Evidence: #1

dining room table set for ten

I am a dumbass and I have proof.

#1 – It has taken me this long to realize that the only way I am ever going to enjoy a family gathering is by drinking.

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“I decided torture was my only option…”

knitted square pinned at all sides

…or maybe I was just trying blocking for the first time. This is a 100% acrylic yarn, one whole skein of Premier’s Deborah Norville Collection “Parrot” color and just enough of Highway Worker Orange to make one corner.

Only one side of this was 12″, the other sides were 13.25″, 13.5″ and 13″. Sigh.

I posted a question in the Squares for Comfort forums warning them my “square” was a bit funky. They said no worries and send it on in. I did so, yesterday. Yay! Second finished thing, well for me a least. This square is just part of a blanket, it still needs to be made up with other people’s squares into the final finished object. I’ve named it Gladys and feel quite fond towards it despite its funkyness.

Fair sailing Gladys, take care, be soft and comfy, me and the dog’ll miss your funky measurements.

12″ x 12″ square – not a reference to the shape of my head

So IĀ  ran across this group while goofing around on Ravelry – Squares of Comfort – they are making up blankets for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. They are asking for donations of 12″ x 12″ squares. Simple enough, right? Well, yeah, sure, but I am a doofus and had to ask how to get a 12″ x 12″ square. The whole too big Dogweater A and too small Dogsweater B have got me throughly confused about how to get a certain size of anything! A commenter on the discussion boards recommended the “Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth” pattern as it is knit on the diagonal.

It is magic.

four cast on stitches in an olive green yarn

You start here, casting on just four stitches and increase with a yarn over once every row and you get:

6" of diagonally knitted dishcloth in a variegated yarn

IT GROWS! IT’S ALIVE!! MUAH-HAH-HAH!

I was terribly surprised by this – knit knit knit and whaddya know? It just keeps on getting bigger.

Dude.

I didn’t realize how long it would take me to get to 12 inches , though I am there now:

knitted triangle and metal t-square ruler

I thought I would be finished by now! Hah! I started on Friday and worked on it the whole weekend, mostly while watching “Posiedon” and then “The PosiedonĀ  Adventure”.

I have to go do the decreasing side now – so away I go with the K2tog! Buh-bye!

Oooooh, I finished something!

folded up knitted dishcloth

This is very exciting for me, my first finished project! Yay! It’s a basketweave dishcloth from the Chicks with Sticks “Guide to Knitting” book.

It smells.

Yes, the yarn is scented: lemon lime, but just enough that ole allergy ridden me could not smell it. I dunno, it’s a little weird yet strangely interesting. Why would you want scented yarn? Is there something I should have knitted with it other than a dishcloth? Will the other dishcloths make fun of this one when I put them all away in their drawer? Have I doomed my newly created kitchen linen to a life of being the weird smelly kid on the playground? Am I perhaps too invested in this dishcloth? Hmm…

In other news, I had nearly decided to rip apart the Overly Large and Excessively Orange Dog Sweater but am now going to make bands instead of a one piece underpanel. More on this as I work it out. I know I can barely contain the excitement!

 

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