Rehumanize Yourself: The Runt

I woke this morning, free from doctor’s appointments, prepared to enjoy the world by finishing the infant afghan request. I warmed my coffee, sat down, did some rows, and decided I wanted to catch up digitally.

While I am not “the runt,” I certainly feel like it after seeing the original pictures for this post! Yikes! I just presumed they were fine, a hint to my rushing of life. Why?

Anyway, the night before guild, I found the blue square and knew that I had left over yarn from squares that required unravelling/saving from the prior set: voila! a runt pet pad.

I love the color combination: nostalgia, fifties, argyle against country gingham.

I was able to get by with a single crochet, double-stranded border without sever puckering…well, not that I remember. Ha ha ha ha!

Rehumanize Yourself: The Runt

 

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Rehumanize Yourself: Off da Hook

The Name

Rehumanize Yourself by The Police

Originally, these squares were going to be seamed into an afghan for charity, hence the name: a wish for the recipient.

The Pet Pads

You might be able to tell from the squares with excessive white borders that I was going to seam them together with white yarn. Because they were all different yarn weights, gauges, and sizes, I got too frustrated and chose to make pet pads instead. Still I had to do some frogging, adding, adjusting.

I got to say this is not the first time I have seamed together someone else’s work. It is not fun! I will never do this again.

The Yarn

I received the squares from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers September meeting and agreed that I would seam them together into an afghan. Because they were already made, I have no idea what yarns were used; however, I can tell you that I noticed guard hairs and some of the yarns were extremely soft, indicating natural fibers. The majority , I am sure, were man-made fibers.

Rehumanize Yourself
Rehumanize Yourself: The Other Side

Money Can’t Buy It

The Name

Money Can’t Buy It by Annie Lennox

I had originally used the name Money Can’t Buy It on a project I was going to begin for myself. After I had named the project I came up with a better name; that’s when this name became available. When you think about it this name is more appropriate for this charity scarf because you don’t need money to buy it! <Wink>

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 64 inches (approximate)

This scarf will be donated to Interval House via the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers.

The Yarn

Unknown Red 1

Color: Elmo*
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: Worsted?

Unknown Red 2

Color: Dusty Scarlett Lady*
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: DK?

Lang Lucia

Color: 741.0034?; Celestial Ascension*
Content: 28% Viscose, 27% Viscose-Bamboo, 24% Nylon, 19% Cotton, 2% Polyester
Weight: DK?

Unknown Blue 2

Color: Snow Tiger
Content: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: Worsted?

I think Unknown Red 1 was a nylon/microfiber mix of some kind; non-furry portion was very stretchy. I liked it.

Can’t say the same thing for Unknown Red 2: I was not crazy about the glitter portion; it actually looked crinkled. Then, these furry puffs started appearing and I my opinion began to raise. My joy was short-lived as I discovered that they broke off when I pulled them through the knitting. To make matters worse, you can see the level of break-down on my t-shirt.

Money Can't Buy It

I thought I had bought the Lang Lucia from Needlepoints West, but the label says L’Atelier, so I don’t know where I obtained the yarn, but I love then the label is available.

Unknown Blue 2 was found in my stash.

Hooker Notes

I knit cast-on twenty stitches and continued in garter, changing yarns on the same side every time.

* Color assignations per Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

 

Deep Ending

The Name

Deep Ending by Deee-Lite

This scarf marks the end of the red natural fiber yarn that I had been trying to end.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 104 inches

This scarf is a mix of back look single crochet and filet crochet. The single crochet portions present similar to brioche: one color dominant on one side, a second color dominant on the other.

The Yarn

Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr

Color: Maroon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Fingering

Unknown

Color: Red
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Color: 290 Medieval
Content: 100% Merino Wool

Classic Elite Imagine

Color: 9268
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Unknown

Color: Purple Panic*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Unknown

Color: Carmine*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Patons Lace

Color: Porcelain
Content: 80% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic, 10% Wool, 10% Goat – Mohair
Weight: 2, Sport

Unknown

Color: Salmon*
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test

Universal Merino XF Superwash

Color: Grey*
Content: 100% Superwash Extra Fine Merino
Weight: 3, DK

Cascade Heritage Silk Paints

Color: 9942 Misty Blue
Content: 85% Merino Wool, 15% Silk
Weight: 1, Fingering

 

Damn! My aim was to use all natural fibers. I completely brain-farted on the Patons, but those mohair guard-hairs misled me.

The Cascade Heritage Silk Paints was double-twined with the Patons Lace and made for great coloration.

The Unknown Red is the yarn I have been trying so hard to rid myself of because of it’s crinkle / boucle texture.

Designer Notes

I started in back loop single crochet, but thought the scarf might be too dense. I have this irrational fear that crochet is heavier than knitting; so much so that I feel the item I am crocheting may be cumbersome at times. So, I added sections of filet crochet to lighten it up.

I am amazed at some of the colorations in this scarf: the grey against the bright red and the blues/purples against the lighter reds of carmine and salmon.

I based my pattern repeat on nineteen rows; unfortunately, I ran out of red yarns and just ended it.

Deep Ending

* All color designations assigned by Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

Pretty Fly

The Name

Pretty Fly by Offspring

Random pick, but a White guy would look pretty fly wearing this scarf. LOL! Secret joke for those familiar with the song’s lyrics.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 64-inch length x 4-inch width

This scarf is worked in garter stitch, alternating colors every two rows, slipping the first stitch, and knitting the last stitch through the back loop.

The Yarn

Unknown Red, Camel*, and White natural fibers, per burn test.

Designer Notes

At some point I thought I was knitting too tightly and loosened my tension…TOO MUCH! There is one section – viewable in the photo to the trained eye – where this is evident.

* Color designation by Hooker Leo, absent yarn label

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

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