I finished my first dish cloth this evening. I say first, because I am hooked on dish cloths now! They knit up so quick, I can get tons of Sugar & Cream and Peaches & Cream for mere pennies, and I can try out all different sorts of stitch patterns! After I finished the drop stitch pattern dish cloth, I started on another one which will be about the same size. This way, if I want to give them away as a gift, I can give away several and they will all look about the same size and have that store bought look while still rocking the wickedly cool homemade feeling.
For this second one, I pulled out my 365 stitch calendar and picked out the waffle stitch pattern. Why did I pick this one? It wasn't too lacey (not good for something that is supposed to soak up water), it is somewhat bumpy (for that scrubbing action), and I thought it was pretty. Of course, I didn't pay too much attention to the actual pattern (I did look for patterns with no increasing and decreasing for some unknown reason), so I was "surprised" when I discovered that the pattern is ribbing that is broken up by a row of knit stitch every four rows. It is probably not the best pattern for a dish cloth since it will expand with the water, but I must say that it looks pretty cute.
Here is a close-up of the stitches. See the ribbing? See the pooling of colors? Okay, enough with the negatives. See the pretty colors? See the dish cloth knitting up quickly? See a potential present taking shape? See SAK learning a new stitch pattern? See SAK finally being able to do a close-up that isn't blurry? (I am especially proud of that.)
So I finished half of the SCID scarf (again), and I have to tell you that I think I am going to rip it out (again). This is the thing, I keep thinking that I remember the pattern I used for the pink fun fur scarf, but I don't remember it. I don't look up the pattern, I just keep frogging it over and over again. I have decided that the size 17 needles are right, but the 17 stitch rows are just too long. In fact, it is incredibly long. I think I should just be casting on 7 stitches, but at this point I don't have the heart to do it. I work on this scarf while sitting at a medical clinic and I think that the nurses must think that I am incredibly slow, since I have been working on the same cookie monster blue fun fur scarf for about a month now. I know I should just bring another project if I feel so self-conscious, but I feel compelled to work on it there. I think it is because I don't need a pattern (ha ha) for a garter stitch scarf and the rows are short enough that I can always finish the one I am working on before I have to screen someone for the marijuana study. Ugh, okay, okay, goal for tonight: look up pink fun fur scarf and figure out the number of stitches to cast on.
Jim Henson's The Storyteller (totally amazing, go rent it!)