View Full Version : Summer KAL/CAL - Cotton!

06-24-2011, 04:12 AM
:sun: :grphug: :sun:
It sure is HOT this year in the Southern USA. :hot: :passedout:
We only had about a month that felt like Spring, then Summer temperatures came on with a vengeance. Now, it is officially Summer, and it doesn't look like the high temperatures are going away anytime soon.

I know that some of you might take a break from knitting this time of year, but not me! I prefer to stay indoors for the summer months, and watch tv while knitting or crocheting. And, it is SUCH a relief when Fall finally gets here! cloud9

I don't think I'm the only one who does crafts this time of year. So, I would like to host a little craft-along for those who are knitting and crocheting like me.

There are plenty of pretty cotton yarns available at craft stores and yarn shops. So, I think that cotton would be a fun choice for us to work with. We could make tank tops, or summer shawls, toys, or even dishcloths, coasters and cozies!

Would anyone like to join in a Summer KAL with me?

06-24-2011, 06:09 AM
I found my first project!

I'm going to crochet some coasters, using two different yarns in my stash.

Here's the pattern I'm using:
Quick and Easy Coasters (http://www.handcraftingwithlove.net/yarn/pat-coaster.html)
I'll be using a skein of Louisa Harding Nautical Cotton
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5015936333_4af9c7c0a3_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5015936333/)
Louisa Harding Nautical Cotton - Naut 02 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5015936333/) by Shandeh (http://www.flickr.com/people/59646927@N00/), on Flickr
And South Maid Cotton 8 in Coral. I have TONS of that yarn, so I need to use some of it.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3231/3000774957_96dc17854b_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/3000774957/)
Cotton Yarn won on eBay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/3000774957/) by Shandeh (http://www.flickr.com/people/59646927@N00/), on Flickr

I think I'll use the coral yarn for the body of the coaster, and add an edging with the Nautical Cotton. This will make the edging a little curly, because it's a thicker yarn.

06-26-2011, 06:13 PM
I'll play! I've been collecting cotton yarns to do a dishcloth/placemat project for my mom's beach house. I'm off to plan and pick patterns!

06-26-2011, 08:24 PM
I'll play! I've been collecting cotton yarns to do a dishcloth/placemat project for my mom's beach house. I'm off to plan and pick patterns!
Awesome! :thumbsup:
Welcome to the Cotton Club! :teehee:

06-27-2011, 10:19 AM
Since I've been having a lot of wrist, arm, hand pain lately, I'll join this KAL/CAL as a shadow participant.

I've already got a dishcloth (or wash cloth) on the needles and a few rows (very few indeed) completed. I'd like to do some more of these little projects like this, but I may have to postpone that until the wrists are feeling better.

Thanks for starting this!

06-27-2011, 12:07 PM
Welcome to the KAL! :)

I know how you feel with the wrist pain. I get it sometimes too. Just relax and look at knitting magazines until it gets better.:hug:

06-27-2011, 01:34 PM
I know that only looking at knitting patterns would make my wrists better, but it doesn't make my head any better because then I really really REALLY want to knit something. HA!

Of course, it doesn't help that the other things I do besides knitting (i.e., crocheting, kayaking, and typing for work) don't help matters either.

I think I'll just knit a few rows a day and see how it goes!

06-27-2011, 03:26 PM
Of course, it doesn't help that the other things I do besides knitting (i.e., crocheting, kayaking, and typing for work) don't help matters either.

I feel your pain (literally!)
My life doesn't help with my wrist pain either. I type on my computer a LOT, because I moderate here, blog for Bernat yarn, and moderate the Bernat Cares Forum as well. I also play piano and organ a lot, because I'm a church organist and piano teacher.

Sometimes, I will take ibuprofen, then place cold packs on my arms, and just watch tv for a while. I've fallen in love with several shows on Netflix.

06-27-2011, 04:59 PM
I got out my crochet hook and yarn, so I could start making my coasters. But, I never found my Louisa Harding yarn. Figures! Oh well...the coasters will look fine without a different color border.

I already finished making one! :)

I will post a photo soon.

06-27-2011, 09:52 PM
Here's my first coaster!
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5268/5886334952_a3538d5b36.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5886334952/)
First Coaster (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5886334952/) by Shandeh (http://www.flickr.com/people/59646927@N00/), on Flickr

06-27-2011, 11:03 PM
Those are nifty looking coasters, Shandeh. You know, I've made lots of people coasters, but I've never made any for me. Go figure!

And I HATE it when I lose something (lately that's happened a lot). Hope you find your AWOL yarn.

Yeah, it sounds like you've got really busy hands, too. Take good care of 'em!

