Brass Monkey Scarf

Brass Monkey Scarf

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About The Name

Brass Monkey by The Beastie Boys

At first it was going to be called Take That To The Bank, but when I saw that the color contained the word brass, combined with the photography, I had to change the name.

About Brass Monkey

I was going to combine this yarn with a orange/red and stripe them, but the orange/red was too bulky so I left it out.

This is a simple garter stitch on size thirteen needles over ten stitches.

In the pictures, it look furry, but in reality it is squishy and the gold fiber catches the light, reflections capturing the texture of the ribbon/tape yarn.

About The Yarn

Crystal Palace Glam

Care: Handwash or Dry Clean. Dry Flat
Color: 2138 Rich Brown Brass
Content: 36% Acrylic, 35% Rayon, 15% Wool, 14% Nylon
Weight: 5, Bulky

I found the yarn easy to work with, minus the minor snags of the ribbon catching on the needle tips. My biggest complaint is the twisting of the ribbon as it comes off the ball. So glad to be done.

Brass Monkey
Brass Monkey Scarf

Hey, Saint Peter: Off da Hook

Hey, Saint Peter: Off da Hook

About The Name

Hey, Saint Peter by Flash and the Pan

Peter Pan > Hey, Saint Peter. Interestingly, another association could be drawn from Captain Hook’s waistcoat > waistcoat stitch, the stitch used to create this scarf.

About Hey, Saint Peter Scarf

I am on a mission to knock out some serious crocheting/knitting and red myself of all the extra yarn I have. That is why I took this opportunity to learn, right? How about Waistcoat Stitch? Also known as, Knit Stitch, and pleasantly referred to as Pigeon Stitch by myself because it does not line up when worked by turning rows, as it does in-the-round.

Hey, Saint Peter had a hex on it from the very beginning. In my previous post, you’ll note my experience with trying to find a video that properly teaches waistcoat stitch. Once again, I started with too loose a tension and unfortunately, by the time I was finishing I was angry crocheting.  Because the videos were improperly clear, the first half was done according to my understanding; when I joined the second skein it dawned on me what I was doing wrong. However, this new way presented different problems: for some reason I could not get my crochet-bearing, and I think the reason was because of hook placement. Just glad to be done. Might use waistcoat stitch with a no-ply yarn.

Dimensions: 50.5-inch length x 4.5-inch width

About The Yarn

Wendy Peter Pan Double (2 skeins)

Care: Machine washable. Cool tumble dry.
Color: 992
Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic
Weight: 3, DK

Two Clouds Above Nine Wrap

Two Clouds Above Nine Shawl

About The Name

Two Clouds Above Nine by Deee-Lite

Two Clouds Above Nine
Two Clouds Above Nine

About The Two Clouds Above Nine

The second of two improvisations on a crochet crescent shawl. I was too focused on a second row of single crochet that I completely forgot the selvedge edge I had used on No Strings (I’m Fancy Free)  – evidenced by the uneven horizon…grr!

Still, I love the stripe pattern; it appears smoother than version one.

By the by…No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) met it’s fate after the last yard sale. I discovered when returning to storage, that the yarn had been broken. Not worth fixing. Services were extremely humble; no mourners in attendance.

And then mother resurrected No Strings (I’m Fancy Free)…the saga continues to be written, but the destiny will forever remain unknown.

Two Clouds Above Nine
Two Clouds Above Nine

About The Yarn

Universal Wisdom Yarns Naked Sock (2 skeins)

Fiber Content: 93% Acrylic, 7% PBT
Yarn Color: 101 Trapeze
Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine

Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight (4 skeins)

Fiber Content: 50% Superwash wool, 25% Rayon made from Bamboo, 25% Nylon
Yarn Color: DN150-12 Black
Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine

I think I preferred the Universal over the Premier, specifically for the ply(?). The Premier  had a slight tendency to split, however, I found it on sale at JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Over The Rainbow Shawl

Over The Rainbow Shawl | USD $183.56

About The Project Name

Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz

I just watched the video and started crying all over again. This song makes me so emotional for it’s lyrics, melody, performer’s tragic life, and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the results of my own hand-dye job.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Over The Rainbow

Dimensions: 88-inch wingspan x 24-inch height
Price: USD $183.56

This has been quite a process and the race to finish only minorly screwed up my knitting on this shawl, most notably in the lace, which I had to learn how to knit from charts…AIYAA!

At first, the whole shawl was going to be the knit from the Knit Picks yarn, but after only one repeat of lace, I did not like how the lace design got lost in the yarn color. This is a known tenet that I thought might make and exception in my case – apparently not! :D At this realization, and after cofirming I could knit the stockinette field ad infinitum as long as I maintained a multiple of six, I decided to use the entire skein of Knit Picks for the stockinette field.

This left me with the dilemma of coming up with a complementary second color. I was fortunate enough to go shopping with Ms. Tia at Jennifer Knits and then to Needlepoints West. At Jennifer Knits, the yarn I loved was a celery but at USD $60.00/skein, that was not going to fly, as I haven’t even sold half of what I’ve made over the years and probably because of that, I am not rich. At Needlepoints West, it was the last skein I saw that fit my desired effect: I had seen the multicolor as a garden – perhaps Munchkinland – and the tonal brown yarn I found would resemble the garden trellis.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Yarn

Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering

Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low
Color: Leonardo
Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: 1, Fingering

Alexandra’s Crafts Black Butte

Care: No laundry care provided; consult a professional dry cleaner
Color: Olive
Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak
Weight: 1, Fingering

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette USD $270.00

About The Project Name

Cha Cha Heels by Rosabel with Jeanie Tracy

This song was the first that came to mind when I started making this shawl. My second thought went to Dawn Davenport of Female Trouble. Then I laughed at how far my project name is from the original pattern name.

Care: Hand wash. Do not tumble dry.
Dimensions:
76-inch wingspan x 10-inch depth
Value:
 USD $270.00 *

* Inquire 25% Friends & Family Discount

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Pattern

Pixie Ruffle Shawl by Susan Sheby

Easy to follow. Loved the method of creation and might have to investigate this model further for a bigger crescent-shaped shawl, though this one really expanded without my realization.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

About The Yarn

Colinette Tagliatelli

Color: Fire 71
Content: 90% Merino pure wool, 10% Nylon
Weight: 5, Bulky

Surprised to learn of merino wool content; nylon stretchiness apparent. Easy to work with. I was needlessly concerned about ribbon-twisting affecting knit pattern; as I learned I could knit right through twisting, work with ribbon became even easier.

Cha Cha Heels Shawlette
Cha Cha Heels Shawlette

Design Notes

I was smart this time and alternated between two balls of ribbon every two rows, so I would not have an issue with pooling pattern shifting.

Red Blooded Woman Cowl

Red Blooded Woman Cowl – Charity Donation

About The Project Name

Red Blooded Woman by Kylie Minogue

I kept thinking blood with the dark red colors. A “red” search of my music library revealed Red Blooded Woman and a lightbulb turned on. I’ll tell you by the end, I was “hot-“tempered trying to make a border on a very loose fabric to hide some wonkiness.

The designation of this project is on hold for the moment, as I am not sure to whom it belongs. The yarn was scooped up from the charity table at the end of my last guild meeting. I asked if it was free, received confirmation from another member – I think it was Kathy McF – and took it. Like I need more yarn!

I need to stop doing that; the good thing is that I work it up immediately. So it’s in and out. Besides, my UFOs are piling up!

I suppose because the item contains both labeled yarns and oddballs, I think I will donate it back to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Charity Division.

Dimensions: 30-inch diameter x 11-inch width

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About The Yarn

Gedifra Barocco

Care: Hand wash. Do not Iron, Do not bleach. Lay flat to dry. Professional dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 1741
Content: 38% Nylon, 38% Acrylic, 21% Wool, 3% Polyester
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Calisson d’ anny blatt

Care: Hand wash. Do not bleach. Do not iron. Professional dry clean. Cold water.
Color: 119
Content: 30% Cotton, 29% Acrylic, 22% Polyamide, 19% Viscose
Weight: 5, Bulky

Premier Starry Night

Care: Hand wash, cold water
Color: 37-03 Chinese Lantern
Content: 90% Polyamide, 10% Gitter Yarn
Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown 1 (Mohair Blend)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 5, Bulky*

Unknown 2 (Sparkle)

Care: Unknown
Color: Red Wine Sparkle*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 3, DK*

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* Designation by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label

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.