Blue Savannah

The Name

Blue Savannah by Erasure

This is one of my anthems. I just love the crescendos in this song and Erasure always has such interesting bridges; besides, “it has a good beat that you can dance to.” :D

Blue Savannah

The Scarf

Dimensions: 94.5 x 6.5 inches

Cast on thirty one stitches and worked arrowhead lace from this excellent online tutorial. After about four pattern repeats, I had the pattern committed to memory, so it was a fairly easy knit. The length of the scarf was determined by the amount of yarn – used up entirely to avoid any scraps.

This will be a gift for my primary care physician, who deserves more than this for putting up with me, especially when I am enraged.

Not a consideration when I began, but I hate the way stockinette knitting curls up. This lace design has spines which enforce the curling by folding. I steamed it and it helped. I didn’t want to get carried away and end up melting the acrylic.

Lastly, when I received the yarn it was a donation in a box with some other stuff. When I opened the box, I was hit with a cigarette smoke bomb. Even as I write this, I can smell it all over again. I hate the thought of washing lace, so I took it over to my mom and asked her to smell the scarf: she smelled nothing, so I just gave it a good steaming. The box with the other yarn is outside airing out!

The Yarn

Viana Perla DK
Color: 189 [Tourquoise*]; Content: 82% Acrylic, 15% Wool, 3% Polyester; Weight: DK

This yarn is gorgeous, but a pain to work with because of all the hairy fibers and their ability to lock on to each other, making tinking/frogging more difficult. And believe me, with lace there is always one occasion to frog and many to tink. The one good point about this yarn: you don’t have to worry about your tails unraveling!

Blue Savannah

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Money Can’t Buy It

The Name

Money Can’t Buy It by Annie Lennox

I had originally used the name Money Can’t Buy It on a project I was going to begin for myself. After I had named the project I came up with a better name; that’s when this name became available. When you think about it this name is more appropriate for this charity scarf because you don’t need money to buy it! <Wink>

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 64 inches (approximate)

This scarf will be donated to Interval House via the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers.

The Yarn

Unknown Red 1

Color: Elmo*
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: Worsted?

Unknown Red 2

Color: Dusty Scarlett Lady*
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: DK?

Lang Lucia

Color: 741.0034?; Celestial Ascension*
Content: 28% Viscose, 27% Viscose-Bamboo, 24% Nylon, 19% Cotton, 2% Polyester
Weight: DK?

Unknown Blue 2

Color: Snow Tiger
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: Worsted?

I think Unknown Red 1 was a nylon/microfiber mix of some kind; non-furry portion was very stretchy. I liked it.

Can’t say the same thing for Unknown Red 2: I was not crazy about the glitter portion; it actually looked crinkled. Then, these furry puffs started appearing and I my opinion began to raise. My joy was short-lived as I discovered that they broke off when I pulled them through the knitting. To make matters worse, you can see the level of break-down on my t-shirt.

Money Can't Buy It

I thought I had bought the Lang Lucia from Needlepoints West, but the label says L’Atelier, so I don’t know where I obtained the yarn, but I love then the label is available.

Unknown Blue 2 was found in my stash.

Hooker Notes

I knit cast-on twenty stitches and continued in garter, changing yarns on the same side every time.

* Color assignations per Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

 

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

Deep Ending

The Name

Deep Ending by Deee-Lite

This scarf marks the end of the red natural fiber yarn that I had been trying to end.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 104 inches

This scarf is a mix of back look single crochet and filet crochet. The single crochet portions present similar to brioche: one color dominant on one side, a second color dominant on the other.

The Yarn

Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr

Color: Maroon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Fingering

Unknown

Color: Red
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Color: 290 Medieval
Content: 100% Merino Wool

Classic Elite Imagine

Color: 9268
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Unknown

Color: Purple Panic*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Unknown

Color: Carmine*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Patons Lace

Color: Porcelain
Content: 80% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic, 10% Wool, 10% Goat – Mohair
Weight: 2, Sport

Unknown

Color: Salmon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Universal Merino XF Superwash

Color: Grey*
Content: 100% Superwash Extra Fine Merino
Weight: 3, DK

Cascade Heritage Silk Paints

Color: 9942 Misty Blue
Content: 85% Merino Wool, 15% Silk
Weight: 1, Fingering

 

Damn! My aim was to use all natural fibers. I completely brain-farted on the Patons, but those mohair guard-hairs misled me.

The Cascade Heritage Silk Paints was double-twined with the Patons Lace and made for great coloration.

The Unknown Red is the yarn I have been trying so hard to rid myself of because of it’s crinkle / boucle texture.

Designer Notes

I started in back loop single crochet, but thought the scarf might be too dense. I have this irrational fear that crochet is heavier than knitting; so much so that I feel the item I am crocheting may be cumbersome at times. So, I added sections of filet crochet to lighten it up.

I am amazed at some of the colorations in this scarf: the grey against the bright red and the blues/purples against the lighter reds of carmine and salmon.

I based my pattern repeat on nineteen rows; unfortunately, I ran out of red yarns and just ended it.

Deep Ending

* All color designations assigned by Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

Little Red Corvette

The Name

Little Red Corvette by Prince

Red!

The Scarf

I am trying to rid myself of all my scraps and odd balls, so I got all my DK and sport weight yarns and started crocheting. Nothing was working. Restarted about three times and got frustrated working with the beginning yarns. Then I had the idea of double-stranding.

Pretty challenging crochet, as the Unknown Red 1 yarn was bumpy and so was the pink. However, the red ran the entire length.

The Yarn

Unknown Pink: Man-made fiber
Unknown Magenta: Natural fiber
Unknown Red 1: Natural fiber
Unknown Red 2: Natural fiber
Unknown Carmine: Natural fiber

All yarns burn tested.

If memory serves, the Unknown Red 2 yarn is rayon from Netwon’s Yarn Country; I had used it previously on Holly Golightly (2011-2012), a shawl I gifted to Kathleen. Jeez! six years that scrap has been in my stash; well, it’s gone now!

Designer Notes

I was going to construct in single crochet only, but I notice my single crochet was creating a bias on the fabric. So I added double crochets and did not notice any change. Lightbulb! Do a second row of single crochet to counter act the first. As you can see the natural tendency is to twist. I think it’s related to the width.

The double crochets created lightness to a scarf whose heft is substantial.

Little Red Corvette

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?