Copernicus Cowl

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On da Hook: October 20, 2015
Off da Hook: October 22, 2015
Pattern: Original by Hooker Leo (Pending Publication)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky (Fiber Content: 55% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 16002 (?); Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Hook: 9 mm – M
Dimensions: 25 (D) x 3 (W, rolled) / 6.5 (W, flat) inches

One more xmas gift done; that leaves one more to be done and I have covered my primary peeps. There is one other very special friend that I am going to try and make a gift for as well. I am hoping the recipient will like this project color, who desired purple. When I think of purple, I don’t usually think in pastels (lavender). By the way, this yarn is discontinued and I lost my yarn label, so I had to guess at the yarn color.

This project name – Copernicus by Basia – is related to the ethnicity of the recipient, who shares the same ethnicity as Basia. Coincidentally, my design is also related a major event in the history of science, triggering the Copernican Revolution, a model of the universe that placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe by scientist Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer. At first I was not crazy about the curling, but then I realized how the cowl took on a rope-like look, and like it even more when I doubled it. When I styled the cowl for photography, I discovered that perhaps if I make it even wider, the cowl can be opened at the neck/shoulders to better accentuate the design. I am also wondering how 5-stitch double crochet cluster might change the garment design, versus 3-stitch double crochet clusters. In reality, the size of this cowl was based on the amount of yarn I had in my stash (213 yards).

Shattered Dreams Afghan

Shattered Dreams Afghan
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On da Hook: May 15, 2015
Off da Hook: May 21, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: 8 skeins Cascade Bulky Leisure HD (Fiber Content: 50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Pima Cotton; Yarn Color: 9915; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Hook: US K – 10.5 mm
Dimensions: 51 inch Diameter (from point to point)

The name of this project – Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz – is inspired by the picture above and the seemingly shattered swirl pattern produced by the yarn.

I originally wanted more of a swirl stitch pattern, but for the life of me, I could not come up with something I liked. I even tried crochet entrelac, but there are just too many colors in the yarn, and because the yarn is discontinued, I did not think a search for a similar solid color would be fruitful. When I decided on the hexagon, I remembered that Ellen had made a shrug from a hexagon shape once. Unfortunately, my hexagon is not a granny square and therefore, would not fold into the desired L shape necessary to create the shrug.

In the long run, I am glad that the yarn is out of my stash. I feel like I am making some progress. I must emphasize the delight the crochet gives by finishing a project so quickly.

Price: USD $320.00 (25% Discount for Friends/Family)

Mexican Radio Cowl

On da Hook: December 12, 2014
Off da Hook: December 15, 2014
Hook: US M
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 300 Hepplewhite; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Red Heart Baby Clouds (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9074 Pale Pink; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn C: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 392 Cotton Candy)
Yarn D: Lion Bouclé (Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon; Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn E: Unknown (Color: [Multicolor])
Yarn F: Caron Simply Soft Bouclé (Fiber Content: 99% Acrylic, 1% Polyester; Yarn Color: 0014 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn G: Unknown (Color: [Maroon])
Yarn H: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 322 Baroque)
Yarn I: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 334 Gothic)
Yarn J: Unknown (Color: [Navy Blue])
Yarn K: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky)
Yarn L: Universal Classic Shades Big Time (Fiber Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: 801 Reef; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn M: Lion Brand Homespun Baby (Yarn Color: 169 Soft Lime)
Yarn N: Unknown (Color: [Dark Grey])
Yarn O: Lion Brand Homespun (Yarn Color: 373 Black)
Yarn P: Unknown (Color: [Pale Pink])
Yarn Q: Unknown (Color: [White or Pale Pink])
Finished Size: 96 x 7 inches

Well, I think I have enough bulky/super bulky yarn left to make a hat and then I am done, until I find more in my yarn stash somewhere. At first I did not think the difference in weights was going to make much difference, but as I progressed, I started double-stranding some of the thinner yarns. Considering this was scrap yarns, I was really liking the way the colors worked together. When I showed it to my mom, she commented that it reminded her of a serape and that’s how the name – Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo – came about.

Because I was trying to exhaust all my bulky/super bulky yarn, this cowl is very long; long enough to wrap three times. I wore it out yesterday – unfinished – because it is so damn cold here in California, and I got a compliment from a lady at Royal Chinese Restaurant, where I dined. I was loving the wrap too. Today in a attempt to use up the Caron Simply Soft Bouclé, I ended up adding about ten more rows and for the life of me, could not get it to wrap the same way as yesterday. Could the addition of inches make that much of a difference? Another thing I noticed today – which was probably a result of excessive fidgeting and different yarn weights – was that the tails kept coming out. Aiyaa! I fixed them, but worry that they will pop out again.

