Monday, February 27, 2012

FO: A Dishcloth that isn't Ballband

Shocking I know.

BTW - this post could also be titled: The Generosity of Friends Part II.


Around Xmas, Melissa posted asking what our favorite holiday songs were. She reminded me of The Carpenters Christmas...one of the few holiday albums I can stomach (sorry, just not a fan of holiday music!). I grew up listening to that album an
d loved it so she kindly offered to send it to me. Not only did the disc come, but she included another washcloth (I didn't realize how much I liked orange and blue until I got this...I love this cloth).

And her and Lily gave me a card. How cute is that? Lily drew me an elk! And very few people realize elk calves have spots...kudos Lily! However, I'll wait until she is older to let her know that in elk families, it's the mama elk and baby elk that are important! ;)

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago...two things converged. One is that I was cleaning out my craft room and found some stuff that I thought Lily may like. And since it was her birthday, thought maybe I could add a little something else hand-made in there for her. Second is that Jacey and I had been discussing a few small knitting challenges to do this year. I had never knit a dishcloth that wasn't a ballband and Jacey had never knit a dishcloth (!). You can see where this is going with respect to the challenge.

So in preparation, I went searching the one (well 2) place(s) I knew I'd find tons of great cloth patterns. Why search all of Ravelry when I can just go to Melissa's project page and Kate's project page? And I think I favorited (is that even a word?) about 13 patterns that I want to try. However, I also ran across a ballerina cloth that seemed to scream Lily. So I knit it up right quick. Now...I don't have any idea what a 7-year-old needs with a dishcloth but it is the thought that counts. Maybe she can clean up her glitter with it?! And Melissa, this was as close to pink as I could make myself go. Wash it a few times and it'll end up pink!


I haven't mailed it yet...figured maybe posting about it would give me the momentum to mail it. Time will tell...everybody likes birthdays that last for weeks right?

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Now playing: Ode to Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry

ok -- to those of you who knew the song from last week, do you know the B-side version? where it is played backwards? I still have the 45 with both of these songs...

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15 comments:

Jacey said...

I don't know the backwards version, but I think that might be even more awesome! And the washcloth you made Lily is adorable! Challenge complete! At least for you. ;) I've been working on other things, so I haven't made any ballband progress.

I also love the card Lily made! It's precious!

kate said...

Wow, jumping right in to the deep end there with a picture cloth - nicely done!!

Bonnie K said...

A 7-yr old may not need a dishcloth, but certainly could use it as a face cloth. Nicely done!

Mr. Puffy said...

How thoughtful of Melissa ~ and I love the dishcloth you made for Lily. If it makes you feel any better I'm always late sending my nephews their birthday gifts and they don't seem to mind :)

knittergal said...

I love the ballerina cloth..very girly and will make a nice washcloth...never too young to start the beauty regimen! ; )

Ann said...

Love the dish cloths. I always enjoyed knitting dish cloths & they make great gifts.

Linda said...

I love your dish cloths! I had never made one until a friend brought me back some lovely cotton from The US, so nice to knit! I even use them!

elizabeth said...

Ha - did you see the movie Ode to Billy Joe? Very...strange...I wasn't sure what to make of it at the time.

I use my dishcloths all the time, need to get involved in another swap!

nova said...

Oh, it's fantastic; and, yes, who wouldn't want to celebrate their birthday for weeks?

melissa said...

oh you!
lily is going to flip when she receives the cloth!! (and yes, she'll totally use it as a face/body cloth in the shower)
and not only am i touched by your generosity i'm surprised to find you in such close proximity with such a pinkish yarn :)

thank you rach - you really are wonderfully sweet to think of lily.

Carie said...

It's so sweet- she's going to love it. And everyOne likes getting parcels in the post so I think you're fine whenever you send it.

Bubblesknits said...

Great job on the ballerina cloth! Both my kids love their handknit washcloths. They use them in the shower or tub. : )

raining sheep said...

I love Ode to Billi Joe! and the dishcloth is wonderful, any aspiring ballerina would enjoy that. I actually am a real fan of blue and orange. My dining room is blue with white furniture and whenever I put orange tulips in there the room seems to come alive. Hope you are having a great weekend.

knitty_kat said...

I have a serious love hate relation with dishcloths. Love knitting them and using them at first - hate them when the fade and stretch! These are lovely!

Hope you are well!

Sarah said...

I've never knit a dishcloth! Must make that right someday