Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Calamari Yarn

i dyed some old t-shirts and ripped them all into strips.



and turned all that into a giant yarn ball weighing in at 5.2 lbs

not sure yet what i'll do with it.


The Ebay Auction Was a Success!

Hi All,

Thank you all for watching and/or bidding on Ann and Kay's book (if confused please see this post). The auction ended this evening and the winning bid was $61! I am very excited and happy to have tried this tactic to raise money. My fundraising total is now $1116.00 out of $2200.00 minimum that I have to raise.

Thanks Ann and Kay!



Yet another ball-band, and started a log cabin

Well I finally finished my second ball-band and got some pictures taken:

These are with Lion Cotton. Seems just like Peaches and Cream or Sugar and Cream to me.

And over the weekend I ripped out the sweater I had posted before and got a good start on a log cabin:

This probably won't end up a large log cabin - it is just a sweater's worth of yarn after all. But I'm rather intrigued by the fact that 3 of the 7 colors go so perfectly with my living room furniture!

Mary in VA


Finally...a dishcloth...

Over the weekend I "finally" finished my first ballband dishcloth. I had a couple of false starts (really, user error) but had fun with this. It is a perfect project for me know - mindless knitting in the hotel room in the evenings while traveling on a work assignment. I've got several color combos lined up - although I didn't pack enough for this trip & had to buy more yarn.

This one is Sugar'n Cream Hot Blue with the Summer Splash accent.

-Amy Artisan


Log cabin question

I remember reading (I think it was someone's blog) a way to do the log cabin using 4 needles instead of binding off each side. Can anyone point me to that source? I googled it and searched yesterday and this morning but can't find it anywhere. Thanks. --Sally


Dishcloth and kimono

Here are my first two projects from MDK - they sure won't be the last! Sorry the pictures aren't better - I thought I was being all professional with the black background - ha! For more information / pictures, please visit my blog. P.S. - I've really enjoyed reading the other posts in this KAL - lots of great ideas here!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


My First Warshrag!

Hi - This is my first post! I've been reading all your posts and loving everything I've seen so far. I love the Mason Dixon knitting I've seen so far and I can't wait to try everything!

I finished my first project today - a warshrag! I'm so excited - it was so easy and so much fun. Instant gratification! I chose some nice bright colors and I can't wait to make more. Here is a picture of the new addition:

I think I may line the back with a dishtowel to give it more substance.

What do you think?



Here is another ballband dishcloth ... such fun!
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream in Hot Green & Summer Splash

Come visit sometime ...


Two firsts, and a second

Or three firsts, if you count this first post on the Mason Dixon KAL. Glad to be here! So:

First ballband dishcloth:

First mitered square:

Second Mason Dixon washcloth:

There's more here (scroll down when you get there), including what happened with washcloth #1...


Ballband Washcloths

Had a long weekend spent some time at the hospital with my DD who had been in a little motorcycle accident but all I did get to knit a couple of ballband washcloths. Gave them away as a birthday gift with the other one and a GG top


Finished a Kimono!

Well, here is the Baby Kimono I made out of 2 skeins Reynolds Olympic. I think it turned out cute!


Where did I go wrong??

OK, so I started a Moderne Baby Blanket recently with Plymouth Encore and immediately realized there was a problem. When I pick up stitches on a CO or BO edge, it's fine - but when I pick up stitches on the end-of-garter-rows side, that edge starts to splay/spread out. A lot. I hoped it would block out and be fine in the end and after doing some test steam blocking and then actually doing a "real" blocking, I realized that it's not going to block out. I stopped after block 5, so it's not like I did the whole thing.

Does anyone have any ideas of what I've been doing wrong? I'm just not seeing as much of the same issue in other people's pics of the log cabin stuff...




