July 24th, 2006

Mason Dixon Hand Towel

Those Mason Dixon ballband warshrags are quite addictive. My mom has made so many she has threatened to start handing them out on the street.

I always have an easy, mindless project for when I am on the phone at work and either on hold or yelling at customer service reps. I liked the warshrags but I wanted something larger, so I cast on more stitches and made it into a hand towel.

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Ballband dishcloths from Mason Dixon Knitting

Pattern Ballband dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting. This pattern is the one on the ballband of Peaches & Creme yarn, and can also be found online here.
Yarn Sugar'n Cream, in Hot Orange, Hot Green, Hot Pink, Hot Blue, Red, and Soft Teal.
Needles Clover bamboo circular, US 7.
Notes Crochet cast-on used to match the cast-off. Background and primary contrast color use about 20g of yarn each, and each "brick" row takes about 1.5g.
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Baby Fern Stitch

Here is probably one of the hardest patterns i have ever worked on. It's a washcloth made of Knitpicks Supershine 60% cotton 40% pima in bright red.

I doublestranded the yarn.

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Edited 7/25/06 here is the correct info about the yarn: sorry to be such a doof!

Shine Sport
A cotton yarn with a lustrous depth and delicious softness.
Sport weight - machine washable

Purchase a color card for this yarn.

$2.49 / ball
11 recommended projects
Material: 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal
Amount: 110 yards/50 gram ball
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date started: 22 july, 2006
date finished: 23, july, 2006
time elapsed: one day (for two dishcloths)

pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting
yarn: sugar and creme yarn, three different violet colourways
needles: clover bamboo straight, US 7

notes: never thought I would cast on for a dishcloth (or two), but the pattern and the yarn make this economical and addictive, as well as practical!

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Magic Loop & Sock Books

I've been reading with great interest some of the posts people have made here in the past regarding sock construction and sock books. I'm trying to decide on a second sock book to buy. Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks is a must (and hence the first one I'll be purchasing). I like Sensational Knitted Socks and Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road, but I'm not sure if there are books more thorough in discussing heels/toes/general construction aspects.

I've heard good things about Simple Socks, Plain and Fancy, but I have not leafed through it as of yet having not been able to find it. My concern is that it sounds limited to just the short row heel. Books I'm not interested in are the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, Socks Socks Socks, Folk Socks (maybe later), and Knit Socks!.

Can you think of any books I might have missed? Aside from the heel/toe stuff, I'm also interested in finding a book that shows step-by-step how to knit two socks at once using magic loop from the top-down (I haven't been successful online), and that discusses re-heelable/re-toeable socks. Thanks in advance :)
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Washcloths and... pot holders?

There's been a bit of advice for me regarding my pot holders that I've knit for the upcoming church craft fair. General consensus is that I not sell them as pot holders, because of the chance for burned hands/melty yarn. So... do you think I could pass them off as discloths? They are about the same size... especially the candy cane one. What do you think? Pics are here.

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I've finally gotten over my bout of startitis!

My pile of UFOs is diminishing rapidly -- I finished, well, started-and-finished, my boyfriend's Kitty Ears hat, and now I'm working on an entrelac bag I'm making up as I go along.

Does anyone have any experience with knitted and felted bags? I need some advice on two things:

a) do the colors in Kureyon run in the wash when you felt it? (I hate the way Kureyon feels, but it makes *beautiful* entrelac, each little rectangle is a different color and it looks like you worked super-hard to get it that way.)

b) if I'm felting it, should I knit the strap on now or knit and felt it separately and then sew it on?

Thanks for your help!


Ok, I'm either going about googling the wrong way...or this doesn't exist. I'm trying to find a wash cloth OR dish cloth, that has a ducky (as in rubber duckie) knitted into it. When I google "ducky dish cloth" or "ducky wash cloth"...I get some strange results, to say the least. Has anyone ever run across a pattern like this? If all else fails I'll simply find an x-stitch pattern for a rubber ducky and work it into a simple knitted square. Thought I'd ask first though. TIA

Lord help me and my credit card

I just ordered 15 skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Black Purl. I couldn't help myself. I love knitting with this yarn, and when I saw the color, it cried out to me... "Can't you see yourself wrapped up in me on a cold dark winter's night?" Never mind that it's been 108 degrees for the past few days, too hot to eat, too hot to move, dare I say almost too hot to knit... the yarn called, and I could not resist.

Please tell me I am not alone. Does the yarn call to you to be something specific, do you pick a pattern and start from there, or do you buy skeins at random hoping for later inspiration? I usually take the random yarn approach, but the blanket in my head demands to be made.
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Superman knitting chart

Hello everyone,

One of my best friends is very, very sick. She loves Superman and I want to knit her a Superman pillow. I can't find a knitting chart online for the logo and am not sure how I would chart it myself. Any tips? Do I just draw it out on graph paper?