The way the gradient is hidden, but it is there equals strange magic.
About Strange Magic
I had started a previous item in a similar manner, but decided to 🐸 it and use that yarn in a project in hibernation. The technique I am using is similar to brioche, but horizontal. The first experiment began with knit cast on. Row 2 is worked knit in the same direction as the cast on, by sliding the fabric to the other side of a set of circular needles. Fabric is then turned and worked in the same manner. In short Knit/Knit.
For Strange Magic, I once again used two colors, but this time it did a Knit/Purl. Guess what? They look the same to me. I think I am in the area of illusion knitting because the gradient on yarn 1 is kinda hidden between the rows, yet still shows itself, depending on which angle you are viewing Strange Magic from.
The fabric is very slinky. If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d add a pink fur border on both sides. Oh stop! :D
This yarn crocheted into a pattern that reminds me of the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia.
There is no pattern…improvised. Foundation chain of twenty on a J hook. Row 1 for each ball of yarn was double crochet, followed by single crochet. Ended with a slip stitch seam.
I could add a border, but I thing without a “fun” border, the cowl is more unisex in design.
About The Yarn
Fiber Content: Man-made, per burn test Color: Multicolor, including off-white, dark grey, copper, moss green.* Weight: 5, Bulky+
It reminded me of Lion Brand Homespun, so I looked up their tool recommendations and used that to select my hook size. The yarn works up well on a Susan Bates hook, used because of the thread used to contain the ply.
* Color assignations by Hooker Leo
+ Yarn weight borrowed from Lion Brand Homespun
The name of this yarn – links- and the texture pattern lend to this name. Click an image for enlargement / slide show.
Chains Of Love Cowl
Chains Of Love Cowl
About The Project
Care: Hand wash, cold. Do not bleach. Dry flat. Do not iron. Do not dry clean. Dimensions: 22-inch Diameter x 9-inch Height
On a roll from my last shawl knit in two days, and a cowl in one day that turned out to be closer to what I have been wanting, I dug out this yarn – from CSNanaCat’s de-stash – from my stash because I knew it would work up quickly.
It should have been crocheted, but I was not “feeling” the groove. Once I made up my mind to knot, I had the dilemma of 13s in use on some UFO somewhere in my stash. Then I realized I had a new set of 40-inch circular thirteens. Now, knit in-the-round or flat? Not a fan of seaming, I chose in-the-round and thankfully, the cast on bridged the span.
Now, what stitch? because of the short color changes, I wanted to focus on texture. I had seed stitch in mind when I cast on an even number of stitches; I ended up with – what I call – biased double seed. The interesting discovery was the textured bias stripes, which resulted from an odd number of cast on stitches. More interestingly, the yarn color stripes from such color runs. And the most interesting discovery: the color stripes intersect the textured bias stripes! Click an image for enlargement / slide show.
Doh! This connection should be obvious: Purple, grape. If you require further elucidation, notice the rows on this cowl; just like grapevines are grown here in sunny central California.
About The Cowl
Dimensions: 12-inch width x 24-inch diameter Price: USD $60.00
Made with three skeins that I acquire from CSNanaCat during her recent de-stashing.
A previous employer had made a cowl similar to this, but knitted in seed stitch. I fell in love with it and have always wanted one but never knew the pattern or the exact measurements. I am really liking this cowl and may just end up keeping it.
Lavender and white – to me – is very foux du fafa; hence, the name! Even the song lends to the whole ambiance depicted in the television commercial featuring the same song.
Dimensions: 5.5-inch width x 47-inch diameter Price: Charity Donation
Foux du fafa is the final project from the big ol’ bag of stuff CSNanaCat brough to me. I was going to make another bag, but that would have required more squares and I had already spent enough time – about two weeks – finishing.
I am still working on Karma Chameleon afghan. I have sewn all the motifs together, bordered the afghan with one row of double crochet, and began sewing in the ends. I anticipate finishing tomorrow.
The next project will be a bag of some kind with the left over motifs, and then with the last of the larger motifs I plan on making another bag of some sort. Oo! Or maybe a cowl?
I am still not sure which designation to assign: ODDBALLS or charity or A Hooker’s World? It is made from unknown yarns, though I am pretty sure they are all manmade, so it does qualify for ODDBALLS. I did receive the unfinished project from a guild member, so I could donate it back to charity since I didn’t pay for any of the yarn. Lastly, as I finished it, I don’t think it would be terrible to try and make a profit first. With my new business plan, it will eventually go to charity if not sold.
It may seem slow-going, but with four doctor’s appointments this week, I think my progress is definite!