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Here you'll find tales of my domestic adventures and my mostly free knitting and quilting patterns. My most popular patterns include monster baby booties, ski hat with ear flaps, Lotus baby blanket, and men's cable hat.

Sabbatical Side Effects

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Knitting, Patterns

Almost four months into the Great Western Experiment, and one thing is resoundingly clear: I am a terrible housewife. Horrid. Before we got settled in, I envisioned that I would fill my days with hobbies – making elaborate, healthy dinners, ethically sourcing all of our food, knitting, long hikes with Pico, and drinking coffee with all my fancy new Seattle friends. And, yeah, that happened. For maybe a week.

Now, the fella is greeted with “Welcome home, Bread Winner! Now, about that bread – we’re having slacker dinner, because I decided to take the bus for a hour and a half to get coffee because I think the people working at the six coffee shops within walking distance* are starting to think I am a creeper. And then it was hot, so…”

His reaction confirms that I married very well.

*no exaggeration. Actually, possibly an understatement.

But, even while on Sabbatical, my internal Achiever would like you all to ignore this, and instead high-five my accomplishments. Specifically:

Washcloth patterns!

These are also a part of a project I hope to be rolling out some time this month. Is your interest piqued? No? Does using exclamation marks help!?! Still no? Bummer.

Charts for each cloth are at the bottom of the full post.

 

Prepare yourself for a life of little use, washcloths. "World's Worst Housewife" isn't a title that earns itself.

Prepare yourself for a life of little use, washcloths. “World’s Worst Housewife” isn’t a title that earns itself.

A new cowl design!

A new design, Continental Divide, is ready for test knitting. I started designing this one on the drive out here, and here it is.

A bulky weight cowl is the perfect accessory for a 90 degree day.

A bulky weight cowl is the perfect accessory for a 90 degree day. This is not a photo of the early stages of heat stroke.

I really wanted the design that symbolized our journey West to include drop stitches. I love the symbolism of having crafted this beautiful piece of fabric, and then dropping stitches with the belief that something more gorgeous is waiting.

Little leaps of faith.

Little leaps of faith.

Another cowl!

This was to use up the yarn from the shawls I made Mom and my MIL for the wedding. It doesn’t lay great. I think the beads are too heavy for the yarn. But, whatever. The pattern is free and easy.

This is the recommended way to wear this design.

This is the recommended way to wear this design.

Washclothes

For all cloths, use US size 7 or 8 needles and worsted weight cotton yarn. Mine are all stash busters, but are probably KnitPicks Dishie.

Purple cloth (upper left)

  • Cast on 35 sts.
  • Knit all sts for 3 rows.
  • Work chart twice, maintaining a 3 sts garder st border on each side.
  • Knit all sts for 3 rows.
  • Cast off and weave in ends.

 

cloth

Repeat red border twice.

 

Green cloth (upper right)

  • Cast on 31 sts.
  • Knit all sts for 3 rows.
  • Work chart five times, maintaining a 3 sts garder st border on each side.
  • Work row 1 one more time, , maintaining a 3 sts garder st border on each side.
  • Knit all sts for 3 rows.
  • Cast off and weave in ends.

 

Work red border repeat 3 times.

Work red border repeat 3 times.

 

Orange cloth (lower left)

  • Cast on 30 sts.
  • Knit all sts for 3 rows.
  • Work chart twice, maintaining a 3 sts garder st border on each side.
  • Repeat rows 1-8, maintaining the border.
  • Knit all sts for 3 rows.
  • Cast off and weave in ends.

 

Repeat four times per row.

Repeat four times per row.

Blue cloth (lower right)

  • Cast on 41 sts.
  • Knit all sts for 3 rows.
  • Work chart once, maintaining a 3 sts garder st border on each side.
  • Knit all sts for 3 rows.
  • Cast off and weave in ends.

 

2/2 RC - put 2 sts on a cable needle, hold to back, k2 from left needle, k2 from cable needle

2/2 RC – put 2 sts on a cable needle, hold to back, k2 from left needle, k2 from cable needle

August 12th, 2013
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One Response to “Sabbatical Side Effects”

  1. Karen G Says:

    I just just found you accidentally. Often, a pattern is just a pattern, but I LOVE your personality and humor. Will follow your site now. Thanks for the smiles.

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