Sunday, March 22, 2009

Master Peso

Behold my most recent masterpiece! I made it for my mother's birthday last year.

It took patience, determination, and a very small hook. Each rose and leaf took about twenty minutes to finish, and each swirl took about a half hour.

I learned a lot from making it and I was so thrilled with the result I had trouble actually parting with it. I just wanted to keep it with me and show it to everyone I met up with and say, "look what I made!"

My mother loves it. Her initial response to it? "I didn't know you had doilies in you!"

Surprises all around.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Piggyback times three

Welcome to my new go-to dishcloth pattern. It's called piggyback & I found the pattern in 280 Crochet Shell Patterns by Darla Sims. It looked interesting, but still sturdy enough to scrub dishes.

I made myself a small-ish one, just for something fun and quick. I enjoyed it so much I made another one with the rest of the ball and gave it to my friend. I since tried it with Bernat's striping cotton and loved the results even more!

I think it's the perfect match, the striping cotton with this pattern. I think a number of people I'm close with will find one in their kitchen soon.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Hoot Hoot!

This dishcloth is my second for the Knitters R Us dishcloth swaps on swap-bot. I took the owl cable pattern from Kate Davies' Owls Pullover. I'm thrilled with how it turned out...and my swap partner liked it too! Mission Accomplished.

Sunday, March 08, 2009


I was looking for a quick knitting project, probably just to remind myself that I still can knit, and decided on a dishcloth pattern I found in my Lily Sugar n' Cream Kitchen Kolors! book. [I've gotten more use out of this book than I ever thought I could!]

I love it! The pattern was addictive and I love the results. I finished it in only a couple of hours and it left me wanting more. I plan to make this one again and again.

(Even the back looks good.)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Fall Bag

I found some fantastic cotton yarn that was just begging to be turned into a bag. It happened to come with the perfect pattern on its ball-band. (I love ball-band patterns!) I was a little worried about using two variegated yarns together but I thought I'd give it a shot.

It's just a basic granny square for the front and back of the bag, with a mesh piece for the bottom and sides. I wasn't really sure about the handles but I do like how they turned out in the end.

It's a good size and really sturdy. I've been using it as a laptop bag.

It was super-fast and looks striking. But really - the variegated yarn did all the work.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Catsup Ketchup Catch-up

Ok, ok, I know. It's been a little while. Well...there have been some good reasons, the primary one being a break-up that I wasn't expecting. Yes. This one knocked me on my ass last Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter...and while things aren't fantastic at this point, I'm no longer completely on my ass.


I need to catch up. A lot. I didn't really stop knitting/crocheting, I just didn't really communicate about anything. So what I propose to do is to put up pics of the items I finished over the last year with little stories about them when necessary, in no particular order.

How about I just go ahead and start then?

This is a dishcloth I made for a swap through swap-bot. I used a stitch pattern I found in the Knitting Stitch Bible my mom gave me for Christmas. What a beautiful book! My partner loves all shades of green and she loved the dishcloth so it was a success.

I had stopped swapping for awhile, but after I discovered the new-(ish) knitters group on swap-bot I got back into it. It's the first online group I've really become involved with and it's got a nice vibe.

That's all for now. Stayed tuned for more project pics soon. I promise.
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