Sunday, November 09, 2008

Ballband Heaven

At 9 a.m. this morning, I finished my last big holiday knitting project for the year.

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream (100% cotton); colorways Hot Purple, Violet Veil Ombre, Yellow, Playtime, Light Blue, Butter Cream Ombre, Red, and Natural Ombre; one skein each
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Complted: October 29/November 9
Mods: omitted two "stripes" on each dishcloth

I can say with complete certainty that this is the only pattern I've knit eight times. One would think that knitting the same pattern that many times would get really boring, but I think I actually sped up with each dishcloth I knit. While I need a little break for the moment, I picked up some additional kitchen cotton yesterday to make some of these for myself. They are fun and very addictive.

These are a little shorter than called for in the pattern because of a bit of a mistake on my part when I was knitting the first one. I misread one part of the directions and didn't realize it until I had started on the second one, but at that point I decided to make the coordinating cloth to match the first. Then I discovered that by leaving out the two "stripes," I actually was able to get two dishcloths out of two skeins of the yarn when using the solid as the background for one and the ombre as the background for the other. After a light steam blocking to get the fabric to relax, I think these cloths are a very nice size; I almost think the size they should have been (had I followed the pattern correctly) would be too big.

These dishcloths are for our friends who host us for Christmas each year. This year's theme is "green Christmas," so I wanted to make something that would be reusable -- and something that would be pretty enough to not require any special wrapping. I think these fit the bill!

Now all that's left to knit for holiday gifts is something for my brother-in-law's girlfriend, so I'll be casting on for a Koolhaas tomorrow morning. Tonight, however, I'm breaking out the colors and swatching for my Ivy League Vest!


  1. I'm churning out ballband dishcloths too. I usually do a 13-stripe cloth and can get a pair out of two skeins. They are addictive and quick. Not a bad combo at all!

    I think blogger is progressing towards more "real" words. Today: typerb!

  2. Oh my gosh you are so good. No holiday knitting for me. :) Way to get it done!

  3. Perfect "green" Christmas gift! I was on a dishcloth run a few years ago and made enough that we still have some not in use yet - they fade, but last forever!

  4. I really enjoy knitting those Ballband dishcloths! They are lots of fun but the cotton is hard on my hands.

    I LOVE the Ivy League Vest! Have fun swatching.

  5. Nice Balls! Er, I mean, Ballbands!

  6. I made one of these for my mom (along with a Shetland Triangle, a Sizzle and a Green Gable) and guess what the only FO she ever actually raves about is??? Umm, yeah.