Saturday, 21 February 2015

Two Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth Patterns

Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
 Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
Over the last couple of weeks, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been in a bit of a wash cloth knitting frenzy. (Fifteen cloths in two weeks to be precise)  I don't know why, exactly,  but I do know that there is something uniquely satisfying about these quick projects.  Start and stop within a day.  No seams.  Two ends to quickly weave in, and Ta Dah!  project finished.   Not to mention trying out a different pattern  and colour each time.   Dish cloths are the crack cocaine of knitting.   Trust me,  once you start, it is pretty hard to kick the habit.  Or, at least I think it would be hard to kick the habit;   I haven't tried to quit yet.

In fact, I have come up with my own patterns to throw into the mix of the thousands of dish cloth, face cloth, spa cloth and wash cloth patterns.      The name thing drives me crazy.  Dish cloth vs Face cloth?  "Dish cloth" sounds so domestic (and I happen to use a brush to clean my dishes).  Face cloth  says nothing about your hands or any other body parts, and yet I am sure all body parts should be included.  "Spa cloth" sounds almost elite, and yet, I am not really sure what exactly that name refers to.  So, in the interest of my own sanity, these are Wash Cloths.  Do with them what you wish.
Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth


Purlwise Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth: This is a large, thick and squooshy cloth.  It  has a rich and luxurious   feel, and  is highly textured, perfect for pampering yourself.

Materials:   1  50 gram ball of Worsted Weight Cotton.     I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
Needles:  5.5mm US 9 needles,  tapestry needle.  This is a very dense stitch.  If you use smaller needles your cloth becomes a nice pot holder.
Pattern:   Slip Stitch Honeycomb  Stitch
Gauge:  10 stitches per 2 inches.
Finished Size:  approx 8 x 8 inches
Notes:  The first stitch of each row is slipped knitwise. with yarn in back.  The last stitch of each row is purled.     Honeycomb Pattern stitches are slipped purlwise with yarn in back.

Instructions:
Loosely cast on 41 stitches.
Row 1 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 2 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), (knit 1 slip 1)* repeat to last  2 stitches,  knit 1 purl 1.
Row 3 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 4 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 1, (knit 1, slip 1)* repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 2, purl 1.
Repeat these 4 rows until your cloth is square,  approx 8 inches.
Cast off.
Weave in ends.
Backside of Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
 Backside of Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
After I made two of the Purlwise version, I decided to try slipping the slip stitches Knitwise,  and the result is much different.
Knitwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth


Knitwise Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth: This is a large, honey comb patterned cloth.  It  has a rich and luxurious   feel, and  is highly textured, perfect for pampering yourself.

Materials:   1  50 gram ball of Worsted Weight Cotton.     I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
Needles:  5.5mm US 9 needles,  tapestry needle.  This is a very dense stitch.  If you use smaller needles your cloth becomes a nice pot holder.
Pattern:   Slip Stitch Honeycomb  Stitch
Gauge:  10 stitches per 2 inches.
Finished Size:  approx 8 x 8 inches
Notes:  The first stitch of each row is slipped knitwise. with yarn in back.  The last stitch of each row is purled.     Honeycomb Pattern stitches are slipped knitwise with yarn in back.

Instructions:
Loosely cast on 41 stitches.
Row 1 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 2 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), (knit 1 slip 1)* repeat to last  2 stitches,  knit 1 purl 1.
Row 3 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 4 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 1, (knit 1, slip 1)* repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 2, purl 1.
Repeat these 4 rows until your cloth is square,  approx 8 inches.
Cast off.
Weave in ends.


You might be wondering why there needs to be two patterns for this wash cloth.  Good question.  I didn't think there would be such a difference in results just because of the way the slipped stitches were slipped.    Purlwise slipping makes a thicker stretchier fabric, while  knitwise slipped stitches have a bit more structure, and more open honeycomb  holes and looks more delicate with pretty little holes in the honeycomb.    At this point I can't decide which way I like better.   I suggest you try them both and decide for yourself.  Consider it a knitting taste test.

Front of Knitwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
I hope you enjoy knitting some HoneyComb Wash Cloths as much as I did.    I also hope it helps you to think of the bees and actively try to help them.   There is lots of information available on what to do to save the bees.  What we need is also lots of ACTION.



Blessings,
~ Feather ~

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Mermaids anyone?

My friend Angela,  the photographer whom I am always  mooching photo shoots from happens to like  Mermaids.  I guess it must be hard to photograph Mermaids,  as now she is digitally drawing them.  It seems to be faster to draw your own than to wait for a photo op!   And,  add in the fact that we are landlocked here on the prairies, it just makes sense to be creative.

You can see Angela's Mermaids here: Enchanted Mermaid Treasures , along with an entire collection of other peoples Mermaid inspired art, postcards, and things.

