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Friday, September 29, 2006

Asherton Hat (pink)





Here are some pictures of the pink Asherton hat, modelled by the lovely Pooh bear.



Here is a picture of the red Asherton hat next pink Asherton hat, so you can see the difference in length between the two decreases.

You can find the pattern for the red Asherton hat here :
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/09/asherton-hat.html

The pink asherton hat is essentially the same, except that the 5 knit rounds in the decrease section were omited.

You can find the pattern for the toddler Asherton hat here :
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/10/asherton-hat-for-toddler.html

Check out the Asherton Scarf, if you want something to match the hat. :-)
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/09/asherton-reversible-scarf.html

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Asherton Hat


Ok, I finally got around to transcribing the pattern from my scribbled notes. This is based on the same pattern as the Asherton Reversible Scarf. Sorry the picture above and the 2 pictures below don't come out very well. It's just like taking a picture of my other red hat (chemo hat #3). There's something funky about trying to take pictures of something red, I just can't get it to work out with my camera! Sigh...

You can see a better picture of the red hat, plus the slightly smaller pink version here:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/09/asherton-hat-pink.html

Most store bought hats labeled "small" are a bit loose on me. This hat is a little large on me so I would call this a ladies small/medium. If I were making this hat for myself, I would skip the 5 knit rounds in the decrease (viz. decrease rounds 1, 2, 4, 6, & 8), as this makes a shorter hat that fits my head perfectly. I added the extra knit rounds in the pattern to make the hat longer as I always believe that it is better to err on the side of a longer hat whose brim can be rolled up, rather than a shorter hat which will never stay put or keep you warm. I have a shorter version in pink, you can see pictures of it here : http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/09/asherton-hat-pink.html

Well, since I botched the hat I was making for my 18 month little girl, I am redid her hat with this Asherton hat pattern instead of the watch cap pattern I was working on for her. Her version of the Asherton hat was made with Cleckheaton Country 8-Ply DK superwash wool. You can see a picture of the toddler Asherton Hat & pattern here : http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/10/asherton-hat-for-toddler.html

This is the first hat for the next round of chemo hats collected for donation to the UCSF Medical Center.

Stitches used for this hat include:
Knit-Two Purl-Two Ribbing, BW1 pg 39
Moss Diamond and Lozenge Pattern, BW2 pg 17

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Asherton Hat pattern:
Asherton Hat Pattern from box.net (no registration required, just click on link & save file)





I hope Pooh bear didn't mind being the model for my hat. I'd put it on my little girl (18 months), but she can't stay still enough for me to snap a picture.





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Asherton Reversible Scarf





I love this pattern because there is no right or wrong side. It's reversible! And it makes for a lovely unisex scarf. I always find it more challenging to knit up stuff for the guys, so this one works as long as it isn't in a "girly" color. Sorry the picture above isn't very good, it was the most focused one I took ... had bad lighting, and had to take it quickly before my little girl pulled on it, moved it, or tried to move me while I was taking the picture.

The scarf shown above uses about 400 yds of worsted weight yarn and is a finished size of about 7.5 inches wide x 66 inches long.

If you're interested in a matching hat, try my Asherton Hat. I have an adult version and a toddler version. The pictures of the adult Asherton Hat looks better here, but the pattern for the adult hat can be found here.

Stitches used in this scarf include:
Garter Stitch, BW1 pg 10
Moss Diamond and Lozenge Pattern, BW2 pg 17
Stockinette Stitch, BW1 pg 10

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Asherton Reversible Scarf pattern can be downloaded from these locations:
1. Asherton Reversible Scarf Pattern from Smariek Knits Yahoo Group (free registration required, instant access)
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Asherton Reversible Scarf Pattern from box.net (no registration required, just click on link & save file)

11/2007: I've made an Asherton Toddler Keyhole Scarf for my DD. You can see the toddler scarf and outline for how to make it here: http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/11/miss-ms-first-scarf.html





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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Small Arrow Cloth

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January 1, 2008 Update: I've knit another Small Arrow Cloth from the instructions posted below to confirm that the instructions are indeed correct. You can see the Pink Small Arrow Cloth here:

http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/01/first-fo-of-2008.html

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Stitches used in this cloth include:
Seed Stitch, BW1 pg 11
Small Arrow Pattern, BW2 pg 274

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Small Arrow Cloth

© Designed by S.M. Kahn, September 2006
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Using WW cotton yarn, and US7 (4.5mm) needles, cast on 39 stitches.

