Middle Of The Road Shawl

Middle of the Road Shawl USD $50.00

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About The Project Name

Middle of the Road by The Pretenders

I just heard it. Pretty much captions my own feelings regarding any emotional growth I might be making.  Middle of the road appropriately captions the past forty-eight hours of computer-generated aggravation u-turning one-hundred-eighty-degrees back to a happy Leo. Finally, it also indicates to me that this shawl appears unfinished.

Middle of the Road Shawl
Middle of the Road Shawl

About Middle of the Road Shawl

Care: Consult a dry cleaner.
Dimensions: 54-inch width x 24-inch diameter inches

About The Pattern

Crochet Comfort Shawl by Caron Design Team from Yarnspirations

Easy to follow, however, I am not satisfied with the final shawl shape. As you can see below, the wingspan is not a one-hundred-eighty-degree horizon. To me that would be the ideal shape, which I am visualizing as more trapezoid. There is a chance that I did not follow the pattern correctly, and if it is my mistake, I will admit it in the next post. :D

I will be making a second, practice shawl, whereby I will be adding the missing segment…and I am going to increase the size maintaining the same, or similar, border.

Middle of the Road Shawl
Middle of the Road Shawl

About The Yarn

Unknown Yarn 1

Color: Mint Green*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted

I just found out where the name Mint Green comes from: the color the mint gel turns the mint chip ice cream. :)

Unknown Yarn 2

Color: Sunflower*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per burn Test
Weight: 4, Worsted

Such a happy color.

Unknown Yarn 3

Color: Emerald*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per Burn Test
Weight: 4, Aran

Yarn three – unlike the picture below, which is high in blue – the border yarn is more deep green – green-blue, if you will. And… the yarn is a solid color: the difference you seen below is daylight reflecting of the sheen of the yarn.

Middle of the Road Shawl
Middle of the Road Shawl
* Color names assigned by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label

Like A Prayer Shawl: Work In Progress

Like A Prayer Shawl: Work In Progress

About Like A Prayer Shawl

Like A Prayer by Madonna

I think I like “Like A Prayer Shawl” versus ” Like A Prayer Prayer Shawl.” What do you think? This ain’t a religious thingy. :D

So, this is another ODDBALLS project, whose destination – charity donation or Neighbors By Design item – remains unknown at this time. And whose current destination is the WIP  (Work In Progress) shelf because I have not found the right yarn to finish this shawl.

About The Yarn

The yarns pictured were acquired from an ESSS raffle. I was surprised to receive natural fibers.

FibraNatura Naturalin

Care: Wash by hand in cool water. Do not press or iron. Do not bleach.
Additionally, I would include lay flat to dry or even hanging.
Color: TBrown
Fiber Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Linen
Weight: Aran

Technically speaking, this was kinda stiff, and slippery on my metal needles. I had to adjust my tension to work with it – unfortunately for me, tighter. :(

Green Yarns

Care: Treat as FibraNatura Naturalin
Color: Well, that would be . . . wait for it . . . Green :D
Fiber Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Unknown

Again, technically speaking, the greens were a bit rough, at first. I thought it was like a twine, but the strands broke very easily. My first thought is WOOL! Baa! :D :) Because it was lighter in weight – I’d guess Sport to DK – than the FibraNatura Naturalin, I double-stranded the greens. As I have been handling the yarn I noticed them softening with wear.

Everything Counts Cowl

Everything Counts Cowl USD $25.00

About The Project Name

Everything Counts by Depeche Mode was the first thing to play from my music library today. It’s most appropriate for this project made of “oddballs.”

About The Project

Marks my first project made for Neighbors By Design, using “up-cycled” odd balls of yarn. The construction is simply an alternating front post back post treble crochets.

Dimensions: 16-inch diameter x 5-inch width

Everything Counts Cowl
Everything Counts Cowl

About The Yarn

Debbie Bliss Merino

Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
Yarn Color: 325700
Yarn Weight: 4, Aran

This is leftover yarn from Lava Cowl.

