getting things finished

well, i've actually gotten a bunch of things finished lately. i've been trying to wrap up a bunch of projects that i had started to get them out of the way. so, over the last couple of days, i've completed 3 dishcloths, and i'm almost done with the 4th. which is good, because i hate having all of my standard size needles busy!

so, here are the cloths i made from my own pattern (free pattern in the previous post):

and here are a few others i've finished in the recent past, but only just got photos and posted them on ravelry:

i've also been [finally] getting my stash photographed the way i wanted to, and i really like the way it's coming out. i wanted my stash to look uniform, and once i finally came up with the 'design' i was happy with, i've been running with it, and i've been getting some really good feedback. already, 3 or 4 people on ravelry have PM'd me and told me how much they like it.

i'm off to knit with my sister tomorrow, as she's making her first knit garment (a shrug) and she wants me there to help her and cheer her on. i'm sure she'll do fine, as i think she knits better than she thinks she does! i'm going to start work on a lap throw that will be a Christmas gift for a friend. pictures of that will most likely not be posted until after it's given, just in case. ;)


free dishcloth pattern

i designed this cloth one day when i just wanted something different. i've had requests for the pattern, so i'm listing it this week as my contribution to the Dishcloth Weekly knit-a-long that i'm in on Ravelry. hope you girls enjoy it! :)

here is Jess's (Topazgirl) test knit for me, so you can see what it looks like!

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Diamonds in the Rough

1 skein solid color Peaches & Creme cotton yarn (any color may be used, however, I found that the pattern shows up better in a solid)
1 set single point needles, size US 8

CO 38 sts.
Work 5 rows in garter st.
(seed st can be substituted for border, including the K4 at beginning & end of rows)

Begin pattern:
Row 1: K4, *P1, K4*(6x), K4
Row 2: K4, *P3, K2*(6X), K4
Row 3: K4, *P3, K2*(6X), K4
Row 4: K4, *P1, K4*(6X), K4
Row 5: K4, P Across, K4
Row 6: K4, *K4, P1*(6X), K4
Row 7: K4, *K2, P3*(6X), K4
Row 8: K4, *K2, P3*(6X), K4
Row 9: K4, *K4, P1*(6X), K4
Row 10: K4, P Across, K4

Work pattern 5x.
Note: Skip Row 10 on the last repeat.

Work 5 rows in garter st.
Bind off.

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©2008 Holly Laury
Do not reprint without permission.

it's finally gone!

strawberry & cream baby blanket

okay, i've never been shy about my dislike for pink (well, maybe 'dislike' isn't strong enough a word), so imagine my disgruntlement at being asked to make a pink baby blanket for someone! however, when someone offers to actually pay for said blanket, you suck it up and knit in whatever color they request!
strawberry & cream baby blanket

so, that is how i came to buy and subsequently knit with strawberries & creme cotton from Pisgah in a self designed pattern. it took me a little over a month, however, would have taken me less if i hadn't gotten so bored with it. quite honestly, the main reason for the white stripe was just to break up the monotony... not on their part, but on mine!!!!!

strawberry & cream baby blanket

anyway, even considering my original dislike for the color, i'm quite happy with the outcome, and more importantly, the buyer was happy with it! when i dropped it off for her yesterday, she was on her way to see her new grandaughter for the first time, and she was so excited.

now, for anyone who might be interested in the pattern, i'm going to post it here (probably later on this weekend as i haven't typed it up yet) and i hope you'll enjoy it! also, if you do make one, drop me a link in the comments as i'd love to see it! :)