Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Knit Happens

When I am feeling particularly stressed out, I can't stitch because for me, frettin' and stitchin' do not go together like peas and carrots. Stitching does not work for me on any level when I'm worried, throw in some PMS and well I am just a mess, and then there's that whole menopause or pre-menopause thing going on, well no way the little X was going to offer me any comfort. That would be choosing a path covered in frogs, trust me on this.

But I can knit as long as it's something simple. My favorite thing to knit ever is the Mason Dixon Ball Band warsh rag. There should be five in the picture below but I had to rip one all the way back because I lost complete control of the pattern and was just knitting any way I felt like and I'm not sure what happened because I use a row counter but I have another one on the needles and will continue to work my way through my ginormous stash of kitchen cotton.

I love this pattern so much because it makes me look like a "real" knitter when I give them away or show them to nonknitting friends. But it's so very simple.

Here's a link to the pattern:
It's also can be found on the back of Peaches & Creme kitchen cotton label, hence the words "ball band" in the pattern title.
Knitting these makes me feel really good about knitting because they are not treasures, they are meant to be used and believe me, the first four I knit lasted me over two years. Two years, used and abused and handknit by me!
Oh and the yellow and orange warsh rag is full of mistakes but I wasn't in the mood to rip it back because it's a dishrag ya know so I left the messed up band in and moved on along. That was so cool to do that. There was a time when that messed up band in the middle of the dish cloth would have bugged me to no end but now I embrace the mistake and it helped me decide which dish rag would be the first to hit the sink. Orange and yellow dish rag you are going down! In to a sink of soapy, sudsy water that is.
Hope to get back to my A Haunting Mermaid tonight or tomorrow. I'd sure love to finish her in a timely manner and I'm planning on starting REBECCA ROBINSON and Rebecca Cullin on April 29th, my Aunt Rebecca's birthday. I've been wanting to start both of these for the last six months and my aunt's birthday seems like as good an excuse as any to just start them already. I'm going to stitch the regular cross stitch version of Rebecca Cullin. Don't think I want to deal with all those speciality stitches.


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I know exactly what you mean about stitching at
The wrong time. It's just not worth it.
I LOVE you dish clothes! They are darling
And I especially love the pink and green
One. It is real knitting and I love
Both Rebecca samplers are gorgeous- can't wait to
Watch your progress!

Kim said...

LOVE knitting dish cloths! Haven't tried this pattern though. They look awesome, Melissa! And O*M*GOSH! Rebecca Cullin??? LOVE it....ever since I saw Carol Sims' album and spied it in there...love love love!! {{hugs}}

Deb said...

I hear you on the stitching thing sometimes. When my hormones go nuts I feel like I have electrical currents running through my body and can't sit still so stitching goes down the tubes.

I love those washclothes. They remind me a lot of the ones that you used to do on the looms (in fact, my DD still does them like that). I'm going have to look at the link you put in because that looks like something that would be fun when the hormones are kicking in.

And Rebecca Cullen - I've seen talk about this and I'm going to have to order it. I think I saw Jane Ballard and Rebecca Cullen on Carol's Webshots and now I'm smitten too. Can't wait to see your progress. I'm doing Hannah Lancaster now so it will be a while before I pull up the rear!!

Sharon said...

They are gorgeous, Melissa, great job. I need to learn to knit. I just love the colors. I still have the one you made for me a long time ago and its still working. xoxoxo

Mel said...

So colourful! :)

Siobhan said...

I can't wait to see your progress on the Rebeccas--I love your idea to tie it in with your aunt's bday.

I love love love your dish cloths! YGG!! I say keep the mistakes in and go for it--they're wash rags, after all.


staci said...

Your warsh rags are cute, cute, cute! Knitting requires so much less concentration for me...and when mistakes happen, they can be ripped out and fixed so much faster than with stitching!

Michelle said...

Love your warsh rags - they are so pretty and springy!!

Missy Ann said...

You are a real knitter. :)

Thanks for the pattern, not that I'm a knitter - I'm forwarding it on to my mother. ;)

Kathy said...

And I thought I was the only one who couldn't stitch when stressed. Most say that stitching relaxes them. Not me when stressed! Love your warsh rags.

The Scarlett House said...

Gosh Melissa, I'm so sorry that you're having a tough time lately. Things will get better. I love the dishclothes. As someone who knits not, I can appreciate the talent. What is kitchen cotton?
I hope you get your stitching mojo back soon...the Beckys are waiting.

Brigitte said...

Those dish cloths look so funny and cheerful with the colours you chose and the pattern you used. Absolutely great!