Knit 5 rows of seed stitch border.

Row 1 (WS) : B4, P31, B4

Row 2 (RS) : B4, K3, (YO, SSK, K4)x4, YO, SSK, K2, B4

Row 3 : B4, P31, B4

Row 4 : B4, K1, (K2TOG, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K1)x5, B4

Row 5 : B4, P31, B4

Row 6 : B4, K2TOG, YO, (K3, YO, SK2TP, YO)x4, K3, YO, SSK, B4

Row 7 : B4, P31, B4

Row 8 : B4, K1, (YO, SSK, K1, K2TOG, YO, K1)x5, B4

Row 9 : B4, P31, B4

Row 10 : B4, K1, (YO, SSK, K1, K2TOG, YO, K1)x5, B4

Repeat Rows 1 to 10 four more times for a total of five repeats.

Work one more row B4, P31, B4.

Knit 5 rows of seed stitch border.

Bind off. Weave ends. Block if desired.


Notes:

Seed stitch top & bottom rows = (K1, P1) across to penultimate stitch, end last stitch K1.

B4 = 4 stitch seed stitch border. K1, P1, K1, P1 at beginning of row. P1, K1, P1, K1 at end of row.

K2TOG = knit 2 stitches together

SK2TP = slip one stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over

SSK = slip one stitch, slip another stitch, knit these two slipped stitches together

Instructions in parentheses followed by x4 or x5 means you do what is in the paretheses the number of times indicated after "x". For example, (YO, SSK, K4)x4 means YO, SSK, K4, YO, SSK, K4, YO, SSK, K4, YO, SSK, K4.


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Bonbons et Calissons Dishcloth

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I was playing around with bobbles; this is the first time I ever made bobbles! I enjoyed working on this dishcloth, but I am still wondering ... do people make dishcloths with bobbles on them? Well, it sure does look interesting. :-) I call it Bonbons et Calissons because the bobbles make me think of bonbons, and the diamonds make me think of calissons which are a famous candy from Aix-en-Provence (visit the Béchard shop on the main strip). But if that's too difficult to remember, you can call it Bobbles in Diamonds. ;-)

Stitches used in this cloth include:
Garter Stitch, BW1 pg 10
Openwork Bobble Pattern, BW1 pg 146

Note: Pattern correction made on 10/1/2006. Can't always read my "chicken scratch" notes when transcribing into the blog.

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Bonbons et Calissons Dishcloth

© Pattern designed by S.M. Kahn, August 2006
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Using ww kitchen cotton yarn, and US7 (4.5mm) needles, cast on 37 stitches.

Knit 6 rows.

Row 1 (RS) : K3, P1, (YO, SSK, P5, K2Tog, YO, P1) 3 times, K3
Row 2 (WS) : K4, (K1, P1, K5, P1, K2) 3 times, K3
Row 3 : K3, P1, (P1, YO, SSK, P3, K2Tog, YO, P2) 3 times, K3
Row 4 : K4, (K2, P1, K3, P1, K3) 3 times , K3
Row 5 : K3, P1, (P2, YO, SSK, P1, K2Tog, YO, P3) 3 times, K3
Row 6 : K4, (K3, P1, K1, P1, K4) 3 times, K3
Row 7 : K3, P1, (P3, YO, S2KP, YO, P3, MB) 2 times, P3, YO, S2KP, YO, P4, K3
Row 8 : K4, (K3, P3, K3, P1B) 2 times, K3, P3, K7
Row 9 : K3, P1, (P2, K2Tog, YO, P1, YO, SSK, P3) 3 times, K3
Row 10 : K4, (K2, P1, K3, P1, K3) 3 times, K3
Row 11 : K3, P1, (P1, K2Tog, YO, P3, YO, SSK, P2) 3 times, K3
Row 12 : K4, (K1, P1, K5, P1, K2) 3 times, K3
Row 13 : K3, P1, (K2Tog, YO, P5, YO, SSK, P1) 3 times, K3
Row 14 : K4, (P1, K7, P1, K1) 3 times, K3
Row 15 : K3, K2Tog, (YO, P3, MB, P3, YO, S2KP) 2 times, YO, P3, MB, P3, YO, SSK, K3
Row 16 : K3, P1, (P1, K3, P1B, K3, P2) 3 times, K3

Repeat Rows 1 to 16, twice.

