Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday YOP update time!

It's that time again..............
     I have 3 to 4 projects going at any one time and probably more if you count the ones I've put aside and haven't worked on, but those days are over!  I have accountability now since I am participating in the YOP!
I do not have a finished project but I do have a finished wash cloth/towel in a set of 3 project........
This was my third try at this cloth.  I started out great,  thinking I knew what I was doing and was almost done when I realized I had done stockinette stitch instead of garter.  Why do I ALWAYS make things harder than they have to be?  So..I finally got my act together and "got her done" but I am not pleased with my results.  The yarn was wonderful, it was all my faulty knitting.  There were several areas....1) I had cast on "several" times before I got the right count on my first knitted row...don't ask me why.  Anyway, my cast on edge is bumpy and uneven so maybe the yarn was just "tired" by that time.  The other problem was it looked nice and I even had good luck with binding off but when I went to weave in the red yarns there wasn't many places to weave in without it being really noticeable.  Plus, this project said dish towels but I would call them wash cloths.  They are a  rectangle not a square but I wouldn't call them a dish towel size yet they're a might big for a dish cloth. It said I need to block them....really?  I don't understand as wouldn't it destroy the blocking the minute you get them wet or dry your hands on them?  When do you block and when don't you and how?  I think I understand the concept, pins, dampen project,  shape and pin so it dries the shape you want but when it gets wet again doesn't that destroy the blocking effort?  Where do you block your things?  On a floor, a board,  a special blocking tool?  I need a book on finishing I think.  I do well weaving in the ends on the same colored background but with skinny stripes of color is there a trick to it or technique?  I can see I have much to learn yet! 

 one side...............
 and the other side...........
I'm about 50% done with my granny stripe table runner...........


And although this is neither knitting or crochet it is one of my WIP's listed on my YOP! LOL!
I'm almost done with this wool applique block which will be #10 of 12 with the big center block being done already along with 9 others finished but then after the 12 surrounding blocks there is an appliqued border on all 4 sides.  I use wool from old clothing mostly for the applique and I wash it and felt it and dye most of my own colors too.  The black background is purchased wool felt.  Once I have all the wool pieces blanket stitched in place (by hand) then there is additional embroidery stitches that are done. You can tell what I still need to stitch where you see the little white headed applique pins.
Those are the things that I actually worked on this week but there's plenty more where they came from! LOL!  I couldn't get in to Ravelry.  That has happened several times.  I think it's a popular place!  I'll post this whenever I finally get in.  

16 comments:

  1. Great cloth and I think you did wonderful and weaving in the ends its so hard on skinny stripes. I never block dishcloths, perhaps a bit of steaming if I'm going to give them as presents but if they are for myself, em no never do such a thing, why I'm going to use the straight away anyway lol. I really love your tablerunner, its so bright and cheerful.

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  2. Blocking a dishcloth seems pretty crazy to me too. It's not like you'd do that to the store bought ones!

    I think because they're cotton, weaving in ends is about the hardest on dishcloths. I guess that's why so many of mine are single colour :)

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  3. I wouldn't block it for all the reasons you've mentioned. Some people are just very... meticulous about blocking. I block on those foam children's playmats that are shaped like a puzzle. I attach as many pieces as I need and then follow the instructions you outlined.

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  4. I definitely think people have varying ideas of dishcloth vs. towel--to me, that would never be a dishcloth as I would never be able to get it wrung out! I like my dishcloths on the small side. I will only steam block a dishcloth if I am giving it as gift, and I use children's foam playmats like Marie mentioned. If it is small enough I have use my ironing board. Your table runner is so bloomin' cheery and oh my word on that wall hanging--that is a lot of stitching--but it is oh so pretty so I guess it is worth it!
    *smiles and happy thoughts to you!*

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  5. Your 'dishcloth' looks great - hoping when I move onto to knitting with two colors mine will look as good. Loving the table runner - reminds of all the colorful home decor that Sarah London does. Hand stitching takes time and patience and Yes, although it is taking a while - I'm sure it will be well worth it in the end - Looks lovely - especially since you're upcycling wool from clothing. :)

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  6. Well, from where I am sitting, that dishcloth looks mighty fine. I like the red striping. No matter what I am doing, I never feel that I weave my ends in very well. As for blocking, I've seen it done by bloggers, but have never done it. I think knitting probably needs it more than crochet does. But for a dishcloth, never. That striped table runner is looking good. And I love your felt project. It's gonna be so beautiful when it is done. You've been busy. :) Keep up the good work. best wishes, Tammy

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  7. I think your wash cloth looks great, I wouldn't block it, though I might run a steamy iron over it if I was giving it as a gift (as long as there was no acrylic in the mix of course). Love the granny stripe and the sewing as well, you have been busy!

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  8. The cloth is outstanding, and if you hadn't said which was which side I wouldn't have know.

    I love the table runner it looks so bright and cheerful

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  9. Your projects look great. I have so many unfinished projects too.

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  10. Gosh you've been busy. I knitted my first and only wash cloth as a Girl Guide, I think they're a more fashionable thing to knit on your side of the pond. No idea why more folk don't knit them here, they're so practical.

    Love that you bought the magazine and can't remember which project you were going to knit. That sounds like something I'd do!

    I'm trailing hopelessly with YOP, though in my defence I've not been too well. Hopefully I'll get an update post done this evening.

    Happy knitting :D

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  11. I have never blocked anything cuz when I got a project to that point...I always realized that I had messed it up royally and blocking was not going to be helpful..frogging was the only solution.. I'm an excellent frogger..

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  12. Your cloth looks great, I'd be pleased as punch with it if I were you! Weaving ends is something I always stress about as it's not something I know I do right, it's not as if someone gives you step by step instructions is it? I always worry that if something is a gift, they'll open the present and it will go 'ping' and unravel!

    Your runner looks so cheery, and your sewing is lovely..clever you!

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  13. Your cloth looks great, I'd be pleased as punch with it if I were you! Weaving ends is something I always stress about as it's not something I know I do right, it's not as if someone gives you step by step instructions is it? I always worry that if something is a gift, they'll open the present and it will go 'ping' and unravel!

    Your runner looks so cheery, and your sewing is lovely..clever you!

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  14. No to blogging cotton...really what were they thinking. Waste of time. When I do block, I launder the item and lay it shaping as I go on my LR carpet where no one will walk on it. I don't pin usually.

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  15. Trivial comment of the week - I have the same print bedlinen in the guest room :) Loving the runner. I have only ever blocked a hat, once, when I needed to squeeze a bit more size out of it.

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  16. I Think the dishcloth looks great. If you wanted it a bit bigger, maybe you could crochet a red border then hide the ends in that?

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