Friday, July 11, 2008

Summer Knitting~Dishcloths

I find dishcloths to be a perfect summer knit. They're small and cotton, so I don't have alot of hot wool on my lap. They're also easily portable any time of the year. I love the Waffle Knit Dishcloth pattern that I found at Homespun Living. In fact, I loved the ones in her photograph so well that I chose the same colors for the first ones that I knit. There's something so homey about red and natural colored yarn. I haven't decided whether to keep them or gift them, but if I do keep them, the bright red will be perfect for my kitchen which is accented in red.
She has more at Homespun Living in a variety of colors. I want to knit some in every color she's done. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, so I hope she feels flattered, and not 'copycatted' (is that a word?).


My pictures were a little too dark, but as I'd lighten them, the red turned to an orangish red (which they're not). I was reminded of Wool Winder's efforts at photographing a pair of red socks, and wishing I had an old yellow, weathered bench, like the one she found to use as a prop for her sock.
PS-No further updates on Rich yet. I believe Mandi spends the day at the hospital with her cell phone off, but will likely e-mail me tonight. Again, your prayers are so very appreciated!
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~Jeremiah 32:17 Amplified Bible

24 comments:

Becky said...

Those dishcloths are beautiful. I love the pattern and the colors. Red is great in my house too. I have a nice red wall in the family room that wakes us all up.

I also wanted to tell you that I have seen and made the No-Knead bread. It turned out ok for me, but I am loving the "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" cookbook that I got for my birthday. It is a dough you leave in the fridge and just lop off and bake as needed. You may want to check that book out and see how you like it.

Just another thing we have in common.

Wool Winder said...

I've been knitting dishcloths too. I wish I would have known about this pattern, because I love it!

KayB said...

Those are really cute. I like the colors too.
My late mother was a knitter too. Once, in 1965 she and my dad took a group touring trip to Europe with my dad's company. The year before she starting knitting her entire traveling wardrobe, including a sequined shell top and a full length coat. My youngest daughter still has one of her knit coats. I admire your skill so much! Have fun and God bless...
Kay B

vikki said...

i love the red and natural colors! i am a primitive nut, i love making dolls and naming them! anything ol'timey. i so appreciate your comments on my blog. it is a wonderful gracious world! will be back to check it out more! hugs and blessings, vikki ♥

Renna said...

Kay, that is amazing! Your mother must have been a very talented knitter, indeed!

Eve said...

I do love red but I am more careful with it since I found out that not all reds are stable and the pretty natural color of mine, ended up stained by the red. A frind gave them to me so I never told her, but the red bleeds, every time I wash them.

I would love to have a couple of those to make my little bags with. It would be so cute. You don't sell on Etsy by any chance?

Carol said...

These are adorable Renna.

Joyfulsister said...

Those are really nice! I wish I had someone who could teach me knitting, I watch women who knit while waiting for appointments when I go to the Doctor's and I just love to watch them lol. I can crochet a little (sigh). I love to see other peoples creations, thanks for sharing. Reena Thanks for your visit, I think I found your blog first, and I'm glad I did !!
Hugz Lorie

Juri said...

Oh, the dishcloths are so pretty!! I, too, love the colors! I smiled when I read about the "summer knitting"...it reminded me of my aunt...she would switch to little knitted caps and booties for babies in the summer for the same reason! Now I have to go back and read about the no-knead bread!

Juri

cinnamongirl93 said...

You are such an enabler! I got home from work, read your blog, went to the link and started knitting one of the Waffle knit dishcloths! I am using an Ombre color. Next one will be a solid with a stripe. The pattern is easy but nor boring. It's great! Thank you for the link!
What an inspiring post!

Emily said...

I feel the same way about CounterPain squares!

Please let Mandi know that perfect strangers are thinking of them.

MSM said...

Oh, Eve has the right idea: you need to sell on Etsy!!!

Because, I want these very dishcloths, and I can't knit, and unless you want to host a rigged giveaway. . . I will be doing without. : (

Debra said...

Renna, Yes they are really nice! I haven't knitted in almost 1&1/2 years because the last time I knit something, I was in a hurry to get it done for someone, and I really hurt my left shoulder. Infact, it still hurts, but not like it did. Will that stop me? NEVER! When I taught myself cables I was so proud and happy, and totally hooked on knitting. I love it. I've been knittig on and off for 12 years. My grandma taught me the basics, but then I got a how to book and really dove right in. I've got some wonderful pumpkin colored Lopi that is just waiting to be a sweater. Well, maybe not in this 90 degree heat, but soon. Sorry it's so much about me here. Praying for Rich. God bless you. How are you, anyway? We are worried, ya know...

kawaii crafter said...

I really like those dish cloths; they look so rich. I don't know how to better explain it other than many knit washcloths look cheap to me and these don't. Great colors and I like how there's a stripe down the center.

Shannon said...

Those are wonderful dishcloths! My hubby's grandmother knitted some for a wedding gift for us. I don't use even use them they are so pretty!! I have tried to teach myself to knit about a hundred times, but all I get is a long scarf with varied size stitching...

Tipper said...

You do such neat work. I just love looking at it! And I guess it helps-red is my favorite color!

molly said...

Oh how I wish I could knit! I crochet - very little and did me a dishcloth last summer - I LOVE cotton knited dishcloths - they are the best. I guess I will stick to sewing and scraping.Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Oh Renna ~ those dish clothes are the prettiest ones I've ever seen. Your work is beautiful.

Wish I could do that. I have never met a craft that I couldn't manage to grasp but I simply cannot knit or crochet. It just doesn't come naturally to me.

But seeing your photos makes me want to try again.

Smiles,
Lea

Sharon said...

Those dishcloths are lovely!
One of our daughters has used knitted dishcloths and was very pleased with them.
You do really well with your work, Renna. I'm not a knitter, but you still do good work. xoxoxo

Kimmie said...

OHHH, pretty Renna. Love the red and white...I am way partial to red, mixed with white is lovely.

I am happy to announce that I am making a go of knitting socks (red alpaca yarn) on double pointed needles. I have two going, and a friend of a friend who knows this pattern to help me. My seventeen year old daughter is also going at it...she is doing stripe-y socks. My heart is full, I love knitting socks. (I am to the heel on both socks...then my new friend Liz will work me through the rest!)

thank you God!!

hugs to you Renna;
Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Marilyn - A Mixed Bouquet said...

Those are so pretty! You are doing a great job, Renna!

The book that Becky mentioned is on my "to buy" list, because I've heard great remarks about it.

alittlebitofscrap said...

Love the dishcloths and I like to make them too :)

Renna said...

I have read several good reports of the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book. I hope to one day purchase it for myself! :-)

Eve, thanks for the warning about the reds bleeding. I'll make sure and wash mine before gifting them, to see if my yarn is colorfast.

I've not opened a store on etsy, but I may at some point in the future. To sell knitting, I'd have to get alot faster. ;-Þ

Juri, I also knit alot of baby caps in the summer. I love all the cute little baby hat patterns Tracy has over at her Wool Winding blog! :-)

Nancy said...

I don't know how I missed this pattern earlier, but today, I followed a link from Wool Winder. I'm going to make some of these to have on hand. Thanks for sharing the pattern.