That's a warshrag of a different color

I was going to start a MD warshcloth, I really was, but hubby really wanted one of my nubby scrubby clothes. He so rarely asks me to knit him anything, how could I say no? I found this pattern on awhile ago and have knit several with varying degrees of success. I knitted this one using Peaches & Cream (can't recall the color - bought a cone of it and the label is long gone). My previous versions included a garter stich border which was easy but I like the looks of the seed stitch border better. For anyone interested, the pattern is roughly as follows:

CO 44 sts.
Work 4 rows in seed stitch(Row 1: K1, P1, repeat; Row 2: P1, K1, repeat)
Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, (K1, P1, K1 all in the next stitch; P3 tog)* repeat till 4 stitches left; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 2: P1, K1, P1, K1 (P 36 sts), P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, P1 (P3 tog; K1, P1, Ki all in the next stitch)* repeat till 4 stitches left; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 4: repeat row 2

Repeat this pattern till it's the size you want, then end with 4 rows of seed stitch.

The next shots of are some socks I just made my sister. Mitered squares for the cuffs. I used sock self striping sock yard by Cascade I think (not near my knitting bag). Cute, eh? I know, they look like clown socks but she'll love 'em!


Ballband Baby Bib

It was the peer pressure. I really wanted a baby bib to be my next project. But, I hadn't knitted a warshrag yet, and all the cool kids were knitting them and I wanted to fit in. So I casted on for a warshrag and set to work, very much enjoying the colors of the yarns I had chosen. And when it came time to cast off, I looked at my little warshrag and said, "Looks like a baby bib to me!" So that is what it became.

Technical details for the curious: This is sugar and cream yarn and I used a size 7 circular to work back and forth. Followed the ballband pattern to the letter, but then morphed into baby bib pattern. Casted off 21 stitches for center of neck, leaving 12 stitches each side for straps. Worked straps for 5 inches a piece, with a 4 stitch buttonhole at the 4 inch mark on the left strap. If you carry unused color up the side of the work like I do, you will want to cast off the neck stitches on a wrong side row so the yarn gets back to the right edge of the work where you need it. Work the right strap first, then reattach both yarns to work left strap. The button is a stray from my button stash. My mother made it several years ago during her Sculpy clay obsession. It's a little big, but the colors just matched too well to use something else! (Not obvious from my driveway photo, but trust me, it's perfect) My daughter says the bib is too pretty to get baby food on, but I'm sure there's a glamourpuss rugrat out there that will appreciate it.


Baby Kimono & Warshrag!


More, more, more!

My pile of warshrags is growing. I need to stop the madness and work on something else!

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One little bib has made it off the needles as well.

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Now I need to give serious thought to some log cabin fun!

Monday, May 29, 2006


Seen in The Wild...

... another washcloth! I'm becoming addicted. I finally figured out what it is about the humble washcloth/dishcloth that is so much fun. You know that feeling you get when you not only complete a project but then actually *use* it. The first time you slip on that sweater or socks that you made *all by yourself*?! The same feeling greets me when I reach into the kitchen drawer to get a fresh washcloth and I made it myself. Simple things, people. Simple things. :)


My Favorite Model

Big C models my interpretation of the baby bib. Thanks for the inspiration Dawn! You can also see my log cabin progress at my blogPosted by Picasa


Finished MDK project #1

Well, after knitting oodles of EZs Baby Surprise Jacket, I did this Baby Kimono in Baby Teri. I thought that I would be ever so clever and have it finished way early (delivery date in July) but there were complications and now my Co-worker and her new little boy will be waiting to go home for a while. Otherwise all healthy and well.

So now, I need to whip out those needles and get to a good commuting point for this: Yup, it's a warshcloth.
Although, seeing the fabulous Kimono posted already in this yarn, maybe the tiny baby needs a tiny Kimono....


Who Knew?

Remember my miter squares? Turns out they wanted to become a baby mat, the kind every baby needs for stretching out on the floor for kicking exercises. I put on a backing of Butterfly cotton for extra cushiness. Then I picked up stitches around the edges for a sawtooth border of individual miters. The pictures show the whole piece, the border detail on a corner, and the corner turned back to show the backing. I'm very happy with it and it was fun, but it did take me quite a while. Think I'll cast on a dishcloth to cleanse the palate before I jump into log-cabin squares!


Another Rag

Ya'll are knitting the coolest neatest stuff and every time I post I feel like such a slowpoke! Maybe I should consider myself a Southern Eccentric; just taking my time as I knit warshrag after warshrag stopping only to talk to my cats or my feet. Warshrags are like a box of chocolates...or something to that effect.

