Getting Somewhere

Seems as though knitterly minds really do think alike.

When I really need to knit something and can’t get things to work out just so-or run out of yarn for a particular project (how one even does that with such a huge stash in the first place, I’ll never know),  I knit dish cloths.  Gracie seems to do the same thing. 🙂  Usually, I knit them for my mil.  She gets a new set about every season on average.  But, seeing as how we are just getting comfortable with the move back, I figured, I may need some myself.  Besides, moving back is almost like getting a brand new kitchen, right? Lol.

I think right after color, texture would be my next love of my crafting life.

I should probably knit maybe two or three more and then I’ll feel like I have enough to start fresh with.  But these colors go well with the kitchen, I think.  I have some purple mercerized cotton for a table runner as well.  And I have more yarn for my pillow form out in the sun room I had started from the last post.  I’m thinking that should be done by next weekend.  So, that’s a good start on some home knits.

After, I knit the dishcloths, I knit a swatch for my socks out of the most recent handspun.

I really couldn’t help this photo…I just liked it, lol. Tells  you nothing about the swatch though. LOL!

Ahem. Here’s a better pic of that. 🙂

I love how the colors of this swatch worked up!  I couldn’t wait to start on the socks, so I rummaged through my stash to come up with something I could accept for a contrasting yarn.  I found a pale orange that is repeated a little in the yarn. By the end of the day, I came up with almost a whole sock.

I figure I’ll get this sock knit before bedtime and I can start the next one tomorrow.  I can be walking in a new pair of socks before next weekend! Yes, they are wool.  No worries though.  Delawareans blast air conditioners as if they wish it were winter time, lol. 

Whew! Catastrophe averted! 🙂

Comments

  1. Lovely dishcloths and beautiful socks! Glad to hear the catastrophe was averted!

  2. Gorgeous sock!!!! I love it! The colors, the striping, everything… (And your dishcloths are darling too!) So Stacey, what sock pattern would you recommend for me – I have never knitted socks before, and I desperately need something simple. 🙂 Help!

  3. Thanks Sosae! I think it’s pretty cute too. It’s going to be another fraternal pair and I have some clear slip on shoes I want to wear them with to show off my quirky side, lol! Socks are pretty simple to knit though, so no worries. Socks were one of my first knitting projects! Once you have made a few pair, you can do it kind of by memory. For a basic sock, you need to know a stretchy cast-on, your ankle measurement and a few techniques like short rows, picking up stitches and Kitchener stitch. That’s it! This is a good tutorial to get started with, I think.

    http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/FEATsocks101.html

  4. The socks look great – I love the colours even more when knitted up! 😀
    I also love the dishcloths (although I have to admit, I am still a bit confused, because I would never use a woolen cloth for doing the dishes …) – where did you get the pattern?

    Love
    Julia 🙂

    • Thank you! 🙂 The yarn is kitchen cotton though..the socks are wool, lol! I’m just saying wearing wool socks in the summertime might be strange until you walk into the buildings around here. There like freezers!

      The patterns for the dishcloths come from a book called More Than A Dozen Dishcloths by Lisa Carnahan. They’re really beautiful and so are the photos. 🙂

  5. Terrific designs for both the dish cloths and socks! I love your taste in colors 🙂

  6. Craftie Allie says:

    I knew those socks would be gorgeous!!

    I worked on dishcloths this weekend, as well. It was supposed to be a “knitting break” but I made my hands cramp from it haha.

  7. daisiejane says:

    That is lovely yarn and a gorgeous sock!

  8. I know you’re feeling a huge sigh of relief! Those dishclothes are gorgeous and so is that very colorful wool sock. On a side note: Here I am in NC making sure that my AC doesn’t go below 78 and now I hear Delawarians are blasting it. lol I can take the heat. 🙂

    • Yes!! I wish I were in NC. My in-laws live there and they say it’s always warm. Lucky ducks! LOL! I am a summer girl, for sure!

      Yes, I am a bit relieved I could find something to knit without driving myself crazy!

  9. grayseasaylor says:

    Stacey…you are such a sweetie, and SO gifted! You really do inspire me to learn to spin better and pick yarn colors better and knit socks better so that I can follow your beautiful example. [Your feet in those socks should garner high praise!]
    You also inspire me to dare to try some new patterns in making dishcloths…maybe a basket weave first.
    Thanks so much for posting! I look forward to reading each post you post 🙂
    Gracie ❤
    ps I know it will be hard for you to believe but I am sitting here in socks, slacks, turtleneck and sweater, with a flannel blanket thrown over me, typing to you. I do not have the air-conditioner on.
    I am thinking of turning the heater on. I just finished a hot cup of coffee with almond milk and now I am going to have a cup of tea…Hmmmmm… Summer? 🙂

    • Thanks Gracie! These are very kind words and I’m blushing. 🙂 I always feel like I never really have anything of great importance to say. But, I have fun blogging, so I do it anyway, lol!

      Coffee sounds yummy. I have been dreaming of some coffee ice cream!!! I wonder if my hips can take it…

  10. I love those cheerful colors in the sock! Dishcloths are like candy to a knitter and I love how well the kitchen cottons hold up.

  11. I suppose knitting dishcloths is one way that I could practice my knitting skills. I love, love, love the color of those socks!

    • Oh yeah! Dishcloths are simple and very useful. Cotton is unforgiving though. It doesn’t have the bounce-back quality of wool. Some like that and some don’t. I try to use smaller needles than I usually would though so that if there are any imperfections in the stitch sizes, they’re pretty much minimized.

  12. flowerpotdesigns says:

    you know, I’ve never knit dish cloths before. Hum… I might have to change that after seeing yours!

    • I think they’re really quick and good ways to get over a knitting slump or even try a new stitch pattern. Plus, who couldn’t use another dishcloth, right? 😉

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