On da Hook: January 22, 2016 Off da Hook: January 22, 2016 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Yarn A:Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0319 Cherry Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0376 Burgundy; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Hook: US M – 9.0 mm Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Mom and dad bought an iPad the other day and I made them a case for it. Each yarn is double stranded for a total of four strands. I purposefully mad the case super thick to protect the case from breakage should it be dropped. Still I told mom she should put a button on it and I could crochet a chain latch to prevent it from falling out through the top.
Project name – Sublime by Supreme Beings of Leisure – is a random selection from my music library.
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Cast On: January 2015 Cast Off: March 12, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A:Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 0722 Pretty ‘n Pink; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic: Yarn Color: 0319 Cherry Red; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Needle Size: US 8 Finished Size: approximately 72-inch circumference x 6.5-inch width
I can’t believe I finished in time for the Basic Two-Color Brioche Workshop I am teaching this Saturday at the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild. This project started out of It’s My Life Shawl (Stephen West Mystery Knit-A-Long: Exploration Station), which called for two-color brioche knitting; a skill I had never attempted. It seemed easy enough when I began, but then I dropped a stitch and went into a complete panic, as I had not inserted a life line. Fortunately, I was able to frog it back to the previous section and maintain the correct stitch count.
After that traumatic experience, I figured I better practice two-color brioche knitting, so I grabbed some acrylic from my stash and set out to learn by repetition. I’ll admit that I had to restart this project at least five times, but one I became focused I discovered that I had about a foot. I decided to continue practicing until it was long enough (my preferred length: 6 feet) for a scarf or a cowl; obviously deciding on a cowl. It wasn’t until it came to the seaming that I decided against giving it a twist. Actually, I am quite impressed with the neatness of the seam, as I was worried about how to bind off the brioche knitting.
Red Heart can sometimes be scratchy, but as I continued to work with these two skeins the scratchiness dissipated and I began to experience more softness. When I launder this cowl, I will use extra fabric softener for increased softness. The name of this project – My Funny Valentine by Sarah Vaughan – hints to the fact that I was hoping to finish by Valentine’s Day, but after a while of knitting, I began to get bored, quickly crocheting Circle In The Sand Mobius Cowl as a diversion.
With this project I finally learned how beneficial repetition is when it comes to learning a new technique. I can put the project down, pick it up and know exactly where I am in the pattern repeat; I began to notice how little mistakes were created by knitting the wrong strands; and most importantly, I could identify and fix mistakes before I got to far along.
It all started with the Stephen West Exploration Station (AHW Project Name: It’s My Life Shawl) Mystery Knit-A-Long. I am supposed to be doing this with a friend of mine from One Skein Short Group (Every Thursday Evening; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ The Vineyard Christian Fellowship‘s Coffee Connection, in the Gallery Room – dim lighting, at least, to my taste. EXCEPTION: Second Thursday of every month we meet at same edifice, but different room: The Park Room). I had never done brioche, but his tutorial seemed easy enough to follow, so I proceeded with confidence. About six rows in, I had dropped a stitch and had a complete traffic jam.
Not looking to frogging, I procrastinated. I’ll admit I sighed with relief when Ania injured herself New Year 2015 and was not able to attend the group; embarrassed by my inability to catch on to the brioche so quickly. I finally frogged about a week ago and was quite relieved that I had maintained the correct amount of stitches. The first thing I did was run a life line.
The next thing I did was grab two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color A: Cherry Red, Yarn Color B: Pretty ‘n’ Pink; Yarn Weight: 4, worsted) and start practicing. After about three attempts, each ending with mistakes most attributable to lack of attention, I finally diverted my attention briefly by making two extra large yarn cakes from the skeins.
My third attempt – after about three tries – has resulted in the following; the most important thing learned: Attention Required! My knitting teacher, Ana, used to say “admire your work often.” This is a good practice when learning basic two-color brioche, or any new stitching method. The final benefit of much practice: you learn to read your stitches much better and can learn to un-knit, if necessary.
The picture above represents my best attempt at learning this technique. I hope I am not jinxing myself with this post. I am going to continue practicing until the skeins run out, hoping to become qualified enough to teach this technique, as I am teaching a workshop at the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild (meets second Saturday of each month; St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church) in about two weeks time.
Even as I become more knowledgeable about this technique, my mind is running with the thought of how this cowl would look with a mobius cast on, changing bias of the brioche knit.
Dimensions: 16 inches tall & 8 inch square opening
This is my template for another shawl design I will be working on next and an excellent way to use up your scrap yarn. I was thinking of selling this at my trunk show, but I really like it! I may use it until such time I can make a nice one for myself. My first idea is to make it out of the Romney wool in the store and felt it! At first I was just interested in the design, considering it as a market bag. The more I look at it the more uses I can think up: a perfect project bag for that project on straight needles, or a vodka carrier – because I don’t go near wine. The top presented a problem for me, but a the idea finally came to me this morning and I finished it off.
The scrap yarn used ranges from cotton to acrylic; only two skeins still had the label: Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Color: 0312 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) and Caron Simply Soft (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9727 Black; Yarn Worsted). Both labeled yarns were double stranded to reinforce the seams.
