On the surface it does not seem like much was accomplished in terms of knitting last week, but in reality there was. I was growing weary of knitting dish and washcloths to use the cotton in my stash and was thinking about other things to make with my stash. I had recently received a copy of the monthly local Newborns in Need Chapter a couple days prior to the weekend. I wrote the person who sends out the newsletter to see if baby bibs and burp cloths would be accepted. She assured me they would. I also heard from a long time friend saying she would accept bibs and cloths for the charity with whom she is involved. This information provided the boost I needed.
I set off on a search of Ravelry for bibs and burp cloths. A few moments into my search I saw a link to a pattern by Elaine Fitzgerald, the owner of Down Cloverlaine. That was exactly the person for whose patterns I was searching. The patterns she writes are always clear, accurate and easily understood. I allowed myself the luxury of reading the past several entries of her blog before deciding to make a bib using her pattern: Rhonda’s Delight. It has always been and still is, one of my favorites because it shows off the colors in the ombre yarns in my stash. The next item I saw was Slipped Rib and Bib which is a design I had been wanting to try but could not because it was not available to the public. The pattern is now available and you can read about it in her post: Blast From the Past. I chose to knit the cloth to try out the pattern.
I am not sure which of these two patterns I like the most. Knitting the Rhonda’s Favorite Bib reminded me of visiting an old friend. My hands and needles enjoyed the feel and rhythm of the pattern. The bib turned out looking quite nice. Knitting the Slipped Rib Cloth was a bit of a knitting adventure at first. It did not take my brain or hands long to memorize the stitch pattern. Once that happened I relaxed and enjoyed the time knitting it. The pattern shows off the colors of the ombre yarn wonderfully. Each of these are destined to become part of a bib and cloth set. My conclusion is that they are equally my favorites.
May you enjoy these patterns at least as much as I do.