Ready for spring

I’m so done with winter. I have been for a while. I’m ready for spring. I think it might be the colors.

And I am ready for spring colors. And flowers. And plants (I keep thinking about what veggies I’m going to plant in my container garden this year).

But since spring isn’t here yet, I decided to create a little bit of spring for myself.

How about some flowers?

Pretty, pink, and functional too…flower dishcloths.

Flower Dishcloths

The pattern is Flower Power Dishcloths by Doni Spiegle and is a free Ravelry download. It’s an easy-to-follow crochet pattern and it works up super fast.

I think I’ve figured out the two things I like most about crocheting.

  1. I can make a crochet project much faster than the same thing if it were knitted.
  2. I find it to be much easier to do shaped things – like flowers, Mickey ears…etc. (There are plenty of ways to do the same things with knitting, but they don’t come as easily to me.)

And bonus, the dishcloths are made from my stash of cotton.

Project Use Up All The Cotton Totals: 54g for both flowers

468 grams of yarn used, 618 grams to go

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Simple, quick, pretty

Washcloths. They’re quick, they’re easy. And bonus, they use up a bunch of yarn…especially when you crochet them.

These four I made in one night. I don’t have a specific person in mind to give them to yet so I bundled them together with a pretty ribbon and put them in my closet. I’ll hang on to them until a gift or donation is needed…or maybe even a craft show.

My goal is to make at least 2 Project Use Up All The Cotton items a month and I made 4. Yay!

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Project Use Up All The Cotton Totals
100g total for all 4 washcloths

414 grams of yarn used, 672 grams to go

Project use up all the cotton – I haven’t forgotten about you, I promise

Way back in May, I started a cotton de-stash project – Project Use Up All The Cotton. (Side note: I could have sworn it’s been longer than that. May feels like it was a REALLY long time ago.) I’ve had a few detours since starting and haven’t used up nearly as much yarn as I’d hoped by now.

BUT I did make another washcloth this week. I am proud & disappointed in it at the same time.

 

From a looks perspective, it didn’t come out that great…and I know that’s my fault. I made a poor choice in yarn. You’d think I would have learned to make these types of picture patterns in solid colors by now.

On the other hand, for this washcloth pattern, I did 2 things I don’t usually do and for that I am proud. The pattern itself is actually just a chart for the phoenix picture. So I did all the math to figure out exactly how many knits & purls I needed to make the right sized washcloth with a centered picture. Plus (and probably what I’m more pleased about), I read the phoenix pattern straight from the chart. Usually I follow written patterns (you know – knit 2, purl 5, knit 10…etc), but this time I just used the chart ( you can find it at this site).

I do like the chart itself and, now that I’ve figured out the math, I’m thinking that I’ll make this one again…this time in a solid color so you can actually tell what the heck it is you’re looking at.

Project Use Up All The Cotton – Week “I gave up counting a LONG time ago”, Projects 5, 6, & 7

I know, I know…it’s been a REALLY long time. What can I say…darn life! I seriously did not expect this summer to get away from me like it has. Yeah, yeah, excuses excuses. On the up side, I’ve actually gotten quite a bit done…some non-cotton items and a couple of things that are in cotton, but are not part of this project. Plus 3 more PUUATC things and here they are:

There’s an Owl Coffee Cup Cozy:

I really enjoy how this came out & I’m thinking a few more will make great holiday gifts for my kiddo’s preschool teachers. I’m always at a loss for what to get them, especially because there are usually at least 3 teachers to give gifts to and we don’t have a huge budget for that stuff.

A Zig-Zag washcloth:

I added this one to the small arsenal of wash/dishcloths I’m amassing in my kitchen. I like that they are re-usable and soften up over time. Right now I’m the only one that will use them though. My husband has yet to convince himself that it’s okay to use a knitted washcloth. He looks at them like little treasures that he’s afraid of ruining…which is sweet because he respects that it takes effort to make these things, but he’s missing the point – they’re supposed to be used. Ah well, some day.

And a Broomstick Bookmark:

This came out really cute. I’m not sure if I’m going to make more though. I love giving book gifts, but my family has finally hopped on the e-reader bandwagon, so a bookmark is less-than-helpful as far as a book-related gift goes. They would probably be happier with Amazon gift cards so they can get more books. On the other hand, I’m considering doing a few craft fairs next year and if I do, I’ll totally put a few of these out for sale. I think they’ll do really well.

Project Use Up All The Cotton Totals:

Project 5 (Owl Coffee Cup Cozy) – 16g
Project 6 (Electric Cloth) – 33g
Project 7 (Harry’s Broom) – 6g

 215 grams down, 871 grams of yarn to go

Project Use Up All The Cotton – Week 6, Project 3 & 4

Yes, I am a bit behind. I have excuses…many of them – daughter’s birthday, commission projects, Nerd Wars. I’ve just been a bit underwater lately, but I think I’m finally able to come up for air.

Want to see what I made?

Project 3 is a USA washcloth made in Lily Sugar ‘n Cream “Field of Dreams.” I have no idea what Nerd Wars challenge I’m going to use it for yet, but I’ll reach out to the team and figure out something. I will be using it for Giving Geeks though and sending it to Warmth for Warriors, a charity that mainly sends hats to US Troops, but has requested 100% cotton washcloths as well.

Project 4 is more of a dishcloth than a washcloth since I used a bigger needle size and it came out GIGANTIC. I call it my “Very Hungry Caterpillar” cloth. I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Scents in “Aloe Vera” (side note: The scent to this one was SO MUCH BETTER than the last scented yarn I used from this line. I didn’t feel like my head was going to burst this time.) This one I’ll be assigning to the Nerd Culture challenge. We need to find a Google Doodle and make something inspired by it. Here’s my doodle:

Make sense now? I made my cloth based on a line from A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, “He ate through one apple…but he was still hungry.”

 

And now for the totals:

Project 3 (USA Cloth) – 27g
Project 4 (Caterpillar Cloth) – 56g…one full ball!!

 83 grams down, 926 grams of yarn to go

Project Use Up All The Cotton – Project 2, Week 2

It’s week 2 and that means it’s time for another cotton project. This week I made a scrubby washcloth.

For a pattern I used, All Washed Up by Jill Arnusch. It’s a pretty pattern that will also be good for scrubbing the Kiddo. I actually messed it up a little because I wasn’t paying proper attention to the instructions and forgot to do the top & bottom borders. Although I do think it looks good without, so I’m still happy with it. Also, since I’m planning on using it for my daughter, I made it a touch smaller. I know tons of people who say that regular sized washcloths are just as good for the kiddos, but I disagree. Tiny people require smaller washcloths.

As for yarn, it’s Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Scents in Rose Petal. The color is great. It goes from light to bright pink and looks quite nice in the pattern. But holy cow! The Scent!!! It’s unbearable. I mean, it’s supposed to smell good and I guess it might be nice when not so concentrated. Knitting with it is almost painful and actually managed to give me a headache. If I hadn’t promised myself to use all of the cotton yarn for something, I would be tempted to throw it all out – I have 2 other skeins in addition to what I have left over from this project. I’m going to have to wash it a few times before I can let my daughter use it…she has really sensitive skin and things with scents make her all itchy. If I can’t get the smell out, I guess I’ll use it for dusting or something.

28 grams down, 1009 grams of yarn to go