You Learn

The Name

You Learn by Alanis Morissette

This was the best song title that I could “link” to this knit project. I chose this song title in relation to the fact that I “learned” something I didn’t know before, and re-learned something I did.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 66 x 4/5 inches

Cast on twelve stitches and work stockinette for three rows, alternated with reverse stockinette. I chose use this pattern from an old one I used before; the difference with this one is that there are no chevrons or zig zags…hmmm! I should be able to make zig zags.

The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Links
Color: 12002 Rich Brown; Content: 74% Acrylic, 18% Wool, 8% Polyester; Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown Gold
Color: Rumlestiltskin*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Lace*

This is where I “learned” something new. I learned that double-stranding a bulky and a lace, does actually add weight to the yarn – evidenced by the beginning five-inch width and ending with a four-inch width. However, it seemed that the second ball was a bit thinner also.

I re-learned the need to alternate two multicolor yarns of the same color to avoid different pooling patterns.

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Mellow Yellow

The Name

Mellow Yellow by Donovan

The association should be evident: yellow scarf; yellow name.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 68 inches

Cast on 16 stitches. Knit in garter. I started alternating Red Heart and Schachenmayr every two rows for eight repeats. Next I alternated Unknown yellow with Red Heart, followed by Unknown yellow alt Schachenmayr, Unknown yellow alt Unknown brown, Unknown brown alt Schachenmayr; and then back down the spectrum, and then up one more time.

The Yarns

Red Heart Sport

Color: 0230 Yellow
Content: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 2, Sport

Schachenmayr nomotto Brazilia Lungo

Color: 222
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown Yellow

Color: Butterscotch*
Content: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

Unknown Brown

Color: Caramel*
Content: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

Mellow Yellow

* Color name assignment per Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

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.

Highway To Hell: Arrived!

Name

Highway To Hell by AC/DC

Criminy! I have been writing this post as a first post for a new project I started today, having forgotten the project I finished today and for which I had been awaiting a sew job by mother, which she finished. I had photographed, measured and BRAIN FART!

Name pertains to hibernation and frogging of Stairway To Heaven, and going in another direction a la Highway To Hell, the primrose path. Highway To Hell also refers to the challenge of knitting with yarn so slippery it does not knot, on slippery needles. Fortunately, I that did not happen at all.

Highway To Hell Scarf

Made from a ribbon yarn laying around my room/workshop and glitter yarn from the raffle basket, won by Rosa at the June 2018 El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild meeting, and gifted to me.

Dimensions: 64-inch length x 5-inch width ending & 3-inch beginning

Yarn

Unknown 1

Care: Hand wash in cold water with mild liquid soap. Do not rub or twist. Rinse several times in cold clear water. Do not wring. Dry flat away from heat. +
Color: Brown-Gold *
Content: Metallized Polyester? Cupro Rayon? Lurex? &
Weight: 1, Lace ^

Unknown 2

Care: Hand wash in cold water with mild liquid soap. Rinse several times in cold clear water. Dry flat away from heat. +
Color: Off-White *
Content: ?
Weight: 5, Bulky ^

Unknown 1 represents the brown-gold glitter yarn and Unknown 2 represents the braided ribbon/tape.

Highway To Hell

+ instructions from another ball of glitter yarn
* suggested by Hooker Leo
& fibers in another ball of glitter yarn
^ suggested by Hooker Leo

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

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

Tubular Bells

Name

Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield

The color of this yarn reminded me of the color of Regan’s vomit from the movie The Exorcist.

The Scarf

Twelve stitches worked in garter, slipping the first stitch and knitting the last stitch through the back loop on a US 10 needle. This item will be donated to charity.

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Machine wash warm. Air dry. +
Color: Olive ++
Content: man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: Bulky +++

Unlabeled, comprised of three different textures, which in my opinion, based on the color lend very much to vomit consistency. In all honest, the color could be denoted as gold, which I was not my first association. This latter association only dawned on me, using gold aluminum knitting needles. To seal the gold fate, I remember trying to find gold in Adobe Photoshop, favoring a darker yellow to an pale orange.

+ Suggested
++ Suggested
+++ Approximation