Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dishcloth interlude

There is peace in dishcloths. It's just a square, and it doesn't have to fit anybody, and they wear out eventually, so they don't really contribute to the detritus in the house, which I appreciate more and more every day. A pretty cotton dishcloth in bright colors makes my mornings nicer. You know what I mean.
I have figured out the solution to the pink cabled pullover, and will get back to it soon. We needed time away from each other so we could sulk and regroup. As always, thank you so much for your kind words of support for my little endeavors. That pattern is aces, and I really believe that all unraveling that must be done should be done without delay, so one can get back down to the business of getting it right. There were a few hasty photos of me trying it on (in the dark, in my pajamas) which were not fit for human eyes--but to give you an idea of how wrong I went, I'll just say this: the bust on my dressmaker's dummy is not representative of where my actual 46-year-old bust actually is, and the cables on the yoke, er, didn't land where they should. Memories of this came to mind. Anyway. Dishcloths. I chained 30 on a biggish hook and worked woven stitch (like this, only smaller) in worsted weight cotton until it was square, then put on a contrasting edging of random shells. Easy. It's a square, and if it doesn't actually end up square, nobody will care because it is for washing the dishes. Whew.

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  1. Its nice to take pleasure in the simple things, especially when they are made by our own hands. I hope you and the cabled pullover make friends again :)

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  2. I love your dishcloths! Not only are they functional, but the colors are so pretty you can leave a stack sitting right out on the counter.

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  3. Ah, the power of dishcloths! Glad that this break helped you discover how to finish your beautiful cabled sweater.

    Thank you also for the link to the crocheting stitches involved in your dishcloths. I've got a bunch of cotton yarn aroun here somewhere, and may just have to get my crochet hooks on to the stage, while some sock knitting takes a little break.

    xo

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  4. Omg! I went to the previous post that you provided a link for and, dang! I laughed myself silly! And went I got to the comment suggesting tassels? I seriously thought I would rupture a vital internal organ from laughing so hard! It's been a not so great month......and they say laughter is the best medicine so......thanks for the dose of it! By the way, the top was lovely even though the placement of the motifs was, um, unfortunate. Did you ever come up with a solution? If so, it would be nice to see what you did!

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    1. Looking back at that one still makes me chuckle, too. The comments on it were so hilarious...

      My fix was to simply add a triangle of chain-twos over the gaps at the front--it worked perfectly! :)

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  5. I agree, there is a quiet pleasure in a quick little dishcloth, and they look so cheerful in a kitchen, don't they? This is my first visit to your blog after seeing link to it in someone else's sidebar. I have enjoyed my visit here and am insanely jealous of all your snow--here in Seattle, we have had none this winter and have even been a bit hard pressed to even get some good old rain. Crazy weather, this.
    Stay safe and warm....

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  6. Oh such a shame with the sweater, I thought it looked beautifull, but if it isn't right, it isn't right. Good that you now know how to make it better:)
    I love a good cheerful dishcloth - I am also making some at the moment to tell the truth. Warming up to try and make a cardigan again. Made a cardigan recently- which went okay, but not perfect. so gotta try again.

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  7. Thank you for this post, I needed this today.
    I rarely make garments (I crochet) as couldn't bear the agony.
    After making [and re-making for the fit, sleevel length etc, four!! times] a bed jacket for dearest departed Ma in Law who oohed and aahed (and had, indeed, asked for one) and then never wore it*, I said 'blankets is the way I roll'
    Now, I am lying and am about to attempt a baby cap sleeve cardigan....simple right?
    *mysteriously it never came back to me when all her gifts came back to their givers after she passed, how quickly it went to the charity shop methinks.

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  8. Dishcloths are so funny and relaxing, you did the right thing taking a bit of time off before working on the sweater again! : ) I'm sure it'll turn out great once it's done anyway, can't wait to see it! xx

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  9. Yesterday was my first experience making wash cloths. I found some Sugar N Cream in my stash (don't remember buying it) and thought I'd see why people liked making these so much. I made three yesterday before my hands were so cramped I couldn't hold the needles. I see many more wash cloths in my future!

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  10. I found your blog a couple weeks ago and have made a point of reading the whole thing. I love your dry with and your beautiful projects! It was a great read for a little pick me up in this dreadful never-ending winter.

    Now I want to learn to quilt and it's your fault. *sigh*

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    1. Dry wit that should read. It's early.

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  11. Ha, ha you make me smile! The pink jumper makes my eyes hurt it looks so very complicated! But your composition of the dishcloths is lovely and I particularly love the budgies. I have two real ones at home and they make me smile too when they're not making a huge mess! Happy days. Bex x

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  12. ah, now yes, dishcloths I know and love! My favorite knitting! My grandmother taught me how to knit dishcloths and I've barely progressed beyond them. I'm trying to knit a hat in the round right now and I was just sort of ignoring the fact that I didn't connect every round across - I think I just turned around at the end of the round and knitted back again. sighhhhhh I hate knitting at the moment because it's SO SLOW and then I have to rip out?! what!! But your determination and pluck when you want to get your knitting right is very inspiring.

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  13. Amen! Just a square that doesn't have to fit anyone! So true.

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  14. I am sorry for the fitting of the sweater. I am a lover of dishcloths also when I just want some nice easy relaxing knitting I pull out my dishcloth project bag and begin to knit on one.

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  15. Nice dishcloths!! You're right, these simple squares are always such fun to make. I wish I would prefer dishcloths instead of dishmops, then I would crochet or knit much more of them, too ;-). Happy weekend!! Nata xxx

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