Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Very slow progress...

My progress with my knitting seems to have slowed down to a snails pace. I don't seem to have enough knitting time lately. Hope I can finish everything by Christmas.

I finished the (my first actual) Monthly Dishcloth Yahoo Group KAL last night. The cloth turned out to be a rocking horse! I thought it was going to be a sleigh, but I was so wrong. No doubt it really was mystifying:
I finished a ball band cloth and started another coordinating one. On these ones I tried doing a slip stitch the first stitch of every row to see if I could make a neater edge. I do think it is an improvement on the others I made previously.
I've been clueless as to what my Dishcloth Fun (mystery) KAL is until today. I'm not saying... in case I'm wrong, but I think I might know what it is going to turn out to be.
Yesterday while I happened to be on my regular shopping trip with a couple of added stores I found some Moda Dea Cartwheel yarn at a wonderful price. This yarn is 100% wool, thick and thin with a handspun quality. Very soft. I wasn't sure about the thick and thin parts. The thin gets really thin...almost fingering weight. I put it down. I would want to felt it, but just wasn't sure. So when in doubt I usually don't go ahead with this kind of purchase. There were so many colors to choose from, but I decided not to buy any even if it was $1.00 a skein. Bad move, because the next store I went to was Joann's and they had the exact same thing for $5.99 a skein. I came home and did a little researching and googling and found out that it does really felt well. I asked about it in a couple of forums and also asked my friends at Mason-Dixon KAL. After I got a couple of responses and found out that it is very good for felting, I quickly finished up the supper dishes and headed back out. The store is close by, only the next town over. Unfortunately they didn't have the better colors left in any real quanity. I did manage to get 20 skeins altogether, cleaning out what they had left. Maybe it's a good thing they didn't have more as I would have bought too much. Do you know what my son said to me? : "Mom, you're didn't leave any for anyone else!!":
12 Bronzeberry (photographs a little dark, but I think it will be good for what I want to do with it) :
6 Hazey:
1 Raspberries:
and 1 coral reef:
The last two single skeins I just bought because they were pretty...I'm sure I'll find a use for them. I really missed the boat on this one...I'm hoping they may get some more in later. I'll have to keep looking. In the meantime I should try it out and see how I like it. I figured out that I got about $120 dollars worth of yarn for $20.oo ...not bad. Now I can't wait to try all my new yarn out....have to wait a bit longer :(

Many thanks to Amy for wanting to help me out with a little swatch experimental felting! The knitting community is really wonderful. They are all so friendly and helpful. I am really enjoying being a part of it all :)

Well I'm happy....happy knitting to all :)


  1. Yea for you on your great yarn deal!! I think I know what the mystery cloth is too, but we will see!

  2. Hi Hakucho,
    Re: the Ballband edges. I posted my way of tidying up those edges on the "Monthly Dishcloths" group but also someone from the MDkal posted for me on this group since I'm not a blogger. It was back in late August. But if you'd like to know how I do it, then e-mail me.
    I use E.Z.'s Attached I-cord edging with a two stitch on each end edging. Anything more you want to know on it just give me a holler.

  3. I know how you feel about the slow progress this week---I've started the same dishcloth for my swap over again 3 times!! It does look like you are progressing pretty well with the stash shopping, however! LOL! Of course, that always goes MUCH quicker....

  4. I like your dishcloths - they are really nice. I haven't made a ball band one yet - but I need to sit down and do it.
    Have fun with your woolease socks!

  5. Everything looks great. And wow! what a bargain on the yarn. I have not felted with that and I can't wait to see how it turns out for you.

  6. That's quite some stash enhancment you've got there. Are you going to felt all that gorgeous yarn? Can't wait to see your projects!

  7. wow, so much yarn! it's really pretty, though! it'll be exciting to see how it felts up. ^^

  8. Cool yarn! Want to see what it looks like all felted.


  9. Heh, your son's comment made me laugh! Love the yarn - great colours & price! x

  10. Post pictures when you felt it all up- LOL at your son's comment.

  11. I can't believe you found yarn for $1!!!!!!!! I wanna go shopping with you! That's funny your son said you didn't leave any for anyone else!

  12. $1.00 is a great price! I got mine at Joanne's and paid the $5.99!!! I got the bronzeberry and it is really pretty. I'll felt my Sophie bag this weekend so cross your fingers. I love your dish cloths!

  13. wow, how lucky you are! Love your dish/wash cloths too!


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