Seriously though, I love seeing what everyone is doing! It's just fab!


Mason Dixon KAL


I have been playing with the different skeins in my stash, and love the way it's looking.


There have been requests...........

Some people cannot fathom or picture hot pink marble, but folks it is true. It is my life and my mission in life is to work around it. Makes you wonder if the builders of our home found this countertop in the 75% off pile?

What I THOUGHT was an FO is now a UFO because what I THOUGHT was a bathmat is really a placemat. It is sort of like your sideview mirror on your car.........things appear larger than they are when they are on sz. 17 needles? It needs to be a skoosh I will work on it more. I tried it out yesterday morning to test its sqooshiness. Fabulous!!

Sunday, May 28, 2006


Calling all Knitters

In case you didn't know . . . .
June 10th is
Knit in Public Day!
Let's have fun and show the world :=))
Spread the word!


Conquering Fear o' Finishing

Here is my baby kimono. I used Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim Aran. I cast on 50 and adjusted accordingly. Hopefully it will be large enough for my friend's newborn.
More importantly it helped me overcome my fear of finishing. I have an amazing sweater from Debbie Bliss Wish You Were Here book all finished EXCEPT for the seaming. It stares at me and taunts me daily. It is such a yummy piece of work and I have been procrastinating for MONTHS on seaming it up.

My little baby kimono has given me some it is up to moi git it dun.


Another Day, Another Dishcloth

Hi everybody:
I made these dishcloths for my boyfriend's sister for her birthday. I haven't gotten to give them to her yet, but I am hoping that she will like them!

The 2 on the left are Mason Dixon (of course!) which I made with the 33 cast on, and the 2 on the right are from the pattern that Stacie posted here about a week ago. I think that they turned out really cute and I can't wait to give them!!!


I can't stop.

But that's okay, isn't it? And that's what knit-alongs are all about, aren't they? Obsessions?

I'm on my seventh dishcloth in just over a week. Mine are all made with Sugar & Cream, which is what's available locally -- our community has a real old-fashioned 5&10, and they carry wonderful things like pillow forms and yarn and wooden drying racks -- and I bought as many colors as I could fit in the basket.

I'm really enjoying all the great knitting that everyone is sharing, and I'm so happy to be a part of this wonderful KAL!

My Blog: Not Plain Jane


the log cabin iPod cozy only the knitter could love

Ok, this is not the world's best iPod cozy. But it went like this.

I grabbed some knitpicks wool and decided to try the log cabin pattern. I didn't have anything particular in mind when I did it, so I wasn't too worried about size or guage.

I ended up with this square (well, sort of) and then wondered what to do with it. I finally ended up sewing up the sides into a rectangle, adding a loop and a single crochet border, and threw the whole thing in the washer.

The result is below. I didn't block it very well, so it's rather oddly shaped. But it's nice and thick and sort of homey looking. LOL


Those Mason-Dixon Ladies

Those Mason-Dixon ladies are dangerous, really. I received their book on Monday and I already made two project out of it. They got me to knit a dishcloth, a dishcloth!

Ballband Dishcloth

They got me dreaming about cones of Sugar'n Cream, me, your usual yarn snob who scoffs at acrylic and does not set foot in craft stores. They made me go to JoAnn and come home with this:

One-Piece baby Kimono

Well, the baby kimono was still in two balls of Sugar'n Cream when we got home, but there, few hours later, all it needs is the seems and the ribbon. But I must knit more dishcloth! I looked at all the ballbands and found three more patterns, but did you know that instead of straining your eyes to read that fine print you can download them directly from the Sugar'n Cream website?

But back to the book, I need to make these for my downstairs bathroom:

Hand Towels

I believe this Euroflax


in my stash was waiting for those. And why have I been collecting Karabella Aurora 8?
It is clear to me now:

Joseph's Blankie of Many Colors

I am even considering making 4 of these for my daughter's bedroom:

Bubly curtain

Those ladies are dangerous and I am in trouble.


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