06-29-2011, 08:34 PM
Thanks! I'm already using the coaster today.
I just need to make myself make MORE of them now! :teehee:

This past Sunday, I noticed a sign on the church nursery door, asking for bibs. So I am making a quick bib for them, using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Twists in the color "Mod". The pattern is free on the website: Handicrafter Cotton Bibs & Booties (http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=2390)
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5232/5885769227_dc554070b2.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5885769227/)
Baby Bib (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5885769227/) by Shandeh (http://www.flickr.com/people/59646927@N00/), on Flickr

07-01-2011, 03:47 PM
I am making hand towels, washcloths and soap sacks with cotton yarn this summer. They are for Christmas gifts for some new friends we have made here in Florida. I enjoy watching TV and knitting also. Will post pics when I can.

Bea :knitting:

07-02-2011, 04:39 AM
Welcome to the KAL/CAL, Bea! :muah:
I hope we can see some photos of your work soon.

I finished the bib! I left off the picot edge, and added single crochet ties instead of making a buttonhole.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6047/5887912325_49203a02cb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5887912325/)
Finished Baby Bib (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5887912325/) by Shandeh (http://www.flickr.com/people/59646927@N00/), on Flickr

Now, I'm making another one with some yellow Bernat Cotton Baby. And I found a skein of Handicrafter Cotton "Peace and Love" in the color Psychedelic. So colorful! I'm gonna make a bib with that too.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6015/5893494608_66ba954ce3.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5893494608/)
Bernat Handicrafter Peace and Love - Psychedelic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5893494608/) by Shandeh (http://www.flickr.com/people/59646927@N00/), on Flickr

07-05-2011, 10:29 AM
I'm in. My latest project is a mesh cotton backpack. I'm going to customize it with pockets for my bus pass, change, and house keys. I never seem to have any pants with pockets and I'm always digging for those things in the bottom of my tote bag. Antares, you might try Aspercreme for your wrists. This is an odorless cream that disappears into the skin. I'm on my feet all day long at work. I come home barely able to walk. This helps a great deal. Shandey, if you like history Netflix has a great History Channel documentary called The Revolution. I couldn't stop watching it.

07-05-2011, 10:50 AM
I'm in. My latest project is a mesh cotton backpack.
Welcome! Your project sounds cool and smart! :thumbsup:
Can't wait to see photos.
By the way, if you don't know how to post photos here, let us know so we can help you do it. Sharing photos of our work is the best part of this forum! :wink:

Shandeh, if you like history Netflix has a great History Channel documentary called The Revolution. I couldn't stop watching it.
I watched part of that show last night! It was very interesting. It's nice to know all the parts of history that our high school teachers left out. :teehee:

07-07-2011, 09:34 AM
Arggh! I really had good intentions with the cotton Sugar and Creme tote bag/backpack but this just isn't going right. I'm doing this yo, k2tog mesh and keep dropping stitches. I'm constantly having to frog. I should have done the lifeline thing. Well, I'll refrog back to the knit stitch base of this thing and start over. Setting it aside for a day or so to clear my head will help. Some projects are just like that. Ya gotta go with the flow.

07-07-2011, 10:12 AM
Oh, I hate when that happens! I hope your new stitch design works out better for you. I had that same problem with a market bag once. The stitches were so loose that they kept slipping off the needles. :doh:

07-07-2011, 10:30 AM
Well, it was late at night and I was a little sleepy. I was listening to the radio so I was distracted. Plus *note to self* It's probably not a good idea to knit with black yarn at night even with the best lighting conditions. I've got the first lifeline in and it's going much better. I did use the Knitting Help tutorial on lifelines. I had trouble threading the thin stuff through the Knitpicks hole. But then I'm old, wear bifocals, and have trouble threading needles. What worked for me was to loosen the needle tip, lay the cord into the needle tip thread, then tighten it back up. After I finished, I unscrewed the tip and took the cord out, retightened and continued knitting.

07-08-2011, 03:05 PM
I don't know how to post pictures here. Help, please!


07-08-2011, 09:48 PM
I don't know how to post pictures here. Help, please! Bea
There is a discussion HERE (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=80610) in the forum, where Jan tells how to post photos.

I use Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/) for all my online photo sharing. Love it! It's only $25 a year, and I can use it for blogging, forum stuff, emails, etc.

If you decide to use Flickr like me, you will be able to share your photos this way:

Pull up the photo main page, then look just above the photo. You'll see a little envelope, and two orange B's. Then you'll see a little down arrow to the right of the orange B's. Click the down arrow, and you'll see "Grab the HTML/BBCode". Look at the bottom of that message, and you'll see two little buttons to select either HTML or BBCode. Click the BBCode button. Next, right click in the box with all the code. It will automatically be selected. Then click "Copy" in the little message that pops up.

