Union Of The Snake: Bind Off

Union of the Snake

Name

Union of the Snake by Duran Duran

Based on the tube shape of the project/yarn and the fact that I joined it to prevent frayed ends.

Union of the Snake

Union Of The Snake Cowl

Rosa had won – again – another raffle at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild meeting this month. I was surprised when she gifted the basket to me. Inside was a ball of rainbow yarn(?) that caught my eye. I pulled it out and examined it. I was not sure if this was a cable yarn or a felted project.

My first thought was to inert my hand through the center and open it up. That made such a difference, but eventually, the open reverted back to a close, though not as much.

I then asked mom to sew the frayed ends together, making a cowl. She took too long. I took the scarf back and tried to bind off the ends for neater seaming. OMG! Bad idea. A project the originally took fifteen minutes was not entering the fourth hour. After four hours of unravelling, I discovered that it was actually four strands of yarn knitted together, though for which final end – yarn or project – I could not tell you. Maybe I might find out at the next guild meeting.

After reknitting only one end. I did not have enough yarn to bind off. Went into my stash and found some mohair. Wet felted to join and continued with bind off. My mohair was not as fine as what had been used and I was not liking the bind off edge. Undid the bind off.

I finally took the ending tails and sewed a seam with them. However, by this time with so much working of the yarn, I had stretched out the end and it did not match the opposite end. I stopped caring, making the decision that this would be mine because despite charity crochet/knitting, I would never donate something I would not wear myself. Hey! Did I just contradict myself?

I would have preferred a wider knit, which leads me to believe it was a cable yarn.

Oh wait! I forgot to mention my final brilliant idea: I decided to turn the tube inside out. If this piece had been shorter, it might have been easier and taken less time. Add two more hours.

Finally, my tv table is a disaster area from all the tools I used to complete something that should have been so easy: set of straight needles because I forgot this was knit in the round; two sets of circular for knitting in the round, tapestry needle for undoing bind off and seaming, scissors for trimming frays. I dread putting everything back in it’s place.

And then there is Mojo, who craves so much attention at the wrong times.

AGH! So glad to be done.

Dimensions: 2-4-inch diameter x 3 inch width

Union-of-the-Snake-(4)

Yarn

Don’t know if it was a cable yarn or a felted knitted project – accidental or not. The fact that it felted leads me to believe it was natural fibers, and because of this I did perform a burn test. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter, I am keeping it!

Union of the Snake

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Union Of The Snake: Cast On

This one was a breeze!

It started with yarn(?) found in a raffle prize, gifted to me by Rosa, from the June El Segundo Slipt Stitchers meeting. As for the yarn(?) I don’t if it had been…

  • previously knit and accidentally felted
  • previously knit and intentionally felted
  • a cable yarn

I do know because it felted it must be a natural fiber…woohoo! I also know how Union Of The Snake was made…I stuck my arm up the center of the yarn and I’ve asked mom to seam via sewing. I am waiting for the finished product.

I don’t know if I will keep this for myself due to the beautiful colors and the blending of the color or it I will donate to charity. To be honest, I am leaning towards keeping it; I can make something else from the plethora of scrap balls in the same bag.

Strange Magic Cowl

Strange Magic Cowl

About The Name

Strange Magic by Electric Light Orchestra

The way the gradient is hidden, but it is there equals strange magic.

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

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

Dimensions: 15-inch Diameter x 6-inch Width

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

About The Yarn

Unknown Natural Fiber*

Color: Multicolor: Pink, Orange, Blue
Content: Natural Fiber
Weight: 4, Worsted+

Berroco Glacé

Care: Handwash. Lay flat to dry. Dry clean when mixing colors.
Color: 2574 Ligonberry
Content: 100% Rayon • Viscose
Weight: 4, Worsted+

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

The Sound Of Philadelphia Cowl

The Sound Of Philadelphia Cowl

About The Name

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) by MFSB

This yarn crocheted into a pattern that reminds me of the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia.

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)

About TSOP

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.

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)

About The Yarn

Unknown 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

Chains Of Love Cowl

About The Name

Chains Of Love by Erasure

The name of this yarn – links- and the texture pattern lend to this name. Click an image for enlargement / slide show.

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.

About The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Links

Color: 12002 Rich Brown
Content: 74% Acrylic, 18% Wool, 8% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – USD $60.00

The Name

I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye

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.

The Cowl

Dimensions: 12-inch width x 24-inch diameter
Price: USD $60.00

2018-08-13: Removed from stock; donated to charity

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.

The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Cozy Wool

Care: Hand wash, warm. Do no bleach. Dry flat. Do not iron. May be dry cleaned.
Color: 02210 Velvet
Content: 50% Acrylic, 50% Wool
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Cowl

 

Because I Got High Cowl

About The Name

Because I Got High by Afroman

Today is 4/20, the unofficial day of marijuana and this is what you come up with when you have – a believed – incomplete skein of yarn, ODDBALL.

About Because I Got High

Care: Consult a dry cleaner.
Dimensions:
12-inch diameter x 4-inch width
Price: USD $10.00

Because the targeted scarf was too short, I improvised a connection and turned it into a cute little cowl.

About The Yarn

This ODDBall came to me from CSNanaCat, as part of her de-stash. It was unlabeled and it appeared to me to be incomplete.