Friday, February 20, 2009

Dishcloth Mania & Minipops

I really had to scratch my head to understand why Dishcloth Mania seemed to be sweeping the on-line knitting community. Then I realized it was like making x-stitch smalls. You could try out new patterns, stitches and yarns. You could complete the item quickly before the project bogged down and became a potential UFO. Plus they make good little gifts, and they are actually useful.

So I dusted off the knitting needles that hadn't seen the light of day for a few years. Then I found an intriguing pattern for mock cables that needed no cable needle. The cables are all made by increasing and decreasing the number of stitches. I used Butter Ombre Sugar & Cream cotton yarn and I loved how the variegation worked up. I made a lot of mistakes, but it's just a dish cloth so I don't think it matters so much.

You can find the pattern here along with lots of others.

For more quick finishes, I stitched up two additional minipop designs.

We have the Fleetwood Mac cover photo from the Rumors album. Who would believe you could get the idea with such limited detail. And then the cast of Seinfeld. A readily identifiable Kramer at least.

Finally, the winner of the Angel Collectors pattern is that Venezuelan angel, Sandra. Only took a flip of a coin to decide, but I'm happy the chart will have a good home. Thanks to both the entrants for playing!


Pumpkin said...

Those are beautiful colors Annie! I haven't made one of those in a long time :o)

Your little finishes are brilliant! I LOVE THEM :o)

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Sorry Annie! I should have warned you that these dishcloths are contagious! And addictive! lol I love the colours you used for this one - really like the cable look too, will have to try this one (of course!) For another really neat one you need to check out my blog in a day or two. I'm working on one now I think is very cool!

Miss 376 said...

It looks lovely, great pattern too.

mainely stitching said...

It looks like somebody's having fun! LOL! :D Very cute projects!

acereta said...

Very nice square! I love the colors and the pattern is nice.
Irina (Moscow, Russia)

Rosie said...

Hi Annie, thanks for the sympathy, you wouldn't believe what a complete idiot I felt sitting on the road.
I love the dishcloth, lovely colours too.
Rosie x

Olenka's Stitches said...

Very pretty dish cloths, love the colors.

Sandra said...

I love the colors you used! The pattern is very interesting, but so far I can only knit stockinette and garther stitches lol The site also provides patterns for crochet. thanks for giving us the link.

I also decided to go green on dishcloths, have crocheted a few (not so darling as this one, thought, just plain yellow double crochet squares). Apparently foam sponges are very dangerous for the environment,

And thanks for the chart! I love it!!!

Art4Sol said...

Yes, dishcloths are fun....and oh so addicting. But it is nice working on mindless projects every now and then but at the same time creating sometime useful and beautiful. Love yours.

Wendy said...

The knitting is beautiful, nice colors!

Great finishes too! They are so cute!

Carolyn said...

What a beautiful dishcloth! There is nothing like a hand knitted dishcloth. I guess I need to learn to knit, huh? Your color choice is beautiful!

Great little finishes, too!

Mylene said...

Lovely colours you chose for the dishcloth, it looks great.

and cute finishes too.

Hope you are having a good week.

Rachel S said...

I love the mini pops! how do you do those?

The dishcloth is really lovely!

laplandyellow said...

beautiful work