Friday, August 29, 2008


Sadly, the summer is winding down. I had gathered my dishcloth leftovers together last week and felt a bit overwhelmed at that time with just how much bits and pieces are laying around in little balls of color in my yarn room. Usually I end up knitting my standby Ballband cloth with the the odd balls, but this time I wondered "what if?" and discovered by altering a few stitches and rows I could achieve a ridge effect in each segment that resembled, I think, tiny pumpkins. I haven't seen anything like this before, so I don't think I infringed on any one's copyright. Amazing what you can end up with when you fiddle around with your needles and scrap yarn. Just in time for the fall!
I jotted down the stitch pattern as I knitted the cloth. Leave a message in "comments" to let me know what you think, Gentle Knitter, and if there's enough interest I'll post the pattern.

Speaking of dishcloth, I seem to have knitted a few since my last post.

Each one of these were knit from leftover cotton and were gifted to friends as "thank-yous."

Calling this one "Chicken Scratch".

Half a ball of Sugar n Cream makes a great "Grandma's Favorite!"

Truly a "Scrappy Little Cloth"!

A heart pendant? Key fob? Luggage tag?

Not much down time before another is on the needles! Care to guess which pattern it is?

A baby bib knit for Eileen, a Grammy once again! I used Bib'O Love as a base and played around with the stitch pattern until I got a look I liked. Works nice for a baby boy, I think...

Knitting for my cause....
I decided to focus on knitting primarily mittens for our holiday community project, while some of the ladies in our group are knitting scarves and hats. Whereas knitting mittens for kids moves along in a snap, it takes a bit more time investment to knit mittens sized for a man's hand. Since I hate knitting that second sock, the same ire applies to knitting the second mitten. I knit both pairs cuff down on one long circular needle. Bless you, Magic Loop! The green mittens were based on Ann Budd's Hand Knit Patterns book, while the gray ones were knit according to Elizabeth Zimmerman's 36 stitch pattern. Has an afterthought type thumb, which I prefer over the tapered thumb. I need to knit several pairs more by October.

Debbie Bliss baby hat pattern from "Simply Baby" knit flat, in garter stitch, with Bernat " Jacquard" yarn. Makes it's own pattern. Comes in an assortment of different colors.
Again, same yarn knitted in a basic baby beanie pattern. Notice the nice color design you get with this yarn. The top is finished with a goofy little butterfly.

This is our baby fit model, Knitasha, that our group uses to display the knitwear we donate. She gets a different outfit each week.
Here's a small portion of our Knitting Ministry's output. Getting ready to donate to the local pregnancy center, with the hope that our knitting will do some good for some family.

Hold onto to summer as long as you caaaaaaaaaaaaaan! Apologies to John Cougar.
Happy knitting!


Inglish said...

Mrs. B, you continue to amaze and impress. And I love your pumpkin dishcloth.

Anonymous said...

We are on the yahoo group COTW. That is how I found my way to your great blog. I would like to put in a vote for you to offer up the pattern for that lovely pumpkin cloth. It is gorgeous! I also love your baby bib.

KraftiMama said...

Oh my you have indeed been busy! And such beautiful work!

I would love to see your clever pattern for the pumpkins! Very cute!

thanx June

CraftyCarole said...

you've been a busy girl!

love the mittens. I've been busy with some baby stuff as well. Have 5 friends that are due within the next 3 weeks! YIKES!

Dorothy Noreen Hunter-Talbot said...

You sure have been busy, gorgeous work, I love them all and I would love the patterns especially the pumpkin one, I love your take on the ballband.

Marie in Michigan said...

I love all of your work, especially the pumpkin cloth (please post the pattern), bib and baby items (I run a prayer shawl ministry at our church so I know how helpful these items are!).

Jo said...

I love what you did with the Ballband pattern! The cloth is lovely and the ribs will be so great for scrubbing off those bits of dried-on food. Please, please, please, post the pattern!!!

Have a great weekend and enjoy summer's last play day. Hubby and I are doing some major chores around the house and later we are going to an evening baseball game. We are fans of our (almost) local minor league team, the Evansville Otters. We really enjoy evening games because we don't have to suffer in the heat.

Take care and have a great day!

Jo in sunny, very warm, breezy, southwestern Indiana

LDSVenus said...

You have certainly been busy this summer!!! Looks like you have had knitting olympics of your own :). Love your blog, great stuff, always enjoy reading it.

Crochet Goddess said...

Great dishcloths love the colors. I need to get all my scrapes together. You have a great blog.

smariek said...

You've been busy! Love the luggage tag idea, that one will definitely stand out when you're picking up your suitcase at the airport. :-)

DawnK said...

Those are all so pretty. Sadly my life has been insanely busy, and my knitting time has been severely curtailed. I swear once school starts, I might have more time. Love the bib, with a little mason-dixon slip-stitching in it!

Anonymous said...

All your patterns are greatly appreciated. LOVE your pumpkin one. Perfect time of the year for that one. And I love your ballband version. Your work is so awesome and irrestible.

Claudia said...

My My but you've been so busy! I LOVE your dishcloths! Please do post that pattern. PLEASE? I always have yarn left over and never know quite what to do with it that won't look stupid. :)

Have a great week ahead.

hakucho said...

Wow you have been very productive! Love your little pumpkin cloth and all the others. The bib is very cute as well, especially with your design feature!
happy knitting and happy what little's left of summer :)