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dish cloths

Knitting For Dishes

Knitting and crochet have been part of my life for a long time and making items that can be used in the home is paramount.  One of my favorite patterns is a simply knit dish cloth.  It wasn’t until my mother in law (MIL) moved in that I realized that some stitches, while making a nice looking dish cloth, create a cloth too thick to be easily rung by aging hands.  So those, more densely stitched cloths, will be used for something other than washing dishes and I began to knit the cloths that my MIL has used in the past and are easier to wring out.   This cloth is knit on the diagonal and the pattern is simple enough that one can knit while ‘watching’ t.v., chatting with family, riding in the car (unless you get carsick).  The original can be found here. I use peaches and cream yarn and size 6 (US) needles. Cast on 4 stiches. Row 1: knit 4 stitches Row 2: knit 2, yarn over, knit remaining row.  Repeat row …

Williams sweater

Sheep & Wool Festival

If you are a yarn person, either spinner or crafter, this festival is reputed to be the bomb-diggity.  Each year Ronnie and I talk about making an appearance and, each year, that plan get’s bumped by other activities.  This year, while daughters are still home to look after Luna, we will make the pilgrimage; time has been taken off, rooms blocked off, and pennies being pinched. Even with those classes I wanted to take already full, it will be worth the ride to connect with like minded crafters and, perhaps, pick up a few tips to make my spinning a bit more consistent.  There are several family activities, for minimal fees, still available; if you are planning to attend, do not wait too long even for these activities. In the meantime, I will continue to create with commercially spun fibers from Lion brand and such.  This little beauty is for my new nephew, who will arrive in the next few months. Before some locals get their shorts in a bunch, I will add this disclaimer: I …