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This has been a very slow week for me, thanks to my achy back. Limiting the physical activities I can do makes me fidgety, so I've been crocheting a lot. As soon as I finished the blue washcloth, I got started on a third, using this free Woven Stitch Dishcloth pattern and the "Earth Ombres" colourway of Sugar 'n Cream which I had picked up at Jo-Ann on Monday.

Then, disaster! (Well, not really, but it sounds better that way.) I missed a stitch only a few rows in, which was throwing everything off... and I didn't catch the mistake until much later, when I was looking back at my work and thinking "Hm, it seems to step in on the side there, and these stitches aren't lining up the way they ought to." Perfectionism won out over laziness, and I ripped all the way back to the mistake to begin again, knowing that it wouldn't take too long to redo the work. Probably no one would have noticed, especially if I put an edging on the cloth, but I would have known and it would have bothered me. Besides, the cloth was working up into the perfect argyle pattern, and I wanted to keep the right stitch count so the pattern would keep going smoothly. By Thursday night I had recovered the work I lost and then some.

Happy Feline Friday! As the weather gets colder, Floyd and Kipling can often be found one on top of the other, or tangled together. They're just so adorable! We've started calling them the Dynamic Duo - Floyd is Batman, naturally, leaving Kipling to be the Boy Blunder. For all that he appears to be a sleek graceful jungle cat, he's actually kind of clumsy. The other day he tried to jump up onto the garbage can just as I was opening the lid, and oh, the look on his face as he missed and fell backwards onto the floor. He has startled himself off perches, fallen from the hallway railing, and tripped over his own paws. Of course, I love him anyway.

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Right after I finished the first washcloth, I began crocheting a second. This time I used the Bumpy Not Lumpy pattern, which can be found for free here, and Sugar 'n Cream yarn in "Faded Denim," which is three shades of blue. I was hoping for an argyle pattern to work its way up, but I got zigzags instead - or maybe they're little fluffy clouds in a blue sky. Either way, I quite like it, and I like the pattern a lot too. It was easy to memorize, being the same thing on every row, but it gave a good texture that will be just right for face-washing. I could easily see making this one again.

A set of colour-coordinated washcloths would make a great housewarming gift - or, hey, a baby gift in case my "never making anything for babies again" resolution needs to be retracted. I do like giving handmade gifts, but it would absolutely be wiser to give something that I could make in a few evenings as opposed to a project that takes over a few months. (On that note, I wonder if a crocheted baby sweater would take a week of evenings instead of months, as well. Maybe I can still make presents after all.)

Monday was a rough day. I was in a car accident about a month ago and have finally admitted that my back hurts and isn't going to get better on its own. After I dropped my poor dinged-up car off at the shop and picked up my rental, I had about an hour of free time before an appointment with the chiropractor. Unintentional yarn therapy ensued at both Michael's and Jo-Ann, both of which were only minutes away from the doctor's office. I bought a packet of split stitch markers, Patons Kroy FX Sock in the perfect 'me' colours, a ball of navy sock yarn to be used for cuffs, heels and toes on another pair of socks, and three more balls of Sugar 'n Cream. My picks were two ombre colourways and one in a solid blue. There were a few other colours that I liked, but I'll hold off on buying them until I know if this washcloth thing is just a passing phase. Sock knitting isn't a passing phase, I'm sure of that. When I showed the Kroy FX to Pirate-Husband, his comment was that they were most definitely a Piratey colour. Bluesy-greens and a nice transition from one colour to the next? Aw yeah. (I almost bought the colourway that looks like a faded rainbow, too instead. These won out by a tiny margin.)

When I got home, the only thing I really felt up to doing was sitting down, and so I finished off my second washcloth in the evening. Whether it was because this pattern is easier with only one row to remember, or because I'm just better at crocheting now, or because I had nothing else to do, I feel like I whipped this one off before I hardly knew it had begun.

Monday night found me procrastinating on going to bed looking through the Ravelry Library yet again to find a third pattern that I liked, so that I could get started right away on using some of my new yarn. The ombre colourways of Sugar 'n Cream are now coming in 150 yard balls instead of 95. This is a good thing, because that blue washcloth could have done with two or three more rows. It was almost one row taller, but when I did the final row of single crochet I was three stitches short on yarn. I ripped it back and ended up with a cloth that's 10.5 by 11 inches, which is a pretty good size overall, but I do wish I could have made it square. The larger put-up of the new yarn will be helpful.

It is sometimes difficult to take pictures of one's work...

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When you want some instant gratification, crochet is definitely the way to go. It's so much faster than knitting! I decided that a crocheted cotton washcloth would be the perfect project for my weekend, and after some searching of the Ravelry library I decided on the free Big Girl Dishcloth/Washcloth pattern, upsizing it by 150% because big washcloths just seem so much more luxurious.

My own beginnerness at crochet caused me to run into some trouble getting started, but after six or seven beginnings and watching a few tutorials on YouTube I was able to get past the first row. I probably tore out half as many rows as I crocheted; I kept missing stitches or ending up with too many stitches at the end of a row, but by the end I was cranking away at it. Not counting the several attempts at starting, it took me one evening and a solid day to make the washcloth. The next one will go faster; I've learned a lot about crocheting from doing this one, and if I don't lose time working rows and tearing them out again... yeah.

I used about three-quarters of a ball of white Sugar 'n Cream, and the finished cloth came out to be around 10.5" x 11". It will almost certainly stretch out to an even larger size as I use it. If I hadn't made a bigger washcloth than the pattern specifies, I probably could have gotten two smaller ones out of one ball of yarn. As it is, I will use the remainder of the white for edging on other projects.

Things I've learned: The chain and the first row need to be worked a lot looser than I would have thought; that edge pulls a little tight. I'm not sure if I like the little loop from which to hang the washcloth, so I'll see if I end up using it and then decide whether to include it in the next one. Maybe a fancier border would have been fun to try. And, I learned that washcloths aren't too difficult at all... perhaps I'll design one of my own! Combine a few different stitches to make a nice design and texture, add a nifty border, test it out a few times, and voila - a new pattern to offer. That makes it sound really easy...

I tested out the new washcloth on my face, and I am so thoroughly impressed that I've already begun a second one.

In other news, this is the blog's five hundredth post! Wow, huh?

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