Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Waffles are good for breakfast AND doing the dishes!

Just finished another dishtowel. I based this towel on the Waffle Knit Dishcloth by Homespun Living. Ever since I saw this cloth on Cat's blog...I knew it was just waiting to be turned into a dishtowel.

My striped millend yarn didn't quite behave they way I would have liked it to...but I guess it looks fine for a dishtowel.
Here's a closeup of the pattern stitch, perfect for a towel.
It even looks good on the wrong side!
Does anyone know what this is used for? I found in with some of my mother's knitting stuff. I don't have a clue what it is :)
Look what Melanie gave to me:
Here is a list of my inspiration, all of my knitting blogging friends who make my day happy when I read their blogs and all the wonderful comments they leave for me. I bestow upon each and everyone of you this award:
Melanie - lil knit of this & that
Cat - Cat's Crafty Corner
Opal - The Akamai Knitter
Ang - Angelarae Knits
Ann - Auntie Ann Knits
Nora - Black Dog Knits
Amy - Bumpy Doink
Deborah - Deborah's Daily Dilemmas
Becky - Episode 1: In which she knits and plays harmonica
Toni - Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains
Marie - Homestead Lutheran Academy
Jeanne - Jeanne Knits
Jennifer - Knit Wit Girly
Deb - Knottykitty Knits
Rhoda - Left-handed Knitting in the World of Right-Handers
Lindy - Made By Lindy
Missy - Missy's Knitting/Crafting Mess
Monica - Monica Knits ...A LOT!!
Ren -Ren Knits ^^
Allison - Res Ipsa Knit With Her
Marie - smariek knits
Monika - Smoking Hot Needles
Christina - The Wonderful World of Teenuh
Melody - Knitphomaniacs
Rohanknitter-Weathertop Farm
Janice -Willow Way Knitting
Rachel -Yarn Over
Sophia - Yarn over Manhattan

This list is just the tip of the iceberg...I could go on and on for days if I tried to list everyone who inspires me. Thank you Melanie for giving me such a wonderful award :)

Here are the rules:
Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Monkey See, Monkey Do

I just finished my very first pair of monkey socks! After seeing too numerous to count examples of other knitting bloggers' renditions of monkey socks, I knew I had to give this pattern a try. Knitting my beautiful sock yarn from Jeanne was a joy. I love this wonderful pattern and now I know why so many others love it, too :)

They fit me perfectly! They are so soft and comfortable. I really enjoyed knitting with this fabulous yarn from Yarn Chef. I know I'll be knitting more of these socks in the future. The pattern was very easy to follow.
If I had know I'd have so much yarn left over, I would have definitely knit them a little longer. Oh, well, now I know....I also finished my DW towel using the DW cloth pattern x 6:
Fit's very nicely next to my sink. I'll enjoy doing my dishes and draining them on this towel. I'm sure it will be very absorbent.Lots of the striped yarn left over. Hope I can make another towel with what's left over. Not to bore you, but I finally finished another one of my big plastic bags:Way back in October my youngest son "T" helped me cut and link the plastic bags into yarn, so when he had the idea of using the blue (my last) Walmart bags on the bottom, I couldn't say no. This one is my fifth bag. The four bags that I previously made have been working out great. I take them with me to the supermarket and my only complaint is that they hold too much. By the time the clerk is finished filling the bags I can hardly lift them; they are just too heavy.

I have one more knitting project in the works - a prayer shawl. I can't even remember when I started it, so I guess I should try and finish it. Then what to knit next?...guess I have to put my thinking cap on :)

happy knitting everyone :)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Here comes the "Felted Clogs Gang"

Well, the felted clogs (Fiber Trends Pattern) are are finally finished! They dried in just under a week, six days to be exact. I attribute the relatively short drying time to the fact that it was a very cold week and our gas (heating) stove (fireplace) in our family room was turned up higher than usual. Friday and Saturday I sewed on non-skid soles on each and every one. I'll never make four pairs again at one time! I was just about going out of my mind with the sewing. I'm a knitter not a sewer. My youngest son (T) did give me a complement though without meaning to...he said..."Gee Mom I can't even see the stitches! You can't even tell they were sewn on." Here is the gang modeling their slippers, some willingly pulled up their pant legs, one in particular refused.
K's finished felted clogs

N's finished felted clogs

J's finished felted clogs - wins prize "most unwilling participant"

T's finished felted clogs

If you're interested in seeing closeups of the clogs, including their non-skid soles I've posted the pictures in my ravelry notebook. There you can see all the flaws. I'm just happy they fit everyone and they're wearable. It will be a LONG LONG time before I even think of knitting another pair of felted clogs!

Now on to bigger (maybe smaller) and better things.....happy knitting :)