Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Knit Two [or more] Together

Whilst sorting the loft I found one or two things I had almost forgotten about. Like some baby jumpers I knitted up ages ago using a vintage, very simple Oxfam pattern which Auntie Peggy sent me back in the Last Millennium. They were knitted - but not sewn up. I also found a baby hat I'd made at some point.

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I've sewn them together, and now they can go to church on Sunday, to add to the baby stuff we are collecting for Dave to take to Africa.[I wish I could find the pattern again though! It may yet turn up somewhere] This aim of 'giving away not giving up' for Lent is surprisingly proving less of a challenge than I thought. I keep finding things and thinking "Why do I still have this? I do not need this anymore - so-and-so would have much more use for it...". I also found some postage stamps I'd mislaid - so I am giving time to writing cards and notes to people too.

Also in the loft I found a carrier full of random odd sized balls of 100% cotton yarn. These are at least twenty years old, and someone in our previous church gave the bag to me. I have never done anything with them because there wasn't enough of any one colour to produce anything significant and the quality and thicknesses were rather ..err..variable. Then I realised, following Dulce Domum's recent gift that I could make some dishcloths!

I found a few free patterns on the internet [dozens here] and have been producing about one an evening since. It takes about an hour and a half [or ten minutes either side of a TV programme like "No 1 Ladies detective Agency" or CSI!] I now have a stack of dishcloths - enough to last for years. I shall have to give some away, I guess!

Here are just a few of them...

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First attempt [navy, top left] cast on 40 stitches. K every row till you get a square. Cast off. This produces a rather dull product.

The pattern which works best is so easy I memorised it in minutes and I like the result. I mostly used a 4mm needle [US 6, UK 8] - but  tried different sized needles till I got a tension which I was happy with, for the thicker/thinner yarns. They are dishcloths though- so I didn't feel I needed to be too precious about it!! The diagonal way of knitting works well with random colours, and the holey edge is neat.

yrn = yarn round needle

PATTERN FOR DISHCLOTH

Cast on 4 stitches.

Row 1- knit 2, yrn, knit to end of row.

Repeat this row till triangle is half the size of your desired square.

Row 2 - knit 1, k2tog, yrn, k2tog, knit to end of row

Repeat till 4 sts left on needle

Cast off

AND THAT'S IT!!

Many of the patterns out there have little mottoes and motifs - but the end product is for cleaning and wiping and I wanted simple and usable, not fancy work! One pattern just would not work at all for me - it was supposed to produce "a square 'with an interesting stripe design" but it didn't!

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You can win 'em all...

Knitting Group at Borders continues to go from strength to strength- we now have two men in the group! My dear friend Lesley kindly brought me a surprise gift last night, which was greatly admired by all present. A new bathmat - knitted from rag strips. Lesley knitted it up, after her daughter Em had prepared the strips.

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Tremendously thrifty - there are bits of shirt, leftovers from her nativity angel costumes and all sorts in there. The texture is wonderful! [I forgot to ask what sized needles she used.]

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Having missed Knitting Group the previous time, due to the Norfolk Funeral, it was good to catch up on everyone's news. We had 2 more new people as well. The Starbucks staff were struggling - every drink served in a paper cup as their dishwasher had broken - but at 8.30 they came round with free samples of vanilla latte for us all. Then we were all turfed out at 9 as the store closes earlier now. Home nice and early in order to get ready for my trip down south to see Liz later on today.

More about that when I return!!

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