Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Knitty Gritty
I confess, I've been in a bit of a knitting slump since whipping up a couple of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jackets (pattern available here). Something about that pattern: its elegant design, creative engineering, angles and stripes and clever symmetrical buttonholes, has made it impossible for me to start anything else. So I have a basket full of cast-ons...that have become, alas, castoffs.
So, I have taken to knitting dishcloths. If you're not a knitter, OR have never been gifted a set of hand-knit dishcloths, please do not scoff. The charms of a knitted dishcloth are many. They're quick to make, practical, pretty, and offer endless opportunities for practising new stitch patterns. My kitchen is not tourquoise and fuschia; this was just made from bits and bobs I had left from making my girls' Two Summer Sundresses (to be revealed soon).
The pattern can be found in a marvellous book called Mason-Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne (http://www.masondixonknitting.com/). The yarn? $1.69 a ball at our local country store (the same place where I buy coveralls for my hubby, feed for my ducks and chickens, and Halloween wigs on sale). It's Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
Can't wait to dirty this one up!