Holding Back The Years

The Name

Holding Back The Years by Simply Red

Red!

Props to Simply Red for posting an actually music video for his music.

The Skully & Scarf

Scarf Dimensions: 72 x 5 inches
Skully Dimensions: 8 (H) x 10 (D) x 31 (C) inches

The set was crocheted out of nine different red worsted scraps. The scarf was crocheted using back loop half double crochets and the skully was crocheted using double crochets.

The odd thing is that I constructed the skully to fit my head, as I was not using a pattern. My head circumference is 23 inches. I already knew that the crown width should be about 7 inches, less a 2-inch ease: 5.5 inches. However, when I do the math – either based on flat measuring or crown width, the circumference keeps coming up 31 inches!

The 64,000 question is: how does a 31-inch circumference fit snuggly on my 23-inch head?

The Yarns

Unknown Worsted Red yarns were used for this set, all unlabeled. I think I can safely estimate the Red Hearts, but all others are unknown.

Holding Back The Years

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Mink, Schmink

The Name

Mink, Schmink by Eartha Kitt

I loved this song when I discovered it; I still do. The pink yarn used in this scarf was the inspiration for this name.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 82 x 6 inches

Worked brown: purl, knit; pink: knit purl, alternating colors every two passes. Surprisingly, I ended up with a different feature color on either side.

The Yarn

Unknown Pink
Color: Purrfect Pink*; Content: Unknown; Weight: 4, Worsted+

Unknown Brown
Color: Cafe con Leche*; Content: Unknown; Weight: 4, Aran+

Mink, Schmink

* color assignment per Hooker Leo due to missing yarn label
+ yarn weight estimation by Hooker Leo due to missing yarn label

Harmony/I Got It: Off da Hook

The Name

Harmony/I Got It by Jayne Edwards

Harmony for the coincidental color blocking and I Got It for my knowledge of creating the small V cable I had see in some other project.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 5-5.5inch width x 78-inch length

A very simple cable scarf. I think I would figure out – maybe – a slanted cable for the borders – or maybe a twisting cable…yes.

The Yarn

Newton’s Yarn Country Brushed Acrylic
Color: Baker’s Twine+; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Red Heart Super Saver Solids
Color: Kelly Green; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Red Heart Super Saver Solids
Color: 367 Spring Green; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

All other yarns unlabeled scrap yarns. I am not sure – now – as to whether the yarns used are from natural or man-made fibers. I saw some natural fiber burnt ends, but can’t vouch for anything. However, I will say that the softness of this scarf – for the most past – is pretty amazing…or my fingers are more numb than I suspect.

+ color designation assigned by Hooker Leo

Harmony/I Got It

 

6060-842

The Name

6060-842 by The B-52s

Random music library selection.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 72 inches

Long-tail cast-on eleven stitches. Worked garter, alternating colors every two rows, throughout.

Interesting that it matches Mergatroid’s top!

The Yarn

Universal Classic Chunky
Color: 60639 Petrol Blue; Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; Weight: 5, Bulky

Bernat Softee Chunky
Color: 28219 Seagreen; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 6, Super Bulky

I have had the Universal yarn since I crocheted “Atlantis” back in 2011. This marks the last skein in my stash. However, I needed a complimentary color to make a charity scarf, so I headed over to JOANN Fabric & Crafts. I found the Bernat and went with it for color, figuring the different in weight would not affect the proposed scarf design.

Flowers On The Wall

The Name

Flowers On The Wall by The Statler Brothers

While the first thought that came to mind was Gryffindor, but in keeping with my naming conventions, I went with Flowers On The Wall, as the colors remind me of a sunflower.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 4 x 64 inches

Knit cast-on of nine stitches, worked in garter, alternating colors every two rows throughout. I might add fringe as I have an excess of yellow.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Hometown USA
Color: 219 Norfolk Merlot & 158 Pittsburgh Yellow; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: Super Bulky

I love this yarn for it’s softness and twist/ply. However, I won’t buy again unless I check the yardage. I had the yellow from a friend donation. I went JOANN‘s to buy a complimentary color. I did not notice until I got home that the yardage was different on the new skein: 64 merlot yards versus 84 yellow yards.

The perfect comment on modern economics: the cost of stuff keeps going up and they are giving us less. Disgusting!

Flowers On The Wall

You Learn

The Name

You Learn by Alanis Morissette

This was the best song title that I could “link” to this knit project. I chose this song title in relation to the fact that I “learned” something I didn’t know before, and re-learned something I did.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 66 x 4/5 inches

Cast on twelve stitches and work stockinette for three rows, alternated with reverse stockinette. I chose use this pattern from an old one I used before; the difference with this one is that there are no chevrons or zig zags…hmmm! I should be able to make zig zags.

The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Links
Color: 12002 Rich Brown; Content: 74% Acrylic, 18% Wool, 8% Polyester; Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown Gold
Color: Rumlestiltskin*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Lace*

This is where I “learned” something new. I learned that double-stranding a bulky and a lace, does actually add weight to the yarn – evidenced by the beginning five-inch width and ending with a four-inch width. However, it seemed that the second ball was a bit thinner also.

I re-learned the need to alternate two multicolor yarns of the same color to avoid different pooling patterns.

Blue Savannah

The Name

Blue Savannah by Erasure

This is one of my anthems. I just love the crescendos in this song and Erasure always has such interesting bridges; besides, “it has a good beat that you can dance to.” :D

Blue Savannah

The Scarf

Dimensions: 94.5 x 6.5 inches

Cast on thirty one stitches and worked arrowhead lace from this excellent online tutorial. After about four pattern repeats, I had the pattern committed to memory, so it was a fairly easy knit. The length of the scarf was determined by the amount of yarn – used up entirely to avoid any scraps.

This will be a gift for my primary care physician, who deserves more than this for putting up with me, especially when I am enraged.

Not a consideration when I began, but I hate the way stockinette knitting curls up. This lace design has spines which enforce the curling by folding. I steamed it and it helped. I didn’t want to get carried away and end up melting the acrylic.

Lastly, when I received the yarn it was a donation in a box with some other stuff. When I opened the box, I was hit with a cigarette smoke bomb. Even as I write this, I can smell it all over again. I hate the thought of washing lace, so I took it over to my mom and asked her to smell the scarf: she smelled nothing, so I just gave it a good steaming. The box with the other yarn is outside airing out!

The Yarn

Viana Perla DK
Color: 189 [Tourquoise*]; Content: 82% Acrylic, 15% Wool, 3% Polyester; Weight: DK

This yarn is gorgeous, but a pain to work with because of all the hairy fibers and their ability to lock on to each other, making tinking/frogging more difficult. And believe me, with lace there is always one occasion to frog and many to tink. The one good point about this yarn: you don’t have to worry about your tails unraveling!

Blue Savannah