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I did it!

Now, what am I going to make?

I have a bag of Schoeller + Stahl Portofino Soufflé I picked up along the way. I am thinking baby afghan due to color and yarn weight, right?

But because I don’t have a pattern, I don’t know how far each ball will go, so now I need to learn to interlock crochet in-the-round!

Which, I will have to teach myself!

Make it so!

Portofino Soufflé
Portofino Soufflé

 

The Lion Sleeps Tonight Shawl

Cast On: July 14, 2015
Cast Off: July 23, 2015
Yarn: Rozetti Wicked Fur (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Polyester; Yarn Color: 106 Cheetah; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Needle: US 11
Dimensions: 58 (W) x 20 (H) inches, approximate
Price: USD $96.00 SOLD

I remember the day this yarn came into the store. I just had to have it, and I even think I persuaded a friend to buy some also. I seem to remember buying two colors, but my financial conscience may have prevented that. This project was made from two skeins, in garter stitch, increasing two stitches at both the beginning and end of each row.

Originally, I had started this long ago and I was going to add a collar in a Lamb’s Pride Bulky (Fiber Content: 85% Wool, 15% Mohair; Yarn Color: 108 Creme; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky). When I took the project off the needles to see the size, it got all messed up and I had to restart. I restarted again and when I got done with the first skein, I wanted to see how big the project was, so I ran a life line. Once again, the lifeline got all mixed up with the stitches and I started again. This time, I just made up my mind to use both skeins, so I would not have to restart a fourth time.

This yarn is so soft and slippery, I just love it! I also like how the colors combine together. The project name – The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens – is an obvious selection from my music library.

Get The Balance Right Shawl

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On Da Hook: October 10, 2015
Off da Hook: June 26, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Yarn A: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 284 Farmhouse White; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn B: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 283 Chickory; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn C: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 291 Hosta Blue; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn D: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 286 Black Walnut; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn E: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 285 Log Cabin Brown; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn F: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 287 Red Phoenix; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn G: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Cape Town Rainbow; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn H: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 292 Ember; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn I: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 293 Sun Rose; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn J: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 289 Purple Basil; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn K: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: 290 Medieval; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Dimensions: 27 (w) x 25.5 (h)

After I was gifted with Madelinetosh unicorn tails (Yarns A-J), I chose a main color (Yarn K) and set forth to creating this shawl. I originally started at one side and was crocheting across. My idea was to continue to the center with the Medieval and then calculating how much yarn would be needed to complete it to the other side – hence the name, Get The Balance Right by Depeche Mode. However, I found calculating the middle was much more difficult than changing the orientation of the shawl, making the triangle hypotenuse the neck, thereby only requiring me to crochet till I ran out of the Medieval. I used the single crochet bar front loop stitch that I had created with How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf and I am very happy with the way this project came out.

About The Yarn: Madelinetosh tosh merino light

Tosh merino light is a 100% superwash merino wool, single-ply fingering weight yarn. With a generous 420 yards per skein, one skein is more than enough yardage to complete a pair of socks and two skeins can complete a full-sized lace project. Each incredibly soft skein is hand-dyed in small dye lots.

~ madelinetosh.com

I love this stuff! To me it’s like knitting with unsticky cotton candy. The hues of the dye work are so rich! I especially like the single-ply! Fabric drapes so well!

I consider myself to be a cheap skate, so it’s a special treat when I have extra money to spend.

Natural High Mobius Cowl

Natural High Mobius Cowl
©A Hooker’s World

Having rummaged through my stash recently to donate some yarn to Studio Royale Assisted Living Knit Group, I actually used some of my scraps to make this seamed mobius cowl, which will be donated to Handmade Especially For You. I made the mistake of “seaming” this into a mobius. I only say that because I am deciding that a mobius cowl should only be for shorter cowls that one would not wrap twice.

Only two yarns were identifiable:

  • Super Yarn Mart! Superlon (Fiber Content: 100% Super Spun Acrylic; Yarn Color: 100 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Plymouth Encore (Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; Yarn Color: 0256; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

The third identifiable yarn was the bought at The Knitting Tree, L A to finish this piece: Feza Lady (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: 112; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)

Apparently, I got used to the new wimpy worsted weight yarns and used a US 8/H – 5 mm hook, which cause portions of the cowl fabric to be dense. Crucify me for my attitude, but it’s a donation, so I am not really concerned, but have taken the knowledge and will apply in future projects.

The name of this cowl – Natural High by Bloodstone – comes from the colors used: white, ecru, browns, blacks and greys.

If you are keen to make something similar, here is the recipe: 24 double crochets worked between stitches to desired length with a crab stitch border of the Feza Lady, triple-stranded.

Instant Karma Dog Sweater

Instant Karma Dog Sweater
©A Hooker’s World

On da Hook: April 22, 2014
Off da Hook: April 25, 2014
Pattern: Basic Crochet in Leisure Arts Dog Sweaters to Knit & Crochet by Carol Carvalho
Yarn A: Universal Uptown Worsted; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Pumpkin; Yarn Weight: 4
Yarn B: Feza Zara; Fiber Content: 65% Acrylic, 35% Wool; Yarn Color: 134; Yarn Weight: 4
Hook A: US G
Hook B: US H8 – 5.0 mm

I made this sweater for Mojo so Jacqui would not have to crochet it alone. Based on the perfect fit of the first one I made – The Look of Love Dog Sweater – I did not do a gauge swatch for this one and it came out way bigger than the first one I made for Mojo. I hope Jacqui’s dog sweater fits Kiki.

I must express my dismay with the non-standardization of crochet hooks. The pattern calls for a F (4.0 mm); all my Fs are 3.75 mm. I do own a G hook so I assumed it was a 4.0 mm, but according to Karp Styles a G equals 4.25 mm and a 6 equals 4.0 mm. Very confusing. I wonder how one would go about standardizing this.

I just received an email from Jacqui, who informs me that the sweater fit perfectly!

Let’s Go Fly A Kite Scarf

Let's Go Fly A Kite Scarf
©A Hooker’s World

On da Hook: December 21, 2013
Off da Hook: January 22, 2014
Pattern: Diagonal Box Stitch
Yarns A, B & C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Natural Animal Fibers per burn testing, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Hook: most likely an US E/4
Dimensions: 86 (L) x 5.5 (W) inches

This was made from some yarn I had acquired from a yarn sale. I had also acquired some deep purple color and used that in a baby blanket, which I later donated. I was surprised, after learning how to burn test a yarn for fiber content, that this, as well as the deep purple, are natural animal fibers, though which animal I don’t know, but guess wool. I just love this color combination and find it very masculine.

The name – Let’s Go Fly A Kite from Mary Poppins – is a selection from my music library, most likely associated to my desire to view Saving Mr. Banks.

Price: USD $60.00

Grazing In The Grass Scarf

Grazing In The Grass Scarf
© A Hooker’s World

On da Hook: September 28, 2015
Off da Hook: January 13, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Softball (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Hook: Probably an US E
Dimensions: approximately 80 (L) x 6.5 (D) inches

I made this during my short row craze. By the time I got to this project, I was so over short rows, as this project took a mighty long time due to the overlapping curl. I am not a big fan of this project because one you drape the scarf the curves it all lanky. Perhaps a thicker yarn with more body would hold up better.

The project name – Grazing In The Grass by The Friends of Distinction – comes from the colorway, which reminded me of a pasture.

Price: USD $50.00