the song: one in ten; and the name of this pattern: ten-stitch.

Afghan

Dimensions: 28-inch Squared

I was looking around my room for something new to start knitting, having finished Stairway To Heaven. I came across a blue of purple/blue scraps, which led me to thinking about One In Ten, another project I had recently uncovered from April 2016. To free up a project bag, I pulled it out and resumed.

At first it took me a second to remember the correct connection scheme I had chosen. Once that came back, I was faced with a corner. I wasn’t sure I wanted to tax my mind so much in one day, and it looked big enough that I could end it for a baby or infant. What the heck!

Pattern

Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown

Yarn

This afghan contains Skacel Simpliworsted, Artfibers Carezza, Patons North America Brilliant (3 colors), Sirdar Snuggly Baby Care DK, among a variety of other yarns of bulky weight, and lighter weight yarns combined to compose bulky weight yarn.

Fibers consist of most anything you can think: acrylic, nylon, wool, silk, polyester, bamboo, soy, cotton.

Dark Lady

Dark Lady Crochet Shawl

Name

Dark Lady by Cher

The only relation I can make between the name and the shawl is that I had to re-crochet this shawl three times before I was happy with the outcome.

Shawl

After three attempts, I finally ended up with something I am happy with. The bonus: I think I have a true crochet crescent shawl! I’d love to hear from you if you agree with me.

Care (Acrylic): Machine wash gentle cycle, warm water, no bleach, rinse well and promptly remove. Roll in towel. Block. CAUTION: Do not iron or dry clean.
Care (Cotton): Machine wash gentle or hand wash, cold. Lay flat to dry or line dry in shade, or tumble dry low. +
Dimensions:
45-inch Width x 22-inch depth

Dark Lady

Yarn

Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8

Color: Dark Mauve
Content: 8/4 100% Cotton
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport, Baby ++

J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen

Color: 0030 Serenity
Content: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport Baby+++

 

Designer Notes

I wanted a design I could easily increase without much thinking. I accomplished this by working in double crochet and working between posts, increasing by two stitches on either side of each section, every row.

This did not work well when I wanted to change up the pattern because I kept losing one stitch each section. I then decided to change from between posts to working in stitches; this increase was easier to manipulate. By this time I had changed to treble crochets just to make this shawl grow faster.

I also had a ball of J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen laying around and I thought the colors might break up the dark mauve nicely; it did! By this time, I wanted to end. I had about three hundred thirty stitches; I was aiming for six hundred. However, I thought the shawl was big enough that I could stop.

I started with a scalloped edge, but the stitch count was off. I then began a crab stitch edging, which I really liked. Did I have enough patience to work on top of treble crochets and backwards? I did and I am so happy with the outcome.

Dark Lady
Dark Lady
+ Suggested care for cotton garments

++ Estimated yarn weight based on numeral 2 written on yarn label and over forty years’ experience

+++ Based on physical match, per touch

America The Beautiful

Name

America The Beautiful written by Katharine Lee Bates, and composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward

My first impression on looking at this scarf was a landscape from sea to mountain top based on the arrangement of the yarn pieces. That led me to thinking about the lyrics from America The Beautiful: “from sea to shining sea.”

Upon further examination, I realized that the scraps represent the different people who live in America, all coming together for the good of a productive and functional scarf…government, country; it could happen!

I will leave you with this “crown thy good with brotherhood,” you frikkin’ idiots! The idiots being all the people I hate.

America The Beautiful Scarf

Nine stitches, crocheted using seed stitch. I definitely start my projects with a looser tension, indicative of the varying width. Then again, it could be the yarn weight differences, but I doubt it because they all seemed pretty equal to me.

America The Beautiful shall be donated to charity at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild meeting in July.

Dimensions: 74-inch length x 3-to-4 inch border

Yarn

Trendsetter Madison

Care: hand wash, lay flat to dry +
Color: 4
Content: 81% Acrylic, 19% Wool
Weight: 5, Bulky

All other yarns unknown, due to no labels.

+ suggested care, due to no instructions on label and missing labels from other yarn remnants

Paris Original

Paris Original

Name

Paris Original by Bonnie Scott/Claudette Sutherland/Mara Landi from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Scarf

I started this yesterday during world wide knit in public day because I was talking so much, I kept screwing up my stitch count on Deep Sleep.

As this yarn was gifted/destashed to me, I will be donating this scarf to charity.

Yarn

Unknown due to no label, but I am pretty sure it is Red Heart Sashay, mostly comprised of acrylic fibers. GODDAMN Red Heart for not finding a better way to present their product! The simplest would be to wind on a piece of cardboard, presenting the lace already flat.

Cherry Tree Clapotis

Cherry Tree Clapotis

About The Name

Cherry Tree by 10,000 Maniacs

Cherry Tree relates to the yarn color: Cherry Swirl.

Cherry Tree Clapotis
Cherry Tree Clapotis

About Cherry Tree

Well, when I started this, I was designing a knit shawl. As I have closed shop, I really was not feeling all the documentation required to write a pattern and I could not see knitting another shawl at the moment, so I changed to an easy crochet clapotis pattern I happened across.

Dimensions: 72 length x 18 width inches

Cherry Tree Clapotis
Cherry Tree Clapotis

About The Pattern

Clapochet by Crochet Kitten

Easy to follow, though I don’t know if I ended it right.

The pattern called for 650 yards; I had 490 yards/2 cakes. I don’t know how this happened, but I only had to dip into my stash for the leftover Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable from Brick By Boring Brick shawl for the last five rows!

I think I will make another with double crochets versus treble crochets, which, in my humble opinion, are more manageable.

Not a fan of the curling, but can’t block out due to acrylic use. I could melt the acrylic, but that would make it even longer and wider!

Cherry Tree Clapotis
Cherry Tree Clapotis

About The Yarn

Premier Sweet Roll

Care: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry.
Color: 1047-04 Cherry Swirl
Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn: 4, Worsted

Nice to work with. I only wish they had blended the color changes. The good news is that all four cakes I had received from CSNanaCat are consumed!

Cherry Tree Clapotis
Cherry Tree Clapotis

 

Brass Monkey Scarf

Brass Monkey Scarf

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