Archive for August, 2008


Hookerbear for President


The Creative Process

The vest poll has now been closed. The vote was close, but the basket weave pattern won out. As soon as that became clear, I set out to swatch and experiment, ultimately deciding to following the schematics of the pullover sweater, changing the collar, reshaping the neck/shoulder and eliminating the sleeves. I got about 5 rows into the basket weave pattern when I realized this project was going to be extremely boring for me unless I changed things around somewhat to make the pattern a challenge for me and, with any luck,  for anyone else following the pattern.

While the basket weave pattern itself hasn’t changed…of the many I have found, the one used in the pullover and the hoodie works best for me… I have altered the sequence so as to center the pattern to accommodate a v-neck. So I started over again and 3 rows in I was still bored. What can I do?  Let’s really shake it up, this time.

Rather than working the ribbing separately from the body, the vest begins with ribbing…with a twist. Rather than standard vertical ribbing, the vest will use horizontal ribbing. The feature will be continued on the shoulder edging and along the v-neck.  So, I began again.  I started with the back, worked my ribbing with a G hook and changed to a H as I continued working the body. I got maybe 7 rows done and I realized I needed to do this completely differently.

Th vest will be worked in the round ONE piece..hooray!!!…beginning with the horizontal ribbing, on up through the body until neck and shoulder shaping will necessitate working front and back with separate yarn attachments. BUT…the only sewing required will be to attached at the shoulders.

So now I have begun in earnest. Working in the round, I have completed 9 rows of horizontal ribbing and have worked three rows of the basket weave pattern. So far, so good. My only concern is the joining point of the rows, but vigilant care should keep that from being messy. The v-neck is going to be a challenge, but, to my mind, is necessary for the vest. I don’t think a crew neck really works.

My plan is to  keep you  updated on the design process. While I am fairly certain of the direction I will follow, the exact execution is subject to trial and error. I can see the garment in my mind; God willing, my hands will achieve the goal.

As I start the process of designing this vest, I am entering foreign territory. Won’t you journey with me?




If you have difficulty placing your vote , please just email me at with your response. or simply leave a comment to this posting. Thanks.


Sweater Vest Pullover

I have recently received a number of requests for a sweater vest pullover design. I don’t have a lot of time right now, but if I am able to use one of my existing sweater designs as a starting point, I could well have something out by mid-September, just in time for Christmas stitching. Please participate in the poll I have set up at the bottom of the middle column of this page. I will attach photos of the sweaters in question below.

Thanks for your time. Based upon the reponses to the poll, I will attempt to whip something out that will be pleasing to everyone.

Click on photo for enlargement.




Basket Weave

Kilroy Sweater



Ten Things I Have Learned

10.  In a pinch, a K hook makes an adequate swizzle stick.
09.  Black is not necessarily black.
08.  The row where you do not count stitches will be the row with the mistake.
07.  “No Dye Lot” means “You’re on your own”
06.  Black is not necessarily black
05.  Gauge is a destination, not a journey.
04.  That row you just frogged will take twice as long to complete the
second time around.
03.  No matter how valiant your attempt at order, that row you just frogged will wind up in a tangled mess on the   floor.
02.  Black is not necessarily black.
01.  It is completely possible to be a hooker while remaining completely


What can I say?

I have not been faithful in keeping up with this journal. Sometimes life gets in the way of good intentions. I will get back on the ball soon with more crochet talk but, in the meantime, share a chuckle with me. I don’t often laugh out loud while surfing the ole WWW, but this is truly funny.

A woman in her fifties is at home, unclothed, happily jumping on her bed and squealing with delight. Her husband watches her for a while and asks, ‘Do you have any idea how ridiculous you look?  What’s the matter with you?’

The woman continues to bounce on the bed and says, ‘I don’t care what you think. I just came from having a mammogram and the doctor says that not only am I healthy, but I have the breasts of an 18 year-old!’

The husband replies, ‘What did he say about your 55-year old ass?’

‘Your name never came up,’ she replied.

Enjoy your weekend.

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