Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Squidge Cloth from Leftover Yarns

I had some leftover yarn from the Eloomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth, but there wasn't enough leftover to make another dishcloth, but there was too much yarn to just throw away. 

I don't know why this is, but when you buy solid colored yarn, you get more for your money.  The Sugar 'n Cream Cotton in the solid colors will be 3 ozs., but when you buy the yarn in the variegated colors or what is called the "ombre" colors, it will only be 2 ozs.  They charge you full price for both yarns.  What's up with that?

So anyway, instead of picking up one of my many WIPs, I CO another dishcloth.  I had some yellow cotton yarn in my stash that I thought would compliment the yarn that I had leftover from the Eloomanator dishcloth, and I knitted up The Squidge Cloth.  It's a very easy and fun pattern to do. I used US size 6 needles for this cloth.  It's very squishy and textured, just right for washing dishes and wiping off the table and counters.

I didn't weave in the end of the ombre colored yarn, so you could see that I used all of about 10 inches of it.  Now, I have two Autumn themed dishcloths for my kitchen.  

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Labor Day 2011 Knitting

Usually I have some friends and family over to our house for a cook-out on Labor Day.  This year, however, our family was invited to another friend's house, which I was happy to accept.  I'm never one to show up empty-handed with food or knitting, so I took macaroni salad and some knitting needles and some cotton yarn.

During one of my shopping visits to Michael's Arts and Crafts, I had picked a couple of skeins of Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn.

I knitted up a dishcloth in my favorite style and pattern.

It's called Eloomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth.  The link opens to a PDF.

I like to knit this, because the pattern is so easy, sort of mindless knitting and the pattern is so interesting at the same time.  The original pattern calls for size (US) 6 needles and to do the increases until 55 sts. are reached or an odd # of sts.  I used size (US) 8 and I did the increases until I reached 47 sts.  The color is called "Flower Power", but these colors reminded my daughter and me of the colors of Autumn.

Now, I have to get back to my many projects that need to get done soon.

My Fair Isle Hat (Selbu Modern)