Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Baby Gift

Another friend recently had a baby boy, so I spent some time this weekend sewing and knitting a little set to send to the new parents:

two burp pads,
a tiny pair of knitted socks,

two matching bibs,
a Waldorf-style stuffed toy,

a copy of the infamous Dangerous Book for Boys.

Into the mail they go, and hopefully on their way to bring a long-distance welcome to a 
sweet, baby boy and his parents.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easy, Breezy, Knit Washcloth

It's been a while since my last post!  I've been keeping busy with kids' schedules and spring activities.  We had a wonderful Easter here at Morning Glory Lane.  We celebrated with a family dinner on Saturday, church on Sunday, and lots and lots of chocolate in between!

I have been squeezing in some sewing and some yarn goodness where I can.  Some projects require more thinking than others!  I like to always have an easy, no-brain-required, project at hand for those times when I'm just too tired to think.  For me, these easy knitted washcloths fit the bill.  I like to have a steady supply of these around for gifts, and I also try to have a few in my Etsy shop.  This pattern has been around
forever, made by grandmas and moms all over the world, but I thought I'd do a quick write-up for those of you who may be new to the knitting bug, or who might enjoy a trip down memory lane.  

Easy, Breezy, Knit Washcloth (knit on the diagonal)

Use a cotton yarn and an appropriate sized needle.  For Peaches -n- Creme yarn, I use a size 7 needle.    Switch up or down a size to adjust to yarn weight and to find your personal preference.  Some people like a very tight washcloth, and others like them loose and squishy!

Cast On 4
First Row:  Knit
Row 2:  K 2, YO, K2
Row 3:  K2, YO, K to end
Row 4:  K2, YO, K to end
Continue in this pattern until you have 45 stitches on your needle.
Now you will begin the decrease.
K 1, K2 together, YO, K2 together, K to end
Continue in this pattern (K 1, K2 together, YO, K2 together, K to end) until you have
4 remaining stitches on your needle.
Bind off, weave in ends, and enjoy your new washcloth!

Happy Knitting!