Strange Magic Cowl

Strange Magic Cowl

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About The Name

Strange Magic by Electric Light Orchestra

The way the gradient is hidden, but it is there equals strange magic.

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

About Strange Magic

I had started a previous item in a similar manner, but decided to ūüźł it and use that yarn in a project in hibernation. The technique I am using is similar to brioche, but horizontal. The first experiment began with knit cast on. Row 2 is worked knit in the same direction as the cast on, by sliding the fabric to the other side of a set of circular needles. Fabric is then turned and worked in the same manner. In short Knit/Knit.

For Strange Magic, I once again used two colors, but this time it did a Knit/Purl. Guess what? They look the same to me. I think I am in the area of illusion knitting because the gradient on yarn 1 is kinda hidden between the rows, yet still shows itself, depending on which angle you are viewing Strange Magic from.

The fabric is very slinky. If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d add a pink fur border on both sides. Oh stop! :D

Dimensions: 15-inch Diameter x 6-inch Width

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

About The Yarn

Unknown Natural Fiber*

Color: Multicolor: Pink, Orange, Blue
Content: Natural Fiber
Weight: 4, Worsted+

Berroco Glacé

Care: Handwash. Lay flat to dry. Dry clean when mixing colors.
Color: 2574 Ligonberry
Content: 100% Rayon ‚ÄĘ Viscose
Weight: 4, Worsted+

Strange Magic Cowl
Strange Magic Cowl

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 Рat 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 РAcrylic
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

Wednesday WIP

Wednesday WIP

I am still working on Karma Chameleon afghan. I have sewn all the motifs together, bordered the afghan with one row of double crochet, and began sewing in the ends. I anticipate finishing tomorrow.

The next project will be a bag of some kind with the left over motifs, and then with the last of the larger motifs I plan on making another bag of some sort. Oo! Or maybe a cowl?

I am still not sure which designation to assign: ODDBALLS or charity or A Hooker’s World? It is made from unknown yarns, though I am pretty sure they are all manmade, so it does qualify for ODDBALLS. I did receive the unfinished project from a guild member, so I could donate it back to charity since I didn’t pay for any of the yarn. Lastly, as I finished it, I don’t think it would be terrible to try and make a profit first. With my new business plan, it will eventually go to charity if not sold.

It may seem slow-going, but with four doctor’s appointments this week, I think my progress is definite!

Middle Of The Road Shawl

Middle of the Road Shawl USD $50.00

About The Project Name

Middle of the Road by The Pretenders

I just heard it. Pretty much captions my own feelings regarding any emotional growth I might be making.  Middle of the road appropriately captions the past forty-eight hours of computer-generated aggravation u-turning one-hundred-eighty-degrees back to a happy Leo. Finally, it also indicates to me that this shawl appears unfinished.

Middle of the Road Shawl
Middle of the Road Shawl

About Middle of the Road Shawl

Care: Consult a dry cleaner.
Dimensions: 54-inch width x 24-inch diameter inches

About The Pattern

Crochet Comfort Shawl by Caron Design Team from Yarnspirations

Easy to follow, however, I am not satisfied with the final shawl shape. As you can see below, the wingspan is not a one-hundred-eighty-degree horizon. To me that would be the ideal shape, which I am visualizing as more trapezoid. There is a chance that I did not follow the pattern correctly, and if it is my mistake, I will admit it in the next post. :D

I will be making a second, practice shawl, whereby I will be adding the missing segment…and I am going to increase the size maintaining the same, or similar, border.

Middle of the Road Shawl
Middle of the Road Shawl

About The Yarn

Unknown Yarn 1

Color: Mint Green*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted

I just found out where the name Mint Green comes from: the color the mint gel turns the mint chip ice cream. :)

Unknown Yarn 2

Color: Sunflower*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per burn Test
Weight: 4, Worsted

Such a happy color.

Unknown Yarn 3

Color: Emerald*
Fiber: Natural Fiber, per Burn Test
Weight: 4, Aran

Yarn three – unlike the picture below, which is high in blue – the border yarn is more deep green – green-blue, if you will. And… the yarn is a solid color: the difference you seen below is daylight reflecting of the sheen of the yarn.

Middle of the Road Shawl
Middle of the Road Shawl
* Color names assigned by Hooker Leo in absence of yarn label