der Kommissar

The Name

der Kommissar by Falco

Random selection from my music library.

The Square Motif

Feeling more secure with my intuitiveness, I did not use stitch markers this time, relying on my counting skills alone. I still am not “square.” Again, can I blame the different weights?

The spinal improvements where single slip stitches with the new color only. I think the only way to really alleviate that is to leave the last stitch live for old color. Will investigate with next square.

The Yarn

Mixed unidentified yarns.

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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

All Or Nothing Blues

Name

All Or Nothing Blues by Dinah Washington

The association should be obvious.

All Or Nothing Blues Scarf

This was an easy one day knit. I cast on nine stitches. The scarf was worked in garter stitch, slipping the first stitch purl-wise and knitting the last stitch through the back loop.

The color change was worked by alternating rows.

Dimensions: 84-inch length x 4-inch width (dark blue end)/3-inch width (light blue end)

Yarn

Both yarns are unknown and man-made fibers. The dark blue was thicker than the light blue, which is the reason for the differing widths. If I was forced to make an educated guess, I would guess that the dark blue is Lion Brand Homespun, but have no idea about the light blue.

All Or Nothing Blues

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

Domino Dancing: Inception

Actually, I started this yesterday, but my rage was so intense I could not focus. I spent the day in bed, in the dark. For dinner I ordered in: $30 effin’ dollars for 2-topping medium pizza, chicken, cookie-brownie and a 20-ounce Coca-Cola from Dominos! Home-delivery robbery!

Here’s the humorous side of this project:

When I got the yarn, again from CSNanaCat, I thought it was pretty with it’s red/blue-thread-stripe. I have not yet performed a burn test, but I am pretty sure it is a natural fiber. As I began to work on it yesterday, I was able to discern other colors as well: orange, yellow and green, but in smaller distances.

My first thought at the rainbow flag hint was to name the shawl after a gay anthem, but today when I found my project on top of the pizza boxes from yesterday, the shawl reverted back to the blue/red striping because the shawl almost disappeared…not for reals.

Domino Dancing
Domino Dancing

Strange Magic Cowl

Strange Magic Cowl

About The Name

Strange Magic by Electric Light Orchestra

The way the gradient is hidden, but it is there equals strange magic.

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

About Strange Magic

I had started a previous item in a similar manner, but decided to 🐸 it and use that yarn in a project in hibernation. The technique I am using is similar to brioche, but horizontal. The first experiment began with knit cast on. Row 2 is worked knit in the same direction as the cast on, by sliding the fabric to the other side of a set of circular needles. Fabric is then turned and worked in the same manner. In short Knit/Knit.

For Strange Magic, I once again used two colors, but this time it did a Knit/Purl. Guess what? They look the same to me. I think I am in the area of illusion knitting because the gradient on yarn 1 is kinda hidden between the rows, yet still shows itself, depending on which angle you are viewing Strange Magic from.

The fabric is very slinky. If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d add a pink fur border on both sides. Oh stop! :D

Dimensions: 15-inch Diameter x 6-inch Width

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

About The Yarn

Unknown Natural Fiber*

Color: Multicolor: Pink, Orange, Blue
Content: Natural Fiber
Weight: 4, Worsted+

Berroco Glacé

Care: Handwash. Lay flat to dry. Dry clean when mixing colors.
Color: 2574 Ligonberry
Content: 100% Rayon • Viscose
Weight: 4, Worsted+

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

Desire: Extinguished

Desire: Extinguished

About The Name

Desire by U2

I believe it was a random selection from which I received a “feeling” that kind of match my passion for the colors in this yarn. Based on that “feeling,” Desire was ignited.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Purl Side

About Desire

As I previously stated, I’ve heard many knitters express their passion for knit linen stitch and then turn around and complain about the slow progress of the stitch due to slipping every over stitch.

As a continental knitter, the slipping back and forth did not not bother me and I think because I am in learning mode and was working through some major family drama, I was set in knit mode during the last three days. I too <3 love the knit linen stitch, and I find the purl side extremely appealing for it’s texture.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Knit Side

Recipe:

Knit Cast On 22

Slip first stitch / Knit Back Look last stitch. . .of EVERY row. ALL slip stitches purl-wise.

Row 1: [knit, slip with yarn in front] repeat to last stitch
Row 2: [purl, slip with yarn in back] repeat to last stitch

Repeat to last two rows

Knit one row, bind off one row.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Knit Side

About The Yarn

Noro Silk Garden

Care: Prohibit bleach. Iron dry low degree. Dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 314
Content: 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lamb Wool
Weight: 4, Worsted

I’ve always liked Noro. This is my first all Noro project and I am loving it. The other day, I put the scarf around my neck and I instantly felt cozy. At that moment, Desire became mine. Because of the content, I was able to join one skein to the other with a little water and hand twisting. And the colors blend so well.