Whole Lotta Knitting Going On…

Greetings, yarny people! I have been knitting a lot lately. Finishing Carolyn’s Shawl was good for my knitting mojo, and I have been busy since. I have started and restarted it, but I think I am on a roll now:

Color Affection Shawl

Color Affection Shawl

Mine will be dark purple, dark lime green and dark blue. For some reason I always have trouble getting started with this pattern even though it is simple garter stitch and basic increases, but I think I am on a roll now. I had hoped to be on the second color this weekend but I am a little behind. I’m hoping that will happen before the end of the week.

I’ve also been working on some colorful dishcloths:

colorful dishcloths in progress

colorful dishcloths in progress

I have some dishcloth cotton in lots of bright, solid colors, and my intention was to make a pile of solid-colored cloths to represent the rainbow. But, when I pulled out my pink one, it was faded from the sun, so I only had enough yarn in that color to make part of a dishcoth. I used some rainbow colored yarn with it. So, now, my plan is to make each cloth with a random bit of rainbow yarn mixed in somewhere. I think it will work!

I have made a pact with myself to knit every day. It felt SO good to actually finish a project that I really would like to do it more often! So I need to make sure I get at least some knitting done each day, so that I keep moving forward.

So, this will be, for me at least, the summer of knitting. A lot.

Rockin’ the Dishcloth

Start of my little dishcloth

Start of my little dishcloth

I gotta make a dishcloth. I love these little babies in concept, really I do. I have tons of dishcloth cotton that would speak to my love of such things. But really? I don’t like them. Well, it’s not the dishcloth’s fault. It’s the yarn. I hate the yarn. I really do. it feels awful to knit and makes my arms and shoulders hurt. So why do I do it? Who wouldn’t love those COLORS? That’s why.

The pattern I’m using is a version of the famous Ballband Cloth, the Reversible Ballband Dishcloth (Ravelry link), by Elizabeth Warner of Gorlitsa Knits. It’s sorta reversible, as reversible patterns go, in that it has slipped stitches on both sides of the cloth. It’s sort of interesting. Next time, when I have a little more done, I’ll snap a photo of the back so you can see.

For now, though, I’m busy knitting. I’m trying to get this baby done by May 14. Wish me luck! Maryland Sheep and Wool is this weekend, so I kinda doubt that lots of actual knitting will get done that weekend. So, we’ll see… Wish me luck!

Running Stitch

Dear Annette,

This blog post is for you. I recently shared with you the pattern, The Trouble with Tribbles, which is a round dishcloth. I knew you’d think it was fun. When it came to the end of the pattern though, we both got confused on how to actually create the circle shape. Guess what? I figured it out. So here goes.

The patten says to sew the two diagonal ends together. And then use the end tail to do a running stitch around the side edge, and the cast-on tail to do a running stitch on the other side edge. I enlarged the photo on the site so I could see what was happening. Basically, the running stitch creates a drawstring effect.

Thread your darning needle with the tail yarn, and “run the needle through” about every other stitch along the side seam, several stitches at a time. So that has the effect of letting the yarn go loosely over and under, over and under. Don’t pull it tight as you’re drawing the thread through. Wait and do that after you’ve caught the whole side edge. Then when you pull it tight the thread sort of acts like a drawstring.

Does that make sense? Let me know. Otherwise I can show you how to do it when I’m in the office on Monday. You know me, I’m the geeky knitting lady, so of course I always have darning needles on me.

See you then!