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Dish Rags, Raglans, and Jumping off the Bandwagon

Posted by notthatkat on August 6, 2007

The Dish Rag Tag boxes were sent out on Wednesday last.  My team’s arrived in the mail on Friday.

Dish Rag Gppdies

Besides the ball of yarn I used for Nicole’s dishrag, the box contained a neat short row square dishcloth, a ball of cotton for me to keep, a recipe for shortbread, and a couple of cookie cutters.  I didn’t get a picture of Nicole’s dishcloth in yarn form, but here it is upon completion:

Dish Cloth for Nicole

I went for speed over substance, but I like how the cloth came out.  I really like garter stitch for dishcloths, as the texture gives good scrubbing action.  It’s a dishcloth…I came up with the pattern  (such as it is) on my own…  and it’s mitered!  Ann and Kay would be so proud.  Neither of the two yarns in my package did much for me (although both are pretty good neutrals – maybe that’s the problem – I like color in my dish rags!), but I used the one I liked best to make the cloth I sent on.  Wasn’t that selfless of me?

Alongside the dishcloth for Nicole, I sent two new balls of dishcloth cotton (purple and yellow, and a dark variegated – hope they work for her and Colleen), a box of SweetTarts (’cause sending chocolate through the mail in South Carolina in August is a Bad Idea) and a couple bars of my hand made soap.  The box was pretty much full to the brim with all that (in case any of my team mates are trying to gauge box capacity), but I didn’t get pictures of the extra goodies because I was rushing around like a mad woman trying to make it to the post office before they closed on Saturday.  All told, I had the box in my possession for all of about 20 hours.

Now my role is relegated to cheerleader and coordinator for my team, which suits me fine, as my workload to get ready for Dragon*Con is starting to pick up steam, and the last two weeks in August will probably be crazy beyond belief.  I’ve already started requesting necessary information knowing it might not be available yet, but I’ll probably have to push, prod, and nag to get what I need from some people.  Part of the problem is that much of what I need to get done before the convention other than “staff recruitment and management” cannot be done until the guest list and programming has been finalized (at least as finalized as they ever are, these things change up to and during the convention).  As long as I’m not wading through huge amounts of superfluous information to get the relevant stuff like last year, I’ll be happy.  And if I am… I won’t be happy, but I’ve done it before, I can do it again.

Christmas Dishrag Project

In keeping with the dish rag theme, I decided to make a bunch of dishcloths for  office Christmas presents.  The one on the left is a basic bias knit garter dishcloth. For the one on the right, I exercised my Google-Foo and found the pattern for the cloth Emily sent me.  It is done but for the grafting, and weaving in the ends.  Two down, tons to go.  I figure if I get a couple of these knocked out a week, I’ll have no problem making enough by early December.  These will also be gifted with handmade soap (they just seems to go together, ya know) with a holiday appropriate scent that I have yet to pick out, let alone procure (I’m thinking pine, but I might very well change my mind.  The only things I know for sure is I want something Christmas-y and it must be unisex.)

Cable-Down Raglan

I got a bit more done on my Cable-Down Raglan over the weekend between all the dish rag knitting.  I am about half way down the yoke, depending on what size I go with (either the 41 or the 44 – probably the 44 but I’m delaying making a decision until I get to the point where the sleeves separate from the body, then I’ll try it on and decide).  I still love the pattern, and think it’s coming out great, but at the moment, it’s a bit of a slog.  I have a lot of stitches on the needle, and am increasing by 8 every other round.  I get to the second sleeve after doing the back in stockinette, and I have to remind myself what pattern row I’m on, because it feels like it’s taking me forever to finish a round.  In reality it’s like 10-15 minutes depending on whether it’s a round with cabling or not.

Diamond Cable

I love the main cable motif.  I’ve done half a repeat of the other motifs on the sleeve sections, but they’re not complete enough to show up well yet.   There is published errata having to do with how to work the increases, but I think I’ve found an error in the chart that isn’t listed there.  See the four little crosses in the center of the diamond motif?  According to the chart, I should be knitting the stitch on either side of each of those crossings.  It doesn’t look like that was done on the actual garment, and I opted to purl those stitches to make the cable crossings pop more.  I’ve contacted Interweave to try to find out if this is indeed an error and if so try to get it added to the errata  Looking at the KAL site everyone else has done the same, at least of those I can clearly make out the cable.  If you back track through the older posts, there are references to errors in the charts, which IMO must be in reference to this, but no actual corrections are listed.  I’m going with my gut, which says this way is “right.”

Silk Socks

Why do plain old stockinette socks seem to take longer to get anywhere on than ones with a stitch pattern?  Or is it just me?  Realistically, I know these have only been on the needles since last Wednesday and didn’t get much love until the Hokie Jaywalkers were done.  I typically knit a pair of socks up in about 2 weeks, unless I am obsessively knitting nothing but the socks.  Still, it seems like I should have  more than 4 1/4 inches of leg done by now.  I think it’s the lack of landmarks on the way.  Sure, I have the stripe sequence, and I can always pull out a tape measure, but it’s not the same as 2 pattern repeats done, 3/4 of the way through the pattern repeat…  And maybe the lack of variety.  Even the Jaywalker socks, with their simple two row repeat and absence of milestones, seem to knit up quicker to me than stockinette.  I guess I should keep a pair of socks in a yarn best suited to stockinette (I’m trying to use up my stash of these and not add too many new ones) for times when I need dead simple portable knitting on top of my usual “in rotation” pair, but then, I’d have to buy another set of circulars and how many pairs of socks going at one time can I have before my head explodes and sock yarn comes pouring out.

Last, but not least, in the knitting quandary category, I am not so sure I’ll like the Mystery Stole as it was revealed on Friday.  It is asymmetrical, with the second end of the stole being wing shaped.  Now, I am not opposed to asymmetry on principle, and often find myself drawn to such items. But in this case, I’m not sure it is something I will like or use.  However, I’m not sure I want to just reject it out of hand.  To that end, my plan is to knit to the “put in a lifeline in case you want to rip back when you see where I’m going with this” point and then put it on hold until I see some finished shawls.  Plan B is to stop at that point and knit the exact same pattern again, then graft the two together.  This is how I’m leaning at the moment.

The corrollary to this is that once I get to my designated stopping point with this, and done with the yoke of my raglan, I’m casting on the Bee shawl.  The yarn is already wound and ready to go.


One Response to “Dish Rags, Raglans, and Jumping off the Bandwagon”

  1. kathy b said

    Oh thanks for showing the dishrag tag things. Shortbread cookies oh yum. Your knitting is really lovely.

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