Dog Eat Dog: More Cush For The Tush

I did it!

I crocheted a second – confirming my pattern – and seamed it with a crab stitch to the first one to create a cushier pet pad for Fido’s tush

Yarn

Unknown Multicolor

Color: Grapevine*
Content: Unknown
Weight: Unknown

Unknown Pink

Color: Patience*
Content: Unknown
Weight: Unknown

Unknown Cream

Color: Antique*
Content: Unknown
Weight: Unknown

I used up my leftovers from side one below, first. I had to add the yarns above, beginning with a double strand of the Unknown Multicolor and Unknown Pink until Unknown Pink ran out; then I just continued with the Unknown Multicolor alone.

Dog Eat Dog
Dog Eat Dog – Side 1

Man! I Feel Like A Woman!: Research & Development

It’s a boring job: repetitive. If nothing else, but it pays off in the end.

I want to make myself a new project bag. I started in August with this same pattern, but when I was called out on my slip stitch ladders by another crocheter, on another charity project, I questioned my previous favor of this characteristic.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

The ladder, is created by the slip stitch on the previous row, causing color interruption. My first thought was that my traditional way of changing colors needed to be revised. The other issue was where the round was being joined. Slip stitching the first stitch can be confusing because it presents as two: the slipped stitch and the first stitch of the round.

As such, I began developing a new way to make my squares. On this square, I slip stitched on the stitch after the first crochet, overlapping the first stitch and cut my colors, each round. This seems more finished, but I was not happy with the first stitch creating additional posts/legs in the first stitch in the previous row.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

My first thought was to hide the extra legs in the corner. On this version, I began each round on the the last stitch in the corner previous to the edge I ended the round. This provided for:

  • better stitch counting/tracking
  • slip stitch/first stitch issues (now treated as one)
  • crocheting over tails – providing for tighter seams

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

I don’t think I want to make squares; it will require seaming. I want to crochet the bag in-the-round, but want a flat base. I want to crochet the base in the round and then work the sides in neon yellow and orange stripes. The bag base crocheted in the round will require more R&D to figure out how to get the right size.

 

In My Own Little Corner

The Name

In My Own Little Corner by Julie Andrews from Cinderella (1957)

Trying to re-engage my humility.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 53 x 4 inches

Duplicate of Got ‘Til It’s Gone, except a different yarn with approximately the same amount in two skeins.

The Yarn

Berroco Comfort DK

Color: 2705
Content: 50% Super Fine Acrylic, 50% Super Fine Nylon
Weight: 3 – Light, DK, Sport

Got ‘Til It’s Gone

The Name

Got ‘Til It’s Gone by Janet Jackson

Ha ha! I just realized this name is appropriate for many of my projects. However, it is most poignant for this project, as I actually crocheted until I ran out of yarn.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 54 x 4 inches

I’m a big fan of the colors in this yarn. I believe the alternating post treble crochets create a richly dense and squishy fabric.

The Yarn

Bernat Baby Jacquards Florals

Color: 06700 Orange Blossom
Content: 90% Acrylic, 10% Nylon
Weight: 3 – Light, DK

The biggest surprise to me about this yarn was the softness and the ease working the turning chain, properly: through the top. The additional colors are supposed to present as – what looks to me – grape bunches; would’ve been nice, but not expected with improvised pattern, and unconcerned.

Hooker Notes

This scarf represents one skein; I only wish I had another, as I am used to longer scarves. Had I known, I would’ve doubled the width to make a cowl instead.

As suspected, my ribs started curling on the sides, making me miss stitches. I solved this with a crochet back-loop edge.

On da Hook: 2018.09.16
Off da Hook: 2018.09.17

I Want A Dog

The Name

I Want A Dog by Pet Shop Boys

Mojo told me I had to crochet for animal charity today.

The Pads

Dimensions (Small): 15 x 16 inches
Dimensions (Big): 14 x 18 inches

My animal charity choice: Hope For Paws. However, I had no idea what size to make. A call to Hope For Paws only sealed conformity as the business norm: no one to answer the phone, the voice mail message are way too long with a multitude of instructions, etc.

The Yarn

Unknown baby yarns donated to me by CSNanaCat.

Designer Notes

Both pads were crocheted in-the-round, in single crochet. The yarn is triple-stranded and I used an M hook.

The center-out design leaves too much room for positive ease, causing mis-shaping of the rectangle over time. Next time, I will work in rows for a firmer fabric. Still, I’ll have that curling crap to contend with…grrr!

I am a big fan of the color blends that occurred with the triple stranding.

I Want A Dog