Just What I Needed Cowl

On da Hook: February 14, 2017
Off da Hook: February 14, 2017
Project Name: Just What I Needed by The Cars
Yarns: Unknown (Fiber: Unknown/Wool; Yarn Colors: Navy Blue, Teal, Lavender, Multicolor; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US J
Dimensions: 16 (D) x 7 (W) inches

I received some dryer balls(?) a few years ago as a gift. I think they were supposed to remove lint and wrinkles from clothes while in the dryer. I never use a dryer so I had no use for them.

One day I unraveled them and was going to use the yarn for something. The other day I came across the magic ball I had made and today I decided to re-purpose the yarn into something I could donate during my next visit to my clinic, as there are many homeless in the area. My plan is to leave the cowl in a public place with a gift note.

Because the original dryer balls were a felted item, I presume some if not all of the yarn is wool. The teal certainly maintains some of the scratchiness associated with some wools.

The stitch I used is commonly known as Griddle Stitch and the cowl was made flat and seamed.

Just What I Needed Cowl

Just What I Needed Cowl

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Chantilly Lace Shawlette

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On da Hook: September 23, 2016
Off da Hook: October 2, 2016
Yarn: Interlacements Rick Rack (Fiber Content: Rayon, Yarn Color: [Lavender], Yarn Weight: 2, Baby / Sport)
Hook: F5 – 3.75 mm
Project Dimensions: 42 (W) x 11 (D)

So relieved when June told me to make the project smaller. I finished today before becoming too loopy from medication. Glad to be done. I love this yarn: the drape is excellent as well as the colors.

I will be working on the pattern next.

Chantilly Lace – by The Big Bopper

Copernicus Cowl

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On da Hook: October 20, 2015
Off da Hook: October 22, 2015
Pattern: Original by Hooker Leo (Pending Publication)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky (Fiber Content: 55% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 16002 (?); Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Hook: 9 mm – M
Dimensions: 25 (D) x 3 (W, rolled) / 6.5 (W, flat) inches

One more xmas gift done; that leaves one more to be done and I have covered my primary peeps. There is one other very special friend that I am going to try and make a gift for as well. I am hoping the recipient will like this project color, who desired purple. When I think of purple, I don’t usually think in pastels (lavender). By the way, this yarn is discontinued and I lost my yarn label, so I had to guess at the yarn color.

This project name – Copernicus by Basia – is related to the ethnicity of the recipient, who shares the same ethnicity as Basia. Coincidentally, my design is also related a major event in the history of science, triggering the Copernican Revolution, a model of the universe that placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe by scientist Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer. At first I was not crazy about the curling, but then I realized how the cowl took on a rope-like look, and like it even more when I doubled it. When I styled the cowl for photography, I discovered that perhaps if I make it even wider, the cowl can be opened at the neck/shoulders to better accentuate the design. I am also wondering how 5-stitch double crochet cluster might change the garment design, versus 3-stitch double crochet clusters. In reality, the size of this cowl was based on the amount of yarn I had in my stash (213 yards).

A-Tisket, A-Tasket Kerchief

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Cast On: July 23, 2015
Cast Off: August 1, 2015
Yarn A: Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 10320 Cherished Lavender, Yarn Weight: 4, Acrylic)
Yarn B: Patons Canadiana (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 11420 Pretty Baby, Yarn Weight: 4, Acrylic)
Needle: US 8
Project Dimensions: 44 (W) x 21.5 (L) inches

I encountered this pattern at the Slipstitch going out of business sale and bought the two skeins necessary for the pattern. I could not believe I had found a pattern for the garter ridge design element I had been trying to replicate on my own. Very easy pattern. I thought it was going to require much notation, but I was wrong as I was able to memorize the pattern quickly. I obviously am a loose knitter, as I ran out of Yarn A, about 25 stitches before the end. I grabbed something from my stash to finish that row and the color difference is hardly noticeable as it is right next to a color change from Yarn A to Yarn B.

Patons Canadiana is a nice worsted acrylic yarn, minus the cut in ply I encountered and which is present on the front of the garment. I might try to fine tune it by pulling the stray ply threads to the back, but I am sure they will eventually work their way back to the front again.

