Little houses



The other day I was getting ready to start on my new scarf – the Rapunzel kit.  Not five minutes after I blogged about the cast on for this scarf, I saw a pattern for these:

Houses-porch-2These cute little house dishcloths!  I decided I had to make some right then.  So for the last several days, I have been knitting little houses.   The pattern is called The Nineteen Hundred House Dishcloth.  It was $3.00 for the pattern, and it was $3.00 well spent.  It’s one of those very simple patterns with just knitting and purling stitches.  Very easy and they go quickly.

I began making the houses with some linen that I had.



I liked the linen, but then I wanted to try them with cotton because I thought the stitches might be more defined.  Davey helped me arrange the houses into a picture, and he decided the linen dishcloths should serve as the shed (or barn?).  He set them off from the other houses.



What is fun too is that I adjusted the pattern by just omitting some rows so that I could make the houses different heights.




I just spent a few minutes looking around at the designer’s ravelry, and I found a West End apartment house pattern.  It looks like great fun too!

I am thinking they will be great housewarming gifts!


Cabling without a Needle

I needed a little project today to take with me to story hour.  It’s 25 minutes of good knitting time!  So I have this somewhat lofty goal to knit up all my yarn this year.   I have a bunch of cotton that needs knitting, so I thought I’d make some dishcloths.

I remembered my friend Ronnie from Arkadelphia telling me that the best way to learn new stitches is to practice them in dishcloths.  She was speaking more specifically about lace at the time.  I am still scared of lace though, so I am not taking that on yet.

But I found a simple pattern that called for an easy cable.  The pattern suggested doing the cable without a cable hook.   It’s easier to practice if you are just trying to cable two stitches at a time as is done in this pattern.  The person who wrote the pattern directed me to a great video which demonstrates how to do this.

I was always a little nervous about cabling without a needle.  I had visions of loose stitches flopping everywhere.  This video gave me new confidence.

So I am practicing on this pretty dishcloth.  Green is my favorite color, but I sure like this sunny yellow too.  The color doesn’t look quite as light and sunny in the photo.  I am enjoying this pattern.

And that’s a post about a dishcloth.