March 2008


I actually really like making dishcloths – they’re so quick and they can be quite pretty too. I find that they also make for good face washcloths. I had some cheap cotton lying around (Lily Sugar ‘n Cream and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton) so I did a quick search on Ravelry and came across the Mason-Dixon ballband dishcloth pattern and knew I had to make it. It was super quick as I managed to knit the whole thing while watching TV last night. The pattern was really easy and is really effective. I made it slightly smaller than the pattern said though and I only cast on 33 stitches. To make this dishcloth in a different size, you need to add or remove a multiple of 6 when casting on.

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I seem to just want to knit socks at the moment. I’ve spent hours on Ravelry over the past few days just scouring the sock patterns and I’ve found a few that I want to try out. I can’t wait! I love wearing handmade socks. I think the next up is Charade from I May Be Knitting A Ranch House (what a great name for a blog, by the way).

I just finished a pair of worsted weight socks using the Cable Twist Sock pattern from Hello Yarn. I really liked the pattern and the socks are comfortable and fit well. I used some Easy Knit 100% Mercerised Wool from Wal-mart in Avo Green. I was really surprised with how soft this yarn was, considering it was from Wal-mart. I’m very impressed and I’d buy it again.

Anywho, onto the socks:

This was my first attempt using the magic  loop method and I can certainly see why so many people love it. I do prefer dpns but if I need to take some knitting while travelling, I would probably make a sock using magic loop. It’s easier to try the sock on, you don’t lose your needles and it’s better for travelling projects. It was a bit tricky to hold the needles in the right places at the beginning but I soon got used to it and it was fine.

The weather is still freezing so I’m holing up inside and knitting constantly. I whipped up a cabled slouchy hat for a friend in just a few hours using the pattern for the Big Blue Beret from 10 Feet High. I changed it slightly so that there are cables on every other panel and I quite like the way it looks. I used Lion brand Wool-Ease in Cream on 5mm circs.

I haven’t had the chance to do much knitting lately as I’ve had way too much schoolwork but I’ve been dying to make some socks recently. I only had some cheap worsted-weight 100% mercerised wool, which I got from Wal-mart but it actually seems to be pretty nice. I picked out the Cable Twist Socks by Hello Yarn through a long session on Ravelry and cast on for them last night. The pattern seems quite interesting although you can see I didn’t get far before I realised I’d made a mistake but I am determined to finish the pair!