Troublemaker

Troublemaker

The Name

Troublemaker by Weezer

Props for posting a music video!

This was almost named The Devil Went Down To Georgia, but then Troublemaker came on. As I was listening to the lyrics, I began to identify, which, again, made me feel prophetic, melancholic, nostalgia. This of course just intensified my feelings, as I took the lyrics to heart and realized the reason for my loneliness.

I’m a troublemaker, never been a faker
Doing things my own way and never giving up
I’m a troublemaker, not a double-taker
I don’t have the patience to keep it on the up

Troublemaker

The Slouchy Skully

Dimensions: 11 x 11 inches
Pattern: The Hadley Slouch by Olive+Brook

Apparently, I had this pattern open on my iPad. Why not.

Well, before I even finished my crown, I began to worry as I was exceeding the normal size crown I usually make: 5-5.5 inch diameter, which allows for a negative 2-inch ease for snugness. I checked my guage and I was spot on. I convinced myself to carry on with the pattern, as that was my initial goal: to get rid of all my unlabeled yarn and hats are fast.

The pattern specifies…

The hat should fit a young teen to a woman (20” to 22”) as this hat has a nice stretch to it

As I have a 23-inch head, I incorporated some allowance for a looser fit because I always reserve the right to keep something if I really like it – instead of giving it to charity.

Chorus: :D

It seemed to loosen up more each time I tried it on, however, it wasn’t slouching the way I wanted it to. I crocheted on – just follow the pattern being my mantra. When I got to the brim, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to break free and improvise, so…

  1. started the brim in the back loop for more of a distinction between the hat and the brim
  2. I tried an improvised rib of aligned, alternating front loop and back loop single crochets

As I approached the end of the brim, I even tightened my tension for more snugness.

It fit’s my 23-inch head okay. My niece-in-law was visiting, so I asked her to put it on. She was also satisfied with the fit, and she has long hair.

Regarding the slouch, perhaps a little bit more height? The crochet tension? Bigger hook? Crochet fabric versus knitted fabric?

I found my 8 DPNs so I may be knitting some hats also.

Troublemaker

The Yarn

Unknown Red
Color: Slasher*; Content: Unknown+; Weight: 4, Worsted

Unknown Black
Color: Basher*; Content: Unknown+; Weight: 4, Worsted

* color designation by Hooker Leo due to missing label
+ presumed man-mad fibers, per burn test
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Holding Back The Years

The Name

Holding Back The Years by Simply Red

Red!

Props to Simply Red for posting an actually music video for his music.

The Skully & Scarf

Scarf Dimensions: 72 x 5 inches
Skully Dimensions: 8 (H) x 10 (D) x 31 (C) inches

The set was crocheted out of nine different red worsted scraps. The scarf was crocheted using back loop half double crochets and the skully was crocheted using double crochets.

The odd thing is that I constructed the skully to fit my head, as I was not using a pattern. My head circumference is 23 inches. I already knew that the crown width should be about 7 inches, less a 2-inch ease: 5.5 inches. However, when I do the math – either based on flat measuring or crown width, the circumference keeps coming up 31 inches!

The 64,000 question is: how does a 31-inch circumference fit snuggly on my 23-inch head?

The Yarns

Unknown Worsted Red yarns were used for this set, all unlabeled. I think I can safely estimate the Red Hearts, but all others are unknown.

Holding Back The Years

Winnie The Pooh II: Fitting

Winnie The Pooh II: Fitting

Face blurred to protect my nephew’s identity

I made a second beanie for Mini-Mikey, adding one additional increase round and two additional rows. I don’t think I made it long enough.

However, it does fit…for the meantime. I told the mom to let me know one week before she is going to do her photo shoot; I will crochet a hat at that time that will fit perfectly. They are so small and quick to crochet that I can have it ready on time.

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Winnie The Pooh II

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Winnie The Pooh Baby Beanie: Inception

Winnie The Pooh

Winnie The Pooh Beanie for Mini-Mikey, who’ll be here soon!

About The Project Name

Winnie The Pooh by Walt Disney Chorus should be the obvious choice, right? Indubitably!

About The Project

My niece-in-law asked me if I could crochet a hat like this…

Chelsea Lietz Photography
Chelsea Lietz Photography

Her plans is to take a similar picture with Mini-Mikey.

I was going to wing it, but happened to remember seeing a similar hat recently while surfing the interwebs.

About The Pattern

Sure enough…”Baby Bear” Simple Baby Beanie by Rachel Glassco. I chose not to do the red in the ribbing, per the pattern, instead choosing to following in pattern to end like the original picture above. Which, had to be an executive decision as mom was admitted to the hospital today.

About the Yarn

Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Certified Organic Cotton
Yarn Color:s 641 True Red and 638 Dandelion
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Beautifully, rich hues. Nice to work with. Fiber halo-ing.

Ordered from Love Knitting, from whom I received twice the amount I needed – I will make no comment as to whom was negligent, as I do not possess that knowledge.

 

Winnie The Pooh Baby Beanie: Inception

Winnie The Pooh Baby Beanie

At Mini-Mikey’s baby shower, Roxanne asked me to make a special hat for a photo shoot, where she will place the baby in a Hunny pot with the beanie…at least, I think that’s the plan.

I searched “mercerized cotton worsted weight” because I wanted something lustrous and this came up: Love Knitting Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton. The colors – True Red 641 and Dandelion 638 – are perfect, but I am always hesitant to order online, due to extravagant shipping costs, I searched local yarn shops and discovered that out of the possible three stores near me: one was closed; one I was banned from; and the other had no cotton. The one I was banned from probably has what I want, but screw them! Besides this is for my grand/great nephew and I am willing to skip a meal for him – I shouldn’t miss it.

I will be using “Baby Bear” Simple baby beanie pattern, © Rachel Glassco 2015. I hope it comes out the right size. I have a problem with my baby hats not fitting. Too small last time. Wish me luck. Can’t wait for yarn to arrive because in order to avoid shipping, I threw in a set of crochet hooks for me.

Basic Crochet Hat Recipe

Basic Crochet Hat Recipe

This is the basic crochet hat that I taught my students today, at their request, at Concepts in Yarn. I don’t even know if mine will fit a baby/preemie, but I wanted to show them how they can accent a basic hat and make it adorable. I loved this scrap baby yarn that one of my students brought in today.

I also showed them – quickly – how to make a beehive hat. Both students are big into crocheting for charity and I thought showing them different ways to accent the hats might be fun.

That’s my magic ball in the background that will be knitted into a purl edge shawl.

Angel Baby Preemie Cap: Revised

Angel Baby Preemie Cap Revised
©A Hooker’s World

I may be partial to my own crochet, but I think my revised version (right side, worked in the round, no seam) looks nicer: the stitch definition is the same on every row. The yarn used in the revised version is a continuation of the same skein of Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby).

As an observer noted on my Facebook page, I don’t usually use/recommend natural fibers for infant items, because of unknown fiber allergies; these are just samples.

I rephotographed the first one because I had folded the brim wrong. As you can see they are the same size for the most part despite the left one having a 25-stitch circumference and the right one having a 24 stitch circumference.