I hope you’re perkier this Monday morning than I am. I slept well, but the cobwebs are heavy in my brain this morning.
My weekend was AWESOME. It will probably take most of the week to catch up, but we’ll start here. This is Ballband Cloth #2. I’m not going to do a full review, but the important part is the yarn. I used Sugar ‘n Cream Twists (Summertime) for the border (Color A) and SnC Landscape for the other color. I just LOVE that color combination! Luckily I have more of each…
I knitted the bulk of the cloth at the firehouse Friday night. I love to knit in public. One 19 year old gal asked WHY I knit, and from there, we talked about when I learned, when I started up again, etc. However, the highlight of the evening was when College Girl J announced that she wanted the cloth.
I’ve known CGJ her whole life. Her grandmother drove the Knight’s school bus, just to note one deep connection. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought she would want a knitted cloth. At least two of her aunts knit, so she certainly has been around handknits most of her life.
When I handed it to her Saturday night, she STUDIED that cloth. The Knight seemed to take offense and asked her if she was looking for mistakes, but she said no, she was just looking at it.
I’d already cast on for my Island Cloth during the day Saturday, as I knew I’d need a travel project to entertain me Saturday evening, because we had to stop by the station to gift CGJ her cloth.
Pattern: Eloomanator’s Diagonal Knit Cloth. I had one skein of yarn I wanted to try out, and I was looking for a cloth pattern that would do it justice. I actually had to frog several times on the second/decrease half of this pattern, so I don’t know that I’ll do it again, but I might… it sure is a purdy thang.
Yarn: The discontinued Plymouth Linen Isle. For the record, these are my favorite summertime colors, all mashed together in one yarn. There’s a lime green, a blue that isn’t too intense, purple, fuschia and even a bit of not too bright yellow. However, I won’t be searching for more of this yarn; there was quite a bit of vegetation debris in it. I don’t like picking sticks out of my knitting, and there are softer linen blends out there. It was actually a poor choice for a cloth, as it needs to be washed in cold water on gentle and line dryed.
Needles: I used my Clover bamboo #5s, but if I knitted it agin with a DK weight yarn, I’d drop down to a #4. I like a firmer cloth.
Verdict: Pretty, simple pattern, but for me, the ballband is easier and more fun.
The rest of the weekend was spent knitting on a baby blanket and dining with family and friends. How was your weekend?