You’ve Got Your Troubles

Started today after a stumble on the Stairway To Heaven, which has turned into a real pain in the ass, just like in real life. So, considering how easy Union of the Snake was, I decided to follow up with a quick crochet project for the next misstep on Stairway To Heaven.

That brings us to You’ve Got Your Troubles and a knitting dilemma/question:

Using my new WPI info I learned from the June El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild, I wrapped an unknown yarn around a ruler for one inch and got 24! Yet, there is no 24 WPI yarn on Ravelry. Neither is if one of the yarn weights without a WPI number: light fingering, fingering, lace, or cobweb!

In my humble opinion the yarn pictured in the featured image is more similar to a sport or dk, but that is 12 and 14 WPI.

WHAT THE HELL IS REALLY GOING ON?

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Domino Dancing Shawl

Domino Dancing Shawl

The Name

Domino Dancing by Pet Shop Boys

Explanation can be found here.

The Shawl

Dimensions: 55-inch wingspan x 24-inch depth

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Wash warm. Hang dry.+
Color: White with a Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green thread
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: 2, Sport/Baby

Classic Elite Imagine

Care: Dry clean only.
Color: 9258
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Lion Brand Fun Fur

Care: Machine washable and dryable.
Color: 109 Sapphire
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Designer Notes

Another surprise in crescent shawl shape development. I had started with my basic crochet circle pattern, this time in double crochet versus single crochet, but the horizon was not meeting my standards. By chance I discovered by starting my shape with twice as many stitches, I was achieving a better horizon. Finally, I inserted enough stitches for seven sections versus six and I was on my way.

The hard part was inserting the eyelets because I was dealing with an odd number of sections which forced one-sided increases per section. I worked in pattern as long as I could, changing it up at the end with increased half double crochet rows.

The addition of the red Classic Elite Imagine and the sapphire Lion Brand Fun Fur, was an after-thought and impulsive move because they just happened into my line of sight. The Classic Elite was actually a size bigger, but I thought the eyelet row would cover up the change in yarn weight. Knowing I was going to end with the fun fur, I felt doubly assured. In the end, there is slight puckering, but I think with wear it will wear out.

Domino Dancing Shawl
+ Suggested/recommended care

Hey, Saint Peter: Off da Hook

Hey, Saint Peter: Off da Hook

About The Name

Hey, Saint Peter by Flash and the Pan

Peter Pan > Hey, Saint Peter. Interestingly, another association could be drawn from Captain Hook’s waistcoat > waistcoat stitch, the stitch used to create this scarf.

About Hey, Saint Peter Scarf

I am on a mission to knock out some serious crocheting/knitting and red myself of all the extra yarn I have. That is why I took this opportunity to learn, right? How about Waistcoat Stitch? Also known as, Knit Stitch, and pleasantly referred to as Pigeon Stitch by myself because it does not line up when worked by turning rows, as it does in-the-round.

Hey, Saint Peter had a hex on it from the very beginning. In my previous post, you’ll note my experience with trying to find a video that properly teaches waistcoat stitch. Once again, I started with too loose a tension and unfortunately, by the time I was finishing I was angry crocheting.  Because the videos were improperly clear, the first half was done according to my understanding; when I joined the second skein it dawned on me what I was doing wrong. However, this new way presented different problems: for some reason I could not get my crochet-bearing, and I think the reason was because of hook placement. Just glad to be done. Might use waistcoat stitch with a no-ply yarn.

Dimensions: 50.5-inch length x 4.5-inch width

About The Yarn

Wendy Peter Pan Double (2 skeins)

Care: Machine washable. Cool tumble dry.
Color: 992
Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic
Weight: 3, DK

Hey, Saint Peter: Foundation Chain

Hey, Saint Peter

I was surprised to finish A Hazy Shade of Winter so fast, considering it was knit. And I was wrong; I had four skeins left in that bin: 2 Noro and these two Wendy Peter Pan Double Knit. Because I am overdue on a crochet project, I chose the Wendy to make a scarf real quick.

Unfortunately, my desire to learn new things has sabotaged my progress once again. The waistcoat stitch – also known as Split Single Crochet (ssc) and Knit Stitch – worked in rows, is very exacting. AND I am still not getting the desire effect. I don’t care…I would call it the Pigeon Stitch because my Vs are not lining up despite my careful crochet into the center of the stitch.

My research included watching way too many videos on YouTube. My search term “Waistcoat Stitch Rows.”

Winner! Winner! No Chicken Dinner for the ad. Really? I reaffirm my hate for the greed capitalism breeds.

