Red Hill Mining Town

The Name

Red Hill Mining Town by U2

The last “red” song in my music library. Unfortunately, I still have more of the red natural fiber yarn.

The Scarf

Dimensions: approximately 88-inch length x 2.5-inch width

This time I did, what I think is called – a brioche knit in a 1 x 1 rib.

The Yarn

Unknown Red, Orange, Pink 1, Pink 2, Mahogany, Taupe

All yarns burn tested. Unknown Pink 2 was the only yarn that was a man-made fiber; all others were natural fibers. Too bad I didn’t test before incorporating into scarf. Unfortunately, because I was in a dispassionate phase, I incorporated it despite being thinner than the other five yarns.

My apathy seems to be worsening as I continue to try and rid myself of this red yarn. I think adding to this is the fact that while I am crocheting/knitting for charity, I feel like I am crocheting/knitting without purpose. I think after I rid myself of this red yarn, I will work on something for me.

Designer Notes

First of all, I think I cast on and bound off wrong. I used both strands when I should have only used one color.

Red Hill Mining Town

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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

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.

Stairway To Heaven

Name

Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin

When I had originally begun this scarf, it was going to be a mish-mosh of yarn scraps, but as time progressed, it decided to make it uniform. The glitter is what led me to thinking about a stairway (chevrons) to heaven.

Stairway To Heaven

Scarf

Dimensions: 43-inch (L) x 4-inch (W)

As you can see from the previous blog posts, this scarf has undergone several changes to make it to completion, and working on US size two needles, I am so happy to finally be done with this scarf.

The original pattern – Keeping Rosita Warm by Nadia Severns – called for stockinette; I changed to garter so my scarf would lay flat. I was please that the stitch pattern converted as well.

Stairway To Heaven

Yarn

Darella (Discontinued)

Care: Hand wash in cold water with mild liquid soap. Do not rub or twist. Rinse several times in cold clear water. Do not wring. Dry flat away from heat.
Color: 101 (Black+) and 134 (Dark Fairy+)
Content: 40% Metallized Polyester, 60% Cupro Rayon
Weight: 0, Lace

Pretty glitter yarns. The black was a different ply and kept separating easier, which is not good. The dark fairy colorway knit better.

Stairway To Heaven

+ suggested color name, per Hooker Leo

End It On This

Name

End It On This by No Doubt

The significance of this name is in the fact that it is the end of the yarn remnants from that same raffle basket, gifted to me by Rosa at the 2018 June El Segundo Slipt Stitchers meeting.

End It On This Scarf

Dimensions: 3.5-5-inch (W) x 68-inch (L)
Construction: Garter

I’ll admit that I am digging these scarves…FAST…EASY…fun matching different yarns.

Yarn

I have no idea. No testing for natural versus man-made fibers.

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

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.