Last Dance With Mary Jane

My current project – Last Dance With Mary Jane by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – will be a crochet shawl. Coincidentally, it will be in a similar color way to the Erigeneia (by Silke Terhorst) pattern sample. I was going to break my yarns up by sections, by I want to use it all so I think I will just repeat sections until it is gone, reserving the gradient yarn for the border.

Surprisingly, I am finally using the alpaca yarn I bought back in 2014 when my sit ‘n’ knit group went to Alpacas at Windy Hill to support one of our members:

New Hope Alpacas Suri Fingering; Fleece of Vanilla Chip; 200 yards
New Hope Alpacas Suri Fingering; Fleece of Brickfielder; 200 yards
New Hope Alpacas Suri 2 ply; Fleece of Brickfielder; 200 yards
Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas Fingering; Color: Sweet Onion with Accents; 200 yards

I can’t believe it’s been so long and I am glad to finally have found a crochet pattern for this yarn. I had previously tried to improvise a pattern, but was not happy with my difficulty in maintaining tension with such fine yarn. Today, I seem to have a handle on it. According to the Craft Yarn Council, US hooks B-E are recommended; I am opting for the larger.

I just realized this is my third triangle shawl; I think I will make a concentrated effort to make the next one a crescent or half circle.

Bad Blood Scarf

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Cast On: December 20, 2016 | Bind Off: December 27, 2016

This is a gift for the pharmacist that assisted with my prothrombin time (PT) testing when I was on Warfarin. I’ll admit that I had a bad attitude when I finally met him, but his personality disarmed me of my attitude and I started liking him…more than I should. Solution: add him to my xmas list and make something for him, so he’ll never forget me. Ha ha ha ha ha!

I was initially going to do a huge cable bordered by another stitch, but could not find a border stitch that I liked. When I got started I totally screwed up the cable. Aiyaa! I started searching for a pattern that was interesting and masculine. I finally found this: Staggered Rib Scarf by Suzie Blackman. I like the pattern, but, as usual, I had to make some adjustments: the most important being:

  • cast on should be even sets of multiples of 2; example: 28 (/2=14) versus 30 (/2=15).
  • sl the first st of every row purl-wise and k the last st through the bl for a more even edge presentation

Recently I heard that a mans’ scarf should measure 5 feet, that men don’t like long scarves. This presented a dilemma for me, as the recipient is at least 6 feet tall – mmm, mmm, mmm! I like’m tall! – and I usually make scarves to a person’s height. Finished measurements: 62 (L) x 6.5 (W).

The yarn I used is Newton’s Yarn Country Worsted Acrylic on US 8 needles. The project name Bad Blood by Neil Sedaka – comes from the fact that I have bad blood…oh, and I just love that song!

Coincidentally, I just discovered this is the second Bad Blood project I have made. The last one was Bad Blood Cowl made during the hospital stay that reignited my whole bad blood situation.

 

Fade Away And Radiate Cowl

Fade Away and Radiate Cowl
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Cast On: February 27, 2016
Cast Off: March 5, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10
Yarn: Zitron Farfalla (Fiber Content: 70% Merino, 30% Polyamid; Yarn Color: 300; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Dimensions: 23 (D) x 8 (W) inches
Price: USD $50.00

I got this with some yarn scraps from CSNanaCat. I love orange and was surprised to learn it is merino wool. It is so soft. I had three skeins and used most of it for this project, which is a 5 row repeat: k, p, k, p, k. The project name – Fade Away and Radiate by Blondie – is a random selection from my music libarary, that appropriately describes this chapter of my life. I began about the second week of my radiation treatments and have been working on it during my transportation to and from the doctor’s office each morning.

Monster Mash Cowl

On da Hook: October 7, 2015
Off da Hook: October 8, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Newton’s Yarn Country (Fiber Content: Acrylic; Yarn Color: [Orange]; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran or Worsted)
Yarn B: Unlabeled Scrap Yarn (Fiber Content: [Acrylic], Yarn Color: [Black]; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran or Worsted)
Hook: US J
Dimensions: 7.5 (W) x 18 (D) inches
Price: USD $25.00

I am in love with this project because of the look, the colors, the tension and the memories of Peanuts cartoons – it reminds me of Charlie Brown’s shirt. Actually, I just visited the Peanuts website and realized that Charlie Brown’s shirt would be solid with a zig zag black stripe. I guess I can add one more project to my queue.

Coincidentally, as I sat down to post this project, I started my iTunes and the first song that came up was Thriller by Michael Jackson, so I guess I can create another Halloween-themed object. Now that I am in Halloween mode, I am thinking of doing a ghosty cowl – perhaps in tapestry crochet; it depends on how long it will take to design.

Monster Mash Cowl: WIP

Monster Mash Cowl
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The more I crochet, the more I am liking it due to speed of project completion. After yesterday’s tension mishap, I started a classic back loop single crochet ripple cowl in black and orange for Halloween. Believe me the tension on this one is exactly what I like, achieved by using a J hook. I am using my unlabeled black acrylic yarn stash and a cone of orange that I purchased at Newton’s Yarn Country, during my first visit to their Fall Festival Parking Lot Sale. Coincidentally, I am scheduled to go to Newton’s on Sunday with a member from my One Skein Short group for the Fall Festival Parking Lot Sale; I’ll need to confirm with her on Thursday at our group’s fifth anniversary dinner at Alejo’s Restaurant. The project name – Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers – is the only other song in my music library that seemed appropriate for the color scheme.

Alpacas at Windy Hill

Despite having been fired from the yarn store and a lack of coordination, I did make it out to Windy Hill in Somis, California, where I got to meet my friend Lynette’s alpaca, Varon (sp?). Kathleen drove Cathy, Katie, Jessica and I to Skirball Center, where we met up with Jacqui. After a car seating rearrangement, we set out to the farm. After so many years of having passed the Skirball Center Drive exit off the 405, I finally got to see the center and learn a little about it.

The festival was not as big an event, as I had anticipated, but I had a good time. I learned a little more about alpacas and Lynette actually took us into a pasture where we got to pet and commune with the alpacas. I even broke down and bought some alpaca yarn: Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Huacaya Alpaca; Yarn Color: Yellow Onion Accents; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering) and New Hope Alpacas (Fiber Content: 100% Suri Alpaca; Colors: [Dark Orange, Orange and Light Orange]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering). I know I said I would never purchase yarn again, but felt I should support my friends event. Besides, it’s not like I don’t intend to use it to make something.

The day ended with a meal at Feast From The East on Westwood Boulevard. I ordered Pad Thai, but was not crazy about the red flavoring throughout. Additionally, my chicken dumplings were crunchy, but not fried…WTF!? The salad dressing – Sesame Miso – was the best part of that meal.

Overall, I had a good time despite a sour stomach which resumed upon my return home. Went to bed early and need to get ready to meet a client. Enjoy the pics!

 

 

Rapper’s Delight Hat

Rapper's Delight Hat
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I finally finished my hat! This – Vintage Inspired Crocheted Hat by Annette Corsino – was the free crochet pattern that The Knitting Tree L A was giving away during Yarn Crawl LA. Prior to the yarn crawl, I had tried on the hat – designed by Annette Corsino – and was so impressed by how it looked on me and the fit, that I had to splurge on the MadelineTosh Chunky and make one for myself. The original is made with two colors: Mustard & Black. I knew my primary color was going to be orange (Yarn Color: Citrus), but kept wavering between a deep dark blue and an espresso brown for the second color. In the end I decided to stick with one color, for a cheaper hat. The brim still needs to be blocked, but I just love it!