Repeat Rows 1 to 6. (yes, that's not a typo; repeat to row six, not sixteen)

Knit 6 rows.

Bind off and weave ends.

Notes:

This Bonbons et Calissons Dishcloth pattern is pretty easy. The only trick is minding your Yarn Overs.

K2Tog = Knit 2 stitches together

P1B = Purl 1 into back loop of stitch

SSK = Slip 1 stitch, Slip next stitch, Knit these two slipped stitches together

S2KP = Slip2 stitches, Knit 1, Pass 2 slipped stitches over the stitch just knitted

YO = Yarn over

MB = K1, YO, K1, YO, K1 into the same stitch. Turn work, P5. Turn work, K5. Turn work, P5. Turn work, SSK, K1, K2Tog. Turn work, P3Tog. Turn work. With yarn in back, slip the bobble stitch from left needle to right needle.


BTW, the picture above has a 4 row garter border instead of a 6 row garter border.
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Friday, September 22, 2006

Fountain Lace

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The picture above was taking when it was wet/blocking.I had been meaning to work this up as a scarf using lighter weight yarn, but haven't had time to start it. So I decided to make a dishcloth instead.... hey, a dishcloth is 1/10 of a scarf, isn't it? lol. DH is too funny ... I show him the cloth and he asks, "plants?" Here's how you work the pattern....

Stitches used in this cloth include:
Fountain Lace, BW2 pg 272
Seed Stitch, BW1 pg 11

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Fountain Lace Cloth

© Pattern designed by S.M. Kahn, September 2006
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Cast on 39 stitches using WW cotton yarn & US7 (4.5mm) needles.

Knit 5 rows border.

Row 1 (WS) : B3, Purl, B3

Row 2 (RS) : B3, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sk2tp, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, sk2tp, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sk2tp, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k2tog, B3

Row 3: B3, Purl, B3

Row 4: B3, ssk, K3, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k3, sk2tp, K3, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k3, k2tog, B3

Row 5: B3, Purl, B3

Row 6: B3, ssk, (k2, yo)x2, K2tog, k1, ssk, (yo, k2)x2, sk2tp, (k2, yo)x2, K2tog, k1, ssk, (yo, k2)x2, k2tog, B3

Row 7: B3, Purl, B3

Row 8: B3, ssk, k1, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k3, yo, k1, sk2tp, k1, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, B3

Repeat rows 1 through 8 four more times (for a total of 5 repeats).

Work one more row of: B3, Purl, B3

Knit 5 rows border.

Notes:

k2tog = knit the next two stitches together

sk2tp = slip 1 stitch, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over

ssk = slip 1 stitch, slip another stitch, knit these two slipped stitches together

yo = yarn over

(yo, K2)x2 = yo, k2, yo, k2

(k2, yo)x2 = k2, yo, k2, yo

B3 = 3 border stitches of your choice

Use whatever border you like. I used seed stitch in the one pictured above. For the top/bottom rows I did K1, P1 across to the end, ending with a K1. For the 3 stitch side borders, K1, P1, K1.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Loopy the Apaloosa



Le cheval est fini. This is for my father-in-law whose Chinese Zodiac sign is the horse. I had to wing it with the horse's tail since Rhonda didn't include instructions in her pattern. I think the tail is a wee bit on the long side. I love how the mane is done on this cloth.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Lacy Round Cloth


Here is my Lacy Round Cloth, my first round dishcloth, and also my first attempt at seaming. I did such a botched up job of seaming that shows. I couldn't figure out how to seam. I looked at the video for the Mattress Stitch and couldn't figure out how to apply it to this since it wasn't really joining straight stockinette stitches on both sides. The Kitchener Stitch didn't apply since I had already cast off, so neither edges were on needles. And the Three Needle Bind Off also didn't seem to apply for the same reasons. So I winged it. Also, my cast on edge was tighter than my cast off edge, and so I ended up with more edge on the cast off edge. I can see how uneven the seaming is because of this. I really dislike the big "bulge" on the back side, which is from seaming. And weaving in ends on top of that did not help. Otherwise I think this is a lovely cloth and I'll certainly make a few more.

