Stalking Startling Butterflies

September 26, 2019

I was walking to a new favorite knitting and lunch nook today and actually remembered my camera. As I cut across a simple, grassy hill, I noticed a familiar flutter of orange and black. I recognized this to be a beautiful, but elusive monarch butterfly. Shortly after, two yellow beauties fluttered past me. I’m talking a lovely pale yellow tone, with some white on them. I wondered at this sight and where they fluttered off to. 

The lovely butterflies that allowed me a simple photograph today…

Soon after I set up my knitting items and lunch, I recalled that I had my camera and wondered again where the butterflies had gotten off to. …I finish lunch, then knit away at my leafy washcloth by Megan Goodacre. I also got to my shawl a bit, but later. Today, it ate lunch and found it interrupted by the butterflies. I opened the camera bag and set up my camera to find a butterfly flutter by me. I checked his location, set my camera and started snapping photos, trying not to startle the striking beauties. 

All the pretty washcloths… I just can’t get enough of these, but I’ll try to have another pattern to show before I return to these. 

The yellow ones were a little shy, but stayed still long enough to allow me a photo. The orange and black butterfly decided I did not need her photo and ran off only to be seen fluttering by as I started my car to pick up my client. I still got some lovely knitting done and enjoyed some beautiful sunny weather. And guys…I have to photograph this one in progress…Look at this lovely sunshine yellow. I’m in love (and I don’t normally go for yellow). But check this one out.

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Please forgive the lighting on this…I’ll work for a better photo of it as I block it and share this lovely bit of sunshine again…

Also, it’s a banner week for me. I don’t love butterflies. I will not go into a butterfly house. I will patiently wait outside, knitting,  for you to finish. Yes, I have tried it, and I don’t like the way they grab me. This may be why I’m so into them in nature. They don’t land on me in their natural setting and remind me of more turbulent times. Alas, I do enjoy them in nature and wish to share some of my progress with you.

 

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Shawl progress for the meantime…someday I’ll show this thing full size. Until next time,  Happy Knitting! 

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The Leafy Washcloth, both variations…I like the stockinette stitch better, honestly.

…is on a dishcloth. I knit socks, usually. I’ve always let me feet do the work of blocking them. I’m knitting a shawl. I planned to hang it for pictures and hire my niece to take a good picture of me in it. I did not plan to block it (and may not have a large enough space…unless I clean off the sewing table). We’ll get back to you on that one.

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Leafy Lace Dishcloth…Doesn’t this look like fun to use on your dishes? 

But last week, I realized my dishclothes were wearing out. One just about disintegrated in the wash this weekend for me. I looked into these, but I do not crochet. I decided they could be knit. (My aunt usually crochets them for me, I believe, or works some magic). But I bought the cotton dishcloth yarn, looked up patterns that are fun to knit (hopefully), and patterns that might help motivate me to do dishes.

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This makes a right cheery little dishcloth, right? Grandma’s Favorite 2.0…enjoy.

I found tons of patterns. Grandma’s Favorite 2 on ravelry.com is the easiest and most straightforward to knit. But I saw a unicorn, a paw print, and an angel. The angel made me wonder about a fairy…Should there be a cleaning fairy on your dishcloth? I mean, think about it…There really should be. I’ve knit the paw print, I’ve knit the leafy washcloth. I’ve knit the Grandma’s Favorite 2 and the leafy lace dishcloth.

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The plethora of dishclothes recently knit

These are great for a little instant gratification and work well for traveling to the school where I pick up my client. I can knit for a few minutes in my car while I wait, then go in at the agreed upon time to pick him up. I’m enjoying this arrangement. If you receive a dishcloth from me for Christmas, do know these are a labor of love. And the yarn may have been picked with you in mind. Until next time, Happy Knitting!