Wednesday, July 04, 2007

This n' That

Things being what they are, I alternate doing stuff with napping and knitting. Along with making some more baby hats for the hospital hat-mitt-bootie-blanket stash, I finished the following things in the last month or so:

Another pair of Socks for Soldiers boot socks, which I sent off with a previously completed pair of leisure socks:

Another of Sandi Wiseheart's Vine Lace baby cap (from Knitting Daily), along with a pair of mitts in the same yarn, for Trina's upcoming baby:

A soap sack (stuff here with a bar of shea butter soap) and washcloth for Loretta's 50th birthday (knit in Tahki Cotton Tweed):

Here's what the soap sack looked like before stuffing:

And, my first dish towel, knit in Cotton-ease:

I have decided to reduce my paper towel usage by knitting up 30-40 kitchen towels to use instead. I do not like washing kitchen towels with reptile towels or my bathroom towels, or with my clothes, and so I didn't like to use the washing machine (let alone dryer) to wash the few (5) kitchen towels i have. So, I have been using paper towels. But I hate the landfill aspect of it, not to speak of the other resource use involved in making paper towels, but I also didn't like the resource use of water and gas (for hot water and dryer) use of washing very small loads of kitchen towels.

I'm also not crazy about buying kitchen towels.

But I do like to knit. And I need to knit for therapy, physical and otherwise. So, of course! I'll knit dish towels! Lots and lots of dish towels! So, I am going through my stash looking for cotton and cotton blend yarns suitable for dish towelling, and will slowly acquire other suitable yarns to make more towels.

I am, uhm, also collecting the handled plastic bags that many stores many stores pack your purchases in. I am cutting them into loops and will attempt to knit a tote bag out the 'yarn' created by connecting the loops together into one gianormous ball of plastic bag yarn.

Yes, I am whacked.

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Blogger IggySingh said...

what a solid idea! to knit hand towels instead :)

and i love that color on Mike. what a gracious + handsome model.

stay well.

1:20 AM  
Blogger Knatolee said...

Mieky is still looking fine. I think blue is his colour!

5:29 AM  
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8:52 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

If anyone else would like the pattern, please let me know...

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could I please have the pattern for the towel also? Thank you so much for sharing it. ~Tricia
my email is

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try my free pattern for a knitted alternative to the paper towel Lazy purl makes it fly
Cotton fleece yarn makes it thick and thirsty
I quit paper towels 15 yrs ago and now only use them if there is a glass spill ( once a year maybe)
have fun knitting

11:02 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Well, I have now knitted 12 towels, 11 of which I have kept. I will continue to knit them until I have 30, though it will take me longer because I'm using some of the yarn to knit some bags for when I go shopping, as a change from using the stash of Trader Joe's reusable bags that live behind my car seat.

I don't know why it didn't occur to me to knit some in Moss stitch - thanks, Gulfcoast! I work Moss very fast because of the way I hold the yarn, so I'll give that a try. Also, as I've found while knitting the bottoms of the shopping bags in worsted weight cotton with two strands of yarn held together, and a bunch of baby washcloths in single strand, garter stitch feels really nice this way, especially when knit on the bias (worked from corner to corner, rather than top to bottom).

5:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would like the pattern for the dishcloth that you show over the lizard, please.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Sandy, here's the link to the Alex's Cloth pattern.

I increased the number of pattern repeats (p7+k3=10 st repeats) across the row to make a towel-sized cloth. So, for towels, I cast on 59 sts (53 sts plus 6 sts for the 3-st wide garter st side borders) instead of the 39 sts called for in the dish/wash cloth sized cloth.

9:58 AM  

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