Review: Shark Rocket Powerhead

Shark Rocket Powerhead review by Underground Crafter | If you're looking for a lightweight but powerful vacuum that knows how to deal with pet hair, check out the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452)!Last year, I spoke at BlogHer’15, a jumbo sized blogging conference. One of the many awesome parts of the BlogHer was visiting the exhibitors and seeing new products.



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Shark Rocket Powerhead review by Underground Crafter | If you're looking for a lightweight but powerful vacuum that knows how to deal with pet hair, check out the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452)!Although I’m not much of a housekeeper, I was immediately drawn to the demonstration of the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452). Bob, the gentleman at the Shark booth, was using it to vacuum up cat hair.

Well, with two black cats, I was definitely interested.

Shark Rocket Powerhead review by Underground Crafter | If you're looking for a lightweight but powerful vacuum that knows how to deal with pet hair, check out the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452)!I asked if I could try the Shark at home and it arrived earlier this year. Since MC is the main vacuumer in our household, he inspected it as I took it out of the box. He expressed some reservations about the bagless, quick-release dust cup and the plastic parts.

Shark Rocket Powerhead review by Underground Crafter | If you're looking for a lightweight but powerful vacuum that knows how to deal with pet hair, check out the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452)!However, soon after the Shark came home, our other vacuum started to fade quickly. We’ve been relying on the Shark for the past few months and it is remarkably sturdy. The dust cup actually works and the plastic parts haven’t broken. It definitely does the job of vacuuming up all of the cat hair and litter box “crumbs” usually found on our “cat rug” (located between two litter pans and near a scratching post).


I like that it lights up while vacuuming so you don’t have to have overhead lights on to clean up a mess. I will mention that it definitely starts moving pretty quickly once you turn it on! I also like that it has a low front so it can fit underneath chairs, tables, and cabinets. Since it only weights 9 pounds, I can handle it easily and move it out of the way as needed. It has two brushrolls (one all surface and one hard floor brushroll) but we usually keep the all-surface on.

One disadvantage is that the Shark Rocket Powerhead doesn’t have all the attachments and hoses that MC likes to use. It’s really a vacuum for the floor – it’s not something where you can clear dust off a shelf. But it does a great job at what it’s built for, it’s affordably priced, it’s compact and easy to use, and it actually does pick up that pet hair. Though I haven’t quilted in a while, I think it would also do a great job on those little thready scraps that are left after a session of rotary cutting.

Full disclosure: A free review sample was provided by Alpaytac Marketing on behalf of SharkNinja. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Free pattern: A Cold Snap Shawlette

A Cold Snap Shawlette, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This simple shawlette recipe can be customized to your preferred size (or, to use up just the right amount of yarn!). This shawlette is perfect for accessorizing, keeping you cozy when it gets suddenly cold, or protecting your neck in air conditioning. The self-patterning yarn does all the colorwork for you.I’ve mentioned before that triangular shawlettes are my favorite accessories. They can be worn loosely draped as accents or snug around your neck as scarves if it suddenly gets cold.



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And speaking of suddenly getting cold, a few months ago, I traveled to Utah for the Snap! Conference. I know that hotels often get chilly (and, it was a creative blogger conference so I felt the need to show my crafty skills!), so I brought along my It’s a Snap! Infinity Scarf sample and some yarn for my journeys. On the plane ride over, I finished up the sample for today’s free pattern, A Cold Snap Shawlette.

And, that turned out to be a good thing.

A Cold Snap Shawlette, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This simple shawlette recipe can be customized to your preferred size (or, to use up just the right amount of yarn!). This shawlette is perfect for accessorizing, keeping you cozy when it gets suddenly cold, or protecting your neck in air conditioning. The self-patterning yarn does all the colorwork for you.I was staying in one of the Little America Hotel‘s Courtside rooms. The weather during my trip was (apparently) unseasonably chilly and rainy. Each morning and late at night, I would walk (briskly!) over to the Towers in cold drizzles. I credit this shawlette with keeping me from getting sick during that trip.

This simple shawlette recipe can be customized to your preferred size. It’s perfect for accessorizing, keeping you cozy when it gets suddenly cold, or protecting your neck in air conditioning.

And, best of all, the self-patterning yarn does all the colorwork for you. I used exactly one skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. You may want to pick up two skeins just in case your stitches are a different size than mine. Or, make sure you have more than half a skein left at the midpoint.

