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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! 

 

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I went to a quilt retreat and didn’t get any knitting done this week. I also have a ton of reading and homework. Yeah. However, I came across a sentiment I can still discuss with you this week. We were discussing quilting, and while a beginner class, or a parent or grandparent teaching a child to quilt on an easy, straight-lined pattern, there are two of us in this small group that are self-taught quilters. We came the conclusion that one thing we love about being self-taught is that you often don’t know enough to know better.

Ah, the tools of an avid beginner…I knew nothing…and yet…I feared little…

This can get you in trouble…but it can get you great results without someone saying, “No, you have to do it this way.” I’ve decided learning to knit on your own is similar. No one told me I had to only knit across in garter stitch. That is good. I get bored easily.

Watch for the improvement…the green were more interesting than the purple, and better (having learned better)

No one told me I had to knit one direction, turn it and purl the other direction in stockinette stitch. That is good. I get bored, well…yeah, easily. No one told me anything. I looked at stitches and patterns and decided I needed something a little challenging. I promise, I didn’t start with a cable needle in my hand, nor even dpns. I began with the flat knitting aluminum needles from goodwill with stoppers on one end and Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn in a burgundy tone.

 

Meeting that pain of ripping out your work to create something more beautiful.

No one had to tell me to yarn over or how…I think most of us figure that out on our own…we just have to told what it’s called. I did have to figure out how to decrease after including all of my yarn overs in my first knit since I was ten years old. I used pictures in a greatly detailed small book I found at the J-store. I then learned how to increase, which comes easily.

Though not everything I knit comes out as planned, many of them turn out beautifully.

Then, I learned to decrease, out of necessity. When a panel that could become a blanket goes from 33 stitches to 51 stitches, or even as many as 80, if I recall correctly, one must learn to decrease. I didn’t rip out stitches until I was on my second or third pair of socks. It was one of these two pair…alas…I’ve since moved on and conquered many projects, mostly because no one was there to tell me it was hard, and if someone on Knitting Paradise said it was hard, someone said there was nothing to fear. That fearlessness has taken me on many journeys which I get to share with you. Until next time, Happy Knitting!