I’ll start with the basic project and leave the big reveal for later this week. With this project, I qualified for two medals – Stash Compulsory Dance (for using stash yarn more than 1 year old) and Junior Olympics (knitting for baby/kids).
Not the most exciting knitting but very practical – and easy to do while sitting by the pool, or watching the Olympics themselves.
Pattern: Baby Genius Burp Cloths by Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner, from Mason-Dixon Knitting. According to Ann and Kay, “studies have proven that babies who spit up onto burp cloths that display interesting textures, patterns and colours, do better on their SATs than babies who spit up onto plain white diapers or bare shoulders”. I believe them!!
Yarn: I don’t know if it was a moment of weakness or inspiration that lead me to buy a cone of Peaches and Cream dishcloth cotton a few years ago when a friend did a big order, but buy it I did, and it sat in my knitting room waiting for me to make something of it. So now I have. Well, at least of some of it – each blurp cloth used just under 100g of the cone, so now I have about 250g left!!
It’s nice to work with, for a dishcloth cotton, but I was a bit annoyed to find 2 knots in the course of knitting the second cloth. I know it’s only dishcloth cotton but one of benefits of buying a cone is to avoid unnecessary joins. Oh well…more practice at sewing in ends!! (gah!!)
Sticks: 4.5mm KnitPicks Options.
Modifications: I made each one as per the pattern except for making them longer – about 40cm (16″) rather than 25cm (10″). I figured a bit of extra length wouldn’t go astray – babies can really project when they like to!! And because I used worsted yarn rather than DK/8ply, my cloths are wider too (about 25cm rather than 20cm).
Time: Cloth #1 (my Olympic project): 13 – 23 February 2010; Cloth #2: 23 February – 7 March 2010. And I’ll probably make at least one or two more, maybe with stripes!