New tools, Rainbow ALL THE THINGS, and Dish Clothes

It had been a busy couple of months at my home – more wedding preparations, work stepping up pace, and several commissions. So, a bit over a month ago, one of my friends discovered she was gay, and to show the world how happy she is about this she bought three skeins of rainbow yarn from Xray Ann. I am making her a knitted cowl, pattern here, and a hat and a pair of finger-less gloves. However, with the way the yarn is dyed and how small her hands are, I think I can only get all of one color and maybe a bit of the next per glove, so I may have to do for her gloves like I am doing for the Many Rainbow scarf and just use 6 skeins instead. Needles are bamboo.

One day at work while on my lunch break, I was working on the above knitted cowl. A co-worker happened by and thought that was a brilliant idea, as in his daughter is also gay, and he wants to give her all the rainbow things – but she really likes scarves. Ergo, here I am making her a shell stitch rainbow scarf. SO far I am in the middle of a second color repeat, but I may have to go for a third if I want to get the width I want. Also, aforementioned co-worker asked if I could make a similar scarf for his daughter’s girlfriend as well. Oh, and I am using Cascade Yarns, fingering weight, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.

For this scarf, chain a multiple of 6.

Single stitch first row.

Chain 3, and turn. This counts as your first double. Then, double stitch 2 more times in the same chain – should be the 4th chain form hook. Skip 2. In 3rd chain, single stitch. Skip 2. In 3rd chain, double stitch 5 times. Repeat until end of row. Last cluster, instead of doing 5 doubles, do 3.

Chain 1. Turn. Double stitch 5 times in the previous row’s single stitch, then single stitch in the 3rd double stitch of each cluster of 5 double crochet.

Rows will end in a single stitch and the clusters of three every other row – if your row ends with a cluster of 3, chain 1 and turn. If it ends with a single stitch, chain 3 and turn.

Bind off and weave in ends when done.

Btw – I have gone through my browsing history and cannot find the page where I found this pattern, so if anyone does find it, please comment with the link or send me a message so I can put it on here for proper credit.

 I have been on a dishcloth binge again, only this time instead of making my own patterns as I go, I found a pattern I really like – here. It seems a bit big and full of holes when you crochet it, but after it has been washed, it is just about perfect! I can make three dish cloths out of a Sugar n’ Cream Supersize roll, 4 oz. I actually just ordered a few skeins from Yarnspirations earlier this week for dishcloths.

The crochet hook I used is a Caspien 5mm hook I ordered from Knit Picks. I like it well enough – really dig the colors – however, there is no markings on it for size, unlike the knitting needle I bought at the same time (size 4.5mm). So, I would suggest somehow etching it on, or a permanent marker, or just buying the set and keeping them in marked holders? I have seen hook/needle gauges at Yarn Scout too, so that would also be a possibility.


Crochet Tulle Dish Scrubby Experiments

Around Christmas, while visiting my parents, we got to talking about useful crochet things around the house. Their favorite thing is the crochet dish scrubbis they get at the local farmers marker, but were not able to stock up on before it ended for the year. See where this is going? So here I am in Joann’s, toting around some tullle, and before the woman cutting it cuts it, (and some  disscussion) she says, “you know, we have some already cut down to three inches and on a spool in the bridal section.” Sold. However, for future reference, while the pre-cut in the bridal secton is nice, it is too fine a mesh for scrubbies.

Anyways, last night I finally got around to experimenting  with the tulle. I used this video. It recommends that you use a size J hook (6mm). This is how small mine turned out using a size J hook.

Barely large enough to cover three fingers for scrubbing. Admittedly, I was stich ing it tighter than the video showed. So, to make it actually useable, it frogged the bitty wee one and used a larger hook, size K (6.5mm). It came out much better.

However, though this is a good size, most especially for people with smaller hands, mine are not especially small, so I went to an even larger hook. This time I used an size L? hook (8mm). PERFECT!

So. Tada! After I use the second spool of fine mesh tulle, I’love go back to Joann’s and just a couple yards of the larger mesh tulle, and see how that goes.

Crochet Dishcloth Explosion

Or this is what happens when I go up to the cabins for a week and be a putz about actually posting anything.

So, in my week up at the cabins, I made many dishcloths and scrubby things. Evidenced below.

All things made are variations of the ones above – yes, I had a lot of time on my hands, and yes, it was WONDERFUL. Also, I made a watermelon dishcloth from this pattern, because I’m contrary like that.

A Finished Thing and a Helping Thing

Today I am curled up on the couch, like yesterday, because oh yeah, I’m sick. AGAIN! Despite the gr I feel over having a plague, I am trying to look at the silver lining – more time to read and work on projects and drink tea. (because yay tea and this is what I usually do on my days off anyways) Here is the latest –

The Mountain Laurel Dishcloth. Found here.

Also, my furry pumpkin, (Louie), has also decided to join in on the sitting on the couch and doing things –

He sits right behind/on my shoulder, when he’s not trying to sit in my lap, ergo my knitting (yarn fluff on top of fat fluff makes the best sleeping spot ever).