Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

Great name for my next project: a crochet purse or bag for marketing, yarn, projects, etc. I have about ten cakes of this Pingouin Fil d’E’cosse No 3. I don’t know how big or how many bags I will make.

Rectangle? Square? Round? What shape should I make?

At first I was thinking market bags, but I didn’t see any I really liked. However, that would use the least amount of yarn and allow me to make more than one bag.

I think I have worked it out…market bags for charity!

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Dark Lady v3.0

I was not happy with the thought of having to repeat the pattern over and over, plus I did not like the shape. So…about three days ago I frogged it.

This is the pattern now. Simple, mindless crochet. Perfect to finish this cone of yarn, which I am now considering as thread, size 10.

 

 

Highway To Hell: Arrived!

Name

Highway To Hell by AC/DC

Criminy! I have been writing this post as a first post for a new project I started today, having forgotten the project I finished today and for which I had been awaiting a sew job by mother, which she finished. I had photographed, measured and BRAIN FART!

Name pertains to hibernation and frogging of Stairway To Heaven, and going in another direction a la Highway To Hell, the primrose path. Highway To Hell also refers to the challenge of knitting with yarn so slippery it does not knot, on slippery needles. Fortunately, I that did not happen at all.

Highway To Hell Scarf

Made from a ribbon yarn laying around my room/workshop and glitter yarn from the raffle basket, won by Rosa at the June 2018 El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild meeting, and gifted to me.

Dimensions: 64-inch length x 5-inch width ending & 3-inch beginning

Yarn

Unknown 1

Care: Hand wash in cold water with mild liquid soap. Do not rub or twist. Rinse several times in cold clear water. Do not wring. Dry flat away from heat. +
Color: Brown-Gold *
Content: Metallized Polyester? Cupro Rayon? Lurex? &
Weight: 1, Lace ^

Unknown 2

Care: Hand wash in cold water with mild liquid soap. Rinse several times in cold clear water. Dry flat away from heat. +
Color: Off-White *
Content: ?
Weight: 5, Bulky ^

Unknown 1 represents the brown-gold glitter yarn and Unknown 2 represents the braided ribbon/tape.

Highway To Hell

+ instructions from another ball of glitter yarn
* suggested by Hooker Leo
& fibers in another ball of glitter yarn
^ suggested by Hooker Leo

Stairway To Heaven: Highway To Hell

It’s official…I’ve left the Stairway To Heaven for the Highway To Hell.

I embarked last night while creating a magic ball from the last of the yarn remnants from the raffle basket, gifted to me by Rosa at the 2018 June El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild meeting. While creating the ball one of the yarn remnants had a glitter yarn! This was my opportunity to separate the glitter yarns I had acquired, and coincidentally, the thicker glitter yarn I had less of, I was able to incorporate into the magic ball.

Bonus!

I was able to incorporate this ribbon yarn that I had previously decided to re-gift back to the guild raffle because the ribbon is so slippery, knots come undone…even with the second glitter yarn twist-plied with it.

My Solution: long tail cast on. I am hoping I some at the guild may have a solution on how to secure, otherwise, I suppose I could secure the tail by sewing.

I am working a 1×1 Rib, which I love because it adds cushiness.

Union Of The Snake: Bind Off

Union of the Snake

Name

Union of the Snake by Duran Duran

Based on the tube shape of the project/yarn and the fact that I joined it to prevent frayed ends.

Union of the Snake

Union Of The Snake Cowl

Rosa had won – again – another raffle at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild meeting this month. I was surprised when she gifted the basket to me. Inside was a ball of rainbow yarn(?) that caught my eye. I pulled it out and examined it. I was not sure if this was a cable yarn or a felted project.

My first thought was to inert my hand through the center and open it up. That made such a difference, but eventually, the open reverted back to a close, though not as much.

I then asked mom to sew the frayed ends together, making a cowl. She took too long. I took the scarf back and tried to bind off the ends for neater seaming. OMG! Bad idea. A project the originally took fifteen minutes was not entering the fourth hour. After four hours of unravelling, I discovered that it was actually four strands of yarn knitted together, though for which final end – yarn or project – I could not tell you. Maybe I might find out at the next guild meeting.

After reknitting only one end. I did not have enough yarn to bind off. Went into my stash and found some mohair. Wet felted to join and continued with bind off. My mohair was not as fine as what had been used and I was not liking the bind off edge. Undid the bind off.

I finally took the ending tails and sewed a seam with them. However, by this time with so much working of the yarn, I had stretched out the end and it did not match the opposite end. I stopped caring, making the decision that this would be mine because despite charity crochet/knitting, I would never donate something I would not wear myself. Hey! Did I just contradict myself?

I would have preferred a wider knit, which leads me to believe it was a cable yarn.

Oh wait! I forgot to mention my final brilliant idea: I decided to turn the tube inside out. If this piece had been shorter, it might have been easier and taken less time. Add two more hours.

Finally, my tv table is a disaster area from all the tools I used to complete something that should have been so easy: set of straight needles because I forgot this was knit in the round; two sets of circular for knitting in the round, tapestry needle for undoing bind off and seaming, scissors for trimming frays. I dread putting everything back in it’s place.

And then there is Mojo, who craves so much attention at the wrong times.

AGH! So glad to be done.

Dimensions: 2-4-inch diameter x 3 inch width

Union-of-the-Snake-(4)

Yarn

Don’t know if it was a cable yarn or a felted knitted project – accidental or not. The fact that it felted leads me to believe it was natural fibers, and because of this I did perform a burn test. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter, I am keeping it!

Union of the Snake

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?

Stairway To Heaven: Step 1

Stairway To Heaven: Step 1

Stairway To Heaven was on when I finally decided to give up looking for a specific yarn I had stashed away for knitting, and picked up these bags of sparkledy yarns. Not many patterns out there. Found a scarf pattern that is beautifully blended in a chevron stitch. Mine won’t blend as beautifully, but it sure will sparkle!

Bad news received after reading a review of Darella (discontinued), indicating: “The metallic yarn was truly horrible to use, both in the embroidery and in the crochet.” I am hoping by knitting, I might be serving myself, however, I am already pulling strands, though tolerable at the moment.