Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bits and Pieces

Thought I might flash a couple of small things I made for my swap pal in the Ravelry Aus Swappers Red Swap.
Details
Yarn: I used Lion Cotton in Poppy Red for both - this is basically dishcloth cotton, but I found it softer than Peaches & Cream or Sugar'n'Cream. Spotlight were stocking it and I bought a bunch - now that I've knit with it I wish I'd bought even more, as Spotlight (or at least, my local) is no longer stocking it.
Pattern: Garter stitch mug cosy from Interweave Knits Holiday 2007 edition - modified to put the increases at 4 corners, as the mug has a square base. Very quick and easy pattern - about 2 hours I think.
The washcloth uses a stitch pattern from the new Harmony Lace & Eyelet Stitch guide - Loose Lattice Lace (p218). I cast on 49 stitches and did 5 repeats of the pattern, with a garter stitch edging. Pretty cool pattern, looks cabled but isn't!
Sticks: I used 4mm dpns for the mug cosy, 4.5mm rosewood straights (I love those needles!) for the washcloth

Time: Made both in October - the mug cosy in one day, the washcloth over a couple of days.
Nice, quick and easy to knit gifts - I probably should do some for Christmas...

16 comments:

MadMad said...

Oh, cute! I love the color, too. (And those coasters - very pretty!)

Bells said...

Oh such lovely stuff. I really, really like all the simple, effective and beautiful work you've done here.

i got some of the cotton too and haven't used any yet. I'm keen to now.

Alwen said...

Ooh! I love the washcloth pattern especially. Poppy-red cotton is really hard to find here, at least in yarn weight. I could get crochet or tatting thread in reds, but it's rare to find red cotton yarn.

Sarah said...

I think there was something funky happening with my comment a few days ago so again belated happy birthday wishes and I loved your lace scarf as well as this pretty little things. Hope you've enjoyed your half a weekend.

Anonymous said...

How can one not be cheered by the Redness.

kms said...

hmm yes probably. easier than socks for sure! there were some nice patterns along these lines in the new debbie bliss magazine that made me think about xmas...

Ann said...

Love the pattern of the dish cloth - really nice. It's nice to take a break & knit small quick projects like these.

Jemima said...

That cup cozy is the coolest Christmas present ever.

Michelle said...

OMG - the red! It's fantastic! I've been meaning to get that lino Brand cotton out of the closet to make some face cloths. Will definitely have to do that soon.

2paw said...

What a great swap!! So much red!! Yes, we too had the Lion cotton for a brief moment in time, and then it was gone....

sue said...

Oh what sweet gifts you knit. I love the dishcloth and the mug warmer is just so cute. I am sure your swap partner will love them too.

Leeanne said...

Wow I think your dish cloth is amazing. Looking at your mug cozy I wish I drank coffee so I could make one for myself.

Lynne said...

Too pretty to be a washcloth! LOL

Lin said...

Very nice knits, I love knitting little bits and bobs like that!

del said...

Those are great Christmas gift ideas. Too cute!

she knits said...

Hi :0)
Your swap pal loves them and uses her mug and cozy everyday!
I know because I am the very, very lucky swappee.
You are the best swap pal!
Love Mel