All Or Nothing Blues

Name

All Or Nothing Blues by Dinah Washington

The association should be obvious.

All Or Nothing Blues Scarf

This was an easy one day knit. I cast on nine stitches. The scarf was worked in garter stitch, slipping the first stitch purl-wise and knitting the last stitch through the back loop.

The color change was worked by alternating rows.

Dimensions: 84-inch length x 4-inch width (dark blue end)/3-inch width (light blue end)

Yarn

Both yarns are unknown and man-made fibers. The dark blue was thicker than the light blue, which is the reason for the differing widths. If I was forced to make an educated guess, I would guess that the dark blue is Lion Brand Homespun, but have no idea about the light blue.

All Or Nothing Blues

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The Sound Of Philadelphia Cowl

The Sound Of Philadelphia Cowl

About The Name

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) by MFSB

This yarn crocheted into a pattern that reminds me of the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia.

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)

About TSOP

There is no pattern…improvised. Foundation chain of twenty on a J hook. Row 1 for each ball of yarn was double crochet, followed by single crochet. Ended with a slip stitch seam.

I could add a border, but I thing without a “fun” border, the cowl is more unisex in design.

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)

About The Yarn

Unknown Yarn

Fiber Content: Man-made, per burn test
Color: Multicolor, including off-white, dark grey, copper, moss green.*
Weight: 5, Bulky+

It reminded me of Lion Brand Homespun, so I looked up their tool recommendations and used that to select my hook size. The yarn works up well on a Susan Bates hook, used because of the thread used to contain the ply.

* Color assignations by Hooker Leo
+ Yarn weight borrowed from Lion Brand Homespun

Anna Sun Cowl

Anna Sun Cowl USD $50.00

About The Project Name

Anna Sun by Walk The Moon

Anna Sun Cowl
Anna Sun Cowl USD $50.00

About Anna Sun

The second of fraternal twins made from the same set of oddballs.

Anna Sun represents the use of all my heavier, bulky-weight yarns. Again, because there are different weights of yarn with different fiber contents (man-made and natural, all per burn test), there is some cinching of the width in some places, and again, if the cowl is doubled- or triple-wrapped during wear, the cinching becomes unnoticeable.

Dimensions: 116 (D) x 4-5 (W)

Anna Sun Cowl
Anna Sun Cowl USD $50.00

About The Yarn

Lion Brand Homespun

Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester
Yarn Color: Blue*, Purple*
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

Trendsetter Blossom

Fiber Content: 73% Nylon, 27% Viscose
Yarn Color: Purple*
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

I was able to identify the Lion Brand Homespun because I like it so much for it’s color. The Trendsetter Blossom.

* Yarn color unidentifiable due to missing information and/or label.

Mexican Radio Cowl

On da Hook: December 12, 2014
Off da Hook: December 15, 2014
Hook: US M
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 300 Hepplewhite; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Red Heart Baby Clouds (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9074 Pale Pink; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn C: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 392 Cotton Candy)
Yarn D: Lion Bouclé (Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon; Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn E: Unknown (Color: [Multicolor])
Yarn F: Caron Simply Soft Bouclé (Fiber Content: 99% Acrylic, 1% Polyester; Yarn Color: 0014 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn G: Unknown (Color: [Maroon])
Yarn H: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 322 Baroque)
Yarn I: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 334 Gothic)
Yarn J: Unknown (Color: [Navy Blue])
Yarn K: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky)
Yarn L: Universal Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: 801 Reef; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn M: Lion Brand Homespun Baby (Yarn Color: 169 Soft Lime)
Yarn N: Unknown (Color: [Dark Grey])
Yarn O: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 373 Black)
Yarn P: Unknown (Color: [Pale Pink])
Yarn Q: Unknown (Color: [White or Pale Pink])
Finished Size: 96 x 7 inches

Well, I think I have enough bulky/super bulky yarn left to make a hat and then I am done, until I find more in my yarn stash somewhere. At first I did not think the difference in weights was going to make much difference, but as I progressed, I started double-stranding some of the thinner yarns. Considering this was scrap yarns, I was really liking the way the colors worked together. When I showed it to my mom, she commented that it reminded her of a serape and that’s how the name – Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo – came about.

