der Kommissar

The Name

der Kommissar by Falco

Random selection from my music library.

The Square Motif

Feeling more secure with my intuitiveness, I did not use stitch markers this time, relying on my counting skills alone. I still am not “square.” Again, can I blame the different weights?

The spinal improvements where single slip stitches with the new color only. I think the only way to really alleviate that is to leave the last stitch live for old color. Will investigate with next square.

The Yarn

Mixed unidentified yarns.

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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!

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.

Lady Killer: On da Hook

Lady Killer

Considering this shawl is coming from the same cone as Dark Lady, I decided to remain with the Lady theme. Too bad, I didn’t think about this when I crocheted You’ve Got Your Troubles, which is also from the same cone of Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8.

To tell you the truth I am actually loving each shawl despite the old-fashioned color: dark mauve. I think the J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen on Dark Lady really changed my mind.

For Lady Killer, I am began with the micro-ball of leftover J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen, now completely gone. The second yarn will remain unidentified at this time due to my laziness to got get the ball, but in the pictures it looks better than it does on the shawl, though from my perspective right now – almost level, that yellow is really standing out.

I will be using a darker purple gradient next and if I have enough cotton, I will be ending with a solid deep purple.

You might notice that this is very similar to Dark Lady in construction. I am going to work between the post to shoulders and then begin the crescent formation. My next shawl will be only crescent formation.

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

Mind Blown

Crochet! MagazineThe primary reason for this post was to make a snarky remark about how hookers are always ahead of their time a la Felix The Cat Cowl, November 2017. Evidenced by this magazing cover of Crochet! Autumn 2018

Well, when I began the post, my mind went in another – more therapeutic – direction and now I am convinced that A Hooker’s World may be coming to an end. The worst part is coming up with a new website identity. Then again, there is the adage: if the shoe fits…!

Then there are issues with those that don’t know this side of me and my fear of offending…NO! That’s not what my crusade is about…REUNIFICATION!

This is a tough one…good thing I am seeing my psychologist today. I’ll have to get back to you.

 

 

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Dark Lady

Having decided to make Stairway To Heaven my portable project, I started another shawl today, using the same yarn I used for You’ve Got Your Troubles.

I was liking it until i got the bright idea of trying to turn this triangle/heart-shaped shawl into a crescent-shaped shawl. I think I will stick to heart-shaped for ease of crochet. I just hate that point. Grr!

I was quite impressed with myself for starting this shawl in a tab fashion. I started the shawl from the side and began increasing two stitches every row on one side. Pretty soon I had an equilateral triangle and decided to go around the side and begin working back an forth.

Dark Lady - Detail
Dark Lady – Tab Start