Gypsy Woman: Work In Progress

Having located my wool rug yarn when I found my acrylic rug yarn, I decided to make another felted bag. Wow! This stuff is super bulky, with a burlap-like texture that feels like a welcome mat. So bad that spit-joins don’t hold securely!

I also happened across a yarn I had recently purchased during the 2018 Los Angeles Yarn Crawl to support a local store; it turned out to be wool and required the same needle size. The last yarn was a light blue, braid yarn, similar to Wollhaus, but more crusty – most likely from age and smoke, as the person who gave it to me is a smoker; a burn test revealed it to be a natural fiber (wool?) also.

My plan is to create the fabric, the bag and then felt it! As I am a bit of a novice when it comes to felting, I am bit excited. Final destination of this bag also remains undetermined: charity, gift or me?

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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

Little Bit O’ Soul

Name

Little Bit O’ Soul by Music Explosion

Little Bit O’ Soul facilitated stitch development this time and – to me – relates to the meditative feelings from true prayer, and prayer let me to that feeling when it comes from your soul…joy!

Little Bit O' Soul

Project

As Like A Prayer and Church Of The Poison Mind are officially hibernating – one due to misplacement; the other due to lack of yarn to finish. So, as this is my third attempt at – what I have coined a prayer shawl: rectangular shawl/wrap with a repeating pattern; I added the repeating pattern part myself – I figured this was my chance to finally and actually finish a prayer shawl.

Dimensions: 14-inch width x 80-inch length (98-inch length)
Care: Recommendation is for dry cleaning, as fiber content is technically unknown.+ Suggested care would be cold hand wash, gently. Lay out or hang to dry.++

Little Bit O' Soul

Yarn

Thomas Hodgson and Sons Inc, Suncook

Color: 8 Mauve
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Unknown

This cone magically reappeared in my stash. This time I would finish a prayer shawl because I know I had enough yarn now and because I have changed my attitude towards my stash and just grab what’s next just to get rid of all this yarn.

Little Bit O' Soul

Design Notes

Cast On: Multiple of 4

Boysenberry Stitch Pattern (developed by me, as far as I know)

Row 1: [k3, p] Repeat to end.
Row 2: [k, p3] Repeat to end.
Row 3: [k3, p] Repeat to end.
Row 4: [k, p3tog] Repeat to end.

Row 1: [p, k3] Repeat to end.
Row 2: [p3, k] Repeat to end.
Row 3: [p, k3] Repeat to end.
Row 4: [p3tog, k] Repeat to end.

Repeat 8 rows to end.

Little Bit O' Soul

+ Kathy's Curvy Corner; KathysCurvyCorner.com; Fabric Types & Care Guide: Laundry, Labels and Tips

++ AHookersWorld.WordPress.com; Hooker Leo

Union Of The Snake: Cast On

This one was a breeze!

It started with yarn(?) found in a raffle prize, gifted to me by Rosa, from the June El Segundo Slipt Stitchers meeting. As for the yarn(?) I don’t if it had been…

  • previously knit and accidentally felted
  • previously knit and intentionally felted
  • a cable yarn

I do know because it felted it must be a natural fiber…woohoo! I also know how Union Of The Snake was made…I stuck my arm up the center of the yarn and I’ve asked mom to seam via sewing. I am waiting for the finished product.

I don’t know if I will keep this for myself due to the beautiful colors and the blending of the color or it I will donate to charity. To be honest, I am leaning towards keeping it; I can make something else from the plethora of scrap balls in the same bag.

Strange Magic Cowl

Strange Magic Cowl

About The Name

Strange Magic by Electric Light Orchestra

The way the gradient is hidden, but it is there equals strange magic.

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

About Strange Magic

I had started a previous item in a similar manner, but decided to 🐸 it and use that yarn in a project in hibernation. The technique I am using is similar to brioche, but horizontal. The first experiment began with knit cast on. Row 2 is worked knit in the same direction as the cast on, by sliding the fabric to the other side of a set of circular needles. Fabric is then turned and worked in the same manner. In short Knit/Knit.

For Strange Magic, I once again used two colors, but this time it did a Knit/Purl. Guess what? They look the same to me. I think I am in the area of illusion knitting because the gradient on yarn 1 is kinda hidden between the rows, yet still shows itself, depending on which angle you are viewing Strange Magic from.

The fabric is very slinky. If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d add a pink fur border on both sides. Oh stop! :D

Dimensions: 15-inch Diameter x 6-inch Width

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

About The Yarn

Unknown Natural Fiber*

Color: Multicolor: Pink, Orange, Blue
Content: Natural Fiber
Weight: 4, Worsted+

Berroco Glacé

Care: Handwash. Lay flat to dry. Dry clean when mixing colors.
Color: 2574 Ligonberry
Content: 100% Rayon • Viscose
Weight: 4, Worsted+

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

One Way Or Another: Inception

One Way Or Another: Inception

Objective: [One Way Or Another I was going to] turn a cone [ROCHELLE DYERS – PROD DATE: Jan 19, 1998 – LOT #: 1857 – COUNT: 1/16 – COL: FAIRWAY ROYAL – BLEND: A/P – P.O. #: MP11-14D] of 1-ply, natural fiber, thread into a 4-ply natural fiber thread to match a 3-ply, presumed natural fiber, grey thread.

I’ve spent more than half the morning trying to accomplish this.

Aiyaa! The minute the cake flew off the winder, I knew I was in trouble.

When my 2-ply cake thread broke, I resorted to winding a second cake.

Upon my final 4-ply, I kept pulling up clots, which at first I broke and knotted. After getting too many in succession, I figured I would just make a knobby thread, but that won’t match. I will just cut off excess.

The picture shows my waste on the left. I dare anyone to try untangling that much thread.

This will be my new carry-along project, which I will create with a simple repeating stitch and no pattern.

In the end, I discovered that the presumed natural fiber grey thread was actually a man-made fiber…aiyaa!