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Jason’s Scarf November 30, 2010

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Every now and then I like to knit something super simple. It’s good to have a project that I can work on while I’m watching television or managing my Smurf Village on my the ipad. My roommate, Jason, recently celebrated a birthday and has painted our entire apartment by himself. As a celebratory thank you, I decided to knit him this scarf that I designed*

I wish I had thought to put a border at the ends to prevent rolling, but he’s impressed with the ones on the side. That’s good enough for me. The border on the side didn’t prevent rolling, but rather encouraged it and creates a tube like effect, which he doesn’t mind. So it stays. I should probably make the border bigger? Thoughts?

Pattern:

CO as many stitches as you would like

Row 1: knit

Row 2: K3, P20, K3

The number of purl stitches varies depending on how many you decide to cast on. The border should always be 3 stitches on each side. If you want to add a border to the ends, knit for three rows.

*I’m sure it’s been done before. I’m just feeding my ego.

 

Other Dishcloths… October 5, 2010

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I’m back from a three month crafting hiatus. I didn’t do anything particularly fun with my three months, but it was warm and I decided I wanted to be outside instead of knitting or painting inside. I am getting inspired again and I’m working on a few projects to spruce up the living room in my apartment. Obviously, I’ll keep you in the loop.

When I took on the 50 States Dishcloth Project I knew it was going to suck. It’s an awesome project, it’s just taking me much longer than I had anticipated and there are other things I want to make instead. I already posted CT, but here are the other states that I had completed and mailed off….

Maine

Oregon

Texas

Minnesota

So for those keeping score at home, that’s 5/50 completed. Yikes.

 

Connecticut! July 28, 2010

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The first 50 States Dish cloth has been received!!

I knew that the Connecticut dish cloth would end up being claimed by my friend Cassie. I don’t know anyone that has more CT pride than her. She’ll say otherwise, but the fact that she has lived in Bethel, New London, and Gale’s Ferry over her life proves me right.

Cassie requested green and I’m glad I was able to accomodate. I’m sure that this cloth is going to end up in her adorable 18 month old sons mouth more often than the kitchen counter.

 

I made some things… July 27, 2010

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It’s been way to nice out for me to actually spend time posting pictures and words in this blog. I knew that once summer rolled around I wouldn’t have much of an interest. Despite that, I’ve been knitting like a crazy person.

In addition to completing five dishcloths for my 50 States Project (and I still need a few more states…), I made stuff for two craft swaps.

1. Knitters vs. Crocheters Swap.

I received two Mario themed amiguri’s and a bag. All nice stuff. Here is what I made her:

Star Dishcloth:

Star Stitch Headband:

Loved making these and want to make some for myself.

Pooh Dishcloth (for her son)

Look hard. He’s in there.

Lace Wrist Warmers:

2. On Going Wish Swap…

She wanted a pair of Lace Fingerless Gloves. Here goes!

I know I knit far too many dishcloths. It’s very easy to find a pattern that someone likes and knit it into a square. This is a sickness!

Like I said before, I’ve mailed out 5 of my dishcloths. I will be posting the first recipient soon. Yay!  This is so exciting!

 

The Best Thing I Have Ever Made June 21, 2010

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When I pick my projects, I tend to pick things that don’t take much time to complete. I’m an instant gratification sort of gal. One of the reasons why I put off making Rachel’s hat for so long is because it seemed difficult. I picked the Foliage pattern from an issue of Knitty (my favorite online pattern resource). I loved the texture that it created and I’ve never played with texture before in my knitting.

I used less than a skein of Malabrigo (best EVER) that I had laying around. I’m not sure why, but I always picture Rachel in green. Or maybe she told me that she wanted green when she asked me to make it for her 12 years ago. Who knows for sure?

Happy Rachel! This hat was the most complicated thing I have ever made. I absolutely love the way that it came out. I took my time with it, I ripped out rows that need ripping. For the first time, I knitted a hat from the top down. I’m happy with it and I hope she is too.

 

50 States Update! June 16, 2010

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Thanks to the lovely Jill Bernard I have 31 states covered! Holy awesome! The list of states is below. I apologize if I haven’t had a chance to email you back yet to say that you’ll be the one representing your state. I am pretty much emailing people as I am completing the dish cloths. So far I have completed Texas, Maine, and Minnesota. I’ll be posting pics of those as well as some other awesome things I have made within the next few days.

I’m not sure how long it is going to take me to complete this entire project. There are other things I am working on and want to do. I didn’t realize how quick and easy these dishcloths are to make though. Answer: Super quick!

If you can help with a state in the project, follow the directions below. I know it’s a little hard to find the email address because I wrote it out to avoid getting spam from spam bots, but here it is again:

50statesknit AT gmail DOT com

Please and thank you 🙂

 

50 States Project June 5, 2010

Filed under: 50 States,Knitting — momentpunch @ 3:57 pm
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Knitting dishcloths are my thing right now. They’re easy to make, the yarn is cheap, and I like the way that they look. It is a very easy knit and watch tv project. For my most recent craft swap I am knitting a few for my partner. Since she is a Texas girl at heart stuck in New Mexico, I thought it might be cool to knit her a Texas dish cloth.

After doing some pattern research on ravelry, I found out that, thanks to creator Rhonda White, there is a dish cloth pattern for each of the fifty states. Therefore, I am embarking on something purely ambitious: A 50 States Dish Cloth Project. Let’s see if I can blow Sufjan Steven’s 50 States Album Project right out of this great country of ours.

All the patterns are located on Rhonda’s Website for free.

Texas is already taken (which is a shame because its the only state where I actually know a few people), but all other states, including Massachusetts, are available. If you’re interested in joining , the steps and rules are below:

Rules:

1. You must live in the state requested.

2. No duplicates.

3. You can request a color, but it may not get filled.

4. Optional: It would be awesome if you mailed me something “local” in return. If you want to craft something yourself, thats awesome. There is no need to reciprocate, but it’d be cool!

5. I am going to follow the patterns as they are so please don’t request changes to it.

Steps to Sign Up:

1. Email 50statesknit at gmail dot com with the state as the subject.

2. In the email please include your address. This will cut down on my inbox and make it more manageable.

I will email you back if you are the chosen one.

I really want to make this project a reality. It would be awesome if after you receive your dishcloth you pose for a pic with it and email it to me for this blog. That would make my happy.

I will be crossing the states off of this list as they are claimed.

Ready? GO!

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey

New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon

Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

(Note: I do have quite a few new projects to post, but I can’t find my camera adaptor)