At the third shower I did super soft bathy washcloths, with the exception of the frist cloth. My brother was in town for this particular shower, so I also tried to make sure at least one of the designs would appeal to him. The colors match the towels they register for, for the most part, and the I Love This Yarn brand yarn (it was my first time using it) is incredibly soft and wonderful to work with. I really loved using it.
First we have, and I know its kind of hard to see in this picture, the wedding bands cloth made out of sinfonia that didn't quite make it into the present the day before. It was close, but it just wasn't ready.
Next is the cloth I made to appeal to my brother. I was going to try and make a whole set with this theme, but I just ran out of time. Oh well, maybe sometime in the future. You all know what it is, right?
The yarn was so soft. I know I said that already. I did a simple garter ridges cloth to match the towels. Thats always a fun and simple way to combine two colors. Probably one of the easiest ways. That and the linen stitch. I really like the way linen stitch looks too.
And last, but actually made first, is the wedding cake cloth. I really thought Rachel would like this one. I love how the layers are made out of different stitch patterns. I have seen other wedding cake dishcloth patterns, but this one is by far my favorite. :-)
I didn't add anything to the cloths this time. I had thought about getting a nice soap or two or something, but time got away from me.
So now that all the wedding showers are over and the things are gifted, i am almost at the start of my year of no deadline knitting or knitting freedom. I do have to make a dishcloth for a swap and one other very small commitment, but then its whatever I want to do. I have taken a break and have been working a lot on my Candle Flame shawl and my knitpicks cowl in ridiculously bright colors. The cowl is still at the stage it fits easily in a bag in my purse, and it might always be that way, even as it gets longer it folds up pretty small. :-) and its easy to carry around one ball of lace weight yarn. Both the malabrigo lace (Candle Flame Shawl) and the KnitPicks Shadow (Cowl) are wonderful to work with. That candle flame shawl is going to take me 10 years though. Its seriously been forever since I cast it on. I cast on one night at Eva's. Which means it was in 07. I probably worked on it a few weeks there and then I hadn't worked on it again until this month. I was really worried that my tension had changed or something would go terribly wrong, but so far so good, its looking really nice. Now I just hope I get some blocking wires before its time to block it...
Part 2 in our saga begins with a new yarn for me. I hadn't actually ever bought or knit with Sinfonia before. Its nice, although very slippery. But it made for some thin, pretty, more decorative looking cloths, perhaps for the bathroom or guest bath. I honestly have no idea how well it holds up under use and washing but I checked Rav to make sure people had used this yarn for washcloths before and there seemed to be some positive feedback.
The first cloth is a W since she has used the monogram a lot on the wedding stuff and in the coasters and wine stopper on the registry. She has also gotten plates, napkins, stationary, etc with the monogram from various people, so it fits in well. Cloth number 2 is your traditional grandmother's favorite cloth in a variegated sinfonia. The fact that its garter stitch gives it more squish than the 2 picture cloths, so it seems to me if any of them would stand up to more use, it might be this one. The earth tones should match her bathroom colors. Lastly we have an X's and O's cloth with a pretty lacey center. Once again, might be more decorative than functional, but we'll see. I also included some Burts Bees Milk and Honey lotion in the package to give it more of a "these are bathroom cloths" feel without having to to write it on the cards on the cloths or say it outright. I suppose you might be able to scrub dishes with these cloths, but they feel a little thin for that.
I did really enjoy the sinfonia yarn. I am wondering now about a thin spring top out of it or a skirt. I am going to have to peruse the patterns I was considering and see if the gauge and drape matches for any of them. Since it comes in decent size skeins for a reasonable price I can see using it a lot in the future. Although first I will knit myself a washcloth out of it and see how it holds up to the washer and the dryer. :-)