Saturday, September 26, 2015

To the best blog friend ever...

Aloha, Lizzy.

I was trying to wait to post until I had something interesting, but there's no telling when that will be. So, here's a little bit about the little bit I'm doing.

Whenever I get to the spot I'm in and I just can't see to find the energy to work on anything, I make these:

They are knit cotton dishcloths made using one of the oldest patterns on the planet usually called some variation of, "Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth."

Anyone who claims a copyright on the pattern is delusional. The things been around forever.

Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth

Sugar and Cream yarn; Size 7 needles (US)
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: Knit 4
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row. Repeat Row 2 until you have 50 stitches on the needle.
Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle. 

Knit two together twice and pull one over the other.

Sometimes I make a loop to hang them. Most of the time I just bind off. The 50 stitches before decreasing makes sure that you don't run out of a single ball of Sugar and Cream or whatever cotton yarn you use.

I stuff these things in packages instead of tissue paper or they're a fun little "gift."

I've also done a row on the EZ sweater when I had a minute. I will admit, though, that I've lost where I am on the "pattern" so many times I've had a minute. I have no idea where I am in the pattern.

It's not the kind of pattern where you can say, "I'm on the first half of  the sleeve." So I knit on just because I can.

I'm writing in my head, knitting in my head, making a few bracelets and necklaces in my head. Very little is actually seeing the light of day. I'll keep trying, though.

Now I'm off to read the posts I'm missing on your blog, Lizzy. Thanks for caring about me.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Checking in

Hi. Hope you're having a great week.

I'm managing a row or two of knitting once in a while. The Baby Surprise Sweater is as much fun and I remembered.

My favorite line at a confusing part of the pattern?

"Work will start to look very odd, indeed, but trust me, and PRESS ON."

Her emphasis.

And you do have to trust the pattern. At this point in time, I have no idea which part of the sweater I'm knitting. I could figure it out, but where would be the fun in that.

I'm currently on row 33. (At least the way I count the rows. Ms. Zimmerman wrote in paragraphs, not numbered rows.) The pile of knitting looks like this:

Not a great photo, but you can get an idea of the blop of knitting it is.

I grabbed some yarn from Wallyworld. It's OK for acrylic, but it's still a little squeaky. I need to touch lots of blue. The stripes are more fun if the contrast is greater than these colors.

I'm going to go visit my favorite blogs while I have a minute. Hope to talk to you soon.