Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hooked on Dishrags

There are just not enough hours in the day! When all I want to do is knit, knit, knit, but have to do other things, I get a very unsettled feeling. Is this the sign of obsession? addiction? or just enjoying a harmless hobby? I have to say that when I got an e-mail from Allison announcing the shipment of sock yarn for this month's sock club, her salutation gave me pause. "Hey, Sock Yarn Addict", she wrote. Is that what I've become? Just because I belong to that club, Yarn Pirate Booty Club, and the Zen String sock club, and also have been known to buy a skein or two from the Loopy Ewe when there's a particularly good "sneak up", I don't think I have a problem. (Or is denial indeed the first sign?)

The first Monkey sock is done. See, I actually use the yarn!

Moving right along, participating in Dishrag Tag has broadened my obsession to include cotton yarn. I had never purchased so much as a skein of it until I signed up for this fun game. We are now in the thick of it, the (probably slightly battered) box is on its way to Bonnie in Ohio and we are hoping the mail carrier sprouts wings. These are the dishrags I've knitted while worrying about the mail.
Seeing the beautiful cloths everyone has been making has been so inspiring! I really liked making the circular one. It's much easier than it looked. The dark one was made from the yarn Emily sent in my tag box. I like the way the colors distributed themselves.

And we can't forget the Mystery Stole. I finally finished Clue 4 and moved on to the wing section. Yes, I decided to do the wing, just as a learning experience if nothing else. The short rows are making things move along quickly, and I finished the first chart of Clue 5 yesterday. Here's my progress through Clue 4.
Coming back from feeding the rabbit just now, I noticed how pretty the drops of water were on the leaves of the Lady's Mantle. Yes, we've had rain in the Seattle area too, but nothing like in other parts of the country. Hello, it's supposed to be summer!

The dahlias seem to like some extra water, though. I'm always fascinated with this one - I think it's called Hulin's Carnival. Each flower is slightly different. They are basically white with a plummy-grape accent; some just have some freckles, some have a few dark petals, and some have whole sections of color. I love them! I also have a red and yellow colored plant that does the same thing. Nature is indeed wonderful!

1 comment:

Marcia said...

I am so pleased with all of your current knitting....amazing what a little TAG can do, not to mention the beautiful MS3. I am glad you are doing the wing, because it seems to finish the story sort-to-speak. It takes it from wonderful to extra ordinary. Something to be passed down. NEXT...you just have to try to dye your own yarn...maybe the Kool-aid way?!! Check out one of Cathy-Cate's entries earlier this summer. Hugs to our mighty Leader! We salute you.:)