Because I was trying to exhaust all my bulky/super bulky yarn, this cowl is very long; long enough to wrap three times. I wore it out yesterday – unfinished – because it is so damn cold here in California, and I got a compliment from a lady at Royal Chinese Restaurant, where I dined. I was loving the wrap too. Today in a attempt to use up the Caron Simply Soft Bouclé, I ended up adding about ten more rows and for the life of me, could not get it to wrap the same way as yesterday. Could the addition of inches make that much of a difference? Another thing I noticed today – which was probably a result of excessive fidgeting and different yarn weights – was that the tails kept coming out. Aiyaa! I fixed them, but worry that they will pop out again.

The construction is thirteen single crochet, changing color every row until such time a color was exhausted.

This item is available for purchase at the reduced Price: USD $25.00 OBO, but may end up being donated…unless I can figure out how I got it to wrap so well the first time I wore it.

I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer Infant Afghan

Name

I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer by Deee-Lite

The song is very dreamy, like looking into a ecologic spiral that can lull you to sleep with its softness.

The Afghan / Hat

On da Hook: November 22, 2014
Off da Hook: November 22, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US K
Finished Size: 28-inch diameter (afghan)
Price: USD $75.00

Almost done with my bulky weight yarn stash, this afghan was made with one skein of each color. I really love the blue and green together.

2018-08-14: removed from inventory; donated to charity

2014-11-27: I did have enough yarn to make a hat, though after reading the pattern carefully, I discovered that the hat I made is for 9-12 months old versus newborn. Grrr!

Designer Notes

Construction of this afghan began with a magic loop with yarn A, chain 1, 2 single crochets, 2 half double crochets, 2 double crochets. Yarn B was attached and instructions were repeated.

For row two and onward, I simply worked a crochet circle formula in double crochet, increasing every row to the end, alternating between working yarn A and yarn B.

The last row of each color (20 stitches) was worked in 20 half double crochets, 20 single crochets, and 20 slip stitches.

Yarn

Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun

Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester
Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

Yarn B: Lion Brand Homespun

Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester
Yarn Color: 369 Florida Keys Green
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

I am not sure if I have enough for a matching hat, but am pretty sure I have enough for an infant hat in the same colors.

 

Halloween Spooks Baby Afghan

Name

Halloween Spooks by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

The relation is in the color scheme and I’ve heard ghosts love to hide in the Tizzy and Bouclé. Boo!

On da Hook: November 11, 2014
Off da Hook: November 21, 2014
Dimensions: 32 x 32 inches
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US M

Yarn (center > out)

Yarn A: Unknown

Fiber Content: Unknown;
Yarn Color: White+
Yarn Weight: Unknown

Yarn B: Bernat Tizzy

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Yarn Color: Creamsicle
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Yarn C: Lion Brand Bouclé

Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon
Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Yarn D: Lion Brand Homespun

Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester
Yarn Color: 790 Black
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

The white, Creamsicle and Tangerine were all super bulky weight, while the Black was only bulky. I was surprised at the difference in fabric denseness, but think it works well enough together. I am quite surprised the black and white look good together and I think it’s the breaks of orange that help in that matter – good color theory lesson.

 

Cousins Lapghan

Cousins Lapghan
©A Hooker’s World

Cast On: August 16, 2014
Cast Off: November 1, 2014
Pattern: Cousins Lapghan by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10.5
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 392 Cotton Candy; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 334 Gothic; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn C: Red Heart Baby Clouds (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9074 Pale Pink; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: [5, Bulky])
Finished Size: 48 x 54 inches

So let’s get the next chapter started with a lapghan I knitted for my mom’s cousin – and therefore, my cousin as well. The name – Cousins by Vampire Weekend – should be self evident. I designed this based on the gauge swatch information. Unfortunately, I did not record my desired finished size, but I think I’m close.

I cast on 126 stitches. The pattern is 10 rows of garter, 2 rows of YO, P2TOG, 20 rows of garter in each color, slipping the first stitch in ever row and KBL the last stitch. The exception is the middle section where I alternated every two rows between the Red Heart Baby Clouds and unknown white yarn.

I did not have an payment agreement in place for this afghan, but did keep track of my time. I took me approximately 52.5 hours to make this. At the time I was charging $10.00/hour. The yarn was a mix of yard sale yarn, stash yarn of an unknown source and purchase of a second Homespun Gothic because my design sensibilities could not allow me to use the blue that was picked from my stash. Total yarn amount: $8.98.

I just found out my cousin is visiting from Texas again and is expected to arrive Monday, November 3. Perfect timing, which just goes to show bad things are not necessarily bad.