New Fish Dishcloths are here!

These are my new fish dishcloths. They could be face cloths too, or washing cloths at bath time. Kitchen or bathroom, they are made to swim in water!  The yarn is super soft, 100% organic cotton. This was a real find: it’s hygienic, naturally clean, which helps to protect against allergies and respiratory problems (so says the blurb). The wash and wear properties are far superior to normal cotton, and it’s softer too. It certainly feels wonderfully soft on your fingertips.

I wanted to write a quick and fun knitting pattern for the fish. I realised that for a heavy-wear item like a cloth, it probably wasn’t a good idea to sew anything on.  I didn’t want any fussy details with threads to hide, especially when the wrong side of the work would be so visible. All the detail had to be knitted in, in one go.  That way, the wrong side would be relatively neat and uncluttered, and there would be no chance of any sewing gradually coming unravelled after some heavy use.

I really enjoyed playing with these fabulous bright colours!

 

Next job is to lay out the pattern and get it listed.

I have another fish design in development…very excited! Coming soon…

Till next time,

Happy knitting,

L x

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An Award?

I have been nominated for the Super Sweet Blogger award!

Thank you Janinka1 of Age-Defying Recipes for your nomination.

In accordance with the rules, I will answer these five questions:

1. Cookies or cake? Got to be cookies, milk chocolate chip, big and chewy.

2. Chocolate or vanilla? Tough one. Probably chocolate.

3. Favourite sweet treat? Cookies, as above. Or top quality shortbread, all-butter.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? At around 3pm daily – time for tea and cake/cookie/biscuit etc

5. If you had a sweet nickname what would it be? Cookie!

I am also delighted to nominate a dozen fine blogs for this award:

Being Mrs Crawshaw

Wheezyrider

Agujas

Lanaplantae

Crayons and milk

The Bent Needle

Smell my Paw

All She Wants to Do Is Knit

Knitted Notes

Catshirolife

Orangefaeriedust

Candleowlknits

Thanks again and happy blogging! x

Soft cotton cloths are here!

A package of beautiful organic cotton yarn arrived this week:

 

It really is very soft and lovely to handle.

Time to get to work on my 100% reversible face cloths. Knocked out two so far:

 

 

I love how this yarn catches the light and really shows off the textures created by the stitches.

There are a few more patterns to try, all reversible. I am loving having two right sides and no wrong side. There’s something very agreeable about it.

Meanwhile…sad news about my spinning wheel. I took it apart and sent it off to my uncle for his expert verdict. I had hoped it wasn’t beyond repair and that he would be able to work his magic on it. But sadly it was not to be. ‘I don’t understand how it has ever worked’, he said. ‘It’s a mystery how it came to be built like this.  It’s totally unusable I’m afraid.  Even if I rebuilt it, you would only be able to spin very fine yarns on it, as the orifice is so small’.  This is not ideal for a total beginner like myself, and anyway, I would like the option of spinning different yarn weights, including chunky. Well, at least while I had it, my spinning wheel looked pretty and romantic…but I would prefer one that was functional too.  So the spinning project is shelved…for now.

However, my lovely uncle has made some enormous circular needles for me, and they are winging their way to me in the post. Extreme knitting, here I come!

Till next time,

L x

So many ideas…so little time

Ideas are like buses.  None for ages, and then several come along at once.  Each one requires careful research into materials and methods. I have made a start on the knitted cat.  But there’s a long way to go before I am happy with my design. I have been making my brain ache trying to design a construction which involves fewer pieces to sew together, whilst giving a satisfying result which is not too awkward to make up. This is a work in progress. I found this yarn in my local yarn shop:

 

which said, ‘Knit me into a cat!’ So I snapped it up, and it’s waiting in the stash for me.

I also want to start selling finished items rather than just the patterns for my designs. As my time is limited, these items need to be simpler in design so that I can make them fairly quickly. There are some beautiful soft cotton yarns which I’m very drawn to….and I ended up ordering 12 balls of this:

Beautiful organic cotton in gentle colours. Yum!

I have done lot of pattern research recently and have knitted several swatches of reversible stitches. There’s no wrong side! How cool is that?

Any of these would look stunning as a scarf, in the right yarn.

Meanwhile, my extreme knitting project is on the back burner, awaiting some extreme circular needles. I couldn’t find any for sale in the UK that were big enough. So I asked my uncle. He is a very skilled carpenter, so turning some wood to the correct size, shaping the ends and attaching them with plastic piping is well within his capabilities. He very kindly agreed to help me. So, as soon as my new circulars are ready, extreme knitting is back on. Can’t wait for that!

Happy knitting!

Till next time,

L x