Archive for July, 2006

L O V E dishcloth

I finished this dishcloth this morning. This one is also a needle knit. Like I said before, my hands need a break from loom knitting, pluse I just really need the practice in needle knitting. I want to be good at both, and I can’t do that unless I practice both.
 
  If you want to make one, this is the pattern I used. http://www.knittingknonsense.com/LOVEcloth.html
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My first needle knit pattern

I’ve been doing soooo much loom knitting lately, my hands and arms are getting sore from the repetitive motion. I decided that I needed a change in my hand movements, so since my four year old has been so good lately about not jumping on me while I’m working on something, I decided it would be safe to give needle knitting another try.
 
I’ve been enjoying making dishcloths on my loom so much, I thought I would make one on my needles. These patterns are just right for me because they are only mad with the knit stitch and purl stitch, and at this point that’s all I know how to do on knitting needles. LOL!
 
This is the very first actual pattern I’ve ever done for needle knitting. I got the pattern from here if you would like to make one.
 
 
Ps. The picture in the center of it is supposed to be a dog.
 

Bobbles the Sheep

I finished another dishcloth. This one is called bobbles the sheep. This was the first time I’ve done the bobble stitch on a knitting loom. If you would like to make one for your self, click here for the pattern. If you don’t know how to make bobbles on a knitting loom, Decor Accents has a wonderful free instructional mini video. To see it just click here.

Feature Photo

My dishcloth is the feature photo on the looming Dishcloth group I belong to! I thought that was just so cool!
I don’t know how long it’s going to be the feature photo, but I’m enjoying it while it’s there.

Basket Weave Stitch

I’ve started doing loom knitted dishcloths so I can practice stitches and texture. I just finished one using the basket weave stitch. I’ve done this stitch before with crochet, but this is the first time I’ve tried it on a knitting loom. I had to frog it a few times before I finally got it, but I did eventually get it. I put it in the scanner instead of taking a picture of it. It seams to show the stitches a little better doing it that way.

Rice Bag

I’ve been having a lot of joint pain lately, due to arthritis. It’s making it uncomfortable for me to do my arts and crafts. I made a post about it on the e-tatters group, and someone suggested making a rice bag to use as a hot pack. I had actually heard of this before, but for some reason I never made one.
 
Now I’m trying to decide what the best design would be. Knowing my family the way I do, anything I make is going to get dirty, so my rice bag needs to have a washable cover. I’m going to need some way to open and close it, so I can take to rice out before I wash it. (rice in the washing machine wouldn’t be a very good idea. LOL!) It needs to be something that wont come open easily, because I don’t want rice spilling out while the bag is being used. Also, it needs to be safe to use in the microwave, since that’s how you heat the rice up to use it as a hot pack.
 
Does anyone have any suggestions?
 
Edit:
 
Ok, after some very good suggestions, I’ve decided to make it like a pillow. with the bag being made out of plane cotton material, and then I’m going to use a flannel pillow case for it.