This is an xmas gift for a friend of mine that is ALWAYS cold. Now, she’ll have no excuse. The name of the project – A-Tisket, A-Tasket by Ella Fitzgerald – came to mind from the colors, which reminded me of an Easter basket.

Shattered Dreams Afghan

Shattered Dreams Afghan
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On da Hook: May 15, 2015
Off da Hook: May 21, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: 8 skeins Cascade Bulky Leisure HD (Fiber Content: 50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Pima Cotton; Yarn Color: 9915; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Hook: US K – 10.5 mm
Dimensions: 51 inch Diameter (from point to point)

The name of this project – Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz – is inspired by the picture above and the seemingly shattered swirl pattern produced by the yarn.

I originally wanted more of a swirl stitch pattern, but for the life of me, I could not come up with something I liked. I even tried crochet entrelac, but there are just too many colors in the yarn, and because the yarn is discontinued, I did not think a search for a similar solid color would be fruitful. When I decided on the hexagon, I remembered that Ellen had made a shrug from a hexagon shape once. Unfortunately, my hexagon is not a granny square and therefore, would not fold into the desired L shape necessary to create the shrug.

In the long run, I am glad that the yarn is out of my stash. I feel like I am making some progress. I must emphasize the delight the crochet gives by finishing a project so quickly.

Price: USD $320.00 (25% Discount for Friends/Family)

New Skill: Crochet Afghan Repair

I suspect my boss took this repair into the store, assuming I could fix it. I have been asked before to fix something and ended up re-crocheting the afghan because I could not understand how I could make the repairs, as crochet is done on completed stitches. That seems easy enough, but when I thought about the last (top) row being worked in the the stitches above, I just could not conceive any idea on how to accomplish that.

Well, money is one of my great motivators, especially because I don’t have any. Because I am fond of my bosses for giving me an opportunity for stable employment, I said I would try, but made sure, she knew I wanted premium pricing. The initial repair – the blue section – seemed easy enough and when I got to the big hole, the ease of repair continued, though presented more of a challenge in its approach.

I think we matched the color pretty closely and while I did not perform the puff stitch in the exact same manner, I am proud of my work on this afghan repair. What do you think?

Caribbean Queen Mobius Cowl

Caribbean Queen Mobius Cowl
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On da Hook: November 21, 2013
Off da Hook: November 26, 2013
Hook: Boye US G/6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn A: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Uknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: 717; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Coats and Clark’s Red Heart Super Fingering (Fiber Content: 100% Virgin Wool; Yarn Color: Green Glacier; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn H: Super Yarn Mart! Mohair-Lon (Fiber Content: 50% Mohair/50% Orlon; Yarn Color: 310 Yellow Gold; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: Width: 7 inches; Diameter: 45 inches; Circumference: 141 inches

I learned a new way to create crochet ribbing at the last guild meeting. While I am not a fan of this new version, I am a fan of the texture the stitching provides. This cowl will serve as a template for a pattern I will write for some yarn I recently purchased at The Knitting Tree L A. The name – Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean – was inspired by the colors and the construction. Below you will find a recipe for cowl construction. Should any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact me.

RECIPE

I used about 1 oz of each color listed above except for the yellow, where an estimation of two ounces is more appropriate since you are using it in two rows.

If memory serves correctly, foundation chain must be odd number for an even number of single crochets around. Foundation chain should be created to desired circumference. In my pattern, I will give exact number for a Mobius this circumference, as this is my desired circumference, enabling the wearer to double it. One of the things I noticed about this design that I did not like was that the row of single crochet on the foundation chain tends to make the Mobius want to fold on itself. My pattern will give provide exact number and hopefully include a video on how to create a double-crochet foundation chain, eliminating one row of work.

Create mobius with slip stitch in bottom of first stitch. Again, I am hoping to provide a video link on how to do this in the pattern.

Alternate front post double crochet and back post double crochet in every stitch around and in every successive row to desired width, closing round with slip stitch in top of beginning chain.

Single crochet final round with color used in last double crochet round.