Something To Do

The Name

Something To Do by Depeche Mode

This marks the last item I was asked to finish.

The Afghan

Dimensions: 38 x 22.5 inches (approximate)

I added the color on the opposite side of the grey to provide some balance. I never did a tension check, considering how loose I was crocheted the worsted on an H hook. Oh well. Unfortunately, I noticed the cuffs on Con Los Años Que Me Quedan are not even either.

Ugh! I just want to get back to some knitting, hoping the different hand motion will provide some relief for my right hand; and I want to work on some of my own stuff now.

The Yarn

I have no idea, but would guess at DK* on a J hook, acrylic*.

* estimations per Hooker Leo, absent yarn label
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Con Los Años Que Me Quedan

The Name

Con Los Años Que Me Quedan by Gloria Estefan

My first impression from the images was that the baby is looking to the left. My first name desire was that song where she sings “to the left,” or something like that, but I could not recall the performer or the song name. However my English search by the word “left” did return a Spanish name meaning, a title I can identify with as well: With the Years That I Have Left.

The Infant Set

Well, we got an infant cardigan and bonnet that were pushed off on me, for finishing, again. Just sew in the ends, I was told. At least this time it was true, unlike the infant afghan, which is next. Please know that my complaints are tongue-in-cheek. I love to help; just don’t judge how I help!

I did have to do minimal seaming, some of which I did wrong, requiring a second attempt. Very odd seams I might add; maybe some form of darts?

The Yarn

Based on my years of experience as a hooker, I am pretty sure my assignments of worsted and acrylic are 99.9% true. The color: Cotton Candy Sugar Rush* or pastel multicolor made up of pink white and baby blue.

* Color name assignation per Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

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

Domino Dancing Shawl

Domino Dancing Shawl

The Name

Domino Dancing by Pet Shop Boys

Explanation can be found here.

The Shawl

Dimensions: 55-inch wingspan x 24-inch depth

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Wash warm. Hang dry.+
Color: White with a Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green thread
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: 2, Sport/Baby

Classic Elite Imagine

Care: Dry clean only.
Color: 9258
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Lion Brand Fun Fur

Care: Machine washable and dryable.
Color: 109 Sapphire
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Designer Notes

Another surprise in crescent shawl shape development. I had started with my basic crochet circle pattern, this time in double crochet versus single crochet, but the horizon was not meeting my standards. By chance I discovered by starting my shape with twice as many stitches, I was achieving a better horizon. Finally, I inserted enough stitches for seven sections versus six and I was on my way.

The hard part was inserting the eyelets because I was dealing with an odd number of sections which forced one-sided increases per section. I worked in pattern as long as I could, changing it up at the end with increased half double crochet rows.

The addition of the red Classic Elite Imagine and the sapphire Lion Brand Fun Fur, was an after-thought and impulsive move because they just happened into my line of sight. The Classic Elite was actually a size bigger, but I thought the eyelet row would cover up the change in yarn weight. Knowing I was going to end with the fun fur, I felt doubly assured. In the end, there is slight puckering, but I think with wear it will wear out.

Domino Dancing Shawl
+ Suggested/recommended care

Deep Sleep Afghan

Deep Sleep Afghan

Name

Deep Sleep by The B-52’s

Sleep > afghan…get it? Did I mention I am going to see The B-52’s in October at The Greek Theater with Diane?

Deep Sleep Afghan

Constructed in single crochet with an E hook, I was going to donate to charity as I had received the yarn for free from CSNanaCat. However, as I know of a baby coming into this world, and having completed the afghan way ahead of delivery date, I am going to send to my friend and his wife as a gift for their infant.

I was going to add a solid white border in chenille, as well, but my fellow fiber artists thought white me too much of a contrast. They finally got me to agree on a light/silver grey. However, I don’t know now. I am done and should leave well enough alone.

Dimensions: approximately 25.5 inches square

Yarn

Newton’s Yarn Country Chenille

Content: 10% Rayon
Care: Dry-clean or hand wash in cold with mild detergent. Air-dry.+

Having received this from CSNanaCat, I didn’t pay particular attention while cake-winding, but when I finally started the second hank, I noticed a difference in dye lots. Close up it’s less noticeable for all the colors, but in the picture a distinction is noticeable. Oh well!

+ Care is suggested care; laundry care not on yarn label.

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby: Bound Off

About The Project Name

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby? by Dinah Washington [Rae & Christian Remix]

I was looking for a name that might match the print, but came across a baby reference first.

About Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby

Dimensions: approximately 28.5 inches square

I am surprised and pleased that approximately 258 yards of super bulky makes a decent size baby afghan. This is a tip to file under cost efficiency.

About The Pattern

Corner-to-Corner Baby Blankie by Shea Leonard

Extremely similar to Lion Brand Diagonal Baby Blanket, but easier.

About The Yarn

Bernat Baby Blanket

Care: Wash in water )not exceeding 30°C/86°F) on delicate setting. Do not Bleach. Tumble dry at low heat, on delicate setting. Do not iron or press. Do not dry-clean.
Color: 04616 Pitter Patter
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Easier to knit, than crochet. K2TOGs not fun.