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
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Cherry Tree Clapotis

Cherry Tree Clapotis

About The Name

Cherry Tree by 10,000 Maniacs

Cherry Tree relates to the yarn color: Cherry Swirl.

Cherry Tree Clapotis
Cherry Tree Clapotis

About Cherry Tree

Well, when I started this, I was designing a knit shawl. As I have closed shop, I really was not feeling all the documentation required to write a pattern and I could not see knitting another shawl at the moment, so I changed to an easy crochet clapotis pattern I happened across.

Dimensions: 72 length x 18 width inches

Cherry Tree Clapotis
Cherry Tree Clapotis

About The Pattern

Clapochet by Crochet Kitten

Easy to follow, though I don’t know if I ended it right.

The pattern called for 650 yards; I had 490 yards/2 cakes. I don’t know how this happened, but I only had to dip into my stash for the leftover Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable from Brick By Boring Brick shawl for the last five rows!

I think I will make another with double crochets versus treble crochets, which, in my humble opinion, are more manageable.

Not a fan of the curling, but can’t block out due to acrylic use. I could melt the acrylic, but that would make it even longer and wider!

Cherry Tree Clapotis
Cherry Tree Clapotis

About The Yarn

Premier Sweet Roll

Care: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry.
Color: 1047-04 Cherry Swirl
Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn: 4, Worsted

Nice to work with. I only wish they had blended the color changes. The good news is that all four cakes I had received from CSNanaCat are consumed!

Cherry Tree Clapotis
Cherry Tree Clapotis

 

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.

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

Amazing Shawl

Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00

About The Name

Amazing by George Michael

The yarn is called Amazing. Click images for enlargement/slide show.

About Amazing Shawl

Care: Machine Wash Cool, Lay Flat to Dry
Dimensions: 40-inch wingspan x 14-inch depth
Value: USD $117.00 – USD $17.00/yarn + $100.00/labor ($10.00/hr)
Price: USD $68.00

I only wish I had more Amazing yarn to make an even more amazing shawl. I improvised the pattern; had I been blessed with more foresight, I would have introduced a lace spine, but calculations were bogging me down.

My only other self-criticism would be the final border, which actually looks fine and actually works. I meant to gradually introduce the seed stitch and then begin the ribbing below a five-row seed stitch repeat versus beginning the rib below a one-row seed stitch repeat. Click images for enlargement/slide show.

About The Yarn

Lion Brand Amazing

Color: 211 Strawberry Fields
Content: 53% Wool; 47% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic
Weight: 4, Worsted

I knew I was knitting with smaller needles (US 6) when I started and was just too lazy to change to the correct size. I just wanted to start. At first, my tension was way tight, evidenced by cramping fingers. Once I relaxed, I zipped right along. I have finished only one other project as fast: Mojo’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dog Sweater, back in 2011!

Wanting to add something different, and to avoid stockinette curling, I inserted some seed stitch followed, and ending, with one-by-one ribbing. Even though I contradicted my pattern planning, I am extremely happy with the finished project.

Amazing Shawl
Amazing Shawl | USD $68.00

Over The Rainbow Shawl

Over The Rainbow Shawl | USD $183.56

About The Project Name

Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz

I just watched the video and started crying all over again. This song makes me so emotional for it’s lyrics, melody, performer’s tragic life, and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the results of my own hand-dye job.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Over The Rainbow

Dimensions: 88-inch wingspan x 24-inch height
Price: USD $183.56

This has been quite a process and the race to finish only minorly screwed up my knitting on this shawl, most notably in the lace, which I had to learn how to knit from charts…AIYAA!

At first, the whole shawl was going to be the knit from the Knit Picks yarn, but after only one repeat of lace, I did not like how the lace design got lost in the yarn color. This is a known tenet that I thought might make and exception in my case – apparently not! :D At this realization, and after cofirming I could knit the stockinette field ad infinitum as long as I maintained a multiple of six, I decided to use the entire skein of Knit Picks for the stockinette field.

This left me with the dilemma of coming up with a complementary second color. I was fortunate enough to go shopping with Ms. Tia at Jennifer Knits and then to Needlepoints West. At Jennifer Knits, the yarn I loved was a celery but at USD $60.00/skein, that was not going to fly, as I haven’t even sold half of what I’ve made over the years and probably because of that, I am not rich. At Needlepoints West, it was the last skein I saw that fit my desired effect: I had seen the multicolor as a garden – perhaps Munchkinland – and the tonal brown yarn I found would resemble the garden trellis.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

About The Yarn

Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering

Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low
Color: Leonardo
Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: 1, Fingering

Alexandra’s Crafts Black Butte

Care: No laundry care provided; consult a professional dry cleaner
Color: Olive
Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak
Weight: 1, Fingering

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl