Monday, November 21, 2005

Hoover Blanket (Dishcloth)

I have fallen in love with a baby blanket pattern. The Hoover blanket is beautiful and such a wonderful story. This is the blanket I want to knit for my own first baby while I am pregnant. I am not, however, expecting. And I have plenty of other knitting scheduled before that time is allowed to come. So, to feed my need for this pattern and to try my hand at this double knitting business, I decided to use this pattern (slightly modified, of course) and make a dishcloth for my mother-in-law for Christmas.

There are several reasons this is a good idea.

1. I had several skeins of Sugar 'nCream dishcloth cotton languishing in my stash and so this gives them a purpose - a reason for living, if you will.
2. My MIL is a knitter and so, therefore, will appreciate the effort.
3. I am an obsessive person. Once I get hooked on a pattern, I have to knit it. I must. It is like addiction. Knitting is crack to me. Now, if only it would cause some unexplained weight loss, our love affair would be complete.

These pictures aren't very good. The colors are not at all true. The garter stitch border is a deep, Christmas tree/grass green. The center is green (the same as the border) and navy and pale blue and purple variegated. It is very pretty.

It is very pretty and double-knitting is like knitting magic. I am fascinated by it. The pattern is also slow going. Part of my problem is that I am trying to do too many things at once right now (imagine that) and this pattern doesn't really lend itself to a lot of starts and stops.

Short weeks are great. The only down side is that even though I only have to be in the office for three days, there is still five days worth of work to do. Wednesday evening we are heading to my aunt-in-law's house for Thanksgiving. Sunday night I baked cheese cookies with my mother to take and then Thursday I am making sweet potato puffs. That will be my contribution.


Meaghan said...

Hi Kristy

Love your blog. I'm looking forward to seeing the dishcloth finished - the colours are great.

I'm with you on the photos. It's nice to see the person you are reading about, but even though I feel that way it was hard for me to put my photo in my blog (hate having my photo taken). Cheers.

Laura said...

Kristy you're a knitting genius if you can get this double knitting thing figured out! I saw the Hoover blanket and fell in love with the story probably some time back in February or March this year. I tried a swatch and couldn't get it to come out right. Maybe I need to try something bigger like dishcloth size. Good luck with it - can't wait to see your finished project!

amandamonkey said...

Great colors on the dishcloth!

I just saw your comment on CAP's last post - I cannot believe how disgusting people can be.

Rhett said...

okay, as per your comment on CAP... WHAT A JERK!!! in comment to your posting on my blog... it is a fun game. :) I wish mine had said I needed a nap!

Meaghan said...

Hi again Kristy

Thanks for your kind offer on my blog. At the moment I'm using Kaleidoscope Yarns, who seem to have a very good range and ship to Aus. If you have any suggestions on good online yarn stores - I'm all ears!

I couldn't email you as there wasn't a link on your page, which is why I've left this message here. Cheers!

Stephanie said...

the pictures are intriguing....