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Do you ever get on a kick and you make one thing for ages. I am on that kick. I do a little bit of other things, but I am on a washcloth, facecloth, dishcloth kick and I can't make enough of them. I think my count is about 42 right now. I make them with a DK cotton yarn and not the thick preaches and cream thick yarn that most people use. My washcloths do not hold as much water as the thick yarn and they are not very large. Between uses the washcloths should dry out to avoid bacteria.
When making my dishcloths/facecloths/washcloths, I have been using various waffle knitting patterns and lace knitting patterns.
Have you been in a rut or made one item for a long time? What did you make?
Which lace pattern do you like best?
I hope you had a great weekend!!!
Sweet grand baby 2
PS Don't forget to go to my website at:https://www.slipperywhenwetsoaps.com (I have several dishcloth/washcloths/facecloths available on this website.)
I have used the above link. It makes a pretty, lace design, but it is slow going. I am not very fast knitting with passing the slipped stitch over 2 stitches. I also use a thinner cotton yarn than most dishrags call for. I use a DK or fingering weight yarn. I think this delicate design would be best for a washcloth.
Do you like it better in a dark colored cotton or a light colored cotton?
Soon it will be Valentine's Day and many of us start thinking of Romance and Roses. We desire to surround ourselves with bath and body items of beauty. One of the many things I like to use is body powder for days that I may be hot and sticky. Body powder can be purchased or made at home. I like to use cornstarch, arrowroot powder and tapioca flour. A mixture of these powders works fine. A touch of white mica (for shimmer) and a bit of fragrance oil or essential oil is sweetens the deal. Different essential oils have antibacterial properties which is helpful when you are prone to sweating. Oh, I forgot, women glow. LOL Most well known of these antibacterial essential oils is tea tree and lavender. Tea tree is stinky to me and would have to be camouflaged with other fragrances.
Body Powder, Dusting Powder, Talcum Powder, & Perfumed Body Powder are all terms to describe the same thing. Talcum is seldom used and most powders have some sort of fragrance, even Baby Powder.
If you decide to make your own powder, you probably have containers at home to place the powder in. I have a salt shaker shaped as a dress. It works great for shaking powder onto my hand so I may place it on my body. My preference is to use a powder puff, so my hands aren't all powdered. These puffs can be made with the use of novelty yarn. Any soft yarn such as eyelash or extra fluffy baby yarn is preferred. I crocheted a circle and then closed the circle up. A little piece of ribbon for a holder can be used in the center of the puff. For containers, I like to use small jars and decorate the jars and/or the jar tops. Another simple container to use is a teacup. What do you think you will use?
You can use any cotton yarn, but my preference is a thinner yarn, such as dk size. I find the sugar n' cream yarn is too thick for me to use as a washcloth. Once you use the washcloth or dishcloth, you want it to thoroughly dry between uses. It is not necessary to use a second yarn for the additional sparks in the washcloth. Do you have Valentine's Day plans? I hope you enjoy the day! Thank you for reading my blog. Dawnie
Do you have goals or new year's resolutions? What are they? With what time I have left, I don't expect to climb Mt. Everest or earn a rodeo buckle for bull riding. My goals are to get to the pearly gates. but before I do, I want to be here to support my son, help raise my granddaughters to become life-long learners, put their faith in God, enjoy life, and never forget to test skirts for "swirl factor." Dawnie
Several years ago I made some dishcloths/washcloths with a center heart. I used the pattern from the magazine which happened to come with cute labels "knitted with love." I made several heart cloths and I varied the yarns. I found that using cotton yarn with a thin, decorative carrier yarn gave the cloths an individualized look and a lot of pizzazz! I can't find the original pattern, so I made one up similar to the original. To knit up the cloths, I used a cotton yarn (paintbox, 50 gram skeins, 137 yards, 100 percent cotton, DK weight or #3 in weight) and a carrier yarn (Ice, Petunia, 20 gram balls, 190 meters, 70% polyester and 30% metallic) together. The sparkle really adds to the cloth. They are not scratchy. They work up to be 8" wide and 8" tall. I used size 6 knitting needles. If your cloth turns out to be a little larger or a little smaller, I don't think it will matter, so I didn't mess with the gauge. This is a nice size of cloth for me and it doesn't stretch out with the weight of the water, like larger cloths do.
The pattern is designed for beginning knitters, but anyone should enjoy the pattern. If you want to add a challenge to the pattern, only knit the center heart with the carrier yarn and yarn combination, or use a different color of yarnfor the heart.
You may find, as I did that it is hard to always knit or purl both yarns. The thinner metallic yarn occasionally did not get knitted or crocheted and I noticed a looser stitch which gave it away, usually several rows later. We are our own worst critic and most people would never notice. LOL
Too bad the sparkles do not show up in the pictures. The sparkle is what makes the cloth so special!
Have a great weekend and be safe. We are having an ice storm over the weekend, so I may knit more of these.