Monthly Archives: August 2007

Dishcloths

As some of you may know, one of my other blogs is Dish and Wash Cloth Mania. While I was sitting here this morning adding links to some of the pages and generally updating the site, I came across this article: Lots of Cloths by Cathy at Wishing I was Knitting at the Lake.

Thank you for writing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I read the article a couple of times to take in all that she says. First of all, she offers an interesting variation on an old dishcloth pattern. It sounds like an idea well worth the try. It has been added to my list of “Patterns to Try”.

Secondly, is that she expressed a lot of how I feel about making dishcloths and the arts of Knitting and Crocheting. As a teenager I secretly wanted to be an artist. On the talent end of it I was a bit short to say the least. Because of some eyesight issues, not only do I literally see the world differently than most people, but I do not have some hand/eye co-ordination skills. For me this means that I know what I want to write or draw and how I want it to look, but cannot make it happen on paper or canvas.

This is where my hooks and needles come into play. When I pick them up I can do almost anything I choose. I can change the color of a pattern. The size can be changed either by adding a border, adding or taking away a multiple of stitches, or changing the number or rows made. I can use different stitch combinations than what the original pattern suggests. Did you ever try a garter stitch top instead of a ribbed top on a pair of socks? Did you ever uses a 1×1 rib instead of a 2×2 rib in a pattern? I can also use more than one strand of yarn to make an item. Did you ever take a ‘new to you’ pattern from a stitch dictionary and use it in a scarf or dishcloth? Did you ever combine 100% cotton knitting worsted yarn with #10 crochet thread in a dishcloth? How about crocheting or knitting with large hooks or needles? Have you ever used a yarn other than that called for in a pattern? ( Be especially careful with this one. A gauge swatch could be a life saver with it. ) Have you ever tried making up a stitch pattern? Have you ever made an item using a Cro-Hook or the Tunisian stitch? These are some of the ideas that come to my mind to try.

Hats, scarves, mittens, baby bibs, afghans, doilies, dish and wash cloths and other items become unique creations when these things are done. It is amazing to see a simple scarf pattern look different by using different sizes and colors of yarn. My imagination can and does run wild with ideas. The possibilities are endless. Now all I want is more hours in my life to turn my ideas into reality.

Maybe I really am an artist.

Here it is Sunday evening already. I have not written in more than a week. Time has certainly flown. It has been good to have free time.

At the moment there are four dishcloths on my knitting needles, all in different stages of completion. Details and pictures are going to wait until I am more awake to do them justice.

Even though I knew I was scheduled to work today, I was up until the wee hours of the morning last night/this morning. The radio went on after only 3 1/2 hours of sleep. I got involved in reading web sites from other bloggers.ย  It was fun and well worth the time.

Excited

I am excited today because a major summer activity ended yesterday. This is the first day in almost two months that my mornings have been completely free. This means a lot more free time to do what I want to do.

I will be doing usual Mom jobs such as cleaning and laundry. There is now also free time for me to do some fun things for me.

Here are some of the things on my list in random order:

  • Begin serious work on my part of the gift for my friend who lost her child this summer.
  • Resume knitting a half finished pair of socks begun a couple of months ago.
  • Update the sidebar on this blog.
  • Add links to patterns on my other blog: Dish and Wash Cloth Mania.
  • Write an article two for the above blog that I have been wanting to do for a while.
  • Update the sidebar of that blog.
  • Organize recently printed out patterns by placing them in notebooks with protective covers.
  • Catch up on dish and wash cloths from a couple of KAL’s to which I belong.
  • Knit at least one dish or wash cloth pattern a week I have not tried before.
  • Finish some scarves that are partly done.
  • Take some time to learn HTML and CSS.
  • Finish reading a book a friend loaned me a few months ago.
  • Update the Bookmarks file on this computer.
  • Catch up on email.

That is enough to keep me busy for a while in between work, exercising, homeschooling and other Mom/Wife jobs.

The hard part will be remembering that I am only one person and that everything does not have to be done at once.

Finished with Squares

The last of the loose ends on the squares for the Rebuilding Greensburg Project have been woven in! My husband spent his share of time sitting at the kitchen table keeping me company while they were being done. It made the task much easier. He such a sweet heart. ๐Ÿ™‚ They will go out in the mail in the next day or so to their next stop on their journey to those who need them.

I look forward to seeing the afghans that are made from all of the squares which have been made for this.

Squares and Loose Ends

I stopped making squares for the Rebuilding Greensburg Project a few days ago with the exception of one last square that remains on the needles. It is not quite half finished but will be done in plenty of time to go into the box being sent out very early this week.

Much of my free time today has been spent weaving in loose ends on theres of the squares. It does not matter if the item is small or large, knitted or crocheted. I do not like weaving in loose ends. My dislike is so bad that doing this chore is put off as long as possible. Every time I start a project, I promise myself to weave them in as I go, but I never do. This time there was a good reason. Between work and treatment for a medical condition my days have been super full in the past couple of months. It has taken planning a reasonable amount of organization to make the squares. My original plan was to take time on my days off to weave in the ends. Life did not work out to allow it. Details such as parenting, laundry and other Mom jobs have taken priority. Time is running out and I am in a real time crunch to finish this project. My family is being very understanding about it. They are not objecting to the attention I am giving to the squares this weekend. Actually they are most likely grateful that the box of squares in the kitchen will be out of the way soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s back to the squares for now.

More Squares

I have been steadily making more squares for the Rebuilding Greensburg Project this week. The requested final dateย  of August 10th for mailing them if you are in the United States is fast approaching. I wonder if I will get squares made from all of the yarn I chose for this project used by that date. There is only a little bit left.ย  The problem is that there is so much to do and so little time to do it.

I will be back once the squares and other items are mailed. Until then may all of you who read this have a Blessed week.