Easy Tutorial: How to do the Waistcoat stitch AKA the “Knit” stitch (original video)
– must watch: ad, @ 8:39 she addresses edge stitch in rows

I need to practice a bit more, after watching the videos in detail. However, I am ninety-nie percent sure that I am doing it right. So why don’t my Vs line up? Hmm.

Red Blooded Woman Cowl

Red Blooded Woman Cowl – Charity Donation

About The Project Name

Red Blooded Woman by Kylie Minogue

I kept thinking blood with the dark red colors. A “red” search of my music library revealed Red Blooded Woman and a lightbulb turned on. I’ll tell you by the end, I was “hot-“tempered trying to make a border on a very loose fabric to hide some wonkiness.

The designation of this project is on hold for the moment, as I am not sure to whom it belongs. The yarn was scooped up from the charity table at the end of my last guild meeting. I asked if it was free, received confirmation from another member – I think it was Kathy McF – and took it. Like I need more yarn!

I need to stop doing that; the good thing is that I work it up immediately. So it’s in and out. Besides, my UFOs are piling up!

I suppose because the item contains both labeled yarns and oddballs, I think I will donate it back to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Charity Division.

Dimensions: 30-inch diameter x 11-inch width

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About The Yarn

Gedifra Barocco

Care: Hand wash. Do not Iron, Do not bleach. Lay flat to dry. Professional dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 1741
Content: 38% Nylon, 38% Acrylic, 21% Wool, 3% Polyester
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Calisson d’ anny blatt

Care: Hand wash. Do not bleach. Do not iron. Professional dry clean. Cold water.
Color: 119
Content: 30% Cotton, 29% Acrylic, 22% Polyamide, 19% Viscose
Weight: 5, Bulky

Premier Starry Night

Care: Hand wash, cold water
Color: 37-03 Chinese Lantern
Content: 90% Polyamide, 10% Gitter Yarn
Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown 1 (Mohair Blend)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 5, Bulky*

Unknown 2 (Sparkle)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine Sparkle*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 3, DK*

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* Designation by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label

Like A Prayer Shawl: Work In Progress

Like A Prayer Shawl: Work In Progress

About Like A Prayer Shawl

Like A Prayer by Madonna

I think I like “Like A Prayer Shawl” versus ” Like A Prayer Prayer Shawl.” What do you think? This ain’t a religious thingy. :D

So, this is another ODDBALLS project, whose destination – charity donation or Neighbors By Design item – remains unknown at this time. And whose current destination is the WIP  (Work In Progress) shelf because I have not found the right yarn to finish this shawl.

About The Yarn

The yarns pictured were acquired from an ESSS raffle. I was surprised to receive natural fibers.

FibraNatura Naturalin

Care: Wash by hand in cool water. Do not press or iron. Do not bleach.
Additionally, I would include lay flat to dry or even hanging.
Color: TBrown
Fiber Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Linen
Weight: Aran

Technically speaking, this was kinda stiff, and slippery on my metal needles. I had to adjust my tension to work with it – unfortunately for me, tighter. :(

Green Yarns

Care: Treat as FibraNatura Naturalin
Color: Well, that would be . . . wait for it . . . Green :D
Fiber Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Unknown

Again, technically speaking, the greens were a bit rough, at first. I thought it was like a twine, but the strands broke very easily. My first thought is WOOL! Baa! :D :) Because it was lighter in weight – I’d guess Sport to DK – than the FibraNatura Naturalin, I double-stranded the greens. As I have been handling the yarn I noticed them softening with wear.

Mr. Blue Sky: Ready, Set…

Mr. Blue Sky ready, set…

…just waiting for the gun to go!

While the yarn was still wet, after dyeing and still in a ball, I started wrapping around my thumb and elbow. That got tiring very fast and I recruited mother to stand in while I wrapped around her spread apart hands. She got tired and I ended up wrapping around the bottom of the dye pot.

I now need a niddy-noddy! :D

My hank was very small – too small to fit on my swift. Fortunately, I had a coffee can that was the same circumference as the pot. I put the yarn around the pot on the floor and wound it on to the swift. When I came across knots – as this was pieced together from several balls Ana had created for her dye class – I untied them and felted them together. As the yarn was still damp in some spots, I left if on the swift over night with a fan on it.

Today, in an effort to maintain an organized household, I decided to wind Mr. Blue Sky up in a cake. During the process, I had about four to five breaks. I just knotted them – frustrated. I can always try to felt later.

I only used blue food color and I am so happy that I got a lighter shade of blue than expected as I am not a true blue fan. The yarn is from Newton’s Yarn Country and I some of their DK wool.