Pussycat Meow

The Name

Pussycat Meow by Deee-Lite

Another tush that needs some cush!

The Tush Cush

Dimensions: 15 inches square

This time I created in double crochet for faster turnaround. It still took just as long as the single crochet, only because I had to recall to memory my Solid Granny Square pattern. Maybe I better write it down before dementia sets in.

Yarn

Caron Simply Soft
Color: Black; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Red Heart Super Saver
Color: Yellow*; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Those are the only two I could come close to guessing. All other yarns – red, orange, green-purple multicolor, red-blue multicolor, tan, pink, brown – were deemed by me, as worsted and man-made fibers, except the gold lace crocheted together with the black Caron.

Pussycat Meow

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Stray Cat Strut

The Name

Stray Cat Strut by Stray Cats

Another animal name for an animal product and because “I got cat class and I got cat style!”

The Cush Tush

Dimensions: 14-inch diameter

This time I was determined to work in double crochet for faster turnaround. Well I finished this one is less than a day, so that’s cool! I originally started with a square but have forgotten the formula for a square design, with no holes, in-the-round. Now that I’ve made a round one, I am thinking of different shapes; maybe a star one! Color selections were random reaches into my bag o’ scraps of worsted yarn.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Wool Ease
Color: Purple 147; Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Weight: 4, Worsted

Feza Cayenne
Color: 01 ; Content: 40% Cotton, 49% Acrylic, 11% Nylon; Weight: 4, Worsted

Unlabeled Yarn Suspects

Red Heart Super Saver
Color: Turqua; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Aran

Caron Simply Soft
Color: Black; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Stray Cat Strut Side 2

I apologize for my crappy photography; I can no longer remain still long enough for good focus.

Sublime iPad Case

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.

My Funny Valentine

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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.

Price: USD $50.00

By Mojee’s, I think I have it!

Basic Two-Color Brioche Knit
©A Hooker’s World

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.

Spill The Wine Bag

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.

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

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:

I Nver Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf Original Art

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.