FO Parade: Dishcloths & Dishtowels

In case it wasn’t clear in my earlier Finishing Frenzy post, September was one INTENSE month at work. What’s a gal to do when comfort knitting is in order? Dishcloths, of course!

And nice ones at that, since I had lots of well-marinated cotton left over from baby projects for Izzy and a Log Cabin Blanket knit years ago for my sister and brother-in-law.

The only problem? Shrinkage even in tepid water. (Insert obligatory nod to George Costanza.) Never mind that, let’s just revel in the before photos…

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Patterns: Ballband Dishcloth by Pisgah Yarn
& Slip Stitch Dishtowels by Purl Soho
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton

dish towel and clothsAs for the end result… Well, they served their stress-busting needs so there’s that. Plus, there’s no shortage of spills to wipe up at our house — big and tiny.

Onward.

FO: Lucky Penny Cowl

Like so many others, I was led down the Honey Cowl path by those Mason-Dixon pushers knitters. Not that I’m complaining. In fact, it was a great mindless/mindful knit and I suspect another one will grace my needles soon.

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Pattern: Honey Cowl
Yarn: TFA Yellow Label (Lucky Penny)

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And can I just say I’m completely in love with this new TFA color? Fighting the urge to order it in every base — but stash diving tonight so I can clear out some room…

A New Favorite Color?

Back around second or third grade — after the standard adoration of pink — I picked blue as my favorite color. And loyal I was to all things blue for nearly 15 years. By the time I’d entered my 30s, though, green had overtaken it.

The other day I looked down at my WIPs and realized another change might be underway.

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Hello, blue, my dear old friend!

Since this is a knitting blog and patterns matter, the projects are (clockwise from the top): Peaks Island hood, a Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock (my first sock!), and a Fiddlehead Mitten (first mitten!).

I also have two other blue projects waiting in the wings — yes, there’s another turquoise one, but the other is a lovely color named Robins Egg Grey.

I try to hold myself to no more than three active projects at any one time. It’s an arbitrary number for sure, but one that keeps me from feeling like nothing will ever get done. Anyone else have a WIP limit for themselves? If so, what is your magic number?

Looking Back, Looking Forward

You could say I’m emboldened for having forged ahead with the Marin — and for actually meeting my 2012 knitting goals: three new items/techniques (baby booties, short rows, Fair Isle) and  “12 in 2012.” Forgive me the following Ravelry documentation; it’s just that a dozen shawls seemed so unlikely a few months back in the frenzy of the move and new job.

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What are my 2013 knitting goals? More venturing into that territory of new items and techniques. This year I’m tackling socks, mittens, and Fair Isle that’s more than rudimentary. And since I acquired quite a bit of lovely yarn last year, including holiday gifts, I’m going to dive into my stash with glee. (Goal is to try to use up three stash yarns for each new purchase.)