Enchanted Mermaid Treasures by Angela
Enchanted Mermaid Treasures by Angela

My Irish Grandmother used to tell me that mermaids were just seals sitting on rocks, and that the sailors only wished they were beautiful women in the sea.  This is the same Irish Grandmother who told my sister and I tales of Fairies,  Wee Folk, and of Giants.   Those, of course, were real.  Mermaids were not.    There,  I said it.  Lets see what kind of controversy this stirs up!

Frolicking in the Sea Blessings,
~Feather~


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Why so many Washcloths?

I don't know the answer to my question, but I can tell you I have made 8 washcloths in the past week. It all started because I saw a pretty pattern on Ravelry, and reached for a skein of cotton I had in the stash. The skein happened to be 340 g or 12 oz, which makes for an awful lot of dishcloths.

Hand knit wash cloths
Hand knit wash cloths 

Once started there is no turning back!  I think I will get to the end of this skein today,   The crazy thing is I just happen to have a second MonsterBall of cotton waiting on the sideline taunting me. Somehow, one just leads to another one, and so on, and so on.  It is easy knitting,  usually only taking a few rows to memorize the pattern, and then, easy mindless knitting.    I did sign up in a type of lottery on Ravelry, where each month a group of people each make a dishcloth, and at the end of the month, one person wins them all,  and we all send her the one we made.  Who knew there was such a social aspect to dishcloths?  

Hand knit wash cloths - Work in Progress
Hand knit wash cloths - Work in Progress
You can see the details of all my knitting projects on Ravelry, here in my Projects Page.  Currently there are 178 projects, 165 of them completed.   I like to keep track of the details online, so have listed yarn, needle size, start and finished dates and of course, the links to the patterns.  The Projects Pages might be my favourite part of Ravelry.com, and is very helpful in keeping me organized.

I do have other W.I.Ps to knit on; shawls and socks, gloves and bags, however this week it is all about the face cloths.  Oh yes, these are for faces, not dishes.  I am trying out as many different patterns as I can,  to see which I deem to be the best.  I have to take into consideration which are the best to knit, and of course the best to actually use.  There are over 10,000 dishcloth patterns listed on Ravelry.  Trust me, I will not be testing them all!

There is a new pattern forming in my mind, (not a dishcloth) but you will have to wait a bit to hear about that.

~ Feather~

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Felted Crystal Soap and Medicine Bag






Beadorh's Crystal Soap and Medicine Bag

Allow yourself to magically attune to crystals like never before while in an intimate space of no secrets. 


Wash away density while this rich soap soothes and cleanses your skin

The soap is handcrafted from simple natural ingredients

Canola Oil - rich in vitamin E and K to help reduce the signs of aging;  Coconut Oil - an excellent moisturizer, easily absorbed to soften, smooth and promote healing; and Cocoa Butter, the ultimate moisturizer, readily absorbed into the skin enriching it with calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, iron, and Vit E; lye and water (lye + water + oils = soap)

Within, lie treasures cleared and charged by a Reiki Master

Obsidian - grounds,  protects, realigns, and aids in transformation,  Root Chakra
Carnelian - releases stress and trauma, enhances creativity, repairs the subtle body, Sacral Chakra
Tiger's Eye - powerful protection, soothes both physically and mentally, builds confidence, shifts energy, Solar Plexis Chakra
Rose Quartz - releases emotional stress, inspires feelings of love, uncovers underlying density associated with perception of self, Heart Chakra
Blue Sodalite - stabilizes emotions, clarifies perceptions, expands awareness, encourages peace and contentment, Throat Chakra
Clear Quartz - amplifies and strengthens the whole aura, cleanses and shifts energy, sharpens clarity and awareness, Third Eye Chakra
Amethyst - aids in integration, balances polarities, brings about a spiritual calm, aids in meditation and sleep, Crown Chakra

A perfect combination of healing crystals to clear and balance your chakras and soothe your soul. Your crystal soap has been felted in a bed of organic sheep's roving, making it both antibacterial and a great natural exfoliant along with extending the life of your soap. When the soap disappears, let the remaining "unique to you" sealed medicine bag dry. This powerful talisman, holding crystals attuned to you, makes a wonderful addition under any pillow allowing you to absorb the restorative essence of crystals while in a peaceful state. It tucks in pockets, drops into purses, or can hang around your neck allowing you to carry the support of the universe with you through your crystals however you choose.

Direction for use
Get the soap good and wet and rub it into a rich foamy lather, scrub and repeat until squeaky clean. Rubbing the felted cloud of bubbles weaves the fibers tightly together, ignites a subtle bond with the crystals inside, and exfoliates in one fell swoop. After use, rinse and squeeze the felt tightly to the soap inside.  Allow to dry between use. 




Blessed Be
Beadorh