February 14, 2008
As much as I love, love, love knitting dishrags, I think they’ve become a problem for me. A crutch. Whenever I’m feeling fidgety lately, in knitting or life, I cast on a dishrag. This keeps me busy, but it’s not like I need the dishrags. I’m well fixed in the dishrag department. I hand them out to pals like sticks of gum. “Here, have a Wint-O-Green? A piece of Trident? A countertop mop?”
While I respect dishrag knitting, I have to acknowledge that it is getting in the way of my commitment to other projects. The time has come to break the 100% cotton, $1.28-a-ball chains of the Demon Dishcloth Cotton. To slip those slipped stitches and breathe free.
But first, a small dishrag.
Larissa is collecting cream-colored 6-inch dishrags for an art project. I love dishrags! I love art! I’m so in! You can use any pattern. I went out on a limb and used the Ballband Dishcloth pattern. To get 6 inches at my gauge, I cast on 27 , although I had to block it to get to 6 inches, and who blocks a dishrag? So if I were starting again, I ‘d cast on 33 and let it be unblocked. (Hey! I could apply some i-cord to it in case it de-blockifies in the mail!)
We are heading out on a little fambly Presidents Day vacay. To complete my dishrag-detox treatment, I am taking only one project with me.
I am going to attempt Ether, from the new Rowan magazine, in Euroflax Originals Sportweight linen. (The top so great it makes you pass out on the lawn.) I’m working without a net here. I’m taking just the linen, the needles, and the magazine. Worst case scenario: linen dishrags.
I have received a couple of your Project Teeny Runway entries by mistake and I have been laffing my head off. The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
See you next week,