Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A lot of small finished things.

Okay, so I'll admit it, I've been gearing up for the Dishcloth KAL. Big time. I've had so many people sign up that it's almost crazy. So when I found out that two friends of mine were holding an apartment-warming party in three days, I knew the only appropriate thing I could knit in time was, well, dishcloths.

These are the three I whipped up for them in as many days. From the top we have the Garterlac Dishcloth, the Petal Cloth, and the Bubble Wrap Dishcloth. The yarn is Lion Cotton in salt & pepper. When they got them, it was rather funny; they weren't sure if they were potholders, coasters, or what; although trying to balance a bottle of Smirnoff on the Bubble Wrap cloth proved amusing!

I also had a friend request blue dishcloths because she liked my first couple. I've only finished another Garterlac for her out of pool blue Sugar 'n' Cream Ombre:

I've got to finish one more and make a hat for her, as well; this friend is Claire, the recipient of the green knucks and scarf. She loved them, and I decided that I'd make her a hat out of the scrap Silky Wool left from her knucks and Steve's; problem is, I can't find the black 2/3 ball of Silky Wool ANYWHERE.

I also made one more just for me:

This is the Lacy Mock Cable cloth, which incidentally, I think, looks much better in a solid color. Oh well.

Amusingly enough, my mom has caught the dishcloth bug and made some for herself as well.

In non-dishcloth FOs, we have a third pair of knucks! These ones are mine, all mine! I made them out of Atacama Alpaca in this awesomely obnoxious bubblegum pink hand-dye. So delicious. So soft. No embroidery seems right on them, either.

And finally, I made a bag for my friend's birthday back in May, and submitted the pattern to Magknits. The editor magically started ignoring me, so I'll take it it was rejected without giving me the courtsey to say so:

You'd actually be pretty surprised how well grommits and a chain work as purse handles/closure. I quite liked the look, myself... I don't think Lisa hates it, either.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fiber fest & Finished object

So I had a pretty neat weekend; I went to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan. New experience, as I've never been to one before.

What have we here?

A massive ball of hot pink and black roving, and a drop spindle. I'm trying to learn, but I seem to be pretty klutzy with the thing. Any tips? I'm new to this spinning thing.

Just in case I hate it, I have backup: two balls of wool from a vendor called Lamb Lane, in hot pink and green (green for my mom). They're 400 yards each, sport-ish weight, and were only $6 each!

Also we have 200 yards of a 50/50 wool/silk blend that feels like butter! I'm picturing a nice lacy scarf ALL FOR ME.

Yeah, I'd say I was actually pretty good and didn't buy all that much.

This is my clapotis, out of my birthday gift yarn, seven balls of Noro Silk Garden #205. I know everyone and their mother has made one, and I felt sort of like a sellout doing one, but I really like how it turned out.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Now I've done it...

Okay all.

The dishcloth KAL is here.

Join and be merry. *Smacks head*

Monday, August 07, 2006

Dishcloth fanatic?

I blame Mason Dixon Knitting. I got that darn book in a swap, and I love looking through it at all the amazing, beautiful home decor that I don't really have a home to put in.

Enter my Clapotis. I'm in the infamous third section, which is literally miles and miles of stockinette stitch. I want a distraction. I was at Joann with my mom, and on a whim, I buy a brightly-colored ball of Lily Sugar 'n' Cream. Summer Splash is the color.

I decide to make a dishcloth out of Mason Dixon Knitting. My grandmother knits nothing but dishcloths, saying that she doesn't want to tackle anything larger. I can now see why; after all, I've now finished two in as many days, and they are just so darn easy! My ball of Sugar 'n' cream is down to a tiny, sad little ball, probably to be used with the other eight balls of dishcloth cotton I ordered from Joann. *Smacks head*

That's the Mason Dixon Knitting one, and even though it looks sort of small, this is the size it seriously said to make it. It's also pre-use.

This one is from the Dishcloth Boutique site. I think there were a couple of mistakes in the pattern (Double Diamond one), but I trudged my way through it...

Oh, I'm using them as washcloths in the shower, as opposed to dishcloths. They feel nice to me.

Now there are visions of washcloth knit alongs dancing through my head... I need to do something with the cotton I just ordered!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

In other news...

Claire got her gifts in the mail, and left me a voice mail to inform me that she loved them. I really like the fact that she mentioned that even though it's like 100 out, she was still wearing them just because she could.

Way cool. (Way hot?)

Just one more project to finish before I can order more yarn.