Oddball 1

Fiber Content: Man-made, per burn test
Yarn Color: Camel*

Oddball 2

Fiber Content: Natural, per burn test
Yarn Color: Multicolor: Rust, Gold, Green*

Oddball 3

Fiber Content: Natural, per burn test
Yarn Color: Rust*

 

Undone (The Sweater Song) Sweater

I MADE MY FIRST SWEATER!

I MADE MY FIRST SWEATER!

I found Deb’s Crafts Baby Bumpy Sweater and thought it was simple enough to make. I also liked that it is for ages 0-3 months.

About The Pattern

Very well written and easy to follow. I made my sweater in about 6 hours. I did not include the “bumpy” because the pictured sweater looked puckered. The pattern calls for a US J hook and that’s what I used.

About The Yarn

Of course, I did not read the pattern in its entirety and missed the amount of yarn necessary to complete the pattern. Because of this, I changed colors because I thought I would not have enough. As I am writing this post, I discover that my skein of Caron Honeyspun (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon; Yarn Color: 5190 Country Peach Ombre; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) is exactly enough. Glad I changed to Lion Brand Pound of Love (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: Antique White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) because I crochet loosely and probably would have run out at the very end.

I would like to call out Lion Brand for their poor customer relations with respect to their skeins of yarn. Why in the hell, after all these years, have yarn companies not come up with a easy center pull skein? In the middle of my project I had to waste my time untangling yarn barf. I finally cut the yarn. I am going to send the pieces to Lion Brand and DEMAND a new skein.

Yarn Barf

 

Green Onions

On da Hook: March 6, 2017
Off da Hook: March 15, 2017
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10.5
Yarn A: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31016; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31009; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 60 (L) x 3 (W)
Price: USD $20.00

As I ran out of green yarn first, I decided to name this project in its honor: Green Onions by Booker T. & The MGs. This was made from my leftovers from Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Cowl, which I am loving for its softness and warmth. Had I thought about it sooner, I could have made a matching scarf for Mojo, but it is too long now…add another project to my never-ending queue…ha ha ha ha ha!

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Cast On: February 10, 2017
Bind Off: March 5, 2017
Pattern: Garter Stitch
Needle Size: US 6
Yarn A: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31016; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31009; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 23 (C) x 12 (W)

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
© A Hooker’s World

I am a big fan of pink and green together, which always reminds me of spring; hence the project name – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most by Ella Fitzgerald, and apparently, formerly known as Message of Love. I was pleased when this yarn showed up next in my stash for processing, despite the bouclé texture, which I knew would be necessary to knit. That is why I chose mindless garter, alternating colors every two rows. This was my television project.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
© A Hooker’s World

The yarn is so soft and cushy, as I was working with it I was thinking of making if for myself, as I am always cold and have discovered that the key to my warmth is shielding my neck from the cold. Even though this project turned out to be for me, Mojo’s magical fibers of joy and love still annoyed me and attacked my project, but I think I got them all.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
© A Hooker’s World

I did not plan ahead, so I had to seam this project, but I think I did a good job, as it is almost invisible, except for the bulkier texture which can be detected by touch. This is also the first time that I have chosen to make a more cozy cowl, previously opting for longer circumferences with more drape and ability to wrap multiple times.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
© A Hooker’s World

I still have some yarn left, so now the dilemma is do I knit something else or stash away for a scrapghan? I was thinking of trying to knit the yarn on a bigger needle (US 11?) to see if I could get a scarf out of it.

Message of Love

Unable to work on crochet in the evening, I started a new mindless project for night knitting while watching television: Message of Love (by The Pretenders) Cowl.

I was totally surprised to learn that this bulky-looking yarn only calls for a US 6 needle, but it seems to be knitting up fine despite the knobbiness of the yarn of which I am not a fan. My experience has taught me that most textured yarns are best used in knitting versus crochet, as one is working with live stitches versus working in existing stitches, which can be difficult to identify in crochet.

I started on straight needles, but will switch to circulars, as the length of the straights is a little encumbering.