Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Work in Progress

Organic Cotton Washcloth knitted in a basket weave pattern. I had to concentrate and count! Washcloths are particularly good things to make when attempting new patterns as they are small and you will not pull your hair out when you must unravel the knitting due to gaping holes or such. The organic cotton yarn feels like a dream and these make particularly good face cloths as the cloths gently exfoliate your skin! I am pleased with this particular one as it turned out to be relatively square and does not resemble its deformed partners.

I did my insomnia thing this morning around 4 a.m. which is too early to get up but too late to get any more restful sleep. Rather than turn the television on and watch something totally inappropriate I decided I would finish the "confetti" scarf. When using this incredibly fun yarn and using a simple stitch, the whole activity becomes more like a meditation. The clicking of the needles, the movement of the yarn from one side to the other. I read something about knitting prayer shawls that suggested you say a prayer before you knit something for the "recipient". I do not sell many scarves mainly because a little portion of my heart goes into each one. A friend commissioned me to make scarves as Christmas gifts one year and determining the cost was very difficult. The work is labor intensive, the cost of materials is high when not purchased from a wholesaler and last of all, how does one price the little part of your spirit that goes into each item one crafts? So Dishy, I promised you a scarf, what do you think of the "confetti" scarf?" It is fun and youthful. Or would you prefer something thicker and more organic? This scarf needs a home, so leave a comment and I will allow my grandchildren to choose a name out of a hat! Tonight I will begin with the first of 50 chemotherapy caps...Needles for Noodles, as Hayden calls it, she is so clever with words! Originally I thought I would knit 50 of the same kind of cap but in different colors and textures. However, I found the cutest hat pattern, courtesy of Soulemama. I think she would be delighted to know her pattern will grace the head of someone that will deeply appreciate wearing such a cute cap. I also have a circular loom which makes a nice thick hat and may use it as well. I am excited and delighted with the Needles for Noodles project. Feel free to join us in this fun effort! Some people knit, some crochet and I have seen a vast array of sewn turbans, scarves and other head gear. Whatever your talent, let's share our "wealth" and pay it forward.

8 comments:

Christy said...

I LOVE your scarf and I LOVE, LOVE the washclothes!! I was about to buy new washclothes the otehr day when it occured to me that I had a ton of soft flannel and could make my own. I'm really looking for ways to live - simplier. To live without assuming Wal-Mart will always be there. LOVE your new creations!!

Connie said...

Creating simplicity in your life is a great thing! Everyone is so consumer oriented. Good for you, Christy!

Hayden Tompkins said...

Never would have thought of a knit washcloth. Interesting...

Jayne said...

I LOVE the scarf too! The colors and the design are so original! I guess it's the thread (call me ignorant) that give the appearance of having little balls on it. A friend's mother makes the washcloths like you've shown except that she calls them dishclothes, and we actually like them better than the standard kind (whatever that means).

You and Christy are both so creative. I'm impressed.

Jayne said...

Dishcloths, not dishclothes.

bFlat said...

The washcloth is so adorable. I also LOVE the scarf and green is my absolute favorite color...

Christy said...

Sorry for all the typos - I was typing with one hand and half my brain!

thedailydish said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Connie, you are a DREAM. Send now please, I will wear it even in the summer. Like a furry little muppet. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!