Then, come here to the forum, start your message, then right click, then click "Paste" to paste the code for the photo. It will appear in your post after you submit the reply. It will also provide a link back to your photo in Flickr.

It's complicated the first time you do it, but it gets easier after doing it a few times.

07-11-2011, 03:32 PM
Yay! I just found a way that I can make things for our KAL/CAL, and ALSO give to charity! (If you don't know this about me already, I LOVE charity knitting!)

Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is the poorest spot in the USA. The average life expectancy for residents is only 47 for males and early 50s for women. The unemployment rate is 90% and the teen suicide rate is four times the national average. Basics such as running water, heat and food are scarce for many residents let alone jobs and health care. These challenges are particularly difficult to deal with given the geographical isolation of the Rez and the incredibly harsh climate.

Right now, there is a campaign to make cotton wash cloths for the elders. They are always in need of wash cloths. The cotton ones feel so great against people’s skin. Feel free to go crazy with the colors.

Please send these items to the Wounded Knee CAP (Community Action Program) Office located in Manderson, SD.

The address is:
Wounded Knee CAP Office
101 Main Street
Manderson, SD 57756

The USPS address is:
Wounded Knee CAP Office
P O Box 133
Manderson, SD 57756

I have WAY too much cotton yarn, so I am gonna knit and crochet dishcloths until the stash looks more reasonable.

07-14-2011, 07:37 PM
Man, I am a terrible KAL participant! I haven't even opened the box of cotton yarn yet. I have two baby blankets to finish before September, and work/traffic has been crazy these last couple of weeks. :passedout:

Fortunately, I've got about 5 inches left to go on blanket #1, and then I'm going to work on a couple small cotton projects before blanket #2. Soooo... maybe this weekend? Crossed Fingers

07-14-2011, 07:53 PM
Good luck with your projects!
I know how you feel with too many things on the needles. I frogged about 3 projects last week, because I decided that 4 years was long enough to wait to finish them. :roflhard:

07-14-2011, 09:30 PM
Okay, count me in. I've decided to make my mom all new kitchen linens for the holidays. She could desperately use them. Now if I can just find a good looking decorative crochet/knitted towel topper that would look good in chocolate brown. She wants her kitchen redone in cream, sandstone and chocolate. Know of any? I'm about 1/2 way through the first hotpad.

07-15-2011, 08:02 AM
That's a good idea, Tresha!

Of course, I know about lots of towel topper patterns on the Bernat website, since I work for them. :teehee:
Bernat Towel Toppers (http://www.bernat.com/search.php?key=towel&searchResults=&PATTERNS=Search)
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6134/5939967498_0547d12ac9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5939967498/)
Bernat Towel Toppers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5939967498/) by Shandeh (http://www.flickr.com/people/59646927@N00/), on Flickr

07-15-2011, 11:25 AM
You're a life saver. And as far as working for Bernat, I'm not sure whether to be jealous or call "Cheat!" *giggles*

Thanks again.

07-16-2011, 01:15 PM
And as far as working for Bernat, I'm not sure whether to be jealous or call "Cheat!" *giggles*

Funny! :teehee:
Well, I've been a mod here on the KH Forum much longer than I've worked for Bernat, so I'm legitimate. :thumbsup:

I was so pleased when Bernat asked me to blog for them. I've been knitting and crocheting items and blogging (http://blog.bernat.com/author/shandeh/) on the Bernat yarn website now for over a year. And now, I am moderating the BernatCares Forum (http://bernatcares.com/boards/) for them as well. They keep me busy, but they give me plenty of yarn. So, it's a good gig. cloud9

07-16-2011, 10:16 PM
Yup, definitely jealous.

07-22-2011, 12:35 AM
Tonight, I went by AC Moore after teaching piano lessons.

They have a lot of yarns on clearance right now. I found some Lion Nature's Choice Organic Cotton yarn for $3 a skein! That yarn is usually $7 a skein, so that's a great price. I never would have tried it before, but now I have 3 skeins to play with. :)

Now, I just need to decide what to make with it.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6014/5962661543_9c8357088d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5962661543/)
Lion Nature's Choice Organic Cotton - Blueberry (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/5962661543/) by Shandeh (http://www.flickr.com/people/59646927@N00/), on Flickr

07-25-2011, 08:39 PM
Make an "Angel dress" with it. It's a christening outfit sized for a premie for your local NICU.

07-26-2011, 04:54 PM
I love to make preemie outfits for hospitals! cloud9
But, I use baby yarn to make them.

I actually want to use this new thicker cotton for myself. I'm thinking of making some facecloths.