Not Your Plain Ol’ Cotton Dish/Wash cloths!

EDIT: The original cloth pattern was for a washcloth.  The cotton I used is soft enough for that, but I was thinking dishcloth when I made them.  Multi-use! (Although I would suggest picking one or the other)

When I’m planning a trip, one of the biggest challenges I come up against is “which projects to bring along?”

Notice I said “Projects” not “project” because one will simply not do!  I like to think I’m a pretty focused individual but when it comes to my yarn projects, I need to have a variety of things on the go.  Often, I find myself bouncing back and forth between two or three of them in an evening.

So, going away for a week…or even just three days as we did this past weekend, brings with it some hard decision making. 😉

We got back late last night from a weekend away visiting family.  Three days isn’t all that long, so I tried to pack light.  Amanda-lite, which is very different than all other people’s version of “lite”.  Just ask B.  He’ll tell you.

So, I pack a couple of ongoing projects: a Stephen West shawl that has been in progress for quite some time, a version of Hélène Magnusson’s Spring Shawl that continues to be in progress (even though it came all the way with me to Iceland where I learned much about knitting it, and yet didn’t get much actual knitting done on it!), and a couple of balls of cotton yarn.

The cotton yarn was for dish/wash cloths.

Simple, square-shaped, purl/knit, mindless knitting.  Sometimes, that’s what you need.

Sometimes, you have to put down the complicated “**knit 381, wrap twice, knit 63, K2TOG, YO, YO, SSK, purl 145, do a little dance, don’t pull all your hair out, repeat**” fibre project and pick up the “knit across, turn, purl, turn, sigh with relief” project.

Dish/wash cloths are that.  Little sighs of relief amongst the GRRRRRR. (Granted, if you’re GRRRRing all the time while working on fibre arts projects…that isn’t good either.  Just saying.)

So I brought a couple balls of cotton and made two cloths.

The first was from a simple online pattern.

Dragonfly Dishcloth

I like how it turned out.  Lovely little dragonfly, all created with knit/purl stitches and little to no GRRRness. 🙂

As I approached my second one, I decided that I wanted to create a Goddess pattern.  I googled images of Goddesses and found a couple that I thought would work.  Then, I had to spend some time on Photoshop to create a chart.

Okay, so there was a wee bit more frustration in this particular process. 😉

BUT…it turned out awesome in the end!

Goddess Dishcloth

She’s a little taller than I had planned so the cloth is a bit more rectangular but still lovely and useful!

I have had a few people ask about the Goddess pattern.  I have a really rough paper chart with scribbles and erase marks on hand.  I just need to find some time to sit down and create a proper chart on my computer.

Until then, I already have other ideas in mind for dish & wash cloths.  Going to hold onto them for those in-between days when I need a sigh of relief. *wink*

Accessories, Clothing, Crochet

A wrap, a cowl, a scarf, a hood…Couldn’t decide. So I made them all…

This week has been amazing!  And humbling.

And absolutely chock FULL of crochet and knitting!

Last week I kicked off a Facebook campaign for Stitch Noir.  I didn’t know if it would make much of a difference but I figured it couldn’t hurt.

In the last 6 days, my page likes have tripled!  Very unexpected and humbling.  So many nice comments, not to mention people sharing my photos and my albums.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect such a reaction!

If nothing else, it has inspired me to keep working on patterns.  Altering them and making them my own.  I discovered some software that allows me to create crochet charts so I have been trying to learn the ins and outs…plus I have been trying to create stock for my Etsy store….but although I have SO many ideas, I only have two hands and sadly only 24 hours in a day.

Next up, we are headed up to the family farm for around a week.  Cows, pigs, chickens, horses and SHEEP! My plan is to use up every sunny day sitting out on a hay bale, scratching the ears of Claire (the lamb who loves scritches! 🙂 and crocheting.  Well, perhaps I’ll also find time to take out my bicycle!

I’m pretty certain I’ll also find time to take pictures.

For now, I’ll leave you with the gallery below.  This is the project I completed today: A Skull Cowl that is multi-talented and can be used as a hood, a cowl and a scarf 🙂  This pattern has received quite a bit of attention on FB.  It is meant to be a multi-tasking accessory…thus the description in my shop:

“Imagine an air conditioned theatre. It’s not cold outside so your shoulders are bare, but inside….well BRRRR! If you’re wearing this lovely cowl around your neck, you simply pull it down over your shoulders. 

Driving when it’s chilly outside…but driving with a bulky jacket on is annoying…throw the coat in the back and pull your skull cowl down over your arms. 🙂

Unexpected precipitation? Pull this lovely cowl up over your head and you have a lovely hood!

I love this piece. Dressy or casual…can be made with or without a skull. Perfect for those moments when you’re chilled but aren’t going to put on a bunch of layers!”

It’s a pretty straightforward pattern to create and credit must be given to both Kungen O. Majkis for the skull inspiration and Lorene Haythorn Eppolite for the Zola cowl pattern.

I’m pleased with how it turned out and already have another three planned and yarn purchased for each.

Back to limited number of hands and hours in a day.  So frustrating! 😉