I have no idea how my own mind works, but occasionally I get a clue. For example: recently, I’ve experienced a resurgence of my long-dormant, but once virulent case of Dishrag Fever. I think it’s because we’re so into log cabin knitting right now, what with Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin springing forth (and having patterns for Log Cabin Cloths in it), and the summer of log cabin love I experienced helping the Klatch knit their blanket for our friend Diana.
In the map of my brain, the log cabin neurons are all squished in next to the dishrag-knitting neurons. There was bound to be some overlap.
So. In the spare hours when I’m not knitting something else (my sweater WIP count remains stable, at 3 sweaters), or adamantly not-knitting something else (one of those sweaters; Kaffe Fassett has a lot to answer for), I’ve been procrastiknitting dishcloths.
Very special dishcloths. Picture dishcloths, rendered in mosaic stitch.
Never Say Never
“But Kay,” you say, “You hate picture dishcloths.”
Not anymore I don’t! It turns out that the only picture dishcloths I knew were the kind that have the picture worked in reverse stockinette against a stockinette background. The picture never reads well enough for my liking, and the fabric is too thin for me; I like a chewy texture for dishcloths and towels. I actually use these things, no matter how pretty they are.
A few weeks ago, for some reason, I was looking for an image that would connect the themes of “pie” and “knitting.” You showed me an actual knitted pie crust from the brilliant Lorna and Jill Watts of Knits for Life, and that was that, case solved.
But in my own wanderings, I came across Amy Marie’s patterns.
It doesn’t get more PIE + KNITTING than this.
Pattern: Lattice Have Pie Towel by Amy Marie. Steam optional. Rolling pin optional.
Instantaneous compulsion. I had to get the pattern. I had to knit the pattern.
It’s a beautifully written pattern, helpfully giving both charted and written-out directions for the image. Mosaic stitch is excellent mental exercise, I find. It’s not hard, but requires a bit of focus.
One cool thing is that you can stop at any point in making the towel, and call it a dishrag. I’m plotting a fun application for my little individual pie images. Stay tuned.
More Amy Marie joie de vivre:
Zut alors! It’s the Eiffel Towel!
I didn’t knit all these beauties. I messaged Amy Marie on Ravelry, asking if I could borrow them, and she kindly sent them from Minnesota, no questions asked.
They just appeared.
I heart the knitting community: where it’s not weird to ask to borrow a stranger’s dishtowels, and where a talented designer can focus her graphic skills through the lens of mosaic stitch.
(If dishcloths aren’t your jam, look at this great cowl, Copenhagen Calling, from Isabell Kraemer. And the Emiliana shawl from Lisa Hannes. And the Plaidness Monster from Michael Vloedman. They look so fresh to me, and make great use of mosaic stitches, which can be awkward when used with less finesse.)
Department of Not-Mosaic
My Citron Grand is growing! I’m almost to Ruche the Fifth, and the end of my only ball of this shade, Zephr, in Sylph. I can’t wait to get to Nashville next week and pick up more Zephr so I can finish this thing. Perfect airplane knitting. Just ruche, ruche, ruche until you can’t ruche no more. Shake your ruche maker!
The slight splittiness that I noticed at first has vanished. The yarn hasn’t changed; I’ve adapted to it. Muscle memory is a wonderful thing. Same thing happens when I knit a kid mohair like Loft: at first I feel like “this is crazy, who knits with this gossamer fairy fluff,” and a few rows in, I’m all “I got this.”
One-Skeiners for Sylph
A couple of commenters helpfully suggested that it would be nice to have a one-skein pattern for Sylph, to try it out and see if you like it. A test run with a one-skein project is a great idea for any new yarn, really.
I like this free pattern: Sylph Cowl. A straightforward, low-commitment knit, and who wouldn’t love an airy circle of cashmere and linen around their neck? I also am attracted to this little scarfy: Hakusa, which people have made in all sorts of unusual or special yarns, including Sylph. Another favorite that would be fun for one skein of Sylph is the good old Dangling Conversation.
Or you know, just jump in with both feet and knit a Sylph wedding dress. (Gobsmacked at the skills that went into this beauty.)
See you soon!