Monday, January 22, 2007

Doing a little stash busting

I'm really making an effort to reduce the size of my stash by getting a few dishcloths made. I even cast on for a clever little dishcloth that I found here. Well, it's still stash reduction, right?

I've started Cozy and am using some #3 mercerized cotton that I originally bought to make facecloths. I wanted something lightweight and lacy. This is probably going to be my first exception to the stashbusting plan, however. I only had 1+ balls of this yarn and plan on using at least 8 balls, but at under $3.00/ea this won't be a budget buster. I've found, as with other lace projects I've tried, that it helps to have a chart to work from. This particular pattern didn't have a chart so I fudged one. I have a knitting symbols font but it was just easier at the time to do it like this since I was working on my husband's computer. It is a very easy knit but I can only memorize one line at a time (while I'm doing it). I cast on 109 sts, which is more than the 85 called for in the pattern. I'm using US size 8 needles and have borrowed the paper towel holder from the bathroom to hold my yarn steady. I beaded this little row counter to help me keep track of where I am in the pattern.

I have since finished the pair of these fingerless mittens. They were made of Lamb's Pride worsted weight wool in the Fuschia color on size 4 needles. I cast on 40 sts and worked the thumb on 16 sts.

I started a pair of toe up socks last Saturday when Sidra came over to knit with me. I originally cast on 48 sts on size 2 needles but after trying them on again right before I was ready to turn the heel, I faced the fact that they were a bit small and ripped back to the toe and increased to 52 sts. I think I'll be happier now. This is all I have accomplished thus far. I last worked on them at knit nite on Thursday with members of my knitting group, Las Vegas Knitters.

It's really windy outside but you'd never know it by looking at my furry kids. I'm keeping warm from the inside out by enjoying a hot cafe mocha and listening to streaming Hawaiian music from on my iTunes.

So, even though I haven't been active on my blog, it doesn't mean I haven't been busy knitting.


1 comment:

Amanda said...

Aah, yes, the stashbusting. I'm having so much fun looking through all of my yarn that I keep forgetting I have! I love the slip stitch washcloth pattern- where did you find the pattern?