In My Own Little Corner

The Name

In My Own Little Corner by Julie Andrews from Cinderella (1957)

Trying to re-engage my humility.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 53 x 4 inches

Duplicate of Got ‘Til It’s Gone, except a different yarn with approximately the same amount in two skeins.

The Yarn

Berroco Comfort DK

Color: 2705
Content: 50% Super Fine Acrylic, 50% Super Fine Nylon
Weight: 3 – Light, DK, Sport

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

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

Dark Lady

Dark Lady Crochet Shawl

Name

Dark Lady by Cher

The only relation I can make between the name and the shawl is that I had to re-crochet this shawl three times before I was happy with the outcome.

Shawl

After three attempts, I finally ended up with something I am happy with. The bonus: I think I have a true crochet crescent shawl! I’d love to hear from you if you agree with me.

Care (Acrylic): Machine wash gentle cycle, warm water, no bleach, rinse well and promptly remove. Roll in towel. Block. CAUTION: Do not iron or dry clean.
Care (Cotton): Machine wash gentle or hand wash, cold. Lay flat to dry or line dry in shade, or tumble dry low. +
Dimensions:
45-inch Width x 22-inch depth

Dark Lady

Yarn

Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8

Color: Dark Mauve
Content: 8/4 100% Cotton
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport, Baby ++

J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen

Color: 0030 Serenity
Content: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport Baby+++

 

Designer Notes

I wanted a design I could easily increase without much thinking. I accomplished this by working in double crochet and working between posts, increasing by two stitches on either side of each section, every row.

This did not work well when I wanted to change up the pattern because I kept losing one stitch each section. I then decided to change from between posts to working in stitches; this increase was easier to manipulate. By this time I had changed to treble crochets just to make this shawl grow faster.

I also had a ball of J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen laying around and I thought the colors might break up the dark mauve nicely; it did! By this time, I wanted to end. I had about three hundred thirty stitches; I was aiming for six hundred. However, I thought the shawl was big enough that I could stop.

I started with a scalloped edge, but the stitch count was off. I then began a crab stitch edging, which I really liked. Did I have enough patience to work on top of treble crochets and backwards? I did and I am so happy with the outcome.

Dark Lady
Dark Lady
+ Suggested care for cotton garments

++ Estimated yarn weight based on numeral 2 written on yarn label and over forty years’ experience

+++ Based on physical match, per touch

You’ve Got Your Troubles

Started today after a stumble on the Stairway To Heaven, which has turned into a real pain in the ass, just like in real life. So, considering how easy Union of the Snake was, I decided to follow up with a quick crochet project for the next misstep on Stairway To Heaven.

That brings us to You’ve Got Your Troubles and a knitting dilemma/question:

Using my new WPI info I learned from the June El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild, I wrapped an unknown yarn around a ruler for one inch and got 24! Yet, there is no 24 WPI yarn on Ravelry. Neither is if one of the yarn weights without a WPI number: light fingering, fingering, lace, or cobweb!

In my humble opinion the yarn pictured in the featured image is more similar to a sport or dk, but that is 12 and 14 WPI.

WHAT THE HELL IS REALLY GOING ON?

Domino Dancing Shawl

Domino Dancing Shawl

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