Thursday, August 30, 2007

- Dishcloth patterns, and a bit about knitpicks.

Since it's been so HOT!!! where I live, I've pretty much been knitting dishcloths lately. So I thought I'd post some links to patterns I like, and/or have knitted lately for those of you that are knitting dishcloths as well. Plus, I don't know about you, but I am cheap, cheap, CHEAP, and proud of it. So with the advent of the internet, I am able to indulge my cheap nature with free, free, FREE patterns. Here are my favorite, or soon to be knitted free dishcloth patterns.

Heart Cloth (I found this one on Ravelry my new knitting love)
Lacy Mock Cable Cloth
Round Dishcloth
Another Round Dishcloth
Doily Style Dishcloth You can see a picture of one I knitted here
Double Diamond Circular Dishcloth
Petal Dishcloth
Garterlac Dishcloth
HUGE list of dishcloth patterns
Dishcloth Boutique
Letters, Numbers, and Animals
Knittinghelp.com Still the all around best place on the 'net for knitting information!!!!
Knittingonthenet

Herein ends my dishcloth link list for the day. Click as you will, knit all you want. Because as my friends on ravelry say.....dishcloth cotton is not really stash, it's a necessity.

Now for my little bit about knitpicks.com. I love the site, love the product, love the catalog but have one wish...I wish, OH HOW I WISH, that they would sell a 100% linen or a hemp yarn! They have such pretty colorways, and wonderful prices. (Since we've already discovered I'm cheap, how could I not love a $1.99 wool?) But I really, REALLY want some hemp, linen or ohhh silk. 100% not mixed, but fully 100%! Please knitpicks, I want that yarn!!!!

Oh, and one other thing, I want this book. It's on Amazon too, man every time I look at that book I drool. All of my shirts have little drool spots on them now.

Note to self, stop drooling while drinking coffee, it stains!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

- Oddball blanket (my portion) DONE!!!!

So my portion of the oddball blanket #1 is done! Here are some pictures:

The Whole Blanket:
My Portion of the Blanket:



A view of the front and back:


I really enjoyed working on this blanket, and have to say, the other people who knitted on this are so talented! The blanket is absolutely beautiful, and whoever receives this blanket will be so lucky. It surely will be a treasure! I can't wait for the Oddball Blanket #3 to arrive at my doorstep.

I sent the blanket, and some goodies to the next knitter "newamy" in Oregon. I hope she likes the little presents and has as wonderful a time on the blanket as I did.

Oh, I knitted my portion in grey and lilac Caron simply soft. Here is the pattern I used:

I did a simple slip stitch pattern:

With Color A: K1, S1 purlwise, K last two stitches (Carry yarn on right side of work when slipping stitches)
With Color A: P1, S1, P last two stitches
With Color B: K1, S1 purlwise, K last two stitches (Carry yarn on right side of work when slipping stitches)
With Color B: P1, S1, P last two stitches

Thursday, August 23, 2007

- Quick note

Made another dishcloth! It's from an old counterpane pattern in this book. I love this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves vintage patterns, or just as a wonderful reference book.

The pattern is for a blanket, that is pieced together later, but I just made a dishcloth out of it.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

- Knitting in Memory

One of the KHer's recently posted that a close friend of her family's lost a baby. Here is the link to the blog about the baby. Apparently the placenta ruptured, and due to oxygen deprivation the baby didn't make it. "itsjustmeghan", the KHer who first brought the family's plight to the KH community would like to do something for the family. She would like people to knit baby blankets, preemie hats, etc. for neonatal babies. She will donate the items to the hospital that Vincent died, in his memory.

Here is a link to the blog she is putting together. As of right now it is under construction, but keep checking back, she's hoping to have it up and running by Monday, August 20, 2007.

I am going to participate in this charity event, and I suggest all knitters find some way to make charity knitting a part of their lives. If you are interested in helping this particular charity, let me know, or you can go to the "Knitting for Vincent" site linked above. I will also place a link under the "Charity Knitting" section to the right of my blog.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

- Oddball Charity Blanket #1

Last night the mailman brought me the coolest thing......the 1st Oddball Charity Blanket!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!! Here is a picture of it so far:



I think I know what stitch I'm going to use, and the color, but I don't want to say in case KHers are looking...I want it to be a surprise. Also, if I change my mind I don't want anyone to say I chickened out. :-) I've got two weeks to knit three inches, I think I can do that. He he, FLW as my mother would say.

On a completely different note my mom sent me pictures of my great-great grandfather William Henry Tackitt (he survived the Mountain Meadow Massacre on September 11, 1857) and his wife Luvina Harris Tackitt. In addition I have a picture of his gravestone! Interesting to me, probably not so much to anyone else. Anywhooo, William Henry Tackitt was born around 1855 or 1856, he died around 1891, so I'm thinking this picture was taken in the 1880's. How freakin' neat-o.

William Henry Tackitt

Luvina Harris Tackitt

William Henry Tackitt's grave stone
Also the Australian RugzforKidz seem to be going really well. The pictures are beautiful!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

- DPN's and a Doiley

So I made something on DPN's (Double Pointed Needles)! Not only did I make it, but it came out nicely....one mistake, that I doubt others will notice. Annnnd, since I'm giving it as a present, it won't bother me because I wont see it (the mistake) regularly.

I made a Doily Dishcloth!!! My BF's aunt is having her 25th wedding anniversary (what an accomplishment!) so I'm making her some dishcloths as a present...hopefully she'll like them. I finished the first one last night, it took a total of 2 1/2-3 hours, not bad for my first true DPN project. Here are some pictures:




I used Peaches and Cream cotton that I bought at a garage sale a while ago. I'm really loving this pattern. I am also excited, because DPN's are something I've put off trying thinking "Oh, that'll be hard". Now that I know I can do it, and do it quickly, I'm vowing not to be intimidated by patterns that I think are above and beyond my skill level!

Oh, and here's a picture that is just pretty:


Just thought I'd add this little random bit of information. These are a few of the search topics in the last month that people have entered into yahoo or google, that lead them to this little corner of the 'net that I call my blog:

free knit pattern chalupa
oddball blanket in australia
bamboo yarn natural dyeing
knitting antimacassar
scarf pattern awesome
fort tackitt
lickmysticks, news
antimacassar knitting patterns
Miller F amily Tree
+free knitting facecloth patterns
yarn review hempathy "elsebeth lavold" -ebay
ravelry blog rant

I just found this interesting and kind of varied. It's so funny what lead people to me and my random little thoughts. Here and I thought the only people who would read my blog were my mom and maybe a bored friend or two. But I really think that more people I don't know read my blog than people I do know.

Also here is the breakdown in the last month of places people are from who check my little blog: