Knitting Update

I have been really enjoying knitting up washcloths…but, ya know what, I remember why I never really embarked on this route too often before…I knit up a whole stack of cloths way back in 2006 and those cloths are still going strong. I quit knitting cloths when I stopped doing swaps—I stopped doing swaps because we moved. I always meant to get back into the monthly swaps, but never quite made it.

I think this round I knit up eight or more cloths. Although I do have to knit up some more because my youngest really loves the log cabin style cloths in his favorite colors (yellows and oranges) … I am so surprised he loves the one log cabin one I made…I cannot not knit more for him.

I reached that point after so many cloths where I wanted to try…something different.

Now, I did have to tink back on darn near every single cloth I made. I also frogged out a couple due to the pattern and … toddler-hood and sixty-five pound canine kitty cats…seriously, the dogs are worse than any cat we have had since I began knitting (that’s four cats to date, so yeah, not a large pool, but still) … but … I got that urge to make a hat.

Normally, I make everyone in the family a new hat every year. Often more than that for the youngest. And of course, a girl has to have more than one hat to choose from…I have not made hats since the youngest was about one…the first year we took him on vacation to Branson, I made five hats…and the decreases on most of the hats were fubarred…because I am completely unable to count and knit while all the ‘normal’ cacophony goes on around me.

So, this time, I was in the basement, doing laundry, when I heard yarn speak to me from my plastic tote yarn storage stack…usually, I ignore the yarn call…usually, the yarn does not call…the yarn is afraid…very afraid…as it should be…between dogs and toddler…but this one skein spoke up…and I thought the colors were pretty…I dragged the skein out, brought it upstairs with me…and started to knit up the most basic basic hat (without any color changes or anything)…praying the whole time that decreasing would not be an issue and I could then begin to make hats for the family again…my oldest son specifically has been upset to not get his red hat for the past two years or so…

Well…well…I made it into the decreases ok…but in the end, there was that one stitch somewhere that got fouled up…and it of course threw the whole hat off…

Thankfully, the colorway of the yarn hides that mistake well…although there is a voice in my head that keeps telling me that if the yarn were a solid color, I would have been able to find the lost stitch, tink on back and fix the whole thing…

I made another washcloth after that, to make myself feel better about completing something that looked good and that worked as it was supposed to.

But…after I finished that cloth, made from lion brand kitchen cotton—which is a HUGE skein of cotton yarn—I decided I wanted a cotton hat…but…I wanted something SIMPLE … the yarn was plain so I would be able to see any mistakes and tink back to fix them…

So…I made myself a cotton hat…and I think I may just write up the pattern for this one to sell it. I haven’t test-knitted or written any patterns since Dylan’s Blanket... first of all…the hat is big and loose, as I wanted it to be…but I was afraid I would run out of yarn…so I made a color band in the middle, because I thought starting to make stripes three inches into the hat would look silly…but now…maybe next time that’s what I ought to do…we’ll have to see…anyway…there was plenty of yarn across the board. The decreases were done late at night, while the toddler slept peacefully nearby—and they turned out perfectly…so I am able, once again, to knit hats without issue (knock on wood).

Well…I then grabbed this beautiful Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn…and tried to make a lace hat…frogged it once because I didn’t like the needles it was on…and because I miscounted the cast on … then I frogged it again because I wasn’t paying attention and started knitting plain instead of beginning the lace stitch pattern. By the way…unforgettable yarn does NOT like to be frogged – it gets grumpy.

I tried to make that same pattern one more time. I loved the needles I was using. I cast on properly. I worked the brim properly. I finished the first lace repeat of four. I set the hat down, up and out of the way, as I do with every knitting project…and I left the room to get a drink…

When I came back…the hat…was in perfect condition…mostly…a few stitches had been pulled off the needle…but…the ball of yarn itself…was a nest for the toddler…a mess of a nest that was unfixable and knotted and strewn all over the couch.

This boy who has never cared about my yarn or knitting before, other than to bat it out of my hands when he sits on my lap because it is in his way if I am trying to knit while he is trying to sit…just loved that yarn and had to play with it…it was too much for him…and so…I cut my losses…the destroyed skein is in a bag waiting to be used in mixed media pieces…the yarn that was the hat (and two days worth of work) I frogged and set aside, also for mixed media work.

So…I am contemplating another washcloth…but I am running out of space to keep them. And I am actually really happy and enjoying these cloths that I made. If I knit my own cloths, I use them. If I receive a cloth as a swap, I normally…put it up for later…and, well, they never get used that way.

However, that knitting bug is back, thank goodness…I have SO missed it…

I want to make myself a Red Riding Hood hood…I made Evangeline one ages and ages ago…
I want to make myself some more knitted t-shirts. I have to frog out the $5 in Paris sweater I started awhile back…I want to redo it in a different yarn, especially now that I understand the pattern and what I want from it more.

I can always work on my own Einstein coat—but the thought of all that wool on my lap right now in this heat makes me cringe…I think I will probably end up working on that during the cold weather…so not this winter, but next, it will be ready to wear…

What do I have on the needles, other than my Einstein coat, right this minute?

Not a darn thing. I am still smarting over the loss of the Boutique yarn and that hat last night…

Never fear…I have ravelry up on two computers and one tablet…and I have two knitting books, and one crochet book, sitting beside me…I have plenty of inspiration and plenty of yarn…

I’ll get there with a new project. I know I will.

{P.S. :  Told you I’d find something.}

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