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Yarn

A Cold Snap Shawlette

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50This simple shawlette recipe can be customized to your preferred size (or, to use up just the right amount of yarn!).

Finished Size

  • Adult. 52.5” (159 cm) wingspan x 8.5” (21.5 cm) spine after blocking.

Materials

  • Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/280 yd/247 m) – 2 skeins in 3943 Stained Glass, or approximately 280 yd (247 m) in any medium weight yarn. PLEASE NOTE: I used exactly 1 skein of yarn for this project, so if your gauge is different than mine, you may run out before finishing. That’s why I recommend getting 2 skeins just in case.

Shop for Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable at your favorite retailer! Jo-Ann | Annie’s | Amazon

  • US Size H/5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • 3 locking stitch markers or scrap yarn.

Gauge

  • 18 sts x 7.5 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet 2 sts together – (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) twice, yo and drawn through all 3 loops on hook.
  • dc5tog – double crochet 5 sts together – (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 5 times, yo and drawn through all 6 loops on hook.
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – Round
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • + Repeat instructions after plus sign as indicated.


Pattern Notes

  • Shawlette is crocheted in rows from side to side. The edging is crocheted in the round. The border is crocheted in flat in rows.
  • I used exactly 1 skein of yarn to complete this pattern, so I recommend that you buy 2 skeins just in case your stitches or gauge are a different size than mine.

Pattern Instructions

Shawlette

Increase to midpoint

  • Ch 4.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 3 ch (counts as first dc), 5 dc in next ch, place marker 1 in same ch. (6 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in next st and ea st across including t-ch.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3, dc in next st and ea st across to last st, 2 dc in t-ch. (Increase by 1 st)
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp, here and throughout), sk 1 st, dc in next st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st; rep from * across ending with last dc in t-ch.
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 3, *dc in ch-1 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp, dc in ch-1 sp, 2 dc in t-ch. (Increase by 1 st)
  • Rep Rows 2-5 30 times more, or until shawl measures approximately 31” (79 cm) from marker 1.

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Decrease to end

  • Row 6: Turn, ch 3, place marker 2 around ch 3 to mark row (as shawl point), dc in next st and ea st across.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 3, dc in next st and ea st across to last 2 sts, dc2tog in last dc and t-ch. (Decrease by 1 st)
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 4, sk 1 st, *(dc, ch 1) in next st, sk 1 st; rep from * across to last st, dc in t-ch.
  • Row 9: Turn, ch 3, dc in next st, *dc in ch-1 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across to last 2 sts, dc2tog in last ch-1 sp and t-ch. (Decrease by 1 st)
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 3, dc in next st and ea st across including t-ch.
  • Rep Rows 7-10 until 8 sts remain.
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 3, dc2tog, dc in ea of next 4 sts, sk t-ch. (6 sts)
  • Row 12: Turn, ch 2 (does not count as st), dc5tog, place marker 3. (1 st) Do not fasten off.

Edging

  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 3 sc in marked st, remove marker 3 and place marker in first of 3 sc, ch 1, turn to work along straight edge, 2 sc in side of each row across to marker 1, ch 1, 3 sc in marked st, remove marker 1 and place marker in last of 3 sc, ch 1, turn to work along angled edge, *2 sc in side of ea row** to marker 2, (2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc) in marked row, remove marker 2 and place marker in ch-3 sp, rep from * to ** across to marker 3, remove marker, join with sl st to first sc.

Border

  • Row 1: Turn to work along angled edge, ch 1, sk same st and next sc, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk next st,** sc in next st; rep from * across, ending at ** before marker 2, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in ch-3 sp, remove marker, sk next st, +ch 1, sc in next st, sk next st; rep from + across, sc in last st, sl st to marked st, remove marker, fasten off.

Finishing

© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/06/24/free-pattern-a-cold-snap-shawlette/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Guest post on Nap-Time Creations Summer Fun Series!

I’m visiting Emily over at Nap-Time Creations today with a guest post as part of her annual Summer Fun series! Follow the links to find the other posts and to learn more about the series.

Summer Fun Series on Nap-Time Creations

4 Tips for Teaching Kids to Crochet – Underground Crafter (that’s me!) on Nap-Time Creations

Glittery Ocean Bottle – My Mom Made That

Underwater Limbo – 365 Days of Crafts

Red White and Blue Bark – The Chunky Chef

Pineapple Purse – Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series.