Here's the cloth after blocking:


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Pig Cloth



It's finally completed. I stuck with pig tail version 4 because I had enough of using a crochet hook. And it was quite a challenge for me to do the slip stitch join onto the cloth. What do you think about how it looks on the pig? I'm not sure whether the tail is just a wee bit long relative to the size of the pig. I just hope the tail doesn't fall off from use. After all that, I did manage to weave in all 4 ends. :-) I still haven't weaved in the ends for the last handful of cloths I've completed. I just hate weaving, so I procrastinate. I didn't string on a black bead for the pig's eye since I didn't have one handy. This cloth is for my mother-in-law whose Chinese Zodiac sign is the Pig.

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Lacy Round Cloth - WIP



Here's my current WIP, a lacy round cloth that is coming along. I just need to figure out how to seam it. I've never seamed anything. Can't imagine liking that task, as I already don't even like weaving in ends...

I think it would be easier to knit in the round.

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Pig Tail version 4



Well, here's the 4th version of my pig tail. This one has 7 chains, and I did 4 SCs in each chain, except by the time I worked my way back to the beginning, I had "lost" the 1st chain. I pulled on the yarn tail and couldn't find it. Oh well....

I guess this version curls a bit more than my last version, but it still isn't very curly. Anyways, I think I'll leave it as is. I just can't see myself trying to do 5 SCs in each chain. And the yarn, being very "splitty", is hard to work with with a crochet hook.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pig Cloth tail




I'm currently working on the Squiggles the Pig washcloth which is on Knitting Knonsense, and am having a challenging time with the "tail" instructions. Thanks to Mouse Potato, I have a better understanding of the crochet instructions (I don't know how to crochet), and she gave me a wonderful alternative method to doing the tail.

I started out by chaining 9, but then tail seemed to long ... plus as it was my first attempt I crocheted too loosely and there were lots of big holes. And I mean BIG holes the size of Texas! Much of my problem had to do with not knowing how to crochet, and as a result, I found it difficult to hold the work plus try to hold the yarn to yarn over the hook. It all felt very awkward. And I started out with large loose chains to make it easier to stick the hook through the loops when I did the SCs. The first time around, I was holding the thing upsidedown, cuz it seemed easier to try to jab the hook through 1-loop, instead of the 2-loop V (does that make sense??), and because of this I ended up inserting the hook in the wrong direction.

On my 3rd attempt, I chained 7 to make a shorter tail. This is the tail you see above. You can see it is tighter at the beginning, and then got more sloppy near the end. It was challenging to get the hook through the chains, especially in the last 2 chains (when things seemed to get tighter). And I was working with a splitty cotton yarn. Most of the time I felt like I was using the Force, jab jab jab, oh got it in, yay!

The photo below shows this tail attempt with the cloth, so you can see the size of the tail relative to the pig on the cloth. The white yarn marks where I will join the tail.



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Knitting Needles Quiz

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Here are my results when I took the quiz:



You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it's amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!


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Friday, September 15, 2006

Paw & Bone



The picture above doesn't really show the "neon" qualities of this yarn. It's really a bright neon green color, S&C Hot Green to be exact. This is another one of Rhonda's patterns.



Here are two pictures of Carol's Woof Dog Bone pattern. The one above seems to show the bone pattern better, while the one below seems to show the word "woof" a little better. Yeah, I'm still trying to figure out how to take better pictures of my knitting.



This cloth was knitted with S&C Hot Pink color.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cats & Dogs



Here are two cloths for my sister-in-law. She just loves animals, especially cats & dogs. These cloths are from Knitting Knonsense.

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My sister-in-law has 2 cats. I know she'd love anything with cats on them. You'd never guess it from the picture but this cloth is blue. It's Sugar & Cream Soft Teal color.

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She used to have a Chow, you know, one of those big fluffy dogs with the purple tongues? I couldn't find a pattern for a Chow so this one will have to do. This is S&C Hot Orange color. And boy is it bright when you're looking at it while knitting! lol. I had to join yarn cuz I stumbled upon a knot in my yarn while knitting up this cloth. You can't really see it on the front side, but you can definitely see/feel it on the back side. It's to the left of where the dog's front legs meet the body.

What to knit next? I'm thinking about Carol Callaway's dog bone...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Intertwined Dishcloth

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This pattern requires dropping some stitches (see row 6 of pattern below). You may be thinking, "Omigosh, are you crazy?!" Relax. The stitches aren't going anywhere. Really! And if you feel like one of them is trying to get away, just give the stitch a good tug. Or alternatively, you can clip on one of those split ring stitch markers or one of those other clip-on style stitch markers so those dropped stitches don't get "lost".

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Intertwined Dishcloth

© Pattern designed by S.M. Kahn, August 2006
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See Notes section below before starting.

Using ww cotton yarn, and US7 (4.5mm) needles, cast on 46 stitches.

Knit 5 rows.

Row 1 (WS) : K3 -- K2, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2 -- P2 -- K2, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2 -- P2 -- K2, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2 -- K3
Row 2 (RS) : K3 -- P2, K1, P2, RT, P2, K1, P2 -- K2 -- P2, K1, P2, LT, P2, K1, P2 -- K2 -- P2, K1, P2, RT, P2, K1, P2 -- K3
Row 3 : K3 -- K2, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2 -- P2 -- K2, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2 -- P2 -- K2, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2 -- K3
Row 4 : K3 -- P2, Sl1 wyib, P2 -- Sl2 wyib -- P2, Sl1 wyib, P2 -- K2 -- P2, Sl1 wyib, P2 -- Sl2 wyib -- P2, Sl1 wyib, P2 -- K2 -- P2, Sl1 wyib, P2 -- Sl2 wyib -- P2, Sl1 wyib, P2 -- K3
Row 5 : K3 -- K2, Sl1 wyif, K2 -- Sl2 wyif -- K2, Sl1 wyif, K2 -- P2 -- K2, Sl1 wyif, K2 -- Sl2 wyif -- K2, Sl1 wyif, K2 -- P2 -- K2, Sl1 wyif, K2 -- Sl2 wyif -- K2, Sl1 wyif, K2 -- K3
Row 6 : K3 -- P2 -- LSC, RSC -- P2, K2, P2 -- RSC, LSC -- P2, K2, P2 -- LSC, RSC -- P2 -- K3

Repeat Rows 1 to 6, seven times.

Knit 5 rows.

Bind off and weave ends.


Notes:

It's probably unconventional, however, I have used dashes to group some sections for ease of readability. Let me know if you think this is more confusing, and perhaps I'll edit this and make it more "standard" looking.

LSC = Drop the 1st slipped stitch to front of work. Slip the next 2 purl stitches to right needle. Drop the 2nd slipped stitch to front of work. Then slip the 2 purl stitches from right needle to left needle. Then pick up the 2nd dropped stitch with your left needle and knit it. Then purl 2 stitches. Then with left needle pick up the 1st dropped stitch and knit it.

LT = Skip the next stitch. Knit the 2nd stitch in the back loop. Then knit the skipped stitch.

RSC = Drop the 1st slipped stitch to front of work. Slip the next 2 purl stitches to right needle. Drop the 2nd slipped stitch to front of work. Then with left needle, pick up 1st dropped stitch, then slip the 2 purl stitches from right needle to left needle, then with right needle pick up the 2nd dropped stitch and place it on the left needle. Then K1, P2, K1 across these 4 stitches.

RT = Skip the next stitch. Knit the 2nd stitch. Then knit the skipped stitch.

Sl1 wyib = Slip 1 stitch, with yarn in back.

Sl1 wyif = Slip 1 stitch, with yarn in front.

Sl2 wyib = Slip 2 stitches, with yarn in back.

Sl2 wyif = Slip 2 stitches, with yarn in front.

If you only want a one knit wide column between the three cables (instead of the 2 knit wide column in the cloth pictured above), just cast on 44 stitches and change the italicized K2
to K1 and italicized P2 to P1.


Stitches used in this cloth include:
Garter Stitch, BW1 pg10
Slip-Cross Double Cables "Closing" Cable With Right Twist, BW2 pg 29
Slip-Cross Double Cables "Opening" Cable With Left Twist, BW2 pg 29
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Monday, September 11, 2006

5 + 5 = 9

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According to the nutrition label on one of the Sara Lee bread packages, one slice of bread gives you 5 grams of fiber, and two slices of bread gives you 9 grams. Yeah, there's some funny rounding going on there.

I was never very good at math, and I know I'm not good at it now. I've been working on a hat for my 17 month old girl during the last few months and I just finally reached the decrease section when I realized that I had cast on more stitches than I had intended. Doh! And if that wasn't bad enough, if I were to finish up the hat with the number of stitches actually cast on, then the 2 sections in the hat are a bit short. The first section, a K1P1 ribbing, should be 14.5 cm instead of 12 cm. The second section, a stockinette section, should be 12 cm instead of 10 cm. I am not inclined to rip back to the end of the first section so I can add 2.5 cm of K1P1 ribbing on 3.25 mm needles. So I guess I should keep the shorter 12 cm second section too, and just bind off using the algorithm for the actual number of stitches on my needles.... and see how the hat turns out. It'll be a short and wide hat, I'm guessing.

I can't believe I cast on too many stitches. And I even counted them again after I cast on. Definitely lost some brain cells along the way....

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Oak Leaf Dishcloth


I really love how this oak leaf turned out, I'm thinking of doing a few of these in fall colors. Or making a collection of various leaf designs. Maple leaf will be next. I never did learn to identify trees or leaves, I really should pay better attention to these things. My excuse is ... I'm a city girl. I was taking a walk yesterday with my little girl riding on my back in the Ergo Baby Carrier, and as I was walking along I would point at things and name them for her. She also points at stuff and says, "Da?" which is her way of saying, "what's that?" So I'm walking by a nearby park, pointing at one of the trees and telling her, "that's a tree," when a passerby shouts out, "that's an acacia tree." Well, that's good to know, I never would have known it otherwise. :-) I think the easiest tree for me to identify is the eucalyptus tree.

I sometimes pass by other people on the street wearing their little one in the Ergo Baby Carrier. We always look at each other and smile. Ah, you have one too! :-) I think it's because the Ergo Baby Carrier is less ubiquitous than the Baby Bjorn. I used to use the Baby Bjorn when she was much smaller/younger, it seemed to work/fit better at the time. Whenever Baby Bjorn users pass by each other, they pretty much ignore each other. No big deal, everybody and their grandmothers use the Baby Bjorn. Or so it seems. I have to admit that I didn't like the Ergo Baby Carrier at first because it was difficult to get her in/out of it when she was younger (before she could stand/walk), but it was great once she could stand. Plus she was a little older and knew how to "help" me get her into the carrier. She loves riding in it.

This Oak Leaf dishcloth is the September Monthly Dishcloth KAL.

I still have very few colors of kitchen cotton yarn. I have placed on order for 58(!) balls of yarn, both solids and variegated. It seems like aeons since I placed the order. It still hasn't arrived yet. It's being shipped to my husband's workplace. With my luck it will arrive tomorrow when he is working from home, and then I'll have to wait until Monday to get my package.

Am thinking of making a few washcloths to give as gifts to guy friends, along with shower gels and such. I told my husband about this idea and he thought no guy would really want such a gift. He thought it was a "girly" kind of gift. What do you think? I think it would work as long as I didn't get any fruity/girly scented shower gels or bath washs. I know they have shower gels marketed for men, in "masculine" packaging and "masculine" scents. I think there are some neutral bath washs that would work, such as The Body Shop's Satsuma shower gel which has a very refreshing orange scent. I even picked up some bottles of this. It's a nice clean scent that will wake you up. :-)


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