Trism

The Name

Trism by The B-52’s

I am going to The B-52’s concert in October, and if it’s not too hot, I can wear to the concert. Trism is one of my favorite songs.

The Scarf

Dimensions: approximately 74-inch length x 4-inch width

The scarf began from a bag o’ scarps I acquired somewhere. The bag also included black and white, but I did not have any fun fur in that color. Would’ve been nice to begin with one and end with the other. Oh well. The yellow was a final addition, forcing me to search my stash for both acrylic and fun fur in yellow, as well as the green fun fur and additional light light blue acrylic yarn.

The Yarn

Schachenmayr nomotta Brazilia Lungo

Content: 100% Polyester
Color: 222
Weight: ?

Lion Brand Wool-Ease

Color: Purple 147
Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Weight: 4,Worsted

All other yarns (Pink fur, Pink standard, Light Neon Blue standard, Green standard, Dark Yellow fur, Off-White fur, Yellow fur, Yellow standard,) are unknown, but I presume the standard yarns to be acrylics and the furs to be polyester like the Schachenmayr.

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America The Beautiful

Name

America The Beautiful written by Katharine Lee Bates, and composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward

My first impression on looking at this scarf was a landscape from sea to mountain top based on the arrangement of the yarn pieces. That led me to thinking about the lyrics from America The Beautiful: “from sea to shining sea.”

Upon further examination, I realized that the scraps represent the different people who live in America, all coming together for the good of a productive and functional scarf…government, country; it could happen!

I will leave you with this “crown thy good with brotherhood,” you frikkin’ idiots! The idiots being all the people I hate.

America The Beautiful Scarf

Nine stitches, crocheted using seed stitch. I definitely start my projects with a looser tension, indicative of the varying width. Then again, it could be the yarn weight differences, but I doubt it because they all seemed pretty equal to me.

America The Beautiful shall be donated to charity at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild meeting in July.

Dimensions: 74-inch length x 3-to-4 inch border

Yarn

Trendsetter Madison

Care: hand wash, lay flat to dry +
Color: 4
Content: 81% Acrylic, 19% Wool
Weight: 5, Bulky

All other yarns unknown, due to no labels.

+ suggested care, due to no instructions on label and missing labels from other yarn remnants

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

Domino Dancing: Inception

Actually, I started this yesterday, but my rage was so intense I could not focus. I spent the day in bed, in the dark. For dinner I ordered in: $30 effin’ dollars for 2-topping medium pizza, chicken, cookie-brownie and a 20-ounce Coca-Cola from Dominos! Home-delivery robbery!

Here’s the humorous side of this project:

When I got the yarn, again from CSNanaCat, I thought it was pretty with it’s red/blue-thread-stripe. I have not yet performed a burn test, but I am pretty sure it is a natural fiber. As I began to work on it yesterday, I was able to discern other colors as well: orange, yellow and green, but in smaller distances.

My first thought at the rainbow flag hint was to name the shawl after a gay anthem, but today when I found my project on top of the pizza boxes from yesterday, the shawl reverted back to the blue/red striping because the shawl almost disappeared…not for reals.

Domino Dancing
Domino Dancing

Deep Sleep: Inception

Deep Sleep: Inception

I wish I could fall into a deep sleep and never wake again.

On the serious side, I would not figure out what to make with this Newton’s Yarn Country Chenille. The yarn label had not hook/needle size recommendations. I started on a six metal needle, but lost my patience with the yarn slippage. Next I tried a two carbon needle: too small. Finally, at a complete loss as to what I should make, I decided to crochet another single crochet afghan.

I think my mood is challenging my creative process; it certainly has zapped all enjoyment from my crochet/knitting.

Crocodile Tears Afghan

Crocodile Tears Afghan

About The Name

Crocodile Tears by Eydie Gorme

I had a hard time reconciling a song title to this project when I began back on May 26, 2018. I had settled on Samba de Orfeu because the color of the primary yarn reminded me of a verdant island celebration, like Carnaval!

Beginning May 29, I started a crying jag that has only complicated my allergies, leaving me completely congested and on the verge of tears with the smallest associations I make throughout each day. As such, I searched for a song titled Crocodile Tears and found on by Eydie Gorme that perked me up.

About Crocodile Tears Afghan

To be honest I had no idea what to make anymore that I am no longer attempting sales. Luckily, I had been to the guild the week previous and got some ideas about what is needed for charity. While it is not afghan size, I believe there are some children in need also. And finally, I could work from the center, outward until the yarn had been exhausted, and I was left with only about a six-inch leftover!

Dimensions: 36 inches square, approximately

About The Yarn

Newton’s Yarn Country Softball Print

Content: 100% Cotton
Weight: 5, Bulky

Kitchen Cotton: Peaches & Creme, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, etcetera.

Colors: Yellow, Off-White, White, Terra Cotta, Gold, Purple
Content: 100% Cotton

Crocodile Tears Afghan
Crocodile Tears Afghan

Desire: Extinguished

Desire: Extinguished

About The Name

Desire by U2

I believe it was a random selection from which I received a “feeling” that kind of match my passion for the colors in this yarn. Based on that “feeling,” Desire was ignited.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Purl Side

About Desire

As I previously stated, I’ve heard many knitters express their passion for knit linen stitch and then turn around and complain about the slow progress of the stitch due to slipping every over stitch.

As a continental knitter, the slipping back and forth did not not bother me and I think because I am in learning mode and was working through some major family drama, I was set in knit mode during the last three days. I too <3 love the knit linen stitch, and I find the purl side extremely appealing for it’s texture.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Knit Side

Recipe:

Knit Cast On 22

Slip first stitch / Knit Back Look last stitch. . .of EVERY row. ALL slip stitches purl-wise.

Row 1: [knit, slip with yarn in front] repeat to last stitch
Row 2: [purl, slip with yarn in back] repeat to last stitch

Repeat to last two rows

Knit one row, bind off one row.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Knit Side

About The Yarn

Noro Silk Garden

Care: Prohibit bleach. Iron dry low degree. Dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 314
Content: 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lamb Wool
Weight: 4, Worsted

I’ve always liked Noro. This is my first all Noro project and I am loving it. The other day, I put the scarf around my neck and I instantly felt cozy. At that moment, Desire became mine. Because of the content, I was able to join one skein to the other with a little water and hand twisting. And the colors blend so well.