Domino Dancing Shawl

Domino Dancing Shawl

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The Name

Domino Dancing by Pet Shop Boys

Explanation can be found here.

The Shawl

Dimensions: 55-inch wingspan x 24-inch depth

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Wash warm. Hang dry.+
Color: White with a Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green thread
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: 2, Sport/Baby

Classic Elite Imagine

Care: Dry clean only.
Color: 9258
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Lion Brand Fun Fur

Care: Machine washable and dryable.
Color: 109 Sapphire
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Designer Notes

Another surprise in crescent shawl shape development. I had started with my basic crochet circle pattern, this time in double crochet versus single crochet, but the horizon was not meeting my standards. By chance I discovered by starting my shape with twice as many stitches, I was achieving a better horizon. Finally, I inserted enough stitches for seven sections versus six and I was on my way.

The hard part was inserting the eyelets because I was dealing with an odd number of sections which forced one-sided increases per section. I worked in pattern as long as I could, changing it up at the end with increased half double crochet rows.

The addition of the red Classic Elite Imagine and the sapphire Lion Brand Fun Fur, was an after-thought and impulsive move because they just happened into my line of sight. The Classic Elite was actually a size bigger, but I thought the eyelet row would cover up the change in yarn weight. Knowing I was going to end with the fun fur, I felt doubly assured. In the end, there is slight puckering, but I think with wear it will wear out.

Domino Dancing Shawl
+ Suggested/recommended care

Domino Dancing: Inception

Actually, I started this yesterday, but my rage was so intense I could not focus. I spent the day in bed, in the dark. For dinner I ordered in: $30 effin’ dollars for 2-topping medium pizza, chicken, cookie-brownie and a 20-ounce Coca-Cola from Dominos! Home-delivery robbery!

Here’s the humorous side of this project:

When I got the yarn, again from CSNanaCat, I thought it was pretty with it’s red/blue-thread-stripe. I have not yet performed a burn test, but I am pretty sure it is a natural fiber. As I began to work on it yesterday, I was able to discern other colors as well: orange, yellow and green, but in smaller distances.

My first thought at the rainbow flag hint was to name the shawl after a gay anthem, but today when I found my project on top of the pizza boxes from yesterday, the shawl reverted back to the blue/red striping because the shawl almost disappeared…not for reals.

Domino Dancing
Domino Dancing

Desire: Extinguished

Desire: Extinguished

About The Name

Desire by U2

I believe it was a random selection from which I received a “feeling” that kind of match my passion for the colors in this yarn. Based on that “feeling,” Desire was ignited.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Purl Side

About Desire

As I previously stated, I’ve heard many knitters express their passion for knit linen stitch and then turn around and complain about the slow progress of the stitch due to slipping every over stitch.

As a continental knitter, the slipping back and forth did not not bother me and I think because I am in learning mode and was working through some major family drama, I was set in knit mode during the last three days. I too <3 love the knit linen stitch, and I find the purl side extremely appealing for it’s texture.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Knit Side

Recipe:

Knit Cast On 22

Slip first stitch / Knit Back Look last stitch. . .of EVERY row. ALL slip stitches purl-wise.

Row 1: [knit, slip with yarn in front] repeat to last stitch
Row 2: [purl, slip with yarn in back] repeat to last stitch

Repeat to last two rows

Knit one row, bind off one row.

Desire Scarf
Desire Scarf: Knit Side

About The Yarn

Noro Silk Garden

Care: Prohibit bleach. Iron dry low degree. Dry clean. Do not tumble dry.
Color: 314
Content: 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lamb Wool
Weight: 4, Worsted

I’ve always liked Noro. This is my first all Noro project and I am loving it. The other day, I put the scarf around my neck and I instantly felt cozy. At that moment, Desire became mine. Because of the content, I was able to join one skein to the other with a little water and hand twisting. And the colors blend so well.

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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Cherry Tree Shawl: Pattern Development

Cherry Tree Shawl: Pattern Development

This is the second to the last skein of Premier Sweet Roll (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 1047-04 Cherry Swirl; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted). I decided to try and design a knit/crochet shawl and appropriately named it Cherry Tree by 10,000 Maniacs. I only wish the meaning of the song was cheerier. I may change the name if something else comes along…I’ll keep my ears posted.

Anyway, here is the teaser. I figure I will knit till the skein is gone and then use the second to decrease. I have already started with six needles; I may increase my needle size just to finish much faster!

Stay tuned.

For Sale: 4 Skeins, Reclaimed Malabrigo Worsted

4 skeins reclaimed Malabrigo Worsted (Navidad) For Sale USD $25.00

For Sale: USD $25.00

Approximately four skeins, Malabrigo Worsted

Fiber Content: 100% Reclaimed Merino Wool
Yarn Color: Navidad
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Reclaimed from Feliz Navidad Wrap with a solid red trim. It was one of my first knit project made from fine wool. It never sold and has exceeded my profit margins I have frogged it now and reclaimed the wool for another project.

Feliz Navidad Wrap
Feliz Navidad Wrap | USD $25.00

Brick By Boring Brick Shawl

Brick By Boring Brick Shawl

About The Name

Brick By Boring Brick by Paramore

I was perusing my music library for a name when I came across this one, which related to the shawl by color – brick red.

Brick By Boring Brick Shawl
Brick By Boring Brick Shawl

About The Shawl

Care: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry.
Dimensions: 72-inch Wingspan x 27-inch Depth
Value: USD $124.97

I do not like to block, especially curved items! Because this is made from acrylic fibers, I did not think I would need to, but discovered that even a good hand-stretching of the fabric helped. I suppose the benefit of my half-measures is a more crescent shape rather than half a circle.

The shawl body is made from two skeins of Premier Sweet Roll; the border from some scrap yarn I had lying around. The pattern called for approximately 980 yards on a US J Hook. I started with a J, but did not like it because I already crochet loosely, and I had a mess on my hands. I switched to I and figured I would crochet two skeins and compare where I am.

After two skeins, I was short one pattern row – at least in my head, without referring back to the pattern. I did not think a border in the same multicolor yarn would be flattering, choosing a solid color from the multicolor roll. Because I have yellowish light in my room, I did not see the colors accurately, though I was not far. To my trained eye there is too much of a difference; to the unobserving eye, it will work.

Brick By Boring Brick Shawl
Brick By Boring Brick Shawl

About The Pattern

Jessica Shawl by Clare Sullivan

Clear, concise, creative.

Brick By Boring Brick Shawl
Brick By Boring Brick Shawl

About The Yarn

Premier Sweet Roll

Color: 1047-04 Cherry Swirl
Content: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

Good feel. Been a while since I’ve worked with full-on acrylic. I had thought/hoped for longer color blends.

Brick By Boring Brick Shawl
Brick By Boring Brick Shawl