Stray Cat Strut

The Name

Stray Cat Strut by Stray Cats

Another animal name for an animal product and because “I got cat class and I got cat style!”

The Cush Tush

Dimensions: 14-inch diameter

This time I was determined to work in double crochet for faster turnaround. Well I finished this one is less than a day, so that’s cool! I originally started with a square but have forgotten the formula for a square design, with no holes, in-the-round. Now that I’ve made a round one, I am thinking of different shapes; maybe a star one! Color selections were random reaches into my bag o’ scraps of worsted yarn.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Wool Ease
Color: Purple 147; Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Weight: 4, Worsted

Feza Cayenne
Color: 01 ; Content: 40% Cotton, 49% Acrylic, 11% Nylon; Weight: 4, Worsted

Unlabeled Yarn Suspects

Red Heart Super Saver
Color: Turqua; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Aran

Caron Simply Soft
Color: Black; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Stray Cat Strut Side 2

I apologize for my crappy photography; I can no longer remain still long enough for good focus.

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Shake The Disease

The Name

Shake The Disease by Depeche Mode

Chose for the viral texture the yarn creates.

The Shawl

Dimensions: 32 (wingspan) x 14 (depth) inches (approximate)

An experimental pattern that worked! Worked in stockinette stitch.

The Yarn

Obtained from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild – somehow – or was it from CANanaCat? Anyway, the previous owner had decided to double-strand a yarn – most likely labeled bulky on the label.

From my prior yarn store experience, I believe this yarn might be very old King Cole Opium: 54% Cotton, 42% Premium Acrylic, 4% Polymide.  Between 198 Lilac and 3046 Wisteria, I am going with the latter.

Shake The Disease

Money Can’t Buy It

The Name

Money Can’t Buy It by Annie Lennox

I had originally used the name Money Can’t Buy It on a project I was going to begin for myself. After I had named the project I came up with a better name; that’s when this name became available. When you think about it this name is more appropriate for this charity scarf because you don’t need money to buy it! <Wink>

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 64 inches (approximate)

This scarf will be donated to Interval House via the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers.

The Yarn

Unknown Red 1

Color: Elmo*
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: Worsted?

Unknown Red 2

Color: Dusty Scarlett Lady*
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: DK?

Lang Lucia

Color: 741.0034?; Celestial Ascension*
Content: 28% Viscose, 27% Viscose-Bamboo, 24% Nylon, 19% Cotton, 2% Polyester
Weight: DK?

Unknown Blue 2

Color: Snow Tiger
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: Worsted?

I think Unknown Red 1 was a nylon/microfiber mix of some kind; non-furry portion was very stretchy. I liked it.

Can’t say the same thing for Unknown Red 2: I was not crazy about the glitter portion; it actually looked crinkled. Then, these furry puffs started appearing and I my opinion began to raise. My joy was short-lived as I discovered that they broke off when I pulled them through the knitting. To make matters worse, you can see the level of break-down on my t-shirt.

Money Can't Buy It

I thought I had bought the Lang Lucia from Needlepoints West, but the label says L’Atelier, so I don’t know where I obtained the yarn, but I love then the label is available.

Unknown Blue 2 was found in my stash.

Hooker Notes

I knit cast-on twenty stitches and continued in garter, changing yarns on the same side every time.

* Color assignations per Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

 

Deep Ending

The Name

Deep Ending by Deee-Lite

This scarf marks the end of the red natural fiber yarn that I had been trying to end.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 104 inches

This scarf is a mix of back look single crochet and filet crochet. The single crochet portions present similar to brioche: one color dominant on one side, a second color dominant on the other.

The Yarn

Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr

Color: Maroon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Fingering

Unknown

Color: Red
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Color: 290 Medieval
Content: 100% Merino Wool

Classic Elite Imagine

Color: 9268
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Unknown

Color: Purple Panic*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Unknown

Color: Carmine*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Patons Lace

Color: Porcelain
Content: 80% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic, 10% Wool, 10% Goat – Mohair
Weight: 2, Sport

Unknown

Color: Salmon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Universal Merino XF Superwash

Color: Grey*
Content: 100% Superwash Extra Fine Merino
Weight: 3, DK

Cascade Heritage Silk Paints

Color: 9942 Misty Blue
Content: 85% Merino Wool, 15% Silk
Weight: 1, Fingering

 

Damn! My aim was to use all natural fibers. I completely brain-farted on the Patons, but those mohair guard-hairs misled me.

The Cascade Heritage Silk Paints was double-twined with the Patons Lace and made for great coloration.

The Unknown Red is the yarn I have been trying so hard to rid myself of because of it’s crinkle / boucle texture.

Designer Notes

I started in back loop single crochet, but thought the scarf might be too dense. I have this irrational fear that crochet is heavier than knitting; so much so that I feel the item I am crocheting may be cumbersome at times. So, I added sections of filet crochet to lighten it up.

I am amazed at some of the colorations in this scarf: the grey against the bright red and the blues/purples against the lighter reds of carmine and salmon.

I based my pattern repeat on nineteen rows; unfortunately, I ran out of red yarns and just ended it.

Deep Ending

* All color designations assigned by Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

Little Red Corvette

The Name

Little Red Corvette by Prince

Red!

The Scarf

I am trying to rid myself of all my scraps and odd balls, so I got all my DK and sport weight yarns and started crocheting. Nothing was working. Restarted about three times and got frustrated working with the beginning yarns. Then I had the idea of double-stranding.

Pretty challenging crochet, as the Unknown Red 1 yarn was bumpy and so was the pink. However, the red ran the entire length.

The Yarn

Unknown Pink: Man-made fiber
Unknown Magenta: Natural fiber
Unknown Red 1: Natural fiber
Unknown Red 2: Natural fiber
Unknown Carmine: Natural fiber

All yarns burn tested.

If memory serves, the Unknown Red 2 yarn is rayon from Netwon’s Yarn Country; I had used it previously on Holly Golightly (2011-2012), a shawl I gifted to Kathleen. Jeez! six years that scrap has been in my stash; well, it’s gone now!

Designer Notes

I was going to construct in single crochet only, but I notice my single crochet was creating a bias on the fabric. So I added double crochets and did not notice any change. Lightbulb! Do a second row of single crochet to counter act the first. As you can see the natural tendency is to twist. I think it’s related to the width.

The double crochets created lightness to a scarf whose heft is substantial.

Little Red Corvette