Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Drift, Clay, and Bean

from bottom to top: Drift, Clay, and Bean

I just completed these organic cotton washcloths. Each is a different stitch pattern and color, my own designs. They are incredibly soft. I love the use of the word whilst in the yarn tag care instructions:
Machine washable.
Dry flat. Wash dark
colours separately.
Reshape whilst wet.

36 comments:

  1. Oh, those look scrumptiously soft and wonderful! And I just love the names, they sound like they could be the names of a rag tag group of wandering kids. :)

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  2. These are so pretty! I especially love the blue. Just a gorgeous shade!

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  3. I wish I could knit! I tried to once and I turned out a huge yarn clump...


    ps. check out my new blog ;)
    http://diyainherstilettos.blogspot.com/

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  4. so great -- and lovely colors. dishcloths make the perfect handmade gift. could you share the patterns?

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  5. The names are great, suggesting nicknames given to the outbuildings of an old family farm. And a good 'whilst' makes a label. Lovely work.

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  6. Denise, I am loving your blog! Thank you for visiting woolnest and commenting; I like knowing who's been to visit. :) I'll be back...

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  7. These are so so so wonderful :)

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  8. Beautiful!
    and whilst is one of my favorite words - I insert it into conversation whenever I can. :)

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  9. Gorgeous and soft...whilst so useful.

    (I tired, I'm not sure I got it)

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  10. Beautiful and practical. Perfect. Nothing feels better that a handknitted washcloth in the bath...(wait, maybe padding about the house in handknitted socks...) its a tie.

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  11. oh these are really gorgeous. i love the look of homemade washcloths. anything to get me inspired 'whilst' i clean the house. :)

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  12. I, too, love the word whilst. And these are beautiful, Denise. I love them, love them.

    xoxo,
    -maria

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  13. Love those pale colours...springy like in a modest way.

    Yay! You finaly picked up the knitting needles. :-)

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  14. Tumbleweed Woman, I love your perspective--a rag tag group of wandering kids. Excellent! I wish I could take more credit, but those nifty names are simply the color names of the yarns I used...

    RW, Thank you. I like them too.

    Elizabeth, See my "Tumbleweed Woman" response above. Sigh...

    Erin, I love the blue too, but can't decide which is my favorite color. I think I like them best as a set.

    Diya, You should try again. Just do something simple like a scarf that is 100% knit stitch. It's easy peasy once you get going.

    Lucy, I knit them like I knit most things, sort of winging it. Let me see what I can recall... I used Sublime Organic Cotton dk yarn (50g) and used maybe 2/3 of each ball. I used US size 7 (4.5mm) bamboo needles. I believe I cast on 44 stitches for Drift (blue) and knit in seed stitch until I reached my desired size of 7x8". For Bean (green) and Clay (taupe) I cast on 40 stitches. Bean is a checkered pattern where I simply p4 k4 one row and then k4 p4 the next, and repeated both rows until I reached my desired size. Clay is double seed stitch. I finished by spritzing them with water via spray bottle and then shaping all four into neat rectangles and placing them on a clean dry towel to dry. I was imagining them as face or body cloths vs. dish cloths. I might knit tighter with a smaller needle for a dish cloth.

    Mise, Outbuildings of an old family farm! Love it! I wish I had made up the names, but I just swiped the names of the yarn colors I used...

    The Nest, Thank you and welcome!

    Rebekah, Thank you.

    Pen and Paperie, Thank you and yes, whilst is good fun.

    Camilla, You got it : )

    Elena, I still haven't tried socks, but a sweater is about to happen. I'm nervous!

    Anna, I see you are whilst loving too : )

    Maria, Who knew whilst had such a following? As I was knitting these I was thinking that they felt a bit Maria-like, the soft cotton yarn and comforting muted tones.

    Anne Marie, I do love these muted tones. Oh, I've been picking up the needles... I just finished a black scarf, have a blue bamboo scarf in the works, and have been working on a small orange pouf (coffee table sized foot rest) I'd like to fill with dried lima beans, it's the sweater that I can't seem to begin. I think I'll take the plunge this afternoon.

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  15. those look really great! and whilst. i wonder how i can incorporate that into my vernacular ! :D

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  16. You create beauty. The colours are perfect and that was terribly cute about the word whilst!

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  17. Don't sell them! I want to keep them at home so all your friends are jealous of us.

    :)

    Knowledge Man

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  18. ohh- i love these! the colours are divine.

    i also love chris' comment up there. x

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  19. ooh how clever - these are lovely. And whilst is such a lovely word that conjures up feelings of gentleness and grace...

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  20. these are so pretty. and this photo showcases them awfully well!

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  21. these are beautiful!! love the colors and the patterns. i want some ;) i like the word whilst too.

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  22. so pretty....loooove the colors. i'll be thinking of them all day, especially when i look at my not-so-pretty ones

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  23. I love your blog! In fact, I'm adding you to my blogroll now.

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  24. Beautiful and serene, and I love the names!

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  25. I particularly enjoy the little color marinade that is going on with that pretty stack of washcloths.

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  26. Thank you! You are a thoughtful bunch.

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  27. They look divine. Those colors remind me of the seashore.

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  28. These are wonderful and just what I was looking for to give as gifts. thanks for the inspiration.

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  29. The Brits say "whilst" a lot. I learned that when I lived over there!

    Those are beautiful colors. Really. I want all of them.

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  30. Jessica and Joanna, Thanks!

    Jane, Great idea! I'm seriously considering taking them down from Etsy and giving them as a gift. I know someone who has a home where the set of 3 will fit perfectly.

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  31. Nice blog- Love that you love the word whilst- I agree.

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  32. That definitely counts for crafty! Beautiful...

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  33. very nice colours and texture. I can imagine it feels great

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  34. Such a great photo. Well done!

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