The construction is thirteen single crochet, changing color every row until such time a color was exhausted.

This item is available for purchase at the reduced Price: USD $25.00 OBO, but may end up being donated…unless I can figure out how I got it to wrap so well the first time I wore it.

Halloween Spooks Baby Afghan

Halloween Spooks Baby Afghan
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On da Hook: November 11, 2014
Off da Hook: November 21, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Hook: US M
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: [Acrylic/Polyester]; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: [6, Super Bulky])
Yarn B: Bernat Tizzy (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: Creamsicle; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn C: Lion Bouclé (Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 1% Nylon; Yarn Color: 133 Tangerine; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn D: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 790 Black; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Finished Size: 32 x 32 inches

In an attempt to finish the rest of my bulky yarn stash, I crocheted this baby afghan for that special Halloween baby. Granted, this afghan is smaller than Cousins Afghan and crochet is faster than knitting; this afghan took 9.5 hours to make while Cousins Afghan took 52.5 hours.

The white, Creamsicle and Tangerine were all super bulky weight, while the Black was only bulky. I was surprised at the difference in fabric denseness, but think it works well enough together. I am quite surprised the black and white look good together and I think it’s the breaks of orange that help in that matter – good color theory lesson.

The name of this project – Halloween Spooks by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – should be obvious.

Price: USD $75.00

Cousins Lapghan

Cousins Lapghan
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Cast On: August 16, 2014
Cast Off: November 1, 2014
Pattern: Cousins Lapghan by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10.5
Yarn A: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 392 Cotton Candy; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 334 Gothic; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn C: Red Heart Baby Clouds (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9074 Pale Pink; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [White]; Yarn Weight: [5, Bulky])
Finished Size: 48 x 54 inches

So let’s get the next chapter started with a lapghan I knitted for my mom’s cousin – and therefore, my cousin as well. The name – Cousins by Vampire Weekend – should be self evident. I designed this based on the gauge swatch information. Unfortunately, I did not record my desired finished size, but I think I’m close.

I cast on 126 stitches. The pattern is 10 rows of garter, 2 rows of YO, P2TOG, 20 rows of garter in each color, slipping the first stitch in ever row and KBL the last stitch. The exception is the middle section where I alternated every two rows between the Red Heart Baby Clouds and unknown white yarn.

I did not have an payment agreement in place for this afghan, but did keep track of my time. I took me approximately 52.5 hours to make this. At the time I was charging $10.00/hour. The yarn was a mix of yard sale yarn, stash yarn of an unknown source and purchase of a second Homespun Gothic because my design sensibilities could not allow me to use the blue that was picked from my stash. Total yarn amount: $8.98.

I just found out my cousin is visiting from Texas again and is expected to arrive Monday, November 3. Perfect timing, which just goes to show bad things are not necessarily bad.

Tesla Girls Cowl

Tesla Girls Cowl
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This marks the end of my unknown chunky/bulky yarn scraps. The name – Tesla Girls by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark (OMD) – is a random selection, yet appropriate due to all the colors. The construction of this cowl is alternating front and back post double crochets with a US M – 10.0 mm hook. It’s possible that the cowl can be wrapped a third time, but I will have to post more pictures later, as my camera battery needs to be charged. The dimensions are approximate 6 (W) x 96 (L) inches.

The only identifiable yarn in there is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 2704 Gothic; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).

If I can’t sell this (Price: USD $20.00), I will be donating it – charity to be determined, now that I am involved with more than one charity.

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.

Tesla Girls Cowl
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Buffy Come Back Cowl

Buffy Come Back Cowl
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Here is the next cowl to be donated to Handmade Especially For You, unless you like it so much and would like to purchase it at the reduced Price: USD $20.00. This cowl is seamed. I recommend wearing with seam at back of neck, as pictured. As you can see, the colors include white, pink, beige, grey, burgundy and a touch of blue and green in one of the multi-colored yarns, all of which are of a thick, bulky weight. The fiber content is most assuredly all acrylic/man-made fibers. The only identifiable yarn used in this cowl is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).

The construction is a back loop, single crochet ripple with an US M/10 mm hook. I began with a foundation chain of 17. Row one is worked in the bottom of the foundation chain. Every row is 2sctog, 6 sc, 3 sc in the same (center) stitch, 6 sc, 2 sctog. The seam was done in pattern attaching to the front loop of the foundation chain.

When using the white/burgundy/grey novelty yarn (pictured at upper right), I held a strand of Cascade Cherub DK (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) to ease in stitch identification.

The name of this cowl — Buffy Come Back by Angel and the Reruns – is a random selection from my music library.

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.

Buffy Come Back Cowl
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