Dishcloths Pearl Brioche Stitch

Overtime, the desire to crochet and knit have waned.  I don’t need another afghan, shawl, doily, geegaws, etc.  But, at times, I get a spurt of creativity and find myself wanting to get out the old hooks or needles.  I did crochet a doily not too long ago.  I have it store away with my other ones.

However, one project I do find useful are the knitted dish cloths.

dishcloths

I found some 100% crochet cotton, #4 worsted weight, on sale and got busy. However, I still have one more to knit. I have been procrastinating on the last one.

I used the Pearl Brioche Stitch to knit these.

dishcloth

Unlike crocheted cloths where they seem to be too stiff., this stitch knits up soft and is not too tightly knitted. After they get wet, the stitches loosen up a bit.  They rinse out beautifully.

I used #9 needles (5.5 mm, 5 UK) and cast on 32 stitches for my dishcloth.  I also knitted one row before I start the pattern stitches.  I ended with row 4 before binding off.

You can find the stitch pattern (and many more) at:  Knitting Stitch Patterns.

While I was taking pictures of these cloths, my Frankie’s curiosity got the best of him.

Of course, I couldn’t resist.

frankie

Winter Warmings

It’s been a while since I have crocheted.  The last item I crocheted (a couple of months ago) was this pair of gloves/mitts.

fingerless mitts

There isn’t a written pattern for these. It’s something I had envisioned. They are worked in the round.

As I had mentioned before, I am not good at writing patterns.  Besides, once I make an item, I don’t want to check for errors by remaking it.  I know…sheer laziness.

Towards the end of the day, I have been knitting rather than crocheting.  I am not as proficient when it comes to knitting as I am with crocheting.  When it come to knitting, I am slow and cautious.  Some of my favorite items to knit are socks, dish clothes and a few other easy projects.  In the past, I have knitted sweaters and shawls.  However, I find knitting to be slower than crocheting.  I am so afraid I will drop a stitch.  And, when I do…Aargh!

I started a knitted cowl, but set it aside for now.

cowl
I found the pattern at: in the loop.  There is an English version to download.  I love the simplicity of the look and the ease of the pattern.

Knit And Crochet Dish Clothes

Not too much going on as far as crafting. I have a couple of little things I want to sew, but I have felt empty lately.

I did manage to crochet and knit some dish cloths.

knit and crochet dish cloths

 I used the basic diagonal dish cloth pattern for the knitted version.  I wasn’t really in the mood to knit and started to get sloppy and lose interest.  After knitting the second one, I decided to crochet the last two.

I find that the crocheted dish cloths to be too thick.  Then I thought of the extended single crochet. I decided to make two crocheted ones using an extended single crochet.

crochet dish cloths

They were just as supple as the knitted ones.

dish cloths

Last week, I sewed-up this little bird from some fabric scraps.  Pretty lame, but I figured since I took a picture of it, I might as well post it.  🙂

bird

Finally, A Complete Set

I finished Tom’s socks the other day.  I washed and hung them out to dry on my patio tree.  🙂

self-stripped knitted socks

I used Moda Dea® Sassy Stripes™ Yarn. I love how this yarn self-stripes when knitting with it. Crocheting with this yarn doesn’t give it the stripes like knitting does. 

Hint:  To get the stripes even on both socks, make sure that both skeins start (match-up) with the same color pattern before casting on to your needles.

One down

I finished off the first knitted sock and I am on the second one. This pair is going to be for Tom.

self-stripping sock1

I made the ribbing on this pair longer than I did on the previous pairs. I like the longer ribbing for a man’s sock.

I am looking for a spring-like cardigan pattern, in knit, for me.

I am trying to get used to my new glasses and I have to go back for another eye dialation in a month. So far, my retina is staying attached. He wants to make sure that all of these floaters don’t detach the retina. I don’t understand and he doesn’t understand why my right eye is giving me grief when both my eyes have larger floater. At least I am not being charged for all of these tests.

The eyes have it

My eye diagnosis is…Tada! Ol’ woman eyes. There are no rips or tears to my retina, no nerve damage or disease to my eye(s). I have aging eyes. It was told to me that I would get used to what I call, the veil of darkness covering my eye. That is what the doctor said and that is what I have read. I have to go back in two weeks to make sure that the retina doesn’t attach. Old eyes causes that you know. Pffft! Right now, I am wearing Tom’s sunglasses while I am on the computer. It helps even out the darkness in my eye.

I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
Watch you weave
Then breathe your story lines
And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
Keep track of the visions in my eyes.-

COREY HART lyrics – Sunglasses At Night

I ordered a new pair of glasses. I was surprised, yet happy, that my prescription changed very little.

And finally, the finished socks.

self-stripped-socks

Enough already!

While working on my dreaded sock the other evening, I noticed that I had split the yarn on quite a few rows down. I unraveled it again and continued on. Then I noticed that I had some stitches back wards. I, again, unraveled it. And what to my blind eye should I notice? I had split the yarn again. OMG! Enough of this already. I unraveled, yet again, and finally added a lifeline. Usually, this is done when doing intriciate work, but for dummies like me it can be a lifeline lifesaver.

lifelined

As stubborn as I am, I am not giving up on this second sock. Yesterday I knitted quite a few rows and I am almost to the toe. I can’t believe that this one sock could give me so much hassle.

I have an eye doctor’s appointment this afternoon. A week and a half ago I was experiencing lightning flashes in my right eye off to the side of my vision. I get this flashes daily. But, along with it came a darkening in my eye. I can barely see out of it. I am hoping that it is due to my aging eyes and the dark is caused by floaters and not a detached retina. I have always had floaters, but not like this that at times I need to wear sunglasses in house to deflect from the veil of darkness over my eye. I can’t stand it. It is so frustrating.

Luckily I “Saw” it

And, I don’t mean the movie.

Saturday night I was well on my way to finishing the second sock. I was past the turning of the heel and finished the gusset shaping when I realized that I forgot to do some rounds. I had to rip it out to the heel and start over again. Of course, I was panicking, as I am not too good on rework or picking up dropped stitches when it come to knitting. Crocheting is a piece of cake to rip out and rework, but knitting…

In my defense, it was late that night, Tom had the movie “Saw IV/4” on (which I thought was stupid and annoying) and I periodically would sneak peaks here and there of the movie. I wasn’t paying attention to the task at hand and flubbed-up the sock. I managed to get the sock back on course and carefully threw placed it in the basket. I didn’t pick it up again until this afternoon. This is as far as I got-

wip knitted sock

I hope to have it finished by this evening.