I’ve been in a weird knitting funk lately. I’m not knitting as much; what I am knitting I’m not really finishing; and what I am finishing, well, it doesn’t rank high on the excitement scale (“oh look: another dishcloth”*).
I did manage to finish a cable hat recently. I love the look of cable hats but I’ve not knit that many of them. Evergreen Cap was an easy knit. I did have a bit of problem with maintaining the cables through the top decreases, but I think that’s more related to my completely misplaced faith in my ability to remember my place in the pattern without marking it than the pattern itself. (This also manifests in a belief that I don’t need a grocery list because I’ll remember everything I need when I’m at the store.)
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Ok, so maybe I don’t hate ALL the knitting, but mostly, yes I do hate it right now. My niece came in my
knitting TV room and counted 15 balls of yarn I have with me. I think it’s a fair assessment that I am annoyed with about half of them right now.
I brought yarn with me to start the Cascade Knitterati Afghan. I had purchased yarn for another afghan a couple of years ago and didn’t finish it. I thought this would be a great chance to repurpose the yarn.
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It was pretty clear heading into the weekend we would likely be facing some sort of snow day on Monday. By Sunday night blizzard warnings were up and the province (at least the southern part) shut down. With that in mind, it seemed like a good chance to knock out another dishcloth.
The Knit Picks pattern this week was the very appropriate Perfectly Preppy Washcloth. As I started knitting, I came to a realization: I had never knit intarsia before. To be honest I was never completely sure that there was a difference between that and fair isle (I thought it was just a fancy-smancy word for it.) However, a quick google search later I realized it was different; I’d never knit it before; and I’d clearly be weaving in a lot more ends than I generally like (again.) (Vogue Knitting defines intarsia as a colorwork technique in which blocks of color are worked with separate balls of yarn or bobbins. The yarns are not carried across the back of the work between color changes and must be twisted around each other at each change to prevent holes in the work.)
One of the things I like about dishcloths is the opportunity to try techniques without a huge investment of time or yarn. They generally only take a few hours and any mistakes are just going to be used to wash dirty pots anyway. My transitions between colours aren’t great, but they did get better as I went along. I did discover that snow days apparently completely impede by ability to count (hence the wonky side of the heart) and my ability to rationalize how many balls of each colour I would need (the fact I need three strands of white, two pink and three blue at one point blew my mind).
All in all, not bad for a first project. It may not become my go-to for colour work, but I will be more confident should I be faced with it in the future. And after untangling yarn for what seemed like half my knitting time, I’m thinking bobbins would be a wise investment.
Pattern: Perfectly Preppy Washcloth
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie in Swan, Azure, and Begonia
Needles: Knit Picks Marblz Interchangeables US 6/4 mm
I finished another dishcloth this week from the Knit Picks Clean and Crafty collection. The Knotted Cable Dishcloth was posted two weeks ago and I was a little hesitant to start another cable project after just finishing the cable cape. However, the pattern was easy to follow and (almost) memorize. While it’s a little larger than I normally would like (23 cm/9 inch square) it knit up relatively quickly.
Overall, I liked the pattern and the finished result.
Pattern: Knotted Cables Washcloth
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie in Begonia (about 80 metres or less than half a ball)
Needles: Knitter’s Pride Marblz US 6 / 4 mm
I live under the delusion that sock and dishcloth yarn do not count as stash. And while
let’s just say there does come a point where the line of ridiculous is a long ways in the rear view mirror.
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I’ve never made it a secret that my least favourite part of knitting is the actual finishing. You know, sewing up and weaving in the ends. It’s not hard, or complicated. It’s just one of those things that it’s easier to throw in a pile and move on to actual knitting.
A couple of weekends ago, I collected up all my not-quite-finished projects. I have to admit to some shock when I saw the pile:
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