I think I may carry it around for a while and if it generates enough interest, I may write up a pattern. I was searching for a button I had purchased previously for bag closer; I could not find the one I was looking for, but found this orange ceramic button that I think was a gift from Pandorra7. For that reason alone, I should keep the bag for personal use as a project bag.
The name – Spill The Wine by War – was a random selection from my music library. It was not until the name came up that I thought of using the bag as a wine carrier, which is ideal for the inverted method of toting your wine around, and keeping the cork moist.
On da Hook: December 6, 2013 Off da Hook: December 10, 2013 Pattern:I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf by Hooker Leo Hook: Boye US J/10 – 6.0 mm Yarn A: 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (0319 Cherry Red) [364 yds (333 m); yarn weight: medium (4)] Yarn B: 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (0389 Hunter Green) [364 yds (333 m); yarn weight: medium (4)] Yarn C: 1 skein Unknown (Light Green) [approximately 100.0 yds (155 m); yarn weight: medium (4)] Yarn D: 1 skein Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (180 Cranberry) [170.0 yds (155 m); yarn weight: medium (4)] Lenghth: 78 inches (approximate)
My cousin requested this scarf a while ago, and I’ll admit, I was intimidated by possible design until such time it came to me and I was able to make the scarf over a 48 hour period. I was not happy with many of the rose patterns I found, so this pattern includes yet another rose pattern. I had enough yarn left over to make a hat and/or mitts. Keep in mind that if you change the weight of the yarn lower, you could get by with less; higher, you might be able to get by with the measurements above.
Just in case you are interested, here is the original art I created:
The pattern is available on my Patterns page, which may be accessed by the link above. This pattern remains untested; if you are interested in becoming the official tester of this pattern, please email your request to me. Until an official tester is assigned, I am available via email. While I condone your profit from making this scarf, I do ask that you do not duplicate the pattern for dissemination amongst your friend because I don’t think the cost of $2.50 is exorbitant. You are on your honor, as I cannot possible police this.
On da Hook: ? Off da Hook: October 13, 2013 Pattern:Third Founder Book Cover by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A:Red Heart Super Saver (Black) Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Spring Green) Hook: US I – 5.5 mm
A very good – and now old – friend of mine asked if I could crochet a book cover for his bible: Alcoholics Anonymous. It took me a while to find the book in my parent’s house, and once secured, I procrastinated due to being overwhelmed with class handouts and samples. Anyway, I finally set to making it and finished the first one in one day. However, the first one had a narrower flap on the inside book cover and did not fit to my liking. So about two days before the Off da Hook date, I started another. This one fits much better.
I am going to send both to my friend, affectionately known as The Third Founder. I hope he likes one of the two. My irrational fear is that everyone in his group will want one and I will become overwhelmed with order. From my keyboard to God’s eyes.
I heard back from my friend. My book cover was not pretty enough! Figures. And why was the yarn so crunchy and thick? I explained that as a template, I like to use my cheap acrylic stuff, as well as a Big Book should be used daily, therefore, requiring a heavy duty cover. As it turns out, my friend sent me his book cover which inspired his request. Apparently, the person that made his first one used a DK weight yarn with sparkledies – not captured in image – and it was fitted. Excuse me! 😀
As I am so busy with all my other projects and teaching, I left the project alone. I might come back some day in the future just to see if I can design a similar book over, but the blue on pictured seems more of a challenge because it looks like it is crocheted from the center out.
My pattern is available for purchase on my patterns page which you can access by following the link above. While I condone your profit from making my pattern, I do ask that you do not copy my pattern for dissemination among your friends, though if you are a true Friend of Bill’s, this statement becomes moot. Besides, there is no way for me to police this; all I can do is ask. However, I don’t think USD $5.00 is an exorbitant fee for a book cover pattern that may be customized to protect your bible! Finally, if you grace me with a purchase of this pattern, and you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to the pattern, so that I can send you a request to feature your finished object.
On da Hook: November 28, 2012 Off da Hook: December 4, 2012 Pattern: Madness Mobius by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A: Unknown ( Light Grey) Yarn B: Unknown (Grey) Yarn C: Unknown (Grey) Yarn D: Red Heart Super Saver (Grey Heather) Yarn E: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Dark Grey Heather Yarn F: Unknown (Black) Yarn G: Unknown (Black) Yarn H: Unknown (Black) Hook: M – 9.0 mm Dimensions: 58 inch diameter x 7.5 inches (approximate)
Cyn gave me some yarn that she had stored away from her previous adventures in crochet. After untangling it and thankful for her recent purchase, I decided to create something for her. Recently, I had been trying to develop a pattern for a crochet mobius and this presented the perfect opportunity. Originally, I had started making Thank You Cowl by Julie Blagojevich, double stranding for extra thickness, but the fabric was turning out too dense. Next I tried knitting and developed a softer fabric, but I did not want to knit, having just finished knitting Summertime Blues. So I went back to hooking more loosely with a double strand, but I was really not liking the pattern.
After frogging – which is not as easy as it sounds when it comes to double strands – I set to creating a crochet Mobius cowl. I have written the pattern up or you may download the pattern from my Pattern Page or Ravelry Store.