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A few fun knits

knitted dishclothYour eyes do not deceive you…that picture you see is a total departure from the recent trend around here. Yes, I’ve actually finished something in the past week that isn’t a hat.

I printed out that dishcloth pattern (as well as several other letters from the Knitting Knonsense alphabet series–find them all here) ages ago. Now that I’ve finally worked it up, I am perfectly pleased. It’s a quick, satisfying project, and the letter definition is very clear in the completed fabric. I will definitely use this pattern again for my “M” gift recipient!

One note if you use this pattern: I haven’t looked at all of the letters, or maybe I’m overlooking a direction that appears earlier in the Knitting Knonsense website. But anyway, I didn’t see a needle size indicated. In this M’s case, I picked #8’s. The resulting cloth is just slightly smaller than the usual finished dishcloth (not “too small” at all, though), but I think those nice tight stitches are part of the reason the letter is so well-defined. I’ll do the same next time I make one.

…and then, dishcloth (and–check!–one part of one future Christmas gift) done, I slid back into the familiar. Hats!

Here’s the first, sized for an older baby or small toddler.

knitted child's hat in purpleI tried several different ways but couldn’t get the color to photograph accurately. It’s purple, not blue. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in “iris,” a really vibrant, joyful shade that I’ve used for several previous projects.

And then there’s this tiny one, for a newborn baby.

knitted newborn hat in pink

knitted newborn hat in pink--top detailRepeat above disclaimer about color and lighting…this yarn is really soft 3-weight 3-ply in a gentle shell pink. It’s yet another find I unearthed from Tillie’s stash.

Which brings us to…

for self/family: 2

for charity: 13

…and a little bit more of a little tiny dent in the yarn stash. Honestly, I’m beginning to think I could keep at this goal for far longer than just this year and still not have the stash down to a reasonably storable volume. Ah, well. What a happy problem to have. I’m still enjoying the journey, which is the whole goal of a craft, right?

Your turn. What are your needles and hooks up to lately?

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