First floor: telephones, gents' ready-made suits.
Shirts, socks, ties, hats, underwear and shoes.
Going up!

You may be wondering about the URL - I know that's always the first place I look - since the other pages have more intuitive naming. It's just that, late at night, I couldn't abbreviate "Accessories" and have it not look like "access". That'd sound like administrivia, and we'll have none of that foolishness here.

Instead, I named the folder in honor of Mrs. Slocombe, of "Are You Being Served".  She and Miss Brahms worked in Ladies' Intimate Apparel, so before my literary license expires I'll exercise it once more for this.

On this page:


Bean Bag

There's only one, actually :> but it's a triple-threat.

Our household has been getting the Bean catalog since before I was born, and on most days I'm wearing at least 2 Bean pieces (outside, in winter, add the snow sneakers and the parka).

So... I had an insane idea, and fueled by Jef's enthusiasm, here it is:

Done in Cascade 220, held double. The bottom and straps are seed stitch; stockinette for the rest, with a row of single crochet at the top edge. The triangle on the sides is duplicate-stitched because the bag was done in the round.

What they say about 220 is true. It felts really well - and it takes a long time to do so! I put the swatch through 3 cycles of agitation-&-partial-spin; I'm pretty sure the bag itself got 4 cycles, and I'm not convinced it couldn't have benefited from another. Apologies for the image quality - the peach is thanks to incandescent lighting. The actual green is almost a perfect match to Bean's logo color. It ran slightly in the felting, but at least the aran yarn was evenly discolored.


Unfelted, bag: 36" circumference x 14½" tall. Base: 16" wide x 6½" deep (I thought the seed stitch would shrink more...).

Felted, bag: 34" circumference x 11" tall. Base: too big :> I'm calling that a design feature. Helps the bag stay upright.

I'm a little too proud, because it represents three firsts for me. I've used a provisional cast-on before, but I finally got the clue about how easy "invisible" [a/k/a "open"] cast-on is, so the base was my guinea pig. I'd never done anything remotely associated with crocheting, so the sc edging was a very big deal for me. And I'd never felted anything.

Polly, the recipient, was delighted - and had to be convinced, via ball band & custom label, that I hadn't bought it. {{{preen!}}}


Hunter Mitts

I have no idea who has these now! I think they're my first set, and the search is underway for my notes, which include several doodles to help undo the brain cramps (visualizing how to connect the flippin' mitten-top). Stay tuned.


Someday I will make one of these for MYSELF. To clear up any misunderstandings, it's not a
snow tire for Raggedy Ann's Humvee. It's a wide, warm headband, in Reynolds' Candide.

                      Dragon's Tooth earwarmer

Hamburger Hat a Jo-Ann's yarn (I know!).

In my defense, Sensations Cosetta is 68% wool. The rest is nylon, explaining the pretty glints.

Variegated yarn always looks so luscious in the hank or skein, but when it does its stripey thing knitted up horizontally, I lose all interest. I don't even wear those colors, but the yarn spoke to me and I had to pick it up. It was perfect for my sister-in-law Mary, who has gorgeous auburn hair.

To minimize the stripiness, I held the yarn double for a simple watch cap. Since Mary has thick hair, I knit for a 22" head measurement. (It fits! She loves it! It goes with her new coat!)

When I asked Jef to try it on, it fit him perfectly, so he got a hamburger hat too. (As I knit, the piles of yarn looked disturbingly like day-old ground beef.)

   Quail Man Hat   

Everybody knows Quail Man doesn't wear a hat, but after having knit the Quail Man vest, I had yarn left over. And Alex loves hats, and I don't especially love olive green. So I had fun doing a 5-pointed crown. And I think Quail Man's belt would fit just fine around it. :-}

Alex and I finally figured it out. Reverse psychology works on Lion Brand Homespun! If you want a hat, just begin a sweater:

   watch cap

     Masochism Lace cap

The full story on this has to do with Alex, who--in the wee hours, crazed by finals during a May heat wave--got a buddy to make her annoying hot hair GO AWAY.

I loved it! Her grandmother, on the other hand, was not so favorably impressed, and Alex realized that a feminine chemo-cap sort of affair would make the buzz cut a little easier to take, for certain people.

I made this for her almost immediately. Almost immediately, because I thought she needed a Hallowig or two.

As you can see, Alex's hair had grown by the time she and the cap got together with a camera. My gauge was probably a little tight, but when she had ½-inch hair, it fit much better.

The SSKs used throughout the pattern prompted the "masochism lace" nickname. I realized, halfway through, that this cap (see the pattern here) could just as easily have been made with K2togs. Was it that crucial for the spiral to go widdershins? :-D


Sue's scarf

SIL Sue is blonde with HUGE blue eyes.

The scarf is about 72" x 8", 261 stitches knit sideways, and the second edging was knit
separately & grafted on.

Wait, did you catch that? Kitchener. 261 stitches. On each side! The darning needle
goes through each stitch twice: 1044 passes per scarf.

Cindy's Edgar

The next one was a pattern that knocked me out. Okay, so I
don't have Kureyon, but I wanted to see what the Cosetta would do -
single-strand this time, on large needles to keep it soft.


I don't know how SIL Cindy will like it, but she has blonde hair, so I'm hoping she has a camel coat...


I'd need to blare Transylvanian organ music before showing you these in color - they were done in
Fiesta's Mexican Wave, color 06 (Blue Rush). The socks are gorgeous in person, but the scanner
turned a lively green to olive and chartreuse to mustard: not a pretty sight. The real color range
is chartreuse/grass/turquoise/grape/claret. The color band positioning differs on each sock, too....

   Butterfly Wings

It's the Butterfly Wings pattern from Cast On magazine, Winter/Spring '01. I have hopes for a
sweater on the bias in this stuff. I love Mexican Wave, but I haven't figured out its space dyeing yet.

Still on the scanner, but back to living (and lived-in) color: the first socks I ever made. They're Wool-Ease Sportweight, nine years old and still going strong.

The recipient requested handknit "crazy socks" a week before her birthday, and I made deadline.

   Crazy Socks  (from Socks, Socks, Socks)

Oh, all right, here are the Transylvanian Scanner socks.

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