Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

Great name for my next project: a crochet purse or bag for marketing, yarn, projects, etc. I have about ten cakes of this Pingouin Fil d’E’cosse No 3. I don’t know how big or how many bags I will make.

Rectangle? Square? Round? What shape should I make?

At first I was thinking market bags, but I didn’t see any I really liked. However, that would use the least amount of yarn and allow me to make more than one bag.

I think I have worked it out…market bags for charity!

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Lady Killer: WIP

I am not sure how to proceed in color on Lady Killer and thought I would put it out to you for some feedback.

As you can see, dark mauve is the dominant color. I began by using up the scraps of other acrylic and cotton yarns/threads to begin. Having exhausted all color-pertinent scraps, my original plan end with dark mauve/dark purple stripes, does not seem exciting to me anymore. I think I want to add more colors, but that could turn out bad.

So these are my only conceivable options:

  1. Resume with dark mauve because it is the dominant color and I want to end the cone
  2. Resume with dark purple, which would complete a manual gradient shift, and end with it despite technical difference in color
  3. Resume with dark mauve/dark purple striping, exhausting dark mauve and ending in dark purple block, if necessary
  4. Resume with dark mauve color block, end with dark purple color block

I think I am leaning towards option one because I love how Dark Lady came out with the reserved color stripes.

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.

Dark Lady

Dark Lady Crochet Shawl

Name

Dark Lady by Cher

The only relation I can make between the name and the shawl is that I had to re-crochet this shawl three times before I was happy with the outcome.

Shawl

After three attempts, I finally ended up with something I am happy with. The bonus: I think I have a true crochet crescent shawl! I’d love to hear from you if you agree with me.

Care (Acrylic): Machine wash gentle cycle, warm water, no bleach, rinse well and promptly remove. Roll in towel. Block. CAUTION: Do not iron or dry clean.
Care (Cotton): Machine wash gentle or hand wash, cold. Lay flat to dry or line dry in shade, or tumble dry low. +
Dimensions:
45-inch Width x 22-inch depth

Dark Lady

Yarn

Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8

Color: Dark Mauve
Content: 8/4 100% Cotton
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport, Baby ++

J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen

Color: 0030 Serenity
Content: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport Baby+++

 

Designer Notes

I wanted a design I could easily increase without much thinking. I accomplished this by working in double crochet and working between posts, increasing by two stitches on either side of each section, every row.

This did not work well when I wanted to change up the pattern because I kept losing one stitch each section. I then decided to change from between posts to working in stitches; this increase was easier to manipulate. By this time I had changed to treble crochets just to make this shawl grow faster.

I also had a ball of J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen laying around and I thought the colors might break up the dark mauve nicely; it did! By this time, I wanted to end. I had about three hundred thirty stitches; I was aiming for six hundred. However, I thought the shawl was big enough that I could stop.

I started with a scalloped edge, but the stitch count was off. I then began a crab stitch edging, which I really liked. Did I have enough patience to work on top of treble crochets and backwards? I did and I am so happy with the outcome.

Dark Lady
Dark Lady
+ Suggested care for cotton garments

++ Estimated yarn weight based on numeral 2 written on yarn label and over forty years’ experience

+++ Based on physical match, per touch

You’ve Got Your Troubles: I’ve Got Mine

Off da Hook

You’ve Got Your Troubles by The Fortunes

An occasion where yarn meets pattern and vice versa. The details are cloudy, but they matched and I set to crocheting. Early – coincidence? – pattern name matches performer name. Read on for “troubles” association.

The John

You’ve Got Your Troubles Shawlette

Dimensions: 70-inch (W) x 32.5-inch (D), approximate
Care: Machine wash gentle or hand wash, cold. Lay flat to dry or line dry in shade, or tumble dry low. +

I followed the pattern despite having enough yarn to make a larger item. I think my primary reason was becoming bored with such a mindless stitch pattern? Not sure. Could be crochet/knit fatigue…it could happen!

You've Got Your Troubles Shawlette
You’ve Got Your Troubles Shawlette

Pattern

Fortunes Shawlette by by Tamara Kelly

Easy mindless crochet pattern, based on previous mindless crochet pattern. The challenge: working with such a large hook and fine yarn. I think the mindlessness may have contributed to the completion of Union Of The Snake cowl, All Or Nothing Blues scarf, America The Beautiful scarf, Highway To Hell scarf, A Bushel And A Peck scarf, and End It On This scarf.

Pattern “STRAIGHT-FORWARD,” which, of course, caused some complication on my part. Otherwise, very easy to follow. Could it be written better? Perhaps.

You've Got Your Troubles Shawlette
You’ve Got Your Troubles Shawlette

Yarn

Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8

Color: Dark Mauve
Content: 8/4 100% Cotton
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport, Baby ++

You've Got Your Troubles Shawlette

+ Suggested care for cotton garments
++ Estimated yarn weight based on numeral 2 written on yarn label and over forty years’ experience

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

Crocodile Tears Afghan

Crocodile Tears Afghan

About The Name

Crocodile Tears by Eydie Gorme

I had a hard time reconciling a song title to this project when I began back on May 26, 2018. I had settled on Samba de Orfeu because the color of the primary yarn reminded me of a verdant island celebration, like Carnaval!

Beginning May 29, I started a crying jag that has only complicated my allergies, leaving me completely congested and on the verge of tears with the smallest associations I make throughout each day. As such, I searched for a song titled Crocodile Tears and found on by Eydie Gorme that perked me up.

About Crocodile Tears Afghan

To be honest I had no idea what to make anymore that I am no longer attempting sales. Luckily, I had been to the guild the week previous and got some ideas about what is needed for charity. While it is not afghan size, I believe there are some children in need also. And finally, I could work from the center, outward until the yarn had been exhausted, and I was left with only about a six-inch leftover!

Dimensions: 36 inches square, approximately

About The Yarn

Newton’s Yarn Country Softball Print

Content: 100% Cotton
Weight: 5, Bulky

Kitchen Cotton: Peaches & Creme, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, etcetera.

Colors: Yellow, Off-White, White, Terra Cotta, Gold, Purple
Content: 100% Cotton

Crocodile Tears Afghan
Crocodile Tears Afghan